Ten again

via Daily Prompt: Ten


  • I had the unfortunate task of conducting a disciplinary hearing with one of my colleagues. This was the most perplexing case and left me with a some thought-provoking considerations.
  • The daily prompt was ‘ten’. I wrote some silly nonsense about ten, but then when I was reflecting on my day, I realised that I had seen a whole bunch of universal truths in action that I felt would be valuable to commit to paper.



Image – Squeak at Deviant Art


  1. It is the ‘little foxes’ that rob the vine. 
    1. The cumulative effect of neglecting small things ultimately changes your life, just as the cumulative effect of being diligent and hard-working also changes your life. You choose.
  2. Small things become big things.
    1. You may think it’s not a big deal, but to someone else it is. Don’t ignore or demean the thoughts and feelings of others. If you do, it will be you downfall. Guaranteed.
  3. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
    1.  Late makes you a loser. Opportunity strikes but once, don’t miss out, be ‘NIKE’ about it.
  4. Three strikes and you’re out.
    1. The world is an unforgiving place. Realise this. You don’t get the same chances  over and over again. Chances are finite. Don’t use them all up.
  5. Never make assumptions.
    1. We aren’t all the same. We don’t behave or react in the same way to situations. Check, it’ll save your bacon over and over again.
  6. Your last action is the deciding factor.
    1. The last entrance you made is the only entrance that counts. The last thing you do is more often than not the deciding factor. Do your best always. That’s the bottom line.
  7. Unreliability makes you undesirable.
    1. You are unwanted when you can’t be trusted. The quickest way to be shunned is to over promise and under deliver. Be smart, do what you say you’ll do. Keep your promises.
  8. You can never out smart everyone.
    1. Even though you may think that you are very, very, very smart, there is always someone smarter than you who’ll see past the your plans and schemes. You aren’t the smartest, remember that!
  9. Your gut feel is your most valuable asset.
    1. One of the biggest mistakes you can make in life is to not heed your gut feeling, or sixth sense, whichever way you prefer to refer to it. It may not be 100% spot on, but it will give you a fair indication of what’s really going down. Ignore it at your own peril.
  10. Just like Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither is trust.
    1. You cannot expect people to just trust you. It doesn’t work that way. When they do trust you, don’t let them down. If trust is broken it can’t be fixed. Despite what anyone says to the contrary, this is the hard cold truth.






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