- All intellectual improvement arises from leisure. — Samuel Johnson
- The wisdom of a learned man cometh by opportunity of leisure: and he that hath little business shall become wise. — Bible
On Saturday I will be leaving for London and then on Monday to Istanbul where I am scheduled to speak on Thursday November 26th about The Joy of Not Working to 2,500 executives, scholars, and students attending the National Turkish Congress on Quality convention.
They are putting me up in an executive suite at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel (corporate rate is 700 Euro per night) for 3 nights. I won't even tell you how much they spent on the airfare because you wouldn't believe me. This all came about because of The Joy of Not Working being published in Turkish and because this organization's convention theme this year is "Quality of Life." I have calculated the organization is spending a total of anywhere from $20,000 to $25,000 to have me speak in Istanbul - but my fee for my one-hour speech is a modest $3,000.
Following are some subjects related to leisure and work that I willl include in my speech:
- Hard work is no match for relaxed, creative action.
- 90 percent of things worth doing aren't worth doing well.
- Slow down and your days will be longer.
- The journey toward success should feel better than to arrive.
- Only fools are in a hurry to get to anywhere worth going.
- Life's a breeze when we put half as much time into simplifying it as we do into complicating it.
- Be happy while you are alive because you are a long time dead!
Here are some Turkish proverbs that I will use in my speech about The Joy of Not Working.
- All work and no play will make such a dull boy. — Turkish proverb
- If God closes one door, He opens a thousand others. — Turkish proverb
- There is no right way to do a wrong thing. — Turkish Proverb
- To the mad every day is a holiday. — Turkish proverb
- If time is not favourable to thee, render theyself favourable to it. — Turkish proverb