"Notes" of An Elder

The first step to improving oneself is self-awareness.

Nothing in life is of any value unless it is shared with others.

"Notes" of An Elder is a depository of pertinent information, knowledge and wisdom. Available weekly will be an elder's "thinking menu" for your use. Enjoy this bounty.

  • Learning how to thrive in the midst of change may be one of the most important skills anyone can develop.

  • It's not what happens to you but how you react to it that matters.

  • The best person to be is yourself. If you try to be someone else, you will always be second best. If you are yourself, you will be the best there is.

  • The first step to improving oneself is self-awareness.

  • Those who get ahead in this century will dance with the great unknown and find danger rather than comfort in the status quo.

  • Be sure to pepper your communication with plenty of personal pronouns: We, You, and I.

  • The biggest obstacle in performance is not knowing what to do. It's not doing what we know.

  • Don't lead only with authority. Lead with influence.

3 Versions of You

  • Past

  • Present

  • Future

  • Leadership means bringing out the best in yourself and others for a common good.

  • Always try to be better than you were yesterday.

  • We are here to find meaning. We are here to help other people do the same. Everything else is secondary.

  • You have three selves: the person you think you are, the person other people think you are, and the person you were born to be.

  • Life is too short not to do something that matters.

  • Figure out what your gift is and give it to people on a regular basis.

  • Wisdom doesn't involve much talking. Wisdom involves a lot of listening.

  • Mistakes are often big wins in disguise.

  • Do something really great before you die.

Magic Question

What's interesting to you these days?