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Things to Think About - You just can't beat the person who never gives up

Think about this quote the next time circumstances appear overwhelming, you’re feeling down, and you hear that voice of doubt telling you to give up.  It’s not unusual to feel this way, to be sure, but what is unusual, for many of us, is to realize that many times victory comes not from talent ... more >>
 

Things to Think About - It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop

What wonderful comfort for those of us who are a bit slower at figuring things out at times, or are feeling a bit overwhelmed.  Many years ago I interviewed a successful entrepreneur who had overcome many setbacks before achieving his success. more >>
 

Things to Think About - It's what you learn after you know it all that counts

This quote is one of those little gems that just get better the more one thinks about it.  It’s the age-old observation about knowledge versus wisdom and it rings as clear today as it ever has. It is so simple, but putting this quote into context can be the source of much thought or, better yet,... more >>
 

Things to Think About - The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you

I hesitated at first to use this quote from Epictetus, because I could hear a chorus of people saying, “So, Pepper, tell me something I didn’t already know!” more >>
 

Things to Think About - Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking

Timing is everything!  How many times have heard that?  But, the real question is, how many times have you used it to procrastinate? more >>
 

Things to Think About - It’s not about who’s right. It’s about what’s right

To me, critical thinking is about discovery; the discovery of truth.  This is how leaders build reputations for fairness and a personal brand that encourages open, honest dialogue, all of which delivers to them, not only quality input from a broad spectrum of sources, but highly cohesive teams. more >>
 

Things to Think About - Power is a sort of tumor that ends by killing the victim’s sympathies

In his recent piece in The Atlantic, Jerry Useem writes about the potential brain damage caused by “power”.  His opening, supported by scientific study, is chilling: Over time, leaders lose mental capacities—most notably for reading other people—that were essential to their rise. more >>
 

Things to Think About - Until you make your life your own you are walking around in borrowed clothes

Isn’t this a wonderful image?  Warren Bennis had such a gift for simplifying important, complex concepts and, in keeping with his metaphor, maybe we should look at life this way: Every time you do something that helps define yourself—an action, a comment, an achievement—it’s like adding ... more >>
 

Things to Think About - As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration

This quote is a wake-up call.  It’s a call to honest reflection about your life, how you spend your time and, more important, whom you spend it with.  Someone said that we are the average of the five people we choose to spend time with. more >>
 

Things to Think About - Optimists are 45% less likely to die from any cause than negative thinkers

Dr. Rankin is the New York Times bestselling author of Mind over Medicine, and if one ever needed some serious motivation to adjust their attitude, what could be more powerful than realizing how impactful attitude is on your health.  Look at it this way: Negative thinking actually has a ... more >>
 

Things to Think About - Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent of how I react to it

Over the years, I have written much about personal responsibility and its role in achieving a fulfilling life and career, and I am always drawn to quotes that help us realize that, as this one does. more >>
 

Things to Think About - Every word is golden that stays behind the teeth

It’s no secret that I am a fan of cultural folk wisdom from many countries around the world and this wonderful gem comes to us from Croatia. more >>
 

Things to Think About - Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open

When I first read this quote, it sent a chill up my spine, because it reminded me of how frozen, in the face of fear, I had been, earlier in life, when facing what I felt was an extreme challenge.  All I could focus on was the possibility—the inevitability, really—of my failing, that I couldn’t ... more >>
 

Things to Think About - Actually, failure is simply feedback, and it is one of the primary paths to growth

In its simplest form, this reminds me of the old adage “Every generation must touch the stove to see that it’s hot.”  What better example of consequences?  Mom said, “Don’t touch the stove! It’s hot!” But when one fails to heed the advice, the consequences are immediately felt and result in ... more >>
 

Things to Think About - I’m not telling you it will be easy. I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it

I absolutely love this quote, in the context of leadership, for one simple reason.  It displays the common sense, direct, honest approach of what believable optimism looks like. more >>
 

Things to Think About - Intelligent malleability not violent rigidity

Inside this little gem is a wonderful insight into the creation of one’s personal brand.  Think about the challenges of the 21 st century for a moment.  Think about the overwhelming variety and velocity of them.  Now, think about the profile of the person you would most respect as a leader in ... more >>
 

Things to Think About - Only a man who knows what it is like to...

For me, Muhammad Ali’s contributions as a life philosopher just continue to grow. He is someone who aged well and he became known more for his wisdom and common sense view of life than the bravado of his early years. more >>
 

Things to Think About - The biggest threat to innovation

Many years ago, the members of the Board of Advisors at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business were asked what the most important attribute of a successful leader was.  It was an almost unanimous response: self-awareness. more >>
 

Things to Think About - A key, self-initiated way to listen well is to ask a sincere question

One of the most common criticisms of leaders that I hear is “They just don’t listen”.  When I share this with the leader to whom the criticism is directed, their response usually begins with downcast eyes and a nod indicating that they realize the truth in what was said.  However, for many, the ... more >>
 

Things to Think About - The biggest threat to innovation is internal politics and an organizational culture which doesn’t accept failure

Many years ago, the members of the Board of Advisors at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business were asked what the most important attribute of a successful leader was.  It was an almost unanimous response: self-awareness. more >>
 
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