February Ninth Success Secret – Baltasar Gracian

February 9, 2018 — Leave a comment

Avoid affairs of honor. This is the first take of prudence. Those of great capacity are not easily taxed to their limits. It takes much to drive them to one side or the other, for they always keep to the middle course of their common sense. Being slow to come to a rupture, it is much easier for them to get into something than to get out of something well. These affairs are the tempters of good sense, and it is safer to flee from them than to win through them. One matter of honor drags in another and a worse, and things are then close to the edge of downfall. There are persons who by nature, or even by nationality, are easily excited; they find it easy to involve themselves in obligations of this sort. But one who walks by the light of reason always considers carefully and will deem braver not to become ensnarled than to win. Even the ever-present fool opt out on the ground that one fool is enough without another.

~ Baltasar Gracian, The Art of Worldly Wisdom (1647)

 

Dave Leingang

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Dave Leingang retired from the United States Navy in 2003 with twenty one years of service. After retiring he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Leadership from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. A lifelong learner and always looking for a challenge he became a John Maxwell Team Founding Partner in 2011. Dave’s been facilitating leadership classes and mastermind groups to businesses and non-profits for over ten years in both traditional and distant learning classroom.

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