This graphic by Hugh MacLeod got me thinking. ( I love receiving Hugh's emails. They always make me think. If you want to see what I mean, check out his blog here.) With this image Hugh talked about the trouble with success...it was exhausting. The he said... But we put on a brave face anyway, and … Continue reading Putting Greater Emphasis on Self-examination vs Self-celebration
The archetype of the solo genius is so pervasive in the way people talk about and think about extraordinary success that it obscures the real story of how good ideas become great businesses. – The Self Made Billionaire Effect by John Sviokla and Mitch Cohen. When contemplating the lives of those we consider successful, we … Continue reading The Real Story of How Good Ideas Become Great Businesses
Life is short. And uncertain. It is like a drop of water skittering around on a lotus leaf. You never know when it will drop off the edge and disappear. So each day is far too precious to waste. And each day that you are not radiantly alive and brimming with cheer is a day wasted.
I love this advertisement. Every time I see it I always laugh BUT it also serves as a gentle reminder that I should not just settle for good if I could do better! The vast majority of us today rarely achieve better than mediocrity. We would all love to be wildly successful yet 80% of … Continue reading Sprinkles Are For Winners
First things first: how would you describe success? What needs to be happen for you to feel successful or feel like a success? Believe it or not, much of the potential for success in your life depends upon two things: Your ability to effectively function physically, mentally, and emotionally and How well you balance where … Continue reading You Will NEVER Succeed If….
In his book "Daily Readings for your Best Life Now", Joel Osteen talks about a famous mountain climbing resort in the Swiss Alps, catering to businesses that encourage their employees to hike up the mountains and trails together. The goal is to build camaraderie and to teach teamwork. Although it is about an eight-hour trek … Continue reading It’s So Important to Acknowledge and Celebrate Your Progress
I love the French language. The guttural Rs...the way one word seems to join another in a sentence...except in certain cases...pure music. To learn French back when I was in secondary school - our teacher always started the lesson by asking us to "écouter et répéter..." - listen and repeat. In Og Mandino's 'The Greatest … Continue reading écouter et répéter
There was a time when book reviews were confined to newspaper pages, the likes of the Guardian, the Telegraph and the New York Times. Now one can find tons of reviews on line from just about anyone. I buy quite a number of books on Amazon.com and whenever I’m researching a title, I always scour … Continue reading How to Find the Source of All Success, Happiness and Accomplishment
Follow your passion is bad advice. So says Cal Newport, Ph.D., a 30 something year-old and assistant Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. Yet many of us feel badly because we don’t know what our passion is. First we have to find it and THEN we can follow it! Makes sense, somewhat but it doesn’t … Continue reading It Takes More than Passion to Succeed
How often in your life do you lose sight of the big picture? You go after stuff you think you need, while you scoff at what you actually have. We're so hell bent on pleasing and fitting in and doing things a certain way...dressing the part of the man or woman of your stature...yet what does your … Continue reading When Comfort Becomes Quicksand