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PlaidStallion (47): FULFILLING YOUR POTENTIAL: The successful person has unusual skill at dealing with conflict and ensuring the best outcome for all.
Sun Tzu said:
In general, the best method for using the military force is to conquer an entire country; to destroy the country is inferior. Ancient warriors who knew how to use the military well defeated the enemy’s army, but not by battle. They overpowered the enemy’s country, but not by force. The goal was to take things whole. In this way, soldiers were not killed and our lord gained the largest booty. Therefore, a general who wins all his battles by destroying other armies is not the ultimate warrior. The ultimate warrior is one who wins the war by forcing the enemy to surrender without fighting any battles.… (més)
PlaidStallion (13): MOTIVATION: The first step on the road to success is of character. The second is openness to new perspectives. The third is ensuring that daily action is shaped by higher aims, with the knowledge the you always reap what you sow.
It’s incredibly easy to get caught up in an activity trap, in the buy-ness of life, to work harder and harder at climbing the ladder of success only to discover it’s leaning against the wrong wall. It is possible to be busy—very busy—without being very effective.
In the last analysis, what we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do. We know it. There are people we trust absolutely because we know their character. Whether they’re eloquent or not, whether they have the human relations techniques or not, we trust them, and we work successfully with them.… (més)
PlaidStallion (21): FULFILLING YOUR POTENTIAL: People attribute their achievements to themselves, but much of their success can be traced to their circumstances and making the most of lucky opportunities.
We are so up in the myths of the best and brightest and the self-made that we think outliers spring naturally from the earth. We look at Bill Gates and marvel that our world allowed that thirteen-year-old to become a fabulously successful entrepreneur. But that’s the wrong lesson. Our world only allowed one thirteen-year-old unlimited access to a time-sharing terminal in 1968. If a million teenagers had been given the same opportunity, how many more Microsofts would we have today? To build a better world we need to replace the patchwork of lucky breaks and arbitrary advantages that today determine success—the fortunate birth dates and the happy accidents of history—with a society that provides opportunities for all.
Everything have learned says that success follows a predictable course. It is not the brightest who succeed . . . Nor is success simply the sum of the decisions and efforts we make our own behalf. It is, rather, a gift. Outliers are those who have been given opportunities—and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them.… (més)
PlaidStallion (29): FULFILLING YOUR POTENTIAL: The ability not only to accept change but to create it is a mark of the dynamic individual.
He knew he had learned something useful about moving on from mice friends Sniff and Scurry. They kept life simple. They didn’t overanalyze or overcomplicate things. When the situation changed and the cheese had been moved, they changed and moved with the cheese. He would remember that.
He realized that the fastest way to change is to laugh at your folly.… (més)
PlaidStallion (11): FULFILLING YOUR POTENTIAL: Don’t be satisfied with being merely good or excellent. Discover what it takes to be great.
No matter how dramatic the end result, the good-to-great transformations never happened in one fell swoop. There was no single defining action, no grand program, no one killer innovation, no solitary lucky break, no miracle moment. Rather, the process resembled relentlessly pushing a giant heavy flywheel in one direction, turn upon turn, building momentum until a point of breakthrough, and beyond.… (més)
PlaidStallion (31): PROSPERITY: Learn how money could work for you; unlearn the expectation that you must work for money.
Both men were successful in their careers, working hard all their lives. Both earned substantial incomes. Yet one struggled financially all his life. The other would become one of the richest men in Hawaii. One died leaving tens of millions of dollars to his family, charities and his church. The other left bills to be paid.
Rule one. You must know the difference between an asset and a liability, and buy assets. If you want to be rich, this is all you need to know.… (més)
PlaidStallion (35): LEADERSHIP AND ACHIEVMENT: Success is most likely when it become a necessity.
I never thought that a life sentence truly meant life and that I would die behind bars. Perhaps I was denying this prospect because it was too unpleasant to contemplate. But I always knew that someday I would once again feel the grass under my feet and walk in the sunshine as a free man.
I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed towards the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair.… (més)
PlaidStallion (26): PROSPERITY: Wealth comes from increasing your power to think and developing your ability to access the universe’s intelligence.
We live in a world of over-abundance and everything the heart could desire, with nothing standing between us and our desires, excepting lack of a definite purpose.
I had the happy privilege of analyzing both Mr. Edison and Mr. Ford, year by year, over a long period of years, and therefore, the opportunity to study them at close range, so I speak from actual knowledge when I say that I found no quality save persistence, in either of them, that even remotely suggested the major source of their stupendous achievements.… (més)
PlaidStallion (10): PROSPERITY: The principles of wealth building are free to all, but only a minority use them to their advantage.
In old Babylon there once lived a very rich man named Arkad. Far and wide he was famed for his great wealth. Also he was famed for his liberality. He was generous in his charities. He was generous with his family. He was liberal in his own expenses. But nevertheless each year his wealth increased more rapidly than he spent it.… (més)
PlaidStallion (42): MOTIVATION: Much of the difference between failure and success lies in what you believe you are entitled to, so you may as well think big.
Believe Big. The size of your success is determined by the size of your belief. Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win big success. Remember this, too! Big ideas and big plans are often easier—certainly no more difficult than small ideas and small plans.… (més)
PlaidStallion (14): FULFILLING YOUR POTENTIAL: People believe that natural ability and intelligence are the tickets to success, but they are only helpful. In real life, it is focus and perseverance that are decisive.
The ability to quickly climb the learning curve of any skill is obviously a very good thing, and, like it or not, some of us are better at it than others . . . . So why, then, is it such a bad thing to favor ‘naturals’ over ‘strivers’? What’s the downside of television shows like America’s Got Talent, The X Factor, and Child Genius? Why shouldn’t we separate children as young as seven or eight into two groups: those few children who are ‘gifted and talented’ and the many, many more who aren’t? . . . . In my view, the biggest reason a preoccupation with talent can be harmful is simple: By shining our spotlight on talent, we risk leaving everything else in the shadows. We inadvertently send the message that these other factors—including grit—don’t matter as much as they really do.… (més)
PlaidStallion (22): FULFILLING YOUR POTENTIAL: Make distinction; look for subtlety and nuance. Success requires fine observation of human nature and refinement of the self.
21 The art of success Good fortune has its rules and to the wise not everything depends upon chance . . . the real philosopher has only one plan of action: virtue and prudence; for the only good and bad fortune lie in prudence or rashness.
65 Elevated taste . . . You can judge the height of someone’s talent by what he aspires to. Only a great thing can satisfy a great talent.… (més)
PlaidStallion (33): PROSPERITY: Genuine success is never an accident. The prosperous have a culture of progress that combines curiosity and persistent application.
Round, complete, apparently serene, ineffably harmonious, the Celestial Empire purred along for hundreds of years more, impervious and imperturbable. But the world was passing it by.
America’s society of smallholders and relatively well-paid workers a seedbed of democracy and enterprise. Equality bred self-esteem, ambition, a readiness to enter and compete in the marketplace, a spirit of individualism and contentiousness.
If we learn anything from the history of economic development, it is that culture makes all the difference . . . Yet culture, in the sense of inner values and attitudes that guide a population, frightens scholars.… (més)
PlaidStallion (40): MOTIVATION: Success leave clues, but they must be acted on.
The movers and shakers of the world are often professional modelers—people who have mastered the art of learning everything they can by following other people’s experience rather than their own.
Often we are caught in a mental trap of seeing enormously successful people and thinking they are where they are because they have some special gift. Yet a closer look shows that the greatest gift that extraordinarily successful people have over the average person is their ability to get themselves to take action.… (més)
PlaidStallion (45): PROSPERITY: People are not born with a millionaire mind. It is a set of attitudes and knowledge that anyone can adopt and acquire.
They live in lovely homes located in fine neighborhoods. Balance their approach to life. They are financially independent, yet they enjoy life—they are not ‘all work, no play’ type of people. Most became millionaires in one generation.
Some millionaires do feel that their IQ was a factor in their successful achievements, although most others feel just the opposite.… (més)
PlaidStallion (30): MOTIVATION: We believe that success requires us to do many things, when all it asks is that we do a single, important thing; the achievement of that unlocks the door to every other good thing.
The ONE thing becomes difficult because we’ve unfortunately bought into too many others—and more often than not those “other things” muddle our thinking, misguide our actions, sidetrack our success.
It’s not that we have too little time to do all the things we need to do, it’s that we feel the need to do too many things in the time we have.
When you see someone who has a lot of knowledge, they learned it over time. When you see someone who has a lot of skills, they developed them over time. When you see who has done a lot, they accomplished it over time. When see someone who has a lot of money, they earned it over time. The key is over time. Success is built sequentially. It’s one thing at a time.… (més)
PlaidStallion (34): LEADERSHIP AND ACHIEVMENT: Above all, leaders seek results. Many have wishes, but effective leader act.
It was Abraham Lincoln who, during the most difficult period in the nation’s history, almost single-handedly preserved the American concept of government. Had he not been the leader that he was, secession in 1860 could have led to further partitioning of the country into an infinite number of smaller, separate pieces, some retaining slavery, some not. He accomplished his task with a naturalness and intuitiveness in leading people that was at least a century ahead of his time.
[We] here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Lincoln, Gettysburg Address, 1863… (més)
PlaidStallion (48): LEADERSHIP AND ACHIEVMENT: Be the best at what you do, and the world will beat a path to your door.
It is a story about entrepreneurship, and risk, and hard work, and knowing where you want to go and being willing to do what it takes to get there. It’s a story about believing in your idea even when maybe some other folks don’t, and about sticking to your guns. But I think more than anything it proves there’s absolutely no limit to what plain, ordinary people can accomplish if they’re given the opportunity and the encouragement and the incentive to do their best.
I always wanted to be the best retailer in the world, not necessarily the biggest.… (més)
PlaidStallion (17): FULFILLING YOUR POTENTIAL: Your body is smarter that you think: trust it to achieve the goals you have set.
The player of the inner game comes to value the art of relaxed concentration above all other skills; he discovers a true basis for self-confidence; and he learns that the secret to winning any game lies in not trying too hard. He aims at the kind of spontaneous performance which occurs only when the mind is calm and seems at one with the body, which finds its own surprising ways to surpass its own limits again and again.… (més)
PlaidStallion (23): FULFILLING YOUR POTENTIAL: Being a giver in the workplace can have immediate costs, but opens you up to greater long-term benefits.
If we create networks with the sole intention of getting something, we won’t succeed. We can’t pursue the benefits of networks; the benefits ensue from investments in meaningful activities and relationships.
This is what I find most magnetic about successful givers: they get to the top without cutting others down, finding ways of expanding the pie that benefit themselves and the people around them. Whereas success is zero-sum in a group of takers, in groups of givers, it may be true that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
Every time we interact with another person at work, we have a choice to make: do we try to claim as much value as we can, or contribute value without worrying about what we receive in return?… (més)
PlaidStallion (7): LEADERSHIP AND ACHIEVMENT: Genuinely successful investment requires both courage and character.
On Wall Street his homespun manner made him a cult figure. Where finance was so forbiddingly complex, Buffett could explain it like a general-store clerk discussing the weather.
Buffett’s genius was largely a genius of character—of patience, discipline and rationality. These were common enough virtues, but they were rare in the heat of financial passions, and indispensable to anyone who would test his mettle in the stock market. In this sense, Buffett’s character and career unfolded as a sort of public tutorial on investing and on American business. Buffett was aware of his role from the very beginning, and he nurtured a curious habit of chronicling his escapades even as he lived them.… (més)
PlaidStallion (2): LEADERSHIP AND ACHIEVMENT: True leadership arises in the full expression of a person’s unique potential.
Leaders have no interest in proving themselves, but an abiding interest in expressing themselves.
What is true for leaders is, for better or worse, true for each of us. Only when we know what we’re made of and what we want to make of it can we begin our lives—and we must do it despite an unwitting conspiracy of people and events against us.… (més)
PlaidStallion (49): PROSPERITY: It is natural and logical that you should become rich through the use of your creative powers.
Life has advanced so far, and become so complex, that even the most ordinary man or woman requires a great amount of wealth in order to live in a manner that even approaches completeness . . . To understand the science of getting rich is therefore the most essential of all knowledge.
Riches secured on the competitive plane are never satisfactory and permanent; they are yours today, and another’s tomorrow. Remember, if you are to become rich in a scientific and certain way, you must rise entirely out of the competitive thought. You must never think for a moment that the supply is limited.… (més)
PlaidStallion (12): PROSPERITY: Whatever you desire is probably close at hand, if you are willing to open your eyes and your mind.
Al Hafed heard all about diamonds that night, and went to bed a poor man. He wanted a whole mine of diamonds. Early next day, he eagerly besought the priest and asked him where diamonds could be found.
Greatness consists in doing great deeds with little means—in the accomplishment of vast purposes. It consists in the private ranks of life—in helping one’s fellows, benefiting one’s neighborhood, in blessing one’s own city and state.… (més)
PlaidStallion (3): MOTIVATION: Every successful person knows how to sell what they offer. Enthusiasm and organization are the basic element in selling.
I hope you will overlook and forgive me for using the personal pronoun ‘I’. If there is anything in the book that sounds as though I am bragging about myself, I didn’t intend it that way. Whatever bragging I’ve don was meant for what these ideas did for me, and what they will do for anyone who will apply them.
Talk about walking a mile to get a cigarette—when I started out to sell, I would gladly have walked from Chicago to New York to get a copy of this book, if it had been available. Dale Carnegie… (més)
PlaidStallion (25): MOTIVATION: Success is simple: it involves hard work and habits that compound our value over time.
Success strategies are no longer a secret, but most people ignore them.
You already know what you need to succeed. You don’t need to learn anything more. If all we needed was more information, everyone with an Internet connection would live in a mansion, have abs of steel, and be blissfully happy. New or more information is not what you need—a new plan of action is. It’s time to create new behaviors and habits that are oriented away from sabotage and towards success. It’s that simple.
As a society, we’ve been deceived. We’ve been hypnotized by commercial marketing, which convinces you of problems you don’t have and sells you on the idea of insta-fixes to “cure” them. We’ve been socialized to believe in fairy-tale endings found in movies and novels. We’ve lost sight of the good, old-fashioned value of hard and consistent work.… (més)
PlaidStallion (6): MOTIVATION: Every great thing starts with a thought and is powered into realization by a belief.
Gradually I discovered that there is a golden thread that runs through all the teachings and makes them work for those who sincerely accept and apply them, and that thread can be named in a single word—belief. It is this same element or factor, belief, which causes people to be cured by mental healing, enables others to climb the ladder of success, and gets phenomenal results for all those who accept it.
PlaidStallion (39): FULFILLING YOUR POTENTIAL: Achievement is more meaningful when it spring from a base of physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
I’ve grappled with the same issues my clients are dealing with. I’ve worked ridiculous hours, built a successful business, made plenty of mistakes in relationships, and paid little attention to my health. Over the last several years, I’ve used the process in this book to improve my own life. I know it works.… (més)
PlaidStallion (27): FULFILLING YOUR POTENTIAL: Enlarge your understand if success to include self-knowledge and greater connection to others. You have everything in you that you need to succeed.
It takes courage to be a real winner—not a winner in the sense a beating out someone else by always insisting on coming out on top—but a winner at responding to life. It takes courage to experience the freedom that comes with autonomy, courage to accept intimacy, and directly encounter other persons, courage to take a stand in an unpopular cause, courage to choose authenticity over approval and choose it again and again, courage to accept the responsibility your own choices, and, indeed, courage to be the unique person you really are.… (més)
PlaidStallion (44): LEADERSHIP AND ACHIEVMENT: The true leader bring out the best in people in even the toughest situations.
It was suddenly clear they were going to face an extraordinary challenge just to stay alive. The men had expected to be working in relative comfort in a base camp, or to be doing ship’s work. Instead, they were stranded on a vast, unstable layer of ice that was their only refuge from the depths of the Weddell Sea or, even worse, the jaws of a killer whale or a sea-leopard. And it was −16° Fahrenheit.… (més)
PlaidStallion (18): LEADERSHIP AND ACHIEVMENT: In your field of work, see what can be achieved by “setting the standard.”
Gates was immediately hooked. Whenever he had free time, he would run over to the Upper School to get more experience on the system. But Gates was not the only computer-crazed kid at Lakeside. He found he had to compete for time on the computer with a handful of others who were similarly drawn to the room as if by a powerful gravitational force. Among them was a soft-spoken, Upper School student by the name of Paul Allen, who was two years older than Gates.
Seven years later, the two classmates would form Microsoft, most successful start-up company in the history of American business.… (més)
PlaidStallion (50): FULFILLING YOUR POTENTIAL: Consider changing your way of learning and relating to others, and reap the performance benefits.
Coaching is not merely a technique to be wheeled out and rigidly applied in certain prescribed circumstances. It is a way of managing, a way of treating people, a way of thinking, a way of being. Roll on the day when the word coaching disappears from our lexicon altogether, and it just becomes the way we relate to one another at work, and elsewhere too.
All instruction, all criticism, every reduction in choice, every manifestation of hierarchy, every act of secrecy subtly lowers people’s self-belief. Coaching, trust, openness, respect, authentic praise, freedom of choice and, of course, success raise it.
To use coaching successfully we have to adopt a far more optimistic view than usual of the dormant capability of people, all people.… (més)
PlaidStallion (28): LEADERSHIP AND ACHIEVMENT: Great business success often follows an arc of personal growth; by fating up to personal ad professional failures, we sow the seed for lasting achievements.
The most basic question about Steve’s career is this: How could the man who had been such an inconsistent, inconsiderate, rash, and wrongheaded businessman that he exiled from the company he founded become the venerated CEO who revived Apple and created a whole new set of culture-defining products that transformed the company into the most valuable and admired enterprise on earth and that changed the everyday lives of billions of people from all different socioeconomic strata and cultures? The answer wasn’t something Steve had ever been all that interested in discussing. While was an introspective guy, he was not inclined to retrospection: “What’s the point in looking back,” he told me in one email. “I’d rather look forward to all the good things to come.”… (més)
PlaidStallion (20): MOTIVATION: Everyone hungers for appreciation and acceptance. If you can genuinely provide these you will have the key to human influence.
Various scientific studies have proven that if you learn how to deal with other people, you will have gone about 85 percent of the way down the road to success in any business, occupation, or profession, and about 99 percent of the way down the road to personal happiness.
Human relations is the science of dealing with people in such a way that our egos and their egos remain intact. And this is the only method of getting along with people that ever brings any real success or any real satisfaction.… (més)
PlaidStallion (46): MOTIVATION: Measuring your life daily against written goals is a fundamental of success.
The way for you to be happy and successful, to get more of the things you really want in life, is to get the combinations to the locks. Instead of spinning the dials of life hoping for a lucky break, as if you were playing a slot machine, you must instead study and emulate those who have already done what you want to do and achieved the results you want to achieve.
The primary cause of success in life is the ability to set and achieve goals. That’s why the people who do not have goals are doomed forever to work for those who do. You either work to achieve your own goals or you work to achieve someone else’s goals.… (més)
PlaidStallion (32): LEADERSHIP AND ACHIEVMENT: Your working life so far may have merely set the scene for your real contribution, but you must be open to the big opportunity that will draw on all your knowledge and skills.
In the evenings, I would commute back to Des Plaines and walk over to the store. I was always eager to see it come into view, my McDonald’s! But sometimes the sight pleased me a lot less than other times. Sometimes Ed MacLuckie would have forgotten to turn the sign on when dusk began to fall, and that made me furious. Or maybe the lot would have some litter on it that Ed said he hadn’t time to pick up. These little things didn’t seem to bother some people, but they were gross affronts to me. I’d get screaming mad and really let Ed have it. He took it in good part . . . But perfection is very difficult to achieve, and perfection was what I wanted in McDonald’s. Everything else was secondary for me.
I speak of faith in McDonald’s as if it were a religion. And, without meaning any offense to the Holy Trinity, the Koran or the Torah, that’s exactly the way I think of it. I’ve often said that I believe in God, family, and McDonald’s—and in the office, that order is reversed.… (més)
PlaidStallion (19): PROSPERITY: Live by your own values; be your own person.
After all, “richness” is at least as much a matter of character, of philosophy, outlook and attitude, as it is of money. The “millionaire mentality” is not—and in this day and age, cannot be—merely an accumulative mentality. The able, ambitious man who strives for success must understand that the term “rich” has infinite shades of meaning. In order to justify himself and his wealth, he must know how to be rich in virtually every positive sense of the term.
To be truly rich, regardless of his fortune or lack of it, a man must live by his own values. If those values are not personally meaningful, then no amount of money gained can hide the emptiness of life without them.… (més)
PlaidStallion (38): PROSPERITY: God does not want you to be poor; appreciate the universe’s abundance and your right to prosperity.
Let us be done with thinking of poverty as a virtue. It is a common vice.
There is basically one problem in life: congestion. There is basically one solution: circulation. Systematic giving is, therefore, a powerful practice that blesses every phase of our lives, as it keeps us attuned to the wealth of the universe.… (més)
PlaidStallion (15): LEADERSHIP AND ACHIEVMENT: Continually refine your thinking power. Imagine something the world would really need. Make it cheaply as possible and sell it at the lowest price.
From the beginning I could never work up much interest in the labor of farming. I wanted to have something to do with machinery. My father was not entirely in sympathy with my bent toward mechanics. He thought I ought to be a farmer. When I left school at seventeen and became an apprentice in the machine shop of the Drydock Engine Works I was all but given up for lost.
Good will is one of the few really important assets of life. A determined man can win almost anything that he goes after, but unless, in his getting he gains good will he has not profited much.… (més)
PlaidStallion (16): PROSPERITY: Diligence and frugality build character as they create wealth.
Many a one, for the sake of finery on the back, have gone with a hungry belly, and half starved their families; silks and satins, scarlet and velvets, as Poor Richard says, put out the kitchen fire. These are not the necessaries of life; they can scarcely be called the conveniences, and yet only because they look pretty, how many want to have them. The artificial wants of mankind thus become more numerous than the natural.
You may think perhaps that a little tea, or a little punch now and then, diet a little more costly, clothes a little finer, and a little entertainment now and then, can be no great Matter; but remember what Poor Richard says . . . beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship. . . and moreover, fools make Feasts, and wise men eat them.… (més)
PlaidStallion (9): FULFILLING YOUR POTENTIAL: Reclaim the “killer instinct” as a natural part of who you are.
One of the results of reading this book will be the shattering of your traditional concepts of ruthlessness. Thick Face, Black Heart is not about ruthlessness. You will learn that by adapting and adopting a form of non-destructive ruthlessness, you will gain the freedom necessary to achieve effective execution of your life’s tasks.
The first superficial exposure to Thick Face, Black Heart is often shocking and repellent because it can serve the criminal as easily as the saint.… (més)
PlaidStallion (1): MOTIVATION: Whatever you do, you will be more successful if you do it with honesty, fairness, and to the best of your ability.
But Dick was too sensible not to know that there was something more than money needed to win a respectable position in the world. He felt that he was very ignorant. Of reading and writing he knew only the rudiments, and that, with a slight acquaintance with arithmetic, was all he did know of books. Dick knew he must study hard, and he dreaded it. He looked upon learning as attended with greater difficulties than it really possesses. But Dick had good pluck. He meant to learn, nevertheless, and resolved to buy a book with his first spare earnings.
“l hope, my lad,” Mr Whitney said, “you will prosper and rise in the world. You know in this free country poverty is no bar to a man’s advancement.”… (més)
PlaidStallion (37): LEADERSHIP AND ACHIEVMENT: Hard work, continuous self-improvement, and a sense of building for the future create identity. From identity comes focus; from focus, success.
If you’re in the service business and your name is above the door, it’s important for people to be able to link a face to the name. I want our associates to know that there really is a guy named Marriott who cares about them, even if he can only drop by every so often to personally tell them so.
For the key to prospering and adapting in the coming decades amidst an ever-escalating rate of change is to first be clear about and resolutely dedicated to what you stand for and why that should never change. You must then be just as resolutely willing to change absolutely everything else. This rare ability to manage continuity and change is the secret of Marriott’s past—and the key to its future. Jim Collins, Foreword… (més)
PlaidStallion (5): LEADERSHIP AND ACHIEVMENT: Work for your own success, but ensure that your achievements lift up the wider community.
Eventually, then, Bok learned that the path that led to success was wide open: the competition was negligible. There was no jostling. In fact, travel on it was just a trifle lonely. One’s fellow-travelers were excellent company, but they were few! It was one of Edward Bok’s greatest surprises, but it was also one of his greatest stimulants. To go where others could not go, or were loath to go, where at least they were not, had a twang that savored of the freshest kind of adventure.… (més)
PlaidStallion (8): LEADERSHIP AND ACHIEVMENT: Be voracious in your learning and ensure that others benefit from your intellectual and monetary wealth.
No kind action is ever lost. Even to this day I occasionally meet men who I had forgotten, who recall some trifling attention I have been able to pay them, especially when in charge at Washington of government railways and telegraphs during the Civil War, when I could pass people within the lines—a father helped to reach a wounded or sick son at the front, or enabled to bring home his remains, or some similar service. I am indebted to these trifles for some of the happiest attentions and the most pleasing incidents of my life.
My advice to young men would be not only to concentrate their whole time and attention on the one business in life in which they engage, but to put every dollar of their capital into it . . . As for myself my decision was taken early. I would concentrate upon the manufacture of iron and steel and be master in that.… (més)
PlaidStallion (41): LEADERSHIP AND ACHIEVMENT: One of the duties of the leader is to lift up those who are not able to advance themselves.
It is true that I am fundamentally an optimist, that I am congenitally hopeful. I do not believe that good always conquers evil, because I have lived a long time in the world and seen that it is not true . . . not wishful thinking that makes me a hopeful woman. Over and over, I have seen, under the most improbable circumstances, that man can remake himself, that he can even remake his world if he cares enough to try.
Eleanor Roosevelt,You Learn by Living… (més)
PlaidStallion (36): MOTIVATION: There are few things that cannot be achieved by sheer determination and effort.
The world does not demand that you be a lawyer, minister, doctor, farmer, scientist, or merchant; it does not dictate what you shall do, it does require that you be a master in whatever you undertake.
As the sculptor thinks only of the angel imprisoned in the marble block, so Nature cares only for the man or woman shut up in the human being . . . Nature will chip and pound us remorselessly to bring out our possibilities.
The slow penny is surer than the quick dollar. The slow trotter will out-travel the fleet racer. Genius darts, flutters and tires; but perseverance wears and wins.
Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.… (més)
PlaidStallion (24): FULFILLING YOUR POTENTIAL: Recognize and use your background in the service of attaining your goals, and remember to give something back.
Money makes people listen. When you have it, then you have something others want and need. When you don’t you become invisible. Your needs become irrelevant. Your success, or lack of it, is your problem. How can we build wealth when we have so many obstacles to opportunity? If you pay attention to the challenges we’ve talked about, it will be difficult to deny you opportunity. If you read and follow the advice in this book, you will make your own opportunities spite of the nuisances, hatred, and ignorance you encounter.… (més)
PlaidStallion (43): MOTIVATION: Dissolve the walls around your success through positive expectations. Trust ultimately in God for your prosperity.
Your big opportunity and big success usually slide in, when you least expect it. You have to let go long enough for the great law of attraction to operate. You never saw a worried and anxious magnet. It stands straight and hasn’t a care in the world, because it knows needles can’t help jumping to it. The things we rightly desire come to pass when we have taken the clutch off.… (més)