As to the abuses I meet with, I number them among my honors. One cannot behave so as to obtain the esteem of the wise and the good without drawing on oneself at the same time the envy and malice of the foolish and wicked, and the latter is testimony of the former. The best men have always had their share of this treatment, the more of it in proportion to their different and greater degree of merit. A man, therefore, has some reason to be ashamed of himself when he meets none of it.
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We know that if we embrace our ideals, we must prove worthy of them. And that scares the hell out of us. What will become of us? We will lose our friends and family, who will no longer recognize us. We will wind up alone, in the cold void of starry space, with nothing and no one to hold on to.
From No Ordinary Moments: A Peaceful Warrior’s Guide to Daily Life by Dan Millman:
Once, when I was driving on a curved road, a car going in the opposite direction passed me, and the driver yelled out her window at me, “Pig!” I felt very upset at being called a pig by a complete stranger. “She probably has a problem with men,” I thought, as I rounded a curve—and nearly ran over a pig in the middle of the road.
The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him.
There are always moments when the commander’s place is not back with his staff but up with the troops. It is sheer nonsense to say that maintenance of the men’s morale is the job of the battalion commander alone. The higher the rank, the greater the effect of the example. The men tend to feel no kind of contact with a commander who, they know, is sitting somewhere in headquarters. What they want is what might be termed a physical contact with him. In moments of panic, fatigue, or disorganization, or when something out of the ordinary has to be demanded from them, the personal example of the commander works wonders, especially if he has had the wit to create some sort of legend around himself.
—Erwin Rommel, “The Desert Fox” [Wikipedia]
For what the leaders are, that, as a rule, will the men below them be.
Quoted in Ron Moore’s Making Common Sense Common Practice:
Three men were working in a rock quarry, pounding rocks. It was very hard, sweaty, arduous work. A fourth man happened through the quarry, and, coming upon the first man, asked, “What are you doing?”
To which the first man replied in an irritated tone, “What, you blind? Poundin’ rocks, that’s what they pay me to do.”
Sensing that the conversation had ended, the fourth man walked on, and came across a second man, and politely asked the same question, “What are you doing?”
“Oh, I’m making a living for my family,” was the reply. “One day my son will go to college, and hopefully he will have a better life than mine.”
The fourth man went on, finally coming to the third man working in the rock quarry, and, of course, asked, “What are you doing?”
To which he replied proudly, “Oh, I’m helping build a temple for the greater glory of God. It’s really an exciting effort, this is.”
The first man had no goal. The second man had an admirable goal related to himself and the continuation of his family. The third man had a “superordinate” goal: it was greater than himself, but one in which he could feel a part.
Which man experienced the greatest fulfillment in the course of his day?
Quoted in chapter 7 of The Science of Success:
“The problem of management” is “how to set up social conditions in any organization so that the goals of the individual merge with the goals of the organization.” This “includes the needs for meaningful work, for responsibility, for creativeness, for being fair and just, for doing what is worthwhile and for preferring to do it well.”