One thing I learned about being a full-time, at-home writer: people don’t respect your time. It’s like, “You’re a writer? Haha, that’s funny. Why don’t you come over and help me paint my house? I’m counting on you.” That sort of thing.
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inc.com has this article about a Google study that shows that the best managers use emotional intelligence.
I was just reminded of the time a recruiter told me to “play dumb” when a particular person interviewed me, because that person didn’t like to be challenged, and had to feel like he was the smartest person in the room. I couldn’t bring myself to do that; I figured if that was the way it was going to be, I didn’t want to work there.
“I don’t have talent. I have tenacity. I have discipline. There was no choice for me but to work really hard.”
~ Henry Rollins
“I touch the future – I teach.”
I realy like this quote from baseball pitcher Jason Marquis, talking about Tony LaRussa, Manager of the St. Louis Cardinals:
“One thing Tony (La Russa) always preached over there was execution and minimizing mental mistakes. You don’t have to have the most talented team to do that, and it doesn’t take the most talented team to win.”
In baseball and in work I think this is true. It’s similar to this quote from Mike Ditka:
“Effort without talent is a depressing situation....but talent without effort is a tragedy.”
“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”
“Your attitude is such an important topic, I want to end this book by getting you to look at yourself the way other people see you.”
A quote from the last chapter of my book, A Survival Guide for New Consultants.
In the next day or two I hope to finish moving my book, A Survival Guide for New Consultants, to this website. As with my other books, I like the idea of having all of my books on this website so I (and you) can easily search for them, and also easily find related content.