Posts Tagged ‘motivation’

Leadership is based on inspiration, not domination; on cooperation, not intimidation.

— William Arthur Ward (Image Licensed by Penn Wealth)

I have worked for countless people in my life, from both the military and civilian sectors. Some were incredible; some were incredibly horrendous. The incredible ones were true leaders who would never give themselves that moniker, while nearly every one of the dolts believed that leadership meant constantly showing who was in charge. The poor ones would also tend to let their current emotions dictate their actions. There is an interesting side benefit to leading through inspiration and cooperation: those inevitable few employees who refuse to be inspired, who will always find fault and lay blame, will find very few allies. 

—Mike Hazell

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Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.

—Theodore Roosevelt (1904, Pach Bros.; Public Domain)

A short quote but packed with a powerful message. It is so easy for us to get dragged down by the minutiae of daily living and lose sight of the grand plan we designed for our lives. Without diligence, we will become consumed with the mundane and lose our focus. It is critical to keep that grand plan in front of us, adjusting it as needed but never abandoning it.

As for remaining grounded, how many great projects have been dreamed up but are destined to fail simply because we were unwilling to do the work required to bring them to fruition? Perhaps we want to be a great athlete, or author, or artist. It is important to visualize—daily—ourselves becoming that person, but our days must be filled with the actual work required to make that happen. For a soccer player, that may mean hour after hour of mundane drills to perfect one particular skill. For an author, that may mean writing and proofing 1,000 words per day, constantly striving to improve form and develop style.

We marvel at the great inventors, artists, entrepreneurs, and athletes. But we never see the daily grind they willingly put themselves through to become great. They always kept their dream alive by doing the work required to move themselves, grueling step by step, down the path toward fulfillment.

—Mike Hazell, Penn Wealth

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Remain Motivated

There’s always a new challenge to keep you motivated.

Connery, Sean

—Sean Connery

…Ahh, motivation. One of the greatest challenges of the modern world. In the past, we didn’t need motivation—we were told what to do from early in the morning to late at night. We worked 12 hours a day at a factory, or on the farm, or in a home surrounded by constant chores. Failure to act was not an option. Today, we have the great luxury of “needing” motivation. We have unprecedented freedom to do it all…or to do nothing. I can promise you this, however: if we take the latter path and refuse to motivate ourselves with constant challenges, we will pay the price throughout our lives.


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The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.







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Inspiring Others

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

John Adams







–John Adams

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