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The ant’s rule book of life

Be Brave

Ants teach you that no matter how terrifying things may look up ahead, you should never chicken out. They are a lot braver than your action movie heroes

Prepare Ahead

Ants are constantly preparing for the season which is yet to come. It has a start contrast to human behaviour. Your priorities can sometimes be driven by what you feel like doing.

Mind Your Own Business

We often like to talk about others, our friends, society and how bad the world is. We have lot of time to talk about others and poke into others business. Ants on the other hand mind their business.

Teamwork Helps

Everything an ant does is for the benefit of the colony and they will work until they are done. Almost on autopilot, each ant knows their duties and they do everything they can do to get their duties completed.

Adapt To Surroundings

You can find ants just about everywhere. Ants know where to find resources and you should do the same. Be quick to adapt to your surrounding and don’t wait for a wake-up call.

Hard Work Matters

Ants are noted for carrying objects that are bigger than them. This is only make possible through sheer hard work and determination. They are not scared of heavy tasks.

Sense Of Discipline

Without a mistake they march after one another in a line. Without dispute or accident, they move about in order. But everywhere in life man finds loopholes to divide.

Spirit Of Sharing

The ants share everything they get. They never eat anything alone. But what do we humans do? If we find something immediately, we try our best to hoard it in a secret place.

Ignore Diversions

If you put your finger in an ants path, it just walks around it and soldiers on. It won’t let your fingers hinder it’s work. You should do the same and not let silly problems get in your way.

It’s Not About Doing Things Perfectly

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.”

Try Stuff, Even If It’s Not Perfect

It reminds me to keep things real and not get caught up in perfection, or the ideal that does not exist.

That’s the essence and foundation for personal growth.

It reminds me just to try…to give my best effort… to get in the arena and go for it… even if it’s not pretty and it’s not perfect.

And  it’s that fundamental mindset that sets the stage to be able to practice the things that lead to doing great things, even if it’s not pretty, and it’s not perfect.

It’s not about perfection.

It’s about progress… and progress is actually one of the secrets to happiness.

When we grow, we light up our life, even if it’s in some small way.

10 Reminders About Not Doing Things Perfectly

Too many people die with their music still in them, or they never realize their potential, because they get caught up in perfection.

Here are a few of my other favorite reminders about not worrying about doing things perfectly:

  1. A friend of mine was good about reminding me: “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.”  That was his way of saying to me, focus on “good enough for now” so we could move on the next challenge, and not get stuck in analysis paralysis or the perfection trap.
  2. Similarly, Voltaire put it, ““The best is the enemy of the good.”  Voltaire always has a way with words.
  3. I always liked the phrase: “Make it work, then make it right.”   (balanced with the idea that if you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over 😉  … another way to think of this is, don’t get caught up in pre-mature perfection.
  4. Perfection is a journey, not a destination.  Enjoy the journey of learning and mastery.   This is the essence of continuous improvement.   Thinking back, this is really the big idea that helped me avoid a life of worrying about perfection, and instead, focus on progress.
  5. Focus on progress over perfection.  I always liked the idea that to get better at something, you have to do it more than once.  It takes practice.  You can’t practice very much if you are caught up in perfection.  When I think about it like that, it reminds me of Simon Sinek’s phrasing, “Better is better than best.”
  6. One of my best mentors was good at asking, “Is it effective?”   That was a much better focus, than worrying about some arbitrary notion or measure of perfection.  It was a simple reminder that if it wasn’t working, change your approach.   It’s far better to focus on effectiveness, improvement, or progress.   That’s where the growth is.
  7. As Confucius put it, “Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.”  Talk about trading up.
  8. As Shakespeare put it, “Striving to better, oft we mar what’s well.”  I’ve seen so many good things, come to an end, either for the sake of perfection, or over-doing something that was better in it’s rough and useful form.  I’ve seen some great art, great ideas, and great projects die that way.  Sometimes you just need to leave well enough alone.
  9. As my mechanic always said, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”   He was incredibly pragmatic about where to invest time and energy, and not to throw good money after bad.
  10. As Leo Tolstoy put it, “If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.”   It’s one thing to have great expectations, but don’t let your expectations drain the juice out of your life. 

Perfectionism Is Fundamentally Flawed

Here’s what Wikipedia says about perfectionism:

“Perfectionism: a personality trait characterized by a person’s striving for flawlessness and setting high performance standards, accompanied by critical self-evaluations and concerns regarding others’ evaluations.”

Yuck.

Don’t Fear Perfection

The good news is you don’t ever have to fear perfection.

As Salvador Dali reminds us with his inspiring words:

“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.”

How perfect is that?

10 Big Ideas from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

1. The Seven Habits Habits of Effectiveness.

Effective People
Effective People

Here are the 7 habits of highly effective people, according to Covey:

  1. Be proactive
  2. Begin with the end in mind
  3. Put first things first
  4. Think win/win
  5. Seek to Understand, Then to be Understood
  6. Synergize
  7. Sharpen the saw

Here is a summary of the each of the 7 habits of highly effective people.

The habits are principle-based and empower people through more continuous learning and growth.

Via The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People:

“Because they are based on principles, they bring the maximum long-term beneficial results possible.  They become the basis of a person’s character creating an empowering center of correct maps from which an individual can effectively solve problems, maximize opportunities, and continually learn and integrate other principles in an upward spiral of growth.”

2. The Four Quadrants of Time Management.

Covey introduces a simple matrix of Urgent and Important to look at our daily activities and how we spend our time:

  • Quadrant I: Urgent, Important
  • Quadrant II: Not Urgent, Important
  • Quadrant III: Urgent, Not Important
  • Quadrant IV: Not urgent, Not Important

Here are example activities based on each quadrant:

Urgent Not Urgent
Important Quadrant I

  • Crisis
  • Pressing problems
  • Deadline-driven projects
Quadrant II

  • Prevention, PC activities
  • Relationship building
  • Recognizing new opportunities
  • Planning, recreation
Not Important Quadrant III

  • Interruptions, some calls
  • Some mail, some reports
  • Some meetings
  • Proximate, pressing matters
  • Popular activities
Quadrant IV

  • Trivia, busy work
  • Some mail
  • Some phone calls
  • Time wasters
  • Pleasant activities

Here is a simple way to think about the quadrants and how you characterize your time:

  • People who manage their lives by crisis spend 90% of their time in Quadrant I and most of the remaining 10% is in Quadrant Iv, with only negligible attention pad to Quadrants II and III.
  • Other people spend a great deal of time in Quadrant III, thinking they are in Quadrant I.
  • People who spend time almost exclusively in Quadrants III and IV lead irresponsible lives.

Where do effective people spend their time?

They spend their time in Quadrant II.

Via The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People:

“Effective people stay out of Quadrants II and IV because, urgent or not, they aren’t important.  They also shrink Quadrant I down to size by spending more time in Quadrant II.

Quadrant II is the heart of personal management.  It deals with things that are not urgent, but are important.”

3.  Character Ethic vs. Personality Ethic.

The Personality Ethic is based on attitudes, skills, and techniques.  The Character Ethic is based on values, attributes, and principles.

Based on his research, Covey concluded that, while Personality Ethic provides some useful tools, Character Ethic is the key to lasting success from the inside out.

Via The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People:

“In stark contrast, almost all the literature in the first 150 years or so focused on what could be called the Character Ethic as the foundation of success–things like integrity, humility, fidelity, temperance, courage, justice, patience, industry, simplicity, modesty, and the Golden Rule.  Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography is representative of that that literature.  It is, basically, the story of one man’s effort to integrate certain principles and habits deep within his nature.

The Character Ethic taught that thee are basic principles of effective living, and that people can only experience true success and enduring happiness as they learn and integrate these principles into their basic character.

But shortly after World War I the basic view of success shifted away from the Character Ethic to what we might call the Personality Ethic.  Success became more a function of personality, of public image, of attitudes and behaviors, skills and techniques, that lubricate the processes of human interaction.  This Personality Ethic essentially took two paths:  one was human and public relations techniques, and the other was positive mental attitude (PMA).  Some of this philosophy was expressed as ‘Your attitude determines your altitude,’ ‘Smiling wins more friends than frowning,’ and ‘Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe it can achieve.’”

4. Increase the Gap Between Stimulus and Response.

The more space we can create between the stimulus and the response, the more we can choose more effective responses.

Otherwise, we are just in constant reaction mode.

By creating some space, we can engage more of our rational thinking, evaluate options, and think through our outcomes.

In essence, we can go from reacting to responding.

The gap between stimulus and response is our opportunity to choose more effective responses.

Via The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People:

“Between stimulus and response, man has the freedom to choose.

Within the freedom to choose and those endowments that make us uniquely human.  In addition to self-awareness, we have imagination–the ability to create in our minds beyond our present reality.  We have conscience–a deep inner awareness of right and wrong, of the principles that govern our behavior, and a sense of the degree to which our thoughts and actions are in harmony with them.  And we have independent will–the ability to act based on our self-awareness, free of all other influences.

Our unique human endowments lift us above the animal world.  The extent to which we exercise and develop these endowments empowers us to fulfill our uniquely human potential.  Between stimulus and response is our greatest power–the freedom to choose.”

5. All Things are Created Twice.

First we envision it, and then we make it happen.  We see it in our mind’s eye or we create it in our imagination, and then we figure out how to bring the idea to life.

Along the same lines, we need to think through what we want to accomplish or what the outcome is that we want to achieve.

Otherwise, we climb the wrong ladder or go through the motions, only to find out that it’s not what we had in mind at all.

We can save a lot of time and energy, by thinking through and getting clarity of what our desired outcome is.

In essence, we should “begin with the end in mind.”

Via The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People:

“’Begin with the end in mind’ is based on the principle that all things are created twice.  There’s a mental or first creation, and a physical or second creation to all things.

Take the construction of a home, for example.  You create it in every detail before you ever hammer the first nail into place.  You try to get a very clear sense of what kind of house you want.  If you want a family-centered home, you plan to put a family room where it would be a natural gathering place.  You plan sliding doors and a patio to play outside.  You work with ideas.  You work with your mind until you get a clear image of what you want to build.

Then you reduce it to blueprint and develop construction plans.  All of this is done before the earth is touched.  If not, then in the second creation, the physical creation, you will have to make expensive change that may double the cost of your home.

The carpenter’s rule is ‘measure twice, cut once.’  You have to make sure that the blueprint, the first creation, is really what you want, that you’ve thought everything through.  Then you put it into bricks and mortar.  Each day you go to the construction shed and pull out the blueprint to get marching orders for the day.  You begin with the end in mind.”

6. The Five Dimensions of Win/Win.

Here are the five dimensions that enable Win/Win:

  1. Dimension 1: Character
  2. Dimension 2: Relationships
  3. Dimension 3: Agreements
  4. Dimension 4: Support Systems
  5. Dimension 5: Processes

Via The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People:
“Think Win/Win is the habit of interpersonal leadership.  It involves the exercise of each of the unique human endowments–self-awareness, imagination, conscience, and independent will–in our relationships with others.  It involves mutual learning, mutual influence, mutual benefits.

It takes great courage as well as consideration to create these mutual benefits, particularly if we’re interacting with others who are deeply scripted in Win/Lose.   That is why the habit involves principles of interpersonal leadership.  Effective interpersonal leadership requires the vision, the proactive initiative and the security, guidance, wisdom, and power that come from principle-centered leadership.

The principle of Win/Win is fundamental to success in all our interactions, and it embraces five interdependent dimensions of life.  It begins with character and moves toward relationships, out of which flow agreements.  It is nurtured in an environment where structure and systems are based on Win/Win.  And it involves process; we cannot achieve Win/Win ends with Win/Lose or Lose/Win means.”

7. Expand Your Circle of Influence.

If we want to increase our effectiveness, we need to expand our sphere of influence.  To expand our sphere of influence, we start by focusing on what we control and let the rest go.

If we worry about everything that we don’t control, then we give up our power to act and make a difference.

This also means thinking globally, but acting locally—acting on the things that we have control over, which, often times, really is our self.

The fastest way to change any situation is to change yourself.

If you want to improve your effectiveness and improve your influence and impact, then focus on being a proactive person by focusing your efforts within your Circle of Influence.

Via The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People:

“Another excellent way to become more self-aware regarding our own degree of proactivity is to look at where we focus our time and energy.  We each have a wide range of concerns–our health, our children, problems at work, the national debt, nuclear war.  We could separate those from things in which we have no particular mental or emotional involvement by creating a ‘Circle of Concern.’

As we look at those things within our Circle of Concern, it becomes apparent that there are some things over which we have no real control and others that we can do something about.  We could identify those concerns in the latter group by circumscribing them within a smaller Circle of Influence.

By determining which of these two circles is the focus of most of our time and energy, we can discover much about the degree of our proactivity.

Proactive people focus their efforts in the Circle of Influence.  They work on things they can do something about.  The nature of their energy is positive, enlarging and magnifying, causing their Circle of Influence to increase.

Reactive people on the other hand, focus their efforts in the Circle of Concern.  They focus on the weakness of other other people, the problems in the environment, and circumstances over which they have no control.  Their focus results in blaming and accusing attitudes, reactive language, and increased feelings of victimization.  The negative energy generated by that focus, combined with neglect in areas they could do something about, causes their Circle of Influence to shrink.”

8. Principle-Centered Living.

We can leverage principles to expand what we’re capable of and increase our freedom.

Or, we can break ourselves against the principles.

The principles can work against us, especially when we are unaware of them.

By consciously embracing principles through principle-centered living, we can act more wisely.

Via The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People:

“Principles are deep, fundamental truths, classic truths, generic common denominators.  They are tightly interwoven threads running with exactness, consistency, beauty, and strength through the fabric of life.

Principles always have natural consequences attached to them.  There are positive consequences when we live in harmony with the principles.  There are negative consequences when we ignore them.  But because these principles apply to everyone, whether or not they are aware, this limitation is universal.  And the more we know of correct principles, the greater is our personal freedom to act wisely.

By centering our lives on timeless, unchanging principles, we create a fundamental paradigm of effective living.  Is it he center that puts all other centers in perspective.”

9. Four Generations of Time Management.

Covey walks through the evolution of time management and how we can rise above the never-ending To-Do lists.

If we mature to generation 4, then we focus more on relationships and results.

Via The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People:

Generation 1: Characterized by notes and checklists, an effort to give some semblance of recognition and inclusiveness to the many demands place on our time and energy.
Generation 2: Characterized by calendars and appointment books.  This wave reflects an attempt to look ahead, to schedule events and activities in the future.
Generation 3: Adds to those preceding generations the important idea of prioritization, of clarifying values, and of comparing the relative worth of activities based on their relationships to those values.  In addition, it focuses on setting goals–specific long-, intermediate-, and short-term targets toward which time and energy would be directed in harmony with values.  It also includes the concept of daily planning, of making a specific plan to accomplish those goals and activities determined to be of greatest worth.
Generation 4: Rather than focus on things and time, fourth generation expectations focus on preserving and enhancing relationships and on accomplishing results–in short, on maintaining the P/PC Balance.  It recognizes that ‘time management’ is really a misnomer–the challenge is not to manage time, but to manage ourselves.  Satisfaction is a function of expectation as well as realization.  And expectation (and satisfaction) lie in our Circle of Influence. “

10. Make Meaningful Deposits in the Emotional Bank Account.

The Emotional Bank Account is how we build trust with others by making better deposits.

If we increase our Emotional Bank Account, communication becomes easy, instant, and effective.

When the Emotional Bank Account is low, and, as a result, trust is low, we have no room for error and communication is strained.

Via The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People:

“An Emotional Bank Account is a metaphor that describes the amount of trust that’s been built up in a relationship.  It’s the feeling of safeness you have with another human being.

If I make deposits into an Emotional Bank Account with you through courtesy, kindness, honesty, and keeping my commitments to you, I build up a reserve.  Your trust toward me becomes higher, and I can call upon that trust many times if I need to.  I can even make mistakes and that trust level, that emotional reserve, will compensate for it.  My communication may not be clear, but you’ll get my meaning anyway.  You won’t make me an ‘offender for a word.’  When the trust account is high, communication is easy, instant, and effective.

But if I have a habit of showing discourtesy, disrespect, cutting you off, overreacting, ignoring you, becoming arbitrary, betraying your trust, threatening you, or playing little tin god in your life, eventually my Emotional Bank Account is overdrawn.  The trust level gets very low.  Then what flexibility do I have?

None.  I’m walking on mine fields.  I have to be very careful of everything I say.  I measure every word.  It’s tension city, memo haven.  It’s protecting my backside, politicking.  And many organizations are filled with it.  Many families are filled with it.  Many marriages are filled with it.”

If you want the power to change, both yourself and any situation, then take advantage of Stephen Covey’s gift to the world.

Have a wonder ful Day!!

make it worthwhile
make it worthwhile

Start your day with fresh fruits or juice

have some fresh air and breath deeply

whenever you can smile genuinely

at least once a day stay away from smoking

be active

try to spare 20 minutes for physical exercise

everyday have your sleep

out love your green vegetables

spend more quality time with your loved ones

keep stress away from your life!

love Jambu

Richard Branson Quotes

A Phenomenal Leader.

Adventure and Fun

  • “A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.”
  • “Customers shouldn’t just think of your business as a place to buy a product or use a service — it should be a fun place to be.”
  • “First and foremost, any business proposal I like must sound fun.”
  • “I am prepared to try anything once.”
  • “I prefer to have a great time and to keep my wits about me.”
  • “I think the most important thing is that in the last seven days we’ve just had the greatest adventure of our lifetimes.”
  • “I’m inquisitive … and I love a new challenge… and if I feel that we can do it better than it’s been done by other people, we’ll have a go.”
  • “Some 80% of your life is spent working. You want to have fun at home; why shouldn’t you have fun at work?”
  • “Throwing yourself into a job you enjoy is one of the life’s greatest pleasures!”
  • “We’d love to be involved with the creation of something very special, something quite large and something quite exciting.”
  • “We’re going where no one has gone before. There’s no model to follow, nothing to copy. That is what makes this so exciting.”

Brand

  • “All you have in life is your reputation: you may be very rich, but if you lose your good name, then you’ll never be happy. The thought will always lurk at the back of your mind that people don’t trust you. I had never really focused on what a good name meant before, but that night in prison made me understand.”
  • “Branding is everything. A young girl once came up to me and told me I could be famous because I looked just like Richard Branson!”
  • “First of all, if you’re setting up a new company, you want to try to find a brand that can work on a global basis.”
  • “Good brands reflect the histories of the time and the group of people that made them. They can not be copied. They can not be recycled.”
  • “If you get your face and your name out there enough, people will start to recognize you.”
  • “In the beginning it was just about the business – now it’s about the brand.”
  • “Protect your reputation.  Don’t be afraid of making mistakes.”
  • “Quality brands never go bankrupt.”
  • “What does the name Virgin mean? We are a company that likes to take on the giants. In too many businesses, these giants have had things their own way. We are going to have fun competing with them.”

Business

  • “Above all, you want to create something you’re proud of. This has always been my philosophy of business.”
  • “I can honestly say that I have never gone into any business purely to make money. If that is the sole motive, then I believe you are better off not doing it.”
  • “Because I don’t see Virgin as a company but as a way of life and I fully enjoy it, I don’t think I’ll ever retire.”
  • “Business opportunities are like buses, there`s always another one coming.”
  • “Every business, like a painting, operates according to its own rules. There are many ways to run a successful company. What works once may never work again. What everyone tells you never to do may just work, once.”
  • “I love stirring the pot.  I love giving big companies a run for their money — especially if they’re offering expensive, poor-quality products.”
  • “I never get the accountants in before I start up a business. It’s done on gut feeling, especially if I can see that they are taking the mickey out of the consumer.”
  • “Most “necessary evils” are far more evil than necessary.”
  • “Our model is to develop each business separately with its own shareholder and management – this way we can concentrate on the job in hand, rather than be part of some enormous and faceless conglomerate.”
  • “Perhaps my early problems with dyslexia made me more intuitive: when someone sends me a written proposal, rather than dwelling on detailed facts and figures I find that my imagination grasps and expands on what I read.”
  • “We’ve got an engaging, edgy, vibrant, fun product, … It may or may not work, but we’re going to give it our best shot.”
  • “When we start a new venture, we base it on hard research and analysis. Typically, we review the industry and put ourselves in our customer’s shoes to see what we could do better.”

Challenges

  • “Although my spelling is still sometimes poor, I have managed to overcome the worst of my difficulties through training myself to concentrate.”
  • “Complexity is your enemy. Any fool can make something complicated. It is hard to keep things simple.”
  • “However tight things are, you still need to have the big picture at the forefront of your mind.”
  • “I just like to enjoy life and push myself. Of course, there is method to my madness. When you are entering into a new industry, for example, it helps to do something to get your name on the front pages.”
  • “My biggest motivation?  Just to keep challenging myself.  I see life almost like one long university education that I never had.”
  • “”My interest in life comes from setting myself huge, apparently unachievable challenges and trying to rise above them.”
  • “My mother was determined to make us independent. When I was four years old, she stopped the car a few miles from our house and made me find my own way home across the fields. I got hopelessly lost.”
  • “Records are made to be broken. It is in man’s nature to continue to strive to do just that.”

Entrepreneurism

  • “I believe that drudgery and clock-watching are a terrible betrayal of that universal, inborn entrepreneurial spirit.”
  • “I think a lot of becoming an entrepreneur is something which people have to learn just from getting out there and giving it a go, and having to learn the art of survival.”
  • “I wanted to be an editor or a journalist, I wasn’t` really interested in being an entrepreneur, but I soon found I had to become an entrepreneur in order to keep my magazine going.”
  • “I was never, ever interested in becoming a businessman or an entrepreneur.  If I was a businessman, or saw myself as a businessman, I would have never gone into the airline business.”
  • “The quickest way to become a millionaire in the airline business is to start out as a billionaire.”
  • “There are no rules. You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over, and it’s because you fall over that you learn to save yourself from falling over. It’s the greatest thrill in the world and it runs away screaming at the first sight of bullet points.”
  • “To be successful, you have to be out there, you have to hit the ground running, and if you have a good team around you and more than a fair share of luck, you might make something happen. But you certainly can’t guarantee it just by following someone else’s formula.”
  • “What’s the quickest way to become a millionaire? Borrow fivers off everyone you meet.”
  • “You never know with these things when you`re trying something new what can happen. This is all experimental.”

Leadership

  • “As much as you need a strong personality to build a business from scratch, you also must understand the art of delegation. I have to be good at helping people run the individual businesses, and I have to be willing to step back. The company must be set up so it can continue without me.”
  • “I may be a businessman  in that I set up and run companies for profit, but when I try to plan ahead and dream up new products and new companies, I’m an idealist.”
  • “Once again, I was the captain of my ship and master of my fate.  I believe in myself. I believe in the hands that work, in the brains that think, and in the hearts that love.”
  • “You shouldn’t blindly accept a leader’s advice.  You’ve got to question leaders on occasions.”

Life

  • “I am impressed with just the enthusiasm for life and the fact that some of these people are in their 80’s, even 90’s, and they’re absolutely determined to get out there and make a difference.”
  • “As we drifted to earth I sat up on the glass roof of the capsule, watching the beauty of the golden dawn as it broke over the desert. This was a day I never thought I’d see and the rising sun and growing warmth of the day seemed very precious. It made me aware that hard-won things are more valuable than those that come too easily. It reminded me to always enjoy the moment. “
  • “I don’t think of work as work and play as play. It’s all living.”
  • “I love the freedom of movement that my phone gives me. That has definitely transformed my life.”
  • “Life can seem rather unreal at times.  Alive and well and loving one day.  No longer there the next.”
  • “Life is a helluva lot more fun if you say yes rather than no.”
  • “Ridiculous yachts and private planes and big limousines won’t make people enjoy life more, and it sends out terrible messages to the people who work for them. It would be so much better if that money was spent in Africa – and it’s about getting a balance.”
  • “You only live once, and I just don’t want to waste a minute of my life.”

People First

  • “A company is people … employees want to know … am I being listened to or am I a cog in the wheel? People really need to feel wanted.”
  • “Having a personality of caring about people is important. You can’t be a good leader unless you generally like people. That is how you bring out the best in them.”
  • “I cannot remember a moment in my life when I have not felt the love of my family. We were a family that would have killed for each other – and we still are.”
  • “I know enough to know that no man is an island.”
  • “Respect is how to treat everyone, not just those you want to impress.”
  • “The companies that look after their people are the companies that do really well. I’m sure we’d like a few other attributes, but that would be the most important one.”

Purpose

  • “For a successful entrepreneur it can mean extreme wealth. But with extreme wealth comes extreme responsibility. And the responsibility for me is to invest in creating new businesses, create jobs, employ people, and to put money aside to tackle issues where we can make a difference.”
  • “I’ve had to create companies that I believe in 100%. These are companies I feel will make a genuine difference. Then I have to be willing to find the time myself to talk about them, promote them and market them. I don’t want to spend my life doing something that I’m not proud of.”
  • “Look, if you can indulge in your passion, life will be far more interesting than if you’re just working.  You’ll work harder at it, and you’ll know more about it. But first you must go out and educate yourself on whatever it is that you’ve decided to do – know more about kite-surfing than anyone else. That’s where the work comes in. But if you’re doing things you’re passionate about, that will come naturally.”
  • “People have to decide on priorities if they want to get anywhere.  The best lessons I learned was to just do it.”
  • “The important thing is that you’ve got a strong foundation before you start to try to save the world or help other people.”
  • “Well, I’m somebody who is just living …living life, and if I get frustrated by something, then I like to try to put it right.”

 

A Quiet Scolding!!

A woman wearing a bikini inspects a salesman's...

The late John Wanamaker was the king of retail. One day while walking through his store in Philadelphia, he noticed a customer waiting for assistance. No one was paying the least bit of attention to her. Looking around, he saw his salespeople huddled together laughing and talking among themselves. Without a word, he quietly slipped behind the counter and waited on the customer himself. Then he quietly handed the purchase to the salespeople to be wrapped as he went on his way. Later, Wanamaker was quoted as saying, “I learned thirty years ago that it is foolish to scold. I have enough trouble overcoming my own limitations without fretting over the fact that God has not seen fit to distribute evenly the gift of intelligence.”