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Things to Think About: A classic Zen story about letting go

Two traveling monks reached a town where there was a young woman waiting to step out of her sedan chair. The rains had made deep puddles and she couldn’t step across without spoiling her silken robes. She stood there, looking very cross and impatient. She was scolding her attendants. They had ... more >>

I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions

This affirmation of personal responsibility may just be the single most important thing to realize on one’s journey of growth and personal development. All the seminars, the inspirational speeches, and team-building off-sites are merely suggestions of what can be. Accepting personal ... more >>

What is the difference between a politician and a statesman?

Little did Disraeli know that this quote would have relevance to the corporate world of the 21 st century.  Reflecting on it brings to mind people like Warren Buffet and others who think far beyond the panic of the quarterly report and are more concerned with building long-term value. more >>

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do

There have been many, many studies done over the years in which older people—people 70 years and older—were asked about the things they regretted in life.  Overwhelmingly, the top thing people regretted was that they didn’t take a chance. more >>

When everything seems to be going against you, remember ...

Resistance can give rise to wonderful things.  In humans, resistance can form the resolve to try harder that drives a champion on to victory.  It can cause one to examine more deeply the actions needed to overcome obstacles. more >>

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be

There is no more powerful driving-force in life than the acceptance of personal responsibility and that is what this wonderful quote is all about.  Our destiny , in Emerson’s words, is nothing more than the manifestation of the choices we make in life. more >>

Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him

In my experience, this comes as close to being that magic bit of alchemy that transforms the base metal of underperformance into the gold of engagement. more >>

Things to Think About - Education costs money. But then so does ignorance

I would paraphrase the opening of the quote to include the word time. “Education costs time and money, but then so does ignorance.” Now, when you read it, I would ask, how many times have we seen this play out in real life? more >>

Fanning the Inner Sparks of Possibility

I’m an entrepreneur. I started my company, Crown Worldwide, on shoestring in 1965 and have spent the past fifty years developing a business which has grown from one very small office in Yokohama, Japan to a string of 260 locations in sixty countries around the world. Obviously the company does ... more >>

Things to Think About - It is never too late to be what you might have been

What Eliot’s quote says to me is that never giving up on your quest for personal excellence is a much better legacy than having settled for a life of mediocrity. more >>

Live your life as an exclamation, not as an explanation

I love this quote for its simplicity and its power.  One’s approach to life, and one’s attitude are a potent contagion.  They first infect the carrier, and then spread to all those around the carrier in a way that drives everyone’s attitude and approach to that person—good as well as bad. more >>

I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear

Rosa Parks was a giant of the civil rights movement in the United States, known for her determination and personal bravery.  She has been an example to generations for her plain-spoken manner and common-sense wisdom. more >>

Things to Think About - If you can't fly, you run; if you can't run, ...

In my more than 50 years of collecting quotes, I can’t begin to count the ones that deal with the concept of not giving up when times get tough, as they invariably do in life. more >>

Things to Think About - My optimism is like an old cat that likes to disappear for days, but ...

I came across this wonderful quote while reading Scott Adams’s book How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big.  In his own witty and insightful way, he has described what I think is a very realistic, and human, understanding of what a positive attitude looks like. more >>

Things to Think About - Change is hard

This quote addresses one of the most common issues I, and the leaders with whom I work, deal with on a daily basis when trying to get others to accept change.  The reason I wanted to bring this to your attention is that often I find the real issue is one of communication. more >>

Things to Think About - We become the stories we tell ourselves

What an elegantly simple way to describe the self-fulfilling prophesies we create in our own lives every day.  Stop for a moment and think about the stories you are telling yourself.  Are you pleased that you deceived someone?  Are you pleased you helped someone? more >>

If the automobile had followed the same development cycle as the computer, a Rolls-Royce would today cost $100 ...

Isn’t humor wonderful for helping us look at things with a different perspective and put them into context?  This is nothing more than a very short story, told by a wonderful storyteller.  My guess is that even after you hit the delete button, you won’t forget this story.  Researchers continue ... more >>

Things to Think About - How many times did you have to be right today?

In a recent speech for Inc. Magazine in Phoenix, Arizona, Marshall Goldsmith delivered the above quote.  Let me put in context.  He was talking about people who always have to be right.  They just can’t miss an opportunity to set people straight, to have the last word, and to show others how ... more >>

Things to Think About - You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do

What a wonderful way to separate the dreamers and wannabes from the ones who actually accomplish something.  Someone told me many years ago that best way to predict success is to look at past performance. more >>

Things to Think About - The human mind treats a new idea the same way the body treats a strange protein; it rejects it.

I have long believed that the most important element to personal development is to understand what the deficit is that needs to be worked on, and why, in fact, one has the deficit.  For those who have a sincere interest in personal development, the above quote identifies something that exists ... more >>
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