What Actually Makes You Stronger

Everybody’s heard the saying “That which does not kill you makes you stronger,” Nietzsche I believe said it, or something very similar. It’s wrong though, or at least woefully incomplete. (Or, it’s incomplete in the way we use the words these days.) Nowadays people think that if bad stuff happens to you, you get stronger. …

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Have To or Get To?

I am a BIG believer in the idea that language, and it’s result, meaning, make SO much difference in and to our lives. I’ve said to people in the past: “What if you got to do that? Instead of having to do that?” Here is one of mentors making his case for this idea: People whose repeated …

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You Must Be Open to Wisdom

A spoon cannot taste of the food it carries. Likewise, a foolish man cannot understand the wise man’s wisdom even if he associates with a sage. – Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama) I don’t want to comment too much on this one, other than to say you must be open to learning …

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When Are You Defeated?

Defeat never comes to any man until he admits it. – Josephus Daniels . . . when you give up. When you stop learning and trying. When you decide that (the illusion of) safety and stagnation is better than intelligent risks and action. Losing is not defeat. “Failure” is not defeat. Not-getting-what-you-want is not defeat. …

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How To Fail

Failure is success if we learn from it. – Malcolm Forbes Quite simply, you fail when give up or refuse to learn from non-ideal or un-desired outcomes. There is such thing as “failure.” Everything produces a result, it’s up to you to do something with all your outcomes.

Are You Getting Better?

Good is not good where better is expected. – Thomas Fuller Good is often all we strive for. Or, more accurately, what we often settle for. But good isn’t good when your standards are higher. When you decide that merely “good” isn’t enough, your life will transform. But you must make that decision for yourself – no one …

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