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Wisdom From Experience

Tuesday August 11, 2015 #748

“Good judgment comes from experience, and experience – -well, that comes from poor judgment.”

~Cousin Woodman


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.


August 15, 2015 Posted by | Wisdom | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wisdom From Foolishness

Thursday August 6, 2015 #747

“Our wisdom comes from our experience, and our experience comes from our foolishness.”

~Sacha Guitry


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.

August 15, 2015 Posted by | Wisdom | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Journey of Discovery

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

Stop And Look

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.

August 7, 2015 Posted by | Creativity, motivation | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Moving Beyond Your Comfort Zone

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.”

~Dan Stevens


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.

August 7, 2015 Posted by | comfort zone, Creativity, Intuition | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Changing Your Thinking

Tuesday December 30, 2014 #691

“You are where you are right now because of your best thinking. If you want something different, change your thinking.”

~Tony Rush


You are an amazing talent. You are driven to succeed and keep yourself in action daily toward achievement of your professional and personal goals.  And yet…  You’re not satisfied with your progress or achievements.  What is happening?

Today’s quote asks us to stop, reflect, and rethink both our goals and our actions.  Take the time today to assess the goals you have laid out for your personal and professional life.  What have you experience and learned this last year?  How have your capabilities grown or changed?  Who has come into your life, or left it?

Does any of this require rethinking your goals?  If so, make the change today and begin altering your actions to move toward your revised goals.  If not, but you are still not satisfied with your progress, it is time to change your thinking – about your goals, about your capabilities and resources, and about the very actions you have been taking.

Experience, reflect, learn, change, repeat….

January 3, 2015 Posted by | achievement, change, Goal Setting | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Conquering Fears

Sunday November 16, 2014 #678

“They can conquer who believe they can. He has not learned the first lesson is life who does not every day surmount a fear.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Everyone has fears.  Those who appear fearless have merely learned to face and conquer their fears through tenacious action and a stubborn belief in their own ability to persevere.  This ability is learned and only gained through experience and will.  Don’t think you need to do this alone.  Share your fears with those you care about and enlist their help and guidance in your quest to accomplish your goals and purpose.  Get out there and push through the challenges of the day and gain the experience that will serve you well through the normal messiness of life.

November 23, 2014 Posted by | Perseverance, Tenacity | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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.

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

Experiencing Life

Thursday September 4, 2014 #659

“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.”

~Joseph Campbell


Many (most?) people strive endlessly to fathom the “meaning” of life through introspection, exploration of religions and belief systems, joining others’ philosophies who seem to “get it”, etc.  And yet most never seem to find the answers they seek.  My observation is that the people most at peace and truly satisfied and happy with their lives are those that focus less on meaning and more on fully experiencing their daily lives.  Those other activities have value, of course, but they don’t satisfy our human needs unless we open ourselves up to truly experiencing all aspects of our lives – even the most mundane.  Open yourself to experience your life!

September 6, 2014 Posted by | Happiness | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments


Thursday August 28, 2014 #657

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”

~Zig Zigler


You know and enjoy those times of inspiration and motivation when you listen to a gifted speaker, read a great book or article, experience a special moment, etc.  But that feeling often doesn’t last.  The key to maximizing our potential is to be in a highly motivated state as often as possible.  This is achieved through repeated activities that motivate us, and more importantly, to open ourselves to the potential for any moment to be inspiring.  Don’t wait for the big moments, and make no excuses.  Motivation lies within our recognition in the inspiring power of intentional daily activities.

August 31, 2014 Posted by | inspiration, intention, motivation | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why me?

Thursday January 23, 2014 #596


“Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are good is like expecting a bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian.”


~Dennis Wholey

why me


When we or people close to us encounter hardships, we often respond with “Why me?” or “Why them?”  We’ve been good, careful, healthy, etc. etc.  Why did this happen to me?

The reality is that challenges, hardships, and even disasters are natural parts of our journey on the planet.  We cannot stop these from happening by being “good”, although we can certainly improve our odds!  Certainly continue doing all you can to live a good life, to learn all you can, to provide for others as well as yourself.  But when the eventual challenges occur, don’t be surprised. Accept the natural flow of life, learn from the experience, and use this wisdom to improve your chances of avoiding similar situations in the future.

January 25, 2014 Posted by | learning, Wisdom | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments