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William James quotes to start a day

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Here are five great William James quotes to start the day:

  • “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”
  • “To change one’s life: 1. Start immediately. 2. Do it flamboyantly. 3. No exceptions.”
  • “Sow an action and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.”
  • “The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.”
  • “Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.”

William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) was a pioneering American psychologist and philosopher. He was the brother of novelist Henry James; his godfather was Ralph Waldo Emerson; and, during his lifetime, he befriended Bertrand Russell, John Dewey, Mark Twain, Horatio Alger and Sigmund Freud.

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Top 10 Ways to Motivate Yourself

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.” – Vince Lombardi

Let’s start this Monday off with a list of the top 10 ways to motivate yourself.

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1. Set a specific goal
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” ~ Larry Elder

 

2.Give it a deadline
Setting an exact deadline gives you a time frame for accomplishing your goal.

 

3. Write it down and hang it up on the wall
By writing it down and hanging it on the wall, in plain sight, it becomes a constant reminder and part of your everyday life.

 

4. Surround yourself with motivation
Put up motivational quotes or signs all over your workspace and living space. Post our Fav Ali memes!

 

5. Break it down into small bite-size pieces
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” ~ Robert Collier

 

6. Exercise
In order to get your blood and creative juices flowing again try running in place, jumping jacks, push-ups or just dance! What is important is to get up out of your chair at least once an hour and move.

 

7. Pump yourself up
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
So, do some fist pumps, flex those muscles, jump up and down, be your own “cheerleader” – and get excited.

 

8. Don’t fear failure, just do it! 
Just keep swinging! “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” ~ Babe Ruth

 

9. Reward yourself
Set mini goals and reward yourself when you accomplish them.

 

10. Be present and have fun
Be in the present moment and enjoy what you are doing.

 

SOURCE:  We’re so Inspired

 

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Successful People and their Weekends

Here’s a synopsis of Forbes Magazine’s “How Successful People Spend Their Weekends.”

 

There is a new Stanford study that finds productivity per hour declines sharply when the workweek exceeds 50 hours.  And productivity drops off so much after 55 hours that there is no point in working any more. The study finds that people who work as much as 70 hours (or more) per week actually get the same amount done as people who work 55 hours. In other words. those extra hours are wasted.

 

So, when it comes to weekends, successful people do not sweat out more work. They prize their time away from the office knowing the importance of “shifting gears.”

 

Here are four ways successful people spend their weekends.

 

  1. They Wake Up at the Same Time

 

Having an inconsistent wake-up time disturbs your circadian rhythm. Your body cycles through an elaborate series of sleep phases in order for you to wake up rested and refreshed. One of these phases involves preparing your mind to be awake and alert… (Do not mess with your routine and take advantage of the extra hours on your weekend when others may be sleeping in.)

 

  1. They Designate Mornings as Me Time

 

It can be difficult to get time to yourself on the weekends, especially if you have family. Finding a way to engage in an activity you’re passionate about first thing in the morning can pay massive dividends in happiness and cleanliness of mind… Your mind achieves peak performance two-to-four hours after you wake up, so get up early…

 

  1. They Schedule Micro-Adventures

 

Buy tickets to a concert or play, or get reservations for that cool new hotel that just opened downtown. Instead of running on a treadmill, plan a hike. Try something you haven’t done before… Knowing that you have something interesting planned for Saturday will not only be fun come Saturday, but it will significantly improve your mood throughout the week.

 

  1. They Pursue a Passion

 

You might be surprised what happens when you pursue something you’re passionate about on weekends. Indulging your passions is a great way to escape stress and to open your mind to new ways of thinking.

 

To read the full article by Travis Bradberry, click to the on-line Forbes Magazine.

 

And, go ahead and enjoy your weekend.

 

 

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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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Vince Lombardi on winning / success

  • Winning isn’t everything, but the will to win is everything.
  • Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
  • Success demands singleness of purpose.
  • Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
  • It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.
  • The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.
  • The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price.
  • The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.
  • Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.
  • I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.

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Benjamin Franklin on improving thinking and writing

benfranklinAs we dig into our post-Labour Day realities, the scribes at CG&A COMM thought it best to review some advice from Benjamin Franklin – a very productive and prolific man. Here is this American genius on how to improve your own thinking and writing skills. Benjamin Franklin writes in his autobiography how he used news copy of current affairs:

About this time I met with an odd volume of the Spectator. … I thought the writing excellent and wished if possible to imitate it. With that view, I took some of the papers, and making short hints of the sentiment in each sentence, laid them by a few days, and then without looking at the book, tried to complete the papers again by expressing each hinted sentiment at length and as fully as it had been expressed before, in any suitable words that should occur to me. Then I compared my Spectator with the original, discovered some of my faults, and corrected them. … I also sometimes jumbled my collections of hints into confusion, and after some weeks endeavoured to reduce them into the best order before I began to form the full sentences and complete the paper. This was to teach me method in the arrangement of the thoughts. By comparing my work afterwards with the original, I discovered many faults and corrected them; but I sometimes had the pleasure of fancying that in certain particulars of small import I had been lucky enough to improve the method or the language, and this encourage me to think that I might possibly in time come to be a tolerable English writer, of which I was extremely ambitious.

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Tolstoy’s “10 Rules of Life”

In a person’s quest for success and happiness, literary giant Tolstoy wrote ten rules to follow. Interestingly, he wrote these rules when he was 18 years old. Through his life, he broke many of them. (ed. – I can’t help wondering what he would have written as rules in his later years?)

Tolstoy’s “10 Rules of Life”

  1. Get up early (five o’clock)
  2. Go to bed early (nine to ten o’clock)
  3. Eat little and avoid sweets
  4. Try to do everything by yourself
  5. Have a goal for your whole life, a goal for one section of your life, a goal for a shorter period and a goal for the year; a goal for every month, a goal for every week, a goal for every day, a goal for every hour and for every minute, and sacrifice the lesser goal to the greater
  6. Keep away from women
  7. Kill desire by work
  8. Be good, but try to let no one know it
  9. Always live less expensively than you might
  10. Change nothing in your style of living even if you become ten times richer

 

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Margaret Thatcher – on success

Margaret Thatcher’s musings have provided motivation for many around the world. Here’s a favourite on the topic of success:

 

What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose.

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Definition of Success

RWEmerson1859One of the greatest thinkers this world has seen is Ralph Waldo Emerson. Here’s how he defined success.

 

To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty,
To find the best in others,
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child,
A garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.

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10 bons mots of Theodore Roosevelt

President_Theodore_Roosevelt,_1904American President Theodore Roosevelt was a great motivator with many inspirational insights into attaining a solid work ethic and a purposeful life. Here are ten of his most remarkable bons mots.

 

“Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.”

“Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.”

“The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight.”

“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

“Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

“Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.”

“Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster.”

“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”

“The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.”

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

 

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Gardner’s 10 Steps Towards Success

Chris Gardner, today 62, is an American entrepreneur, investor, stockbroker, motivational speaker, author, and philanthropist who, during the early 1980s, struggled with homelessness while raising his toddler son, Christopher, Junior.  Gardner’s fortunes changed however, when he wrote a book of memoirs, The Pursuit of Happyness, first published in 2006. Today, he is CEO of his own stockbrokerage firm and resides between Chicago and Toronto.

Gardner has written much on his personal journey and has assembled ten steps towards success. Here are his rules.

Step 1: Commit to Plan A
When you are trying to do something that you are truly passionate about, there is no Plan B. Plan B sucks.

Step 2: Put family first

Step 3: Decide to be world-class
Strive to be the best you can be in what you are doing and be persistent.

Step 4: Have self-worth
Never confuse your net worth with your self-worth. Your net worth can fluctuate up and down but your self-worth should not. Who you are and your values, should never be negotiable, compromised and should never settle.

Step 5: Keep your team motivated
You have to respect those around you, let them grow and trust them. Then, you have to leave them alone.

Step 6: Change is necessary
Change is absolutely necessary for personal growth and it’s going to happen.

Step 7: Baby steps count
Baby steps count as long as you’re going forward.

Step 8: Follow your passion
Life is short. If you are doing something that you are not fully committed to, if you are doing something you are not passionate about, you are compromising yourself every day.

Step 9: Do whatever it takes
If you have a goal, if you have a dream, go after it. Don’t let anything stand in your way.

Step 10: Start where you are
Start from where you are and take those necessary steps to help you live your passion.

(ed. – Source http://www.leadgrowdevelop.com/chris-gardners-top-ten-rules-for-success-week-long-motivation-series-part-5/ )

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Jack Welch’s Strategic Questions

Jack Welch is the infamous American business executive who guided General Electric for two decades. Today he is author and business coach and he shares his business acumen in many profile articles.

 

In a recent LinkedIn article, Welch lists the core questions to ask when developing (or reviewing) a successful business strategy. There are five key lines of questioning to begin a thorough assessment.

 

1  What does the playing field look like now?

  • Who are the competitors in this business, large and small, new and old?
  • Who has what share, globally and in each market? Where do we fit in?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of each competitor? How good are their products? How much does each one spend on R&D? How big is each sales force? How performance-driven is each culture?
  • Who are this business’s main customers and how do they buy?

 

2  What has the competition been up to?

  • What has each competitor done in the past year to change the playing field?
  • Has anyone introduced game-changing new products, new technologies, or a new distribution channel?
  • Are there any announced or potential new entrants, and what have they been up to in the past year?

 

3  What have you been up to?

  • What have you done in the past year to change the competitive playing field?
  • Have you bought a company, introduced a new product, stolen a competitor’s key salesperson, or licensed a new technology from a start-up?
  • Have you lost any competitive advantages that you once had – a great salesperson, a special product, a proprietary technology?

 

4  What’s around the corner?

  • What scares you most in the year ahead — what one or two things could a competitor do to nail you?
  • Is your top talent secure, and are you caring for them appropriately, with pay, perks, and a culture that inspires them?
  • What new products or technologies could your competitors launch that might change the game?
  • What M&A deals would knock you off your feet?

 

5.  What’s your winning move?

  • What can you do to change the playing field – is it an acquisition, a new product, globalization, or better talent?
  • What can you do to make customers stick to you more than ever before and more than anyone else?

 

To read the full article, here is LinkedIn link.

 

 

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Canada’s Most Influential Brands

In a survey conducted by ICA Canada and Ipsos, Canadians selected Internet-related firms for 7 of the 10 most influential brands in the country. The survey looked at more than 100 companies with the largest ad budgets in Canada, and ranked them according to an influence index. It asked Canadians to rate brands on categories like trustworthiness, presence, corporate citizenship, engagement and “leading edge.”

Of the most influential brands in Canada, 7 of 10 were Internet related. Only one of the top ten was Canadian.

The survey found some notable demographic differences. Millennials scored tech brands highest: Netflix, PayPal and Instagram made their top 10 list. Gen-Xers are big fans of Walmart, while Baby Boomers consider Microsoft more influential than Apple. Baby Boomers also included two iconic Canadian brands among their top selections; yet, CBC and Canadian Tire did not make the overall top ten in the survey.

The top 10 brands in Canada for 2016 are:

  1. Google
  2. Apple
  3. Microsoft
  4. Facebook
  5. YouTube
  6. Visa
  7. Walmart
  8. Tim Hortons
  9. Amazon
  10. Samsung

This Ipsos poll surveyed 6,006 Canadians, and is considered accurate to within 1.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. The poll was published by Huffington Post.

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25 Most Influence Canadian Companies

In a related survey, Canadian Business (with Rogers) identified the 25 most influential brands in the country, ranked by “respect” of average Canadians. This is a list of the companies that best connect with their customers. The poll seeks opinions on five key aspects of a company’s reputation (the quality of its products and/or services; its customer service; its commitment to innovation; community involvement; and also, the person’s overall view of the brand).
The results of this Canadian-centric survey have a number of surprises in the top 25…

1 MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op)
2 Cirque du Soleil
3 West Jet
4 Tim Hortons
5 Roots
6 Shoppers Drug Mart
7 Videotron
8 BRP (Bombardier)
9 Loblaws
10 Canada Goose
11 Gildan Activeware
12 Home Hardware
13 Canadian Tire
14 Lululemon Athletics
15 Saputo
16 Metro
17 TD Bank
18 Rona
19 McCains Food
20 Jean Coutu
21 Telus
22 Sun Life Financial
23 RBC
24 Molson Coors
25 IMAX

So, where is Rogers (ed. – this exercise must have been embarrassing for the company’s market research team)? Where’s the beloved CBC – or any other news media companies in this list? Is it any surprise Air Canada or more banks didn’t make the list? No gas companies? This list of most “respected” Canadian brands is insightful indeed. Read all the background and commentary in the Canadian Business article.

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Warren Buffett -isms

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With a net worth of more than $66 billion, Warren Buffett is the third-richest man in the world according to Forbes magazine. Here are some Buffet-isms on investment.

  • I am a huge bull on the American economy.
  • I am a better investor because I am a businessman, and I am a better businessman because I am an investor.
  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average started the 20th century at 66 and it ended at 11,400. That’s not a bad train to be on.
  • Be fearful when others are greedy and be greedy when others are fearful.
  • Buy and buy and buy little pieces of a wonderful group of American businesses, and you’ll do fine over time and you’ll keep your costs low. If you try to be a little bit smarter, you’ll probably end up being a lot dumber.
  • Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.
  • Diversification is a protection against ignorance. It makes very little sense for those who know what they’re doing.
  • The most important thing to do if you find yourself in a hole is to stop digging.
  • Insanity consists of doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the same result.
  • Over the years, a number of very smart people have learned the hard way that a long stream of impressive numbers multiplied by a single zero always equals zero.
  • In my view, derivatives are financial weapons of mass destruction, carrying dangers that, while now latent, are potentially lethal.
  • The market is there only as a reference point to see if anybody is offering to do anything foolish. When we invest in stocks we invest in businesses.
  • You only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out.
  • In this case (the current U.S. credit crunch), Wall Street drank its own Kool-Aid.
  • If you buy a farm as an investment, do you sit there and watch the Farm Channel on television all day, as they tell you corn went up a penny or something like that? No. You buy the farm and figure it is a good investment over a period of time.
  • It is far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price.

 

 

Timothy Farris quotes on life

Timothy Farris is many things to many people – and he seems to be everywhere as author, entrepreneur, blogger, podcaster, public speaker, charity advocate, health guru and multiple business award winner. Much like one of his insightful quips – “Life is too short to be small” – Farris is often larger than life. His observations provide one good reason to pause.

Here are 20 of By George’s favourite Timothy Farris quotes on life.

  • The question you should be asking isn’t, “What do I want?” or “What are my goals?” but “What would excite me?
  • Excitement is the more practical synonym for happiness, and it is precisely what you should strive to chase. It is the cure-all.
  • When you try to do something big it’s hard to fail completely.
  • What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.
  • Many a false step was made by standing still.
  • Someday is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you.
  • The goal is not to simply eliminate the bad, but to pursue and experience the best in the world.
  • For all their bitching about what’s holding them back, most people have a lot of trouble coming up with the defined dreams they’re being held from.
  • Remember—boredom is the enemy, not some abstract “failure.
  • Age doesn’t matter: an open mind does.
  • If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.
  • Role models who push us to exceed our limits, physical training that removes our spare tires, and risks that expand our sphere of comfortable action are all examples of eustress—stress that is healthful and the stimulus for growth.
  • It’s lonely at the top. Ninety-nine percent of people in the world are convinced they are incapable of achieving great things, so they aim for the mediocre. The level of competition is thus fiercest for ‘realistic’ goals, paradoxically making them the most time and energy-consuming.
  • Most people are fast to stop you before you get started but hesitate to get in the way if you’re moving.
  • You are the average of the five people you associate with most, so do not underestimate the effects of your pessimistic, unambitious, or disorganized friends. If someone isn’t making you stronger, they’re making you weaker.
  • A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.
  • The bottom line is that you only have the rights you fight for.
  • People are fond of using the its not what you know, its who you know adage as an excuse for inaction, as if all successful people are born with powerful friends.
  • $1,000,000 in the bank isn’t the fantasy. The fantasy is the lifestyle of complete freedom it supposedly allows.
  • To enjoy life, you don’t need fancy nonsense, but you do need to control your time and realize that most things just aren’t as serious as you make them out to be.

 

A parable: #honesty #character

A successful business man was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business. Instead of choosing one of his Directors or his children, he decided to do something different. He called all the young executives in his company together.

He said, “It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO. I have decided to choose one of you. “The young executives were Shocked, but the boss continued. “I am going to give each one of you a SEED today – one very special SEED. I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO.”

One man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed. He went home and, excitedly, told his wife the story. She helped him get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed. Every day, he would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After about three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow.

Jim kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew.  Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still… nothing. By now, others were talking about their plants, but Jim didn’t have a plant and he felt like a failure.

Six months went by — still nothing in Jim’s pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing. Jim didn’t say anything to his colleagues, however, he just kept watering and fertilizing the soil. He so wanted the seed to grow.

A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company brought their plants to the CEO for inspection.

Jim told his wife that he wasn’t going to take an empty pot. But she asked him to be honest about what happened. Jim felt sick to his stomach, it was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life, but he knew his wife was right. He took his empty pot to the board room.

When Jim arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other executives. They were beautiful – in all shapes and sizes. Jim put his empty pot on the floor and many of his colleagues laughed, a few felt sorry for him!

When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives. Jim just tried to hide in the back. “My, what great plants, trees and flowers you have grown,” said the CEO. “Today one of you will be appointed the next CEO!”

All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered the Financial Director to bring him to the front. Jim was terrified. He thought, “The CEO knows I’m a failure! Maybe he will have me fired!”

When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his seed, Jim told him the story.

The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim. He looked at Jim, and then announced to the young executives, “Behold your next Chief Executive Officer! His name is “Jim!”

Jim couldn’t believe it. Jim couldn’t even grow his seed.

“How could he be the new CEO?” the others said.

Then the CEO said, “One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead – it was not possible for them to grow.”

“All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers. When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Jim was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. “

“Therefore, congratulation Jim, you are the one who will be the new Chief Executive Officer!”

Suggestions for a successful life

  • Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery.
  • Work at something you enjoy and that’s worthy of your time and talent.
  • Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
  • Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
  • Be forgiving of yourself and others.
  • Be generous.
  • Have grateful heart.
  • Persistence, persistence, persistence.
  • Discipline yourself to save money on even the most modest salary.
  • Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.
  • Commit yourself to constant improvement and to quality.
  • Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power or prestige, but on relationships with people you love and respect.
  • Be loyal.
  • Be honest.
  • Be a self-starter.
  • Be decisive even if it means you’ll sometimes be wrong.
  • Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.
  • Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.
  • Take good care of those you love.
  • Don’t do anything that wouldn’t make your Mom proud.

 

(ed. – This is a list taken from a poster that was forever hanging in our family rec room. Though it is no longer on the wall, today, most all points are committed to memory.)

A dozen gems from Oprah Winfrey

Oprah_Winfrey_at_2011_TCARecently we came across a selection of remarkable quotes by modern day star Oprah Winfrey. Her inspirational outlook on life is summed up in her observation, “I don’t think of myself as a poor deprived ghetto girl who made good. I think of myself as somebody who, from an early age, knew I was responsible for myself, and I had to make good.”

 

Here are a dozen of the gems.

  • “The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.”
  • “With every experience, you alone are painting your own canvas, thought by thought, choice by choice.”
  • “The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but on significance–and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.”
  • “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
  • “Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”
  • “Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.”
  • “Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.”
  • “If you don’t know what your passion is, realize that the one reason for your existence on earth is to find it.”
  • “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”
  • “Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.”
  • “Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself.”
  • “You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job and not be paid for it.”

 

(ed. – SOURCE: http://www.inc.com/peter-economy/oprah-winfrey-19-inspiring-power-quotes-for-success.html and photo credit: By Greg Hernandez from California, CA, USA (Oprah Winfrey at 2011 TCA) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons )

Good advice on success

I re-discovered this gem from back issues of the By George Journal.

In building a firm foundation for success, here are a few stones to remember:

1. The wisdom of preparation.
2. The value of confidence.
3. The worth of honesty.
4. The privilege of working.
5. The discipline of struggle.
6. The magnetism of character.
7. The radiance of health.
8. The forcefulness of simplicity.
9. The winsomeness of courtesy.
10. The attractiveness of modesty.
11. The inspiration of cleanliness.
12. The satisfaction of serving.
13. The power of suggestion.
14. The buoyancy of enthusiasm.
15. The advantage of initiative.
16. The virtue of patience.
17. The rewards of cooperation.
18. The fruitfulness of perseverance.
19. The sportsmanship of losing.
20. The joy of winning.

 

(ed. – This list was compiled by Rollo C. Hester.)

 

Quotes by American business legend Henry Ford

  • Henry_ford_1919Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.
  • Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
  • It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.
  • Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.
  • Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.
  • You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.
  • A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.
  • It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages.
  • Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
  • As we advance in life we learn the limits of our abilities.
  • Don’t find fault, find a remedy.
  • I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done.
  • Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
  • The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability.
  • There are no big problems, there are just a lot of little problems.
  • There is no man living that can not do more than he thinks he can.
  • You will find men who want to be carried on the shoulders of others, who think that the world owes them a living. They don’t seem to see that we must all lift together and pull together.
  • A bore is a person who opens his mouth and puts his feats in it.
  • Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.
  • Any colour – so long as it’s black.

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(ed. – Photo of Henry Ford is taken in 1919. Credit: By Hartsook, photographer. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. Photo of the Model T car is from 1910. Credit: By Harry Shipler [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.)