Day #155:Jean Claude Van Damme Defies the Laws of Physics

Jean Claude Van Damme is a an action movie actor well-known for his agility and complicated stunts. The Muscles from Brussels makes an impressive comeback in a commercial for Volvo in which he performs the splits between two reversing trucks. With Enya playing in the background, Van Damme does not flinch as he maintains perfect balance in the most epic of splits, showing us what mind over matter really means.

 

Day #154:The difference between good and great is…

For our Friday inspiration, let’s consider the concept of going the extra mile.So many times, in business and in life, it’s that one extra degree of effort that separates the good from the great.

What I love about the 212° idea is that you can use it to fit your own needs. It may be 212° service that you’d like to reinforce, or 212° attitudeleadership, or quality. Or maybe, you’ll choose to build your entire culture around the 212° concept…to differentiate you from your competition.

The real beauty of 212° is the simplicity of the idea.

Here is a short movie to illustrate this idea.

Day #153:What would you do with 86,400 seconds?

If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,400—with no balance carried from day to day—what would you do? Well, you do have such a bank…time.

Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it rules off as “lost” whatever you have failed to use toward good purposes. It carries over no balances and allows no overdrafts. You can’t hoard it, save it, store it, loan it or invest it. You can only use it—time.

Here’s a story that drives the point home.

Arthur Berry was described by Time as “the slickest second-story man in the East,” truly one of the most famous jewel thieves of all times. In his years of crime, he committed as many as 150 burglaries and stole jewels valued between $5 and $10 million. He seldom robbed from anyone not listed in the Social Register and often did his work in a tuxedo. On an occasion or two, when caught in the act of a crime by a victim, he charmed his way out of being reported to the police.

Like most people who engage in a life of crime, he was eventually caught, convicted and served 25 years in prison for his crimes. Following his release, he worked as a counterman in a roadside restaurant on the East Coast for $50 a week.

A newspaper reporter found him and interviewed him about his life. After telling about the thrilling episodes of his life he came to the conclusion of the interview saying, “I am not good at morals. But early in my life I was intelligent and clever, and I got along well with people. I think I could have made something of my life, but I didn’t. So when you write the story of my life, when you tell people about all the burglaries, don’t leave out the biggest one of all… Don’t just tell them I robbed Jesse Livermore, the Wall Street baron or the cousin of the king of England. You tell them Arthur Berry robbed Arthur Berry.”

Here are six terrific truths about time:

FirstNobody can manage time. But you can manage those things that take up your time.

SecondTime is expensive. As a matter of fact, 80 percent of our day is spent on those things or those people that only bring us two percent of our results.

ThirdTime is perishable. It cannot be saved for later use.

FourthTime is measurable. Everybody has the same amount of time…pauper or king. It is not how much time you have; it is how much you use.

FifthTime is irreplaceable. We never make back time once it is gone.

SixthTime is a priority. You have enough time for anything in the world, so long as it ranks high enough among your priorities.

 

Day #152:5 John Steinbeck Quotes about Love

In November of 1958, John Steinbeck — the renowned author of, most notably, The Grapes of WrathEast of Eden, and Of Mice and Men — received a letter from his eldest son, Thom, who was attending boarding school. In it, the teenager spoke of Susan, a young girl with whom he believed he had fallen in love.

Steinbeck replied the same day. I tried to capture Steinbeck’s advice in 5 love quotes.

On what women want
“Girls have a way of knowing or feeling what you feel, but they usually like to hear it also.”

On the beauty of love
“If you are in love—that’s a good thing—that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone.”

On unreciprocated love
“It sometimes happens that what you feel is not returned for one reason or another—but that does not make your feeling less valuable and good.”

On Expressing Love

“If you love someone—there is no possible harm in saying so—only you must remember that some people are very shy and sometimes the saying must take that shyness into consideration.”

On Losing Love

“And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens—The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.”

Want a quick link? Just go here: www.lettersofnote.com/2012/01/nothing-good-gets-away.html 

Day #151:Five Short Chapters on Change

Chapter 1.
I walk down a street and there’s a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. It takes forever to get out. It’s my fault.

Chapter 2.
I walk down the same street. I fall in the hole again. It still takes a long time to get out. It’s not my fault.

Chapter 3.
I walk down the same street. I fall in the hole again. It’s becoming a habit. It is my fault. I get out immediately.

Chapter 4.
I walk down the same street and see the deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it.

Chapter 5.
I walk down a different street.

Day #150:Nobunaga’s Destiny

A great Japanese warrior named Nobunaga decided to attack the enemy although he had only one-tenth the number of men the opposition commanded. He knew that he would win, but his soldiers were in doubt.

On the way he stopped at a Shinto shrine and told his men: “After I visit the shrine I will toss a coin. If heads comes, we will win; if tails, we will lose. Destiny holds us in her hand.”

Nobunaga entered the shrine and offered a silent prayer. He came forth and tossed a coin. Heads appeared. His soldiers were so eager to fight that they won their battle easily.

“No one can change the hand of destiny,” his attendant told him after the battle.

“Indeed not,” said Nobunaga, showing a coin which had been doubled, with heads facing either way.

Day #149:Our Greatest Glory is not in Never Falling, but in Rising Every Time We Fall

3 years ago, Honda released a series of documentaries. I remember seeing the trailers in movie theaters, right before the film started. The trailers surprised me, since I am so used to the blaring and fast-paced snippets of movies and products. The documentary trailers actually caught my attention because they were so thoughtful and artistic. I realized, that’s how life is… there are so many problems trying to get your attention that when something is slow and and inspiring, you really can’t help but pay attention.

I’d like to share my favorite video from the Honda series, “Dream the Impossible.” It’s entitled “Failure: The Secret to Success.” You might have felt that this year was a failure given that we only have 2 months to go. I don’t blame you if you do; there are events that I wish had happened differently. However, Confucius once said, “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Watch this video to learn about some successful people who experienced failure but persevered to their greatest triumph: