Take My Advice (exerpt)

October 14th, 2012 — 9:21am

Do not despise your inner world. That is the first and most general piece of advice I would offer… Our society is very outward-looking, very taken up with the latest new object, the latest piece of gossip, the latest opportunity for self-assertion and status. But we all begin our lives as helpless babies, dependent on others for comfort, food, and survival itself. And even though we develop a degree of mastery and independence, we always remain alarmingly weak and incomplete, dependent on others and on an uncertain world for whatever we are able to achieve. As we grow, we all develop Continue reading »

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You Are Not Special

June 24th, 2012 — 6:01am

“The great and curious truth of the human experience is that selflessness is the best thing you can do for yourself.” – David McCullough Jr. at Wellesely High School Graduation. Video of an inspiring commencement speech.

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Seeing Our Imperfections

November 20th, 2011 — 7:59am

“When you believe that you must be perfect in order to be good, it makes you averse to recognizing your own inevitable imperfections, and that lets them stagnate and grow. So the belief that you must be perfect in order to be good is an obstacle to being as good as you can be. … We need to move away from the premise that being a good person is a fixed, immutable characteristic and shift towards seeing being good as a practice. And it is a practice that we carry out by engaging with our imperfections. … Being mindful of those personal and common imperfections is what allows us to be good to each other and to be good to ourselves.” – Jay Smooth, November, 2011. Watch the 12 minute talk: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race

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The Nature of Compassion

November 5th, 2011 — 11:05am

Two monks were washing their bowls in the river when they noticed a scorpion that was drowning. One monk immediately scooped it up and set it upon the bank. In the process he was stung. He went back to washing his bowl and again the scorpion fell in. The monk saved the scorpion and was again stung. The other monk asked him, “Friend, why do you continue to save the scorpion when you know its nature is to sting?

“Because,” the monk replied, “to save it is my nature.”

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Chief Seattle’s Letter – 1854

October 2nd, 2011 — 8:33am

“The President in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our land. But how can you buy or sell the sky? the land?

The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them? Every part of the earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every meadow, every humming insect. All are holy in the memory and experience of my people. We know the sap which courses through the trees as we know the blood that courses through our veins. We are part of the earth and it is part of us.

The perfumed flowers are our sisters. The bear, the deer, the great eagle, these are our brothers. The rocky crests, the dew in the meadow, the body heat of the pony, and man all belong to the same family.
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A Successful Team

September 10th, 2011 — 11:38am

The 12 Keys to a Successful Team Approach

“The path to greatness is along with others.”
~ Baltasar Gracion, Spanish Priest

The Ripple Effect teaches that as our words and actions ripple outward, they intersect with the ripples sent out by others. For our ripples to achieve their potential and maximize their impact on a global perspective, these individual ripples must be brought into synchronicity. This is done through the application of Teamwork. Before an individual can successfully integrate into a team, they must clarify their purpose and the steadfastness of their intentions. Releasing ego, the individual can then focus their attention on the strengths and virtues of others, and on their dedication to strive for the highest shared goals. In doing this, you charge yourself in the higher-frequency currents of appreciation, acceptance, partnership and love.

The ripple of our communion with the higher energy can and will influence others as it radiates out from heart to heart. In this way, each individual can become an effective instrument of collective and constructive change.

“Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”
~ Margaret Mead

The 12 Keys to a Successful Team Approach

1. Commitment to the Team
“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”
~ Ryunosuke Satoro

One person can make a ripple in a pond, but a team can make a wave in the ocean.

2. Belief in the Team’s vision
“The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.”
~ Unknown

The Goal is more important than the role played by the individual.

3. Common values and shared goals
“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.”
~ Isaac Newton

Shared values and goals define the Team.

“A successful team beats with one heart.”
~ Unknown

4. Presence of qualified leadership
“When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes a reality.”
~ Joe Paterno

The difference between two equally talented Teams is the quality of the organization.

5. Duty and responsibility
“Build for your team a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another and of strength to be derived by unity.”
~ Vince Lombardi

All members have a place where they add the most value.

6. Integration and partnership
“In the arena of human life, the honors and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities in action.”
~ Aristotle

Winning Teams have individuals who make things happen.

7. Support and cooperation (solidarity)
“Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds.”
~ SEAL Team saying

As the challenge escalates, the need for Teamwork elevates.

8. Motivational atmosphere
“I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want.”
~ George Bernard Shaw

Vision gives Team members direction and confidence.

9. Challenge and opportunity (adaptability)
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
~ Martin Luther King Jr.

The team, when faced with a challenge sees this as an opportunity to grow stronger still; overcoming all together as One.

“The only disability in life is a bad attitude.”
~ Scott Hamilton

10. Interaction
“Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.”
~ Napoleon Hill

Interaction fuels action. The strength of the Team lies within the passion and commitment they use to create symbiosis.

11. Nonjudgmental attitude:
“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.”
~ Henry Ford

When faced with crisis there is no room to make judgments; discerning proper action creates the necessary synergy.

12. Global perspective / transparency (symbiosis)
“Sometimes you have to create the thing you want to be part of.”
~ Howard Schultz

The way to achieve success together is to require organizations to hold to the standard of being accountable to those they serve.

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