The Philosopher's Corner

This month's philosopher: Jonathon Yeatman, WG'10 
To learn more about Jonathon, click here.

Column Editor: Z. Colette Edwards, WG’84, MD’85
To learn more about Colette, click here.


JonYeatman2016.pngLife Lessons:

  • If I knew then what I know now, I would have … simply gotten started. While some people have a singular passion, many of us are inspired by a host of things and it can be nearly paralyzing to have myriad compelling paths. I appreciate now that success on any one path actually creates, rather than forecloses, other opportunities.
  • If I knew then what I know now, I would not have … asked for permission. It is not only possible, but welcome, to figure out what people need or want (colleagues, friends, consumers, etc.) and to help them get there.

Favorite Quotes:

  1. “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”
    ~ Hunter S. Thompson
  2. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” ~ Amelia Earhart
  3. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

Recommended Reading:

  1. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
  2. The Cleveland Clinic Way by Dr. Toby Cosgrove
  3. The Best Investment Advice You’ll Never Get by Mark Dowie 
  4. Taking on Prostate Cancer by Andy Grove


Contact Jonathon at:
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