Change This! Reclaim Your Life

joy-2.jpg features a wonderful Manifesto by Stuart R. Levine (former CEO of Dale Carnegie & Associates) titled Reclaim Your Life: A Two-Week Challenge to Help You Regain Time.

The subtitle may be a bit dry (how many times have we heard such advice?) but the Manifesto is quite good.

My take-away points:

“I got it.”

As soon as you understand exactly what someone is explaining, tell them in one way or another, “I got it.”

Personally, this advice would have saved me about 45 minutes on the phone with someone in my organization last Thursday.

2 . Tell them if the baby is ugly.

“The sooner you point out that the baby is ugly, the less time everyone wastes developing a flawed idea. A Smart innovator counts on your honest feedback . That’s why he or she is asking for it.”

3. Know your weaknesses, but play to your strengths.


4. Life is a negotiation.

“If you’re breathing, you’re negotiating … Unless you’re negotiating a multi-year contract or a peace treaty, don’t bring a long laundry list to the table. You’re bound to lose something important if you do.”

5. Good enough is good enough.

“There’s nothing wrong with wanting to do your best. But striving for perfection when ‘good enough is good enough’ is a waste of time.”

There are many other take-away points. Read the 17 page manifesto here.


February 20, 2007. life, Money, personal, Personal Development, Work.

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