Mist Lifting

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“She felt as if a mist had been lifted from her eyes, enabling her to took upon and comprehend the significance of life, that monster made up of beauty and brutality.”

The Awakening and Selected Short Stories by Kate Chopin

The Importance of Polite Clarity

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“It was a new game. For us during that time, the secret to survival was to “Say what you mean, mean what you say, and don’t say it mean.””

The Glitter Plan: How We Started Juicy Couture for $200 and Turned It into a Global Brand by Pamela Skaist-Levy, Gela Nash-Taylor, Booth Moore

From the first chapter:

We just wanted to create something people loved and a work environment that made us happy. That’s our version of the American Dream. That’s the glitter plan.

The Challenge of No

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“It’s not hard to say no. It’s hard to say it right. At the right time. For the right reasons.”

Nein. A Manifesto by Eric Jarosinski

Leadership, Fear and Vision

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“The single biggest challenge to any organization is the constant cloud of fear and doubt that swirls around the heads of the people involved. As a leader, your job is to hold fast to the big picture, to keep seeing in your mind’s eye, with crystal clarity, where it is you’re going—that place that right at this moment exists only in your mind’s eye. And to keep seeing that, even when nobody else does. “Especially when nobody else does.” Your people count on you to do this. It’s the biggest job you have.”

It’s Not About You: A Little Story About What Matters Most in Business by Bob Burg, John David Mann

Resistance

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Although growing old and dying is inevitable, people still arrive at old age feeling betrayed by their bodies. The most ordinary aspects of life can be met with extraordinary resistance, and this resistance itself causes suffering. Once we stop denying the certainty of death, then we can take full advantage of the time that we have in this precious human form.”

Turning Confusion into Clarity: A Guide to the Foundation Practices of Tibetan Buddhism by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Helen Tworkov

Steady Mind

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Calm abiding describes a mind that abides in its own steadiness, a mind that is not always being pushed and pulled by circumstances.

Turning Confusion into Clarity: A Guide to the Foundation Practices of Tibetan Buddhism by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Helen Tworkov

Simply Pay Attention

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“Get down, get your nose on the ground merely following your common senses, get out of your own way, and simply pay attention.”

-Touching the Wild: Living with the Mule Deer of Deadman Gulch by Joe Hutto

Clarity and Confusion

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Just as the sun shines whether obscured by clouds or not, clarity exists in the midst of confusion and suffering.”

Turning Confusion into Clarity: A Guide to the Foundation Practices of Tibetan Buddhism by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Helen Tworkov

Change and Insight

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“The very first sign of waking up is the insight that we are not doomed to retrace our steps forever.”

Turning Confusion into Clarity: A Guide to the Foundation Practices of Tibetan Buddhism by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Helen Tworkov