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No free lunch — Universal Principles

Principle — No free lunch

Prepare to win

On the importance of preparation and practice, from former Swedish cross country skier and biathlete Magdalena Forsberg. [FTBM]

Engine Man, by U.S. Army

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win.

Do you want to prepare to win? Or do you just want to win?

February 25, 2011   2 Comments

The brick walls

Randy Pausch explains why some things in life is harder, in his Last Lecture.

The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough.

What brick walls are you banging your head against?

Brick By Brick, by έŁέ¢τяøиί¢ έγέ

January 3, 2011   Comments Off

What happened at work yesterday?

Cork Museum, by Billy  Quinn

Seth Godin provides some provocative words.

Take a look at the language you use to describe what happened at work yesterday, that’s your first clue. If you’re not the one creating the change, perhaps it’s time to start.

What happened at work yesterday?

March 8, 2010   Comments Off

You must make decisions

Project 365 #5: 050110: Snow Joke, by Pete

One of the realizations that has been most valuable to me.

You must make decisions. Not making a decision is a decision in itself.

Sounds almost stupid, but way too often we hope problems will go away if we don’t think about them.

January 31, 2010   Comments Off

Stop waiting, start acting

From the essay “Power” in What matters now, by Jeffrey Pfeffer.

Stop waiting around for bosses and companies to get better and complaining about how are you treated. Build the skills–and use them–that will permit you to create the environment in which you want to live.

It’s up to you — no-one is going to do it for you.

#41 Stranger: Unyoung, by Sean Young

January 26, 2010   Comments Off

You reap what you sow

A quote from the LMI course Personal Leadership. (FTBM)

We often have to pay in advance with work and effort for a desirable outcome, while the result of a bad choice is often delayed. This, that the time we have to pay for our poor choices is delayed, may leads us to believe that we somehow might escape. But we will not. We can not choose one thing and reap the benefits of another. We can also not blame fate or bad luck when we afterwards have to pay the price for an unwise choice or decision.

bow me, by Harold Lloyd

December 24, 2009   Comments Off