“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.”

– M. Scott Peck (via thecalminside)

The research reported in this book … shows that in the cases of well-managed firms… . good management was the most powerful reason they failed to stay atop their industries. Precisely because these firms listened to their customers, invested aggressively in new technologies that would provide their customers more and better products of the sort they wanted, and because they carefully studied market trends and systematically allocated investment capital to innovations that promised the best returns, they lost their positions of leadership.

What this implies at a deeper level is that many of what are now widely accepted principles of good management are, in fact, only situationally appropriate. There are times at which it is right not to listen to customers, right to invest in developing lower-performance products that promise lower margins, and right to aggressively pursue small, rather than substantial, markets. This book derives a set of rules, from carefully designed research and analysis of innovative successes and failures in the disk drive and other industries, that managers can use to judge when the widely accepted principles of good management should be followed and when alternative principles are appropriate.

– From the intro to Clayton Christensen’s Innovator’s Dilemma, which remains an incredibly provocative read after all these years. (via chaddickerson)

“Be yourself—not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.”

– Henry David Thoreau (via lazyyogi)

indypendenthistory:

His Holiness, Dalai Lama posing soon after the search party discovered him in 1939 in Kumbum, Amdo, Tibet
(via http://www.dalailama.com/gallery/album/2/19#ad-image-1)

indypendenthistory:

His Holiness, Dalai Lama posing soon after the search party discovered him in 1939 in Kumbum, Amdo, Tibet

(via http://www.dalailama.com/gallery/album/2/19#ad-image-1)

Richard Serra in the Qatari Desert
Nicolas Niarchos, newyorker.com
Richard Serra’s new sculpture, “East-West/West-East,” is a set of four standing steel plates rolled in Germany, shipped via Antwerp, and offloaded, trucked, and craned into place in the middle of the western Qatari desert. It’s his second public…

Richard Serra in the Qatari Desert
Nicolas Niarchos, newyorker.com

Richard Serra’s new sculpture, “East-West/West-East,” is a set of four standing steel plates rolled in Germany, shipped via Antwerp, and offloaded, trucked, and craned into place in the middle of the western Qatari desert. It’s his second public…

“You cannot find yourself by going into the past. You can find yourself by coming into the present.”

– Eckhart Tolle (via thecalminside)

“There are days when I am convinced that Heaven starts already, now, in this ordinary life, just as it is, in all its incompleteness, yet, this is where Heaven starts. See within yourself, if you can find it.
I walked through the field in front of the house, lots of swallows flying, everywhere! Some very near me. It was magical.
We are already one, yet we know it not.”

Thomas Merton (via crashinglybeautiful)

amnhnyc:

Happy Birthday to John Muir! 
Born in 1838, Muir was a naturalist and preservationist who founded the sierraclub. In 1903, Muir took Theodore Roosevelt on a famous camping tour of Yosemite and persuaded the President to add Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Valley to Yosemite National Park.
Did you know? The new Theodore Roosevelt sculpture at the center of the recently reopened Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall depicts the President as he looked during that Yosemite trip. 
Learn more.

amnhnyc:

Happy Birthday to John Muir!

Born in 1838, Muir was a naturalist and preservationist who founded the sierraclub. In 1903, Muir took Theodore Roosevelt on a famous camping tour of Yosemite and persuaded the President to add Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Valley to Yosemite National Park.


Did you know? The new Theodore Roosevelt sculpture at the center of the recently reopened Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall depicts the President as he looked during that Yosemite trip.

Learn more.