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If you do not know your limitations then your willpower won't.

by Rick Baker
On Nov 23, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

"A man's got to know his limitations." Clint Eastwood said that when he played Dirty Harry in 'Magnum Force', (1973).

If you know yourself and you know your limitations then you have a fighting chance to know when you will need willpower. If you do not know your limitations then your willpower won't.

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Hero Worship | Thought Tweets | Wisdom: Surviving the Test of Time

Leadership grit grinds & grows.

by Rick Baker
On Nov 12, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

John Wayne is one of my heroes. Every time I hear the word 'grit' I think of Rooster Cogburn, the character John Wayne played when he won the Best Actor Oscar for his role in 'True Grit'. More specifically, I think of the scene where he took on all the bad guys and won. The above picture shows Rooster charging at the bad guys...guns a blazin'...the perfect hero.

Grit - firmness of mind or spirit : unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger

Not just in the movies but also in real life, John Wayne had true grit.

We need more leaders with true grit.

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Hero Worship | Leaders' Thoughts | Thought Tweets

Sales people should select heroes, learn from them, and emulate their talents & strengths.

by Rick Baker
On Nov 8, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

I see better ways of approaching Sales.

For example...

Sales people can and should learn from ‘heroes’...as many as possible. First, ask the question – Is this person a hero worth studying? Consider - WHY is this person a hero? Because of vision?, goals? resilience? quick wit? personal magnetism? Then learn the details about those person's most-admirable qualities/strengths, select specific stories that capture the admirable qualities, carry those stories in mind, and draw upon them when the going gets tough. 

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Hero Worship | Sales | STRENGTHS: People-Focused for Success | Thought Tweets

Speak of the devil's advocate...better still, bite your tongue.

by Rick Baker
On Oct 7, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Constructive criticism is an oxymoron.

Devil's Advocates ... here's an excerpt from Wikipedia: "In common parlance, a devil's advocate is someone who, given a certain argument, takes a position he or she does not necessarily agree with, for the sake of argument."

Those words - "Devil's Advocate" have a nasty connotation....we should not use them or the practice they capture.

Instead, consider using a planned strategy for seeking different perspectives when large problems are to be solved and important decisions are to be made.

Try, for example, using Edward de Bono's Six Thinking Hats

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Criticism: Constructive Criticism is an Oxymoron | Hero Worship | Humour | Thought Tweets

Some things are urgent; some things are important: very few things are both urgent and important.

by Rick Baker
On Aug 4, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

The vast majority of important things are not urgent and so they can be postponed. And, quite a bit of the time, that's exactly what we do.

When important things are postpones their true priority can be obscured and forgotten. And, quite a bit of the time, that's exactly what happens.

  • Napoleon Hill taught "Plan the Work and Work the Plan". 
  • Stephen R. Covey taught the way to sort out tasks/timing into Importance/Urgency quadrants.
  • Pareto taught the "80/20 Rule". 

With these three tools, we have what we need.

Now, it's up to us to use them.

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Hero Worship | I'm too busy! - I don't have time! | Thought Tweets

Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.

by Rick Baker
On Jul 26, 2020

The Thinking Behind the Tweet

I read that somewhere, many years ago. An interesting mind-picture.

A metaphor true to our anxieties.

We should avoid the darkrooms and the dark places where anxiety breeds; we should seek brilliance and concentrate on the brightest of lights.

 

Franklin D. Roosevelt

"...the only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

[Perhaps inspired by, or even coined by, Napoleon Hill.]

 

 

 

 

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Attitude: Creating Positive Attitude | Emotions & Feelings @ Work | Hero Worship | Thought Tweets

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