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Jennifer James

  • Enlightenment is being able to go to your own home and feel comfortable.

  • Success is the quality of your journey, not a destination.

  • You are much more than the sum of what you produce.

  • You can speed up your life if you want to — that's easy. Winding down is what's hard.

  • Pain is a great teacher, but most of us would rather learn some other way.

  • There is no love that rewards with more consistency and provides lifelong passion as the love one has for the world.

  • It's a lot easier to get your way if you have more than one way.

  • There are, of course, two kinds of suffering, that which has a reward and that which doesn't.

  • The car key law: This law states very clearly that you need to have five sets of car keys. Yet many of you try to get by with only two and suffer the consequences. When, for example, your spouse loses his or her car keys you must immediately scramble and start looking for them until they are found, or you will end up in a big fight. You'll both get criticized for things that have nothing to do with lost car keys.

  • There is no way to live up to your full potential in life without losing lots of things. Yet there are people who believe you can go through a lifetime without losing anything, if you would just be more careful and more thoughtful. They actually believe that a child can get through elementary school without losing a jacket, but that's impossible unless the child is very repressed.

  • The lost wallet or purse law: No matter how careful you are, assume that you will lose a few. ... Keep grief to a minimum. It's bad enough your stuff is gone; don't lose your mind too.

  • Rush hour brings out the worst in some people. They make faces, gesture, yell, call names, bump you with their car, and lean on their horn over the slightest perception that they are right and you are wrong. If you take any of these signals seriously, you can be hurt every time you drive. If you cannot crack a joke within a few minutes of rear-ending someone on the freeway, don't go out there.

  • The average person's short-term memory can hold only five to seven bits of data at any one moment. If you put more items in, others fall out. The older you are, the more you have crammed into those memory circuits. Twenty-five-year-olds can remember things because they still have empty space. Some of us take our children to the supermarket in the hope they will remember why we are there.

  • Insight is 'mental vision,' one of the ways in which the mind escapes the limits of the obvious or the familiar.

  • Intuition is a combination of insight and imagination that was once attributed to spiritual communication. Mathematicians call it 'fuzzy logic,' drawing conclusions from vague or subjective input. The mind becomes aware without the direct intervention of reasoning. Once you can imagine something you can begin the process of creating it. Executives use intuition to make many product, investment, and hiring decisions, even if they deny it. Success in business may depend on an accurate gut.

  • Learning how to respond to and master the process of change — and even to excel at it — is a critical leadership skill for the twenty-first century. Constant, rapid change will be a fact of life for all of us.

  • Nostalgia is also a trait of the organizations that I call lodges — everything from corporate cultures to religious sects. Their bonding power often exceeds loyalty to family or country because they create intimacy through shared ideals and beliefs, ceremonies, stories, and legends, and depend on it for their survival. The message is clear: Don't question what we're doing. Just appreciate how long we've been doing it.

  • If you had to choose only two qualities to get you through times of change, the first should be a sense of self-worth and the second a sense of humor.

  • People who think in absolutes usually don't listen to anyone but themselves. They resist new ideas and try to preserve the status quo. ...

  • People who think they know usually stopped thinking long ago.

Jennifer James, U.S. writer