Great Words By Other People

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I recently purchased the book End Malaria – a collaboration between many, many talented, smart, creative people representing fantastic organizations. This is not directly related to Social Impact Assessment, but I wanted to promote this book, because it is a win-win (a concept that actually is related to SIA). The proceeds from the book go to Malaria No More, an organization that works to end Malaria in Africa, and the current employer of one of my best friends in the whole world (at this moment she is traveling through Camaroon and Chad to support the mission). The contents of the book are invaluable to all of us. I wanted to share some of the parts that I found most inspiring, and hopefully tempt you to get the book yourself.

If you have the book, please comment on it here!!

My favorite parts:

“Becoming aware of what one can do well that others cannot is an immense challenge…This awareness arrives only through deliberate practice and with the help of others.” – Kevin Kelly


“[T]he work you do is not about you; it is the people you affect with your work.” – Pam Slim


“There is no separation between life and work.” – Danielle LaPorte


“[F]igure out ways to explore your own personal adjacent possible” – Steven Johnson


“Scheduling just 5 percent of your week to reflect, think, and create can yield dramatic results.” – Josh Linkner


“Beta-think…we can make what we do ever better because we are never done, never satisfied, always seeking ways to improve by working in public.” – Jeff Jarvis


“Vulnerability is indeed at the core of difficult emotions, but it is also the birthplace of love and belonging, joy, creativity and innovation, authenticity, adaptability to change, and accountability – the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.”

“Vulnerability is equal parts courage, mindfulness, and understanding – it’s being “all in.” – Brené Brown


“Connection is at the heart of anything we do” – Lauryn Ballesteros


“Dealing with [haters] is the price of entry for being extraordinary.” – Sally Hogshead


“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan” – Jim Rohn, quoted by Ryan Vanderbilt


“[T]he only way to effect positive changes at the personal, familial, and organizational levels is to help people feel connected to needed changes and develop a sustained, deliberate practice over time.”

“A group of people who can provide ongoing support for needed changes is critical” – Rich Fernandez


“Choose ordinary courage today” – Chris Guillebeau


“The ready state for enlightenment is a consciousness devoid of preconceptions.”

“Keep everything in your life and work…clear, current, and complete. Discover the strategic value of clear space. Get ready to make a mess.” – David Allen


“The first step in reducing Insecurity Work is gaining self-awareness.” – Scott Belsky


“Cultivate mindfulness about your body…[b]ecoming present to yourself is the first step. Bear witness to your own life.” – Gwen Bell


“By encouraging people to be curious and be present, we find that extraordinary things can happen.” – Sally Bonneywell, Kim Lafferty, and Sue Cruse


“Great work is doing stuff that gives back to the world…[w]isdom is knowing what you don’t know…great work is about collaboration.” – Gina Trapani


“Great work stems from having a powerful purpose…[a] powerful purpose informs great work…[p]eople, purpose, personal growth – when you have all three, you’ve got the conditions for great work.” – Alan Webber





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