"Genius is in-born, may it never be still-born."

"Oysters, irritated by grains of sand, give birth to pearls. Brains, irritated by curiosity, give birth to ideas."

"Brainpower is the bridge to the future; it is what transports you from wishful thinking to willful doing."

"Unless you keep learning & growing, the status quo has no status."

Thursday, July 9, 2009


According to the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara, recognised as a world leading consultancy in Renewal, Coaching & Leadership Training, what you want for your life at forty is seldom what you wanted at twenty, & at sixty you have yet different passions & goals.

To a greater or lesser degree, your priorities change.

Yet six core values inevitably compete for our loyalty & passionate commitment throughout the journey of life, & we often shift gears from familiar, accomplished passion areas to less familiar & more energizing values at new times.

The six areas include:

1) Personal Mastery: Know Thyself;

2) Achievement: Reach New Goals;

3) Intimacy: Love and Be Loved;

4) Play & Creativity: Follow Intuition;

5) Search for Meaning: Spiritual Integrity;

6) Compassion & Contribution: Legacy;

Does the foregoing resonates with you?

Looking back at my own personal life, especially after I had left the corporate world for good during the early nineties, to follow my bliss & dreams, in the light of having spent a quarter of a century of my life in it, I somehow had intuitively embraced the institute's findings.

Maybe, it was because I had the wonderful opportunity to read the compelling classic, 'The Adult Years: Mastering the Art of Self-Renewal', by the founder of the Hudson Insitute, Dr Frederic Hudson, as well as a few others by Richard Bolles, Richard Leider, just to name a few.

As a matter of fact, & particularly for me, I reckon the first one, 'Personal Mastery: Know Thyself', is the foundational key to the rest.

The great Greek philosopher Socrates was certainly smart to have set the precedent. Even the wise Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu had taught likewise, when he said:

"Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power."

Invariably, it's always the starting point of personal development & growth.

Once it's in place, it's relatively easy to pursue the others.

In tactical terms, it involves the learning, acquisition & marshalling of the requisite skill sets at one's disposal.

Nonetheless, the Hudson Institute offers this great advice for a start:

Take some time out alone - find a day, a weekend, an afternoon and dedicate yourself to carefully considering what passions & values are driving your current course in life.

Are you living on purpose, from the inside-out or is there a chance the many roles & demands in your life are literally running your agenda?

Every year naturally draws us toward our greatest aspirational hopes & goals, & provides us with a rare opportunity to reset our course & realign what's most important.

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