INSPIRATION

A personal collection of speeches, quotes and insights, in some cases edited and rearranged by me.

by Likh Seaun Lahm (Nishal)

WOLF

by Andreas von der Heydt

  • Give yourself time to reflect daily

  • Embrace mother nature

  • Get wet and sweat
     

  • Be positive

  • Assume the best

  • Be grateful

  • Live healthy

  • Respect your biorythm

  • Avoid multitasking

  • Ignore the concept of perfectionism

  • Meditate

  • Focus
     

  • Volunteer

  • Share

  • Get enough sharing

  • Try something new

  • Carpe diem

  • Play

  • Create something enjoyable

19 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR ENERGY

by Andreas von der Heydt

  1. SETTING AND REVIEWING LIFE TARGETS
    Get clarity about your targets. Not only professional ones. Ask yourself, what do you want to achieve and for what do you want to be remembered (and for what not) in life? Review your targets on a regular basis, e.g. when contemplating a possible job change.
     

  2. KNOWING ONESELF
    Figure out at what you´re permanently good (measured by achieving pre-set targets). Continue working on it. You should not try being good at many things. Rather strive for being awesome at one or some.
     

  3. SWIMMING IN THE RIGHT POND
    Being successful in your job – and in life- does not mean that you have to be perfect (which humans aren´t anyway; that´s why we are humans and not machines). It´s more about knowing yourself and your strengths and that you´ll find an adequate environment where you can thrive in. Such a “match” will provide you with an impactful and unique advantage.
     

  4. PEOPLE MATTER
    More than Anything else! Yes, we all know and get it. Do we? What I mean is that the people you´re going to work with matter even more than the organization you might be employed by. Research shows that the odds are you will become over time like the people you´ll be mostly working with. They are not going to become like you and most likely you won´t be able changing them. If you were not to fit with the way they think and behave, it won´t work out. So, when thinking about a (new) job, take a close look at the people you might work with.

     

  5. EXPERIMENTING
    Even if you know and follow above-listed 4 principles, you might stumble from time to time. Don´t worry. It´s okay to stop, to quit, and to try out new things if it isn´t working for you any longer and / or when there are opportunities you are more passionate about and which matter more to you. Experimenting is a beautiful chance for you to further grow and evolve. Again, ensure having looked for an environment at which you´re allowed to test (and fail).
     

  6. STAYING TRUE TO ONESELF
    Finally, when preparing for your upcoming interview respect and appreciate who you are, be mindful of your great successes, your beautiful strengths, and your areas for improvement; aka “WHI,” which stands for “Wonderful Human Imperfections.”

6 PRINCIPLES FOR PROFESSIONEL SUCCESS

​by Officevibe

Energy Management

  • Find your most important task and do it first

  • Do not multitask, instead do all tasks in batches

  • Manage your energy, not your time

ENERGY MANAGEMENT

​learnings from the book "die Kunst des guten Lebens" by Rolf Dobelli

Long-term goals together with obsession  lead to the best results

3 Things are important when following a goal:

  • Persistance in analysis

  • Permanent course-correction

  • Reduction of complexity

LONG-TERM GOALS WITH OBESSION

by Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister

ROCK OUT

 by Eric Ries/Image by Cooler Insights

People with both passion and purpose place in the 80th percentile in the performance ranking on average, while people with only passion (but no purpose) place in the 20th percentile, and people with purpose (but no passion) place in the 64th percentile.  Note that purpose more than passion correlates with high performance.

IMPORTANCE OF PURPOSE (2)

 by Stephen Covey

  1. Be proactive

  2. Begin with the end in mind

  3. Put first things first​

  4. Think win-win

  5. Seek first to understand, then be understood

  6. Synergize through team building

  7. Sharpen the saw (Kaizen)

7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE

by Kelly Cutrone

INTUITION

by Charles R. Swindoll

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.It will make or break a company... a church... a home.The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable.The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes.”

ATTITUDE

by Dan Sullivan

​To be successful, always

  1. make your future bigger than your past

  2. make your learning greater than your experience

  3. make your contribution bigger than your reward

  4. make your performance greater than your applause

  5. make your gratitude greater than your success

  6. make your enjoyment greater than your effort

  7. make your cooperation greater than your status

  8. make your confidence greater than your comfort

  9. make your purpose greater than your money

  10. make your questions bigger than your answers

LAWS OF LIFETIME GROWTH

by Benjamin P. Hardy

"Well done, is well said." (Anthony Liccione)

Deep work is

  • Rare

  • High value

  • Non-replicable (i.e. not easy to copy)

Shallow work is:

  • Common

  • Low value

  • Replicable (i.e. anyone can do it)

Talking is shallow. Anyone can do it. It's easily replicated. It's low value. Conversely, deep work is rare. It's done by people who are focussed and working while everyone else is talking. Deep work is so good it can't be ignored. It doesn't need words. It speaks for itself.

LET YOUR WORK SPEAK FOR ITSELF

​by Neil Pasricha
 

  1. THREE WALKS
    Three brisk 30-min walks per week
     

  2. THE 20-MINUTE REPLAY
    Writing 20 min about a positive experience
     

  3. RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
    Carry out five random acts of kindness every week, e.g. pay someone's coffe, share a meal, say compliments...
     

  4. A COMPLETE UNPLUG
    ​Disengage periodically and seek renewal
     

  5. BEST FLOW
    Keep skill level and challenge level high
     

  6. 2-MINUTE MEDITATION
    Stress shrinks and self-awareness grows
     

  7. FIVE GRATITUDES
    Write down three to five things you’re grateful for from the past week.
    "Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many, not your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” -- Chales Dickens

7 WAYS TO BE HAPPY RIGHT NOW

by me

  • Drink a glass of lemon water (with a slice of ginger)

  • Focus on yourself

  • Practice  the 5 tibetans excercise

  • Empty dish washing machine

  • Take a walk in the forest (with the dog) while enjoying nature and keeping silent

    Keep up your rituals to foster your discipline (even if it's uncomfortable).

MY MORNING RITUALS

by Daniel Kahnemann

People judge an experience largely based on how they felt at its peak (i.e., its most intense point) and at its end, rather than based on the total sum or average of every moment of the experience.

So, in order to keep pleasant memories, avoid an unpleasant end or care for a pleasant end of an experience. E.g. pay your hotel stay in advance (not at the end), avoid huge traffic when driving home from a holiday, give a good-bye present...

PEAK-TO-END RULE

by The Better Man Project

BE BRAVE AND YOU WILL WIN

 by Bronnie Ware

  1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

  2. I wish I hadn't worked so hard.

  3. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings.

  4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

  5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

5 THINGS THE DYING REGRET

by The Better man Project

Even if you go for it an it doesn't work out you still win. You still had the guts enough to head straight into something that frightened you. That type of bravery will take you places.

BRAVERY

by Mario de Andrade (1893-1945)

I counted my years and discovered that I have fewer years left to live compared to the time I have lived until now.

I feel like a child who won a pack of candies: at first, it ate them with pleasure but when it realized that there was little left, it began to taste them intensely.

I have no time for endless meetings where statutes, rules, procedures and internal regulations are discussed, knowing that nothing will be done.

I no longer have the patience to stand absurd people who, despite their chronological age, have not grown up.

I don't have time to deal with mediocrity. I won't tolerate manipulators and opportunists.

I am bothered by envious people, seeking to discredit the able ones, to usurp their places, talents and accomplishments.

I hate to witness the ill effects, generated by struggling for a better job, among ambitious people.

I detest people who do not argue about content but titles. My time is too precious to discuss titles.

I want the essence, my soul is in a hurry. Not many treats are left in the package.

I want to live among human people, very human. People, who can laugh at their mistakes.

Who are not inflated by their own triumphs.

Who do not consider themselves elite, before they have really become one.

Who do not run away from their responsibilities.

Who defend human dignity.

Who do not want anything else but to walk along with truth, righteousness, honesty and integrity.

It is the essential things that make life worthwhile.

I want to surround myself with people who can touch the hearts of others.

People who despite the hard knockouts of life, grew up with a soft touch in their soul.

 

Yes, I am in a hurry. I’m in a hurry to live with the intensity that only maturity can give.

I intend not to waste any of the treats I have left. I am sure they will be more exquisite compared to the ones I have eaten so far.

My goal is to reach the end satisfied and at peace with my loved ones and my conscience.

We have two lives and the second begins when you realize you only have one.

MY SOUL IS IN A HURRY

by Barack Obama

THE BEST WAY TO NOT FEEL HOPELESS