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8 Team Up with Energy

Jack Foster Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Due to rising energy costs, the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned

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I don’t want any yes-men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth even if it costs them their jobs.

Samuel Goldwyn

Teamwork is essential—it allows you to blame someone else.

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We’re all in this alone.

Lily Tomlin

Painting and writing and composing and sculpting— indeed, physically creating most forms of art—are, like brushing your teeth, jobs best done alone.

But when you’re trying to get an idea, it often helps to do it with a friend.

Not simply a coworker or an acquaintance. A friend.

Or with a couple of friends.

The different experiences and frames of reference and points of view and backgrounds and needs and bits of knowledge other people bring to the effort often open doors to rooms you might not otherwise have known about.

And sitting inside one of those rooms, smoking a big fat cigar and looking swell, might well be an idea that solves your problem.

For make no mistake:

There is strength and spice and adventure and excitement and vitality and life and newness and power and energy in variety; in sameness there is lethargy.

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17. Master Your Energy

Jim Donovan New World Library ePub

To be truly happy, productive, and successful, you need physical, mental, and emotional energy. Unfortunately, for many people, just mustering enough energy to get through the day can be a major task. If you take the time to examine the lifestyle and habits of today’s typical individual, it’s not hard to see why so many people have difficulty.

Often people are jolted awake, after too little sleep, by an alarm clock. Their waking thoughts are usually about how they wish they didn’t have to wake up so early.

Rushing into their day, many opt for a fast-food breakfast, typically consisting of coffee or some other caffeinated drink and a bagel, muffin, doughnut, or some heavy carbohydrate, often eaten and drunk while en route to work. Now their insulin level is artificially spiked, causing a rise in blood sugar. They are in a mental fog from their high-carb intake (not to mention the fact that over time this kind of diet can lead to obesity and diabetes). On their way to work they are either on their cell phone or beginning to worry about what they need to do that day. Since they were rushed from the start, they probably left for work late, so they are also worried about their tardiness.

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Chapter 4: Time and the Great Self

Jacob Needleman Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

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When I dream of how the old teacher speaks to Eliot Appleman, I can’t help thinking as well of one of the greatest examples in world literature of a teacher of wisdom speaking to a troubled seeker. In the Bhagavad Gita, the most widely revered sacred text of India, the warrior Arjuna stands before a field of battle. The enemies arrayed before him are his own kinsmen and teachers. Thousands stand on either side: horses, chariots and great warrior elephants are poised to advance; bronze shields and drawn swords catch the first rays of the morning sun; the rising wind lifts a thousand terrifying banners and the urgent cry of the ancient conch pierces the air; ten thousand arrows are poised to fly.

When the warrior realizes whom he must fight, when he deeply feels what he only knew in his mind, that he is called to do battle with his own kinsmen, he draws his chariot to a halt. His blood is chilled. He cannot move.

The warrior is overcome by grief and despair and speaks to his charioteer, who is none other than Krishna, God, Lord of the Universe.

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2. Be a Successful Learner by Learning from Failure

Charles C. Manz Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

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Bill Gates provided a practical perspective on the importance of learning from failure in his book Bill Gates @ the Speed of Thought, “Once you embrace unpleasant news not as negative but as evidence of a need for change, you aren’t defeated by it. You’re learning from it.”4, 5 He then went on to list many costly Microsoft product failures that provided the learning and opportunity for development of many of Microsoft’s biggest successes, mentioning the following examples:

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Clearly Bill Gates had a view of successful learning from setbacks that helped him and his company to turn many potential failures into dynamic successes.

Without a doubt one of the most powerful pillars of long-term success is learning from mistakes. The importance of learning from mistakes for achieving significant success is so widely recognized that it might almost seem unnecessary to mention. A challenging, well-lived, and successful life will be filled with both ups and downs. Growing as a person and addressing significant real-world problems means we will surely fail some of the time, but if we learn from these failures and stay the course, we will eventually succeed.

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Part 10: Active Meditations

Patricia Monaghan New World Library ePub

Buddhist practitioners have pioneered the development of meditations that can be done in the midst of any activity. Homemakers, artisans, and laborers have been taught how to transform their awareness in the midst of their daily occupations. Miranda Shaw writes in Passionate Enlightenment: Women in Tantric Buddhism, “A jeweler could meditate by envisioning that everything is as pure and radiant as shimmering gold; a winemaker might picture herself as distilling bliss from the grapes of experience; a shoemaker could imagine that he was sewing the leather of passion with the thread of freedom to produce shoes of enlightenment.”

In Japan, Zen Buddhism developed its own forms of moving meditation in which the enlightened person’s actions were the same as those of anyone who “chops wood, carries water” (see chapter 12). Vietnamese Buddhist monk and author Thich Nhat Hanh has taught many meditations for particular moments in daily life, such as brushing one’s teeth, washing, eating, answering the phone, and stopping at a red light. In each case you use the experience to remind yourself to be aware and attentive in the moment with a spirit of appreciation. The meditations in this chapter, while not deriving directly from the traditions of Asia, are in their spirit.

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