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Discover a Wealth of Wisdom in 25 Words or Fewer

Seneca

"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."

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Discover a Wealth of Wisdom in 25 Words or Fewer

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George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw

"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."

Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert

"Dreams can change. If we’d all stuck with our first dream, the world would be overrun with cowboys and princesses."

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa

"If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one."

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

"Success isn't about how much money you make. It's about the difference you make in people's lives."

Madeleine Albright

Madeleine Albright

"Real leadership...comes from realizing that the time has come to move beyond waiting to doing."

Seneca

Seneca

"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."

Anna Quindlen

Anna Quindlen

"Don’t ever confuse the two: your life and your work. The second is only part of the first."

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton

"If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain."

John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader."

Malcolm X

Malcolm X

"If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything."

Thomas A. Edison

Thomas A. Edison

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."

Jon Bon Jovi

Jon Bon Jovi

"Miracles happen every day. Change your perception of what a miracle is and you'll see them all around you."

Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt

"Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu

"When I let go of who I am, I become what I might be."

Henry Ford

Henry Ford

"Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right."

Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

Alice Walker

Alice Walker

"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any."

Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu

"Great acts are made up of small deeds."

Walt Disney

Walt Disney

"All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them."

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The Zen View Of Morals

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The Zen View Of Life

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The Zen View Of The World

The word 'Zen' means emptiness or void. This is the basis of Zen — that all that exists is based on a dynamic emptiness. Which is also what quantum science says.

In this view, there is no difference between matter and energy. Look at anything closely enough and you will see that it is an event, not a thing. Furthermore, there is not a ‘multiplicity of events’. There is just one event, with multiple aspects, unfolding. 

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Lao Tzu

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Take every experience as a lesson

Whenever you find yourself in an unpleasant or difficult situation, try to see what you can take away from this very experience.

Try to perceive your experiences as lessons and to understand them, so you can feel at ease with the others and with yourself. 

Read between the lines

Whenever you deal with difficult people, take into account two aspects: you should not let their actions affect your life in a negative way and you may want to try first to understand them, rather than just to judge them. 

After all, they might be fighting a battle you know nothing about.

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"People seldom see the halting and painful steps by which the most insignificant success is achieved."Anne Sullivan

"I think I have learned that the best way to lift one's self up is to help someone else." - Booker T. Washington

"I think I have learned that the best way to lift one's self up is to help someone else." - Booker T. Washington

"The greatest sign of a success for a teacher is to be able to say, "The children are now working as if I did not exist." - Maria Montessori

"The greatest sign of a success for a teacher is to be able to say, "The children are now working as if I did not exist." - Maria Montessori

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5 Steps to become a Better Person

Be Better, as a person, with these five simple steps:

  • Give more to others
  • Be Polite
  • Embrace Change
  • Clear your mind
  • Find ins...
Give more to others
  • The secret of receiving is in giving.
  • Success isn't just measured in how much money you have, but how much you've given or helped others.
  • Focus on helping people.
Be Polite to others
“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.” 

– Albert Einstein


Kindness, gratitude and even saying thank you makes you a better person instantly.

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Nihilism

Nihilism means "nothing." It is the lack of belief in meaning or substance in an area of philosophy.

  • Moral nihilism argues that moral facts cannot exist.
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Existentialism

Existentialism originates from Soren Kierkegaard and Nietzche. It focuses on the problems produced by existential nihilism. For instance:

  • What is the point of living if life has no inherent purpose? 
  • How do we face the knowledge of our inevitable demise?

Existentialism emphasizes individual existence, freedom and choice.

Stoicism

Stoicism was popular in ancient Greece and Rome and is practiced by many in high-stress environments.

Stoicism focuses on how to live in a world where things don't go as planned. The idea is to accept all the things beyond your control and to focus on what you can control.

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Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill


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“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Henry David Thoreau


“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Henry David Thoreau


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Charismatic Leadership Style

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History of charismatic leadership
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  • The 19th and the 20th century were full of charismatic leaders. Technological (newspaper, radio, and TV) allowed leaders to transport their charisma over long distances.
  • Our current globalized world and access to social media have led to another rise in charismatic leaders. On Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, many people support leaders solely based on their charisma.
Dangers of charismatic leadership

Most of the dangers of the charismatic movement relate to this power.

  • Charismatic leaders lose support more quickly than other types of leaders.
  • They have to clearly be the best person for the job at hand – always and in any situation. This is why they often engage in a cult of personality and become resistant to criticism.
  • Things that charismatic leaders do to maintain their power are precisely the things that diminish it when their business, country, or other undertaking encounters problems.
  • When charismatic leaders use their position to motivate their followers to do things they would not normally do, the followers often feel betrayed once they suspect that they might not get the expected payoff. 
  • They often eventually take the praise of their followers too seriously and show narcissistic traits. They consider criticism as disobedience and expect total loyalty. 

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