Daily Quote: Who am I?

I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest asset or heaviest burden.
I will push you up to success or down to disappointment.
I am at your command.
Half the things you do might just as well be turned over to me.
For I can do them quickly, correctly and profitably.
I am easily managed; just be firm with me.
Those who are great, I have made great.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I am not a machine, though I work with the precision of a
machine and the intelligence of a person.
You can run me for profit, or you can run me for ruin.
Show me how you want it done. Educate me. Train me.
Lead me. Reward me.
And I will then…do it automatically.
I am your servant.
Who am I?
I am a habit.

Found in the book:

Habits Die Hard

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Daily Quote: Forgiveness

“Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the handcuffs of hate.”

~William Ward

Found in the book:

The Power of Attitude

The Power of Attitude

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Daily Quote: The Important Things

“Our greatest danger in life is in permitting the urgent things to crowd out the important.”

~Charles E. Hummel

Found in the book:

To a Child Love is Spelled T-I-M-E

To A Child, Love is Spelled T-I-M-E

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Daily Quote: Nobody ever did

“Nobody ever did, or ever will, escape the consequences of his choices.”

~Albert A. Montapert

Found in the book:
One Choice
You’re always One Choice away from changing your life.

One Choice with FREE DVD

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Getting That “Extra Degree”

The concept of 212° the extra degree has always motivated me and perhaps it will also be a powerful resource for you:

At 211 degrees, water is hot.
At 212 degrees, it boils.
And with boiling water; comes steam.
And steam can power a locomotive.

This simple analogy reflects the ultimate definition of excellence: One extra degree of effort can move you from good to great.

Let’s face it … It’s your life. YOU are responsible for your results. It’s time to turn up the heat.

Today’s Leadership Solution is from:

212° the extra degree

How to achieve results beyond your wildest expectations

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Getting Fired…Up!

“The circumstances of our lives have as much power as we choose to give them.”
~ Dave McNally
Last year, we lost one of the most prolific inventors and entrepreneurs of this century — Steve Jobs. He continues to touch us every day through the innovations and the companies he created.

But, Steve’s rise to the top didn’t go without a hitch. In fact, he founded Pixar, the world’s most successful animation studio, as a result of being fired by Apple, the company he created. It was just “The Push” he needed to reach his full potential.

Today, I’d like to share Steve Jobs’ story from The Push. It’s one that I’m sure will inspire you …one that you’ll want to pass along to your friends.

Live Inspired,

Michelle Sedas

Excerpted from The Push: Unleashing the Power of Encouragement
Getting Fired…Up!

In his commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005, Steve Jobs, one of the co-founders of Apple Computer and the founder of Pixar Studios, shared how getting fired from the company he started brought him to a new creative level:

I was lucky — I found out what I loved to do early in life. Woz (Steve Wozniak) and I started Apple in my parents’ garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4,000 employees. We had just released our finest creation — the Macintosh — a year later, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling out. When we did, our Board of Directors sided with him. So at 30 I was out, and very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.
I really didn’t know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down — that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me — I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.
I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, although less sure about everything.  It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.
During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the world’s first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple’s current renaissance.

The Push…
Sometimes we need it. 

Sometimes we need to give it.
It can be the greatest gift you ever give. 
It will change a life forever

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Today’s Inspiration Comes From: The Push Unleashing the Power of Encouragement

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Daily Quote: Nothing is perfect and everything is perfect

“In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect.
Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.”

~Alice Walker

Found in the book:

The Road to Happiness

Simple Secrets to a Happy Life

The Road To Happiness

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Leadership Solution: Leadership Reminders

Our good friend Mac Anderson just released a powerful new book titled 212⁰ Leadership: The 10 Rules for Highly Effective Leadership. In chapter 8, Mac talks about the importance of leaders “taking full responsibility” and having a “personal accountability attitude” which includes these reminders:

  • YOU have more control over your destiny
  • YOU become an active contributor rather than a passive observer
  • OTHERS look to you for leadership
  • YOU gain the reputation as a problem solver
  • YOU enhance your career opportunities
  • YOU enjoy the satisfaction that comes from getting things done … the power of positive doing
  • YOU experience less anger, frustration and helplessness – all leading to better physical health
  • YOU realize a positive spillover effect into your personal life at home

Lead well … LEAD RIGHT,

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Daily Quote: One of the most beautiful compensations in life…

“It is one of the most beautiful compensations in life…we can never help another without helping ourselves.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Found in the book:

212° The Extra Degree Gift Book

212° the extra degree Gift Book


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Finding Joy

“Joy is not in things; it is in us.”
~Richard Wagner
Today, I’d like to share the introduction to Finding Joy. Here’s hoping these words will put a smile in your heart! Finding Joy: Simple Secrets to a Happy Life reminds us that while life can be complicated, happiness is simple. With inspirational quotes and beautiful photography, this book is a true delight.
Live Inspired,
Michelle Sedas

Excerpted from
Finding Joy: Simple Secrets to a Happy Life by Mac Anderson
Introduction
Life can be complicated, but happiness…is simple. Of course, we try our best to make it complicated, but if we look closely, it’s really very simple. And that’s what this little book is all about…Simple Secrets to a Happy Life!
My goal is to have you sit down in a quiet place, and to slowly soak up every single page. Don’t hurry, just take a deep breath, read each thought, and reflect on how it might apply to your life. Think about what is…and what could be, if your mind and heart is open to change.
But here is the real key to making this book all it can be…keep it close, and read it often. Because in a perfect world we read something once, record it in our brain, and never need to read it again.
Well, I don’t know about you, but my world is far from perfect. I have doubts, fears and disappointments in my life, and I need doses of inspiration to bring me back to where I should be…to re-direct me to what’s really important in life.
And this little book, if you’ll let it, can be that source of inspiration! In just a few minutes it can put a smile on your face and in your heart when you need it most.
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today’s Inspiration Comes From: Finding Joy Simple Secrets to a Happy Life

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