Both-And and First Rate Intelligence

the test of a first rate intelligence is to hold two opposing ideas in mind, F. Scott Fitzgerald

The test of a first rate intelligence is to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. One should . . . be able to see that things are hopeless yet be determined to make them otherwise. F. Scott Fitzgerald

I loved this quote the first time I read it. And the first time I read it was in Jim Collins book, Built to Last, in the chapter on Both/And. The idea of both-and was powerful and it frames the way I approach life, leadership, and the Christian faith.

Jim Collins used it to talk about how businesses can pursue both profits and make quality products, or be environmentally or socially conscious. He used this way of thinking in contrast to the either-or way of thinking. We can make money OR we can make good products. 

"Grow, Grow" Whispers the Angel

every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers grow grow, Talmud

Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, "Grow, grow." The Talmud

You are meant to grow. To be alive is to grow. To grow is to flourish and thrive. It is God's will and His work for you to become all he has created you to become. You are a human becoming... a collection of possibilities, that this day, will advance toward fullness. There is More that God has for you...

May you know today that an angel is bending over you and whispering, "Grow, grow."

Live in joy, love, and vital optimism today, as you GROW.

Mindset Matters

I won't say much at all today...only repeat the obvious. Your mindset does indeed matter. You will almost always act according to what you think. If you think you can try something new you will. If you don't think you can - you won't. If you think you will suceed or fail - that's right - you will!

Take a look, a good look, at your life. How you are living, what you are experiencing, what you are doing, where you are going - it all comes down to this. If you think you can, or if you think you can't - you are probably right.

Maybe it is time to change what you believe. The good news is - that is exactly what Jesus offers. Metanoia-change-transformation-renewal at the deepest core of our beliefs.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International


Jeff Bezos on Leading Amazon

Jeff Bezos optimism vigilance urgenyThe Three Things You Need.
Here is a short mantra that Jeff Bezos gave to the team at Amazon in the early years. It is a mindset that great leaders must always keep before their people.

We are optimistic.
Every team needs to be forward looking, encouraged about the future, confident that the best is yet to be, full of vital energy that hard work + wisdom + a little serendipidy = success. We are optimistic.

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