Sometimes you’ll create something good. Sometimes you’ll create something useless. But no matter what, you should always be creating. If you want to make a masterpiece, you have to be willing to create a little garbage along the way.
Most of us zig and zag our way through life. Tony Blair spent a year trying to make a go of it as a rock music promoter before entering politics. Jerry Springer was a mayor of Cincinnati before attaining daytime television fame. Andrea Bocelli practiced law before he became a world famous singer.
Each day presents an opportunity to learn more, do more, be more, grow more in our lives and careers. Finished ought to be an F-word for all of us. We are all works in progress.
It’s a common misconception that successful entrepreneurs have a rock solid certainty about their business at the outset. When you dig a little deeper, you’ll find that most had fears and reservations about how things would turn out. Yet they moved forward with their plan despite these doubts. The most important step – the one […]
An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, 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, […]
You have to apply yourself each day to becoming a little better. By applying yourself to the task of becoming a little better each and every day over a period of time you will become a lot better.
Is there something you always assumed you’re bad at? Well, maybe you are, but then maybe you aren’t. It’s not something you can know until you’ve put in a lot of effort. Some of the world’s best didn’t start out being that hot. If you have a passion for something, put in the effort and […]
When you drive a car at night, you can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. You don’t have to see where you are going, you don’t have to see your destination or everything you will pass along the way. You just have to see two […]
No one should ever wonder what it is that you do all day. It should emanate loudly and clearly from what you produce. It should be obvious that you care about your work. That you get your stuff done because you put more into it than everyone else.
Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth, or power. Those rewards create almost as many problems as they solve. Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter, so the world will at least a bit different for our having […]
Regardless of age, regardless of position, regardless of the business we happen to be in, all of us need to understand the importance of branding. We are the CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be the head marketer for the brand called You.
Safety, whether in conversation, business, or life, generally produces “safe” (boring) results. Step out of the comfort zone!
We start out in life thinking that we’re awesome. We can dance in public as 5-year-olds, and not care what others think of us. By the time we’re adults, that’s been driven out of us, by peers and parents and the media and embarrassing situations.
Stay humble and simple and don’t become inflated by your position or title or whatever power you have; they’re here today and gone tomorrow.
Shokunin – a person who embodies the artisan spirit of the relentless pursuit of perfection through his craft.
Be a kid again. A kid who pays the bills, takes care of responsibilities and duties, and knows when to buckle down and do the things that matter, but a kid nonetheless.
Fear is your friend. Fear is an indicator. Sometimes it shows you what you should not do. Most of the times it shows you what you should do.
Whatever your big ambition is. Start small, and build it every day if possible. It’s like putting your money in investments: it grows in value over time.
Contribute to the world around you. Create and share the brilliance that you have inside of you. Life is not meant to be spent solely consuming the things that others have made.
Why is self-discipline worth possessing? Because those who possess if have the ability to determine what they do with their life. Those who lack self-discipline will have the path they take through life determined by someone or something else.