Instinct vs Reason

Our civilization is still in a middle stage, scarcely beast in that it is no longer wholly guided by instinct; scarcely human, in that it is not yet wholly guided by reason.

 ~ Theodore Dreiser

Fortune Favors the Bold

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

   ~ Theodore Roosevelt 


When the time comes

At the end of the day, when it comes time to make that decision as president, all you have to guide you are your values and your vision and the life experiences that make you who you are.

 ~ Michelle Obama 


The Zen Mind

Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

Man in the Arena

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

    ~ The Man in the Arena, April 23, 1910, by Theodore Roosevelt


Maestro Leadership

I actually think it’s possible to get more out of the musician by really showing them you know who they are and you identify with them and you trust them.

Best of All Rulers

The best of all rules is but a shadowy presence to his subjects.
Next comes the ruler they love and praise.
Next comes one they fear.
Next comes one with whom they take liberties.