Archives for the month of: May, 2010

Steve Jobs delivering his commencement speech to the graduates of Stanford University.  This has made the rounds online, but I think it’s really inspirational and worth listening to it again.

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will connect somewhere in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. …

… Your time is limited. Don’t waste it living someone elses life. Don’t be trapped by dogma which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other people’s opinion drown out your own inner voice. And most important have the courage to follow you heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. …”

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Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can – there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.

– Sarah Caldwell

For most of us, personal growth and self-development means looking at things that make us happy, learning new skills, improving on existing ones, developing existing or new relationships. Work on things that give us an opportunity to grow and change (for the better) as a person and feel good about ourselves. However, many of us do not think that generosity is an opportunity for personal growth. On a broader aspect generosity means giving your time, knowledge and experience. It is not just about giving money, monetary gifts and donations.

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Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word,
a listening ear, and honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring,
all of which have the potential to turn a life around.


– Leo F. Buscaglia

Illuminated Mind & Body has a great article on solving a problem.

Sometimes the easiest way to solve a problem is to stop participating in the problem. Sometimes the smartest choice is giving up.

I don’t think that giving up should be your primary method for dealing with problems. But there are certainly a lot of cases where it just seems to be the most intelligent answer.

The more I stop trying to force things to happen, the more they just seem to sort themselves out. The more I let things happen, the less time I spend trying to make them happen.

Giving up is really about honoring your feelings. It’s about giving up trying to force yourself into a mold of societal shoulds and embracing your true self.

Read more at Illuminated Mind.