Saturday, May 20, 2006

The Only Failure

Genius is only the power of making continuous efforts. The line between
failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it:
so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it.
How many a man has thrown up his hands at a time when a little more
effort, and a little more patience would have achieved success?

As the tide goes out, so it comes in. In business, sometimes prospects
may seem darkest when they are on the turn. A little more persistence,
a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure, may turn to
glorious success.

There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within – no really insurmountable barrier sabe our own
weakness of purpose.

Author Unknown

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Finding Purpose aka Why we do What we do!

Make someone do something they find tedious and not mentally challenging, and I guarantee you they will either not do it for long, or if they do so, it will be without enthusiam and lacking in quality. Help someone understand how this task fits into a greater whole and the inherent benefits of the finished product/project and then you may spur creativity, innovation and integration. My father was a product and very effective manager of the late textile industry. People were never told how their work interfaced with other production/product up the line and ultimately how their work benefited individuals, families, markets and the firm. So turnover was challenging, efficiencies tough to garner and output tied to pure demand.

How did Starbucks reinvent the "coffee shop"? Why is going to Target a less tedious experience for even a male? Why does Microsoft inhabit most PC's? Why do some people flourish wherever they are planted? Why do some nations prosper and other flounder? PURPOSE!!! Problem is, you have to find it for yourself, no one will give it to you, it does not arrive in of itself.