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One way to get to know a person you've just met is to ask them to tell you about their favorite friends. It's said that a person essentially becomes an aggregate of the five people with whom they spend the most time.

There's another telling question to ask a stranger. It's all about a book.

1) Is there one book that you have re-read and will read again (and again)?
2) What is the most recent book that you've read and what stands out to you most?
3) What is the title of a book you recommend most often to friends?
4) What was the last book you read that made you so sad when it came to the end? (Because you wanted to keep on reading, not because the ending was sad!).

If the person you are just getting to know has never re-read a book, can't remember what stood out from the last book they read, doesn't recommend books to friends and has never felt sad to stop reading an excellent book...

I suggest that you stop conversing with them. And, perhaps, run. Kidding (not kidding). Perhaps you might consider striking up a conversation with someone else that you might want to get to know. AND start THAT conversation off by recommending a book you've recently read...

Thursday, August 12, 2010


Every possibility begins with the courage to imagine. (from poster 02047 at

Many of my most satisfying endeavors, so far, have begun with the people around me telling me why “it won’t work.” Helpful, earnest folks just trying to keep me from “spinning my wheels,” or “getting hurt,” or “not making any money at that,” or other such protective (and dispiriting) sentences.

There are very few people in my life whose opinions I seek out when I’m busy mustering up the courage to imagine the pieces and part of a vision. I go to the most brilliant thinkers I know who are most inclined to give me good ideas on how to make the possibility real. Reasons why a thing WON’T work can be instructive, too. I just don’t go out of my way to look for those.

What courage can you call up today to begin to imagine a previously unnoticed possibility? It’s true, you know…EVERY possibility begins with the courage to imagine…

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