Category Archives: Quotes

John Wooden on Character

John Wooden Quote

I caught the delightful documentary, John Wooden: Values, Victory featuring the Wizard of Westwood on Netflix, the other night. Despite growing up in a Trojan household, I wish I’d had the opportunity to learn from Mr. UCLA Basketball, himself, while he was still teaching.

All images are from my flickr, unless otherwise noted.

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Quote of the Day: Jeffrey R. Holland

Think the Best

Elder Holland will be speaking this weekend during the semi-annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. I’ll be watching at home in 1080p. Will you be tuning in?

All images are from my flickr, unless otherwise noted. Quote above from talk titled How Do I Love Thee? from a BYU devotional dated 15 February, 2000.

Now That’s a Fortune!

Now That's a Fortune

It’s no secret that I love fortune cookies. A few months ago I got this fortune right before I got a big promotion at work and I’ve kept it ever since.

I know I didn’t get the promotion because of the cookie. However, the fortune has served as a useful reminder to me that even big changes are always near—especially if we are wiling to pay the price for them.

You want change at home, in your career, in the world in general? Make them happen yourself. It doesn’t matter if you start small, what matters is that you start at all!

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” | Mahatma Gandhi

So, excuse me while I cut this post short. I gotta swing some kettle bells so I can make some big changes to my gut.

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On Gratitude: Gordon B. Hinckley

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English: Photo of , an American religious leader and author who served as the 15th President of (LDS Church). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“[We] should be grateful. And we ought to express our gratitude daily in countless ways—to each other, to our parents and other family members who have contributed so dramatically to our lives, to friends who have given us the benefit of the doubt again and again, to colleagues and associates who motivate and inspire us to reach higher and do better, to prudent leaders who serve selflessly, and particularly, to a Higher Power from Whom all ultimate blessings and goodness flow.”

— Gordon B. Hinckley in Standing for Something: 10 Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Homes

Happy Thanksgiving!

Stephen Covey’s Legacy – One Thing

Last month renowned productivity guru (and all-around swell human being) Stephen Covey passed away. At the time I really thought I should write something, but I wasn’t sure what to say until now.

Professor Stephen R. Covey

Professor Stephen R. Covey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Covey was an expert at showing others how to bring order out of chaos. He taught us that doing more things was no substitute for doing the right things.

If you’ve been following slightly insightful you’ll know that I’m a huge Covey devotee. Two of the most popular posts I’ve written are based on his teachings.

Before Covey we were slaves to our calendars, agendas, and to-do lists. His works taught us to identify who we are, what we care about, and how to use that knowledge to prioritize what we do.

It can all be summed up in the following quote.

“What one thing could you do in your personal and professional life that, if you did on a regular basis, would make a tremendous positive difference in your life?

So, what’s your one thing? What would make the biggest impact on your life if you were to start doing it regularly today?

Now, go out and do it.

Advice for the New Year from Thomas Jefferson

Portrait of Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peal...

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In September of 1785 Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to his nephew, Peter Carr. Jefferson imparted sage guidance to the young Carr in the correspondence which can be of benefit to any who read it.

Below are seven of my favorite axioms from the Founding Father’s letter.

  • “Encourage all your virtuous dispositions, and exercise them whenever an opportunity arises; being assured that they will gain strength by exercise, as a limb of the body does, and that exercise will make them habitual.”

  • “There is no habit you will value so much as that of walking without fatigue.”

  • “Rise at a fixed and an early hour, and go to bed at a fixed and early hour also…Sitting up late at night is injurious to the health, and not useful to the mind.”

  • “A strong body makes the mind strong.”

  • “Husband well your time, cherish your instructions, strive to make every body your friend…”

  • “He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time”

  • “If you ever find yourself environed with difficulties and perplexing circumstances, out of which you are at a loss how to extricate yourself, do what is right, and be assured that that will extricate you the best out of the worst situations.”

Jefferson’s counsel to his kinsman rings as true today as it did over two hundred years ago. I find them especially applicable now at the beginning of a new year when so many of us take the time to analyze our lives and strive for improvement.

Which of Jefferson’s tips would benefit you the most? Sound off in the comments below.