“From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to our shortcomings than to our strengths.”
“the key to human development is building on who you already are”
“When we're able to put most of our energy into developing our natural talents, extraordinary room for growth exists. So, a revision to the "You-can-be-anything-you-want-to-be" maxim might be more accurate: You cannot be anything you want to be—but you can be a lot more of who you already are.”
“Talent (a natural way of thinking, feeling, or behaving) × Investment (time spent practicing, developing your skills, and building your knowledge base) = Strength (the ability to consistently provide near-perfect performance)”
“The most successful people start with dominant talent—and then add skills, knowledge, and practice to the mix. When they do this, the raw talent actually serves as a multiplier.”
“You cannot be anything you want to be — but you can be a lot more of who you already are.”
“It appears that the epidemic of active disengagement we see in workplaces every day could be a curable disease…if we can help the people around us develop their strengths.”
“At its fundamentally flawed core, the aim of almost any learning program is to help us become who we are not.”
“What's more, we had discovered that people have several times more potential for growth, when they invest energy in developing their strenghts instead of correcting their deficiencies.”
“And it is likely that Rudy had teammates for whom the inverse was true—they were a 5 on talent and just a 2 on time invested, which is clearly a waste of talent.”
“Every human being has talents that are just waiting to be uncovered.”
“You cannot be anything you want to be—but you can be a lot more of who you already are.”
“We were tired of living in a world that revolved around fixing our weaknesses. Society’s relentless focus on people’s shortcomings had turned into a global obsession. What’s more, we had discovered that people have several times more potential for growth when they invest energy in developing their strengths instead of correcting their deficiencies.”
“Building your talents into real strengths also requires practice and hard work, much like it does to build physical strengths.”
“It appears that the epidemic of active disengagement we see in workplaces every day could be a curable disease . . . if we can help the people around us develop their strengths.”
“Far too many people spend a lifetime headed in the wrong direction. They go not only from the cradle to the cubicle, but then to the casket, without uncovering their greatest talents and potential.”
“Across the board, having the opportunity to develop our strengths is more important to our success than our role, our title, or even our pay. In this increasingly talent-driven society, we need to know and develop our strengths to figure out where we fit in.”
“From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to our shortcomings than to our strenghts.”
“We have surveyed more than 10 million people on this specific topic, and approximately 7 million are falling short.”
“the key to human development is building on who you already are.”
“You cannot be anything you want to be — but you can be a lot more of who you already are. The”
“A Misguided Maxim? “You can be anything you want to be, if you just try hard enough.”
“people have several times more potential for growth when they invest energy in developing their strengths instead of correcting their deficiencies.”
“We’ve had too much death and disappointment, so we don’t know how to accept the good things when they happen to us.”
“Alive. I want to be alive, and I have no idea why, seeing how hideous life is at times. Maybe it's belief, hope, and passion all wrapped into one shape that rests inside my chest. Perhaps my heart is just praying for better tomorrows to replace all those shitty yesterdays.”
“I needed to hear the world but didn't want the world to know I was listening.”
“As soon as I got into the library I closed my eyes and took a deep breath. I got a whiff of the leather on all the old books, a smell that got real strong if you picked one of them up and stuck your nose real close to it when you turned the pages. Then there was the the smell of the cloth that covered the brand-new books, books that made a splitting sound when you opened them. Then I could sniff the the paper, that soft, powdery, drowsy smell that comes off the page in little puffs when you're reading something or looking at some pictures, kind of hypnotizing smell.
I think it's the smell that makes so many folks fall asleep in the library. You'll see someone turn a page and you can imagine a puff of page powder coming up real slow and easy until it starts piling on a person's eyelashes, weighing their eyes down so much they stay down a little longer after each blink and finally making them so heavy that they just don't come back up at all. Then their mouths open and their heads start bouncing up and down like they're bobbing in a big tub of of water for apples and before you know it... they're out cold and their face thunks smack-dab on the book.
That's the part that makes librarians the maddest. They get real upset if folks start drooling in the books”
“them. “I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to leave. I’ll gather everyone up, and we’ll leave you and your men alone. I’d put a sign above St. Louis for all the hired thugs, if I could.” “What would it say?” I asked. “Here is a bigger motherfucker than you are.” Jacob”
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