Pearls of

St. Pete


Richard Martino's
Favorite Quotations

The Return on Investment Theory of Human Motivation describes an effective dynamic to motivate employees.

Management By Desire describes how to allocate your returns and investments in order to maximize performance from others.

The 3-Step Problem Resolution eliminates your involvement in a lot of problems.

Problem Identification Definitions. People fall into one of four categories, depending on how they respond to a problem.

Richard Martino's Pearls of Wisdom. Tidbits I learned mostly from others and a few I originated myself.

Theodore Roosevelt's Man in the Arena. Trying and failing is a lot better than not trying, but Teddy Roosevelt says it more eloquently.


I saw the following quotation on the door of a teacher's office at St. Petersburg College:

    “Those who can, do.
     Those who can teach, do better.”

Recognizing Ability

Both Elbert Hubbard and Robert Half have been attributed as saying:

    “There is something much more scarce, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.”

Erik Erikson credits Sigmund Freud with the second principle of psychoanalysis:

    “You will not see in another what you have not learned to recognize in yourself.”

    Source: Erikson, Erik H., Insight and Responsibility, W. W. Norton, New York, 1964, p. 29


“The limits of my language are the limits of my mind. All I know is what I have words for.”

—Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations, 1953

Quotations Originated by Richard Martino

The following are quotations that I originated. If someone else already articulated the same thought before I did here, please tell me. Thank you.

“All great ideas and all great people are controversial before they are great.”

Most organized “team build” activities at corporations and businesses do not build teamwork. They reveal it.

Every two years at large corporations, the human resources department unveils a new and improved salary structure with a lot of fanfare and hoopla. When you filter through the smog, the salary structure is not much different. They are simply paying attention to you, and they are telling you that they are paying attention to you and that is supposed to make you feel better. Unfortunately, most people do feel better.

At times like this I like to quote Adolf Hitler, “How fortunate for leaders that men do not think.”

—Richard Martino, August, 2006

“Cute sayings go only so far. Sooner or later, you got to get up off your ass and do something with your life.”

“Greed is wanting more than other people want you to want.”