|1. “I paint very large pictures. I realize that historically the function of painting large pictures is painting something very grandiose and pompous. The reason I paint them, however – I think it applies to other painters I know – is precisely because I want to be very intimate and human. To paint a small picture is to place yourself outside your experience. However you paint the larger picture, you are in it.” – Mark Rothko|
|2. “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” – Henry Ford|
A great blog post from author Simon Sinek who’s website can be found HERE
In 1975 a young director with no big films credits under his belt, set out to make a horror film. Steven Spielberg wanted his film filled with violent and gory shark attacks. He wanted us to watch as this massive animal, built to kill, would attack his unsuspecting prey. But there was a problem. The mechanical sharks that were supposed play a staring role in the film rarely worked as expected. As much as the young director wanted graphic shark attacks, he couldn’t have them.
Frustrated, the team found another solution. They left most of the violence to our imaginations. Viewers would see a fin, then someone would disappear under the water, and then the water would turn red.
The little country schoolhouse was heated by an old-fashioned, pot-bellied coal stove. A little boy named Glenn had the job of coming to school early each day to start the fire and warm the room before his teacher and his classmates arrived.
One morning they arrived to find the schoolhouse engulfed in flames. They dragged the unconscious little boy out of the flaming building more dead than alive. He had major burns over the lower half of his body and was taken to a nearby county hospital.
From his bed the dreadfully burned, semi-conscious little boy faintly heard the doctor talking to his mother. The doctor told his mother that her son would surely die – which was for the best, really – for the terrible fire had devastated the lower half of his body.… Read the rest!Read More »
I’ve got a birthday coming up tomorrow and as I was thinking about birthdays I was reminded of a story told by Zig Ziglar that I have always loved.
The population of Ghana has many tribes of people living within its borders. The largest is the Akan tribe, which makes up about 50% of the entire population. The Akan have a tradition of naming newborn children based on the day of the week they were born. If you are born on Monday your name will include “Kwadwo”, which is related to peace. If you are born on Friday, your name would include “Kofi”, which is linked to fertility and abundance. You now know which day of the week Kofi Annan, the past secretary general of the United Nations, was born.… Read the rest!Read More »
This morning before brushing my teeth I once again entered into a daily routine. Rolling up the toothpaste tube from the bottom, I meticulously kept a tight roll so as to keep any paste from remaining in the tube. Once the tight roll reached the top, I put the opening between my middle and index fingers and then squeezed from the bottom with my thumb. Amazingly, a small line of toothpaste came out of the “empty” tube and onto the bristles of my brush…just like it had for past 13 days!
Every morning this ritual is repeated and I think to myself that there is no way any more toothpaste could be in that wrinkled up tube. And yet, when crunch time comes, it digs deep and produces yet another small amount of breath-freshening goodness.… Read the rest!Read More »
On a tour of Europe, international chess master Paul Morphy and a friend entered an art gallery. Mr. Morphy (surprise, surprise) was drawn to a painting depicting two men playing chess. The name of the painting was “The Chess Players” by Morits Retzch.
In the painting, a man is playing chess with the devil, the stake being the young man’s soul. The artist had most graphically depicted the point in the game where it was apparently the young man’s move, and he seemed just to realize the fact that he had lost the game, the agony of despair being shown in every line of his features and attitude, while the devil from the opposite side of the table gloated over him with fiendish delight.… Read the rest!Read More »
Great insights into leadership from Tim Milburn. Questions we could all ask ourselves every morning.
Lifelong leaders make choices everyday. Here are twelve of them.
Will you make a plan and follow it or make a plan and forget it?
Will you simplify the complicated or complicate the simple?
Will you make your own opportunities or wait for someone else to make opportunities for you?
Will you create your own definition of success or allow someone else to define success for you?
Will you attempt to control what’s controllable or attempt to control what’s uncontrollable?
Will you be part of the solution or part of the problem?
Will you make a better decision or make a worse decision?
Will you choose a positive attitude or a negative attitude?… Read the rest!Read More »
I really liked this story the first time I heard it many years ago. Hope you enjoy it!
Here is the original story written in Europe after WWII:
Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room’s only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation.
Every afternoon when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.… Read the rest!Read More »