The Wisdom of Winnie the Pooh

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Sometimes we all need a little Winnie-the-Pooh to put things in perspective. Here are some words of advice from Pooh himself. [quotes from:]

“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?”

Think about how you explain complex concepts. Is there a simpler way? A way that’s easier to listen to?

“If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.”

Have you ever gotten psyched out by the “listening face”? You might mistake it for boredom, or anxiety, or even animosity. Try not to let it get to you. It might be a slight inadvertent sneer because of a bit of undigested potato. [Do you know this reference?]

“When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.”

This is how I think about department politics.

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“Think, think, think.”

Yes, learning is hard work and takes practice.

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“I did know once, only I’ve sort of forgotten.”

Yeah, that’s what we all say, eventually.

”People who don’t think probably don’t have brains; rather, they have grey fluff that’s blown into their heads by mistake.”


I love this quote. Saved the best for last.

Have a great week in the trenches. Sometimes we all need a little Pooh in our day.