*NOTE: I stumbled onto a blog today titled LEAD, LEARN, LIVE. It’s moderated by a gentleman by the name of David Kanigan. He just posted today about a book written by Stedman Graham (Oprah Winfrey’s life partner) called “Identity: Your Passport to Success.” This is not a promotion of the book or the author. This is a blog post with two amazing excerpts from the book that I need to share with the world. I’ve decided to post something (or somethings) inspirational twice a month from here on out. We all need it and we should all want it. Stay positive! – Jason
“Traditional learning works the opposite of how you actually should learn. You’ve basically learned to be a worker. The world wants workers. So the educational system teaches you how to be a worker, how to get a job, and how to prepare yourself so you can go out and do the work. You’re programmed to basically do the same thing over and over every day. If you buy into this, you get trapped because you get comfortable with the status quo. Without intervention or without some consciousness telling you that you need to do more than you’re doing, you’re not going to do it. It’s impossible…You need intervention. You need to wake up. You’ve been sleeping. The majority of people just loll along and act as if they’ve been hypnotized. They don’t have any goals; they don’t have a vision. They may have a daily goal that they want to achieve today, but it’s the same goal they had yesterday. Same thing, same thing, same thing. There’s no process for continuous improvement. There’s no journey. Where are you going to be in five years? What are you going to create in your life…This is about talent and skills. This is about performance. It’s about creating value. And that’s way beyond the entitlement mentality of, ‘What is the world going to do for me?’ The structure I’m talking about is, ‘How can I go out there and create value?’”
~ Stedman Graham
I think the quest for identity never really stops. You have to accept this from the outset, because identity is always changing, always developing…the most important work is to identify the values that are strongest for you. And you have to be very, very honest. Consider whether you are taking on that value because it’s a good thing to do or because it awakens a passion within you…so identify the values that bring out the best in you and live by them…this is the most important thing, because no matter what happens, when everything else has disappeared and gone, then you will know your values are strong enough…What I thought I would be doing five years ago is very different from what I think I should be doing now. There is nothing rigid in the human life. You are always moving forward; when you’re not, you’re not even standing still – you’re really going backward. This is what being alive is all about.”
~ Mariane Pearl, journalist, author and wife of Daniel Pearl who was the Wall Street Journal bureau chief who was kidnapped and beheaded by Al-Qaeda.
This is a quote that is on the first page of my nonprofit business plan for Grant Pros. That’s right, I am in the middle of incorporating Grant Pros as a nonprofit. I have plans to offer our services for free to the most needy and underfunded nonprofits performing humanitarian programs or projects in their area.
“Never underestimate that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
~ Margaret Mead
I would like to thank Mr. Kanigan for sharing these excerpts. Please visit his blog to show your support.