Effort and Providence

Nest JG Holland

“God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest.” – J.G. Holland A quick reminder that for every measure of luck, providence or gift we receive in life there is an equal measure of effort that is necessary to receive it, use it, or multiply it!

Self-Motivation Tip – The Lists!

Motivational List

J.D. Meier at SourcesOfInsight.com recently put up a post describing one method of simple self-motivation gleaned from the book Vision: Your Pathway to Victory by Gordon D’Angelo. The suggestion in D’Angelo’s book is to use motivational people, books and quotes to motivate yourself.  How?  By making a list of each. Ready to get started?  J.D. [...]

Quote of the Day – Jim Henson on Making a Difference

Jim Henson Ambition

“When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world. My hope is to leave the world a little better for having been there.” – Jim Henson (1936 – 1990), Creator of the Muppets Today (September 24) would have been the birthday of Jim Henson [...]

Quote of the Day – Psalm 126 on Perseverance

Fields of Wheat

Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them. – Psalm 126 : 5 – 6 (NIV) The week has come full-circle to yet another Sunday, so today’s Quote of the Day is a [...]

Quote of the Day – Tolstoy on Change

Leo Tolstoy on Change

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself” – Leo Tolstoy Today’s quote is from the Russian writer, philosopher and activist Leo Tolstoy (1828 – 1910).  Translated from Russian to English, the above quote is one of his better-known sayings.  But taken out of context, some of his original meaning [...]

Quote of the Day – Mastery is a Pain


“the path to mastery – becoming ever better at something you care about – is not lined with daisies and spanned by a rainbow” – Daniel H. Pink, Drive Back to Daniel Pink and his thoughts on Mastery!  In the previous quotes on mastery (Mastery is a Mindset, Realizing Mastery), I discussed Daniel H. Pink’s [...]

Quote of the Day – Grit!

Basic Training Requires Grit

“in every field, grit may be as essential as talent to high success.” – Duckworth, Peterson, Matthews, Kelly “Grit:  Perseverance and Passion for Long Term Goals” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 92, (January 2007) As cited in Daniel H. Pink’s book Drive, the journal article mentioned here places grit high on the list of [...]

Quote of the Day – Daniel H. Pink on Realizing Mastery

Golf as a sport of mastery

“Mastery of [something]  is impossible to realize fully.” – Daniel H. Pink, Drive In yesterday’s quote, I began discussion Daniel H. Pink’s theories on motivation, and how mastery plays a role in intrinsic motivation – the motivation that develops inside us and drives us toward a goal. Today’s quote continues that discussion with another point [...]

Quote of the Day – Daniel H. Pink, “Mastery is a Mindset”

Daniel H. Pink

“Mastery is a mindset: It requires the capacity to see your abilities not as finite, but as infinitely improvable.” – Daniel H. Pink, Drive   In his book Drive, Daniel H. Pink explores our historical understanding of what motivates us, both in our personal lives and our business lives.  His conclusion is that previous methods of motivation, [...]

Quote of the Day – Jack Welch on Destiny

Jack Welch

“Control your own destiny or someone else will.” – Jack Welch One of the main tenets of ElusiveLife.net  is that we are all responsible (to a large extent) for our own destiny*.  We have been given one life to live, and are daily presented with scenarios that require our choice of decisions and actions. The decisions [...]