2014-3-17 Weekly Review

The theme this week is THINK BIG! We watched a fascinating National Geographic show called “Madness in the White City.”

It’s actually a dark tale of how serial killer H.H. Holmes targeted victims during the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. However, the stories that stuck out to me were about two other people who thought big.


Architect Daniel Burnham, designed and built the amazing “White City.”

“Make no little plans, they have no magic to stir men’s blood.” he said.

Then there was George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr., who was 33 years old when he designed and built the first Ferris Wheel for the Fair. The original Ferris Wheel had 36 cars, each fitted with 40 revolving chairs and able to accommodate up to 60 people, giving a total capacity of 2,160!

FerrisWheelTragically, he died at the age of 37.FerrisGeorge

I was reminded of a song that always makes me wonder about the possibilities of life: “World” by Five For Fighting. What kind of world do you want? What can you be doing to make it happen? Sometimes I need to think bigger.

In the world of the Daily PlanIt, there was a new post about the 6th Skill Employers Want, complete with resources for learning it. I also worked on organizing all the free tools I’ve been creating and collecting for many years. They had gotten a little jumbled up, kind of like tools thrown randomly into a toolbox. Hopefully now it’s a little easier to find the ones you need. The Free Tools page has always enjoyed the greatest popularity here. The free tools are now organized into productivity and goals, and I created new pages for Home Helpers and Personal Development tools. In other news, I let go of my first electronic organizer, a Palm T3 Tungsten pda. It was very cool in it’s day, but I was no longer using it. Finally, this Irish Proverb (fitting for St. Patrick’s Day) “You will never plow a field by turning it over in your mind” is a good reminder that nothing happens just by thinking about it!You-will-never-plow-a-field

Have a great week!

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