A man's reach should exceed his grasp. "If your goal doesn't scare you, it's not big enough," said Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the President of Liberia.

Professional golfers, when putting, aim six inches beyond the cup. After all, what percentage of putts that are short go in?

Karate masters, when breaking boards, aim not at the board, but six inches below it. After all, they're chopping through the board, not on it.

I've read that the only reason to give a speech is to change the world. Changing the world seems impossible, unless you change the world one person at a time.

Your words have the power to move people. In fact, your career depends on how you speak, because nobody knows what you think until you speak or write, and these days, people don't read. They skim, scan and surf. They wait for the meeting; they wait for the presentation, to hear what you have to say, and to see what kind of person you are.

Coined by Edward Lorenz, the butterfly effect suggests that minor perturbations in the air in one place can, weeks later, change the course of a distant hurricane.

So what about your next effort to move the mountain? What do you want to see happen six seconds, hours, days or weeks after the end of your talk, when your words have ceased disturbing the air? What's the change you're hoping to see?

Anything unusual?

Published on: Aug 26, 2014
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