Archive → April, 2010
It’s practically impossible to listen to a speech, or read a book, magazine or newspaper without hearing a quotation. Quotations or “quotes,” provide insight, humor or inspiration and fill our daily lives. While one friend may pride himself on knowing every movie catch-phrase ever uttered, another may appreciate motivational “pearls of wisdom” from positive thinkers such as Zig Ziglar. One of Zig’s most defining quotes states, “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.” This simple, yet powerful sentence speaks volumes about the importance placed on relationships and how these interactions weave throughout everything we do. Click here for some other “pearls of wisdom” for all conceivable occasions.
William James said, “Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.” Does this sound familiar? Let’s imagine that you receive a project at work that is due in two weeks. Because you have done this type of project before, you already know that it will take about three days to complete. Do you start prepping right away? Are you gathering information from your resources now, because you might realize that other responsibilities will surface before the due date? Are you thinking that some of the people you’ll need to talk to might be unavailable or necessary supplies could be out of stock? Pondering this exercise further, will you wait until three days before the drop-dead date, suffer through extreme stress and anxiety, wonder aloud why you chose this line of work at all and angrily curse your supervisor for even thinking about assigning you this project? If you selected the latter, please read on…