Wandering Into Wisdom

This blog chronicles the knowledge, insight and wisdom I encounter every day as a leadership consultant, executive coach, educator, father, friend and citizen. This site is dedicated to my father, Louis (Jack) Laughlin, who passed on to me an appreciation for wisdom. A special thanks to my friend Isaac Cheifetz, a businessman and journalist, who helped me understand the value of blogs and encouraged me to write one.

The Seven Social Sins

Wealth without work.
Pleasure without conscience.
Knowledge without character.
Commerce without morality.
Science without humanity.
Religion without sacrifice.
Politics without principle.

Rapists Stay Home

When Israel was experiencing an epidemic of violent rapes and someone at a cabinet meeting suggested women be put under curfew until the rapists were caught, Golda Meir shot back, “Men are committing the rapes. Let them be put under curfew.”

The enemy of my enemy...

The king who is situated anywhere immediately on the circumference of the conqueror's territory is termed the enemy.
The king who is likewise situated close to the enemy, but separated from the conqueror only by the enemy, is termed the friend (of the conqueror).

— Kautilya, Arthasastra 4th Century BC

A True Friend

You can always tell when someone is a true friend because they sympathize and give support rather than minimize and give advice.

Saints and Sinners

"Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future."
 - Oscar Wilde

Good Enough


  • Voltaire: “The best is the enemy of the good.”
  • Confucius: "Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without."
  • Shakespeare: “Striving to better, oft we mar what's well.”

Can't Win

You can't fix stupid
You can't fight crazy
You can't beat luck

Courage to Continue

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal.  It is the courage to continue that counts."
 - Winston Churchill

The Price of Success

I would gladly give all my millions for just one lasting marital success.
- JP Getty (married and divorced five times)

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