Understanding one of the most important skills of a Japanese warrior, or “samurai”, can improve our daily life, including our attitude towards apparently unsolvable issues.
This skill is called “gaman”, a word that can be translated as “patience”, “endurance”, “perseverance” and which deals with the capacity of living “without complaint whatever problem may throw in your path”.
“Gaman” is a fundamental aspect of the samurai’s code of life, or “bushido”, but it is not necessary to fully practice this tough philosophy in order to experiment a truly fulfilling “gaman attitude”.
Broadly speaking, something similar can be found even in Western societies: ancient Romans, for instance, used to practice self-conditioning by following the stoical conduct of enduring hardship without a word of complaint.
Nevertheless, it is even unnecessary to face pain or disasters in order to experiment “gaman”.
In fact, a simple and achievable “gaman-ese” code of conduct can be summed up by 5 tips, useful to face our daily issues:
1- Stay consistent
2 – Set small goals for yourself, and achieve them
3- Take your time
4- Be human, with dignity
5 – Breathe!
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Recent surveys and studies reveal that successful people have one thing in common: successful habits. Productivity experts affirm in this article that half of our days are predetermined by habits. For this reason having good habits is essential to help reaching success.
But how to build a good habit?
Here are the top strategies and tactics suggested by the experts:
- Start small, break it down into smaller chunks
- Do it consistently, don’t break the chain
- Have a plan, prepare in advance
- Use an accountability buddy
- Reward yourself
- Write down your desired habits
- Track your progress
- Be specific, clear about the habit you want to build
- Make sure your habit is doable, realistic
- Use reminders
Are you afraid to be alone with your thoughts ? Do you usually expect immediate results from your committment? In this case, you have much to learn to become a mentally strong person and gain access to succes in life!
This is, at least, the opinion of Amy Morin, a psychotherapist, passionate about strategies for overcoming life’s inevitable challenges and author of “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do”, a best-selling book that is being translated into more than 20 languages. link
Mentally strong people don’t give away their power, don’t worry about pleasing everyone, don’t dwell on the past. In sum, they manage their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors.
Leadership is an important function of management which helps to maximize efficiency and to achieve organizational goals.
All successful organizations and businesses need effective leaders.
The leadership of effective and well trained leaders is paramount to providing an agreed upon goal for the company’s success. Leaders are invaluable when it comes to formulating and communicating new strategic directions, as well as communicating with and motivating employees to increase dedication to organizational goals.
Ongoing leadership skills training is essential to making sure that leaders are on the right track.
In this article, there are some tips provided by Steve Jobs, founder of Apple and iconic leader, who invented the Macintosh computer for the masses and started a revolution of the idea of the smart information technologies.
Under the watch of Steve Jobs, Apple was one of the most successful companies in history.
His beliefs set him apart from Western leaders and allowed him to focus on vision rather than reality. Spirituality combined with intensity allowed him to “think different” or imagine a new order of things. The “think different” philosophy embraces the need for simplication, innovation, confidence, collaboration, rebellion.
The 10 Lessons of Steve Jobs are excerpts from Walter Isaacson’s, “The Real Lessons of Steve Jobs,” published in the Harvard Business Review, April 2012.
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The principle behind the art of public diplomacy is not new: in order to advance your goals you need to engage, listen, discuss, persuade and ultimately influence others.
Now, if all this is true, is there a chance for introverts to be good diplomats?
First of all, she explains what introversion is. She argues that Western culture misunderstands and undervalues the traits and capabilities of introverted people although some of our leaders in history have been introverts: Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, and Gandhi.
Nowadays, according to Cain, we entered a new culture that historians call the culture of personality and introverts are pressured to act like extroverts instead of embracing their serious, often quiet and reflective style.
In our workplace when we think to leadership, introverts are routinely passed over for leadership positions, even though introverts tend to be very careful, much less likely to take outsize risks and introverted leaders often deliver better outcomes than extroverts do. Introverts tend to be more empathetic, modest, deep-thinking and innovative.
Cain is not seeking introvert domination but a better balance and inclusion of different work styles, acknowledging that big ideas and great leadership can come from either personality type.