A new, much larger "Nova" or Saturn-8 class of rocket would be required. The problem with this scenario was that it would take too long to develop the Nova-class rockets. Once the Direct Ascent scenario was well under way, a NASA subteam realized that they would not meet their goal if they went ahead with this plan. Many people in NASA did not want to be in conflict with von Braun and his team over his preferred plan. After the meeting, von Braun and his team decided to change the plan. Lunar Orbit Rendezvous was the plan that landed men on the moon.
Consistent use of rationality enables teams to systematically pursue their goals. The way to aggregate the great qualities of various team members is to maximize the amount and quality of asking for help. On a great team, asking for help is low-cost and effortless. When you ask for help, you have access to the talents and energy of others in service of the larger goal and they have access to yours. When Clarkson got to London he wondered who would be willing to believe in the possibility of ending slavery. He was an Anglican priest, but he knew the only people likely to believe in his dream were the Quakers.
He immediately sought them out, and soon he was working toward his vision with a small group of Quaker friends who put their resources behind him. Clarkson then visited many other Quakers in London and secured their support and donations. Next, he toured England and launched clubs devoted to the cause. Because he was willing to constantly ask for effective help, he and his team were able to invent community organizing. The best ideas need to win every time, regardless of who thought of them. This is something a team has to monitor in its own behavior.
Frequently in under-performing teams everyone knows what the best idea is, but nobody is saying it or implementing it. Even if you uncover the best ideas on your team, how do you get the group to use those ideas? There are known ways to do this. In the case of the Smallpox Eradication Unit, after the eradication effort started, it was widely believed that vaccination alone would lead to success.
The team soon learned that focusing on vaccination would not eliminate smallpox because disease outbreaks could quickly overwhelm their efforts. In response, they developed a new strategy based on surveillance and containment, supplemented by vaccines. What do you do then? There are techniques that allow people to easily combine or improve ideas to make better ones.
This is a subset of asking for help. Perfecting ideas is about helping others in the most effective way possible, so they can receive suggestions to make their idea better, and act on them without resistance. Multiple rounds of perfection lead to rapid improvement in strategies, tools, and techniques.
This is an area in which teams excel over individuals. If a team works efficiently, they can produce more output than an individual. This is something a team has to monitor, and technology exists that allows this. All three teams covered here used perfection extensively to deliver frequent new iterations of their perfected products. The Apollo team spent many iterations improving the design of the mission and the actual spacecraft used in the project, improving safety, solving engineering problems, and producing spaceships and machines.
A multiperson 8 is a team of individuals that has the characteristics listed above. It can reliably produce results equal to or exceeding that of individual geniuses. They are not common in our world today. I am calling for the creation of these multipersons. In fact, I want this to be a standard technique that is used to solve any large problem. There are technologies that lead to the characteristics outlined above, some better than others. Clarkson and his team invented community organizing and mass movements. The Smallpox Eradication Unit used the scientific method and systematic team training.
The Apollo team pioneered using technical innovation to solve problems. If you look at these groups, one of the patterns you will notice is that they were all started by a handful of people who launched projects that would shape the world. Thus, perhaps without even realizing it, this ideology feeds on itself and becomes even more myopic. It can become all the more illusory when it masks itself as a disembodied spirituality. When somebody has an answer for every question, it is a sign that they are not on the right road.
They may well be false prophets, who use religion for their own purposes, to promote their own psychological or intellectual theories. God infinitely transcends us; he is full of surprises. We are not the ones to determine when and how we will encounter him; the exact times and places of that encounter are not up to us. Nor can we claim to say where God is not, because God is mysteriously present in the life of every person, in a way that he himself chooses, and we cannot exclude this by our presumed certainties.
If we let ourselves be guided by the Spirit rather than our own preconceptions, we can and must try to find the Lord in every human life. This is part of the mystery that a gnostic mentality cannot accept, since it is beyond its control. It is not easy to grasp the truth that we have received from the Lord. And it is even more difficult to express it. A dangerous confusion can arise. When Saint Francis of Assisi saw that some of his disciples were engaged in teaching, he wanted to avoid the temptation to gnosticism. Gnosticism gave way to another heresy, likewise present in our day.
As time passed, many came to realize that it is not knowledge that betters us or makes us saints, but the kind of life we lead. But this subtly led back to the old error of the gnostics, which was simply transformed rather than eliminated. The same power that the gnostics attributed to the intellect, others now began to attribute to the human will, to personal effort. This was the case with the pelagians and semi-pelagians. Now it was not intelligence that took the place of mystery and grace, but our human will.
Ultimately, the lack of a heartfelt and prayerful acknowledgment of our limitations prevents grace from working more effectively within us, for no room is left for bringing about the potential good that is part of a sincere and genuine journey of growth. That kind of thinking would show too much confidence in our own abilities. Underneath our orthodoxy, our attitudes might not correspond to our talk about the need for grace, and in specific situations we can end up putting little trust in it. Unless we can acknowledge our concrete and limited situation, we will not be able to see the real and possible steps that the Lord demands of us at every moment, once we are attracted and empowered by his gift.
Grace acts in history; ordinarily it takes hold of us and transforms us progressively. In order to be blameless, as he would have us, we need to live humbly in his presence, cloaked in his glory; we need to walk in union with him, recognizing his constant love in our lives. We need to lose our fear before that presence which can only be for our good. God is the Father who gave us life and loves us greatly. Once we accept him, and stop trying to live our lives without him, the anguish of loneliness will disappear cf.
Ps In this way we will know the pleasing and perfect will of the Lord cf. Rom and allow him to mould us like a potter cf. Is So often we say that God dwells in us, but it is better to say that we dwell in him, that he enables us to dwell in his light and love. He is our temple; we ask to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of our life cf. In him is our holiness. The Church has repeatedly taught that we are justified not by our own works or efforts, but by the grace of the Lord, who always takes the initiative.
The Fathers of the Church, even before Saint Augustine, clearly expressed this fundamental belief. Saint John Chrysostom said that God pours into us the very source of all his gifts even before we enter into battle. This is one of the great convictions that the Church has come firmly to hold. It is so clearly expressed in the word of God that there can be no question of it.
Like the supreme commandment of love, this truth should affect the way we live, for it flows from the heart of the Gospel and demands that we not only accept it intellectually but also make it a source of contagious joy. Still, some Christians insist on taking another path, that of justification by their own efforts, the worship of the human will and their own abilities.
The result is a self-centred and elitist complacency, bereft of true love. Some Christians spend their time and energy on these things, rather than letting themselves be led by the Spirit in the way of love, rather than being passionate about communicating the beauty and the joy of the Gospel and seeking out the lost among the immense crowds that thirst for Christ.
Not infrequently, contrary to the promptings of the Spirit, the life of the Church can become a museum piece or the possession of a select few. This can occur when some groups of Christians give excessive importance to certain rules, customs or ways of acting. The Gospel then tends to be reduced and constricted, deprived of its simplicity, allure and savour. This may well be a subtle form of pelagianism, for it appears to subject the life of grace to certain human structures. It can affect groups, movements and communities, and it explains why so often they begin with an intense life in the Spirit, only to end up fossilized… or corrupt.
Once we believe that everything depends on human effort as channelled by ecclesial rules and structures, we unconsciously complicate the Gospel and become enslaved to a blueprint that leaves few openings for the working of grace. To avoid this, we do well to keep reminding ourselves that there is a hierarchy of virtues that bids us seek what is essential. The primacy belongs to the theological virtues, which have God as their object and motive. At the centre is charity. In other words, amid the thicket of precepts and prescriptions, Jesus clears a way to seeing two faces, that of the Father and that of our brother.
He does not give us two more formulas or two more commands. He gives us two faces, or better yet, one alone: the face of God reflected in so many other faces. Indeed, with the scraps of this frail humanity, the Lord will shape his final work of art. Surely these two: the Lord and our neighbour.
These two riches do not disappear! May the Lord set the Church free from these new forms of gnosticism and pelagianism that weigh her down and block her progress along the path to holiness! These aberrations take various shapes, according to the temperament and character of each person. So I encourage everyone to reflect and discern before God whether they may be present in their lives.
There can be any number of theories about what constitutes holiness, with various explanations and distinctions. Jesus explained with great simplicity what it means to be holy when he gave us the Beatitudes cf. Mt ; Lk We have to do, each in our own way, what Jesus told us in the Sermon on the Mount. It expresses the fact that those faithful to God and his word, by their self-giving, gain true happiness. The Beatitudes are in no way trite or undemanding, quite the opposite.
We can only practise them if the Holy Spirit fills us with his power and frees us from our weakness, our selfishness, our complacency and our pride. Let us listen once more to Jesus, with all the love and respect that the Master deserves. Let us allow his words to unsettle us, to challenge us and to demand a real change in the way we live. Otherwise, holiness will remain no more than an empty word. We turn now to the individual Beatitudes in the Gospel of Matthew cf. Mt The Gospel invites us to peer into the depths of our heart, to see where we find our security in life.
Usually the rich feel secure in their wealth, and think that, if that wealth is threatened, the whole meaning of their earthly life can collapse. Jesus himself tells us this in the parable of the rich fool: he speaks of a man who was sure of himself, yet foolish, for it did not dawn on him that he might die that very day cf. Lk Wealth ensures nothing. In this way, we miss out on the greatest treasure of all. That is why Jesus calls blessed those who are poor in spirit, those who have a poor heart, for there the Lord can enter with his perennial newness.
In this way, he too invites us to live a plain and austere life. These are strong words in a world that from the beginning has been a place of conflict, disputes and enmity on all sides, where we constantly pigeonhole others on the basis of their ideas, their customs and even their way of speaking or dressing.
Ultimately, it is the reign of pride and vanity, where each person thinks he or she has the right to dominate others. Nonetheless, impossible as it may seem, Jesus proposes a different way of doing things: the way of meekness. This is what we see him doing with his disciples. If we are constantly upset and impatient with others, we will end up drained and weary. But if we regard the faults and limitations of others with tenderness and meekness, without an air of superiority, we can actually help them and stop wasting our energy on useless complaining.
Paul speaks of meekness as one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit cf. Meekness is yet another expression of the interior poverty of those who put their trust in God alone. Indeed, in the Bible the same word — anawim — usually refers both to the poor and to the meek. At times they may, but so be it. It is always better to be meek, for then our deepest desires will be fulfilled. In every situation, the meek put their hope in the Lord, and those who hope for him shall possess the land… and enjoy the fullness of peace cf.
The world tells us exactly the opposite: entertainment, pleasure, diversion and escape make for the good life. The worldly person ignores problems of sickness or sorrow in the family or all around him; he averts his gaze. The world has no desire to mourn; it would rather disregard painful situations, cover them up or hide them. Much energy is expended on fleeing from situations of suffering in the belief that reality can be concealed. But the cross can never be absent. Such persons are unafraid to share in the suffering of others; they do not flee from painful situations. They discover the meaning of life by coming to the aid of those who suffer, understanding their anguish and bringing relief.
They sense that the other is flesh of our flesh, and are not afraid to draw near, even to touch their wounds.
They feel compassion for others in such a way that all distance vanishes. Hunger and thirst are intense experiences, since they involve basic needs and our instinct for survival. There are those who desire justice and yearn for righteousness with similar intensity. Jesus says that they will be satisfied, for sooner or later justice will come. We can cooperate to make that possible, even if we may not always see the fruit of our efforts. Jesus offers a justice other than that of the world, so often marred by petty interests and manipulated in various ways. Experience shows how easy it is to become mired in corruption, ensnared in the daily politics of quid pro quo , where everything becomes business.
How many people suffer injustice, standing by powerlessly while others divvy up the good things of this life. Some give up fighting for real justice and opt to follow in the train of the winners. This has nothing to do with the hunger and thirst for justice that Jesus praises. Mercy has two aspects. It involves giving, helping and serving others, but it also includes forgiveness and understanding.
The yardstick we use for understanding and forgiving others will measure the forgiveness we receive. The yardstick we use for giving will measure what we receive. We should never forget this. We need to think of ourselves as an army of the forgiven. All of us have been looked upon with divine compassion. This Beatitude speaks of those whose hearts are simple, pure and undefiled, for a heart capable of love admits nothing that might harm, weaken or endanger that love. The Bible uses the heart to describe our real intentions, the things we truly seek and desire, apart from all appearances.
God wants to speak to our hearts cf. Hos ; there he desires to write his law cf. Jer In a word, he wants to give us a new heart cf. Ezek Jn Certainly there can be no love without works of love, but this Beatitude reminds us that the Lord expects a commitment to our brothers and sisters that comes from the heart. A heart that loves God and neighbour cf. Mt , genuinely and not merely in words, is a pure heart; it can see God. This Beatitude makes us think of the many endless situations of war in our world.
Yet we ourselves are often a cause of conflict or at least of misunderstanding. For example, I may hear something about someone and I go off and repeat it. I may even embellish it the second time around and keep spreading it… And the more harm it does, the more satisfaction I seem to derive from it. The world of gossip, inhabited by negative and destructive people, does not bring peace. Jesus himself warns us that the path he proposes goes against the flow, even making us challenge society by the way we live and, as a result, becoming a nuisance.
He reminds us how many people have been, and still are, persecuted simply because they struggle for justice, because they take seriously their commitment to God and to others. In living the Gospel, we cannot expect that everything will be easy, for the thirst for power and worldly interests often stands in our way. As a result, the Beatitudes are not easy to live out; any attempt to do so will be viewed negatively, regarded with suspicion, and met with ridicule.
Whatever weariness and pain we may experience in living the commandment of love and following the way of justice, the cross remains the source of our growth and sanctification. Here we are speaking about inevitable persecution, not the kind of persecution we might bring upon ourselves by our mistreatment of others. The saints are not odd and aloof, unbearable because of their vanity, negativity and bitterness. The Apostles of Christ were not like that. Persecutions are not a reality of the past, for today too we experience them, whether by the shedding of blood, as is the case with so many contemporary martyrs, or by more subtle means, by slander and lies.
At other times, persecution can take the form of gibes that try to caricature our faith and make us seem ridiculous. Holiness, then, is not about swooning in mystic rapture. Given these uncompromising demands of Jesus, it is my duty to ask Christians to acknowledge and accept them in a spirit of genuine openness, sine glossa. If I encounter a person sleeping outdoors on a cold night, I can view him or her as an annoyance, an idler, an obstacle in my path, a troubling sight, a problem for politicians to sort out, or even a piece of refuse cluttering a public space. Or I can respond with faith and charity, and see in this person a human being with a dignity identical to my own, a creature infinitely loved by the Father, an image of God, a brother or sister redeemed by Jesus Christ.
That is what it is to be a Christian! Can holiness somehow be understood apart from this lively recognition of the dignity of each human being? For Christians, this involves a constant and healthy unease. Even if helping one person alone could justify all our efforts, it would not be enough.
The bishops of Canada made this clear when they noted, for example, that the biblical understanding of the jubilee year was about more than simply performing certain good works. Ideologies striking at the heart of the Gospel. I regret that ideologies lead us at times to two harmful errors. On the one hand, there is the error of those Christians who separate these Gospel demands from their personal relationship with the Lord, from their interior union with him, from openness to his grace.
For these great saints, mental prayer, the love of God and the reading of the Gospel in no way detracted from their passionate and effective commitment to their neighbours; quite the opposite. The other harmful ideological error is found in those who find suspect the social engagement of others, seeing it as superficial, worldly, secular, materialist, communist or populist.
Or they relativize it, as if there are other more important matters, or the only thing that counts is one particular ethical issue or cause that they themselves defend. Our defence of the innocent unborn, for example, needs to be clear, firm and passionate, for at stake is the dignity of a human life, which is always sacred and demands love for each person, regardless of his or her stage of development. Equally sacred, however, are the lives of the poor, those already born, the destitute, the abandoned and the underprivileged, the vulnerable infirm and elderly exposed to covert euthanasia, the victims of human trafficking, new forms of slavery, and every form of rejection.
We often hear it said that, with respect to relativism and the flaws of our present world, the situation of migrants, for example, is a lesser issue. That a politician looking for votes might say such a thing is understandable, but not a Christian, for whom the only proper attitude is to stand in the shoes of those brothers and sisters of ours who risk their lives to offer a future to their children. Can we not realize that this is exactly what Jesus demands of us, when he tells us that in welcoming the stranger we welcome him cf. Mt ? This is not a notion invented by some Pope, or a momentary fad.
We may think that we give glory to God only by our worship and prayer, or simply by following certain ethical norms. It is true that the primacy belongs to our relationship with God, but we cannot forget that the ultimate criterion on which our lives will be judged is what we have done for others. Prayer is most precious, for it nourishes a daily commitment to love.
Similarly, the best way to discern if our prayer is authentic is to judge to what extent our life is being transformed in the light of mercy. Here I think of Saint Thomas Aquinas, who asked which actions of ours are noblest, which external works best show our love for God. For he does not need our sacrifices, but wishes them to be offered to him, in order to stir our devotion and to profit our neighbour. Those who really wish to give glory to God by their lives, who truly long to grow in holiness, are called to be single-minded and tenacious in their practice of the works of mercy.
He depends on us to love the world and to show how much he loves it. Hedonism and consumerism can prove our downfall, for when we are obsessed with our own pleasure, we end up being all too concerned about ourselves and our rights, and we feel a desperate need for free time to enjoy ourselves. We will find it hard to feel and show any real concern for those in need, unless we are able to cultivate a certain simplicity of life, resisting the feverish demands of a consumer society, which leave us impoverished and unsatisfied, anxious to have it all now.
Similarly, when we allow ourselves to be caught up in superficial information, instant communication and virtual reality, we can waste precious time and become indifferent to the suffering flesh of our brothers and sisters. Yet even amid this whirlwind of activity, the Gospel continues to resound, offering us the promise of a different life, a healthier and happier life. The powerful witness of the saints is revealed in their lives, shaped by the Beatitudes and the criterion of the final judgement. It can also be an object of study and reflection, but only to help us better live the Gospel in our daily lives.
I recommend rereading these great biblical texts frequently, referring back to them, praying with them, trying to embody them. They will benefit us; they will make us genuinely happy. Within the framework of holiness offered by the Beatitudes and Matthew , I would like to mention a few signs or spiritual attitudes that, in my opinion, are necessary if we are to understand the way of life to which the Lord calls us.
I will not pause to explain the means of sanctification already known to us: the various methods of prayer, the inestimable sacraments of the Eucharist and Reconciliation, the offering of personal sacrifices, different forms of devotion, spiritual direction, and many others as well. Here I will speak only of certain aspects of the call to holiness that I hope will prove especially meaningful. There we see a sense of anxiety, sometimes violent, that distracts and debilitates; negativity and sullenness; the self-content bred by consumerism; individualism; and all those forms of ersatz spirituality — having nothing to do with God — that dominate the current religious marketplace.
The first of these great signs is solid grounding in the God who loves and sustains us. Such inner strength makes it possible for us, in our fast-paced, noisy and aggressive world, to give a witness of holiness through patience and constancy in doing good. They do not desert others in bad times; they accompany them in their anxiety and distress, even though doing so may not bring immediate satisfaction.
Saint Paul bade the Romans not to repay evil for evil cf. Rom , not to seek revenge v. We need to recognize and combat our aggressive and selfish inclinations, and not let them take root. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts Think about them.
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Imagine that today is the last day of your life and you are lying on your deathbed. Then ask yourself: Did I dream richly? Did I live fully? Did I learn to let go? Did I love well?
Did I tread lightly on the earth and leave it better than I found it? My hope is that the answers you arrive at will help you live with more authenticity, passion and joy. Clarity really does precede success. So live your potential now. But the second best time is today. So many leaders are afraid of conflict - they have a deep - seated need to be popular and cherished. They hate ruffling feathers and making waves. They are insecure and not so comfortable living in their own skin. But great leaders are different. They fearlessly make tough calls. They speak their truth. They run their own race, making the right decisions and worrying little about public opinion.
They are courage in action. I speak and write a lot about being caring and respectful to people.
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I'll take that value to my grave. See the best in people and be the most compassionate person you know. Not once have I ever suggested that. Extraordinary leadership is a balance between being tender yet tough, compassionate yet courageous, part saint and part warrior, friendly yet firm. As my gift to you, you can download the presentation for free at robinsharma. And that brings me to my gentle suggestion to you: Do the right thing rather than doing the popular thing. The best thing to do is generally the hardest thing to do.
Please remember that. Make the tough decisions. Speak with candor. Let underperformers know when they are underperforming. Tell your superstars how much you love them. Just be real. Who cares? Smart guy. If I had listened to all my critics, I'd still be an unhappy lawyer locked to a desk. But an evangelist, by definition, is simply someone who spreads good news. Each of us had it as kids. We wanted to be superheroes, astronauts, poets and painters.
We wanted to change the world, stand on mountaintops and eat lots of ice cream. Then, as we aged, life began to do its work on us. Fearful people snickered at our dreams. Disappointments began to show up. Life began to hurt us and we began to buy into the propaganda that says we should not think too big, reach too high and love too much. Breaks my heart to think about it.
You are meant to shine. I believe that fiercely. You are here to find that cause, that main aim, that vital destiny that will move you at the most visceral level and get you up at the crack of dawn with fire in your belly. It might mean developing people at work and helping them live their highest potential. It might mean being an innovator who adds outrageous value to your clients and brings cool products to the world. Your cause might involve elevating communities or helping people in need. An evangelist? You are here to find that cause that main aim, that vital destiny that will move you at the most visceral level and get you up at the crack of dawn with fire in your belly.
Am I more special than you? All I really care about is doing my part to help you get to your greatness. To help you reach your best at work. To help you find happiness at home. To help you make your mark. Well, when I help you live your finest life, I get to feel significant. That I matter. In other words, what are the best things that I do to stay at my very best - on game and in potential? Journaling builds self - awareness.
Right thinking drives right action. I also review my goals here. Usually I do it Sunday morning. A single conversation can change your life. In an issue of Business 2. This very day can be the first day Of your new life. I have more but these are my best personal practices, the ones that bring out my highest. Pick the ones that resonate with you.
Discard the ones that you disagree with. Just find what works for the way you live. Then act on them today. This very day can be the first day of your new life. At our company, one of our top priorities is to work on our culture. We talk about it all the time. Our focus on culture - building worked splendidly. Your competitors will copy your products if they are good.
They will copy your services. They will copy your branding. But they will never be able to copy your culture. And your culture is the very thing that makes your organization special. Your culture lets people know what your organization values e. To me, culture is king. One of your most sustainable Competitive advantages will be developing what I call a Culture of Leadership. They have unique rituals like 7 a. Rituals shape culture and keep it special. When you see someone living the values your culture stands for, make them a public hero. Behavior that gets rewarded is behavior that gets repeated.
Catch people doing good. You need to evangelize what you stand for constantly. He never did. Training: A mission - critical focus to build culture is employee development. Hold seminars and have leadership workshops to instill the values you seek to nurture and build a leadership culture into their hearts and minds. When your people improve, your company will improve. Storytelling: Great companies have cultures where great stories are told from generation to generation. People want to go to work each day and feel they are a part of a community. One of the deepest psychological needs of a human being is the need for belonging.
We also want to work for an organization that values us, that promotes our personal growth and that makes us feel that we are contributing to a dream. Show me your schedule and I'll discover the truth. There can be no authentic success and lasting happiness if your daily schedule is misaligned with your deepest values. If there is a gap between what you do and who you are, you are out of integrity. I call it The Integrity Gap. The greater the chasm between your daily commitments and your deepest values, the less your life will work and the less happiness you will feel.
Because you are not walking your talk. Because your video is not congruent with your radio. Because you are committing the crime of self - betrayal. Worst crime of all. And the witness that lives within the deepest part of you - your conscience - sees it. Your schedule is the best barometer For what you truly value and believe To be important. Your schedule is the best barometer for what you truly value and believe to be important. Too many people talk a good talk. But talk is cheap.
Less talk and more do. Show me your schedule and I'll show you what your priorities are. I used to be a litigation lawyer. Witnesses in the courtroom could say what they wanted to. But the evidence never lied. Put your family, along with your health, at the top of your priority list. Family matters. And few things are more important than being an extraordinary parent. Kids grow up unbelievably fast. It seems like yesterday my son was in a stroller with the chubby cheeks of a baby and the sounds of an infant.
I guess all I can do is stay devoted to them and be generous with my time my children have always been my number - one priority. Here are some ideas for you to shine in the incredibly important role of parent: Try not to teach your fears to your kids. Lead By Example: The best way to influence your kids is to walk the talk. Model the behavior you wish to see. Those little eyes watch everything you do.
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I talk about this in Family Wisdom from the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, which is a book that will be very helpful to you as you grow young leaders at home. Expose them to great art. Take them to interesting restaurants. Introduce them to cool people who produce unique ideas. During the meal, the Kennedy kids would learn from the guest- and then quiz the visitor to deepen their learning.
Smart practice. Inspire your kids: Big idea: Parents teach their children how to view the world. Parents show kids the way the world works. And if you see the world as a place of limitation, so will those little people you are raising. Try not to teach your fears to your kids.
Inspire them to be great human beings who will elevate the world - in their own special way.
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- Summoning Genius.
- Genius 101 (Psych 101).
Be an enabler. Each night before my kids go to sleep. I make four statements to them. We know we should never give up and how much you love us. Thank you for being the father you wee. And thank you for those four statements each night. They made a difference. I saw it being renovated a few months ago and made a mental note to check it out on my next visit to Miami.
So here I am, waiting to be impressed, just aching for a reason to tell you something good about this place in a world where so many businesses are boring, slow and stale. I like trying new hotels when I travel. Good news! This place is amazing. Big smile when I entered from the doorman and a warm greeting. Ultra - cool design inside none of the stark white of SOBE that used to be so hip that everyone copied it - which then made it un - hip.
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Lots of green and fresh colors. Sexy music and vibes. Super nice front desk staff - the smile thing again with a wonderful offer of Evian water with a slice of lime while I was checking in. Eric the bellman showed me the workout facility and then the spa. Best hotel gym I've seen since the Sanderson in London. And the room is awesome - art deco, impeccably clean and stylishly put together. All very impressive. Stunning, actually - which is the standard I encourage you to aspire to. Hotel Victor under - promised and then over - delivered. It had a chance to win me over, and through well - trained staff, unique and superbly kept facilities and excellent amenities, it did.
Getting What You Want While Loving What You Have Some pundits encourage us to enjoy the moment and appreciate what we have, suggesting that constantly striving for more is unhealthy and the primary source of our discontent. And other say that, as human beings, we were built to push beyond our comfort zones each day and reach for something higher - to become great. I call it The Mandela Balance. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come.
But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk has not yet ended. Enjoy the view from where you are at. Savor how far you have come. Be grateful fro where you are along the journey that is your life. Live in the moment. But also remember that with the gifts that reside within you comes great responsibilities. We must walk out into this world - each day - and do our best to be of greater service to others, realize more of our potential and become better citizens on the planet.
We must continually walk toward our fears and make more of our lives. We must constantly play a bigger game and use our creative talents to do, be and see more. This drive to realize more of our greatest selves has, I believe, been knitted into our DNA and to deny it is to deny our human nature. This world was built by people Who felt some discontent with the way things Were and knew they could do better. And yes, as we set higher dreams and raise our personal standards, we will create some discontent.
But this world was built by people who felt some discontent with the way things were and knew they could do better. Politically incorrect these days, I know. But I think he was speaking truth. The greatest among us were not satisfied with the way things were. Think Gandhi. Think Mother Teresa. Think Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Think Bill Gates. Thin Einstein. Think Mandela. So love what you have. And then go for what you want.
Enjoy the climb up the mountain. But never take your eyes off the summit. Amazing company. The chairman is a visionary. There are top managers at Satyam.
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They run different divisions and functions. It provides them with resources, structures and opportunities. They just have to return results. The concept inspires them to take ownership of their functional areas and behave like entrepreneurs. It gets them to act like real leaders.
It encourages them to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem. Take personal responsibility for the success Of your business. Show up like an entrepreneur. Grow sales. Cut costs. Get good stuff done. You are the CEO of your functional area. Do you have a finance function at your company?
You are the CEO of that area, that small business. Work in human resources? Clean - up at the end of the day? You run a clean - up business that serves the larger company you work with. Take personal responsibility for the success of your business. You will shine in your career. And the CEO will love you.
Act Like an Athlete One of the best ways I know to create spectacular results in the most important areas of your life is through daily practice. Top athletes know that practice is how you get to greatness. I was in Moscow a while back for a series of speeches and workshops. One morning I went down to the hotel gym for a workout. It was 6 a. Guess who was there? Mary Pierce, the tennis star. For two hours, she ran, lifted weights, did sit - ups and countless push - ups. She was paying the price for success.
You need to practice to get to your greatness. Athletes know this so very well. Why does it seem so foreign to the rest of us? Sure practice takes discipline. I would never suggest that you could get to your dreams without having to make some sacrifices and pay the price in terms of dedication and self-control. The best among us make it all look so easy. I call it the Swan Effect - elite performers make personal and business mastery look effortless and seem to make things happen as gracefully as a swan moves along the water.
Top athletes know that practice is how You get to greatness. In my life, I have a series of practices that set me up for a great day. I've shared those with you. This is a simple yet life - changing idea that has helped so many of our clients. Practices that will lock you into your best state include a morning journaling session where you record your feelings, thoughts and the blessings you are grateful for. I often listen to music for 15 minutes, as it not only energizes me, it makes me feel happier.
I also use Success Statements or affirmations to get my mind focused. You need to create them. Find your series of practices, perform them with consistency. And then go out into this beautiful world of ours and shine. Yet without enthusiasm, energy and passion, you cannot lead your field and an organization cannot get to world class. Hey, I never suggested this leadership stuff was rocket science.
We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. The people I love to be around are generally those that have a simple, heartfelt quality: They are enthusiastic. Wildly so. They are open to life. They are curious. They love to learn. They smile when they see me. Today, show up at work with all the enthusiasm you can genuinely muster.
Be outrageously energetic and madly alive. See the best in people. Go the extra mile to delight your customers. See the opportunity for learning and personal evolution amidst a seeming setback. Embrace change as a chance to grow. Have a laugh with a teammate. Tell your loved ones you adore them. Spread some passion. But with an abundance of enthusiasm, I have no doubt that whatever the coming hours bring, you will handle them with grace, strength and a smile.
Be outrageously energetic And madly alive. They preach the latest technique and offer the latest modality that they say will speed you to your greatest life. Take a magic pill or try the latest fad and all will be fine - life will be perfect. Yes, crafting an extraordinary existence takes work. Of course, getting to greatness - personally and professionally - requires sacrifices. A primary sign of maturity is the ability to give up instant gratification for a much more spectacular pleasure down the road.
And true, the right thing to do is generally the hardest thing to do. It's all about working the basic of excellence with a passionately consistency. I love that word. Most people give up too early. Their fears are bigger than their faith, I guess. What are those fundamentals? I told you that you already know this stuff. Nike is a client of ours. Getting to your best life is simple. Not easy but simple. It just takes focus and effort. That philosophy about the thousand mile journey beginning with a single step is true. Small daily gains lead to giant results over a lifetime. Most people give up too Early.
Their fears are bigger than their faith. Big idea: Personal - and organizational - greatness is not about revolution but about evolution, those small but consistent wins. Sam Walton began with a single store. Richard Branson began with his first little record shop. Steve Jobs started Apple out of his garage. And only 23 people showed up for my first seminar of them were family members. Every dream starts small. But you need to start. Nothing more -just feeling the touch of another human being and feeling connected. The paradox of our wired world is that as we become More connected electronically, we become less Connected emotionally.
The paradox of our wired world is that as we become more connected electronically, we become less connected emotionally. People spend hours each night reading blogs, downloading podcasts and surfing the internet. Do what you like. But I have no plans to show up at a cuddle party any time soon. Just doing that would give me all the cuddles I need.
The Value of Good After I gave a speech for a major telecommunications company, a woman walked up to me with tears in her eyes. But there was a man who actually lived your message. He died a few months ago. He was my dad. I was so honored to see that. Another long pause. He was the kind of person who was always the first to help someone in need. He always treated people incredibly well and was unfailingly polite. He walked the earth ever so lightly. Reality TV shows exhibit the worst of human behavior. We see music super stars who swear every five seconds. We read about corporate leaders who fill their pockets to buy bigger boats while share - holders lose their life savings.
I love the movie Wall Street. Good is good. Some people laugh at the notion of being nice and decent and noble. Soft is hard. It's easy to complain or condemn or take the path of least resistance. What takes guts is to stand for something higher, to behave greater and to be of services to others. Like Mandela, Gandhi. I wish I could be one - quarter as good as them. Sorry for ranting, but this is a big topic for me. But I'll tell you one thing - I do my best to be good.
That quest keeps me up at night. And I hold myself to a standard far higher than anyone could ever expect from me. Do I always get it right? Am I always at peace and without anger? Do I always model my message? I try to each day but I slip sometimes. Grace Under Pressure Dr. What we are as human beings presents itself more fully in times of adversity than at times of ease. Anyone can be positive, polite and kind when things are going well. What distinguishes people with an extraordinary character from the rest of us is how they respond when life sends one of its inevitable curves.
They reach deeply into themselves and present even more of their highest nature to the world. Just a couple of hours ago, I want on the runway, ready to fly home from London. The flight had been delayed by a few hours so it felt good to be so close to takeoff.
I had my iPod in place, a new book to read and my journal.
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