Cube0021 – Means to an End

Sun Tzu was a Chinese military strategist who wrote a book titled Art of War. The ideas within this book have been adapted or used directly in the business and success world, with numerous titled adapted to help different groups.

The History Channel recently reaired a two-hour program titled Art of War where Richard A Gabriel spoke on the difference between means and ends.

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Starting Questions:

  1. How do you keep focused on your goals?
  2. What is the equivalent to a battle for you?
  3. Do all the advisers around you have the same mindset, skillset, or perspective?
  4. … … what questions came to your mind as you listened?

 

 

Cube0008 – How to Reach Your Overseas Goal

Sailing is a wonderful activity that many illustrations can be drawn from.

In this cube we highlight two quotations, one from Oliver Wendell Holmes and another from John Ortberg.

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Included Quotations:

[a big goal is like] crossing an ocean. Some people try [by themselves], day after day,  … That’s like taking a rowboat across the ocean. It’s exhausting and usually unsuccessful.

Others have given up trying and throw themselves entirely on “relying on God’s grace.” They’re like drifters on a raft. They do nothing but hang on and hope God gets them there.

Neither trying nor drifting are very effective in [achieving the big goals]. A better image the sailboat, in which if it moves at all, it’s a gift of the wind. We can’t control the wind, but a good sailor discerns where the wind is blowing and adjusts the sails accordingly.

~ John Ortberg

I find that the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.

~ Oliver Wendell Holmes