James Costa

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Issue #55: Parents in tech

“When we combine very real workplace inequalities with these romantic opt-out stories, the idea that "having it all" is a laughable goal becomes enshrined as immutable truth. And when we portray opting out as a simple matter of "choice," we ignore the systema…


Issue #54: Shaping perception

"Leaders who win the respect of others are the ones who deliver more than they promise, not the ones who promise more than they can deliver."― Mark A. Clement


Issue #53: Toot your own horn

"If you don't toot your own horn, don't complain that there's no music."― Guy Kawasaki


Issue #52: Finding direction

“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.”― Zig Ziglar


Issue #51: Bitter sweet symphony

"What is achievable in your life is based on the stories you tell yourself."― Karen Salmansohn


Issue #50: What're you doing with your dash?

"On an important decision one rarely has 100% of the information needed for a good decision no matter how much one spends or how long one waits. And, if one waits too long, he has a different problem and has to start all over. This is the terrible dilemma of …


Issue #49: I am because we are

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”― Jim Rohn


Issue #48: Why we complain

“Save your skin from the corrosive acids from the mouths of toxic people. Someone who just helped you to speak evil about another person can later help another person to speak evil about you.” ― Israelmore Ayivor


Issue #47: Embrace the grey

“Reality is not a function of the event as event, but of the relationship of that event to past, and future, events.” ― Robert Penn Warren


Issue #46: Tough feedback

"Feedback doesn’t tell you about yourself. It tells you about the person giving the feedback. When we look at praise and criticism as information about the people giving it, we tend to get really curious about the feedback, rather than dejected or defensive."…


Issue #45: Set yourself up for success

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ― Benjamin Franklin


Issue #44: What would you change?

“I have no desire to suffer twice, in reality and then in retrospect.” ― Sophocles


Issue #43: Technology is killing communication

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”― George Bernard Shaw


Issue #42: What's next?

"You've got to find yourself first. Everything else'll follow."― Charles de Lint


Issue #41: Setting the framework for decisions

"Crying is all right in its way while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later, and then you still have to decide what to do."― C.S. Lewis


Issue #40: There's always a journey

"I don't care if you go up the mountain quickly or slowly, but there's still a mountain... Anything that really matters takes time. Sometimes you can expedite pieces of it, but the journey is arduous and long and difficult and if you don't ask for help... you…


Issue #39: Stop wasting time on resolutions and just take action

"Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed."- Cavett Robert


Issue #38: We need to embrace "bold"

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."― Mahatma Gandhi


Issue #37: People

“Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for the love of it.”– Henry David Thoreau


Issue #36: Practice active recovery

“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done.” ― Bruce Lee