Satchel Paige’s Rules for the Good Life

Satchel Paige (1906-1982) is one of the best pitchers the game of baseball has ever seen. Unfortunately, almost all of his career occurred before the integration of baseball, so most baseball spectators never saw him play in his prime.

I heard growing up that Satchel had some rules he followed for staying fit and living a good life. Earlier this year, while walking through the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City (recommended for anyone visiting KC), I saw this document on the wall featuring Satchel’s six rules for the good life:

In case you can’t read them in the image:

  1. Avoid fried foods cause they angers up the blood.
  2. If your stomach disputes you, lay down and pacify it with cool thoughts.
  3. Keep the juices flowin’ by janglin’ ’round gently as you move.
  4. Go very light on vices such as carryin’ on in society. The social ramble just ain’t restful.
  5. Avoid runnin’ at all times.
  6. Don’t ever look back. Somethin’ might be gainin’.

I Solemnly Swear to Not Say That I’m Busy

I will be moving from Chicago in a couple weeks to start a new job. These last few weeks have been filled with lunches, dinners, and drinks with friends and relatives that generously freed time in their schedules to see me before I leave town. However, after this many 1-on-1 interactions, I noticed a consistent pattern.

Everyone is “busy.” This isn’t like being “busy” in your 20s when it’s lots of activity masquerading as value. These are people in their 30s that have been promoted into jobs they like that have lots of responsibility. They also are people who have started families with a spouse and possibly one or multiple children. These are great ways to fill your hours. So why does the tone of the people talking about how busy they are still sound like equal parts excuses, complaining, and pride?

The truth is any of us sitting in this stage of our lives is blessed. Being “busy” at work means you have delivered on all expectations to this point and have been rewarded with an even more challenging role that hopefully pushes you to improve further. Life at home is “busy” because hopefully you found an amazing spouse and are on your way to building a fantastic environment for you and your growing family.

It will be tough to fit in other activities such as socializing with friends or working out to stay fit, but that’s where discipline and prioritization come in. You get to make the choices about where you strike the right balance. You are living your life on purpose. There is no need to apologize or be frustrated if time cannot be found for each activity you used to do. Our lives naturally constrict toward a smaller number of people and pursuits that gain more of our attention.

The new job I am starting will require more time and commitment than anything else I have pursued. I will have to make decisions about how and when I incorporate the other parts of my life. I will have to say ‘no’ more often. This is all okay, because they are my choices. My hope is instead of feeling “busy,” my overriding emotions are excitement and gratitude for the opportunity.

DePaul Campus Planner Quotes, Part 6

The last installment!

“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” — Winston Churchill

“When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you.” — Lolly Daskal

“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” — Thomas Jefferson

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” — Zig Ziglar


Past posts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5

DePaul Campus Planner Quotes, Part 5

This may be my favorite batch of the five sets I’ve posted so far:

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” — Goethe

“There is more treasure in books than all the pirate’s loot on treasure island.” — Walt Disney

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” — Margaret Thatcher

“Being defeated is only a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.” — Marilyn vos Savant

“If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” — Frank A. Clark


Here are the others: Part 1Part 2Part 3, and Part 4

Quotes From Jobs, Hemingway, Chopin, and Tony Bennett

Here are some quotes I came across in recent weeks that I liked:

“Life teaches you how to live it, if you live long enough.” — Tony Bennett, speaking in the 2015 documentary Amy, about singer Amy Winehouse.

Steve Jobs: “…one of the ways that I believe people express their appreciation to the rest of humanity is to make something wonderful and put it out thereBut somehow, in the act of making something with a great deal of care and love, something is transmitted there. And it’s a way of expressing to the rest of our species our deep appreciation.”

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” — Ernest Hemingway

“Reality is a cloud of possibilities, not a point.” — Amos Tversky

Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.” — Frederic Chopin

DePaul Campus Planner Quotes, Part 4

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” — Maya Angelou

If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade.” — Thomas Peters

“To be successful you must accept all challenges that come your way. You can’t just accept the ones you like.” — Mike Gafka

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” — Dr. Seuss

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Gandhi

Here are links to Part 1Part 2, and Part 3 if you missed them.

DePaul Campus Planner Quotes, Part 3

Here is Part 1 and Part 2 if you missed them.

“I quit being afraid when my first venture failed and the sky didn’t fall down.” — Allen H. Neuharth

The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” — Donald Kendall

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” — Dr. Seuss

“Hard work spotlights the character of people. Some turn up their sleeves. Some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.” — Sam Ewing

“A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.” — David Brinkley

DePaul Campus Planner Quotes, Part 2

Here are five more quotes that stuck with me from the DePaul Campus Planner I picked up at the university rec center. Part 1 is here.

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.” — Rosa Parks

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” — Thomas Edison

Luck is where preparation meets opportunity.” — Eric Knotts

Create your own destiny. If you don’t, someone else will.” — Chris Leber

DePaul Campus Planner Quotes, Part 1

I live about ten paces from the eastern edge of DePaul University’s campus in Chicago. The university’s rec center, The Ray, is a terrific workout facility for students and locals. This month, with the return of students to campus, The Ray was giving away free campus planners for the new school year.

Ever the planner, I grabbed one for myself. What surprised me is how many awesome “quote of the week” entries there were throughout the planner. This will be part 1 of me posting five quotes from the DePaul campus planner.

“Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day.” — Thornton Wilder

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” — Amelia Earhart

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou

“Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him.” — Booker T. Washington

“If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.” — Sheryl Sandberg

Four Quotes I’ve Liked Lately

“Celebrate every win because there aren’t enough of them in life.” — former NFL player Ryan Harris

“I’ve been to the bottom and been to the top, and peace will come from somewhere else.” — NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers

A simple formula for effective leadership: “Grow the company profitably. Share the wealth with employees. Ensure that everyone is having fun.” — a quote from a CEO in the book The Leadership Challenge

A simple, three part investing strategy that Morgan Housel saw:

Buy good companies. Don't overpay. Do nothing.