Growth

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“Failure is not having the courage to try, nothing more and nothing less.  The only thing standing between most people and their dreams is the fear of failure.  Yet failure is essential to success in any endeavor.  Failure tests us and allows us to grow.  It offers us lessons and guides us along the path of enlightenment.  The teachers of the East say that every arrow that hits the bull’s eye is the result of one hundred misses.  It is a fundamental Law of Nature to profit through loss.  Never fear failure.  Failure is your friend.” ~ Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

“There is nothing wrong with making mistakes.  Mistakes are part of life an essential for growth.  It’s like that saying, ‘Happiness comes through good judgment, good judgment comes through experience, and experience comes through bad judgement.’  But there is something very wrong with making the same mistakes over and over again, day in and day out.  This shows a complete lack of self-awareness, the very quality that separates humans from animals.” ~ Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

“Quick-fixes do not work.  All lasting inner change requires time and effort.  Persistence is the mother of personal change.  I’m not saying that it will take years to make profound changes in your life.  If you diligently apply the strategies I am sharing with you every day for only one month, you will be astonished at the results.  You will begin to tap into the highest levels of your own capacity and enter the realm of the miraculous.  But to reach this destination, you must not get hung up on the outcome.  Instead, enjoy the process of personal expansion and growth.  Ironically, the less you focus on the end result, the quicker it will come.” ~ Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

“Every event has a purpose and every setback its lesson.  I have realized that failure, whether of the personal, professional or even spiritual kind, is essential to personal expansion.  It brings inner growth and a whole host of psychic rewards.  Never regret your past.  Rather, embrace it as the teacher that it is.” ~ Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

“In any given moment, a man’s growth is optimized if he leans just beyond his edge, his capacity, his fear.  He should not be too lazy, happily stagnating in the zone of security and comfort.  Nor should he push far beyond his edge, stressing himself unnecessarily, unable to metabolize his experience.  He should lean just slightly beyond the edge of fear and discomfort.  Constantly.  In everything he does.” ~ David Deida, The Way of the Superior Man

“It is honorable for a man to admit his fears, resistance, and edge of practice.  It is simply true that each man has his limit, his capacity for growth, and his destiny.  But it is dishonorable for him to lie to himself or others about his real place.  He shouldn’t pretend he is more enlightened than he is – nor should he stop short of his actual edge.  The more a man is playing his real edge, the more valuable he is as good company for other men, the more he can be trusted to be authentic and fully present.  Where a man’s edge is located is less important than whether he is actually living his edge in truth, rather than being lazy or deluded.” ~ David Deida, The Way of the Superior Man

“Many people are desperate to find a soul mate, someone who responds to their deep image of love and intimacy.  They go to great lengths to meet people, and they spend considerable time feeling achingly deprived of the joys of intimacy they imagine.  Their attitude is summed up in the frequent lament: When am I going to find the person who is right for me?  This approach to love seems to reflect the narcissism of the times.  When am I going to get what I need for my growth and my satisfaction? An alternative would be to give all that attention either to one’s own life – developing one’s talents, educating oneself in culture, and simply becoming an interesting person – or to a needy society.  This crafting of a life is a positive way of preparing oneself for intimacy.” ~ Thomas Moore, Original Self

“In the connected age, reading and writing remain the two skills that are most likely to pay off with exponential results.  Reading leads to more reading.  Writing leads to better writing.  Better writing leads to a bigger audience and more value creation.  And the process repeats.” ~ Seth Godin, Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck?

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