Best Advice to Jeff Weiner from his dad, Steve Jobs, etc.
Adam Rifkin stashed this in #happiness
Jeff's post can be summarized by these five quotes:
1. You can do anything you set your mind to. ~Jeff Weiner's dad
2. Do you want to push paper around or do you want to build products that change peoples' lives? ~Dan Rosensweig
3. We are the stories we tell. ~Deepak Chopra
4. If you could only do one thing, what would it be? ~Steve Jobs
5. Wisdom without compassion is ruthlessness. Compassion without wisdom is folly. ~Fred Kofman
In other words: Be Optimistic, Think Big, Be the Stories You Tell, Focus, Be Compassionate and Wise.
Jeff Weiner also refers to Ray Chambers' five steps to happiness:
After a legendary career on Wall Street where he was widely acknowledged as having developed the modern day leveraged buyout (the acquisition of Gibson Greetings in 1982), Ray gave it all up in the late-eighties to pursue a life of philanthropic activity. Among other endeavors, he founded or led efforts such as the National Mentoring Partnership, the Points of Light Foundation, America's Promise, The Millennium Promise Alliance, Malaria no More, and today is the special emissary to the United Nations to help eradicate deaths due to Malaria. As one of my mentors, I've learned a lot from Ray through the years, but the one piece of advice that I find myself coming back to most often are are his five steps to happiness.
The five steps to happiness:
Live in the moment.
It's better to be loving than to be right.
Be a spectator to your own thoughts, especially when you become emotional.
Be grateful for at least one thing every day.
Help others every chance you get.
In other words: Be Here Now, Be Loving, Be Calm, Be Grateful, Be Kind.
jeff is a truly good guy. I worked for him twice, and I'd do it a third time.
BTW, I'd say Be Here Now, Be Loving, Be MINDFUL, Be Grateful, Be COMPASSIONATE.
I understand the distinction between mindfulness and calm: awareness.
But I need your help. What distinguishes compassion from kindness?
I'm probably just being silly and semantic. :). Buddhists always say compassion or loving kindnes. I always think that compassion is empathy with an action item. Kindness doesn't require empathy, you can do it for pride, ethics from an outside relisgeon, but compassion to me suggests to feel what the other does. Loving kindness. But I'm now sure it's just semantics.