If you’re a puzzle, what pieces are missing?

25 02 2010

Here are some thoughts I read this morning on “Life Beyond Code” by Rajesh Setty.

Enjoy.

– Quinton

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You may have very little use of a single puzzle piece. I can’t argue with that. But let’s explore that a little further…

· Being likable alone may not be an asset but not being likable may be a liability

· Having long term relationships alone may not be an asset but not having them may be a liability.

· Good communication skills alone may not be an asset but not having good communication skills may be a liability.

I can go on but the point is really simple: any one puzzle piece may not be an asset.. but NOT having that puzzle piece can be a big liability (especially when you’re almost ready to complete the puzzle).

Every puzzle piece is important when viewed in conjunction with other puzzle pieces in the puzzle.

View a single puzzle piece independently and its easy to dismiss its importance. View the same puzzle piece in conjunction with other puzzle pieces and you will find the very same puzzle piece invaluable.

Really, it’s not the puzzle piece but your ability to see that puzzle piece in the right context that makes a world of difference.

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Great Quotes From Great Thinkers..

23 02 2010

Some of my favourite quotes from Robin Sharma, business leadership coach, author and speaker. Along with a few thought-provoking quotes from other great minds.

Read, and be inspired!

Quinton

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As you reflect back over your life, ask this powerful question: “Could i have done more?” If yes, do more now. Too many people die at 30 and are buried at 80

What makes genius isn’t just the big idea but the brilliant execution to advance it

A key trait of greatness is to never lose your lust for learning.

You can’t create an outer life that’s more excellent than the quality of your inner life – outer leadership begins with self-leadership. Life doesn’t give you what you want – life gives you who you are. For things to change, we must change. for our lives to become exceptional, we must first become exceptional. The starting point of it all: to change the world, transform yourself.

What would do today if you had a deep knowing that it was impossible to fail? A secret of greatness is to do the things that make you feel uncomfortable and play out on the jagged edges of your life. If you’re not really growing, you’re not truly living.

Winston Churchill said “The price of greatness is responsibility.” Either you set your goals and, in doing so, have your life governed by choice or you do nothing and have your life governed by chance. You can live your life by chance or by choice. It’s really up to you.

Lead without a title. Leadership isn’t about the size of your position. Real leadership is about the depth of your commitment. Your job as a Leader Without a Title? To stay “couraged” in a world that dis-courages you from being awesome

Life’s greatest longing is for the fullest expression of your best self. Aim for brilliance. If you miss, at least you’ll end up at excellence.

Goals matter. They are your hopes seeking expression. And without hope, life is dead.

Life is fair. The amount of wealth you experience will be a function of how much value you create for others. What a great paradox: the more you share your talents and gifts with others, the bigger the gift you give yourself

The heart knows what the mind cannot understand [trust your gut]

Treat everyone you meet as if they might die tomorrow.

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to a greater understanding of ourselves. – Carl Jung

Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted. – Aldous Huxley

“If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito.” – Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop”

A public-opinion poll is no substitute for thought.” – Warren Buffett





The Statue Inside of You

11 01 2010

 

From “Life Beyond Code” by Rajesh Setty – enjoy.  And HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Quinton

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Michelangelo said it right – “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.”

And how does the sculptor discover it?

Simply by removing all the unwanted stone surrounding the statue.

Is this easy? No.

Is this painless for the stone? No.

Is this foolproof? No.

But if you want to discover the statute inside the stone, it’s got to be done. No other option.

If, on the other hand, you want to be nice to the stone and decide that you will simply use a good cloth and start polishing it, what will you get?

Polished crap.

Not a statue but polished crap.

It is the same case with you. There is a beautiful statue inside of you. You just need to remove the unwanted stuff that is preventing that statue to come out. The unwanted stuff can be as simple as “unproductive habits” that is stopping you from getting to where you want to go.

For starters, the “feedback” from the market and the people who care for you is what will remove the unwanted stuff. But, only if you take it seriously and do something about that feedback. If you are defensive and not listen to the feedback, you may never discover that beautiful statue.