At the outset, I must admit to having enormous respect for this lady. Not at all because of her wealth. For I have trained and met people over the years with enormous wealth. But frankly because of her “wealth”. Do you understand me? Character, virtue.
Ms. Huffington is genuinely a person seeking to make this one life matter. Not in the accumulating to impress. Rather, as Covey stated, to be a spiritual being. Below are several of her quotes from her book Thrive. I encourage you to read it.
“I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.”
“it is very telling what we don’t hear in eulogies. We almost never hear things like: “The crowning achievement of his life was when he made senior vice president.” Or: “He increased market share for his company multiple times during his tenure.” Or: “She never stopped working. She ate lunch at her desk. Every day.” Or: “He never made it to his kid’s Little League games because he always had to go over those figures one more time.” Or: “While she didn’t have any real friends, she had six hundred Facebook friends, and she dealt with every email in her in-box every night.” Or: “His PowerPoint slides were always meticulously prepared.” Our eulogies are always about the other stuff: what we gave, how we connected, how much we meant to our family and friends, small kindnesses, lifelong passions, and the things that made us laugh.”
“For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin—real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. —
“We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the
“And whenever I’d complain or was upset about something in my own life, my mother had the same advice: “Darling, just change the channel. You are in control of the clicker. Don’t replay the bad, scary movie.”
“Today we often use deadlines—real and imaginary—to imprison ourselves.”
“And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, “This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this!” And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, “No. This is what’s important.” —IAIN THOMAS”
“Treat people like family, and they will be loyal and give their all.”
“If you take care of your mind, you take care of the world.’ ”
“just change the channel. You are in control of the clicker. Don’t replay the bad, scary movie.”
“We may not be able to witness our own eulogy, but we’re actually writing it all the time, every day.”
“A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.”
“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. —WILLIAM JAMES”
“Never let life’s Iagos—flatterers, dissemblers—onto your train.”
“It’s not ‘What do I want to do?’, it’s ‘What kind of life do I want to have?’ ”
“We all have within us the ability to move from struggle to grace.”
“A study funded by the National Institutes of Health showed a 23 percent decrease in mortality in people who meditated versus those who did not,”
“Making money and doing good in the world are not mutually exclusive.”
“Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say “so what.” That’s one of my favorite things to say. —ANDY WARHOL”
“Meditation is not about stopping thoughts, but recognizing that we are more than our thoughts and our feelings.”
“Why do we spend so much of our limited time on this earth focusing on all the things that our eulogies will never cover?”
Jim Woods is a leadership development and training consultant deploying his unique abilities in character based training and strategy.
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