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Words to inspire the belief that we have all we need to be the change we wish to see.

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Shallow

When Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper sang the Oscar-nominated, original song Shallow at the Oscars last night, it was arguably the highlight of the evening.  It went on to win the coveted award and in her acceptance speech, Lady Gaga (whose stage name was created after the Queen song Radio Ga Ga which is a funny twist of fate as the movie Bohemian Rhapsody was also up for multiple awards last night) said, “This is hard work. I’ve worked hard for a long time. It’s not about winning — what it’s about is not giving up. If you have a dream, fight for it. There’s a discipline for passion, and it’s not about how many times you get rejected or you fall down or get beaten up. It’s about how many times you stand up and are brave and keep going.” Continue reading

Sam Kass

I read about Sam Kass in Michelle Obama’s book Becoming.  He was the head chef at the White House.  But I didn’t know his back story.  I heard it last week on Tim Ferriss’ podcast and it was so inspiring.  He went to the University of Chicago on a baseball scholarship and did a history degree because he was always interested in how we got to where we ended up.  He mentioned a tidbit about professional baseball that I found extremely interesting.  He said the top professional baseball players have a 30 per cent success rate.  So the best players in the league fail 70 per cent of the time.  How inspiring is that?  They hit more but they also swing more.  A lesson for us all. Continue reading

You’re doing something wrong

I saw an anonymous meme the other day that said, “If people don’t occasionally walk away from you shaking their heads, you’re doing something wrong.”

We should all be doing something outside the box.  Blazing a trail rather than walking a well-worn path.

If you spend too much time doing what the experts recommend or what society says then you can’t make a breakthrough.   Continue reading

Daedalus and Icarus

I saw a video the other day with Seth Godin talking about the myth of Daedalus and Icarus.  Daedalus, the father, and Icarus, the son, were on an island.  Daedalus was a craftsman and he told Icarus that he had made him wings out of bird feathers and wax and that he was to listen to his father and they would fly away from the island.  He told Icarus not to fly too high as the sun’s heat would melt the wax and the wings would fall apart and he would die.  Icarus did die in the flight, but Seth Godin reminds us that the myth had another part to it that was cut out many years ago.  Daedalus also told Icarus not to fly too low because then the mist and waves from the ocean would weigh down his wings and he would surely perish. Continue reading

When we’re living as amateurs

I just finished reading Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield.  What an awakening!  Steven says, “When we’re living as amateurs, we’re running away from our calling — meaning our work, our destiny, the obligation to become our truest and highest selves.  Addiction becomes a surrogate for our calling.  We enact the addiction instead of embracing the calling.  Why?  Because to follow a calling requires work.  It’s hard.  It hurts.  It demands entering the pain-zone of effort, risk, and exposure.”  Continue reading

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