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 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.
“You must concentrate upon and consecrate yourself wholly to each day, as though a fire were raging in your hair.”
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 man of knowledge lives by acting,
not by thinking about acting.”
“You will not be punished for your anger.
You will be punished by your anger.”
As you can tell from this book, when I was young, I was a pessimistic person, but as I grew older, I worked hard to change my attitude into a positive, can-do person. If you think you can’t change your attitude, I’m living proof that you can.
“It takes a wise man to learn from his mistakes,
and an even wiser man to learn from others.”
When I returned from Alaska in 2008, I lived with a friend for a little while, and she made me watch a TV show named Project Runway. She didn’t really have to try too hard; I watched one episode with her, and I was hooked.