Echoes through time: the things that delight or trouble foolish men

Everything that happens is as normal and expected as the spring rose or the summer fruit; this is true of sickness, death, slander, intrigue, and all the other things that delight or trouble foolish men.

Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations (4.44)

Particularly pertinent for our times.

Echoes through time: a brief sojourning in an alien land

In the life of man, his time is but a moment, his being an incessant flux, his senses a dim rushlight, his body a prey of worms, his soul an unquiet eddy, his fortune dark, and his fame doubtful. In short, all that is of the body is as coursing waters, all that is of the soul as dreams and vapours; life a warfare, a brief sojourning in an alien land; and after repute, oblivion.

Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations, Book 2, verse 17

Sophocles, Cialdini and reciprocity

Execupundit Michael Wade reminds us of a quote from Sophocles:

Kindness begets kindness.

…which maybe sounds a little platitudinous, until you realise it is at the heart of Robert Cialdini’s first Principle of Influence: Reciprocity.

Too often, we think of reciprocity as something transactional but, in reality, it needs to be a longer term, less expectant behaviour. “Kindness” is not far off.

I was reminded of this listening to Jason Sibley (@JasonCreation) of The Creation Agency at Marketo’s Marketing Nation event, last week.

Here’s a useful reminder of all six principles from Cialdini’s site:

 

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Echoes through time: the quality of the men he has around him

“The first opinion that is formed of a ruler’s intelligence is based on the quality of the men he has around him.  When they are competent and loyal he can always be considered wise, because he has been able to recognise their competence and to keep them loyal.”

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 – 1527), The Prince

Echoes through time: enter into the mind of the speaker

“Accustom yourself to give careful attention to what others are saying, and try your best to enter into the mind of the speaker.”

Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations

 

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