Posts Tagged ‘Leadership’

Many people wonder why they don’t amount to more than they do. They have good stuff in them; are energetic, persevering, and have ample opportunities. It is all a case of trimming the useless branches and throwing the whole force of power into the development of something that counts.

—W.J. Johnston (Image Free Use; Pixabay)

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The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark.

—Michelangelo (Public Domain)

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If I have done the public any service, it is due to my patient thought.

—Sir Isaac Newton (1689, by Sir Godfrey Kneller; Public Domain)

I once had a boss who considered himself the quintessential leader. Unfortunately, his concept of leadership was barking orders, firing employees, and chronically looking at his watch as if his time was always being wasted. What he saw as leadership, others saw as personality flaws. 

Isaac Newton was a famed mathematician, physicist, astronomer, theologian, and author. With a list of accomplishments that long, it might seem as though he had little time to focus on any one matter. But a high level of patience was critically essential for his greatest achievements. He understood, as his quote illustrates, that constant, focused action must be accompanied by an almost spiritual patience. 


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On the road from the City of Skepticism, I had to pass through the Valley of Ambiguity.

—Adam Smith (the Muir portrait; Public Domain)

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When a work lifts your spirits and inspires bold and noble thoughts in you, do not look for any other standard to judge by: the work is good, the product of a master craftsman.

—Jean de La Bruyère (Public Domain)

Better than simply looking for works that inspire you—those which generate positive energy within your very being, become the master craftsman who creates such works yourself, and offer them up to the world. We weren’t placed here to be mediocre; we were put here to achieve excellence and advance spiritually.


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Vision without action is daydreaming; action without vision is a nightmare.

Shaolin temple in Hunan province, China

—Chinese Proverb (Shaolin temple; Image Licensed)

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Have no fear of change as such and, on the other hand, no liking of it merely for its own sake.

—Robert Moses (1938, by C.M. Stieglitz; Public Domain)

Change can be difficult, which is why so many of us remain stuck in our channel of comfort—or, more often, discomfort. When change is required to move forward, we must enter the process with the right frame of mind, fully understanding why it is necessary to change course, and prepared to exert the energy necessary to break free of the trench which we have dug for ourselves.   

But change for the sake of change is often a pretext for simply lacking the willingness to do the work required in our current situation. When the going gets tough, it is easier to imagine charting a new path rather than simply putting our head down and doing what needs to be done. So, before making a change, take a step back and evaluate the situation. Then, with the clarity that comes from a clear-headed assessment, do what must be done—whether that means making a change or staying the course with a renewed commitment.   

—Michael S. Hazell

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