Quantity or quality?

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is. Yogi Berra 1925 – 2015 Which is more important, quantity or quality? Before you answer, let me share a little story with you. On the first day of a pottery class, the instructor divided the class into two groups. The group on the left was given the following instructions: “You will be graded on the quantity of vases you make during this semester. Make over fifty pounds of vases and you get an A.” To the group on the right, he said, “You are only to make one …
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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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