“Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good.” Voltaire
It’s been a long week for me, however when things don’t work out perfect to your plan there’s not much you can do for those things out of your control. Accept them for now and keep moving forward.
Things happen for a reason, maybe the perfect plan was not the perfect solution after all.
“You are not your past.”
– Catherine Hoke
This quote serves as a reminder to me that I do not have to behave the way I always have. I need to be the man I want to be, always.
This is not saying that you ignore your past. There are lessons in all of our failures and successes that affect who we are today and the decisions we make in the future.
Today’s quote is from the podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show, the episode: The 4-Hour Workweek Revisited
“How are you complicit in creating the conditions you say you don’t want?” Jerry Colonna
I like this quote because sometimes you have an issue you are dealing with and it is consistently coming up, until you realise that some of your actions are invoking the issue.
Jerry Colonna, and this quote, was mentioned by Catherine Hoke in her interview on the Tim Ferriss podcast.
“It’s almost like everything in excess becomes its opposite.” Gretchen Rubin
This is from Tim Ferriss’ interview with Gretchen Rubin on The Tim Ferriss Podcast.
I’m still trying to really understand this quote, however I get the sense that it is akin to “Everything is good for you, in moderation.” I learnt that piece, eventually, from my gorgeous wife Julie.
“I don’t have problems I have puzzles.” Quincy Jones
I heard this said on a Kwik Brain podcast episode and I love this attitude towards problems, they are all an opportunity to create.
This morning we also had the Brisbane Airport Aviation Firies save us from Bruce’s burning toast.
“Never neglect details. When everyone’s mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly vigilant.” Colin Powell
Putting this quote into action, along with the guidance from Jocko Willink to “step back, look around and make a call”, is a must for leaders.
For those who think they are not leaders, everyone has someone watching you, that means everyone is a leader, you choose how you lead in your life.
“I don’t think failure is sometimes part of the process – it always is.” Kyle Maynard
This quote is from Timothy Ferriss’ book Tribe of Mentors.
This quote is a reminder to me that when something fails, it is a lesson on the path to success, I’ve heard that somewhere before too. Every time someone explains a failure, most often this is at work where someone hasn’t followed the process, or the process isn’t well defined, what happened was not included, or sufficient clarity was not provided. The”failure” in these cases, I take as opportunities to add value to the process from the lesson learnt.
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain
I like this quote for, hopefully, obvious reasons. When you try to do something different, people in general don’t like the change, particularly the narrow and small minded ones. Those that love to learn are the ones that will say “Go get some!”, hey Jocko.
Keep asking questions and keep putting forward ideas.
This is from Richard Branson’s Top Ten Quotes on Fulfilling Potential.