Letting today’s quote really sink in can change your life.
Can you recall how many times, personally or professionally, you were reluctant to begin an activity or stopped your efforts too soon because your initial steps were awkward or challenging?
In such cases, we could consider the Biblical story of Job and his statement, “Man was born to toil.”
Going beyond any initial discomfort is fundamental to being productive and to the essential need for each of us to contribute and have a life of purpose.
Where and on what current matter would acknowledging that all beginnings are difficult provide you the needed courage, tenacity, and persistence to toil on to more fully realize your fullest potential and contribution to the world?
“Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.”
Napoleon Hill, America’s foremost success/motivation author
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I recently finished a chapter on Personal Mastery for a book titled Essential Wisdom: Personal Development and Soul Transformation, which will be published soon. As I researched my topic, I discovered how relevant Napoleon Hill’s statement is to virtually every journey of success.
When we combine these three qualities, they appear to have far more helpful impact than their additive effects. We say that 1+1+1=3, but perhaps 32 or 3 to the second power, might more accurately demonstrate their potential synergies.
Where would combining greater patience, persistence, and perspiration make the biggest difference in your personal and profession endeavors?
Many people are familiar with the story of Thomas Edison’s 10,000-plus unsuccessful attempts to create the light bulb. His philosophy on such a high volume of failures was that the world was simply saying ‘no’ to the most recent attempt. He is quoted as saying, “I never failed. I only found 10,000 ways in which it did not work.”
Undaunted, he persisted in his efforts, always seeing a better way and getting to a ‘yes’ that would eventually light the world.
Where in your own life are you receiving your share of No’s?
How often do the No’s stop you? How often do they spur you on in faith, knowing that the better Yes’s of life may simply be a bit further down the road?
—The Buddha, spiritual teacher and founder of Buddhism
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The other evening, I was watching a science program on television: “How the Universe Works.” The subject of this particular episode was how the Earth formed over 4.5 billion years ago.
Surprisingly, I learned that in the early years, the Earth had no water at all. The constant bombardment of water-containing meteors and asteroids filled our rivers, streams, lakes, and oceans drop by drop over billions of years.
What efforts are you adding, drop by drop, to your personal and professional “jugs” each day, to have a more fulfilling life?
“It is not a daily increase but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.”
– Bruce Lee, martial artist and actor
When I speak with the majority of my clients and ask them how they are, they almost always say something that includes words such as “busy,” “swamped,” “overwhelmed,” or “slammed.”
Most of us are faced with an increasingly complex life, and unfortunately, spending time, space and energy on the inessentials can be exhausting. Bruce Lee suggests here that we can take particular note of what can be eliminated from our lives, to reclaim fulfillment, vitality and happiness.
Explore the following categories as you look to decrease or perhaps eliminate things from your life:
Press “reply” to this message and let me know some other categories you plan to hack away at.