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The Classic Pamela Positive: “Make Each Day Your Masterpiece.” – John Wooden

 

“Make each day your masterpiece.”

— John Wooden

 

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Unmatched. That’s what Coach John Wooden is asking us to be.

To live a life unmatched each day — which is a masterpiece — means living according to your values.

When I usually think about a gargantuan goal, I think of something more along the lines of an Olympian. Yet it doesn’t always mean running (or winning) a marathon.

It is being your own masterpiece. That means today, you live with kindness in all the minute interactions you might have. It’s not just about doing your best, yet also treating others your best. You, your being and presence, are the kind masterpiece that positively affects the world.

From living your masterpiece as an individual, and on this basis of values — only then can you paint another masterpiece. Pick a passion… be it gardening, being an excellent bookkeeper, being elected to office, writing a short story, exploring the best hikes and appreciating nature… And step by step, create excellence. Get inducted into your own hall of fame.

But remember, the greatest hall of fame is… treating others your best.

 


John Robert Wooden (October 14, 1910 – June 4, 2010) was an American basketball coach. He was a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player (inducted in 1961) and as a coach (inducted in 1973). He was the first person ever enshrined in both categories. His ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period while at UCLA are unmatched by any other college basketball coach. He was married to Nellie Riley for 53 years, and they had two children. After Nellie’s death, John had a monthly ritual until his own death 25 years later, of visiting her grave and writing her a love letter.

Bio Source: Wikipedia


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The Classic Pamela Positive: “Make Each Day Your Masterpiece.” – John Wooden

 

“Make each day your masterpiece.”

— John Wooden

 

 

 

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Unmatched. That’s what Coach John Wooden is asking us to be.

To live a life unmatched each day — which is a masterpiece — means living according to your values.

When I usually think about a gargantuan goal, I think of something more along the lines of an Olympian. Yet it doesn’t always mean running (or winning) a marathon.

It is being your own masterpiece. That means today, you live with kindness in all the minute interactions you might have. It’s not just about doing your best, yet also treating others your best.  You, your being and presence, are the kind masterpiece that positively affects the world.

From living your masterpiece as an individual, and on this basis of values — only then can you paint another masterpiece. Pick a passion… be it gardening, being an excellent bookkeeper, being elected to office, writing a short story, exploring the best hikes and appreciating nature… And step by step, create excellence. Get inducted into your own hall of fame.

But remember, the greatest hall of fame is… treating others your best.

 

 


 

 

John Robert Wooden (October 14, 1910 – June 4, 2010) was an American basketball coach. He was a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player (inducted in 1961) and as a coach (inducted in 1973). He was the first person ever enshrined in both categories. His ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period while at UCLA are unmatched by any other college basketball coach.  He was married to Nellie Riley for 53 years, and they had two children.  After Nellie’s death, John had a monthly ritual until his own death 25 years later, of visiting her grave and writing her a love letter.

 

 

Fred Wilson Is Not Happy

Business Insider, December 27, 2012

Interesting to read this from #2 Venture Capital Investor in the world:

“Fred Wilson, the most influential venture capitalist in New York, sounds frustrated with some of his startups.

In a post on his blog site AVC, Wilson tells startups (and everyone, really) to quit screwing around and just deliver results in 2013.  It’s a timeless article for us all. One of standards, integrity and fulfillment of that which we promise. He asks you to do it for the investors, your company… and yourself. Read on and absorb his admonition.

Advice for 2013: Deliver On Your Promises

A VC, December 26, 2012

“There has been a lot of discussion out there about the Series A crunch, the consumer sector falling out of favor, VCs getting more conservative, the need to focus on revenues instead of users, and so on and so forth.

All of this is going on and the environment is certainly getting tougher for entrepreneurs. As I have said before, we have had the wind mostly at our back for the past seven years and I feel the winds changing on us. They are headwinds not tailwinds right now.

At times like this I think it is critical to focus hard on the most important things for your business. That could be revenues but may not be. That could be user traction but may not be.

I would like to tell a story. The company in this story will go nameless. It is not material to the story. We met the team a year ago as they were just launching. They had huge ambitions for 2012 and we thought they were delusional. We passed on the investment even though we really liked the team and the market. They came back in a month or two ago. And not only had they accomplished everything they said they would do, they got done a few things that were not even in their plans at year end 2011. We committed to lead their next round at a full valuation. There will always be money for teams and stories like this.

But as I look around the broader startup market (and certainly in our portfolio too), I don’t see a ton of those stories in 2012. I see delays in getting important new product initiatives out. I see revenues coming in well below plan. I see new ankle biter competitors emerging and taking share causing a loss of focus and missed numbers. I see “black swan” events that could not have been predicted causing short term disruptions.

None of these are fatal to a startup but in the environment we are in they will not help you. Investors are not giving the benefit of doubt in markets like this. And your employees aren’t going to be patient forever either.

So if I can give entrepreneurs a single piece of advice for 2013 it would be to deliver on your promises. Not just to your investors but also to your team and ultimately to yourself. This is no time to be in denial. That is a lethal attribute in times like these.

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If you took this article to heart, think about where you could make your promises more real.

Is that true for your business? Your marriage… your friendship… your boyfriend… your PTA role… where are you promising… and are you fulfilling it?

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Fred Wilson is known for his internet investment success and has backed companies such as Twitter, Tumblr, Zynga and Etsy; Wilson is now at the forefront of crypto circles. He is a co-founder of Union Square Ventures and Flatiron Partners, building a $570 million portfolio. He has also served as a guest lecturer at The Stern School of Business at New York University. Wilson has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In 2016, he was ranked as the number 2 venture capital investor worldwide by the New York Times and CB Insights. Wilson is an active philanthropist.

Bio from:
https://www.forbes.com/profile/fred-wilson/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Wilson_(financier)

Excellence Talks

Pamela do you know what excellence is?”

Dad, when I was nine years old you sat me on my bed to have one of the first of your most famous “excellence talks.” Do you remember that? I was in fourth grad and you had just received my progress report. I had a “C” in spelling; and yet I was proud because I had finished the whole spelling book in October for the entire year (although most of it was wrong!)

We sat down on the bed. “Pamela, do you know what excellence is?” I don’t remember my response, but your answer was beautifully clear. “Excellence is doing your best. It is expecting and working towards the highest point you can achieve. And if your best was a “C” then I wouldn’t say a thing. But I know this isn’t true. If you try your hardest, then you will know what excellence is. Do you think you can try that?”

I nodded then – and now. I am ever grateful for those excellence talks. They never stopped with that chat on my bed – I’ve carried them with me throughout my life. I often stop myself thinking, “Is this my best? Would Dad say this was excellence?”

Know that your “excellence talks” will remain a tradition in my family in the years to come. I believe in them not just because of your wise words but because you lived it- in your work, in the way you took care for our family, and the way you treat others. So on this birthday, I’d like to give you my own “excellence talk.”

Dad, your excellence talks to me daily. Thank you for always being motivated, showing how rewarding doing your best is. You are always trying to better yourself, striving for higher attainments, whether in keeping healthy, cultivating new friendships, or being open to new ideas. Your stand for achieving the best lies beyond having a positive attitude. It’s a positive expectation. And foremost in my thought when I think of you, I think of your excellence in agelessness. Regardless of years, you reflect simple strength, a deeper kindness, and constant progression. Happy 55th birthday Dad. It’s a glorious one: full of excellence and purpose just as in all other years past!

March 12, 1993