“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.” ~ Swami Vivekananda
“The great mystery isn’t that people do things badly but that they occasionally do a few things well. The only thing that is universal is incompetence. Strength is always specific! Nobody ever commented, for example, that the great violinist Jascha Heifetz probably couldn’t play the trumpet well.” ~ Peter Drucker
In his book Making a Life, Making a Living, Mark Albion writes about a revealing study of businesspeople who took tow very different paths after graduating from college. Here is what he says:
A study of business school graduates tracked the careers of 1,500 people from 1960 to 1980. From the beginning, the graduates were grouped into two categories. Category A consisted of people who said they wanted to make money first so that they could do what they really wanted to do later – after they had taken care of their financial concerns. Those in Category B pursued their true interests first, sure that the money would eventually follow.
What percentage fell into each category?
“Find something you like to do so much that you would gladly do it for nothing; then learn to do it so well that people are happy to pay you for it.” ~ John C. Maxwell, Leadership Gold
“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” ~ Albert Schweitzer
“Retire from your job but never from meaningful projects. If you want to live a long life, you need eustress, that is, a deep sense of meaning and of contribution to worthy projects and causes, particularly, your intergenerational family.” ~ Stephen Covey, The 8th Habit
“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world.” ~ The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
“I think when people say they dread going into work on Monday morning, it’s because they know they are leaving a piece of themselves at home. Why not see what happens when you challenge your employees to bring all of their talents to their job and reward them not for doing it just like everyone else, but for pushing the envelope, being adventurous, creative, and open-minded, and trying new things?” ~ Tony Hsieh, Delivering Happiness
“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.” ~ Oriah Mountain Dreamer
“The key is falling in love with something, anything. If your heart’s attached to it, then your mind will be attached to it.” ~ Vera Wang
“I never yelled at my players much. That would have been artificial stimulation, which doesn’t last very long. I think it’s like love and passion. Passion won’t last as long as love. When you are dependent on passion, you need more and more of it to make it work. It’s the same with yelling.” ~ John Wooden
“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.” ~ Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
“We cannot do great things on this earth. We can only do small things with great love.” ~ Mother Teresa
“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” ~ Nelson Mandela