Ideas to Read and Pass Along

Kevin & Jackie Freiberg

Live with Intention

These are some axioms we think are pretty cool, they also happen to be consistent with the way MVPs think and live their lives. We aspire to live by them, maybe you will too.

1. Don’t lean on yesterday’s headlines. You are never more vulnerable to complacency, arrogance, indifference, and inflexibility than when you are riding the wave of success. Your lock on success is only as good as your last piece of work.

2. Who ever succeeded by being a conformist? To stand out in a sea of sameness you have to be a renegade and a maverick. Me too = Me dead!

3. You can’t have innovation and renewal if you aren’t willing to question authority and challenge the status quo—put every process, policy, rule and regulation on probation constantly!

4. Defy mediocrity. When you complete a project, look at it and ask, Will this knock people on their butt?

5. Risk more, fail faster. Unless you test the limits of what you can achieve, you’ll never really know where your boundaries are. Without failure you will never be able to determine how much capacity you have. If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.

6. Being RIGHT is highly overrated—pursue the best solution whether it’s yours or not. There is usually more than one RIGHT, once you embrace this truth you will be less afraid of doing the wrong thing.

7. Helplessness and powerlessness are states of mind—neither will serve you well. Being a victim may not be a choice, but being victimized is, if you are confronted with a bad situation either change the situation or choose a different attitude.

  • Don’t place blame, take responsibility.
  • Don’t make excuses, make something happen.
  • Don’t be sorry, change.

8. Instinctively we all want to live, but our deepest longing is to be ALIVE! You are going to die—make sure you live first.

9. We dream not to escape life, but to keep life from escaping us. Never compromise your dream for the sake of fortune, fame, status or power. Love what you do, or don’t do it.

10. You are known by the company you keep. Hire people who don’t SUCK energy, passion and life out of your company.

Players are Passionate about Making the Play!

It’s not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or when the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at the worst if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt
26th President of the United States