Contrary to what we usually believe … the best moments in our lives, are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times—although such experiences can also be enjoyable, if we have worked hard to attain them. The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.
Entropy is the normal state of consciousness—a condition that is neither useful nor enjoyable.
Contrary to what most of us believe, happiness does not simply happen to us. It’s something that we make happen, and it results from doing our best. Feeling fulfilled when we live up to our potentialities is what motivates differentiation and leads to evolution.
Topics: Best, Believe, Sin, Doing, Business, Zen, Rent, Results, Potential, Happiness, Good, Live
Knowing oneself is not so much a question of discovering what is present in one’s self, but rather the creation of who one wants to be.
Topics: Discover, Win, Zen, Good, Business, Sin
Some individuals have developed such strong internal standards that they no longer need the opinion of others to judge whether they have performed a task well or not. The ability to give objective feedback to oneself is in fact the mark of the expert.
Topics: Good, Zen, Sin, Business
Our jobs determine to a large extent what our lives are like. Is what you do for a living making you ill? Does it keep you from becoming a more fully realized person? Do you feel ashamed of what you have to do at work? All too often, the answer to such questions is yes. Yet it does not have to be like that. Work can be one of the most joyful, most fulfilling aspects of life. Whether it will be or not depends on the actions we collectively take.
Topics: Sin, Zen, Live, Action, Business, Good, Work, Life, Questions, Jobs
The downside, of course, is that over time religions become encrusted with precepts and ideas that are the antithesis of soul, as each faith tries to protect its doctrines and institution instead of nurturing the evolution of consciousness. If one is not careful to distinguish the genuine insights of a religion from its irrelevant accretions, one can go through life following an inappropriate moral compass.
Topics: Zen, Win, Business, Good, Sin, Soul, Religion, Life, Faith
A leader will find it difficult to articulate a coherent vision unless it expresses his core values, his basic identity…one must first embark on the formidable journey of self-discovery in order to create a vision with authentic soul.
Topics: Business, Rent, Vision, Soul, Zen, Good, Sin, Discover, Values
Perhaps the most distinguishing trait of visionary leaders is that they believe in a goal that benefits not only themselves, but others as well. It is such vision that attracts the psychic energy of other people, and makes them willing to work beyond the call of duty for the organization.
Topics: Good, People, Vision, Believe, Business, Sin, Work, Zen
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- Howard Gardner American Psychologist
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- James D. Watson American Biologist
- Robert M. Pirsig American Writer
- Mark Strand American Poet, Essayist
- Steven Pinker Canadian Psychologist
- Marshall Rosenberg American Psychologist
- Robert A. Heinlein American Science Fiction Writer
- Norman Mailer American Novelist, Journalist