When you're frustrated with people, when they've made you angry, it just may be because you haven't given them enough time.
In the end, educators best serve students by helping them be more self-reflective. The only way any of us can improve—as Coach Graham taught me—is if we develop a real ability to assess ourselves. If we can't accurately do that, how can we tell if we're getting better or worse? Some.
I sure got their attention. That's always the first step to solving an ignored problem.
When you’re screwing up and nobody says anything to you anymore, that means they’ve given up on you.
I quote my father to people almost every day. Part of that is because if you dispense your own wisdom, others often dismiss it; if you offer wisdom from a third party, it seems less arrogant and more acceptable.
I know you're smart. But everyone here is smart. Smart isn't enough.
You can't get there alone. People have to help you and I do believe in karma. I believe in paybacks. You get people to help you by telling the truth. Being earnest. I'll take an earnest person over a hip person any day, because hip is short term. Earnest is long term.
There are a few key moments in anyone's life. A person is fortunate if he can tell in hindsight when they happened.
Proper apologies have three parts: 1) What I did was wrong. 2) I feel badly that I hurt you. 3) How do I make this better?
If your kids want to paint their bedrooms, as a favor to me, let 'em do it.
Are you a fun-loving Tigger or a sad-sack Eeyore? Pick a camp. I think it's clear where I stand on the great Tigger/Eeyore debate!
The key question to keep asking is, Are you spending your time on the right things? Because time is all you have.
That meant when I wasn't happy about something, I spoke up, often directly and not always tactfully.
Want to have a short phone call with someone? Call them at 11:55 a.m., right before lunch. They'll talk fast. You may think you are interesting, but you are not more interesting than lunch.
If you're going to have childhood dreams you should have great parents who let you pursue them and express your creativity.
We now live in an age when parents praise every child as a genius. And here's my mother, figuring alert ought to suffice as a compliment.
I F I could only give three words of advice, they would be tell the truth.
One thing that makes it possible to be an optimist is if you have a contingency plan for when all hell breaks loose.
Be good at something. It makes you valuable. Have something to bring to the table, because that will make you more welcome.
It's not about how to achieve your dreams. It's about how to lead your life. If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself. The dreams will come to you.
Smart isn't enough. The kind of people I want on my research team are those who will help everyone else feel happy to be here.
Wait long enough and people will surprise and impress. When you're pissed off at someone and you're angry at them, you just haven't given them enough time. Just give them a little more time and they almost always will impress you.
If nobody ever worried about what was in other people's heads, we'd all be 33 percent more effective in our lives and our jobs.
The fact that fashion goes out of fashion and then comes back into fashion based solely on what a few people somewhere think they can sell, well to me, that's insanity.
If you can't (or won't) sort mail, where is the proof that you can do anything?
If your trashcan or wheelbarrow has dent in it, you don't buy a new one. Maybe that's because we don't use trashcans and wheelbarrows to communicate our social status or identity to others.
When you’re screwing up and nobody says anything to you anymore that means they’ve given up on you…you may not want to hear it but your critics are often the ones telling you they still love you and care about you and want to make you better.
I didn't know there was a dying-professor section at the bookstore.
Most people who have told a lie think they got away with it … when in fact, they didn't.
But being considered the best speaker in a computer science department is like being known as the tallest of the Seven Dwarfs.
TOO MANY people go through life complaining about their problems. I've always believed that if you took one-tenth the energy you put into complaining and applied it to solving the problem, you'd be surprised by how well things can work out.
If you can find an opening, you can probably find a way to float through it.
During the most painful times of my treatment, Rocky was an inspiration because he reminded me: It's not how hard you it. It's how hard you get hit...and keep moving forward.
That is what it is. We can't change it. We just have to decide how we'll respond.