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Month: June 2013

Quotes 1º Semester of 2013

Quotes 1º Semester of 2013

“In this new age, those who follow a rigid, singular path in their youth often find themselves in a career dead end in their forties, or overwhelmed with boredom. The wide-ranging apprenticeship of your twenties will yield the opposite: expanding possibilities as you get older.” – Robert Greene

“I’m going to have an MRI to find out if whether or not I have claustrophobia.” – Steven Wright

“As complex as the brain is, the world is more so. The brain cannot process and organize all the data that arrive. It cannot come up with a reasonable course of action if everything is given equal weight and perceived at equal intensity. That is the difficulty with logic: It’s step-by-step, linear. The world is not.” – Laurence Gonzales

“Find what you love and let it kill you.” – Charles Bukowski

“How foolish I was ever to have thought that professors were intellectual giants. They’re people, and afraid the rest of the world will find out.” – Flowers for Algernon

“Don’t wait until an employee says he’s ready to leave before you start thinking about what his goals are.” – Richard Branson

“We’ve decided not to pay most people for performing the new roles that are valuable in relation to the latest technologies. Ordinary people “share,” while elite network presences generate unprecedented fortunes.” – Jaron Lanier

“We’re used to treating information as “free,” but the price we pay for the illusion of “free” is only workable so long as most of the overall economy isn’t about information.” – Jaron Lanier

“You can’t shortcut alignment. Rushing through it creates problems later. Full commitment comes from emotional and philosophical alignment.” – Carlos Miceli

“Constantly seeking inspiration is anti-inspiring.” – Derek Sivers

“Feels good to vent, let it out. To feel as if THIS is the WORST thing EVER! Because after all the venting, a real perspective sets in. There are far greater issues/challenges in the world than a torn achilles. Stop feeling sorry for yourself, find the silver lining and get to work with the same belief, same drive and same conviction as ever.” – Kobe Bryant

“Leaders are made out of the willingness of someone to lead, but also out of the deference of others to that someone.” – Carlos Miceli

“Suffering is the friction that helps us strip away all that is unnecessary.” – Skinner Layne

“Sincere service seems to come from an extensive pride in their work, a high level of self-esteem, and a self-identification of good service as a key component of being a good person.” – Sebastian Marshall

“Just as a well-filled day brings blessed sleep, so a well-employed life brings a blessed death.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

“When emotions hit, learn to stand still. Let them fill you, and then leave you. Be a mountain. Act on serenity, not turbulence.” – Carlos Miceli

“Everyone is always at least a bit right. Start there.” – Carlos Miceli

“Nostalgia and fantasies, both forms of rigidity.” – Carlos Miceli

“One thing I’ve noticed over the years is that if you drive into London at 6am, half of the cars on the roads are Porsches and Astons. Whereas if you go in at ten to nine, they’re all Renaults. Simple solution, then. You want a nice car? Get up earlier and do more work.” – Jeremy Clarkson

“Other people are always going around being ‘a bit too sensitive’ about our insults, blindness and stupidity.” – Alain de Botton

“To learn more about other people, ask: “In what ways has life treated you unfairly?”” – Alain de Botton

“If you want truly to understand something, try to change it.” – Kurt Lewin

“Emancipation of women has made them lose their mystery.” – Grace Kelly

“What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it cease to exist.” – Salman Rushdie

“It is difficult to make a man understand something if his salary depends on not understanding it.” – Sinclair’s principle

“Frequent problem with young professionals: either too lax and flexible about their approach to their work, or too rigid and model-based.” – Carlos Miceli

“Don’t be afraid to be confused. Try to remain permanently confused. Anything is possible. Stay open, forever, so open it hurts, and then open up some more, until the day you die, world without end, amen.” – George Saunders

“We’ve now, for the first time, got a single global civilization. If it fails, we all fail together.” – Tim O’Reilly

“Regarding exes: never trust what you feel now, only what you knew then.” – Alain de Botton

“People talk about my getting shot like it represented something special. They act like they’re not facing the same thing. But some day everybody has to face a bullet with his or her name on it. […] When I nearly died it made me think – this can happen again any second. I better hurry and do what I want. I started to live like I never lived before. When the fear of death is gone, then nothing can bother you and nobody can stop you.” – 50 Cent

“If you don’t recognize a young man’s way to meaning, man’s search for meaning, you make him worse, you make him dull, you add and contribute to his frustration.” – Viktor Frankl

“Getting tired does not equal working. Many people spend their entire lives getting tired but avoiding emotional, mental and spiritual work.” – Carlos Miceli

“All true democrats must stand guard lest the old class tyranny of the Right be replaced by a new class tyranny of the Left.” – Albert Einstein

“When it comes to building your network, patience is key.” – Ben Casnocha

“Biz opportunity for the XXI century: Redesign all that has been designed with the assumption that we’re rational & logical decision-makers.” – Carlos Miceli

“Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.” – André Gide

“Accurately assessing the level of threat in our lives is critical if we are to continue to grow rather than forever defending what we have.” – Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

“I’ve yet to see a problem, however complicated, which, when looked at in the right way, didn’t become still more complicated.” – Donella Meadows

“Companies tend to promote their least-competent employees to management in order to limit the damage they may do.” – Dilbert’s principle

“The dream is damned and dreamer too if dreaming’s all that dreamers do.” – Rory Miller

“Most of us still caged within careers chosen for us by our not entirely worldly 18-22 year old selves.” – Alain de Botton

“The new status symbol isn’t what you own–it’s what you’re smart enough not to own.” – Lynn Jurich

“Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.” – Bertrand Russell

“The more one judges, the less one loves.” – Honoré de Balzac

“Civilization is the process of turning the incomprehensible into the arbitrary.” – Venkatesh Rao

“Encouragement of vulnerability doesn’t mean celebration of weaknesses.” – Carlos Miceli

“If frequency with which you cite an education credential does not decrease over time, you’re not accomplishing very much.” – Ben Casnocha

“Every good that is worth possessing must be paid for in strokes of daily effort.” – William James

“Be a Beacon”

“Be a Beacon”

James Altucher, popular entrepreneur, investor and writer, was interviewed in Lifehacker as part of their How I Work series. The whole article is worth reading. In it, he says that in order to achieve success, you need to be a beacon:

[…] Henry Ford didn’t start the assembly line until he was 60. Raymond Chandler didn’t write his first novel until he was 52. Colonel Sanders didn’t start franchising until he was 65. And on and on. Everyone wants to know what their “purpose” in life is. This is a man-made myth. We don’t have to have a purpose. Best is to take a step back. To be healthy physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. This makes you a beacon. A beacon has no idea what ships on a foggy night it helps bring to shore. It’s just a beacon. This is how you choose yourself. Not “choose yourself for success.” But “choose yourself today.” Every day.

I recently had a video conversation with Kendra Kinnison about habit implementation and we covered similar ground. When talking about how to be a role model for her kids, Kendra said:

You can’t guide a child to achieve something you can’t attain yourself. […] The most unselfish thing you can do is have a healthy life. Until you can take care of yourself you are not available to take care of someone else. If you want to be a giver, you gotta have those resources yourself.

Both James and Kendra, regardless of talking about professional or family success, agree on the same point: You have to choose yourself first. You have to be a “beacon” for health, well-being and spiritual strength, in order to show others how to get there.

So why don’t more people do it? Because it’s easier to entertain the fantasy than to make the sacrifices. We’re wired to wonder about our future and our fulfilled life purpose and how it will look once we get there, instead of making the effort now. It’s more comfortable and (paradoxically) more selfish to go around telling others what to do without doing the work yourself. This is the key behind solid leadership: Lead by actions instead of words.

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