July 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

Your good is here. Accept it!
Your joy is near. Embrace it.
Your power is within. harness it.
Your victory is now. Claim it.
Your freedom is real. Declare it!
Your abundance is overflowing. Share it.

Your prosperity is good. Receive it!
Your problem is purposeful. Bless it!
Your spirit is divine. Free it!
Your faith is mighty. Use it.
Your song is beautiful. Sing it.

.. William Arthur Ward


I’m Listening

July 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

The poem Frasier quotes in the last episode is a shortened version of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s “Ulysses“.

“It may be that the gulfs will wash us down;
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And though we are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are—
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will;
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”

Frasier says, “I’ve been thinking about that poem a lot lately. And I think what it says is that, while it’s tempting to play it safe, the more we’re willing to risk, the more alive we are. In the end, what we regret most are the chances we never took. And I hope that explains, at least a little, this journey on which I am about to embark. I have loved every minute with my KACL family, and all of you. For eleven years you’ve heard me say, “I’m listening.” Well, you were listening, too. And for that I am eternally grateful. Goodnight, Seattle.

How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

July 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

summery of this very helpful book 🙂

Part One

Fundamental Techniques in Handling People

  1. Don’t criticize, condemn or complain.
  2. Give honest and sincere appreciation.
  3. Arouse in the other person an eager want.

Part Two

Six ways to make people like you

  1. Become genuinely interested in other people.
  2. Smile.
  3. Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
  4. Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.
  5. Talk in terms of the other person’s interests.
  6. Make the other person feel important – and do it sincerely.

Part Three

Win people to your way of thinking

  1. The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.
  2. Show respect for the other person’s opinions. Never say, “You’re wrong.”
  3. If you are wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically.
  4. Begin in a friendly way.
  5. Get the other person saying “yes, yes” immediately.
  6. Let the other person do a great deal of the talking.
  7. Let the other person feel that the idea is his or hers.
  8. Try honestly to see things from the other person’s point of view.
  9. Be sympathetic with the other person’s ideas and desires.
  10. Appeal to the nobler motives.
  11. Dramatize your ideas.
  12. Throw down a challenge.

Part Four

Be a Leader: How to Change People Without Giving Offense or Arousing Resentment

A leader’s job often includes changing your people’s attitudes and behavior. Some suggestions to accomplish this:

  1. Begin with praise and honest appreciation.
  2. Call attention to people’s mistakes indirectly.
  3. Talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other person.
  4. Ask questions instead of giving direct orders.
  5. Let the other person save face.
  6. Praise the slightest improvement and praise every improvement. Be “hearty in your approbation and lavish in your praise.”
  7. Give the other person a fine reputation to live up to.
  8. Use encouragement. Make the fault seem easy to correct.
  9. Make the other person happy about doing the thing you suggest.

I am Enough

July 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

A line from the movie Cool Runnings, which is about the first Jamaican bobsled team. The men on his team are desperate to win an  Olympic medal. But the coach says,” If you’re not enough before the gold medal, you won’t be enough with it.”

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

5 takeaways for every Designer

July 2, 2012 § 1 Comment

Always inspiring with jam-packed goodness, this year’s HOW Design Live Conference in Boston didn’t disappoint. Kamren Charpentier, a Missouri-based designer summarizes five interwoven key points from amazing speakers at the event, that every creative should be privy to.

Make a connection.

Be authentic.

Tell me a story.

Live and breathe creativity.

Designers : Don’t fear the code.


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