Things to Think About
By Pepper de Callier
"My optimism is like an old cat that likes to disappear for days, but I always expect it to return." Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert
I came across this wonderful quote while reading Scott Adams’s book How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big. In his own witty and insightful way, he has described what I think is a very realistic, and human, understanding of what a positive attitude looks like. It’s completely natural for us to be down at times, or not to feel at the top of our game. But, to understand that this is a normal cycle in life, is the key. Further, to know that your “old cat” will return is positive thinking at its best. Look around for a minute. Is your old cat there beside you, or is he on his way back?
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 - Change is hard
If the automobile had followed the same development cycle as the computer, a Rolls-Royce would today cost $100 ...
It seems to be a law of nature, inflexible and inexorable, that those who will not risk cannot win
Things to Think About - A negative look from someone else may mean nothing more than they're constipated!
Things to Think About - There are seven days in the week, and “someday” isn’t one of them
Things to Think About - Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less
Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something
Things to Think About - The measure of intelligence is the ability to change
Things to Think About - It’s as though he intentionally looked for obstacles so that he could overcome them
Things to Think About - You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do
The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it’s too low and we reach it
Things to Think About - Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely
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
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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