Thursday August 20, 2015 #751
“The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs…One step at a time.”
Whenever you are feeling beaten down by the challenges that life throws at you, and you want to scream out your frustration on things not being easier, remember this quote. There truly is no easy path to worthwhile and satisfying success. There are always long paths to go down, detours to take, and obstacles to overcome. Revel in each step you take that brings you closer to your next milestone and try to be both pragmatic in the face of each challenge, and also conscious of the many small moments of joy and comradery, as well as the occasional big spurts of progress that are also a part of the journey.
Tuesday August 18, 2015 #750
“I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.”
I have known many individuals, particularly senior leaders, working endlessly in isolation, determined to solve a problem or create value. These same folks rarely achieve anything remarkable for the simple reason is that they have relied solely on their own abilities and resources, forgetting or ignoring the fact that no one achieves greatness alone. It is only by recognizing the talent and value of every individual, and asking for their ideas and assistance, that great problems are solved and great victories are achieved. Be confident in, and utilize fully, your own talent and resources. But always, always, be aware of and seek out the help and resources of those around you.
Tuesday August 11, 2015 #748
“Good judgment comes from experience, and experience – -well, that comes from poor judgment.”
It is usual that the vast majority of our accumulated wisdom comes from having reflected upon, and learned from, the many times we have failed. Most of our failures, of course, come from simple naiveté or careless errors of judgment, vs. fundamental weaknesses. The point is to make the best judgments and decisions you can, with the information you can glean at that time, and keep moving. The more you experience, and the more failures and ultimately successes you collect along the way, the more your judgment and wisdom grows, reducing the number of errors and building a sense of confidence and excitement for the challenges still to come.
Tuesday August 4, 2015 #746
“You can look for external sources of motivation and that can catalyze a change, but it won’t sustain one. It has to be from an internal desire.”
This week my family and I have made our move to Hawaii. This has been a major change for me professionally and for me and my family personally. We have loved Hong Kong so I found myself on a journey to become motivated about the move. It was only when I stopped looking externally for motivation and spent time reflecting on the professional opportunity and the personal advantages that I finally got excited! Luckily I have been in the “excited” phase for quite a while now so the move has been energizing and I am thrilled to launch this next chapter. (You’re probably wondering how moving to Hawaii was ever not an exciting proposition – that story for another day!)
What changes are you facing? Are you wasting your time looking outside for sources of motivation? Try looking inside and find how you can make the decision to embrace the change and get inspired about it.
Thursday August 13, 2015 #749
“The very best thing you can do for the whole world is to make the most of yourself.”
Giving of your time, wealth and resources to others is exceptionally rewarding and I believe a social and moral imperative. However, you must never cease building your resources – physical, financial, emotional. It is only through continuing to make the most of yourself that your resources, and therefore your capacity to give, continue to grow. Never stop learning, never stop innovating, never stop finding new ways to solve old and new problems. You are key to the success of those around you – keep pushing yourself and those you lead to create value and resources that can help ever more people succeed along with you.
Thursday August 6, 2015 #747
“Our wisdom comes from our experience, and our experience comes from our foolishness.”
When you think of the memorable experiences in your life, it is likely that most of them were preceded by what would seem now a “foolish” decision. Approaching that gorgeous person (they said yes! – or not); asking for a raise from your boss during a challenging time (you got it! – or didn’t); going white water rafting (you survived! – with maybe a bruise or two); etc. The point is that anything we consider an “experience” has some level of extreme pain or pleasure – and sometimes both! But it is these experiences that have made us who we are, and have provided us with the wisdom we now use to help ourselves and others navigate life a bit better. Stay foolish – keep pushing yourself to do those slightly (or very) crazy things that give life its spice and make us better humans.
Thursday July 30, 2015 #745
“One very important aspect of motivation is the willingness to stop and to look at things that no one else has bothered to look at. This simple process of focusing on things that are normally taken for granted is a powerful source of creativity.”
~Edward de Bono
When you or a team you’re working with find yourself stuck trying to solve a problem or imagine new opportunities, it is often helpful to re-frame the problem/question. Move beyond the obvious or your previous experience. Look below the surface and try to find connections or factors that may be hidden by common beliefs. It is in this journey of discovery that you will likely find your path forward as your creativity is unleashed.
Tuesday July 28, 2015 #744
“The comfort zone is the great enemy to creativity; moving beyond it necessitates intuition, which in turn configures new perspectives and conquers fears.”
Intuition is the art of using all your experience and knowledge and applying it in a new and unclear situation. If you don’t stretch yourself beyond your habitual methods, if you stay in your comfort zone, you will likely fail or at best achieve mediocrity. Instead, use your power of intuition to imagine new ideas and unique scenarios to creatively move through challenges and maximize opportunities.
Thursday July 23, 2015 #743
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.”
You probably know this from your own experience: The real challenges in life aren’t the challenges themselves. It is the difficulty of making that decision to act to make a change that can get you beyond that challenge. Once the decision is made and that first action is taken, it is almost always a pleasant surprise just how easy it is to take the next and the next action until the challenge is overcome. It is human nature to fear the unknown, but it is also our unique human ability to decide to move beyond our fears and take action. What is challenging you today? What could you do if you weren’t afraid to act? Now, decide and act.
Tuesday July 21, 2015 #742
“At the end of the day, you are solely responsible for your success and your failure. And the sooner you realize that, you accept that, and integrate that into your work ethic, you will start being successful. As long as you blame others for the reason you aren’t where you want to be, you will always be a failure.”
We truly are in control of our lives. Even when things happen out of your control – good or bad, you can choose how to deal with that event, and to choose your attitude and response. Instead of complaining about the boss, the company, the politicians, the economy, your partner, your parents, or anyone/anything else, use your energy to decide what YOU will do to enhance or change your situation. There are countless stories of individuals who have overcome far more than what you are likely facing due to their perseverance, hope, and refusal to give up control of their lives to any circumstance or person. If you are feeling out of control and/or in blaming mode, STOP. Choose the path of personal responsibility and control your own life.
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