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Posts Tagged ‘success’

Sunday Snippet: Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell)

August 3rd, 2014

“Success is 1% inspiration, 98% perspiration and 2% attention to detail.” The vast majority of “family” sitcoms on television have depicted mostly typical families. Even with a show like Married with Children, the core family unit is intact, even if its members may be a little dysfunctional. Modern Family has elements of that too, but […]

Sunday Snippet: Malcolm Gladwell

April 13th, 2014

“But the better answer is that Hotchkiss has simply fallen into the trap that wealthy people and wealthy institutions and wealthy countries—all Goliaths—too often fall into: the school assumes that the kinds of things that wealth can buy always translate into real-world advantages.” I’ve been listening to Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book, David and Goliath, in […]

On Living the Complete Life

March 27th, 2014

A little over six years ago, I wrote how I thought the single greatest key to happiness is novelty. Perhaps that was a little naive of me. Novelty is still something that I feel we all want in our lives. We value our stability and predictability, to be sure, but we also want to sample […]

Sunday Snippet: “Uncle Phil” James Avery (1945-2013)

March 16th, 2014

“Monetary success is not success. Career success is not success. Life, someone that loves you, giving to others, doing something that makes you feel complete and full. That is success. And it isn’t dependent on anyone else.” You might remember last week when I highlighted a quote from Will Smith about dealing with the pains […]

On the Feeling of Turning 361 Degrees

April 4th, 2013

I think we all have an innate desire to improve ourselves in some way or another. We want to run faster. We want to earn more money. We want to take better pictures and create better memories. And in our efforts to improve ourselves, we may set a number of goals and we hope to […]

Sunday Snippet: Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

March 31st, 2013

“To become an able and successful man in any profession, three things are necessary: nature, study and practice.” What does it take to be successful? We hear about these people who are earning millions of dollars doing Hollywood movies, playing professional sports or running hugely popular companies, but how did they get there? Even on […]

Sunday Snippet: Sir Francis Bacon on Opportunity

March 10th, 2013

“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.” It’s something that’s been told to us time and time again. We’ve heard it from teachers, philosophers, career coaches and even entertainers. If you want to maximize your chances at success, you should seize every opportunity. Sometimes you may just stumble across a lucky break […]

Sunday Snippet: Bishop Richard Cumberland (1631-1718)

March 3rd, 2013

“It is better to wear out than to rust out.” I’ve written several times before about the importance of finding life-work balance. We all would probably agree that it is worthwhile to pursue your life’s passions and do what you need to do to pay the bills, but there is also something to be said […]