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Things to Think About - We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light

Things to Think About

By Pepper de Callier

"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light."  Plato

As one of the Founders of Aspen Institute’s Prague affiliate, Aspen Institute Prague - www.aspeninstitute.cz this quote means very much to me.  It speaks to the critical importance of searching for the truth as opposed to a slavish devotion to an ideology or dogma.   Whether you’re leading a big company, a small department, a family, or just yourself, it’s not easy to be a leader today.  Today, leaders must have the courage and self-confidence to embrace new ways of thinking, new data, new possibilities, and things that may challenge a previously held belief that is either outdated, or incorrect. 

Till next time… 


Till next time…

About the Author: Pepper de Callier is one of the most respected senior executive coaches and authorities on leadership in Europe. Learn more about him at www.pragueleadershipinstitute.com 
 

 

Things to Think About Series by Pepper de Callier:

Things to Think About by Pepper de Callier (35)
Things to Think About (By Pepper de Callier)
Who you are speaks so loudly, I can’t hear a word you’re saying
The secret to success is to maintain enthusiasm between failures
When you are the anvil, hold you still.  But, when you are the hammer, strike your fill
Success is getting what you want.  Happiness is wanting what you get
I am not an Athenian, I am not a Greek, I am a citizen of the world
When I’m afraid of losing, I never win
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear
Our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our attitude
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, ... 
How hard it is, sometimes, to trust the evidence of one's senses! How reluctantly the mind consents to reality.
We don't see things as they are. We see things as we are
It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves 
If you believe everything you read, better not read 
People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care
Winning is as much about attitude as aptitude especially when the chips are down 
The human mind treats a new idea the same way the body treats a strange protein; it rejects it.
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd 
If you can't explain it to a six-year-old, you don't understand it yourself
We don’t regret the risks we took and failed. We regret the risks we failed to take 
What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing  
Things to Think About - We become the choices we make in life 
You are the average of the five people you choose to spend the most time with 
Things to Think About: Luck is a dividend of sweat 
The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off
Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy