Stumbling on what happens to be relevant

You know how sometimes you are delivered a message when you weren’t really looking for it, but when it hits you, you know it’s what you need to hear? Every now and then when I’m bored at work, I use StumbleUpon to literally trip around the web and see whatever to kill 10 minutes. Some people take smoking breaks. I take Stumble breaks. Healthier, don’t you think?

Anyway, I stumbled on this article (author is Jacqueline Edwards, to give credit where it’s due) and, wow, scary how I needed to hear these things today.

  1. Never compromise your integrity for anyone or anything.
  2. Don’t try to be all things to all people. Learn to say no politely and pleasantly , but immediately and firmly.
  3. Never wait for something to happen; make it happen! Do it now!
  4. Do not be overwhelmed by the tasks before you. Don’t try to do everything; just do something.
  5. To accomplish your objective, first begin. Secondly, concentrate exclusively on the project at hand. Third, don’t stop.
  6. Let circumstances dictate your priorities; let priorities determine your actions.
  7. Focus your efforts on the root of the problem. Don’t expend energy on peripheral issues that are not crucial to producing results.
  8. For maximum effectiveness, do only what you do best and let others do the rest.
  9. Concentrate on long-term, permanent solutions rather than stop gap measures.
  10. Don’t waste time telling people what you are doing or what you are going to do. Results have a way of informing the world.
  11. Don’t make promises you can’t keep; once made, keep them.
  12. Don’t be tempted to take the easy way out. Have the self-discipline to do the right thing rather than the instinctive thing.
  13. Don’t become lax; play every point as though it were matching point.
  14. You are not through until you have dotted all the I’s and crossed all the T’s.
  15. Avoid premature celebrations. You are not through till the check has cleared the bank.

One thought on “Stumbling on what happens to be relevant

  1. Hey Cari,Awesome Blog!I really like this point:”Never wait for something to happen; make it happen! Do it now!”We get to choose to be incredible, amazing, inspirational and exceptional human beings DESPITE our life experiences. DESPITE what the world or others have taught us. DESPITE our situation or circumstances.DESPITE our history and DESPITE the expectations of others.Mother Teresa did.Martin Luther did.Nelson Mandela did.They did exceptional things, they lived exceptional lives, they were exceptional.By Choice.Keep up the great writing Cari!Craig Harper (Melbourne, Australia)

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