Monday, April 06, 2009
Think things through - then follow through
Eddie Rickenbacker, WWI flying ace
The truth is that you can spend your life any way you want, but you can spend it only once.
French essayist Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
You've to got to think about "big things" while you're doing small things, so that all the small things go in to right direction.
An optimist looks at a glass and says the glass is half full. A pessimist looks at a glass and says it is half empty. An engineer looks at a glass and says that the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.
Keep your mind off the things you don't want by keeping it on the things you do want
W. Clement Stone
I believe goals are important. The mind will not focus until it has clear objectives. But the purpose of goals is to focus your attention and give you direction, not to identify a final destination. As you think about your goals, note that they should be
-Clear enough to be kept in focus
-Close enough to be achieved
-Helpful enough to change lives
"Because of my workload, I also have to skip doing many things that i would love to do. For example, every week I hand off projects that I think would be fun to do myself. I practice the 10-80-10 principle with the people to whom I'm delegating a task. I help with the first 10% by casting vision, laying down parameters, providing resources, and giving encouragement. Then once they've done the middle 80%, I come alongside them again and help them take whatever it is the rest of the way, if I can. I call it putting the cherry on top."
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up
Creativity requires a willingness to look stupid. It means getting out on a limb - knowing that the limb often breaks! Creative people know these things and still keep searching for new ideas. They just don't let the ideas that don't work prevent then form coming up with more ideas that do work.
Develop Your Plan
Level 1: Effectiveness - Doing the right things
Level 2: Efficiency - Doing the right things better
Level 3: Improving - Doing things better
Level 4: Cutting - Doing away with things
Level 5: Adapting - Doing things other people are doing
Level 6: Different - Doing things no one else is doing
Level 7: Impossible - Doing things that can't be done
Strategic thinking is like showering, you have to keep doing it
The will to win is worthless if you do not have the will to prepare