Thursday October 9, 2014 #669
“I’ve always been in the right place and time. Of course, I steered myself there.”
Why do some people seem to consistently achieve more than others? I firmly believe there must be a combination of three things: innate and/or learned talent, an authentic drive to help others succeed, and most importantly, intentional and persistent actions to be ready for any and all opportunities that come their way. Talent may or may not be natural, but everyone can continuously learn to better themselves. Consistent success only derives from a true energy around helping others succeed, vs. focusing selfishly on ourselves – this is true leadership. But neither talent nor leadership ability delivers success without intentional actions. You can get lucky once or twice, but sustainable excellence is an intentional journey.
Tuesday October 7, 2014 #668
“Never forget that life can only be nobly inspired and rightly lived if you take it bravely and gallantly, as a splendid adventure in which you are setting out into an unknown country, to meet many a joy, to find many a comrade, to win and lose many a battle.”
Often people don’t like to admit it, but it is true: the only life worth living is the one that challenges who and what you are. It can’t and shouldn’t be always easy and carefree. It is only through struggle, challenges, loss, and grief, that we can find and appreciate joy, love, fulfillment, success and peace. We don’t do this by playing it safe or hiding from life. Rather, we must embrace all of life fully – the good and the challenging, learn from our experiences, share our knowledge and gifts, and reflect on all we have. Life is a great adventure – but only if you live it!
Thursday October 2, 2014 #667
“The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.”
While looking at other people’s success formulas is instructive and can lead to interesting insights for our own pursuit of success, joy, and peace, a bit of caution is suggested. No one else is you. Each of us are unique in terms of our own combination of upbringing, education, experiences, and natural talents. Copying someone else’s success strategy will likely work in one part of our life, but almost never in totality. The lesson? Be very selective in modeling yourself after someone else. Determine what specific area of life you want to improve in and look for people who have excelled there. You may end up with many ideas from many different people. And in the end, the only “right” path is the one that is unique to you.
Wednesday October 1, 2014 #666
“A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.”
~Albert von Szent-Györgyi de Nagyrápolt
Today’s digital communications ensure a steady stream of great ideas and novel innovations coming our way. We often react with, “Why didn’t I think of that?” For many and maybe most discoveries, they happen by accident – but almost always in the sight of someone prepared to recognize it for what it is and it’s potential, and bring it forward. So I believe the key is to become prepared so that you can be the one to recognize a new or novel idea. How do to this? Experience, reflect, learn, repeat.
Don’t live life with your head down and your senses muted. Live each moment you can with eyes open, looking for what each experience brings you. Reflect as and when you can, and always learn by asking, “What can I take away from that experience?” And repeat, repeat, repeat.
Thursday September 25, 2014 #665
“Sometimes it can be tempting to be overwhelmed by the many things that seem to work against us. But how powerful, and how important it can be, if we don’t give in to this temptation.”
We all experience a seeming lack of time, resources, support, and satisfaction. And yet, in the same moment, the abundance of the universe surrounds us if we can only get beyond our perception of scarcity. Those who experience their lives with the most joy are those who have the courage and persistence to push through obstacles that others shrink from, or possess the wisdom to know when to simply accept certain realities and choose a better path. Don’t let challenges get you down. Everyone has them. Be one of those who choose not to be overwhelmed.
Tuesday September 23, 2014 #664
“The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning.”
~Ivy Baker Priest*
Our lives are a series of beginnings, and endings. All are opportunities for learning and growth – sometimes with sadness, sometimes with joy. But always with value. At this moment you are in the process of beginning or ending multiple experiences in your personal and professional life. Are you aware of these moments? Experiencing them with intention and learning? Don’t let these multitudes of precious moments pass by without your notice. Beginnings and endings are indeed our entire life.
*Sitting at a lovely beach bar on Surin Beach in Phuket, Thailand (picture above), I discovered today’s quote on my drinking straw wrapper. Great quotes can be found everywhere…
Thursday September 18, 2014 #663
“The major work of the world is not done by geniuses. It is done by ordinary people, with balance in their lives, who have learned to work in an extraordinary manner.”
~Gordon B. Hinckley
I am energized by the possibility in all people to achieve great things. The joy of leadership is to provide the environment in which anyone can exceed their perceived limitations and deliver exceptional results for themselves and for their teams. This environment must be one of optimism, a clear purpose, mutual trust and respect, hard work and perseverance. In this environment, all members contribute at a high level, rather than relying on a few stars. Each of us, whether as a titled leader, or a leader among our peers, can create and preserve such an environment. And in today’s complex and highly competitive environment, we must.
Tuesday September 16, 2014 #662
“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.”
People work hard every day, searching for meaning, success, wealth, happiness, and love. Too many never seem to find these things because they are searching for them “out there”. Somehow if they try hard enough, they believe they will find the elusive things they seek. I have found that those who seem most at peace with their lives are those who have spent time with themselves, determined their core principles and what is most important, and then lived a life in accordance with these principles. In this way, the people and experiences that bring fulfillment and all life’s abundance come to them – still requiring great effort and perseverance, but far more naturally. Look inside, find yourself.
Thursday September 11, 2014 #661
“The man who is too old to learn was probably always too old to learn.”
~Henry S Haskins
Age is truly irrelevant to the desire and ability to learn new skills, techniques, and concepts. I have known 25 year olds who are convinced they are unable to learn a new language or that it is too late to learn a new trade. And I have known many, many people in their 50’s, 60’s and even 70’s who actively pursue their education, start new careers, or learn new skills. You can choose to be “young” or “old” no matter what your chronological age. Never stop learning!
Tuesday September 9, 2014 #660
“There are three constants in life… change, choice and principles.”
Every day you will be faced with change. Always small changes, and often big and even transformational changes. This has always been and always will be the case. Your only effective choice is to regularly build your change-ability. Important to your ability to effectively manage change is to clearly know your core principles – such as fairness, honesty, desire to win, tolerance for imperfection, etc. When you operate from clear and unambiguous principles, you are able to make the choices necessary whenever faced with change. Your direction will be clear. What are your principles?
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