These quotes, from Peter Drucker (the father of modern management theory), are what I’m going to be concentrating this year during Yamim Noraim (Rosh HaShanah through Yom Kippur – a.k.a. The High Holy days). I think they’ll be quite useful and help me focus on real issues that I need to confront. I’m listing them in order of importance to me, followed by some ideas about why they are so important and how we can use them to focus. I’m sharing them with you on this Erev Rosh HaShanah in the hope that you too may benefit from them.


  • 5. “There is nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency something that should not be done at all.”

All of us have areas in our daily behaviors that fall into this category. For example, I know I excel at being sharply critical and dismissive. But I also know I should never be sharply critical and dismissive. So how do I take this and use it in a positive way? Do I have other “talents” that are being used incorrectly?


  • 4. “Doing the right thing is more important than doing the thing right.”

In a world where we are constantly driven to be perfect, we really need to think about this.


  • 3. “People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.”

Hmmmm…. Have I stepped out of my comfort zone this year? Have I allowed myself to try something really out of the box in my attempts to have a real relationship with the creator? Is my life on autopilot?


  • 2. “If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.”

This should be self-evident to us but don’t we all keep doing the same things over and over – hoping for a different result?


  • 1. “What gets measured gets improved.”

And that is the essence Rosh Hashanah. We get measured, and, if we take advantage of the opportunity; we can use that measurement to catapult ourselves past the barriers holding us back!

I bless everyone with a Kesivah vaChasimah Tova – May we all be blessed to have a wonderful year full of accomplishment and joy!

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Rav Shmuel is a Rabbi who hangs out in Greenwich Village and plays original compositions on his guitar and ukulele. On the rare occasions when he is not posting artistically rendered photographs on Instagram he can be found posting random videos to Facebook. A few times a year someone holds a gun to his head and says "blog!" So he does.