Tag: Chance (home)

The harder you work, the luckier you get.

permalink source: Gary Player
tags: Discipline, Chance

The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong -but that's the way to bet.

permalink source: Damon Runyon
tags: Wisdom, Chance

Wednesday March 14 10:52 AM ET Man Survives Fall But Lands Beside Corpse LONDON (Reuters) - A British man who jumped off a cliff survived a fall of nearly 400 feet -- but landed on a ledge next to a badly decomposed body. Rescuers said the 22-year-old man had suffered serious and extensive injuries and it was miraculous that he was still alive after falling such a distance. ``To live at all is a miracle but to land so close to a dead body is just amazing,'' a coastguard spokesman told Reuters. The drama began when police and coastguards were called to Shakespeare Cliff at Dover on England's southeast coast on Tuesday night when the man was spotted behaving erratically. Despite their attempts to calm him he leapt over the cliff edge. ``The man survived the plunge but landed close to another body. It was very much decomposed,'' the spokesman said. The grisly find was made by a paramedic who went to the aid of the man as he lay injured on the ledge about 30 feet from the bottom of the white chalky cliff. The man was taken to hospital with multiple injuries but his condition was stable, officials said. A spokesman for Dover police said officers did not know the identity of the dead man.

permalink source: Reuters (2001)
tags: Death, Chance, Luck

ACCRA (Reuters) - A Ghanaian man was shot dead by a fellow villager while testing a magic spell designed to make him bulletproof, the official Ghana News Agency reported. Aleobiga Aberima, 23, and around 15 other men from Lambu village, northeast Ghana, had asked a jujuman, or witchdoctor, to make them invincible to bullets. After smearing his body with a concoction of herbs every day for two weeks, Aberima volunteered to be shot to check if the spell had worked. One of the others fetched a rifle and shot Aberima who died instantly from a single bullet. Angry Lambu residents seized the jujuman and beat him severely until a village elder rescued him, the Wednesday report added. Tribal clashes are common in Ghana's far north, where people often resort to witchcraft in the hope of becoming invulnerable to bullets, swords and arrows.

permalink source: Reuters March 15, 2001
tags: Wisdom, Chance

18-month-old Anton LaRosa ran into a parking lot and was hit by a car. His head was fractured and he stopped breathing. Under normal circumstances he would have been dead within minutes. But a nurse happened to be present and immediately began CPR. When the child was taken to Mission Hospital every pediatric nurse and doctor who could help happened to be on duty, even two who do not normally work there. A doctor who had that very morning developed a new technique that would help save Anton’s life happened to call in to the hospital, although she had no patients there. Sometimes everything goes wrong; in this case everything went right. The Orange County Register Story: http://www.ocregister.com/news/toddler00327cci1.shtml

permalink source: Positive News 4/16/2001
tags: Chance, Providence

The old guy fingered his worsted wool vest and said, "Well, son, it was 1932. The depth of the Great Depression. I was down to my last nickel. I invested that nickel in an apple. I spent the entire day polishing the apple and, at the end of the day, I sold the apple for ten cents. The next morning, I invested those ten cents in two apples. I spent the entire day polishing them and sold them at 5:00 pm for 20 cents. I continued this system for a month, by the end of which I'd accumulated a fortune of $1.37. Then my wife's father died and left us two million dollars."

permalink source: Anonymous
tags: Money, Success, Chance

i've always been in favor of updating to 'yes' and 'no', but then it was pointed out to me that the words have different verbal weight and give an advantage in voice votes to the negative; whereas 'yea' and 'nay' rhyme.

permalink source: my own reflection
tags: Progress, Chance, Relevance

Reputation is character minus what you’ve been caught doing.

permalink source: Michael Iapoce
tags: Character, Chance, Gossip

Q: Most organizations try to simplify and streamline. But you seem to say that organizations should become more complicated. A: It's the law of requisite variety, which says that if you want to make sense of a complex world, you've got to have an internal system that is equally complex. A good example is the Naskapi Indians of Labrador. Their problem is where to hunt for caribou. The hunter holds the shoulder blade of a caribou over a fire until it develops cracks. Then somebody reads those cracks to see where the caribou are likely to be. The wisdom of this practice is that it randomizes the hunter's behavior, making it harder for the caribou to learn where the hunter is likely to be. It also ensures that some areas don't become overhunted. The translation should be clear to people running businesses. In fact, there are examples in Asian management practices of ancient rituals being given considerable stature.

permalink source: Karl Weick, Complicate Yourself, http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/4.04/weick.html
tags: Chance, Complexity, Management