Marietta, GA – Is this Necessary? A maxim from my dad.
I remember this maxim from my dad who would have been 80 last week. We lost him to cancer in 2005.
Here is something that he would say to me that I remind myself today…
“Why spend money you don’t have, for things you don’t need, to impress people you don’t like?”
By removing the negatives in this quotation, it becomes even more impactful….
“Spend money that you have, for things you need to impress upon people that you like.”
Are you being authentic and true to your friends and to yourself? Don’t live in a reality that you create that isn’t what you really want.
To your success,
Monticello, GA – WHY is the best question
“There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.” -William Barclay
Technologists and Managers do their best work determining HOW business get things done.
We still must depend on leaders to determine WHY we must do things in the first place.
Just like in our personal lives, asking WHY is more important than asking HOW.
To your success,
Powder Springs, GA – Success is a process
Another great quote from Winston Churchill to reread,
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts“
The steps of the process for success is easy to understand. Here they are:
Plan (Prepare the strategy)
Perform (Implement the plan)
Perfect (incremental improvements)
Persist (work hard at achievement)
Begin with small projects and apply these steps. They can scale as the project’s goals and objectives get larger.
Marietta, GA – The Discipline of Education.
We should all read Stephen Schwarzman’s (www.Blackstone.com) autobiography entitled, “What it Takes – Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence”.
A brilliant read about why hard work, constant education and being process driven is so critical to our success. Wisdom is a process that incorporates knowledge and experience. Even when we feel that failure is insurmountable, the lessons learned during the process can be applied to future success.
Here is a quote from the book that sums up everything that I would like to say but he puts so much more eloquently than me. Schwarzman wrote this as a high school senior to his fellow students after he was crushed when waitlisted at Harvard, and accepting his second choice, Yale. He would later attend Harvard Business School for his MBA.
“I believe that education is a discipline. The object of this discipline is to learn how to think. Once we have mastered this we can use it learn a vocation, appreciate art, or read a book. Education simply enables us to appreciate the ever-changing drama fashioned of God’s own hand, life itself. Education continues when we leave the classroom. Our associations with friends, our participation in clubs all increase our store of knowledge. In fact, we never stop learning until we die. My fellow officers and I just hope that you will become aware of the purpose of education and follow its basic tenets, questioning and thinking, for the rest of your life.”
Stephen, I couldn’t agree with you more. Thank you for sharing your life’s experiences with us.
Bryan Eric Wilson
Folks who know me, also know I can be a little eccentric, absent-minded, and sometimes in a world of my own. Encouraging Excellence is a motto that was embraced by me to keep others positive and myself focused on the big picture of what we can accomplish if we put our minds and hearts into making a difference. Here is an article about the daily routines of some highly accomplished people as they made their impact on the world. You will enjoy reading about some of the weird things these famous people would do.
Encourage Excellence every day. Bryan
A friend of mine sent me this recent quote that really hits home on how we gather information and make decisions. Let me know what you think about it.
“You have to self-train, you have to read, you have to study. You can’t expect to be spoon-fed anymore. The world is moving too fast to spoon-feed the information. You earn your success in life.”
— Ian Brooks, European head of innovation at Hewlett-Packard, as quoted by Computerworld UK Oct 4, 2013
Remember to encourage excellence in others today….
Have you ever hear of the Law of Attraction? Can it be the “secret” that people say that it is? Here is a short video that might awake your curiosity and make you think about how our minds do have an affect on our outlook and maybe even our outcome.
“You create your own universe as you go along.” Winston Churchill