Archive for the ‘Adaptability’ Category

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.

Dean, Jimmy

—Jimmy Dean

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Hemingway Friday

Write drunk; edit sober.

Hemingway, Ernest

—Ernest Hemingway

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In 1766 George Washington decided to stop growing tobacco at Mount Vernon (for economic reasons).  Successful people often change their business in midcareer.  In the early 19th century John Jacob Astor, America’s first millionaire, switched from fur trading to New York City real estate; in midcentury, Cornelius Vanderbilt moved from shipping, which had given him the title of Commodore, to railroads.  Washington’s switch was tougher, because it risked his prestige.  By abandoning the cultivation of tobacco, he stepped outside of the tobacco culture, surrendering his status as a planter, crop master, and lord of the soil.

Washington could have kept banging his head against a wall, trying to wring new perfections out of an already perfected process.  Instead, he tried a new world.

Mount Vernon

—From George Washington on Leadership by Richard Brookhiser, 2008.

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Embracing Change

The best way to predict the future is to create it.

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–Peter Drucker

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Kennedy on Change

For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.

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–John F. Kennedy

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You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.







–C.S. Lewis

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Flexibility of Mind

A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.








–Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister

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Alvin Toffler on Change

Change is not merely necessary to life–it is life.

–Alvin Toffler, Futurist

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He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator.

–Francis Bacon, 16th Century English Philosopher

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