The Ant and the Elephant – Leadership for the self

By Vince Poscente

  • Life should be a fulfulling journey, not just a struggle to survive.
  • Life is tough, even when it doesn’t have to be.
  • Before you can become a great leader to others, you first must understand yourself.
  • You don’t know what you don’t know. Open your mind to discover possibilities that might not seem obvious at the time.
  • Clarify your vision. Zero in on a goal that has depth of meaning. The journey has to be worth taking.
  • Make fear your friend, not your master.
  • Inspire your team through emotion. Never underestimate the power of emotion.
  • Without conflict there is no growth, and the most challenging conflict is within ourselves.
  • We live in a world of instant gratification, but we need to fight that pressure and remember that the worthiest goals take time and energy. Stay the course. Change is gradual.
  • Commit to cultivating positive dominant thoughts.
  • Gratitude is the magic ingredient in the recipe for a fulfilling life.
  • Deep breathing is a good thing to do when you feel your stress level rise.

25 things I learnt by 25

post by Alex McDaniel

post by Matt Goforth

10 things I wish I knew before starting my career in IT

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Thoughts on Freedom

Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.

– Mahatma Gandhi

Responsibility is the price of freedom.

Elbert Hubbard

Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better

– Albert Camus

May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.

– Peter Marshall

We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practise it.

– William Faulkner

The law will never make men free, it is men that have to make the law free.

Henry David Thoreau

Freedom is contagious. That’s why despots fear it so much.

– Bill Owens

Freedom of speech and freedom of action are meaningless without freedom to think. And there is no freedom of thought without doubt.

– Bergen Evans

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.

– FDR

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

– Voltaire

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

– Nelson Mandela

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.

– JFK

If you think you are bound, you remain bound; you make your own bondage. If you know that you are free, you are free this moment. This is knowledge, knowledge of freedom. Freedom is the goal of all nature.

– Swami Vivekananda

Attitude

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.

Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable.

The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.

 – Charles Swindoll

 

Daniel Pink in Drive

1. What’s my sentence

2. Was I better today than yesterday?

Mark Twain’s quotes

1. If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.

2. Most conversations are monologues in the presence of a witness.

3. There are two important days in your life – the day you were born and the day you know

why.

Being good at something – what does it mean?

Being good at something is the ability to make it look easy. But it never is easy. Ever. Anything worth doing is worth doing right and takes lot of hard work.That’s what stupidly wrong people conveniently forget.
– Paraphrased multiple quotes to remind myself later.

As we decide and choose, so are our destinies formed.

– By Michael Michalko

We do not choose to be born. We do not choose our parents. We do not choose our historical epoch, or the country of our birth, or the immediate circumstances of our upbringing. We do not, most of us, choose to die; nor do we choose the time or conditions of our death.

But within this realm of choicelessness, we do choose how we shall live: with purpose or adrift, with joy or with joylessness, with hope or with despair, with humor or with sadness, with a positive outlook or a negative outlook, with pride or with shame, with inspiration or with defeat, and with honor or with dishonor.

We decide what makes us significant or insignificant. We decide to be creative or to be indifferent. No matter how indifferent the universe may be to our choices and decisions, these indifferent. No matter how indifferent the universe may be to our choices and decisions, these choices and decisions are ours to make. We decide. We choose.

In the end, our own creativity is decided by what we choose to do or what we refuse to do. And as we decide and choose, so are our destinies formed.