“Do not settle for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” - Nelson Mandela
“Either write something worth reading, or do something worth writing.” - Ben Franklin.
“Try to leave the world a little better than you found it.” - Baden Powell.
When Jim Rohn had concluded a talk at one of his seminars, he was approached by a young man who had a pressing question he needed to ask him; “You speak alot about doing ‘more’ in your talks,” he said. “But I grew up in a very modest home and I feel…
‘Each of us is a tiny being, permitted to ride on the outermost skin of one of the smaller planets for a few dozen trips around the local star,’ said Carl Sagan.
Twentieth Century philosopher Albert Camus observed that life, for all practical purposes, is altogether meaningless. We’re simply biological matter living on a rocky planet orbiting a star swirling around a galaxy that is part of a huge indifferent universe.
Camus stood in a long line of thinkers from Kierkegaard to Nietzsche to Heidegger and Sartre who wrestled with the notion that there is in fact no preordained meaning…
There is a phenomenon in Psychology called “life scripts”, which is one of the five clusters in transactional analysis.
This idea asserts that we all have life scripts which we play-out on a day to day basis that determines the outcomes in our life.
This script determines our career choice and our life goals. It is entrenched in our subconscious and it governs the actions we take and the choices we make. It governs our behaviors, our ambitions, and our purpose in life.
Everything we do, according to the theory, is merely a role-play of internally preconceived notions of how…
There are many people who would like to improve their life, but each passing day sees them wasting such opportunities for either lack of will or lack of trying.
They tell the world that they would like to start a thing, do a thing, or quit a thing but internally, they do not believe that it is within their power to do so.
They are, in fact, waiting for something or someone to turn up and give them a helping hand.
These people believe that external factors which are completely out of their control govern the direction their lives take.
Recounting his time as Chief Scientist at Amazon, Andreas Weignard recalls how, after every meeting he had with Bezos, he always left the room feeling more energized and more motivated than when he had first gone in. “He [Bezos] had a way of thinking and planning details ten to twenty years into the future,” he says. “We began by selling books, but the long-term plan was to sell everything to everyone everywhere. That was his vision.”
Amazon chief Jeff Bezos left his Wall Street job in the 90s to start the online retailer after imagining himself at 80, looking back…
“Three things are necessary,” says nineteenth century statesman Charles Sumner: “Number one: Backbone. Number two: Backbone. Number three: Backbone.”
An encouraging start is nothing without backbone, echo's Swett Marden: “A man who cannot stand erect, who wobbles first one way and then the other, who has no opinion of his own, or courage to think his own thought, is of very little use in this world. It is grit, it is perseverance, it is moral stamina and courage that governs the world.”
“I’m the greatest!” said Muhamad Ali and we cheered him on, for he embodied what true sportsmanship is…
How many people had told the diminutive rugby player from South Africa, Faf De klerk, that he was too short for Rugby?
In a sport where the average player stands at 6”4 (190cm) 246 lbs (112kg), he seems rather out of place as a professional rugby player, but his bravery has earned him Man of the Match on several occasions during his international games.
De klerk stands at just 5”6 (170cm) and weighs 176 lbs (80kg) but during the 2019 Rugby World Cup final in Japan which saw South Africa beat England for the world championship, De Klerk earned the…
The biggest regret in the latter lives of older people is the knowledge that if they had taken a different path, they could have become all that they dreamed of becoming, if only they tried.
When nursing home residents were asked what their greatest regret in life was, they all said that they wished they had taken more chances. They felt that they had held themselves back all their lives due to circumstance, fear, or duty and saw only a fraction of their potential self.
Only in latter years did they come to realize how fabulous they really were, and…
How many people today believe that they could achieve great things in life if only they had the right opportunities presented to them?
How many more believe that something out of their control always hinders their progress to get on in life? And that once fate and the stars align in their favor — they will surely succeed?
These people wait patiently for their luck to turn up, meanwhile changing nothing in their lives. The occasional opportunity to improve their circumstances presents itself here and there but because they can never recognize it, completely miss it.
Some people go insofar…
There is a story of three men in a fishing boat who were far from the shore when a sudden storm threatened to capsize their boat. The largest and strongest in the crew was gripped with fear and said: “Let us pray!” But the older and wiser man said: “No, no, my man. Let the little man pray, you grab the oar!”
All men at times must rely on their own ability to get out of difficult situations. …
“Either write something worth reading, or do something worth writing.” Ben Franklin