Saturday, June 14, 2008

On Discovery

  • "If I tell you something, you will stick to it and limit your own capacity to find out for yourself." - Shunryu Suzuki

  • "When we do not expect anything w can be ourselves. That is our way, to live fully in each moment of time. This practice continues forever." - Shunryu Suzuki

Saturday, June 7, 2008

On Courage

  • "Why are we inspired by another person's courage? Maybe because it gives us the sweet and genuine surprise of discovering some trace, at least, of the same courage in ourselves." - Laurence Shames, Author

Friday, May 16, 2008

On Perspective

  • "We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are." - Anais Nin

  • "You've spent too much time running away to learn what you're running towards."

  • "We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are." - Anais Nin

On Friendship

  • "Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down." - Oprah Winfrey

  • “It never hurts anybody to be told that they are loved, to say to somebody ‘I love you.’” – Leo Buscaglia

  • "A friend is someone who knows the song to your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words."

  • "Friends are the most important ingredient in this recipe of life."

  • "It's the friends that you can call up at 4 am that matter."

On Success

  • "Success is not final, failure is not fated. It's the courage to continue that counts!" - Sir Winston Churchill

  • "What you measure, improves." (flip side is that you need to understand what the measurements mean).

  • "If you want to succeed, double your failure rate." - Thomas Watson

  • "Failure's hard but success is far more dangerous. If you're successful at the wrong thing, the mix of praise and money and opportunity can lock you in forever." - Po Bronson, Author

On Living

  • "A day well spend brings blessed sleep, so a life well lived brings a blessed death." - Leonardo Da Vinci

  • "You have to give up the life you have to get the life that is waiting for you." - James Hilman

  • “Dedicate yourself to the process of finding out who you are, it will be the most exciting trip you’ve ever taken in your life.” – Leo Buscaglia

  • "There is no way to peace. Peace is the way." - Mahatma Gandhi

  • "The great end of life is not knowledge but action."

  • "So many people are expecting a miracle instead of being a miracle." - Wayne Dyer

  • "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" - Leonardo DaVinci

On Pursuit of Knowledge

  • "Knowledge without practice is useless. Practice without knowledge is dangerous." - Confucious

  • "If everyone is thinking alike than someone isn't thinking." - George S. Patton

  • "The great end of life is not knowledge but action." - Thomas Henry Huxley

  • “Learning is the greatest joy. To learn something is fantastic because every time you learn something you become something new.” – Leo Buscaglia

  • "Intelligence and Character -- that is the goal of true education." - Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

  • "No one knows enough to be a pessimist."

  • "Wisdom denotes pursuing of the best ends by the best means possible." - Francese Hutcheson

On Goals

  • "People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals- that is, goals that do not inspire them." - Anthony Robbins

  • "If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes." - Andrew Carnegie

  • "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. "- T.S. Eliot

  • "Winning starts with beginning." - Anonymous

  • "When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind. " - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

  • "Limited goals create limited lives." - Anthony Robbins

  • "When a goal matters enough to a person, that person will find a way to accomplish what at first seemed impossible." - Nido Qubein

  • "If you aim at nothing, you'll hit it every time." - Anonymous

  • "Talent wins games but teamwork and collaboration wins championships." Michael Jordan

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Randy Pausch reprising his "Last Lecture"

Ideal Company

  1. Trust is paramount both within and outside the company.
  2. Long-term sustainability, social responsibility and ethics guide strategic planning and execution of plans
  3. Mission and Vision statements match the company’s actions either exactly presently or actively taking actions to match reality to them. Values are valued and ingrained in core.
  4. All employees are treated with respect. Co-workers deserve just as much respect as customers – especially for the crap they potentially take from them or others within the company dealing with particularly stressful demands or situations.
  5. Questions are answered frankly; directions are direct and outcomes are clearly defined.
  6. Employees are recognized for their hard work and are told so regularly; my value is recognized long before I even think about quitting.
  7. When there is a problem, ask me to do something different; asking is non-threatening and offering information about why might reinforce desired behavior and can help me appreciate the request rather than getting frustrated or annoyed. I might also have other ideas or solutions to improve the situation.
  8. There is healthy collective competition – co-workers work to help each other out and appreciate what how each person affects the other.
  9. Co-workers do things outside of work together to increase the feeling of belonging and accountability to one another.
  10. Constant never ending improvement of self is encouraged and supported; opportunities for growth are available and in use.
  11. At the end of the day I am refreshed rather than drained.
  12. Harassment of any form is non-existent.
  13. Personal identity isn’t lost but valued.
  14. The working environment reflects the culture and its future. It’s visually stimulating and a place I look forward going to.
  15. I am challenged… my skills and abilities are being used. My job isn’t static.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Education is learning things that aren't handed to you (why I hate school)

With much information floating around in stuffy classrooms, many of us are taught to regurgitate what was said in hopes that through extrapolation and assimilation, we know how to think. We are tested in ways that allow us to forget tomorrow.

How many people ask questions? After all, why would you if you expect the answer to come out of your professor's mouth momentarily? Where is the sense of importance? It's what isn't said that gets left out; what gets left out is the fun application through experience. The thrill of true empathy and real understanding of concepts. This cannot be handed to you but it makes all the difference.

Once all else is long forgotten, all that's left are things that were not handed to you -- answers in the form of feelings, ideas, impressions and understandings that attach to your core, changing you forever.