JAM with Mike

An Archive of Mike Osorio’s Jammin’ twice-weekly email service

Success Through Humility

Thursday July 16, 2015 #741

“Humility is the true key to success. Successful people lose their way at times. They often embrace and overindulge from the fruits of success. Humility halts this arrogance and self-indulging trap. Humble people share the credit and wealth, remaining focused and hungry to continue the journey of success.”

~Rick Pitino

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No matter what successes you achieve, never lose your humility.  The only thing certain about success is that it is fleeting.  What brought success today will likely not work again tomorrow.  Stay hungry, stay humble.  Never stop learning.

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August 7, 2015 Posted by | Humility, learning, Success | , , , , | Leave a comment

Be the Student

Tuesday July 14, 2015 #740

“Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new.”

~Og Mandino

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No matter where you are in life, there will always be more to learn which can add to your skills, prepare you for new circumstances, and provide joy in living.  When you think you’ve learned all you need to learn, that is when you have guaranteed the end of your personal growth and begin to become ineffective and irrelevant.  It is only when we realize that we are always the student, and that everyone we meet has something to teach us, that we can continue our lifelong journey of becoming the person we were meant to be.

August 7, 2015 Posted by | learning | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Changing Your Mind

Thursday May 7, 2015 #723

“The foolish and the dead never change their opinions.”

~James Russell Lowell

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In this constantly evolving world in which we live, we must have the character strength to allow new information and changing circumstances to challenge our opinions and beliefs.  Your position needn’t change, but by not listening and at least considering your opinions through critical thinking, you are robbing yourself the opportunity to learn, grow and adapt.

May 9, 2015 Posted by | Belief, change, critical thinking, learning, listening | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Risk Taking

Thursday April 9, 2015 #715

“The biggest risk is not taking any risk. In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”

~Mark Zuckerberg

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Most of us are taught at home, at school, and at work how to plan effectively to minimize and avoid risk.  This has been an ineffective way to prepare for today’s reality of exceptional speed and change, and frankly has never been a good strategy.  Change has always been a constant, and the difference today is the speed of that change.  What we must all develop is the capacity and courage to take frequent and appropriate risks.  The environment around us is changing so rapidly that we must move more quickly than may be comfortable and this requires taking risk.  We can and should prepare for our decisions regarding risk through developing intellectual curiosity, learning as much as possible and paying attention to what is happening around us.  The risks we take will be necessary and more likely to succeed.  Standing still and avoiding risk is not an option.  Prepare as best you can, but act, even if it is risky.

April 11, 2015 Posted by | change, courage, Curiosity, learning | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Evolving Beliefs

Thursday March 26, 2015 #711

“I can’t understand why people are frightened by new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.”

~John Cage

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We live in a time of accelerating change which, because of most people’s abject fear of change, creates anxiety and bad behavior.  Often this translates into closed communities of like-minded folks who fight to keep their way of thinking unchanged.  This is most obvious with religion and ethnicity but also is seen in corporate silos and even family factions.  This can lead to xenophobia, prejudice and discrimination.

In my view, other than core ethical areas such as honesty and human kindness, we are at our best when we allow our beliefs to evolve.  When confronted with differing views, rather than finding fault, seek to understand. You do not need to adopt the other viewpoint, but neither do you need to be afraid of it or fight against it.

Change is the only constant – learn, understand, evolve.

April 4, 2015 Posted by | change, learning, Understanding | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Danger of Success

Tuesday March 24, 2015 #710

“Whenever an individual or a business decides that success has been attained, progress stops.”

~Thomas J. Watson

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Most people, teams, and organizations react in the same way to success:  An assumption that they have the right formula for success and so they decide to use that formula again and again.  Logically if you consider the extraordinary level of change occurring in our macro and micro economic environment today, it is obvious that the formula for success today can’t possibly be relied upon to continue to work.  Interestingly most people will never understand this.  They keep trying the same formula and are surprised, even devastated, when it doesn’t work.  The key is to pay attention to your environment.  Observe, learn, and adapt.  So be part of the unique few who not only understand this but act on it:  reinventing success daily through their curiosity, observations and ability to test new ideas.

April 4, 2015 Posted by | change, Curiosity, learning, Success, Take Action | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Benefits of Failure

Tuesday March 3, 2015 #704

“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.”

~Dalai Lama

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No matter your skills and capabilities, or your well-laid plans, you can never avoid all failures.  And that’s OK.  In fact, never having a serious failure is counter to reaching the levels of success you are capable of.  It is only through the growth you will experience while navigating challenges and learning from failures that you will reach your potential.  So don’t fret when you face hardships and even fail.  Just be sure to recognize and take advantage of their learning and growth potential.

March 15, 2015 Posted by | learning, potential, Success | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Learning From Our Mistakes

Tuesday February 17, 2015 #701

 “Mistakes are the portals of discovery.”

 ~James Joyce

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 Rather than focusing on avoiding mistakes, which are inevitable for anyone trying to push themselves to achieve their dreams, to challenge their capabilities, and to explore possibilities, the real value-add activity is to use mistakes to learn.  When mistakes are a result of carelessness, the key learning is the need for intentional action.  But when mistakes are the result of intentionally pushing boundaries, the discoveries can be profound – but only if you take the time to carefully reflect, learn and apply the learning to your actions ahead.  Push yourself to discover the wisdom in your inevitable mistakes.

March 14, 2015 Posted by | learning, Take Action | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Learning Through 700 JAMs!

Thursday February 5, 2015 #700

“Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.”

~Jim Rohn

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As I reflect on the milestone of writing my 700th JAM with Mike, I am most grateful for all I have learned from and about you, and about myself in the process.  I don’t always follow my own advice, but I try!  And, whether you have been with me since the beginning in 2008 (and thank you for that!), or have just recently joined, I hope you have learned something about your ability to help yourself and others achieve greatness and find joy in living.  I have learned from so many of you and I look forward to our mutual learning in the next 700 JAMs!

February 14, 2015 Posted by | JAM with Mike, learning | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Discovery

Wednesday October 1, 2014 #666

“A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.”

~Albert von Szent-Györgyi de Nagyrápolt

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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.

October 7, 2014 Posted by | innovation, learning | , , , , , | Leave a comment