William (Bill) Myers Some Personal Philosophies

These apply very well to both applications development and personal life.

Be Able to Live with Yourself

    I want to be fit for me to know.
I want to be able as the days go by,
Always to look myself straight in the eye.

I don't want to stand with the setting sun,
And hate myself for the things I've done.

I can never hide myself from me,
I see what others may never see.

I know what others may never know,
I can never fool myself and so…

Whatever happens I want to be,
Self-respecting & conscience free!

An Anonymous poem from Dr. Laura Schlessinger's book entitled: How could you do that!

I have been informed that the author is Edgar Guest and that there are two middle stanzas which I chose not to include.

Personal Measurement of Success

Success is having an impact on yourself and others.  I am successful.

Do unto others... is not enough

YOU may be willing to take more punishment or consider actions "just business". Consider this modification:



Formal courtesy between husband and wife
      is even more important than it is between strangers.


Sex is both a gift and a privilege,
should not be demanded as a right or withheld for other favors.


      Courtesy and Courage are quotes from:   
The notebooks of Lazarus Long
by Robert A. Heinlein

Who controls your happiness?

After the initial reaction, I can decide how an emotional event will impact my life, whether to be happy or miserable, trusting or fearful, optimistic or pessimistic. I choose to be positive in these things.

Of course, a major catastrophe is much more difficult to overcome.

   Jim Rohn, professional speaker, summarized it this way:

It is ironic that one of the few things in this life
over which we have total control is our attitudes,
and yet most of us live our entire life
behaving as though we have no control whatsoever.


    How to make it easier to live with yourself
  1. Always do your best at whatever you do
    Corollary:  Don't let the quest for perfection
    prevent you from completing the task
  2. Always be honest
    Corollary 1: Don't say everything you think or know - see #4
    Corollary 2: You don't have to answer all questions
  3. Be successful

  4. Don't hurt people

  5. Apologize for mistakes, set things right if possible, don't make the same mistake twice
    Difficulty:  Realizing that a mistake was made
    and recognizing exactly what the mistake was.
  6. Avoid addictions and addictive behavior

  7. See the glass as half full

  8. Always keep learning. If not, you will stagnate or repeat your mistakes.


Computer professional - not a Techie

Techie: a person that views the computer as an end in itself. Its their life.
             I've had colleagues say that they are just interested in how things work.
I develop end user systems, among other things.
             I get my kicks out of seeing them impact people's jobs - when they have fun and can be excited. See "Measurement of Success"

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