While watching the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, two different concepts came to me.
- The quote attributed Albert Einstein:
The definition of insanity – Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
- Comments often expressed by the NBC Olympics commentators and athletes themselves, to paraphrase:
There is a lot of stuff swirling around the top athletes they need to ignore and block out in order to stay focused on their own performance.
At first, these two ideas appear contrary to each other. Continue reading
ACCOMPLISH: Jan 1 – Jan 14
What if you went to work tomorrow happy to do work?
You can accomplish small or large, slow or fast or any size and speed in between. Because what accomplish looks like is as you see it, not as others see it or see you. Know that accomplish is your natural state of being. You are in control of your accomplish path. Like a trip, you choose, define, book and engage it. Accomplish has no end win or fail. The winning is in each increment of the doing, each step along your way. If you do, you accomplish and you win continually. If you engage in accomplish you will always gain, always move forward, never be stymied or intimidated by fear of failure or success. Employ accomplish and you will always be accomplished.
resolve to: KEEP GOING
Writing my book has been the proverbial journey, in every aspect. One of the biggest learnings I encountered along the way was how different an arts education is from other majors. I was surprised at the amount of people who lost patience and became testy as I offered up the many, imperfect versions that resulted from the creative process. Seemingly, they had not experienced or been taught that iteration is as basic principle of creation.
In our instant world, the process of ‘try, try again’ is seemingly looked at as failure. What, you didn’t get I perfect the first time?! There is no such thing as first time perfect, or perfection for that matter. There is, however, the continued striving and advance toward excellence. Or at least there used to be. In our hyper-critical society, striving for excellence is starting to be characterized as failure. Continue reading
15 Wildly Successful People Who Overcame Huge Obstacles To Get There.
The Huffington Post | By Renee Jacques Posted: 09/25/2013 8:26 am EDT
“You’ve heard it before: “If at first you don’t succeed, try again.” Sometimes you may feel like that’s just a saying, but it is absolutely not. The 15 incredible stories below show how even horrible tragedies and setbacks can be help fuel a drive for success.”
Yup, and you don’t even need to be incredibly successful to succeed. Sometimes the win is just getting out of bed in the morning. But if at first you don’t, try, try again! Thx to my 90-something aunt for the heads up on the above article. Or as my grandmother on the other side of the family said when I asked her how she kept going after all the years, she lived to 98, she said, simply, “I just keep pushing.” – CAL
A is for Accomplish
Best way to spend an evening? Share ideas, stories and experiences with a great group of people. Congratulations to close the gap ca and Planned Parenthood Mar Monte for bringing together great women for a great cause – increase the number of progressive women in the California Legislature.
Here are some stats I learned last nite:
- Women only hold 26% of the California Legislature seats but are over 50% of the population, and that number is declining.
- 57 seats will be open on account of term limits in 2012, which means nearly half the seats in the state legislature will come open in the 2014 or 2016 elections. This is opportunity now.
- Women often wait to be asked to run rather than self nominate. So start asking them.
- Women win elections as often as men, they just don’t run as frequently. Let’s break this pattern.
Why should we have more women in politics? Continue reading
Padmasree Warrior, Cisco’s Chief Technology Officer, states in her recent article: Women Have The Skills To Stand Out In STEM Fields., Huffington Post. Posted: 06/20/2013 9:24 am
“In the United States and around the world, there are far more technology-oriented jobs than candidates to fill them.”
I was first introduced to this reality in 2010 by Kennan Kellaris Salinero’s at her “Science ‘UnSummit’ Conference” in Washington, DC. Kennan has a non-profit Yamana Science and Technology “that envisions a science culture where both people and ideas flourish in the presence of effective support, balanced lifestyles, and thriving workplaces.” The decline in science candidates in general posed a troubling issue for her science colleagues too.
Here are some stats, from the National Math + Science Initiative (NMSI),
- The U.S. may be short as many as three million high-skills workers by 2018. Continue reading