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Visions require exceptional execution

Tuesday May 8, 2012 #417

 “Everything depends upon execution; having just a vision is no solution.”

~Stephen Sondheim

 Vision without execution provides nothing but dreams.  Execution without a coherent vision provides completion, but not necessarily on the right or needed things.  Only executing against a well defined and passionately held vision yields exceptional results.  Be sure if you are a leader, that you are providing both a compelling vision and ensuring exceptional execution.


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Who could benefit from your wisdom?

Thursday May 3, 2012 #416

 “The greatest good you can do for another is not to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.”

~Benjamin Disraeli

No matter your station in life, I urge you to give 5-10% of your earnings to a cause or causes important to you.  It is our human responsibility to not only use our talents to produce wealth, but to also give back to our families and communities to help those less fortunate.  As you live up to this responsibility, I urge you to do more that write a check (although that is still admirable).  Rather, give a bit of your time to either volunteer, or to teach others what you have learned.  By teaching others, by Daring to be Contagious™, you are providing far more than if you give money alone.

What is your talent, your unique knowledge?  Who could benefit from your wisdom?  How will you share it today?

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On motivation…

Tuesday May 1, 2012 #415

 “Mission starts with determining what you really care about and want to accomplish and committing yourself to it. You can always develop expertise. First, discover your preference.”

~Charles Garfield

The beginning of the 5th month of 2012 is a good time to assess your motivation for achieving what you set out to do this year.  I have selected a pretty amazing little video which I hope will change the way you think about motivation – your motivation, and if you are a leader, how you attempt to motivate your people.  The video lasts 11 minutes.  Pick a quiet time and listen closely.  It may just change your thinking for the better.

On Motivation:


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Courage to experience life

Thursday April 26, 2012 #414

“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.”

~Paulo Coelho

It is true that only real experience can truly create wisdom.  While I highly recommend lifelong learning through formal education and reading, there are no books or classes which can substitute for experience.  It takes courage to propel yourself into situations that provide the experiences necessary for real learning.  Courage comes from confidence.  Confidence comes from learning enough to take intentional action.  So, learn, act, gain experience and confidence, and continue to take the risks that give you the experience necessary for wisdom.

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