Set of the Sail - Jim Rohn
Quotes – Jim Rohn
“If you want to be a leader who attracts quality people, the key is to become a person of quality yourself.”
“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.”
“Motivation alone is not enough. If you have an idiot and you motivate him, now you have a motivated idiot.”
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment”
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.”
“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”
“We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.”
“If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”
“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.”
It’s not the blowing of the wind that determines our destination, it’s the set of the sail. The wind blows on us all in the form of life’s challenges, setbacks, failures, and opportunity, it’s how we harness the wind that determines our destiny. As leaders we are charged with helping our people understand that challenges will come and how we handle those challenges (set our sail) will dictate our course.
A key to success involves taking the initiative to correct previous errors while picking up new disciplines for the future.
When you decide to change direction, it is important to note that the winds of change may blow slower than you would like. However, with focus and appropriate goal setting, success will come.
Without gravity you cannot fly. In other words, seek out challenge and realize that those who succeed use challenges to find wisdom and then capitalize on this knowledge.
Don’t wish for things to be easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenge, wish for more wisdom.
1000 Awesome Things!
Tough day? Maybe so, but it's all about peHRspective, right?! The weekend is around the corner, the flowers are blooming, our days are becoming longer, and the smell of BBQ and freshly mowed grass will bring in many family get togethers in the weekends to come!
We are surrounded by awesome things, many of which we take for granted, many of which we don't recognize until it's too late. So stop, smell the fresh grass and focus on the things that make you smile. One of my favorite blogs to do just that is linked below. Enjoy!
1000 Awesome Things by Neil Pasricha
Save that Shoe!
Life is busy. Life is demanding. Constant. Exhausting. Simultaneously fruitful and fruitless. Distracted. Family brings fulfillment but complicates. There is never enough time to feel accomplished nor a fast enough pen to evict items from the list before another moves in, occupying space existing only in a reality that refuses to accommodate the clock. More. So, that’s our excuse. That’s why we don’t take time to find fulfillment in the simple. That’s why we refuse to focus on what we innately desire but feel compelled to suppress in the name of success, progress, and “normal”. Our kids are on every team that will have them, our yards are spotless, and our cars not only get washed but get the $20 wax upgrade while our neighbor quietly nods and waves, dreading his wife’s test results. Contentedness follows only overindulgence. With our steak, we have cake. With our kids we must have perfection, and with our lives we must lead the foolhardy charge headfirst into what we think our neighbors envy. It’s a lonely task, but we not only sign up we raise our hands with the vigor of Brokaw’s Greatest Generation as they charged onto the beaches of Normandy. Bullets flying as we plunge through the quicksand of a complicated life.
Impact. Compassion. Influence. Blessings. Love. Fulfillment. Had we taken the same amount of time to focus on the simple as we obsess the complex, how many lives could have been changed? How many more picnics would we have taken with our kids and how many more prayers would have been said around the table? How many others might we have blessed with our kindness and how many more neighborhood kids would remember yours as the “cool house”? How many of your employees would think of you first in times of struggle and know, not think, they could rely on you for the support they need? If given the opportunity again, how many of us would have opened the door, laughed at the joke, simply said “good morning”, offered a shoulder for tears or an ear to listen if we had any idea when we started our journeys so many years ago that these are the only things that truly matter. Whatever form it takes for you, get in the game and allow the simple blessing of serving others bless and nourish your soul. Make a choice. Save the shoes.
“If you are not lighting any candles, don’t complain about being in the dark.” - Unknown
Jason Fishpaw, MA, SPHR is the founding Member of the HR Group LLC.