Teaching penguins to fly

You possess strengths you might not realize you have. Find the right one. Use it. Epictetus 55 – 135 A.D. There’s an interesting story about penguins that illustrates a profound lesson. As the story goes, a group of penguins got wind of the fact that inspirational and motivational speakers were achieving amazing results with their followers. And the penguins wondered if a motivational speaker could help them learn to fly. After all, the penguins reasoned, they were birds, and birds fly. What was stopping them from achieving their potential? So the penguins formed a committee to find a motivational speaker …
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Want to accomplish more?

Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task. William James 1842 – 1910 One of the major complaints I hear from people is that they can never get their to-do list whittled down. They have great intentions, but somehow time slips away and they never finish the tasks they planned to do. Well, I’m going to tell you about a technique which will greatly improve your chances of getting things done. Before I share the technique, I want to tell you about a couple of experiments Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz discussed in their book, …
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When you must win

Life does not give itself to one who tries to keep all its advantages at once. Leon Blum 1872 – 1950 In 210 B.C., a Chinese commander named Xiang Yu was leading his forces against the Qin dynasty. They had crossed the Yangtze River and were preparing for battle. Xiang Yu ordered all the boats sunk or burned, told the men to gather three days of provisions each and then ordered all the cooking pots destroyed. He told his troops they would battle to victory or death. Xiang Yu didn’t want his troops to believe they had the option to …
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