A success strategy from Nobel Prize winner Albert Schweitzer

 In Learning from Luminaries, Philosopher

“There is no expedient to which a man will not resort, to avoid the real labour of thinking.” Sir Joshua Reynolds. Reynold’s quotation underpins why I regularly suggest that you reflect (ie. take time to think) in the ‘How to apply’ section of many of my posts.

Albert Schweitzer echos Reynold’s sentiments with an answer to a question posed to him in 1952. He was asked: “What’s wrong with men today?” he replied: “Men simply don’t think”.

The ‘how to apply’ for this post: Aim in 2013 to regularly take time to reflect and think on the important matters in your business life. Schedule time in your Outlook calendar (eg. send an Invitation to yourself) to reflect and think on a specific matter. Even just 20 minutes of concentrated thinking/reflecting can be valuable.



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  • Mike Searles

    I hear Earl Nightingale, in his 1957 spoken word recording of The Strangest Secret, quoting Albert Schweitzer. Heard it over and over again. Today I finally decided to search on Albert Schweitzer. That search brought me here to your post. Which in turn sends me to now search on Sir Joshua Reynolds. Thank you, Michael.

    Earl Nightingale, The Strangest Secret:

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