I HAVE A DEADLINE. I’M GLAD

A well designed environment will do 90% of the work for you – so if you want to play a bigger game, add a lot more structure.

AN ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER
We need, first of all, for there to be accountability, for there to be somebody who is responsible for enforcing extraordinary standards and holding people’s feet to the fire.
~Jennifer Granholm

A COACH
I learn teaching from teachers. I learn golf from golfers. I learn winning from coaches. ~Harvey Penick

A PLAYMATE
I’m like a navigator and I try to encourage collaboration and find the best way that will produce fruit. Because, I like fruit. I like cherries, I like bananas. ~Jim Jarmusch

A CIRCLE OF FRIENDS
Friends and good manners will carry you where money won’t go.

~Margaret Walker

A GOAL
Sometimes the path you’re on is not as important as the direction you’re heading. ~Kevin Smith

A PROJECT
Every small project contains the DNA of the entire enterprise. ~Tom Peters

DAILY/WEEKLY/MONTHLY THEME

Be specific. Give things the dignity of a name. It penetrates more deeply. It takes the blur out of our mind: it connects us. ~Natalie Goldberg

A VISUAL DISPLAY
Pictures help you to form the mental mold.~Robert Collier

A CHECKLIST
Make sure that simple steps are not missed and that all the hard and unexpected problems are covered. ~Atul Gawande

A DEADLINE
I have a deadline. I’m glad. I think that will help me get it done. ~Michael Chabon

A PROMISE
Promise a lot and give even more. ~Anthony J. D’Angelo

A SYSTEM
Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird. ~Anne Lamott (Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life)

A ROUTINE
If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.

~Tony Robbins

A SOURCE OF HIGH ENERGY
Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: I’m with you kid. Let’s go.
~Maya Angelou

A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
Reading, conversation, environment, culture, heroes, mentors, nature – all are lottery tickets for creativity. Scratch away at them and you’ll find out how big a prize you’ve won. ~Twyla Tharp

A GAME
Games lubricate the body and the mind.
~Benjamin Franklin

A CHALLENGE
Life should be lived on the edge. You have to exercise rebellion. To refuse to tape yourself to the rules, to refuse to repeat yourself, to see every day, every year, every idea as a true challenge. Then you will live your life on the tightrope. ~Phillippe Petit

A PROBLEM
As a director in the theatre I have encountered certain consistent problems that just do not go away. Rather than avoiding these problems, I have found it fruitful to study them. And this study has changed the way I approach all work. The problems became my allies. ~Anne Bogart

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