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A paved Roman road in Pompeii, Italy.

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Taking the high road is one of those throw away lines that people sometimes use when in conflict with others, but it’s a phrase that’s very rarely explained.  

According to John C. Maxwell there are three roads that we can take in life:  

  1. The low road – where we treat people worse than they treat us
  2. The middle road – where we treat people the same as they treat us
  3. The high road – where we treat people better than they treat us

There aren’t many people who would admit to taking the low road, but I’m sure that many would admit to taking the middle road, treating people the same as they treat us.   

Whilst there is good reason for this, I would advocate always taking the high road.  

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This story has been accredited to Socrates, although the original source may have been someone else.  Either way it’s a great tale that gives us some helpful hints on how to better deal with those who gossip and how to stop ourselves from spreading rumours as well.

One day, a student came up to the great philosopher.  “Socrates, I have just heard some news about one of your friends.”  he excitedly exclaimed.

“Before you tell me this news, we need to make sure that it passes the triple filter test,” responded Socrates.

“What’s the triple filter test?” the man asked.

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My thanks to Paulo Coelho for this wonderful story with some excellent points. 

A boy was watching his grandmother write a letter.

At one point he asked,  “Are you writing a story about what we’ve done?  Is it a story about me?”

His grandmother stopped writing her letter and said to her grandson: “I am writing about you, actually, but more important than the words is the pencil I’m using. I hope you will be like this pencil when you grow up.”

Intrigued, the boy looked at the pencil. It didn’t seem very special. “But it’s just like any other pencil I’ve ever seen!”

“That depends on how you look at things. It has five qualities which, if you manage to hang on to, will make you a person who is always at peace with the world.”

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Described as “America’s foremost business philosopher”, Jim Rohn was an entrepreneur, writer and motivational speaker who was the mentor of Tony Robbins and had a significant influence on the personal development industry before passing away in 2009.

I’ve discussed his “Ant Philosophy” in a previous post and today wanted to share with you some great quotes from him.

Over the course of his 40+ year career, Jim came up with many terrific quotes that aren’t just inspirational, but thought-provoking and challenging as well.

I’ve chosen five of his best for this post, although there were many more that I could have used.

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A young lady was waiting for her flight in the boarding room of a big airport. As she would need to wait for a long time, she decided to buy a book to read and a packet of cookies to snack on.  She sat down in an armchair in the VIP room of the airport to relax and read in peace.

A man sat down in the next seat, opened his magazine and started reading.  When she took out the first cookie, the man took one also.  She felt irritated but said nothing.  She just thought: “What a nerve! If I was in the mood I would punch him for daring!”

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Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States and he led the country through some massive issues, the American Civil War and the abolition of slavery. 

He is generally regarded as one of the greatest Presidents in US history, 145 years after his assassination.

How can Abraham Lincoln inspire us today?

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John Wooden at a ceremony on Oct. 14, the coac...

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Earlier this year, world sports lost one of the greatest coaches of all time when Coach John Wooden passed away at the grand age of 99.

Coach Wooden was best known for his days at UCLA where he coached their basketball team to the following achievements:

  • 10 NCAA National Championships
  •  7 NCAA Championships in a row between 1967 and 1973
  • 88 consecutive wins between 1971 and 1973
  • An all-time winning percentage of 81.3%.

 He was granted the President’s medal of freedom in 2003, has written numerous books and is well known for his “Pyramid of Success.”

He also had some amazing quotes, some of which I would like to share with you.

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