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A close friend and mentor recently tweeted, “I’ve had the same job for 22 years and have learned the No.1 secret to success: be decisive … everything else is gravy.”

It was simple, to the point and impactful in the way only the simple truths can be.

When I asked whether the gravy was beef or chicken, he replied, “vegan onion gravy, fool!” … Naturally.

A couple weeks ago I wrote about the semi-self actualized purveyors of false proverbs saturating the social media landscape with their inane “words of wisdom.” Quasi-intellectuals, “troubled teens” who have no real troubles and idiot savants afflicted with over developed self-esteem, pass around most of the drivel.

My favorite of the week is, “Smile and let everyone know that today, you’re stronger than you were yesterday.

… I don’t even know what that is supposed to mean much less what I would do with it if I knew.

Nevertheless, you’d think – based on sheer volume – we’d see more fundamental, understandable, actionable nuggets mined and polished from the real experiences of genuine people in their own words; not in the form of memes, inspirational posters or graphics, as though the window dressing somehow makes the words more profound.

I guess the irony is those who are predisposed to sharing everything that sounds smart to them don’t generally pause long enough to learn things for themselves. They can intellectually wrap themselves around the idea that something they read in a tweet is true but they won’t absorb it in any meaningful way unless they live it. Those who have lived it are not predisposed to sharing it with the virtual world because they’re probably to busy experiencing life and sharing what they learn with people they care about and, more importantly, who care about what they have to say.

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