“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
If you would attain to what you are not yet, you must always be displeased by what you are. For where you are pleased with yourself there you have remained. Keep adding, keep walking, keep advancing.
Those who have tired of the journey, have tired of life. They come across as dull and boring, and can soon infect their friends and colleagues with their apathy.” Charles Handy
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”
“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler.”
“Out of intense complexities intense simplicities emerge.”
“To arrive at the simplest truth requires years of contemplation.”
“Do not go where the path may lead; go where there is no path and leave a trail.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
“We will not cease from explorationAnd the end of all our exploringWill be to arrive where we startedAnd know the place for the first time.”
-T S Eliot ‘Little Gidding’.
“Man’s mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.”
–Oliver Wendell Holmes Jnr
“I’m a big believer in growth. Life is not about achievement, it’s about learning and growth, and developing qualities like compassion, patience, perseverance, love, and joy, and so forth. And so if that is the case, then I think our goals should include something which stretches us.”
“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp – or what’s a heaven for?”
“Students learn what they care about, from people they care about and who, they know, care about them . . .”
–Barbara Harrell Carson, 1996, Thirty Years of Stories.
“In order to help another effectively, I must understand what he understands. If I do not know that, my greater understanding will be of no help to him instruction begins when you put yourself in his place so that you may understand what he understands and in the way he understands it.” —
“Grant that I might so much seek to understand as to be understood.”
–Francis of Assisi
“I keep six honest serving men, They taught me all I know,Their names are What and Why and When, And How And Where And Who.”
–Rudyard Kipling’s The Serving Men.
“If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes.”
“The leader of the past…. Is a doer; of the present, a planner; of the future, a teacher. Her job is to develop capabilities; not to plan the company’s actions but to increase its capacity to act, its reponsiveness, and its repertoire….This kind of leader doesn’t need to know everything; on the contary, she’ll want to be surrounded by people who know a whole lot more but trust her to weigh their competing claims.”
–T. A. Stewart
“The best leaders have the courage to act on what they know right now and the humility to change their actions when they encounter new evidence. They advocate an “attitude of wisdom” Arguing as if they are right, and listening as if they are wrong.” He quotes former Intel CEO, Andy Grove, “ I think it is very important for you to do two things: act on your temporary conviction as if it was a real conviction, and when you realize that you are wrong, correct course very quickly.”
“When doctors listen to nurses, patients recover more quickly; if mining engineers pay more attention to their men than to their machines, the pits are more efficient. As in athletics and nuclear research, it is neither books nor seminars from which managers learn much, but from here and now exchanges about the operational job in hand.”
“Business people who are the busiest, the happiest, and the most prosperous are the ones who are the most generous with their knowledge and their expertise. People who love what they’re doing, who love to learn new things, to meet new people, and to share what and whom they know with others: these are the people who wind up creating the new economic value and, as a result, moving their companies forward.”
“Those who perform love what they’re doing… Pianists have a wonderful expression I heard years ago: “I practice until I have my life in my fingers.”
“Successful careers are not the products of luck or planning; they are built by people who are able to seize those opportunities that match their own strengths.”
“An organistion develops people; it either forms them or deforms them.”
“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
“I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.”
“Learning is an active process. We learn by doing.. Only knowledge that is used sticks in your mind.”
“Learning is experience understood in tranquility.”
“We learn by reflecting on what has happened. The process seldom works in reverse, although most educational processes assume that it does. We hope that we can teach people how to live before they live, or how to manage before they manage.”
“Take the time to read it is the seed of wisdom.”
–Original Irish text.
“A man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”
“He who knows much about others may be learned, but he who understands himself is more intelligent. He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.”
“An unexamined life is not worth living.”
“I am looking for people who have an infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done.”
“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”