Friday, May 30, 2014

27 Best Quotes On the Value of Time

The one thing I have come to realize in life is how well or poorly you spend your time, reflects how happy your are. It is also amazing to me how little people value the one thing they cannot control, or create, or get more of: TIME. Because of this, I complied what I believe are the 27 best quotations dealing on the subject.  I hope you enjoy them and feel not they be a waste of your time. 

 “Until you value yourself, you won't value your time. Until you value your time, you won't do anything with it."
--M. Scott Peck 

“Does't thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.”
--Benjamin Franklin

“How you spend your time is far more important than all the material possessions you may own or positions you may attain.”
—Denis Waitley 

“Too often man handles life as he does the bad weather. He whiles away the time as he waits for it to stop."
--Alfred Polgar

"The strongest of all warriors are these two: time and patience."
-- Leo Tolstoy 
   
"Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time."
--Voltaire

"We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee."
--Marian Wright Edelman 
 
“When you kill a little time, you may be murdering opportunity.”
--Harvey Mackay

“Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them, and their value will never be known. Improve them, and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Four things come not back, the spoken word, the sped arrow, time past, and the neglected opportunity."
-- Arabian Proverb

“Don't be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of."
--Charles Richards

“You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.”
--Charles Bukowski

“He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator."
--Francis Bacon

“Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change.”
--Thomas Hardy

“It will take you less time and effort to do a thing the difficult way than it will to buy, try and discard all the shortcuts.”
--Seth Godin

“We cannot waste time. We can only waste ourselves."
--George M. Adams

"Lost wealth may be replaced by industry, lost knowledge by study, lost health by temperance or medicine, but lost time is gone forever."
--Samuel Smiles

“Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.”
--Diogenes

"The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot."
--Michael Altshuler

“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful, lest you let other people spend it for you.”
—Carl Sandburg

“Procrastination is the thief of time."
--Edward Young 

“People who never have any time on their hands are those who do the least."
--Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

“Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time which every day produces, and which many men throw away."
--Charles Caleb Colton

“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.”
~Charles Darwin

“Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is."
--Thomas Szasz

“Counting time is not as important as making time count.“
--James J. Walker

“You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it."
--Charles Buxton

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Alexander's Three Wishes

On his deathbed Alexander the Great summoned his generals and told them his three ultimate wishes: 

  • The best doctors should carry his coffin
  • The wealth he had accumulated (money, gold, precious stones) should be scattered along the way to his burial
  • His hands should be left hanging outside the coffin for all to see
Perplexed by these unusual requests, one of his generals asked Alexander to explain these wishes:

Alexander & Aristotle
And this is what he said: “I want the best doctors to carry my coffin to demonstrate in the face of death, even the best doctors and physicians have no power to heal. I want the road to be covered with my treasure so that everybody sees that whatever wealth you acquire on earth, stays on earth. I want my hands to swing in the wind so that people understand that we come to this world empty-handed and we leave empty-handed after the most precious treasure of all is spent and exhausted — time.” 

Yes, Time is our most precious treasure because it is limited. We can produce more wealth, but we cannot produce more time. The ultimate mystery is that no one knows how much time we really have on Earth, so use your time wisely.

In that vein, here are some quotes that echo Alexander's feelings about time:

“Does't thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.”
--Benjamin Franklin

“How you spend your time is far more important than all the material possessions you may own or positions you may attain.”
—Denis Waitley

“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful, lest you let other people spend it for you.”
—Carl Sandburg

“Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.”
--Diogenes

"The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot."
--Michael Altshuler

"Lost wealth may be replaced by industry, lost knowledge by study, lost health by temperance or medicine, but lost time is gone forever."
--Samuel Smiles

“We cannot waste time. We can only waste ourselves."
--George M. Adams

“It will take you less time and effort to do a thing the difficult way than it will to buy, try and discard all the shortcuts.”
--Seth Godin

“Too often man handles life as he does the bad weather. He whiles away the time as he waits for it to stop."
--Alfred Polgar

"The strongest of all warriors are these two: time and patience."
-- Leo Tolstoy

“Don't be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of."
--Charles Richards

"Four things come not back, the spoken word, the sped arrow, time past, and the neglected opportunity."
-- Arabian Proverb

“When you kill a little time, you may be murdering opportunity.”
--Harvey Mackay

"To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time."
--Leonard Bernstein
  

Friday, May 23, 2014

Until You Win... (motivation)

Sometimes, as we move through life, a few of us get lost..and need a little piece of motivation to show us what it takes to..be the authentic you.  For entrepreneurs, this might happen a bit more often than not, but for all of us, we always need a bit of encouragement.  Yes, we all go through tough times, and we have a choice.. go forward or to give up.. I pray for everyone .. to keep going.  We all want to be something..but to get there ..you sometimes need to just believe in yourself, believe in what you are doing, in the great art you are making, to the world you are changing.  Here is a great video and transcription that I hope helps.

Where have you been?
Why are you here?
..and where are you going? 



You look at your life, you look what you produce. Is it giving you what you want? Are you living on purpose? Are you living your dream? Are you acting on your ideas? Are you doing all you can do? Have you gotten comfortable? Are you procrastinating? Are you evading your own greatness?

Are you surrounding yourself with people who can enourish you? Are you challenging yourself? Are you experimenting? Are you learning something different? Is your life an adventure or is it boring?

Why are you here, what brought you here? Investing the time, the money? What brought you here? 

What decisions are you making right now as you look into the future?

Where are you going with your life?

I do not care how hard you fail.
I do not care home any times you failed the test.
I don’t care if nobody don’t believe in you.
It only takes you believing in yourself to get this thing done.

As long as you believe in you, you got the right mindset. You got the right attitude; you can have whatever you like. But if you fall, I want you to fall forward; I need you to fail forward.

Now, are there going to be some moments that you want to give up? Yes! Will there be some moments when it's going to seem like it’s impossible, the pain you are experiencing, the disappointment you are experiencing, that you are going to say that it’s not worth it? Yes! It is going to be right there for you.

It is going to be in your face, telling you to go back. Don’t let the distractions distract you. Alright, you have to keep moving, don’t stop!

To separate what you do from who you are, that is what the guilt trap is about.

All of us have made some mistakes in life. All of us have done some things that if we had them to do over again we wouldn’t do it again.

A lot of things if I had to over again, if I knew then what I know now I would have done it differently, well it did not happen that way.

A lot of us because of the limited vision of ourselves, a lot of us who begin to focus on problems and enable them to overwhelm us, we begin to begin to think we have no options, we begin to believe there is no way out.

You can always better your best. You can always go beyond anything you have ever done. 
And I am saying that the fact you are still here, that you’re still breathing, you got some more work and you owe it to yourself. So that when you get up in the morning, so you can look yourself in the face and say, ‘Hey, I am living my life on my terms.’

Let me tell you there are some times in life where you fall down, and you feel like you don’t have the strength to get back up. Pretend that everything is OK when it’s not, and you go home and you lay in your bed, when no one is looking at you, when you don’t have to impress anybody, and fear comes in.

You know the fear that you have as soon as you walk into the doors of your house. All you need is a broken home. Maybe you have doubt in your life? Maybe you don’t know for sure what is going to be happening in the future and it scares you.

Maybe you are worried about what people think of you, what people say about you. It’s that the fear that paralyses you.

And I just want to ask you today, ‘Do you think you have HOPE?’

Right now you are at the worst place in your life that you ever been. I believe that this is your beginning, but this doesn’t have to be your end. That just because you are currently here, this is your present circumstances, that life don’t have to end for you right now.

What is it that will give you the drive? What is it that will ignite the courage in you to get up and come back again and again and again?

Your “why,” your why is going to push you when you can’t push yourself. When you want to quit and give up. Your ‘why’ is going to give you that edge you need that advantage you need that lift that you need to get to the next level. Your WHY! Yes, we’re tired! Yes, we’re hungry. Yes, the mind is saying give up. Yes, it’s saying quit! But we cannot quit! Because we realize we have not reached the goal yet.

‘This is not what I said I was going to do! This is what I talked about. This is NOT the GOAL! This is not what I dreamed about! This is NOT what it looks like.’

I will try one hundred times to get up and if I fail one hundred times, if I FAIL and I give up.., do you think I am ever going to get up? No!

So I need you to believe. If I fail I try again…. and again, and again, for as long as I try there is always that chance of getting up.

You can decide that you are going to stand up to life.

It’s not the end until you have given up…. There is still hope.

You are going to work through this. You are going to get up. You are going to get dressed. You are going to get out, and you are going to do what you have been called to do. You are going to be your calling. You are going to have and you are going to prove that everybody that tried to break you, everybody that tried to stop you, everybody that tried to kill your dreams, you going to prove all of them were wrong. I used the pain to push me to greatness; and I am telling you right now, don’t give up! I am telling you right now, don’t give in. Get through it! There is still time… as long as there is breathe in your nostrils; as long as you can wake up in the morning.

It matters how you will finish. You will find that strength to get back up.

If you are still in the game, which means that if you are in the game, and there is still time in the game, and still time left in the game, you can still win the game.

You can’t afford not to be you. You can’t afford just to go to work so you can get a check. You cannot afford not to see what your greatest is. You can’t afford not to put your foot all the way down and see what you can get out of life.

You will get knocked down, but you will not be knocked out. I'm going to empower me, and all these things that are happening to me right now, they're just temporary inconveniences. They’re not stronger than I am.

You can’t afford not to be you. You’ve going through some hard times? It has not come to stay, it has come to pass! It takes guts to pick yourself up. It takes guts, you have to dig down deep and gut it out. Keep on going, again, and again, and again, until you make it happen, because you know that it's possible.

For many of you right now, life got you up against the ropes. You can’t give up, you can’t give in. If it were easy everybody would do it, and it life got you backed up you start fighting back.

If life knocks you down try to land on your back because if you can look up, you can get up.

Well it’s your serve, you take responsibility for it, you make it happen and you don’t give up, and you keep on keeping on, and if you’ve decided that you can’t make it because you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. We have so much energy that can take us so far. It is necessary that you look up and to find the energy to take you to the next level. There’s more there. It’s possible you can get what you want, it is necessary if you want you got to go into action, you got to be willing to experiment. You got to be willing to fail and succeed. Here is your dream manifest. No, it’s hard, yes it’s hard. It’s difficult. Yes, right? And it’s worth it!

It’s necessary that you have a plan of action. That you are resilient, that you stick to it. That you have the vision and never give up. That you become creative and relentless, and keep on coming back again, and again, and again, and again. And it's you, that you have to take personal responsibility to make it happen. That is it is hard, easy is not an option. And when life knocks you down, jump back up and say: It’s not over until I WIN!!!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Lost in Translation (perspective)

If you have any started up a company or had to run a tightly knit group of go-getters there is really nothing more important that an excellent channel of communications, where each and every party understands what is being communicated. That is why to this day in the Navy a sailor still repeats the orders given by officers..so that both parties understand that it was received, correctly understood and will be executed. 

To show how when someone is taken out of their element and put into a seemingly odd place communication becomes critically important, sometimes, important things get lost in translation. 

Bubba, a handsome furniture dealer from High Point, North Carolina, decided to expand the line of furniture in his large store, so he decided to go to Paris to see what he could find.

After arriving in Paris he met with some manufacturers and selected a line that he thought would sell well back home in North Carolina, and additionally become a US distributor. To celebrate the new acquisition, he decided to visit a small cafe and have a glass of wine. As he sat enjoying his wine, he noticed that the small place was quite crowded, and that the other chair at his table was the only vacant seat in the house.

Before long, a very beautiful young Parisian woman came to his table, asked him something in French (which he did not understand), and motioned toward the chair. He invited her to sit down.

He tried to speak to her in English but she did not speak his language so, after a couple of minutes of trying to communicate with her, he took a napkin and drew a picture of a wine glass and showed it to her.

She nodded, and he ordered a glass of wine for her.

After sitting together at the table for a while, he took another napkin, and drew a picture of a plate with food on it, and she nodded.

They left the bistro and found a quiet cafe that featured a small group playing romantic music. They ordered dinner, after which he took another napkin and drew a picture of a couple dancing.

She nodded, and they got up to dance. They danced until the cafe closed and the band was packing up.

Back at their table, the young lady took a napkin and drew a picture of a four-poster bed.

And to this day, Bubba has no idea how she figured out he was in the furniture business.

And that is the rub?  When one person is assuming one thing and the other interprets another, sometimes a golden opportunity is missed, or worse yet, and incredible blunder happens. So make sure your company's lines of communication are open and understood in both directions. 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Rise and Shine

This is a great motivational piece that I stumbled upon.. it is good for athletes, artists, and entrepreneurs.. learn it well... It's 6:00 AM and your hand can't make it to the alarm clock before the voices in your head start telling you that it's too early, too dark, and too cold to get up out of bed. Aching muscles lie still in rebellion, pretending not to hear your brain commanding them to move. A legion of voices are shouting their unanimous permission for you to hit the snooze button and go back to dreamland. But you didn't ask their opinion. The voice you chose to listen to is one of Defiance.


A voice that said there was a reason you set that alarm in the first place. So sit up, put your feet on the floor, and don't look back because we've got work to do. Welcome to the Grind. For what is each day but a series of conflicts between the right way and the easy way. 10,000 streams fan out like a river delta before you, each one promising the path of least resistance. The thing is, you're headed upstream. When you make that choice, and you decide to turn your back on what's comfortable, and safe, and what some would call common sense, well that's Day One.

From there it only gets tougher. So just make sure this is something you want, because the easy way out will always be there, ready to wash you away. All you have to do is pick up your feet. But you aren't going to, are you? With each step comes the decision to take another. You're on your way now, but this is no time to dwell on how far you've come. You're in a fight against an opponent you can't see, but oh you can feel him on your heels, can't you? Feel him breathing down your neck. You know what that is? That's you. Your fears, your doubts, your insecurities, all lined up like a firing squad ready to shoot you out of the sky. But don't lose heart. While they're not easily defeated they are far from invincible. Remember, this is the grind, the battle royal between you and your mind, your body, and the devil on your shoulder who's telling you that this is just a game, this is just a waste of time. Your opponents are stronger than you. Drown out the voice of uncertainty with the sound of your own heartbeat. Burn away your self-doubt with a fire lit beneath you. 

Remember what you're fighting for and never forget that momentum is a cruel mistress. She can turn on a dime or the smallest mistake. She is ever searching for the weak place in your armor, that one tiny thing you forgot to prepare for. So as long as the devil is hiding the details, the question remains, is that all you got? Are you sure? When that answer is yes, when you've done all you can to prepare yourself for battle. Then it's time to go forth and boldly face your enemy. The enemy within. Only now you must take that fight into the open, into hostile territory. You're a lion in a field of lions, all hunting the same elusive prey with a desperate starvation that says, "Victory is the only thing that can keep you alive." So believe that voice that says you CAN run a little faster, that you CAN throw a little harder, and that for YOU, the laws of physics are merely a suggestion. 


Luck is the last dying wish of those who want to believe that winning can happen by accident. Sweat on the other hand is for those who know it’s a choice. So decide now because destiny waits for no man. And when your time comes and a thousand different voices are trying to tell you that you’re not ready for it, listen instead to that lone voice of descent, that one voice that says: “you are ready,” “you are prepared.” It’s all up to you now!


So Rise and Shine.