Our Loss of Wisdom

“… a wise person is made, not born. Wisdom depends on experience, and not just any experience. You need the time to get to know the people that you’re serving. You need permission to be allowed to improvise, try new things, occasionally to fail and to learn from your failures. And you need to be mentored by wise teachers.”

Barry Schwartz, Our Loss of Wisdom

Static Happiness

“There is no such thing as static happiness. Happiness is a mixed thing, a thing compounded of sacrifices, and losses, and betrayals.”
- John Updike

Givers and Takers

“People tend to have one of three ‘styles’ of interaction. There are takers, who are always trying to serve themselves; matchers, who are always trying to get equal benefit for themselves and others; and givers, who are always trying to help people.”

Wharton Professor Adam Grant Explains Why The Most Successful People Are Givers, by Drake Baer

Money

“Don’t do it for the money.
Don’t do it for no money.”
— Oliver Reichenstein

(via Sawyer’s CreativeMornings profile)

Beyond Reason

“There is no why. We are. Life is beyond reason.”
- George Lucas

George Lucas on the Meaning of Life

Part of Being Human

“Stop thinking of art as an activity totally separate from the human activity; but rather as a part of being human and part of life that is intrinsic, not as a separate event.”
- Milton Glaser

Happiness

Happiness quote

Remember.

“Remember. Before your father was a parent, he was a person. Young, and confused, just like you.” – Phillip Toledano

The Reluctant Father

On Wearing Red

“When in doubt, wear red.”
- Bill Blass

Success

“So what I want to argue for is not that we should give up on our ideas of success, but we should make sure that they are our own. We should focus in on our ideas. and make sure that we own them, that we are truly the authors of our own ambitions. Because it’s bad enough, not getting what you want, but it’s even worse to have an idea of what it is you want and find out at the end of a journey, that it isn’t, in fact, what you wanted all along.”

Alain De Botton, A kinder, gentler philosophy of success

Three Goals for the Day

1. Create value
2. Learn something new
3. Have a good time

Three goals for the day by Isaac Oates, founder and CEO of Justworks.com.

Make!

Make

Amen.

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