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04.02.15  Switch and Shift  

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Stacey's Reading List...


"Tribe of Mentors" by Timothy Ferriss

"Shortcut" by John Pollack 

"Seeing What Others Don't" by Gary Klein

"Several Short Sentences About Writing" by Verlyn Klinkenborg

"The Birkman Method - Your Personality at Work" by Sharon Birkman Fink and Stephanie Capparell

"Creative Intelligence" by Bruce Nussbaum 

"Improv Wisdom" by Patricia Ryan Madson

"Training To Imagine" by Kat Koppett

"Quiet" by Susan Cain

"Where Good Ideas Come From" by Steven Johnson

"A Whole New Mind" by Daniel H. Pink

"Emotional Intelligence" by Daniel Goleman 

"Rework" by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson  

"The Leadership Pipeline" by Ram Charan, Stephen Drotter, James Noel  

"Life:  Selected Quotations" by Paulo Coelho 

"Deep Change" by Robert Quinn

"The Power of Full Engagement" by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz  

"The Way of the Shepherd" by Dr. Kevin Leman and William Pentak  

"Developing the Leader Within You" by John Maxwell  

"Mr. Peabody's Apples" by Madonna

"Orbiting the Giant Hairball" by Gordon MacKenzie




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15 Quotes That Matter

Originally published as Guest Commentary in the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal (May 11, 2015)

Quotes matter.  We post them on our refrigerators using assorted sized magnets, we carry them on thinly laminated cards in our wallets, we tattoo them on our bodies in forever ink.  They are used as mantras during times of uncertainty and are passed down labeled as teachable moments to the next generation.  Quotes are like true north on a compass - they matter.     

So in the same spirit of a previous article that I wrote titled 15 things I’ve learned since I was in my 20’s, I’d like to share 15 quotes that matter. 

Understand who you are, get comfortable with it, and get on down the road. (Larry Duff) You are enough.  Period.  Now go take the path less traveled. 

All humans face the same issues, just in varying magnitudes and in different sequencing. (John M. Lewis)  We are all far more alike than we are different.

You have 3 choices when bad things happen to you:  you can let them destroy you, you can let them define you, or you can let them develop you.  (unknown) Development is the only choice that moves you forward. 

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. (Albert Einstein)   There are tangibles and intangibles in life.  The scoreboard is far more complicated than a simple tally of wins and losses.

We all have stand-down moments that require us to stand-up…to stand-up in the center of ourselves, and know who we are. (Oprah Winfrey)  Will we all act with courage when the time comes…? 

People don’t change until the pain of not changing is greater than the pain of changing.  (Gary Gore)  Or said differently, we don’t change until we’ve hurt enough or learned enough.      

Teaching is merely showing that something is possible.  Learning is making something possible for yourself. (Paulo Coelho) Go and sit at the feet of the greatest teachers.  And then tell me what you have learned.

You measure yourself by the people who measure themselves by you.  (From the film “The Bucket List”)  In a world full of constant comparisons, it seems as though we’re all just trying to measure up.  In reality, where we place our yardstick matters a great deal. 

Judgment is the cause of my distress, not the situation itself.  (Oliver Burkeman) There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.  By replacing judgment with curiosity, my thinking changes.    

Even when no one else knows, you know.  And you have to answer for that. (Retired Lt. Col Consuelo Castillo Kickbush)  All humans came equipped with an inner voice for a reason.  Learn to listen. 

If we concentrated on the really important things in life, there would be a shortage of fishing poles.  (Doug Larson) Dad was right about that.  And he was right about a lot of other things, too.

Save the earth…it’s the only planet that has chocolate.  (unknown) Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate.  In candy-bars, milk shakes, or straight from the syrup container. Chocolate matters!  And so does a sense of humor. 

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field.  I’ll meet you there. (Rumi) The gray areas will always present the hardest conversations to reconcile.  And yet within the shades of gray, we seem to find perspectives we can all agree on.

It doesn’t matter what others do.  It matters what I do.  (Stacey Mason) I am responsible for my actions.  And I am equally responsible for my inactions. 

It’s hard growing up fitting in – it’s even harder standing out.  (unknown) Perhaps there will always be the constant internal struggle for both popularity and singularity.    

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