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A life lesson at home plate

This is making the rounds – a great story with a remarkable life lesson.

 

In Nashville, Tennessee, during the first week of January, 1996, more than 4,000 baseball coaches descended upon the Opryland Hotel for the 52nd annual ABCA convention.  While I waited in line to register with the hotel staff, I heard other more veteran coaches rumbling about the lineup of speakers scheduled to present during the weekend. One name, in particular, kept resurfacing, always with the same sentiment — “John Scolinos is here? Oh man, worth every penny of my airfare.”  Who the hell is John Scolinos, I wondered. No matter, I was just happy to be there.

In 1996, Coach Scolinos was 78 years old and five years retired from a college coaching career that began in 1948. He shuffled to the stage to an impressive standing ovation, wearing dark polyester pants, a light blue shirt, and a string around his neck from which home plate hung — a full-sized, stark-white home plate.  Seriously, I wondered, who in the hell is this guy?

After speaking for twenty-five minutes, not once mentioning the prop hanging around his neck, Coach Scolinos appeared to notice the snickering among some of the coaches. Even those who knew Coach Scolinos had to wonder exactly where he was going with this, or if he had simply forgotten about home plate since he’d gotten on stage.

Then, finally … “You’re probably all wondering why I’m wearing home plate around my neck. Or maybe you think I escaped from Camarillo State Hospital,” he said, his voice growing irascible. I laughed along with the others, acknowledging the possibility. “No,” he continued, “I may be old, but I’m not crazy. The reason I stand before you today is to share with you baseball people what I’ve learned in my life, what I’ve learned about home plate in my 78 years.”

Several hands went up when Scolinos asked how many Little League coaches were in the room. “Do you know how wide home plate is in Little League?” After a pause, someone offered, “Seventeen inches,” more question than answer.
“That’s right,” he said. “How about in Babe Ruth’s time? Any Babe Ruth coaches in the house?”
Another long pause.
“Seventeen inches?” came a guess from another reluctant coach.
“That’s right,” said Scolinos. “Now, how many high school coaches do we have in the room?” Hundreds of hands shot up, as the pattern began to appear. “How wide is home plate in high school baseball?”
“Seventeen inches,” they said, sounding more confident.
“You’re right!” Scolinos barked. “And you college coaches, how wide is home plate in college?”
“Seventeen inches!” we said, in unison.
“Any Minor League coaches here? How wide is home plate in pro ball?”
“Seventeen inches!”
“RIGHT! And in the Major Leagues, how wide home plate is in the Major Leagues?”
“Seventeen inches!”
“SEV-EN-TEEN INCHES!” he confirmed, his voice bellowing off the walls. “And what do they do with a Big League pitcher who can’t throw the ball over seventeen inches?” Pause. “They send him to Pocatello!” he hollered, drawing raucous laughter.

“What they don’t do is this: they don’t say, ‘Ah, that’s okay, Jimmy. You can’t hit a seventeen-inch target? We’ll make it eighteen inches, or nineteen inches. We’ll make it twenty inches so you have a better chance of hitting it. If you can’t hit that, let us know so we can make it wider still, say twenty-five inches.’”
Pause.
“Coaches …”
Pause.
” … what do we do when our best player shows up late to practice? When our team rules forbid facial hair and a guy shows up unshaven? What if he gets caught drinking? Do we hold him accountable? Or do we change the rules to fit him, do we widen home plate?”

The chuckles gradually faded as four thousand coaches grew quiet, the fog lifting as the old coach’s message began to unfold. He turned the plate toward himself and, using a Sharpie, began to draw something. When he turned it toward the crowd, point up, a house was revealed, complete with a freshly drawn door and two windows. “This is the problem in our homes today. With our marriages, with the way we parent our kids. With our discipline. We don’t teach accountability to our kids, and there is no consequence for failing to meet standards. We widen the plate!”
Pause. Then, to the point at the top of the house he added a small American flag.
“This is the problem in our schools today. The quality of our education is going downhill fast and teachers have been stripped of the tools they need to be successful, and to educate and discipline our young people. We are allowing others to widen home plate! Where is that getting us?” Silence. He replaced the flag with a Cross.
“And this is the problem in the Church, where powerful people in positions of authority have taken advantage of young children, only to have such an atrocity swept under the rug for years. Our church leaders are widening home plate!”

I was amazed. At a baseball convention where I expected to learn something about curveballs and bunting and how to run better practices, I had learned something far more valuable. From an old man with home plate strung around his neck, I had learned something about life, about myself, about my own weaknesses and about my responsibilities as a leader. I had to hold myself and others accountable to that which I knew to be right, lest our families, our faith, and our society continue down an undesirable path.

“If I am lucky,” Coach Scolinos concluded, “you will remember one thing from this old coach today. It is this: if we fail to hold ourselves to a higher standard, a standard of what we know to be right; if we fail to hold our spouses and our children to the same standards, if we are unwilling or unable to provide a consequence when they do not meet the standard; and if our schools and churches and our government fail to hold themselves accountable to those they serve, there is but one thing to look forward to …” With that, he held home plate in front of his chest, turned it around, and revealed its dark black backside.  “… dark days ahead.”

Coach Scolinos died in 2009 at the age of 91, but not before touching the lives of hundreds of players and coaches, including mine. Meeting him at my first ABCA convention kept me returning year after year, looking for similar wisdom and inspiration from other coaches. He is the best clinic speaker the ABCA has ever known because he was so much more than a baseball coach.

His message was clear: “Coaches, keep your players — no matter how good they are — your own children, and most of all, keep yourself at seventeen inches.

 

(ed. – Thank you to Dick Inwood and Claude Bennett who forwarded this poignant story to us.)

 

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Some of Muhammad Ali’s greatest quotes

ali_1992By George has compiled some of our favourite quotes from the life of Muhammad Ali – “The Greatest of All-time.”

 

“I am an ordinary man who worked hard to develop the talent I was given. I believed in myself, and I believe in the goodness of others.”

 

“It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”

 

“It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.”

 

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”

 

“The man who has no imagination has no wings.”

 

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”

 

“A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.”

 

“Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams – they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do – they all contain truths.”

 

“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”

 

“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.”

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“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”

 

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”

 

“Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer.”

 

ali_foreman“Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.”

 

“I never thought of losing, but now that it’ s happened, the only thing is to do it right. That’s my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.”

 

“I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world.”

 

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Here are a few golden quips about the ring and Ali’s mastery of talking trash.

“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. His hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see. Now you see me, now you don’t. George thinks he will, but I know he won’t.”

 

“I’m the greatest thing that ever lived! I’m the king of the world! I’m a bad man. I’m the prettiest thing that ever lived.”

 

“I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was.”

 

“It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.”

 

“I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale; handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalised a brick; I’m so mean I make medicine sick.”

 

“If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize.”

 

“I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.”

 

“I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I’m in a world of my own.”

 

“I used to tease Joe Louis by reminding him that I was the greatest of all time. But Joe Louis was the greatest heavyweight fighter ever.”

 

“People don’t realize what they had till it’s gone. Like President Kennedy, there was no one like him, the Beatles, and my man Elvis Presley. I was the Elvis of boxing.”

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12 Habits Of Genuine People

How genuine are you? Here is a list of character traits that Travis Bradberry (author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and principle at www.TalentSmart.com) has compiled that will provide you with a measuring stick of your moral fiber as it pertains to genuineness.

Consider the hallmarks of genuine people.

  1. Genuine people don’t try to make people like them. They are who they are. They know that some people will like them, and some won’t. And they’re OK with that. It’s not that they don’t care whether or not other people will like them but simply that they’re not going to let that get in the way of doing the right thing. They’re willing to make unpopular decisions and to take unpopular positions if that’s what needs to be done.
  2. They don’t pass judgment. Genuine people are open-minded, which makes them approachable and interesting to others.
  3. They forge their own paths. Genuine people don’t derive their sense of pleasure and satisfaction from the opinions of others. Their direction comes from within, from their own principles and values. They do what they believe to be the right thing, and they’re not swayed by the fact that somebody might not like it.
  4. They are generous. Genuine people are unfailingly generous with whom they know, what they know, and the resources they have access to. They want you to do well more than anything else because they’re team players and they’re confident enough to never worry that your success might make them look bad.
  5. They treat everyone with respect. Genuine people are unfailingly polite and respectful. They believe they’re no better than anyone else.
  6. They aren’t motivated by material things. Genuine people don’t need shiny, fancy stuff in order to feel good. Their happiness comes from within, as well as from the simpler pleasures—such as friends, family, and a sense of purpose—that make life rich.
  7. They are trustworthy. People gravitate toward those who are genuine because they know they can trust them. Genuine people mean what they say, and if they make a commitment, they keep it.
  8. They are thick-skinned. Genuine people have a strong enough sense of self that they don’t go around seeing offense that isn’t there. They’re able to objectively evaluate negative and constructive feedback, accept what works, put it into practice, and leave the rest of it behind without developing hard feelings.
  9. They put away their phones. When genuine people commit to a conversation, they focus all of their energy on the conversation. Genuine people create connection and find depth even in short, everyday conversations.
  10. They aren’t driven by ego. Genuine people don’t make decisions based on their egos because they don’t need the admiration of others in order to feel good about themselves. Likewise, they don’t seek the limelight or try to take credit for other people’s accomplishments.
  11. They aren’t hypocrites. Genuine people practice what they preach. And genuine people fix their own problems first.
  12. They don’t brag. Genuine people don’t need to brag. They’re confident in their accomplishments, but they also realize that when you truly do something that matters, it stands on its own merits, regardless of how many people notice or appreciate it.

In summary, genuine people know who they are. They are confident enough to be comfortable in their own skin. They are firmly grounded in reality, and they’re truly present in each moment because they’re not trying to figure out someone else’s agenda or worrying about their own.

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(SOURCE – Read the full article in Forbes Magazine: 12 Habits of Genuine People)

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Marcus Tullius Cicero

Marcus Tullius Cicero (English byname Tully) was born in 106 BC in where is now Arpino, Italy. He was a Roman statesman, lawyer, scholar, and writer who vainly tried to uphold republican principles in the final civil wars that destroyed the Roman Republic. His writings include books of rhetoric, orations, philosophical and political treatises, and letters. Above all, he considered politics of utmost importance, which should be effectively influenced by philosophy. He is remembered in modern times as the greatest Roman orator and innovator of what became known as Ciceronian rhetoric. Marcus Tullius Cicero was murdered by decree as an enemy of the state in 43 BC. Here is a favourite observation that should be committed to memory:

“Six mistakes mankind keeps making century after century:
Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others;
Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected;
Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it;
Refusing to set aside trivial preferences;
Neglecting development and refinement of the mind;
Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.”

Here are some more of our favourite Tully musings:

  • “Our span of life is brief, but is long enough for us to live well and honestly.”
  • “If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it.”
  • “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”
  • “Dum Spiro, spero.” – “As long as I breathe, I hope.”
  • “The life given us, by nature is short; but the memory of a well-spent life is eternal.”
  • “Politicians are not born; they are excreted.”
  • “Non nobis solum nati sumus.” – “We are not born for ourselves alone.”
  • “A happy life consists in tranquility of mind.”
  • “It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgment.”
  • “What an ugly beast is the ape, and how like us.”

And Marcus Tullius Cicero is also known for his love of books and reading. On this subject he espoused:

  • “Read at every wait; read at all hours; read within leisure; read in times of labor; read as one goes in; read as one goest out. The task of the educated mind is simply put: read to lead.”
  • “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
  • “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”
  • “For books are more than books, they are the life, the very heart and core of ages past, the reason why men worked and died, the essence and quintessence of their lives.”

 

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12 inspiring quotes on humanity  

“We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity; more than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.”

– Charles Chaplin

 

“Being human is given. But keeping our humanity is a choice.”

– Anonymous

 

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

– Martin Luther King

 

“Moral courage is the highest expression of humanity.”

– Ralph Nader

 

 “Benevolence is the characteristic element of humanity.”

– Confucius

 

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.”

– Dalai Lama

 

“If you cannot find faith in humanity, be the faith in humanity.”

– Anonymous

 

“Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.”

– Nelson Mandela

 

‘Be a good human being, a warm hearted, affectionate person. That is my fundamental belief.”

– Dalai Lama

 

 “Love humanity? Start with one person.”

– Gabriel Laub

 

“In a gentle way you can shake the world.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

 

 “Place it as your highest order to be the reason someone smiles today.”

– Chris George

 

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Colin Powell: 13 Rules

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In his memoir It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership, Colin Powell provided a valuable list of life lessons accompanied by a collection of personal anecdotes. For this great man, there are 13 Rules to how to live life.

Rule 1. It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning. Keep all things in perspective when having to make a tough decision. Give the matter the perspective of some time.

Rule 2. Get mad, then get over it. Do not carry anger for any time. Instead of letting anger destroy you, use it to make constructive change.

Rule 3. Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it. Whatever position you hold, check your ego at the door when you are making major decisions. Foremost, consider the good of the organization and people in the organization. Then, should the action fail, your intentions never do.

Rule 4. It can be done! Exude optimist. Be positive. Leaders are about making things happen.

Rule 5. Be careful what you choose. Consider wisely your choices. Project ahead and assess the best developments for your objective(s).

Rule 6. Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision. Solid leadership is often a matter of superb instinct. Leaders often stand alone on what they know to be the right decision.

Rule 7. You can’t make someone else’s choices. While good leaders listen and consider all perspectives, they ultimately make their own decisions. Ultimate responsibility is yours.

Rule 8. Check small things. Mind the details. Small details often ensure the success of your big decisions.

Rule 9. Share credit. Share the credit, take the blame, and quietly find out and fix things that went wrong. Success is very much a team effort.

Rule 10. Remain calm. Be kind. The difference between a good leader and a great leader is their degree of kindness. Kindness, like calmness, reassures loyalty and galvanizes respect and confidence.

Rule 11. Have a vision. Be demanding. Your vision must inspire – incite and enthuse. Your purpose is the fuel for the vision. It energizes – drives it. Be compelling and excite those around you.

Rule 12. Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers. Fear is a normal human emotion that has the potential to be a paralyzing force. So, acknowledge your fears, stare them down, but don’t let them guide your decisions.

Rule 13. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. Perpetual optimism, believing in yourself, believing in your purpose, believing you will prevail, and demonstrating passion and confidence will have an amazingly beneficial impact on those around you. There is something to be said for the leader who refuses to accept defeat but continues to adapt until he is successful.

 

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Quotes to inspire, motivate and provoke

Many will know that By George Journal regularly tweet quotes to inspire, motivate and provoke. Here are some of our latest “favourite” bons mots!

  • “Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today.” – Mark Twain
  • “Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you act.” – Leonard Cohen
  • “The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.” – Albert Einstein
  • “You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” – Anon.
  • “It is never too late to become what you might have been.” – George Eliot
  • “Character is power.”- Booker T. Washington
  • “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” – Albert Einstein
  • “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” -Winston Churchill
  • “Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” – John F. Kennedy
  • “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
  • “We all live in suspense, from day to day, from hour to hour, in other words, we are the hero of our own story.” – Mary McCarthy
  • “To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization.” – Arnold Toynbee
  • “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.” – Albert Schweitzer
  • “People are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

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A personal 360 for the Fall

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To help prepare for your challenges throughout the Fall, here is a series of instructive articles that have been compiled from the archives of By George. The posts provide instruction on strengthening your sense of direction, confidence and self-awareness, and providing techniques to increase your productivity and ultimately your success in meeting your goals. The articles are a great refresher for the workplace – and for your approach to life.

All the best as you dive into your Fall endeavors tomorrow!

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In Getting a Good Jump Start this Fall

Rejuvenate Yourself!

Tips for starting your week / your day

Techniques for being more efficient at your work

10 self-motivating thoughts

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Increasing your Productivity

5-sure-ways to get more out of your day

Tips on Productivity & A Dozen Productivity Tips

Your Checklist for Effective Meetings

20 FAV quotes on being productive

A Dozen Great Quotes on Managing Time

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Achieving Greater Self-awareness

Important Questions for the Self

Challenge Yourself

8 Essential Life Questions

10 Habits for Personal Success

3 “Must-Haves” for Success

Habits and ways of rich, successful people

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Presenting a More Confident You

Answering That Question about What You Do

5 Steps to Mastering Your Performance (Ericsson)

Rudy Giuliani’s thoughts on leadership

The art of listening

10 Simple Truths Smart People Will Forget

14 Habits of Exceptionally Likable People

Communicate More Effectively, More Persuasively (our e-book on becoming an effective communicator)

Three Parables for Management Training (humourous look at the workplace)

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With By George’s Twitter and Facebook threads this Fall, we hope and trust to provide the inspiration to drive and to achieve your goals. After today’s last hurrah of summer, it’s onward and upward!

 

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The Quest: The Impossible Dream

To dream the impossible dream

To fight the unbeatable foe

To bear with unbearable sorrow

To run where the brave dare not go

To right the unrightable wrong

To love pure and chaste from afar

To try when your arms are too weary

To reach the unreachable star

This is my quest

To follow that star

No matter how hopeless

No matter how far

To fight for the right

Without question of pause

To be willing to march

Into hell for a heavenly cause

And I know if I’ll only be true

To this glorious quest

That my heart will be peaceful and calm

When I’m laid to my rest

And the world will be better for this

That one man scorned and covered with scars

Still strove with his last ounce of courage

To reach the unreachable star!

and I’ll always dream
the impossible dream

yes, and I’ll reach
the unreachable star.

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“The Impossible Dream (The Quest)” is a song composed by Mitch Leigh, with lyrics written by Joe Darion. It is the most popular song from the 1965 Broadway musical Man if La Mancha and is also featured in the 1972 film of the same name starring Peter O”Toole.

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Modern-Day Maxims (3)

Count your age by friends, count your life by smiles. / You have to wake up in order for your dreams to come true. / Never insult a crocodile until you’ve crossed the river. / If you don’t lie down no one can walk on you. / If you think things improve with age attend a class reunion. / A good scare is sometimes worth more to a man than good advice. / Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes. / We have two ears and one mouth, Think twice, speak once! / You’re never fully dressed until you wear a smile. / It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts. / The greatest mistake you can make is to be afraid of making one. / Happiness is the journey not the destination. / People with goals succeed because they know where they are going. / Look at life through the windshield not the rear view mirror. / To succeed do the best you can, where you are, with what you have. / Don’t let your voice mail be “voice jail” to your callers. / A man without humour is like a car without shock absorbers. / Wisdom is what’s left over after we smarten up. / Many people quit looking for work when they finally get a job. / About the only thing that comes to us without effort is old age. / Don’t wait for your ship to come in – swim out to it. / Talk less – Say more. / Autograph your work with quality. / You can only control two things your attitude and your activity. / Remember, there’s nothing more constant than change. / If you tell the truth sooner or later somebody’s going to find out. / Experience is the one thing you can’t get on easy payments. / All play and no work, does not work. / A goal is a dream with a deadline. / Dream of worthy accomplishments and stay awake to achieve them. / The only place success comes before work is the dictionary. / You can be happy without needing others to agree with you. / You are not late until you get there. / Glory comes from daring to begin. / Have a back bone not a wish bone. / Give your troubles to God, He will be up all night anyway. / The greater part of progress is the desire to progress. / Happiness is the place between too little and too much. / Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. / Destiny is not a matter of chance it’s a matter of choice. / Your children need your presence more than your presents. / Each of us has two ends a sitting end and a thinking end, Success depends on which we use. / Many spend half the time wishing for things they could have if they didn’t spend half the time wishing. / For every person who climbs the ladder of success there are a dozen waiting for the elevator. / God works with you, not for you. / If your dreams turn to dust vacuum. / Do it now, you become successful the very moment you start. / People may doubt what you say but they will believe what you do. / Success -Don’t do what you like, Like what you do. / Happiness is a choice not a response.

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Modern-Day Maxims (2)

Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often. / Success is … more attitude than aptitude. / Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important. / If you can laugh at it then you can live with it. / If you must cry over spilled milk then please try to condense it. / It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it. / Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image. / Make friends before you need them. / A friend walks in when everyone else walks out. / The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention. / Our favorite attitude should be gratitude. / The greatest of all faults is to imagine you have none. / Too many of us speak twice before we think. / Everyone has 20/20 hindsight. / It is much easier to be critical than to be correct. / It is no crime not to be perfect. / If others have sinned you need not mention it. / No man knows less than the man who knows it all. / Patience carries a lot of wait. / One who lacks courage to start has already finished. / A quitter never wins, a winner never quits. / Break a bad habit – Drop it. / Don’t learn safety rules simply by accident. / Failing to prepare, we prepare to fail. / Past failures are guideposts for future success. / There is no right way to do a wrong thing. / Don’t think there are no crocodiles just because the water is calm. / There can be no rainbow without a cloud and a storm. / Seek joy in what you give not in what you get. / Procrastination is the thief of time. / Success comes in cans – failure comes in can’ts. / Anger is one letter short of danger / 2/3 of promotion is motion. / Having a sharp tongue can cut your own throat. / Life is what happens while you are making other plans. / A person of words and not deeds is like a garden full of weeds. / It’s better to be trusted than liked: underpromise – overperform. / All the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds of today. / You always pass failure on the way to success. / Don’t let lack of praise nip you in the bud. / The surest way to go broke is to sit around and wait for a break. / The only thing worse than an alarm going off is the one that doesn’t. / Growing old is when fun is a lot more work. / An ego trip won’t get you anywhere. / The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is just that little extra. / If you want the rainbow you gotta put up with the rain. / A natural tendency is to want to be understood rather than understand. / Keep your heart a little softer than your head. / Feed your faith and doubt will starve to death. / The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.

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Modern-Day Maxims (1)

They certainly do not have the “weightiness” of those traditional aphorisms from ancient Greece and the Enlightenment Period, but there still is an element of truth twisted into modern-day maxims. However, here is an entertaining list of modern principles and maxims.

The pursuit of happiness is the chase of a lifetime. / The road to success is always under construction. / A turtle makes progress when it sticks its neck out. / Failure is the path of least persistence. / Hard work is the yeast that raises the dough. / Patience is counting down without blasting off. / Have a backbone not a wishbone. / Life is not no much a matter of position as of disposition. / If you don’t care where you’re going any road will get you there. / A pint of example is worth a gallon of advice. / He who throws mud loses ground. / Nobody raises his own reputation by lowering others. / Nothing ruins the truth like stretching it. / A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. / Ideas won’t work unless you do. / The future is purchased by the present. / One thing you can’t recycle is wasted time. / Lost time is never found again. / A hard thing about business is minding your own. / Triumph is just “umph” added to try. / Caution is not cowardly, carelessness is not courage. / He who forgives ends the quarrel. / Children need more models than critics. / Frogs have it easy – they can eat what bugs them. / If the going gets easy you may be going downhill. / Diplomacy is the art of letting someone else get your way. / The best vitamin for making friends, B-1. / Jumping to conclusions can be bad exercise. / The best labor saving device is doing it tomorrow. / Some folks won’t look up until they are flat on their backs. / If you want your dreams to come true, don’t oversleep. / Birds have bills too and they keep on singing. / A good example is the best sermon. / The Ten Commandments are not multiple choice. / Well done! is better than, Well said! / Minds are like parachutes – they function only when open. / Live as you wish your kids would. / Swallowing your pride seldom leads to indigestion. / People don’t fail, they give up. / When looking for faults use a mirror, not a telescope. / Smile, it takes only 13 muscles – a frown takes 64. / Kindness, a language deaf people can hear and blind can see. / Heaviest thing to carry – a grudge. / We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves. / Tact is the ability to see others as they wish to be seen. / A bad conscience has a very good memory. / One thing you can give and still keep – is your word. / A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor. / A small leak can sink a great ship. / You can’t direct the wind, but you can adjust your sails.

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25 FAV quotes of William James

williamjamesHere are 25 of our favourite bons mots of William James.

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  • A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
  • Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
  • Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
  • Could the young but realize how soon they will become mere walking bundles of habits, they would give more heed to their conduct while in the plastic state.
  • Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.
  • If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it.
  • In the dim background of mind we know what we ought to be doing but somehow we cannot start.
  • It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.
  • It is well for the world that in most of us, by the age of thirty, the character has set like plaster, and will never soften again.
  • Everybody should do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice.
  • Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.
  • Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.
  • Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.
  • The aim of a college education is to teach you to know a good man when you see one.
  • The essence of genius is to know what to overlook.
  • The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
  • The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.
  • The ideas gained by men before they are twenty-five are practically the only ideas they shall have in their lives.
  • The world is all the richer for having a devil in it, so long as we keep our foot upon his neck.
  • The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.
  • There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man’s lack of faith in his true Self.
  • To change ones life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly.
  • Truth is what works.
  • We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause.
  • We never fully grasp the import of any true statement until we have a clear notion of what the opposite untrue statement would be.

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(ed. – These William James quotes and more can be found in By George Treasury II – in Our E-bookshelf)

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Promise Yourself (verse)

   

Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel like there is something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living person you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, and too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the
presence of trouble.

 

 

Promise Yourself is internationally known as the Optimists’ Creed

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The Brilliance of Ayn Rand

ayn_rand_disegno(ed. – Do yourself a favour. Bookmark this page of Ayn Rand musings. When everything seems off-kilter, reread.)

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  • All life is a purposeful struggle, and your only choice is the choice of a goal.
  • The question isn’t who is going to let me, it’s who is going to stop me.
  • Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision.
  • The most depraved type of human being . . . (is) the man without a purpose.
  • All you have to do is look straight and see the road, and when you see it, don’t sit looking at it – walk.
  • You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.
  • Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death.
  • If a society is to remain free, its government must be controlled.
  • America’s abundance was not created by public sacrifices to the common good, but by the productive genius of free men who pursued their own personal interests and the making of their own private fortunes.
  • Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to think.
  • Government “help” to business is just as disastrous as government persecution… the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off.
  • Every government interference in the economy consists of giving an unearned benefit, extorted by force, to some men at the expense of others.
  • Living in a society, instead of on a desert island, does not relieve a man of the responsibility of supporting his own life.
  • The problem is not those who dream, but those who can only dream.
  • Either we believe that the State exists to serve the individual or that the individual exists to serve the state.
  • Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper’s bell of an approaching looter.
  • The only purpose of education is to teach a student how to live his life – by developing his mind and equipping him to deal with reality…
  • The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live.
  • A man who struggles not to acknowledge that evil is evil, finds it increasingly dangerous to acknowledge that the good is the good.
  • There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil.

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Lesbos generosity a shining light

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USA Today has published a feature on the Lesbos Yiayias and their nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. In a wonderful article This Greek grandmother could win the Nobel Peace Prize the national news agency wrote:

Emilia Kamvysi is not the typical Nobel Peace Prize candidate. The 86-year-old is not a politician, activist or lawyer. Her days are simple and slow. Like other Greek retirees on the island of Lesbos off the Turkish coast, she cooks for her children and grandchildren, watches the evening news and sits on the bench with her neighbors gazing at the sea. Then her life changed…”

 

This USA Today article is a must-read and for more background, read By George Journal’s earlier post:

Lesbos: providing renewed faith in humanity

Unquestionably, there is nobody more deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize than the people of Lesbos — those Yiayias and fishermen who have given so much of themselves.

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[Photos credits:  Nikolia Apostolou, Special for USA TODAY]

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10 Lessons on Life shared by Billionaires

Forbes Magazine catalogues priceless words of wisdom and Forbes staff Keren Blankfeld has done a very great job in compiling a must-read list of life observations in her piece: Billionaires To Graduates: All-Time Best Advice From Their Commencement Speeches

The following list is the top 10 lessons successful business people have shared in commencement speeches to graduating classes:

 

  1. Life is short.

“As you graduate, can you ask yourselves to live as if you had eleven days left? I don’t mean blow everything off and party all the time— although tonight is an exception. I mean live with the understanding of how precious every single day would be. How precious every day actually is.” – Sheryl Sandberg, UC Berkeley 2016

 

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs, Stanford 2005

 

“Always remember that the moments we have with friends and family, the chances we have to do things that might make a big difference in the world, or even to make a small difference to someone you love — all those wonderful chances that life gives us, life also takes away. It can happen fast, and a whole lot sooner than you think.” – Larry Page, University of Michigan 2009

 

  1. Be present.

“Being present is smarter, funnier and undeniably more attractive. When you’re right here, right now, you notice things. You notice the nuance and expressions of the people around you. You notice the things that might make you a new friend or get you hired or even give you a chance of hooking up. You notice today and how wonderful it is. You noticed the people around you might not be as lucky as you are and the people who work their asses off to make sure you succeed.” – Chris Sacca, University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management 2011

 

  1. Be bold and take risks.

“I will hazard a prediction. When you are 80 years old, and in a quiet moment of reflection narrating for only yourself the most personal version of your life story, the telling that will be most compact and meaningful will be the series of choices you have made. In the end, we are our choices. Build yourself a great story.” – Jeff Bezos, Princeton University 2010

 

  1. Embrace failure and learn from it.

“It doesn’t matter how far you might rise…. If you’re constantly pushing yourself higher, higher the law of averages not to mention the Myth of Icarus predicts that you will at some point fall. And when you do I want you to know this, remember this: there is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.” – Oprah Winfrey, Harvard University 2013

 

“I have always believed and I have taught my children and grandchildren that great success is not built on success. It is built on failure, frustration and sometimes even calamity.” – Sumner Redstone, Northwestern University 2002

 

  1. Be of service: make the world better.

“In the course of your lives, without any plan on your part, you’ll come to see suffering that will break your heart. When it happens, and it will, don’t turn away from it; turn toward it. That is the moment when change is born.” – Melinda Gates, Stanford 2014

 

  1. Use your imagination.

“Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.” – J.K. Rowling, Harvard University 2008 (former billionaire)

 

  1. When a great dream shows up, follow it.

“I dreamed of doing it and finally I achieved it and that is when I came to realize that fantasizing, projecting yourself into a successful situation is the most powerful means there is of achieving personal goals.” – Leonard Lauder, Connecticut College 1989

 

“Overall, I know it seems like the world is crumbling out there, but it is actually a great time in your life to get a little crazy, follow your curiosity, and be ambitious about it. Don’t give up on your dreams. The world needs you all!” – Larry Page, University of Michigan 2009

 

  1. Be flexible.

“You don’t need a grand plan. Whatever plan you do have is probably going to change 100 times before you’re 30. And you don’t need to be an expert in something to try it.” – Michael Bloomberg, University of North Carolina 2012

 

  1. Work hard and be irrepressible.

“Irrepressible is kind of tenacious, but with optimism. You just have it in you. You keep going and going. You could say, isn’t that the same as passion. It’s not. Passion is the ability to get excited about something. Irrepressibility and tenacity is about the ability to stay with it.” – Steve Ballmer, University of Southern California 2011

 

“It is the hard days — the times that challenge you to your very core — that will determine who you are.You will be defined not just by what you achieve, but by how you survive.” – Sheryl Sandberg, UC Berkeley 2016

 

  1. Don’t let money drive you.

“The truth is, I’ve never cared for money. I realize that sounds strange coming from a billionaire, and I recognize that many people do work for money, but I would wager that those who become extremely successful are more strongly motivated by the desire to achieve, by a commitment to excellence and by an obsessive drive to win.” – Sumner Redstone, Northwestern University 2002

 

Read the full Forbes article here:  Billionaires To Graduates: All-Time Best Advice From Their Commencement Speeches

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10 Habits for Personal Success

Here is a set of ten habits to adopt that can help take you to a more successful, fuller life.

  1. Set minimum goals for yourself. Exercise for an hour, review and organize one file, write one page of creative writing. Attempt to break your large projects into day-sized tasks.
  2. Waste less time. Life is composed of days, days of hours, hours of minutes. Think in smaller time periods and try to complete specific actions each period.
  3. Build strong friendships, and be kind to people. You can learn from everyone. Everyone has a potential to do good. By being kind and respectful and sharing with all those who you meet, you will increase your circles of influence and always have people to turn to.
  4. Learn to listen well and to ask questions. People love to talk about themselves. If you continue to ask the right questions, you will be recognized as a great conversationalist.
  5. Get yourself outdoors. Open your mind and allow yourself to breathe. Go for walks. Do some outdoor sport activity. Cognitive psychologists have shown that getting outside in natural elements can be a tool against depression and burnout.
  6. Make a point to talk to one stranger every day. With each stranger, there is a potential opportunity to learn something new, to make new friend, to get new ideas, to understand new perspectives, and much more.
  7. Spend time with old people (and also with children). Old people have been there, done that, and have lived to tell you the tale. Young children haven’t.
  8. Start meditating. Take time each day to close your eyes and focus on nothing at all. It trains your brain and your emotions coping measures to deal with the madness of this world, day in and day out.
  9. Save money. Pay yourself as you go and you will always have something for when you need it later. Just put a little bit away with each paycheck, and do it automatically so you don’t miss it.
  10. Diversify your experiences. Broaden your daily activities and get to know people who are different from you. The broader your range of experiences, the more creative your ideas and the better you can relate to people.

By George suggests that you pick one or two of these habits to perfect each week and, within a couple of months, you will propel yourself into a new direction.

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