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Duck Or Eagle

How often do you hear complaints about how life is unfair? How often do you hear excuses for work is not being done? Does not it sound like “quack, quack, quack”?

In their book “Raving Fans: A Revolutionary Approach To Customer Service” Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles mention a quote from Wayne W. Dyer  who wrote another book, “You’ll See It When You Believe It: The Way to Your Personal Transformation“:

“If you get up in the morning expecting to have a bad day, you’ll rarely disappoint yourself… Stop complaining! Differentiate yourself from your competition. Do not be a duck. Be an eagle. Ducks quack and complain. Eagles soar above the crowd”

by Savannah Grandfather

During the speak Stephen Covey gave at Microsoft he mentioned “victimism” term. This is what JD captured on that one:

Six Metastasizing Cancers (Victimism)
Covey showed us a slide that listed what he called the Six Metastasizing Cancers:

  • Criticizing
  • Complaining
  • Comparing
  • Competing
  • Contending
  • Cynicism

The take away here is that these are ineffective behaviors and you end up acting like a victim.

Recent Shilpan’s 5 Ways to Identify Whiners and Winners adds few more angles to the topic talking about Failure, Opportunities, and Time.

My Takeaways – Do’s and Don’t’s

  • Criticizing – do not criticize others, do Get Criticized – The More The Better.
  • Complaining – don’t complain unless you do have something useful to put on the table.
  • Comparing – do not compare. Do what you love, go with the passion. Take a look at Mike King’s Passion Enhances Productivity.
  • Competing – do not compete. Do offer unique value.
  • Contending – do not contend. Do collaborate, do find common ground and multiply the end result.
  • Cynicism – do not be cynic, it makes people get offended. Be supportive, it turns folks in Raving Fans.
  • Failure – do not afraid to fail. Do fail fast. Do Not Let Failure Drain Your Energy But Empower, be motivated by failure – The Mindset Of Failure
  • Opportunities – do create the opportunities your self, do not wait them to just show out of the blue.

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Alva Edison

  • Time – do not waste no time. I used to call special occasions “quality time”. Then my good friend opened my eyes telling me that “all time is quality time”. Do value time, it is one of the 3 Most Precious Things In The World Are Free
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    1. Alik –

      Excellent post and heartfelt thanks for mentioning my article. You have succinctly explained what it takes to be successful in life.

      I would like to quote Mark Twain on his view of life.

      “Keep away from people(Ducks) who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people will always do that, but the really great(Eagles) make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

      Thanks again,

    2. Vered says:

      Thank you for your thought-provoking articles.

      Re: criticism, isn’t it important that it is constructive, and also, assuming it IS constructive, do you still think I should avoid giving it?

    3. Mike King says:

      Yes, wonderful post Alik! Love your list of take aways.

      Vered, personally I don’t think constructive criticism really even exists. You can give feedback that is specific and touches on the impact about what someone did, but that is neither criticism nor necessarily constructive. I guess that depends what you think of the word constructive but since everyone will interpret it differently, all you can really do is give feedback. Its not one sided or the other (positive or negative), its just feedback. This is something very different than criticism.

    4. alik levin says:

      Thanks, great to hear you liked it. I just LOVE Mark Twain.

      Great point!! I think I know what you are saying and I am with you. It seems like slight semantics and it is something that relates to Mike’s comment. Criticism and feedback. As for myself I generalize “criticizing” and “complaining” down to “unless you do not have something to put on the table, better off keep critics and complaints untold” + having in mind Shilpan’s and my love to Mark Twain – “All generalizations are false, including this one.”

      Happy Passover!!

    5. I usually don’t complain, but I was misbehaved this weekend when I had to downgrade my in-law’s laptop from Vista to XP. :) I think I was complaining out loud the whole time.

      Hopefully, I got it all out of my system. :)

    6. alik levin says:

      “Complaining – don’t complain unless you do have something useful to put on the table.”

      Put something useful on the table 😉

      Why you were downgrading?
      What it takes to downgrade?
      Why your in-law installed Vista in first place instead XP?
      Is your in-law now happy with XP, was the downgrade worth it?

      Share lessons learned and upload it to


    7. Chris says:

      When I feel like I have to complain because there are really times when you just have to vent, I make light of it by making it humorous.

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