Friday Stream of Consciousness – 102

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Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning:

•Rest in peace, Nelson Mandela. If you are interested in getting to know Mandela while gleaning fine leadership lessons from him at the same time, allow me to heartily recommend Richard Stengel’s, Mandela’s Way: Lessons on Life, Love and Courage. Mandela himself wrote the preface, and Stengel had uncommon access to Mandela. It’s an outstanding read.
•Here are some pearls I liked…among many…
•In the face of intimidation by prison guards, Mandela was known to stand his ground or even fight back verbally. He admitted to being terrified even as he did so, saying, “I can pretend to be brave.” Stengel writes of Mandela’s view of courage, “Pretend to be brave and you not only become brave, you are brave.”
•Stengel writes, “Yes, as a young man he often tried to create a stir, but the idea for him now is that it is better to be a little dull and trustworthy than fiery and unclear.”

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 51

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Here are some things I’m thinking about this Friday morning:

An Indian man just became a father again at age 96, breaking his own record. He met his 52-year-old wife 10 years ago, after practicing a life of celibacy. His quotes are priceless: “My neighbors are jealous and they keep asking me for my secret, but all I tell them is that it is God’s will,” He then adds: “I think it’s very important for a husband and a wife to have sex regularly and when she asks, I will go on all night, but for the sake of my child I’ve put our needs aside for now.” Toward the end of the article, he says that while he is perfectly capable of having more children, he’s done for financial reasons. Sorry…that’s just awesome. Click here to read the article.

It’s looking more and more like we need to start practicing saying, “President Romney.”