Friday, December 21, 2012

Thank you 25!!! It's been a great year, Lessons learned...

1.     “Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.” After the best year of my life in Spain, I came home to a long 6 months of trying to find a job and living at home with the padres. It was very tough and defeating. I finally got an opportunity for a great position at the end of December, right at thebeginning of my 25th year. I think new beginnings, at times bring new challenges, and at the time I felt that I was thrown into a windstorm, a mudslide, and a hurricane... how's that for exaggeration... let's just say it was a rough road, but I kept my two feet firmly planted.... "Fall seventimes, get up eight" and here I am, still firmly standing!

2.     “There is so much about my fate that I cannot control, but other things do fall under the jurisdiction. I can decide how Ispend my time, whom I interact with, whom I share my body and life and moneyand energy with. I can select what I can read and eat and study. I can choose how I'm going to regard unfortunate circumstances in my life-whether I will see them as curses or opportunities. I can choose my words and the tone of voice in which I speak to others. And most of all, I can choose my thoughts.” To be productive in life, it’s better to be proactive then reactive. Let go of the past, because we are not are past, our Biography is not our destiny. Let itteach you, not ruin you. You can always change, grow, and improve. Every day brings the possibility of another AHHHHHA moment. 

3.     “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used from creating them” “Insanity, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” If you want different results, don't keepdoing the things you have been doing; in regards to physical and mental health(working out, reading, educating your brain), financials (spending), and relationships (with others and with yourself). 

4.     “Find your place where you serve well and eventually you will find a better place.... "If you work on your gifts, they will make room for you." Learning to breath and realizing that every stepping stone doesn’t mean you have signed your life over or you have failed your dreams, it just means you are making room to achieve your dreams, and finding ways to getting where you want togo...  Every opportunity brings more opportunities; everything happens for a reason, and if I wasn’t where I was before, I wouldn’t be where I am now. Invest in the future.

5.      “It's not that I'm so smart; it's just that I stay with problems longer.” Perseverance is Priceless. Are you willing to persevere until you get to your intended destination? They say the entire value of the postage stamp consists in its ability to stick to something until it gets there. Be like the postage stamp; finish the race what you've started!

6.     Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value."
Don’t waste time trying to be successful, spend timecreating value. If you’re valuable, then you will attract success. Creating Value only can invest in future success.

7.     Embrace Failure, Physics may be an exact science, but no scientist ever got it right the first time around.  Just as Albert Einstein discussed, success is a process of learning. The only purpose of his mistakes was to teach him so he could go back to the drawing board and try again. One of the biggest things holding us back is the fear of failure.  In the long run, not trying at all feels a lot worse than trying but failing.  That’s because with the latter, you still made progress and learned what NOT to do!

8.     “The important thing is not to stop questioning; curiosity has its own reason for existing.” What a beautiful thought! And words to live by. 

9.     Imagination is more important than knowledge.For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”  Yes, I’m an art major, and yes, I have no clue what I am going to do with it… but my imagination will figure it out!  

10. “I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own -- a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty.” There's just too big of a story behind lesson to go into detail.

11.  Quality vs. Quantity. With age comes wisdom. Quality wins every time… books, time,friends, family, food, work, art, and the list could go on and on. Maybe I shouldn’t say everytime… If you were stranded on a dessert island, I think quantity might beat quality!

12..  “Be willing to make decisions. That's the most important quality in a good leader. Don't fall victim to what I call theready-aim-aim-aim-aim syndrome. You must be willing to fire.”- Harry Truman I have fallen victim to this syndrome and now I am ready to fire!!!


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