The Road to Leadership

“I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a …

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Grand Slam: A Lesson in Humility

Life has a way of keeping you humble. That said, in humility is strength. Allow me to explain... I moved to Atlanta from Los Angeles in the mid-1990s and like anyone in a new city, I spent the first few weeks making new friends and establishing a new routine. Having always been active in sports, …

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Humility and Mastery

Last evening I had the pleasure of attending a wonderful surprise 60th birthday party hosted by friends of mine in honor of a man who is deeply loved and respected by his friends and whose life has been shaped by his evolving relationship with the most tenderhearted of nature's creatures, horses. It's rare these days …

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Humility and Gratitude

Even if you are good at something, you will still have the experience of hitting a ceiling, breaking through and then having to face the turbulence and discomfort of function at the new level. That process is best met in the spirit of humility and gratitude. It's fine to celebrate when you reach a new …

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A Just and Reasonable Modesty

"A just and reasonable modesty does not only recommend eloquence, but sets off every great talent which a man can be possessed of." ~ Joseph Addison When you develop talents and cultivate new qualities of character, more power can flow through you. That power, in turn, allows for greater influence. That influence can be both …

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Perfect Practice Makes Perfect

I realized during a riding lesson today that the old adage "practice makes perfect" isn't always true. If you practice incorrectly, for example, you can spend a lifetime attempting to perfect something that is unattainable based on a flawed approach. Horseback riding is fraught with such possibilities, for it is one of those activities that …

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The Kingship of Self-Control II

"Every step in the progress of the world has been a new “control.” It has been escaping from the tyranny of a fact, to the understanding and mastery of that fact. For ages man looked in terror at the lightning flash; today he has begun to understand it as electricity, a force he has mastered …

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The Kingship of Self-Control I

"When a man fails in life he usually says, “I am as God made me.” When he succeeds he proudly proclaims himself a “self-made man.” Man is placed into this world not as a finality,—but as a possibility. Man’s greatest enemy is,—himself. Man in his weakness is the creature of circumstances; man in his strength …

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Demystifying the Issues

My in-laws forwarded me an interesting article from the May 2011 edition of WSJ Magazine that featured Marc Newson, the Australian-born industrial designer and artist who was recently included in Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world. Newson's work can be found in airliners, cars, restaurants, shoes, bicycles and more and his designs, …

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