Authentic leaders have absorbed the fundamental fact of existence -- that you can't get around life's inherent contradictions. The leadership mind is spacious. It has ample room for the ambiguities of the world, for conflicting feelings, and for contradictory ideas. I believe that the central leadership attribute is the ability to manage polarity.
Reflection doesn't take anything away from decisiveness, from being a person of action. In fact, it generates the inner toughness that you need to be an effective person of action -- to be a leader. Think of leadership as some of two vectors competence: (your specialty, your skills, your know-howl) and authenticity: (your identity, your character, your attitude) .
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Reason is like an open secret that can become known to anyone at any time , it is the quiet space into which everyone can enter through his own thought.
What can be said but not practiced is better not said. What can be practiced but not spoken of is better not done.
We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
Love is my religion, I could die for it.
Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time, it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.
You may have to fight a battle more than once to win.
You don't get to choose how you're going to die, only how you're going to live.
Think of me as a sex symbol for men who don't give a damn.
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement, nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
I am not overly impressed by the great names and reputations of those who might be trying to beat me to an invention... . Its their 'ideas' that appeal to me.
By asking the question " How can I afford it ? " your brain is put to work.
Robert T. Kiyosaki
Show me the money !
Rod Tidwell, Jerry Maguire (1996)
Change comes from within.
We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
Happiness itself does not stay -- only moments of happiness do.
A man should have any number of little aims about which he should be conscious and for which he should have names, but he should have neither name for, nor consciousness concerning, the main aim of his life.
Get busy livin, or get busy dyin'.
Andy, The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Give me a whisky, ginger ale on the side. And don't be stingy, baby.
Anna Christie, Anna Christie (1930)
If you wanna call me that, smile.
The Virginian, The Virginian (1929)
If this is a blessing, it is certainly very well disguised.
An avoidance of true communication is tantamount to a relinquishment of my self- being , if I withdraw from it I am betraying not only the other but myself.
The only reason I would take up jogging would be to hear heavy breathing again.
There are so many things that we wish we had done yesterday, so few that we feel like doing today.
Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts
Progress is the activity of today and the assurance of tomorrow
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The only place where your dream becomes impossible is in your own thinking.
Robert H. Schuller
Success is the child of audacity.
You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.
But inaction itself is a kind of action, and it has consequences. Consistently and absolutely maintained, inaction would necessarily lead to swift ruin , it would be a form of suicide. A refusal to enter into the world is a refusal to meet the challenge of reality which darkly demands that I dare and find out what will happen. In my situation I bear responsibility for what occurs because I do not intervene , if I can do something and I don't do it, I am guilty of the consequences of my inaction.
There is no greatness without a passion to be great, whether it's the aspiration of an athlete or an artist, a scientist, a parent, or a businessperson.
So long as we are loved by others I should say that we are almost indispensable , and no man is useless while he has a friend.
Robert Louis Stevenson
If I'd been a ranch, they would've named me the Bar Nothing.
Gilda, Gilda (1946)
Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.
The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life.
Love is the whole and more than all.
I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them ?
My parents told me that I could do and be anything I really wanted. I believed them.
Love works a different way in different minds, the fool it enlightens and the wise it blinds.
Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn.
It's your attitude not your aptitude that determines your altitude.
What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness ?
Embrace me, my sweet embraceable you !
The strength of the heart comes from the soundness of the faith.
Saudi Arabian Proverb
If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won't, you most assuredly won't. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.
When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Enduring habits I hate.... Yes, at the very bottom of my soul I feel grateful to all my misery and bouts of sickness and everything about me that is imperfect, because this sort of thing leaves me with a hundred backdoors through which I can escape from enduring habits.
The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.
Examine the opportunities, the challenges you've given yourself.
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
William Arthur Ward
The difficulties and distresses to which we have been exposed during the war must now be forgotten. We must endeavor to let our ways be the way of pleasantness and all our paths peace.
Whenever I think of the past it just brings back so many memories.
Don't think it, ink it.
Mark Victor Hansen
Impossible situations can become possible miracles.
Robert H. Schuller
Success is having a flair for the thing that you are doing , knowing that is it not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose.
It doesn't matter how much milk you spill as long as you don't lose the cow.
Without a general an army is lost.
I want everyone to be the way I strive to become -- to be himself in his truth. Do not follow me, follow yourself ! is the existential challenge. Self-being awakens self-being but does not force itself on it.
You had me at "hello".
Dorothy Boyd, Jerry Maguire (1996)
Every action that helps us manifest our divine nature more and more is good, every action that retards it is evil.
To live for results would be to sentence myself to continuous frustration. My only sure reward is in my actions and not from them.
Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is a freedom.
Opportunities multiply as they are seized ; they die when neglected. Life is a long line of opportunities.
My mama always said, life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.
Forrest Gump, Forrest Gump (1994)
A teacher, a really good teacher, is never a giver of truth; he is a guide, a pointer to truth. Therefore, a good teacher, or, more appropriately, a guide, studies each student individually and helps to awaken the student to explore himself, both internally and externally, and ultimately to integrate himself with his being. All in all, a teacher acts as a catalyst, and not only must he have a tremendous understanding; he must also possess a sensitive mind with great flexibility and adaptability.
Even when change is elective, it will disorient you. You may go through anxiety. You will miss aspects of your former life. It doesn't matter. The trick is to know in advance of making any big change that you're going to be thrown off your feet by it. So you prepare for this inevitable disorientation and steady yourself to get through it. Then you take the challenge, make the change, and achieve your dream.
I don't want to move to a city where the only cultural advantage is being able to make a right turn on a red light.
Alvy Singer, Annie Hall (1977)
If it is to be it is up to me.
All of the most successful human beings I've know were inwardly at war with themselves. Their turmoil was at least as great as our own, and sometimes greater. What distinguished these leaders was not some inner peace but rather how they had learned to organize their lives around a noble ambition and to focus on it.
Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.
Always mistrust a subordinate who never finds fault with his superior.
John Churton Collins
In life you can never be too kind or too fair ; everyone you meet is carrying a heavy load. When you go through your day expressing kindness and courtesy to all you meet, you leave behind a feeling of warmth and good cheer, and you help alleviate the burdens everyone is struggling with.
There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group, there is less competition there.
When we place blame, we give away our power.
Let's not just transform those in need, we can also find ways to help transform those in power.
It's easier to prepare and prevent, than to repair and repent.
If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living.
Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.
True love never lives happily ever after. True love has no ending.
Whatever good things we build end up building us.
Personal leadership is not a singular experience. It is, rather, the ongoing process of keeping your vision and values before you and aligning your life to be congruent with those most important things.
One ought never to turn one's back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never !
The only people who find what they are looking for in life are the fault finders.
A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.
I never had a policy, I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
First comes thought, then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans, then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.
I bet you can squeal like a pig.
Mountain Man, Deliverance (1972)
We conceal it from ourselves in vain, we must always love something. In those matters seemingly removed from love, the feeling is secretly to be found, and man can not possibly live for a moment without it.
I am resolved that I will not through my humility become the devil's attorney. I will endeavor to speak a good word for the truth.
Henry David Thoreau
He who joyfully marches to music rank and file, has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is ; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action. It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.
Change your thoughts, change your life.
Whatever our souls are made up, his and mine are the same.
If you think you are beaten, you are. If you think you dare not, you don't. If you'd like to win, but think you can't it's almost a cinch you won't. Life's battles don't always go to the stronger or faster man, but sooner or later the man who wins is the one who thinks he can.
Never lose a chance of saying a kind word.
William Makepeace Thackeray
Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.
A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds, it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change.
We always strive after what is forbidden, and desire the things refused us.
World is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.