From Chapter 11 “Perspective” in Ingredients of Outliers.
Food for Thought
- You alone have the power to change the course of your life. If you can’t, and many believe they can’t, at least change your perspective.
- Perspective changes as we age. What was once very important is now less important. Try to remember that when you need a perspective injection.
In Other Words
What makes life easy or difficult or any other way we judge it for that matter is perspective. What matters most about your life and mine are not the objective facts or reality of it but rather the perspective from which we view it.
~ Roger Allen
Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.
~ Greg Anderson
Work is much more fun than fun.
~ Noel Coward
There are things I can’t force. I must adjust. There are times when the greatest change needed is a change of my viewpoint.
~ Denis Diderot
I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun.
~ Thomas A. Edison
If you nurture your mind, body, and spirit, your time will expand. You will gain a new perspective that will allow you to accomplish much more.
~ Brian Koslow
If you can’t be a highway, then just be a trail, If you can’t be the sun, be a star; It isn’t by the size that you win or you fail; Be the best of whatever you are!
~ Douglas Malloch
Humor is perhaps a sense of intellectual perspective, an awareness that some things are really important, others not; and that the two kinds are
most oddly jumbled in everyday affairs.
~ Christopher Morley
What is funny about us is precisely that we take ourselves too seriously.
~ Reinhold Niebuhr
Humor gives us balance and perspective; it broadens our horizon and understanding; it makes us come down from our high horse of arrogance and conceit.
~ Hyman Judah Schachtel
Perspective changes our attitude. Changing our attitude breathes hope into us.
~ Bob Welch