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 be more successful? Fail more often.

Success is more dangerous than failure. Lao-tzu c. 604 – c. 531 B.C. Read the above quotation again. It seems counter-intuitive; how can success be more dangerous than failure? If you really want the answer, just look at people all around you. I’ve observed hundreds of people who were moderately successful in their careers, and that success trapped them into a life of mediocrity. Countless people rise to a level of economic comfort in a particular company or job only to be caught there. They don’t enjoy what they’re doing, but a change would mean sacrificing their current level of …
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Practice makes perfect

The ideal condition would be, I admit, that all men should be right by instinct; But since we are all likely to go astray, The reasonable thing is to learn from those who can teach. Sophocles C 495 – 406 B.C. How many times did you hear the phrase “practice makes perfect” when you were growing up? If your childhood was anything like mine, you heard it a few hundred times. I heard it enough that it’s burned in my memory. And you know what? It’s totally wrong. Practice does not make perfect. Let me share a story I heard …
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