It takes sadness to know what happiness is, noise to appreciate silence, and absence to value presence.
Remember that life is full of ups and downs. Without the downs, the ups would mean nothing.
Learn from the past. Prepare for the future. Live for today.
Make your smile change the world, don’t let the world change your smile.
When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, remember that God has given you a thousand reasons to smile.
Before you talk, listen. Before you react, think. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try.
The only people you should try to get even with are those that have helped you.
The past should be the past. It can destroy the future. Live life for what tomorrow has to offer, not for what yesterday has taken away.
Becoming a Person of Influence
WHEREVER POSSIBLE, GIVE OTHERS YOUR POWER SO THAT THEY CAN ACHIEVE MORE.
These I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.”
So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate
“To be the best place to buy you must be the best place to work. Treat your employees the way you want your customers to be treated, maybe even better.” –Shep Hyken,
“People want guidance, not rhetoric; they need to know what the plan of action is and how it will be implemented. They want to be given responsibility to help solve the problem and the authority to act on it.” –Howard Schultz
“First get the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats, and then they can figure out where to drive it.” –Jim Collins
Leaders Leading Leaders
When you are certain of your ultimate goal, or mission, you can generally find many people who’ll want to help you further that mission, as you further theirs. When you align your mission with those of other people, you all become stronger, and move closer as a group to being leaders. To align your mission, you need to look at other people as honestly as you do yourself. That can be hard, because we’re all tempted to preserve our prejudices against those we consider enemies, rivals, or obstacles, or simply irrelevant.
But even enemies are human beings, and deserve understanding. You undoubtedly share some common interests and beliefs with those who oppose you most. Trust can be found in that common ground, and lead to a new relationship.
Not everyone you approach, though, will want to align their mission with you, because many people still believe that for them to succeed, somebody else has to fail. That commonly occurs when more than one person is trying to achieve the same goal, such as being CEO of a company.
But even in competitive situations, you can still find unlikely partners, and build a powerful team of rivals. Everyone on your team can grow in skills and stature, even as you compete internally, and that will increase the odds that somebody on your team will reach the goal. Then that person can help the others, as your group’s rising tide lifts all its ships.
Even if you don’t rise, you’ll probably be in a better position to reach your goal later, or to achieve something similar. At the very least, you can expect to be treated well by the person who does reach the goal, and you might become that person’s successor, or chief aide.
Some people, though, are just too fearful to accept this code of conduct. To be a true leader, you need to understand these people’s insecurities, and still find ways to like them, and help them achieve their own goals.