10 Valuable Quotes from 10 Famous NBA Players

  1. “Boos don’t block dunks.” – Kobe Bryant
  2. “Don’t be afraid of failure. This is the way to succeed.” – Lebron James
  3. “Leadership is getting players to believe in you. If you tell a teammate you’re ready to play as tough as you’re able to, you’d be better go out there and do it. Players will see right through a phony. And they can tell when you’re not giving it all you’ve got.” – Larry Bird
  4. “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
  5. Lack of height is not a handicap or limitation in basketball. In fact I turned it into an advantage. I’m very difficult to guard because I’m so small. I made the other players adjust to me.” – Maggsy Bogues
  6. “I don’t care what other people say. I fight every day to be the best player I can.” – Steve Nash
  7. “If you have ability in a certain area, why not capitalize on it and improve it and use it?” – Wilt Chamberlain
  8. “Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.” – Magic Johnson
  9. “I’m not a guy that’s going to brag or feel like I’m better than the group.” – Kevin Durant
  10. “I can score 20 points if I want to, but that’s not my desire.” – Dennis Rodman

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20 Jobs of the Future

In the past, careers were stable, linear and singular. People chose one path and pursued it over the course of their lives from college to retirement. In our modern age of technology driven exponential change – this model no longer works.

Careers are now complex, fragmented, specialized, collaborative and ever evolving. More often than not, our work life will be made up of a portfolio of micro-careers.  – sparks & honey

No Pressure, No Diamonds: How Gemma Achieved Her Dream of Education

GemmaLet me take you to the mountains with this story of a woman and her firm resolve to provide a better life for herself and an inspiration for her own tribe.

She was *Gemma Dandana Tolentino, a member of the Subanon Tribe in Zamboanga del Norte. She was my friend and a former colleague at TVI Resource Development Philippines Inc., a Canadian mining company where I worked from 2006-2010. Currently, she is a licensed Forester of TVI’s Environment Department.

Gemma walked 8 kilometers every day from her house to school, determined to finish her elementary and high school studies. Completing a high school education was not a common thing in her community. Access to schools, as well as access to other social services, was difficult for people in hometown then because of “poverty”. A college degree was next to impossible. But Gemma was determined to prove to her fellow villagers that earning a college degree was attainable even if you came from the mountains.

Completing a college degree would make Gemma so proud she would consider it her greatest accomplishment in life. Why not? During those times, the ratio of college professionals to the non-college graduates in her community in the Municipality of Siocon was 2:10.

The town of Siocon where Gemma hailed was inaccessible to public transportation some ten or twenty years ago. To travel to and from Zamboanga City, one had to take a common mode of transportation – the habal-habal or a modified single motorcycle. One could also ride a boat to go to Zamboanga City, but this was risky because of inclement weather conditions and the danger of rebels/pirates hijacking or holding up passenger boats.

Despite the lack of access to transportation, Gemma reached Zamboanga City and enrolled at the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU). She took up Bachelor of Science in Forestry. She struggled to support herself by doing laundry for her landlady. Each day held lots of challenges for Gemma, but she was undaunted. Her heart was set on finishing a degree and going back to her community with her diploma.

In the midst of her difficulties, Gemma learned about a Christian missionary couple who were in Zamboanga City to do a translation of the New Testament to Subanon language. Thinking that this was an interesting project, Gemma did not hesitate to talk to the couple to offer her assistance.

The Christian missionaries’ names were Bill and Lee Hall. The couple were associated with the Summer Institute for Linguistics (SIL), a non-profit organization which at that time had a partnership with the Department of Education to conduct research and documentation of the indigenous languages of the Philippines. The translation of the New Testament to Subanon was one of the major works of Bill and Lee in Zamboanga.

To the Halls, Gemma was heaven sent. She a pure Subanon who came from the bloodline of chieftains hence she was the best person to help in the translation work. The couple agreed to support Gemma’s college education in return for the work she would do for them. Through this arrangement, Gemma was able to finish college.

Gemma returned to her village in 1997 with her prized possession – her college diploma – a piece of paper so unreachable to some of her fellow Subanons. A year after returning to he village, Gemma successfully passed the board examination for forestry graduates and became a Licensed Forester.

Gemma’s story tells us that if we really yearn to achieve something, we must pursue it no matter what it takes. In the process of trying to reach our ambition, we must be ready to make sacrifices. The lack of economic resources must never be a hindrance. We just have to learn how to find the right opportunity to help us through the most trying times. Gemma looked to her indigenous roots and used that as an opportunity to find help she needed to finish her studies. And she came out successful.

No pressure, no diamonds, – Mary Case

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From Hardship to Harvard

10 Students Who Overcame Massive Obstacles to Achieve Their Dream of an Education

*Gemma’s story is included in my eBook available via Smashwords, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes.

Why We Fail to Ask for What We Need (and Deserve) in the Workplace

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It is difficult to ask for what we need career-wise. But, that doesn’t make us less deserving. We all have something we need — Recognition. A more flexible schedule. Increased challenge. Exposure.

But we are fearful. We hesitate. We obsess. We role-play the potential outcome of the conversations in our minds.

To progress in today’s world of work, mastering “the ask” is an absolute necessity. Wherever you find yourself in your career journey — asking for what we need is simply a challenge we must overcome.

So, how do we address this common problem? Rather than examining the “hows” of asking for what we need — it is best to examine the “whys” behind our initial hesitation.

A few things that hold us back:

  • We’re in the dark. In some cases, we are simply unsure of our actual career worth. Why? Because we don’t seek honest feedback. Asking your…

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20 Motivational Quotes to Read Every Monday Morning

  1. “A new day: Be open enough to see opportunities. Be wise enough to be grateful. Be courageous enough to be happy.” – Steve Maraboliactivities-in-the-morning-wake-up-early
  2. “Take more risks in your 20s and early 30s.” -Steve Tappin
  3. “No pressure, no diamonds.” -Mary Case
  4. “Keep going. You never know what door is about to open.” -Tom Stoppard
  5. “To learn, experiment! Try something new. See what happens. Lindbergh experimented when he flew the Atlantic. Pasteur experimented with bacteria and made cow’s milk safe for the human race. Franklin experimented with s kite and introduced electricity.” -James Mangan
  6. “Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  7. “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” -Albert Eisntein
  8. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” -Thomas Edison
  9. “If nothing is ventured, nothing is gained.” -Sir John Heywood
  10. “Be like a postage stamp. stick to one thing until you get there.” -Josh Billings
  11. “Create a set of great personal values and surround yourself with the right people that can form your support system. Have an optimistic spirit and develop a strong purpose that you completely believe in and everything you can imagine is possible for you.” -Andrew Horton
  12. “The People who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and if they can’t find them, they make them.” -George Bernard Shaw
  13. “Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  14. “Dream big my friends. Throw things up on the Internet. See what people respond to. Make changes along the way. You never know.” -Craig Kannaley
  15. “Move fast and break things.” -Mark Zuckerberg
  16. “You can compensate talents with effort.” -Malcolm Gladwell
  17. “If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.” -Albert Einstein
  18. “Interrupt the monotonous routine of daily life by taking risks and giving people memorable experiences they’ll be dying to talk about.” -Brad Keywell
  19. “Don’t be offended when people don’t seem to get you. Not everyone recognizes brilliance.” -Linda Poindexter
  20. “The cost of inaction is vast. Don’t go to your grave with your best work inside you. Choose to die empty.” -Todd Henry

 

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