Life Lesson From Rudyard KiplingWritten by Joi Sigers
The individual in pursuit of self education (the only education that'll give you all you ultimately desire), is forever searching out new materials. We scurry around snatching up books and articles as Pac Man snatches up energy dots. I, of course, don't have to tell you about that, because if you're reading this article you are in process of an information feeding frenzy.
I've found that many times we overlook (keeping with Pac Man theme) highly valued fruit while devouring lesser valued "dots". Make a mental note to check out more "classical" writings in your daily reading routine. You'll be, er, all wiser for it.
Here's a wonderful place to start. The classic poem "IF" by Rudyard Kipling. Oddly enough, I've always associated this poem with Bugs Bunny. (Are you laughing at me??) He gave a recitation once in an animated interlude.
If you can silence your inner Bugs while reading this beautiful poem, I'm certain you'll benefit from words. Read it through once at a regular pace, then go back and really let words sink in.
by Rudyard Kipling
If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired of waiting, Or being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or being hated don't give way to hating, And yet don't look too good, or talk too wise:
The 'Doing Process' Which Always Succeeds Part 1Written by Jason Katzenback
The “Doing Process” Which Always Succeeds Part 1 Published by Jason Katzenback
The “Doing Process” Which Always Succeeds Here is a process of success. It is a dual process. In other articles, I presented mental process which prevents mistakes. In this article, I present doing process which always leads to success.
A process is way in which a thing is done. There are four different ways: (1) mere doing; (2) doing with a purpose; (3) doing which follows a thought-out plan; and (4) idealized doing which results from vivid imaging. Any one of first three ways may result in success, but not one of them is a guarantee of success. In contrast, thinking in vivid images followed by idealized doing always brings success. In mines and stores, factories, and offices, there are millions of earnest workers, who have learned to do their work well; and then, having learned, they drudge and toil but do not succeed. Mere doing never leads to success.
Returning from one of my trips to Europe, I found much work to be done. Within three hours, I had telephoned an agency to send me two stenographers. One brought four letters from former employers. She had had seventeen years' experience, and her recommendations stated that her work was rapid, exact, neat, and that she was dependable. Each letter emphasized that she was a faithful worker. As her name was Anna, I at once thought of her as "Faithful Anna."
"How much do you wish?" I asked. "Well-with my experience, I couldn't work for less than $400 a week!"
Of course, I hesitated to employ her, for she had put such a low valuation on her services that it made me doubt her ability. But, I needed someone at once, so I took her on trial. She took dictation well and transcribed it correctly. But when I asked her to answer some letters which required only routine replies, she replied, "Oh, I wouldn't know what to write." Later, when I outlined a simple subject and asked her to elaborate it, she replied: "Oh, I don't know anything at all about that!" Yet, she had already been taking dictation on that subject for three days. And then, one day when her typewriter needed a little adjustment, and I asked her to fix it instead of waiting for a repair man to come, she replied: '' Oh, I wouldn't know what to do; I don't know a thing about a typewriter!" And she was sincere; she didn't. No knowledge of how a typewriter worked, although she had run one for seventeen years!