Monthly Archives: January 2013

Career Development

The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does.
James Michener

Once a year ask the boss, “What do I or my people do that helps you to do your job?” and “What do I or my people do that hampers you?”
Peter Drucker

The squeaky wheel doesn’t always get greased; it often gets replaced.
John Peers

If there’s any single mistake that people make about holding on to their jobs, it’s failure to communicate with the boss. I know the term “communication” is sometimes awkward, but I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to let your boss know what you’re doing.
S. Eric Wachtel

If you want to move up in business, the first rule is not to be invisible. To be noticed by bosses, ask questions and offer constructive advice. Don’t substitute talk for action. Don’t be afraid to present your best abilities when the opportunity arrives. Don’t be shy.
George Mazzei

Enjoy the Journey

Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is usually more important than the outcome.
Arthur Ashe

Part of achieving happiness is learning to enjoy even the less invigorating parts of the journey.
Stephen Covey

Even though climbing Mount Everest is serious business, it’s only considered news for a short while. In a hundred years it’s all forgotten, so it’s all about enjoying the journey of life.
Lene Gammelgaard

Generally speaking, we are all happier when we are still striving for achievement than when the prize is in our hands.
Margot Fonteyn

The real prize is not the beautiful Masters trophy sitting on my shelf at home. The real prize was hitting a thousand chip shots in the backyard with my dad, skipping a ball off the water with Coach Steve Loy as my caddie and hitting a thousand golf balls by myself in the rain.
Phil Mickelson

Keep Learning

Make a goal to learn something new every day of your life that either will enhance your earning power, your enjoyment of living or both.
Robert Dedman

I always keep myself in a position of being a student.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee

We live in a time of such rapid change and growth of knowledge that only a person who continues to learn and inquire can hope to keep pace.
Nathan Pusey

Do not say: I will learn when I will have leisure; you may never have it.
Jewish proverb

Watching and listening – those are extremely important abilities to develop in yourself. Why, even when I was teaching, there were plenty of times when my students came up with better ideas than I had. And why shouldn’t they? Just because I was the teacher didn’t mean that I knew everything. No one can know it all.
Sarah Delany

The Importance of Prayer

A quiet morning with a loving God puts the events of the upcoming day into proper perspective.
Janette Oke

Everything in God’s store is on the bottom shelf – you have to get on your knees to get it.
Robert Collier

Prayer is an excellent means of keeping up an acquaintance with God and of growing in the knowledge of God.
Jonathan Edwards

Heaven is full of answers to prayers for which no one ever bothered to ask.
Billy Graham

God didn’t ask me to give up football or my ambition to be the best coach in the business, but to bring Him into my life, including football. I begin each day now with a person-to-person effort to contact Him.
Tom Landry

How to Set Goals

Goals should be difficult to achieve because those achieved with little effort are seldom appreciated, give little personal satisfaction and are often not very worthwhile.
John Wooden

Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope.
Epictetus

Have realistic expectations and set attainable goals. Reaching intermittent, moderate goals is certainly more rewarding and enjoyable than floundering amid unrealistic expectations.
Leonard Finkel

Don’t let anyone else set your goals – you do it yourself. Only you know what you want, and only you know what’s realistic.
Yogi Berra

The goal you set must be challenging. At the same time, it should be realistic and attainable, not impossible to reach. It should be challenging enough to make you stretch, but not so far that you break.
Rick Hansen

Promises

I believe in the sacredness of a promise, that a man’s word should be as good as his bond; that character – not wealth or power or position – is of supreme worth.
John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

It is better to underpromise and overdeliver than vice versa.
Narayana Murthy

Keeping promises you’ve made to yourself – from cleaning the garage to applying for a new job – speaks volumes about your personal integrity.
Dr. Suzanne Zoglio

Only make promises and commitments you know you can keep. A broken promise can damage your credibility and reputation beyond repair.
Robert Mondavi

Let your promise be sincere, and so prudently confided as not to exceed the reach of your ability: He who promises more than he is able to perform, is false to himself; and he who does not perform what he has promised, is a traitor to his friend.
George Shelley

How to Give

It is more noble to give yourself completely to one individual than to labor diligently for the salvation of the masses.
Dag Hammarskjöld

If you have much give of your wealth, if you have little give of your heart.
Arabic proverb

We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.
Seneca

To bring joy to someone, give. To bring joy to yourself, give anonymously.
Greg Quinn

The excitement of receiving is quickly erased by the boredom of having. But the boredom of having is just as quickly erased by the joy of giving. Therefore to eliminate the boredom that comes between receiving and giving, give often.
David Young