Inspiring Ideas

The world's greatest achievers were first inspired by something or someone. Who inspired you today?

Focus On Your Strength

June 23, 2022

"It is the combination of character and circumstance which creates history."

- Henry Kissinger

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Focus On Your Strength

June 15, 2022

"If I could talk to myself twenty years ago, I would tell myself to focus on my strengths, and not on my weaknesses; on the things I could do and not the things I couldn’t do; to strive to excel and hone those skills to the point of excellence. That this was the best strategy to secure my future. I would say to myself that the only real obstacles you have are those you create for yourself."

- Painter Mariam Paré, who specializes in making paintings by mouth after suffering a spinal cord injury, offers some advice to her younger self

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CONNECTING THE DOTS

June 8, 2022

"The only way to do great work is to love what you do. You can’t connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backward."

- Steve Jobs

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How Children Become Successful

June 3, 2022

"For a child's life to be successful, the forces of composition have to be greater than the forces of decomposition."

- A Professor at Columbia University

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HOW TO DO GROUNDBREAKING WORK

May 20, 2022

"One of my guiding principles is don’t do anything that other people are doing. Always do something a little different if you can. The concept is that if you do it a little differently there is a greater potential for reward than if you do the same thing that other people are doing. I think that this kind of goal for one’s work, having obviously the maximum risk, would have the maximum reward no matter what the field may be."

- Electrical Engineer Seymour Cray, credited for inventing the supercomputing industry

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Make The Most of What You Have Today

May 17, 2022

"Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest."

- Painter Georgia O'Keeffe

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What’s Your Approach to Problem Solving?

May 10, 2022

"Remove the branches of a thorn bush today and you'll avoid a scrape this year. But next year, you'll face the same problem again. Remove the root of the bush today, and the entire plant will die.  Are you solving problems at the branch level or the root level."

- @jamesclear

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FRESH EYES HELPS

May 9, 2022

"The gift of a beginner is fresh eyes.  The longer you're in a field, the harder it is to perceive new truths. Your mind is biased toward refining what you're already doing instead of exploring fresh terrain.  Take your expertise and apply it to something new."

- James Clear

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REMAINING A BEGINNER

May 5, 2022

"It is good for a professional to be reminded that his professionalism is only a husk, that the real person must remain an amateur, a lover of the work."

- Poet May Sarton  

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PEOPLE AND PENCILS

April 29, 2022

"No one is perfect – that’s why pencils have erasers."

-Wolfgang Rieb

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WHAT IS YOUR MINDSET?

April 28, 2022

“Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.”

― Socrates

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COURAGE

April 20, 2022

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage."

- Anaïs Nin

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WHEN TO SPEAK TRUTH

April 10, 2022

"All Truth is good to know. All truth is not good to say aloud."

- Former U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus

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ADVICE FROM A BIZ ROCKSTAR

April 1, 2022

"Understand the downside. Operate on the condition of no surprises. Look for opportunities with pent-up demand. Period."

- Sam Zell

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REAL OR IMAGINED PROBLEMS?

March 27, 2022

"If you're trying to solve a problem, it's better to go and actually make sure it's really a problem."

- Hiten Shah

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LIVE IN THE FUTURE

March 14, 2022

"Instead of looking at the past, I put myself ahead 20 years and try to look at what I need to do now in order to get there then."

-Diana Ross

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A SIMPLE RECIPE FOR SUCCESS

March 9, 2022

"Think of many things. Do one."

- Portuguese proverb  

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IT'S A CHOICE

March 2, 2022

"There's a tremendous bias against taking risks. Everyone is trying to optimize their ass-covering. I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary."

-Elon Musk

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START YOUR HIKE!

February 22, 2022

"Many situations in life are similar to going on a hike: the view changes once you start walking.  You don't need all the answers right now. New paths will reveal themselves if you have the courage to get started."

@jamesclear

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MISTAKES ARE GOOD

February 15, 2022

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”

— George Bernhard Shaw.

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GOOD ADVICE ON CONFLICT RESOLUTION

February 9, 2022

"Never cut what you can untie"

-French moralist Joseph Joubert on dealing with conflict

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AUTO EVERYTHING IN 2022

January 26, 2022

Understand the trend of automation. So are we efficient enough yet?  Intelligent Automation (IA) is one of the trending buzzwords. Bill Gates believes automation to be a double-edged sword: "Automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. Automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency."  IA lies at the intersection of robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and business process management (BPM).  We humans need to stay in the front of the line!

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WHAT IS YOUR INBORN PATTERN IN LIFE?

January 18, 2022

What is an archetype?

Quote: “Archetypes are universal, inborn models of people, behaviors, or personalities that play a role in influencing human behavior. They were introduced by the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, who suggested that these archetypes were archaic forms of innate human knowledge passed down from our ancestors. In Jungian psychology, the archetypes represent universal patterns and images that are part of the collective unconscious. Jung believed that we inherit these archetypes much in the way we inherit instinctive patterns of behavior.”

What is your archetype?  Ray Dalio and team developed this website and system to help you figure it out.  Once you know your archetype, it will help you:

  • Understand yourself.
  • Understand others.
  • Help others understand you.

Mr. Dalio groups 28 archetypes into 10 categories representing a larger theme. Explore types you are similar to, and those are you are not, to understand yourself and others in a new way.

Curious to check out your pattern?  Click here: https://principlesyou.com/archetypes

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RESOLUTIONS NEED CONSTANT MOTIVATION

January 3, 2022

"People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily."  

- Zig Ziglar

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LOOKING FORWARD TO 2022

January 1, 2022

"You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future."  

- Steve Jobs

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WISE VS. SMART

December 21, 2021

"There is no correlation between being smart and being wise."

-Jordan B Peterson

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ARE YOU A PATIENT PERSON?

November 30, 2021

"Most people optimize for the day ahead. A few people optimize for 1-2 years ahead. Almost nobody optimizes for 3-4 years ahead (or longer).
The person who is willing to delay gratification longer than most reduces competition and gains a decisive advantage.
Patience is power."

@jamesclear

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AS THANKSGIVING APPROACHES -- JFK SAID IT BEST -- GRATITUDE!

November 16, 2021

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."

- John F. Kennedy

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ARE YOU BORN WITH GRIT?

October 14, 2021

“The answer: no!  But, you do need to cultivate a growth mindset.” 

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WE ALL MOVE FORWARD

October 11, 2021

“Once you’re in an Uber,-- you can’t go back to hailing a cab in the rain.” 
 - Kulveer Taggar @zeusliving

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COMMUNICATE CLEARLY

October 9, 2021

"Check out the podcast with Ilan Dray where he shares the philosophy of his new book – which is to be authentic with yourself. And remember "At the end of the day --- it's all about communication."

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HOW WILL YOU FRAME YOURSELF?

October 4, 2021

"Your outcomes are a lagging measure of your habits. Your net worth is a lagging measure of your financial habits. Your weight is a lagging measure of your eating habits. Your knowledge is a lagging measure of your learning habits. Your clutter is a lagging measure of your cleaning habits. You get what you repeat." @JamesClear

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