Grounding Advice

“Pay attention to when the cart is getting before the horse. Notice when a painful initiation leads to irrational devotion, or when unsatisfying jobs start to seem worthwhile. Remind yourself pledges and promises have power, as do uniforms and parades. Remember in the absence of extrinsic rewards you will seek out or create intrinsic ones. Take into account [that] the higher the price you pay for your decisions the more you value them. See that ambivalence becomes certainty with time. Realize that lukewarm feelings become stronger once you commit to a group, club, or product. Be wary of the roles you play and the acts you put on, because you tend to fulfill the labels you accept. Above all, remember the more harm you cause, the more hate you feel. The more kindness you express, the more you come to love those you help.”
– McRaney

The Benjamin Franklin Effect: The Surprising Psychology of How to Handle Haters

On Criticism

“At the core of criticism, there should always be an intent to assist.”

Inspire or stifle? Reconsider the purpose of criticism, by Sean Minogue

Caring Heart

“People don’t mind being challenged to do better if they know the request is coming from a caring heart.”
— Ken Blanchard

(via this collection of leadership quotes)

Persuasive Communication

“Persuasive communication involves enthusiasm, animation, audience participation, authenticity and spontaneity.”
— John Maxwell

(via this collection of leadership quotes)

Specialization

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”
— Robert Heinlein

, Time Enough for Love

Anger

He who angers you conquers you.
– Elizabeth Kenny

Find A Way

“We will either find a way or make one.”
– Hannibal

The 3 C’s of Leadership

“The three C’s of leadership are consideration, caring, and courtesy. Be polite to everyone.”
— Brian Tracy

(via this collection of leadership quotes)

The Challenge of Leadership

“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.”
— Jim Rohn

(via this collection of leadership quotes)

Broken Laser Pointer

“One of the first items sold on AuctionWeb (eBay) was a broken laser pointer for $14.83. Astonished, Pierre Omidyar contacted the winning bidder to ask if he understood that the laser pointer was broken. In his responding email, the buyer explained: “I’m a collector of broken laser pointers.”

from the eBay Wikipedia Page

Creative Activity

“To have the sense of creative activity is the great happiness and the great proof of being alive.”
– Matthew Arnold

Mind / Heart

“Don’t allow your mind to tell your heart what to do. The mind gives up easily”
― Paulo Coelho

Unlock That Treasure

“No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.”
– Emma Goldman

Secret Ingredient for Success

“The successful people we spoke with — in business, entertainment, sports and the arts — all had similar responses when faced with obstacles: they subjected themselves to fairly merciless self-examination that prompted reinvention of their goals and the methods by which they endeavored to achieve them.”

Secret Ingredient for Success, by Camille Sweeney

(via Joe)

On Owning It

“… Every time you use waffle words, back off from a clear statement of values and priorities and most of all, think about what’s likely instead of what’s possible, you are selling yourself out. Not just selling yourself out, but doing it too cheaply. Own your dreams. There is no better way to make them happen.”
Seth Godin, On Owning It

Navigating Stuckness

“When I think about my own future, my dream is always the same. I’m living in a small beautiful farmhouse in a small beautiful town among a small community that values me. I’m living with a wife and kids I love deeply, and I spend each day making art and watching nature. My mind is clear and calm, I’m in control of my time, and I’m kind.”
– Jonathan Harris

Navigating Stuckness, by Jonathan Harris. Very touching post.

The Curse of Email

“The only way we will avoid being crushed by the weight of the hundreds or thousands of emails we receive every day is to free ourselves from the need to treat each one like it matters and like it merits a response. The only way we will avoid being emotionally crushed by having other people not respond to our emails is to stop expecting a response. If we can adapt our expectations to fit the realities of this new paradigm, we will all crawl out from under the weight of the curse of email. Email will prove a blessing.”

Taken from this blog post: The Curse of Email by Tim Challies

Come Alive

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
– Howard Thurman

(via)

Intangible Qualities

“There are intangible qualities of companies that you pour your heart into that are impossible to purchase. And it’s really special when you create a company that provides that. Nothing tops the feeling of being a part of that.”
– Zach Klein

on Rethinking your Exit Strategy

Everybody is a genius

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
– Albert Einstein

Criticism

“To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”
– Aristotle

Humour

“Humour does not degrade anything. Show me a company that has fun and I guarantee good work comes out of it.”
Steve Edge, DO Wales 2010

Heart

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Complaining Does Not Work as a Strategy

“If you took one-tenth the energy you put into complaining and applied it to solving the problem, you’d be surprised by how well things can work out… Complaining does not work as a strategy. We all have finite time and energy. Any time we spend whining is unlikely to help us achieve our goals. And it won’t make us happier.”
― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture