Posts Tagged ‘restless’


The older I get 

…but to do right.  When you have done so, the rest lies with God.  -C.S. Lewis

Exercise excellence at the last thing God called you to do.  He will take care of the next steps.


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starting line


But it has to be good before I start, right? 

I don’t want to disappoint anyone. 

I can’t release poor work.  I can’t let “half way there” be seen.  My words have to be perfect.  My content has to be flawless.  My ideas have to be complete.  I must begin at expert level.

My first work has to be my best work.

Isn’t that ridiculous? 

At one point Michael Jordan learned how to dribble a basketball.  At one point, Eric Clapton was taught how to hold a guitar.  At one point, Google looked like this

Everyone must start somewhere.  Everyone must start.

So go start!  Go make mistakes, misspell words, butcher jokes, break prototypes.  Go be awful! 

After all, better to be dreadful today, (when your audience is small), than when you are expected to produce great work.

Something down on paper is always better than the idea that stays in your head.

Remember Today:  JUST START!

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As You Associate, So You Become

We become the product of three things: the people we associate with, the books we read, and the media we listen to.

Charge with rhinoceroses, fly with eagles, run with cheetahs, and eat with lions.

Don’t hang around with cows or sheep. They will pull you down.

Associate with doers, achievers, livewires, and people with positive attitudes and you will stay a fully charged person!

Associate with sleeping cows, sloths, or jackasses and you will become complacent and unsuccessful.

Be aware of who you associate with today. Are you flying with an eagle, or walking with a sloth?


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(borrowed from http://sethgodin.typepad.com)

Wrestling with a puzzle, a project, or a problem, the likeliest reason to give up is the belief that it can’t be done.

What’s the point of persevering if it’s actually impossible to succeed?

It can’t be done,” we say, throwing up our hands.  Not “I can’t do it,” or “It’s not worth my time,” butIt can’t be done.”

In the year after Roger Bannister broke the 4 minute mile, the record was broken again and again. Once people realized it could be done, it wasn’t an impossible task any longer. And that’s why there’s a flood of iPad-like tablets on the market, many from companies that had what they needed to build the first one, but didn’t until Apple showed them the way.

Two things you might take away from this: First, there’s consolation in finding someone who has done it before, whatever “it” is you’re trying to do. Knowing that it’s possible and studying how it was done can’t help but increase the chances you’ll stick it out.

Second: huge value increases to the few able to actually do a thing for the very first time.

How can you innovate at your workplace? 

How can you do something that hasn’t been done? 

What have you not attempted because you have convinced yourself it can’t be done?


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 “Tentative efforts lead to tentative outcomes. Therefore, give yourself fully to your endeavors. Decide to construct your character through excellent actions, and determine to pay the price of a worthy goal. The trials you encounter will introduce you to your strengths. Remain steadfast… and one day you will build something that endures: something worthy of your potential.”

 — Epictetus, Roman teacher and philosopher (55 – 135 A.D.)

What is your goal?

What is your organization’s goal?

Is it a worthy goal?

Give yourself fully to this endeavor, and you will build something that endures: something worthy of your potential.

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-unquiet or uneasy, as a person, the mind, or the heart.

-never at rest; perpetually agitated or in motion

-unceasingly active; averse to quiet or inaction

Have you ever been restless?  What caused you to be restless?  

Maybe it was a cancer diagnosis.  

Maybe it was a spouse getting a little too close to the word “divorce.”  

Maybe you hate your job.

Maybe you have no job.

Maybe it kept you up at night.  

Maybe you ate a little healthier.  

Maybe you began exercising.  

Maybe you began to pray.

Being restless is not necessarily a negative adjective.  

Restlessness is a catalyst for change.  

Restlessness caused the Puritans to set sail for America.  Restlessness brought on the Civil Rights Movement.   Restlessness invented the iPad.  Restlessness sparked the Reformation.

What are you restless about today?  What can you change about yourself to invoke a revolution?

Seek out something to be restless about.  If you cease to be restless, you cease improving yourself and others.

What are you restless about right now?

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