William James

From Wikipedia:

William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) was a pioneering American psychologist and philosopher who was trained as a physician. He wrote influential books on the young science of psychology, educational psychology, psychology of religious experience and mysticism, and on the philosophy of pragmatism. He was the brother of novelist Henry James and of diarist Alice James. In the summer of 1878, James married Alice Gibbens.

 

Quotes:

The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human can alter his life by altering his attitude.

If you can change your mind, you can change your life.

The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook.

Whenever two people meet, there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is.

We don’t laugh because we’re happy, we’re happy because we laugh.

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.

“Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task”

Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, ‘This is the real me,’ and when you have found that attitude, follow it.

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.

Our view of the world is truly shaped by what we decide to hear.

 

 

Thich Nhat Hanh

 

Thích Nhất Hạnh (born October 11, 1926) is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist who now lives in France where he was in exile for many years. Born Nguyễn Xuân Bảo, Thích Nhất Hạnh joined a Zen (Vietnamese: Thiền) monastery at the age of 16, and studied Buddhism as a novitiate. Upon his ordination as a monk in 1949, he assumed the Dharma name Thích Nhất Hạnh. Thích is an honorary family name used by all Vietnamese monks and nuns, meaning that they are part of the Shakya (Shakyamuni Buddha) clan. He is often considered the most influential living figure in the lineage of Lâm Tế (Vietnamese Rinzai) Thiền, and perhaps also in Zen Buddhism as a whole.

 

 Quotes:

“When you love someone, the best thing you can offer is your presence. How can you love if you are not there?”

“We have to continue to learn. We have to be open. And we have to be ready to release our knowledge in order to come to a higher understanding of reality.”

“When I am mindful, I enjoy more my tea,” says Thay as he pours himself a cup and slowly savors the first sip. “I am fully present in the here and now, not carried away by my sorrow, my fear, my projects, the past and the future. I am here available to life.

“When I drink tea this is a wonderful moment. You do not need a lot of power or fame or money to be happy.

“People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.”

“Life is available only in the present. That is why we should walk in such a way that every step can bring us to the here and the now.”

Benjamin Franklin

From Wikipedia:

Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 [O.S. January 6, 1705] – April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A noted polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. He invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer, and the glass ‘armonica’. He formed both the first public lending library in America and the first fire department in Pennsylvania.

Franklin earned the title of “The First American” for his early and indefatigable campaigning for colonial unity; as an author and spokesman in London for several colonies, then as the first United States Ambassador to France, he exemplified the emerging American nation. Franklin was foundational in defining the American ethos as a marriage of the practical and democratic values of thrift, hard work, education, community spirit, self-governing institutions, and opposition to authoritarianism both political and religious, with the scientific and tolerant values of the Enlightenment.

 

When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.

There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self

Energy and persistence conquer all things

Most men die at age 25 but are not buried until they are 70.

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man

Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

Well done is better than well said.

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail
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All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move

Who had deceived thee so often as thyself?

 

 

 

Marshall Goldsmith

From Wikipedia:

Marshall Goldsmith (March 20, 1949) is an American author of management-related literature. Born in Valley Station, Kentucky, he received his BS from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, his MBA from Indiana University‘s Kelley School of Business (from which he received the 2009 Distinguished Entrepreneur Award), and his PhD from UCLA Anderson School of Management in 1977 (where he was recognized in 2010 as one of the school’s 100 most inspirational alumni over the past 75 years). From 1976-1980 he was Assistant Professor and then Associate Dean at Loyola Marymount University’s College of Business. He currently teaches executive education at Dartmouth College‘s Tuck School of Business, and he frequently speaks at leading business schools.

Major press acknowledgments

  • The Times – 15 Greatest Business Thinkers in the World
  • BusinessWeek – 50 Great Leaders in America
  • Wall Street Journal – Top Ten Executive Educators
  • Forbes – Five Most-Respected Executive Coaches
  • Leadership Excellence – Top 5 Leadership Thinkers
  • The Economic Times (India) – Top CEO Coaches of America
  • Economist (United Kingdom) – Most Credible Executive Advisors in the New Era of Business
  • Fast Company – America’s Preeminent Executive Coach

 

Quotes:

Do you want your children to be happy? Do you want your parents to be happy? To you want the people who love you at home to be happy? Do you want the people who respect you at work to be happy?
You go first.
You be happy.

The great Western Disease lies in the phrase, “I will be happy when…”

Look in the mirror. Not just at how you look, but at who you are. If you want to be a better leader, a better professional, or just a better person, don’t kid yourself. To achieve meaningful goals, you’ll have to pay the price. There’s no product, no diet, no exercise program, and (I hate to admit it) no executive coach who can make you better. Only you can do it. If your source of motivation doesn’t come from inside, you won’t stick with it.

Old people almost never regret the risks they took that failed. They almost always regret the risks that they failed to take.

“Mojo” is, “That positive spirit toward what we are doing now, that starts from the inside and radiates to the outside”

One of the great false assumptions in leadership development is, “if they understand, they will do”. If this were true, everyone who understood the importance of going on a healthy diet and exercising would be in shape.

Successful people are much more likely to change by envisioning a positive future than by reliving a humiliating past. Proving that a successful person was “wrong” is often a counter-productive waste of time. Successful people respond well to getting ideas and suggestions for the future that are aimed at helping them achieve their goals.

Lin Yutang

From Wikipedia:
Lin Yutang (October 10, 1895 – March 26, 1976) was a Chinese writer and inventor. His informal but polished style in both Chinese and English made him one of the most influential writers of his generation, and his compilations and translations of classic Chinese texts into English were bestsellers in the West.
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Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
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A good traveller is one who does not know where he is going to, and a perfect traveller does not know where he came from.
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The wise man reads both books and life itse
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On Wikipedia: Lin Yutang