Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and you watch and you work: You don’t give up. — Anne Lamott (via quote-book)
God has nothing against human effort. Hard work honors God. But working too hard that extent to lack of rest or negligence of family may understand as an inability to trust God to give our needs. We need adequate rest and times to reflect spiritually. However, this is not a reason or an excuse to be lazy. Maintain a good balance of work and rest while trusting God.
Psalm 127:2 NIV
It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.
1. I have a flawed and incomplete understanding of what it feels like to
work for me.
2. My success — and that of my people — depends largely on being the master of obvious and mundane things, not on magical, obscure, or
breakthrough ideas or methods.
3. Having ambitious and well-defined goals is important, but it is useless to think about them much. My job is to focus on the small wins that enable my people to make a little progress every day.
4. One of the most important, and most difficult, parts of my job is to
strike the delicate balance between being too assertive and not assertive
5. My job is to serve as a human shield, to protect my people from external intrusions, distractions, and idiocy of every stripe — and to avoid
imposing my own idiocy on them as well.
6. I strive to be confident enough to convince people that I am in charge,
but humble enough to realize that I am often going to be wrong.
7. I aim to fight as if I am right, and listen as if I am wrong — and to
teach my people to do the same thing.
8. One of the best tests of my leadership — and my organization — is “what happens after people make a mistake?”
9. Innovation is crucial to every team and organization. So my job is to
encourage my people to generate and test all kinds of new ideas. But it is also my job to help them kill off all the bad ideas we generate, and most
of the good ideas, too.
10. Bad is stronger than good. It is more important to eliminate the
negative than to accentuate the positive.
11. How I do things is as important as what I do.
12. Because I wield power over others, I am at great risk of acting like an insensitive jerk — and not realizing it.
A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her
shower, when the doorbell rings. The wife quickly wraps herself in a
towel and runs downstairs. When she opens the door, there stands Bob, the
Before she says a word, Bob says, “I’ll give you $800 to drop that
towel.” After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands
naked in front of Bob After a few seconds, Bob hands her $800 and leaves.
The woman wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs. When she
gets to the bathroom, her husband asks, “Who was that?”
“It was Bob the next door neighbor,” she replies.
“Great!” the husband says, “did he say anything about the $800 he
Moral of the story :
If you share critical information pertaining to credit and risk with
your shareholders in time, you may be in a position to prevent
A priest offered a Nun a lift. She got in and crossed her legs,
forcing her gown to reveal a leg. The priest nearly had an accident. After
controlling the car, he stealthily slid his hand up her leg.
The nun said, “Father, remember Psalm 129?” The priest removed his
hand. But, changing gears, he let his hand slide up her leg again.
The nun once again said, “Father, remember Psalm 129?”
The priest apologized “Sorry sister but the flesh is weak”
Arriving at the convent, the nun sighed heavily and went on her way.
On his arrival at the church, the priest rushed to look up Psalm 129
It said, “Go forth and seek, further up, you will find glory.”
Moral of the story:
If you are not well informed in your job, you might miss a great
A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to
lunch when they find an antique oil lamp. They rub it and a Genie
The Genie says, “I’ll give each of you just one wish.”
“Me first! Me first!” says the admin clerk. “I want to be in the
Bahamas , driving a speedboat, without a care in the world.”
Puff! She’s gone.
“Me next! Me next!” says the sales rep. “I want to be in Hawaii ,
relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of
Pina Coladas and the love of my life.”
Puff! He’s gone.
“OK, you’re up,” the Genie says to the manager.
The manager says, “I want those two back in the office after lunch.”
Moral of the story:
Always let your boss have the first say.
An eagle was sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing. A small rabbit saw the eagle and asked him,
Can I also sit like you and do nothing?”
The eagle answered: “Sure , why not.”
So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested. All of a
sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.
Moral of the story:
To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high > » up.
A turkey was chatting with a bull. “I would love to be able to get to
the top of that tree,” sighed the turkey, “but I haven’t got the
“Well, why don’t you nibble on some of my droppings?” replied the
They’re packed with nutrients.”
The turkey pecked at a lump of dung, and found it actually gave him
enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree. The next day,
after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally
after a fourth night, the turkey was proudly perched at the top of
He was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot him out of the tree.
Moral of the story:
Bull might get you to the top, but it won’t keep you there.
A little bird was flying south for the Winter. It was so cold the
bird froze and fell to the ground into a large field. While he was lying
there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him.
As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, he began to
realize how warm he was. The dung was actually thawing him out! He
lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy.
A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate.
Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung,
and promptly dug him out and ate him.
Morals of the story:
(1) Not everyone who is on you is your enemy.
(2) Not everyone who gets you out of is your friend.
(3) And when you’re in deep sh*t, it’s best to keep your mouth shut!
THIS ENDS THE 5-MINUTE MANAGEMENT COURSE
Five-year-old Randy wanted a toy stagecoach for Christmas. While shopping with Mom, he found just the one he wanted. It was about 6” long and had cool wheels and dark brown plastic horses pulling it. “Mommy, I want this one. Pleeeease!” he begged. As young children sometimes do, he threw a tantrum, insisting that he get that stagecoach for Christmas. Mom said, “We’ll see,” and took him home.
Randy was sure he’d get what he asked for. Christmas morning came, and he opened the package confidently. Sure enough, it was the stagecoach he had begged for. He was so pleased. But then his older brother said, “You really did a dumb thing to insist on getting that coach. Mom bought you a much bigger one, but when you begged for that little one, she exchanged it!” Suddenly the small stagecoach didn’t seem so appealing.
Sometimes we’re like that with God. We pray about a specific need and tell Him how He ought to answer. We beg and plead - and God may even give us exactly what we ask for. But He may have had something better in mind.
Phillips Brooks once said, “Pray the largest prayers. You cannot think a prayer so large that God, in answering it, will not wish you had made it larger.” - Anne Cetas
I believe man was designed for accomplishment, engineered for success, and endowed with the seeds of greatness. — Zig Ziglar
Young and hopeful he stands,
amidst the trials of the concrete jungle.
On business and entrepreneurship he plans,
a strong willed design to untangle.
Each post planted on a rightful foundation,
delivers a fulfilling brace. To support
an empire of heart and compassion.
For a better future to unfold.
With a closing deal of a business venture.
A prayer invokes an honest word.
This man’s wish to drive his stature,
to ascend – and to move forward.
An old Cherokee told his grandson: “My son, there’s a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It’s anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies and ego. The other is Good. It’s joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness and truth.” The boy thought about it and asked: “Grandfather, which wolf wins?”. The old man quietly replied: “The one you feed.”
It requires Humility to admit mistakes. Saying “I was wrong” or “I need advice” is difficult to utter because Pride is present. In every quarrel, Pride is there. Stirring up conflict and dividing people. It also distance you from the lessons that life wants to teach you. On the other hand, Humility heals. It mends broken relationships, and it gives wisdom.
Proverbs 13:10 NIV — Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.
Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. — Winston Churchill