S+B: Let’s begin by talking about the mind-set of leaders who are adept at scaling excellence.
SUTTON: Leaders who are adept at scaling have an almost paradoxical mind-set. On one hand, they’re always focusing on cleaning things up—smoothing and clarifying policies and processes so they are more spreadable. They have a clear sense of the excellence they’re trying to spread and of where they’re going. On the other hand, they understand that life is messy, and there are going to be long stretches when they and their people are confused and don’t know exactly what needs to be done. But they urge people to keep moving forward in spite of that. That’s the paradox: They’re always trying to clean things up, but they embrace chaos and don’t let it stop them. — JNRip49NU1 (via khuyi)
What about instinct, team quality, vision, ambition, aspiration? Where do those fit in? — From “Intention and the Choices We Make Everyday" by Bijan.
Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty. —
By Jon Krakauer
This line… “The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure.”
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. — Maya Angelou (via bijan)
(Source: booksquoteslove, via bijan)
I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it’s because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it’s because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea - whether it is to sail or to watch it - we are going back from whence we came. — an old favorite quote of mine from JFK
Though driven and innovative, hypomanics are at much higher risk for depression than the general population, notes Gartner. Failure can spark these depressive episodes, of course, but so can anything that slows a hypomanic’s momentum. “They’re like border collies—they have to run,” says Gartner. “If you keep them inside, they chew up the furniture. They go crazy; they just pace around. That’s what hypomanics do. They need to be busy, active, overworking.” —
Finally got around to reading this Inc. article - "The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship."
Many passages in the article were familiar, but for better or worse, this particular passage hit close to home.
It’s easy to waste more time looking for shortcuts than you’ll ever save by finding them. Sometimes, the path is clear: other people have already walked it, and they’ll even tell you where it is if you look. Meanwhile, other people – who haven’t walked the path, but want you to follow them – will offer you shortcuts. That’s when you end up getting lost. —
this quote is about training to do ‘muscle-ups,’ but it applies to, well, everything…
#tbt hungry + munching on my NYC Marathon medal post-race 2011. this year http://bit.ly/reecerunsboston <— donate to support The Red Cross!
I just haven’t learned how to be nice to myself… If a manager talked to me the way I talk to me I would quit immediately. — A founder friend, ebbing and flowing with self-criticism.
#tbt NYC Marathon 2011. this year, I’m running #BostonMarathon in support of @RedCrossMA. you can help! http://bit.ly/reecerunsboston