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Happy Thanksgiving!

Beyond Career Success wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

We’d like to share with you a list of beautiful thanksgiving quotes we cherish. Enjoy!

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. – Melody Beattie

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful. – Buddha

Whatever we think about and thank about we bring about. – Dr John F Demartini

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.
– Meister Eckhart

To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven. – Johannes A. Gaertner

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. – John F Kennedy

If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul. – Rabbi Harold Kushner

Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. – Native American Saying

If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the world belongs to you. – Lao-Tzu

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. – Oprah Winfrey

Grace isn’t a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It’s a way to live.
– Jacqueline Winspear

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you?”
– William A. Ward

Success Quotes – Part 1

Eighty percent of success is showing up. – Woody Allen

Success is a journey, not a destination. – Ralph Arbitelle

Forward, as occasion offers. Never look round to see whether any shall note it… Be satisfied with success in even the smallest matter, and think that even such a result is no trifle. – Marcus Aurelius

Talent alone won’t make you a success. Neither will being in the right place at the right time, unless you are ready. The most important question is: “Are your ready?”
– Jonny Carson

Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture. – Lydia M Child

Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure. – Confucius

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Tomas A Edison

If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own. – Henry Ford

If you want to achieve things in life, you’ve just got to do them, and if you’re talented and smart, you’ll succeed. – Juliana Hatfield

Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.
– Napoleon Hill

I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.
– Michael Jordan

Success is not measured by what a man accomplishes, but by the opposition he has encountered and the courage with which he has maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds. – Charles Lindbergh

Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

This is a prepared text of the Commencement address delivered by
Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios,
on June 12, 2005.

I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.
The first story is about connecting the dots.

I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?

It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: “We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?” They said: “Of course.” My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.

And 17 years later I did go to college. But I naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents’ savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldn’t see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.

It wasn’t all romantic. I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. Let me give you one example:

Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didn’t have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture, and I found it fascinating.

None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it’s likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.

Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

My second story is about love and loss.

I was lucky — I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. We had just released our finest creation — the Macintosh — a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling out. When we did, our Board of Directors sided with him. So at 30 I was out. And very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.

I really didn’t know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down – that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me — I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.

I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple’s current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together.

I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

My third story is about death.

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn’t even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor’s code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you’d have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.

I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I’m fine now.

This was the closest I’ve been to facing death, and I hope it’s the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960′s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.

Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Thank you all very much.

Never Give Up: Quotes to Consider

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”
-Dale Carnegie

“Never give up! Never, never, never, never give up. Never!”
-Winston Churchill

“It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
-Albert Einstein

“Keep working. Keep working. Keep working. Keep working.”
-Steven Pressfield, Do the Work

“Fall down seven times, get up eight (Nana korobi ya oki).”
-Japanese Proverb

“Perseverance…keeps honor bright: to have done, is to hang quite out of fashion, like a rusty nail in monumental mockery.
-William Shakespeare

“…if you keep going when everyone tells you to quit; if you press on even when have been told it’s all over; if you ignore the singing of the fat lady and the falling of the curtain; if you drive on, even when it’s dark and even in the rain, then you win. That was the promise of America when I was a kid, and it’s still the promise today, but only you believe in it and only if you keep trying.”
-Jerry Weintraub

Manage Your ‘Top Three’ Issues or Priorities

“Predominately focus on managing to the most important and urgent issues every day. Your overall effectiveness here has a direct bearing on the success of your project—and your career.”

-Neal Whitten

Recently, a friend asked me how I stay organized with my day-to-day work as a Project Manager (PM) and what tools I use to stay on track with my tasks. He had to temporarily fill a PM role himself recently while his company was in the process of hiring and bringing a new PM on board.

My answer to his question was: it’s not about tools or techniques I use to stay on top of my projects; it’s about always working on top three issues or top three priorities. Inevitably, top three issues or priorities may change throughout the day, the week, or the month. I am constantly evaluating and re-prioritizing my work to respond to top three issues or priorities for that particular day. It serves no purpose to my projects, my project teams, nor my customers, if the most important task today were to get the Statement of Work (SOW) reviewed, finalized, and signed with the vendor. I also want the vendor and project team to absolutely have to agree upon a detailed test plan on the same day. [Note: from a project scheduling perspective, a test plan is finalized prior testing begins.]

The truth is as a PM, at some point, you’ll find yourself with too much work to barely fit it in during a normal business day. My advice is: throughout the day, pause periodically, ask yourself, “Am I working on top three issues or priorities? Is what I am working on right now the best use of my time to help my project teams and my customers today?” If the answer is no, be disciplined, pause whatever task you’re working on, and start working on one of your top three issues or priorities. By always working on top three issues or priorities, you’ll steer your projects to a positive direction.

I encourage everyone to check out Neal’s article.

7 Stress Management Tips during Job Search

“Be here now.”
-Zen Saying

1. Meditate

Meditation is a wonderful way to reduce stress. You’ll find that it helps you learn how to get away from the worries of life to a more peaceful state of mind. Just a few minutes of meditation everyday can make a huge difference by bringing peace and relaxation to your body, mind, spirit. One meditation technique is to focus on your breath. By focusing on your breath for a few minutes, you will notice your thoughts start to slow down. Your mind becomes clear and you will be more relaxed.

2. Eat healthy.

We are what we eat. I recommend eating as many fruits and vegetables as you can. Fruits and vegetables have the highest prana of any food category. Check out fruit & vegetable benefits published by CDC.

3. Exercise

Exercise is great for relieving stress and making us feel better. Exercise also increases the level of brain chemicals called growth factors that help make new brain cells and establish new connections between brain cells to help us learn.

4. Include humor in your life.

I absolutely love funny movies and hilarious news quiz programs. Laughter is the best medicine. Check out Kung Fu Panda, Kung Fu Panda 2, NPR: Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell me.

5. Spend time in nature.

Nature is nurturing and healing. Take time to watch sunrises and sunsets. Take a walk on the beach. Watch ocean waves crashing against the shore line. Breathe in the ocean air. Gaze brown pelicans flying through the sky…

6. Be grateful.

The study by Dr. Robert A. Emmons has shown practicing gratitude can increase happiness by 25%. The practice of gratitude is simple and easy to do. Get a piece of paper or a journal. Write down things you’re grateful for.

7. Help others.

The fastest way to be happy is to do something for someone else with no expectation that they will do anything for you in return. You can volunteer at a soup kitchen, give a homeless person a dollar or just give a warm smile to the cashier where you shop. There are countless ways to help others. By helping others, we feel good about ourselves. When we are feeling good, we tend not to ruminate on the past or worry about the future.

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