Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Bloor Line, ready to hit the pavement.

Caucasian male, early 20s, tall, thin, wearing long black coat, black dress pants, and black leather shoes. He rests against a rolling cart of cardboard boxes, fast and cheap deals, a sidewalk salesman.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, Stephen R. Covey (Free Press)

Near the beginning:

This Personality Ethic, I began to realize, was the subconscious source of the solutions Sandra and I were attempting to use with our son. As I thought more deeply about the difference between the Personality and Character Ethics, I realized that Sandra and I had been getting social mileage out of our children's good behavior, and, in our eyes, this son simply didn't measure up. Our image of ourselves, and our role as good, caring parents was even deeper than our image of our son and perhaps influenced it. There was a lot more wrapped up in the way we were seeing and handling the problem than our concern for our son's welfare.
He shares his father's lingo. He's a problem solver dealing in solution sales. He can't text you on your Blackberry, and he won't be expensing this lunch. But sitting across from you, chatting in between sips of syrup soda and bites of soft shell tacos, he's pretty sure you're going to agree this clock radio is the perfect retirement gift for your boss.

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