Monthly Archives: February 2011

Anyway.

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others will destroy overnight.
Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.

Give the best you have and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.

Written on the wall in Mother Teresa's home for children in Calcutta, also known as The Paradoxical Commandments.

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Inspired by the preamble in the book "Do It Anyway," by Courtney E. Martin (2010).

Go to bed early.

There is no substitute for good sleep. Just get into bed. Stop doing what you’re doing. even if you don’t feel tired, get into bed early. Tomorrow will be better for it. Today will be better for it. Now will be better for it. Even if you read for a bit, chances are you’ll goContinue Reading

A Short Note on Determination and Persistence.

Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. ~ Calvin Coolidge (1872 – 1933)

Work on One Thing At a Time.

I’ll admit, I fail at this a lot. But each time I come back to this lesson, I’m reminded how powerful it is. Don’t do ten things at once. Work on one thing at a time. Or two. But never more than two. In a well-known graph about productivity and multi-tasking (from a 1990′s HarvardContinue Reading

Eliminate distractions.

The spaces where we do our work are important. What spaces are conducive to good work? Do you work from home, in an office, in an open studio, in a coffee shop? Where do you get your work done? Look around the space you’re in, right now. What does it help you do? What behaviorsContinue Reading

13 Outstanding Business Ideas from REWORK: Cut the Crap, Do What Needs to be Done, and Get Real (Book Notes)

If Seth Godin tells you to read something, you better freaking read it. I’m on a plane back from LA, enjoying the peace and quiet of a non-wireless flight with no distractions. I’m re-reading the book REWORK, on my to-read list for 2011, and highlighting the best parts. I’m trying desperately to ignore the sumptuousContinue Reading

What’s First?

What will you do first? First things First, my dad always says. What is the first thing you did today? Check email? Work on the most important thing, or the least important thing? When you get to the end of the day, what do you regret not doing? Less means maybe only doing 1 thingContinue Reading

Everything Changes.

You are not a fixed entity. You are not exactly as you are. Things change. The greatest gift we all have is the ability to learn, to develop, and to grow. If you are not learning – you are obsolete. Seth Godin’s book, Linchpin, speaks to this effect: become indispensible. Be more than ordinary -Continue Reading

Smile.

Smile. There is nothing more beautiful than a smile. The expression you wear on your face is priceless. There aren’t too many things more powerful and contagious than your demeanor. I’m reading essays by Dale Carnegie this week, and his insights and ideas about the power of a smile are spot on: “Your smile isContinue Reading

We all need white space.

White space, in graphic design, is the space on the page that isn’t. It’s the space on the page that’s blank, that echos the thoughts and points of the content by giving it space. White space is that delicious break, that rest, the recapitulation of ideas by doing nothing at all. White space gives theContinue Reading

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