Help Yourself

This is a somewhat eclectic offering of quotations, recommended readings and other information sources, and commentary on contemporary events. Help yourself to that which you think will benefit you.

This is an evolving area and we invite you to revisit on an ongoing basis. Feel free to email any suggestions for publication.

Index: Quotations | Books | Links


Public office is the last refuge of the incompetent.
Penrose Boies

You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.
Winston Churchill

Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.
Thomas Alva Edison

A product is not a product unless it sells.
Theodore Levitt

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax.
Abraham Lincoln

Government is the only institution that can take a perfectly good piece of paper, print some noble words on it, and make it perfectly worthless.
Ludwig von Mises

It’s all right now; I learned my lesson well: you can’t please everyone, so you’ve got to please yourself.
Rick Nelson

A rose by any other name still smells as sweet.
William Shakespeare

Prosperity is the best protector of principle.
Mark Twain

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Christensen, Clayton: The Innovator’s Dilemma; The Innovator’s Solution.
Essential for understanding “disruptive” technologies and marketing.

Drucker, Peter: The Practice of Management; Management; and more.
Read everything he wrote. You can’t lose.

Hamel, Gary; Breen, Bill: The Future of Management.
In the authors own words, “The goal of this book: to help you and your colleagues first imagine, and then invent, the future of management.”

Johnson, Thomas & Kaplan, Robert: Relevance Lost: The Rise and Fall of Management Accounting.
Management accounting is more important than financial accounting.

Moore, Geofrey: Crossing the Chasm.
Business development passes through distinct, discontinuous, understandable phases.

Peter, Laurence: The Peter Principle.
It’s everywhere. Timeless and valuable.


Hazlitt, Henry: Economics in One Lesson, and others.
Keen economic analysis and an excellent introduction to sound economics.

Mises, Ludwig von: Human Action; Theory of Money and Credit; Bureaucracy, and more.
Read everything of his you can get your hands on.

Energy & Environment

Huber, Peter & Mills, Mark: The Bottomless Well.
Must reading for anyone wanting to understand the issues relating to energy production.

Philosophy & Politics:

Rand, Ayn: Atlas Shrugged, and everything else she wrote.
Wonderfully articulate, accurate, prescient and above all— moral.

Science and Scientific Method:

Darwin, Charles: On the Origin of Species.
Read what he actually reasoned, not what “creationists” and second handers say he said.

Kuhn, Thomas: The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.
Learn how the theory and practice of science is beset with sociological and governmental assault.

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J.T. Pedersen provides complex business solutions through “technological” solutions that improve the bottom line.

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