Michael Jordan: a proponent of Extreme Focus (source of image)
How does one truly achieve one’s dreams? What are the secrets behind ultra-successful folks who make a “dent in the Universe”?
In life, we often believe that we’ll be happy only AFTER we have achieved success. For many, that would mean scoring straight ‘A’s in school, being promoted, buying that dream home, or having a million dollars in the bank.
To achieve that “holy grail” of happiness, we then work our butts off. However, when we achieve that target, we find that we need to move even higher to pursue the next quest – two million dollars, a higher promotion, or an even bigger home! While doing so, we grit our teeth and postpone our happiness as it becomes an ever elusive rainbow that we chase throughout our lives.
Can you find more time to do the things that truly matter to you? How can you devote your energy to what’s truly important?
A renowned thinker in the the “development of human potential”, Robinson spoke about the need to reinvent education to better develop the diverse talents, aptitudes and passions of individuals all over the world.
Written and illustrated by renowned cartoonist and blogger Hugh MacLeod of gapingvoid.com (he just completed his 10th year in the business), Evil Plans: Escape the Rat Race and Start Doing Something You Love is a business book that reads more like a personal motivation tome. True to MacLeod’s craft, every other page (or more) is peppered with his characteristically abstract and witty cartoons, complete with clever captions.
An example of this is found below:
Tap the power of positive words today (designed with Crello)
Wonder why things do not turn out the way you like them to? Caught in a downward spiral of disappointment and negativity?
Well, perhaps you need to start by rewiring the way you think, and rephrase the things you say.
“When was the last time you did something for the first time?”
With a secondary title like that, you can bet that Poke the Box – Seth Godin’s first title under The Domino Project – is going to be all provocative and punchy. And boy, the renowned marketing cum motivational blogger sure doesn’t disappoint in that department.
Zig Ziglar (courtesy of Decisive Minds)
Zig Ziglar (Hilary Hinton) may be 85 years of age, but he sure packed a lot of punch in his speeches.
A highly respected motivational speaker grounded in Christian values, Zig is known for his fiery workshops and power-packed programmes focused on motivation, success and salesmanship. He is also a champion sales trainer, having mastered the art of selling.
In a recent podcast I listened to, Zig spoke about the story of the pump.
Lucy wouldn’t have discovered Narnia if she didn’t open that wardrobe (courtesy of WikiNarnia)
1) A potentially great product or service which does not have any known markets
“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” – Randy Pausch (RIP 25 July 2008)
I first blogged about Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch back in 28 July 2008, 3 days after his death from pancreatic cancer. So moved was I by the video of his last lecture (do watch it if you haven’t done so), that I bought the book. Of course, this was way before the recent death of the more famous Steve Jobs of Apple.