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Some famous Quotes…

July 22, 2012

We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. – Aristotle

Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. – Lao-Tze

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge. – Daniel J. Boorstin

I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. – Bill Cosby

Discipline is just choosing between what you want now and what you want most. – Unknown Author

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas Edison

If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves – Thomas Edison

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Summary: How will you measure your Life? by Clayton Christensen

July 22, 2012

Appears 2010 batch of HBS graduating class asked Clayton Christensen on how to apply his thinking and principles in their personal life!.

  1. Create a Strategy for your Life
  2. Allocate your resources
  3. Create a Culture
  4. Avoid the “Marginal costs” mistake – Justification for infidelity and dishonesty in all their manifestations lies in the marginal cost economics of “just this once.” It’s easier to hold to your principles 100% of the time than it is to hold to them 98% of the time.
  5. Remember the importance of Humility – One characteristic of humble people is: they have a high level of self-esteem. Humility is not defined by self-deprecating behavior or attitudes but by the esteem with which you regard others. Good behavior flows naturally from that kind of humility. Generally you can be humble only if you feel really good about yourself—and you want to help those around you feel really good about themselves, too. When we see people acting in an abusive, arrogant, or demeaning manner toward others, their behavior almost always is a symptom of their lack of self-esteem. They need to put someone else down to feel good about themselves.
  6. Choose the Right yardstick – Don’t worry about the level of individual prominence you have achieved; worry about the individuals you have helped become better people.

Clayton refers to his making a promise to God that he wouldn’t play on Sundays. When his Oxford University team went on doing well and reached the final four of championship game – he kept his promise to God inspite of pressures from fellow players and choice, thus overcoming the “Just this time” justification.

He also refers to his diagnosis of cancer and his realization that “God will assess my life isn’t dollars but the individual people whose lives I’ve touched.”

source: http://hbr.org/2010/07/how-will-you-measure-your-life/ar/pr

Maturity

July 22, 2012

Integrity and maturity is about realizing “one person’s success is not achieved at the expense or exclusion of the success of others.” (Stephen Covey)

Ann Landers – Maturity is many things.
– It is the ability to base a judgment on the big picture, the long haul.
– It means being able to resist the urge for immediate gratification and opt for the course of action that will pay off later. One of the characteristics of the young is “I want it now.” Grown-up people can wait.
– Maturity is perseverance – the ability to sweat out a project or a situation in spite of heavy opposition and discouraging setbacks, and stick with it until it is finished. The adult who is constantly changing jobs, changing friends and changing mates is immature. He can’t stick it out because he hasn’t grown up.
– Maturity is the ability to control anger and settle differences without violence or destruction.
– The mature person can face unpleasantness, frustrations, discomfort and defeat without collapsing or complaining. He knows he can’t have everything his own way every time. He is able to defer to circumstances, to other people – and to time. He knows when to compromise and is not too proud to do it.
– Maturity is humility. It is being big enough to say, “I was wrong.” And, when he is right, the mature person need not experience the satisfaction of saying, “I told you so.”
– Maturity is the ability to live up to your responsibilities, and this means being dependable. It means keeping your word. Dependability is the hallmark of integrity. Do you mean what you say – -and do you say what you mean? Unfortunately, the world is filed with people who can’t be counted on. When you need them most, they are among the missing. They never seem to come through in the clutches. They break promises and substitute alibis for performance. They show up late or not at all. They are confused and disorganized. Their lives are a chaotic maze of broken promises, former friends, unfinished business and good intentions that somehow never materialize. They are always a day late and a dollar short.
– Maturity is the ability to make a decision and stand by it. Immature people spend their lives exploring endless possibilities and then do nothing. Action requires courage. Without courage, little is accomplished.
– Maturity is the ability to harness your abilities and your energies and do more than is expected. The mature person refuses to settle for mediocrity. He would rather aim high and miss the mark than aim low – and make it.
– Maturity is the art of living in peace with that which we cannot change, the courage to change that which should be changed, no matter what it takes, and the wisdom to know the difference.