3 for the week: Inspirational quotes to get you through the week – 18th February 2013

MOTIVATION: “To waste time is to waste your life, but to master your time is to master your life and make the most of it.” – Alan Lakein

SUCCESS: “The successful people are those who don’t give up when the going gets tough, persist despite repeated failures and those who endure treacherous challenges to reach their best.” – Zabe Khan

LIFE & WISDOM: How do geese know when to fly to the sun? Who tells them the seasons? How do we, humans, know when it is time to move on? As with the migrant birds, so surely with us, there is a voice within, if only we would listen to it, that tells us so certainly when to go forth into the unknown. – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

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3 for the week: Inspirational quotes to get you through the week – 11 February 2013

MOTIVATION: “True motivation comes from achievement, personal development, job satisfaction and recognition”.  – Frederick Herzeberg

SUCCESS: “The path to success is to take massive, determined action.” -Tony Robbins

LIFE & WISDOM: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain

The Most Inspiring Success Principle You Will Ever Read and Need

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How do you motivate yourself?  For some people motivation flows naturally like a river. For others it is an elusive element in their lives. One thing I have learnt is that no matter how hard things get and in times of great need, it is often the words of others that can trigger a spark in you that can kick start your motivation and allow you to bounce back.  A blog post by Srini Rao (www.theskooloflife.com) has done just that for me. His post “Tips for Navigating the Waters of Life” is a tremendously inspiring and no nonsense look at dealing with life’s challenges. Below is a summarized version of the key points in his post.

Instincts

  • Your instincts are almost always right
  • Your instincts are the higher self speaking
  • If you go against instinct you are likely to land yourself in a complete mess

 Be Wary of the Steps You Take

  • If you decide on something, be absolutely 100 per cent sure you can see it through
  • Know when it’s just time to bail out when you feel you can’t manage it

Be Present

  • Don’t worry about getting ahead of others, focus on what you are doing right now – play your own game
  • Be present and the rest will take care of itself
  • Being in the present will allow you to achieve peak performance
  • Don’t focus too much on the future and don’t get caught up in the past, this is a recipe for mediocrity

Erase Failure and Get Back Up

  • You’re ability to deal with failure and setback will determine whether or not you have what it takes to achieve what you are truly capable of in your life
  • Often the second wave of opportunity is better than the first so don’t beat yourself up. Your friends are on their first wave of opportunity
  • If you keep critiquing yourself with others then you are likely miss out on the second wave of opportunity which is often better than the first

Be Patient

  • There is no need to live life 100 mph, just slow down because you will get where you want to go much faster and you are less likely to suffer a setback

Small is Better

  • Don’t make gigantic leaps because it is the small things in life that make the big difference and you will spend less effort for more results

 Timing is Important

  • Take advantage of opportunities that may not be present in the good times.
  • Tough economic times often drive people towards innovation and breakthrough and this just happens to be timing at work

Wave Selection is the Key

  • The key to success in any area of life is dependent on the choices you make so choose wisely
  • Catching the right wave will enable you to catch one wave after another
  • Choose the wrong wave and you will have to endure a hard time and work extra hard to pull your head out of the water

Laugh and Smile Everyday

  • The age old saying, ‘laughter is the best medicine’ is still true
  • It is a medicine that you won’t find in any pharmacy and costs you absolutely nothing

Srini’s analogy of viewing life’s opportunities and chances as waves provides a fresh and sensible way of looking at life.  This may be the only success principle you need to follow. It has certainly allowed me to look at life from a different perspective, and it may do the same for you too.

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3 for the week: Inspirational quotes to get you through the week – 4 February 2013

MOTIVATION: “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

SUCCESS: “Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.” – Bruce Lee

LIFE & WISDOM: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, 1986

Inspirational Character from Movies – Chris Gardner

Pursuit of Happyness may not be many people’s choice as a favorite movie but it is a very memorable movie for me, and one of the slightly better movies on TV over the festive period.  It was memorable for me because it revealed in spectacular detail the struggles and stresses we face as human beings. By the end of the movie I was left absolutely dumbfounded because I had to remind myself that this was a true story. A man and his son actually went through this. It was also the first time a movie had brought tears to my eyes (the softy that I am). Chris Gardner was a phenomenal hero of his own life. The story of Chris Gardner is very touching because it reveals the worst that can happen to any capable person. Gardner is a bright salesman and family man. When an investment goes bad, his family is brought to the brink of financial disaster. As time progresses and the family’s troubles intensify, Chris’s wife leaves him and their son to move to another city. Chris becomes broke and he and his son rely on homeless shelters for food and a place to sleep. Chris goes through immense hardship personally and financially but takes some solace when he sees an opportunity for a stockbroker internship position come up. He then becomes totally dedicated to this opportunity driven by an unflinching commitment to his son. Chris faces one challenge and setback after another (including failing to sell a bone density scanner) but his resolve remains strong. In the end, it was his commitment and self belief that won him the job.

Here are some insights into Chris’s character:

  1. He didn’t let his problems define him
  2. He didn’t want any sympathy from anybody
  3. He cherished his relationship with his son
  4. He did things he wasn’t comfortable with
  5. He didn’t let his feelings get the better off him
  6. He persevered – adamant and determined to sell the scanner despite all its flaws
  7. He remained professional throughout his troubles
  8. He believed in his abilities

These are eight things that stood out to me from the character of Chris Gardner but the one thing that kept Chris Gardner going despite all his hardship was that he was proactive in everything he did.  It was this momentum that spurred him to win the job he so desperately wanted, and by doing so he was able to reverse his fortunes.  It takes a big man to fall from grace and manage to get back on his feet again. Chris Gardner is living proof that bouncing back from despair is possible.