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"The only thing worse than work is not having any. Ask anyone unemployed."
— Pat Curtis
"You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself."
One evening while night fishing on a large reservoir, I was looking up and
day dreaming (I guess it would be night dreaming). I was watching the stars
with unfocused eyes then I began to focus on the moon. Right then a new
bit of advice for my two boys came to me that I am sure God put there.
"Shoot for the moon. If you miss, you will still be among the stars."
As they are only 4 and 7, I am sure they still don't understand the importance but as
they strive to achieve goals we help them set for themselves, I am sure they will
understand it in due time.
Thanks for posting such wonderful quotes and advice.
— Shawn Buckendahl
Why is it, that when
I give to someone less fortunate than myself, I feel as though I'm
the one on the receiving end?
— John Coonis
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose."
— Mark Knickerbocker
Look back with Forgivness, forward with Faith, down with Compassion, and up with
— Mike Tooke
Humans are "Creatures of Habit". If you practice safety and good
professionalism, it will become habit. If you're careless and cut corners,
this will also become habit.
— Dave Cameron
"The reason lightning doesn't strike twice in the same place is that the same
place isn't there the second time"
Multiwire Branch Circuits
"When the neutral conductor of a 3-wire multiwire branch circuit is open, the
circuit transforms from two 120 volt circuits to one 240 volt circuit. The result is
that the greatest damage resulting from overvoltage will occur to the most expensive
appliance connected to either circuit."
My father always said "If one does not plan to succeed, one plans
to fail." "If you have your sight, you are blessed. If you have
insight, you are a thousand times blessed."
"Most of us will never do great things, but we can do small things
in a great way."
And as David Brinkley and Chet Huntley used to sign off their news broadcast
with "Thank You for your time, this time, until next time"
Keep up your good work Mike, God Bless....
Quote from my grandfather Papa Jake,
"Don't get into a pissing contest with a skunk."
"Practice makes perfect, so be careful what you practice."
"I won't lie to you but I may give you bad information."
"A $300 picture tube will always blow first and protect a ten cent fuse."
"My father always told me to always say God bless you, and there ain't
no atheist in foxholes!"
"Whether you think you can, or think you can't you're right!"
"Their are bold electricians and old electricians, but their are no old bold
If a man is alone in the forest without his wife, is it his fault that his wife is
having a bad day? Mike Holt's Wife Comment - "Of course it's his fault. He
probably didn't finish what he was suppose to do before he went into the woods, and
the wife had to do it herself."
—Brooke Stuffer, NECA Codes and Standards.
Mike Holt's comment - "Amazing how women think."
"You can take a hand out of the shop... but you can't take the shop
out of the hand."
"You don't know what you know ...until you know what you don't know."
"If you can't say what you mean, you can never mean what you say"
From Mike Holt's Pastor
The world needs individuals who cannot be bought; whose word is their bond; who put
character above wealth. People need to see godly men and women who are larger than
their vocations; People who do not hesitate to walk by faith; who will not lose
their individuality in a crowd. We should be the kind of believers that will be
honest in small things as in great things; who will make no compromise with wrong;
whose ambitions are not confined to selfish desires. Let's not be that kind of
that believes that shrewdness, cunning, and hardheadedness are the qualities for
success. Do not be ashamed or afraid to stand for the truth when it is unpopular.
When necessary be quick to say "no" with emphasis, although all the rest
of the world says "yes".
Before Thomas Edison was successful in sustaining light from electricity, he had to
try 2,386 times. A friend said to him, "Didn't you feel like a failure, failing
2,386 times?" His reply," Each time something didn't work, I knew I was
one step closer to success." This makes the difference between those who give
up and those who keep trying, winners don't consider unsuccessful attempts failures,
they consider them one step closer to the solution.
—Belynda Holt (my daughter)
My dad years ago said: "Wnenever you pray for rain, you must expect a little
There is great power in solving problems with the "mind over matter"
approach. "If you don't mind, it don't matter!"
Our minds are like a parachute, they only work if there open!
—Barry L. Shirk
After having been involved in troubleshooting electrical systems for over 35 years, a
quotation we use frequently is: "We don't seem to understand all we know about
Buckeroo Banzai says: "Remember, wherever you go . . . there you
"It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice!!"
—Jim & Nancy Goshey
"Daddy, look!" cried my daughter Darla, pointing to a hawk
soaring through the air. "Uh huh," I murmured, driving, lost
in thought about the tight schedule of my day. Disappointment filled her
face. "What's the matter, Sweetheart?" I asked. "Nothing,"
my seven-year-old said. Dinners baths and phone calls filled the hours
until bedtime. "
Come on, Darla, time for bed!" She raced past me up the stairs.
Tired, I kissed her on the cheek, said prayers and tucked her in. "Daddy,
I forgot to give you something!" My patience was gone. "Give
it to me in the morning," I said, but she shook her head. "You
won't have time in the morning!" "I'll take time," I answered
defensively. (Sometimes no matter how hard I tried; time flowed through
my fingers like sand in an hourglass, never enough. Not enough time for
her, for my wife, and definitely not enough time for myself.) She wasn't
ready to give up yet. Darla wrinkled her freckled little nose in anger
and swiped away her chestnut brown hair. "No, you won't! It will
be just like today when I told you to look at the hawk. You didn't even
listen to what I said."
I was too weary to argue; she hit too close to the truth. "Good
night!" I shut her door with a resounding thud. Later as I thought
about how little time we really had until she was grown and gone. My wife
asked, "Why so glum?" I told her. "Maybe she's not asleep
yet. Why don't you check," she said with all the authority of a parent
in the right? I followed his advice, wishing it were my idea.
I cracked open her door and in her hand I could see the remains of a
crumpled paper. Slowly I opened her palm to see what the item of our disagreement
had been. Tears filled my eyes. She had torn into small pieces a big red
heart with a poem she had written titled, "Why I Love My Daddy!"
I carefully removed the tattered pieces. The words were an arrow straight
to the heart.
Mike Holt's Comment - Please take time to love your children.
"Make it idiot proof, and someone will make a better idiot."
"Plan your work then work your plan. "
—Douglas R Metzger
Patrick Smith would always say, when appropriate at weekly planning meetings,
"if you don't know where you're going any road will get you there."
That says it all.
"Don't shoot the wounded you maybe one someday! "
A "goal" is a dream with a date on it. Do not let what you cannot
do interfere with what you can do.
I've always said, "aesthetics are 90 percent of the job".
—Mark V. Randazzo
"Good judgement comes from experience. Unfortunately, experience comes
from bad judgement. "
My motto has always been "If you think education is expensive...try
Ray C. Mullin
Knowledge is power.
"If the world were a perfect place, half of us would be unemployed. "
"It is better to be careful 100 times than to get killed once."
My dad would often look at a run of poorly fabricated conduit or equipment that had
crooked or out of plumb and reflect upon the unknown workman's craftsmanship with
when you're good you're good; when you're not, it shows.
"Obstacles are those frightful things we see when we take our eyes of our
—Henry Ford (Thanks Lyndall Briggs)
"Conventional wisdom says to know your limits. To know them you must find them
Finding your limits generally involves getting in over your head and hoping you live
enough to benefit from the experience. That's the fun part."
— Drew Marold (Thanks Geoff
"Help yourself by helping others"
— Ali Adams (Thanks Ali)
"Hard earned happiness is doubly savoured."
—B. Gracian (Thanks Sue Holder)
"Cherish your own vision and your dreams as they are the children of your soul;
of your ultimate achievements."
— Napoleon Hill (Thanks John
"The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and
hidden from the sun. It's the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to
for existence against the winds and rains and the scorching Sun."
— Napoleon Hill (Thanks
"The one thing worse than training your people and losing them is not training
them and keeping
—Valerie Johnson/Jerry McGarry
It is ok to work hard and sometimes work long hours, but focus on one important
If you focus on balancing your life, you will have more quality time with your
friends and probably get more work completed. Remember, your family, job, friends,
are all important, focus on balance!!!
— Hank Arimas
"Show me a man that didn't learn something today,and I'll show you a man that
"Show me a man that didn't make a mistake today and I'll show you a man that did
I don't know if this is an result or not but I love it: "If you shoot your self
the foot, don't complain about the limp!"
—John Flanders Sr.
Am certain it was Teddy Roosevelt who said something to the effect " No advice
Hell, even a clock that does'nt work is right twice a day."
— Tom Howe
" Practice makes Permanent......not Perfect..."
— Bill Paletski
"Faith is like electricity, you can't see it, but you can see the light."
— Brad Rinehart
It is usually best to "Work as hard at spending your money - as you do making
— William Svensson
"When I was younger and knew everything, I questioned little, but now that I am older
and know more, I know how much I do not know and I find myself unable to accept
"The problem with rules of thumbs is that some times we get our thumbs broken."
"No one gets too old to learn a new way of being stupid." Unknown
"An expert is someone that know more and more about less and less."
— N. Buttler
"I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance."
"Only a mediocre person is always at his best."
— S. Maugham
"Mediocrity is merit to the mediocre."
"A man has to live with himself, and he should see to it that he is always has good
"Make the most of yourself for that is all there is of you."
"The first and worst of all frauds is to cheat oneself. All sin is easy after
"The irony of common sense is that it's not all that common."
— Mark Twain (contributed by Chas Thomas)
"Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger."
—Stephen A. Watkins
THE ALPHABET OF DECISION MAKING, By Mike Holt, www.mikeholt.com
A - Ask For Help.
B - What Are The Benefits For You And Your Family?
C - What Are The Consequences?
D - Get The Details.
E - Evaluate How This Will This Effect Your Life.
F - Be Sure You Feel At Peace With The Decision.
G - What Does God Want You To Do?
H - Be Honest With Yourself .
I - How Will This Impact You And Your Family?
J - Can You Justify Your Decision With Confidence?
K - Remember Knowledge Is Power.
L - What Are The Legal Ramifications?
M - What Does Your Mentor Think?
N - Never Give Up.
O - What Are Your Options?
P - Do You Feel A Pang In Your Gut?
Q - Ask Lots Of Questions.
R - Is This Right For You?
S - Don't Make The Decision Under Stress.
T - Take Your Time.
U - Don't Do Anything If You're Uncomfortable.
V - Be Very Careful.
W - Why Are You Doing This?
X - Find The Exit Route.
Y - You Are Responsible For The Results And Consequences.
Z - Get Some Z's Before You Decide.
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1. If anything can go wrong, fix it! (To hell with Murphy!)
2. When given a choice—take both!
3. Multiple projects lead to multiple successes.
4. Start at the top then work your way up.
5. Do it by the book...but be the author!
6. When forced to compromise, ask for more.
7. If you can't beat them, join them, then beat them.
8. If it's worth doing, it's got to be done right now.
9. If you can't win, change the rules.
10. If you can't change the rules, then ignore them.
11. Perfection is not optional.
12. When faced without a challenge, make one.
13. "No" simply means begin again at one level higher.
14. Don't walk when you can run.
15. Bureaucracy is a challenge to be conquered with a righteous attitude, a
tolerance for stupidity, and a bulldozer when necessary.
16. When in doubt: THINK!
17. Patience is a virtue, but persistence to the point of success is a
18. The squeaky wheel gets replaced.
19. The faster you move, the slower time passes, the longer you live.
—David C. Moody
"Character is doing whats right when nobody is looking".
"There are no stupid questions if they prevent stupid mistakes."
"The difference between knowledge & wisdom? Knowledge comes from your
comes from OTHER people's mistakes" (My note, this is why reading His Word
daily gives us wisdom!)
— Tim LaLonde
"If you want to understand, no explanation is necessary. However, if you don't
want to understand,
no explanation will suffice."
" By the work one knows the worker."
" The one who always throws the wood on the fire is not the one who chopped
"This alternating current thing is just a fad. It is much too dangerous for
—Thomas Alva Edison (contributed by Thomas D. Horne)
" Strength isn't being able to stand up to anything, but being able to crawl on
your belly a
long, long way until you can stand up ... and then be willing to do it all over
" You can only teach someone, as much as they are willing to learn."
— Chris G. Varona