Leadership and Career Development Advice from Twitter

Every week day, I try send out an inspirational, motivational or thought-provoking post to my Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ pages. Here are 75 of those posts, in 140 characters or less, that received positive feedback.

  • If you’re not doing it wrong, you’re doing it wrong. Fail fast…learn, unlearn and relearn…make change.
  • The secret to making mistakes isn’t to avoid them; it’s to realize that they aren’t fatal. They’re the fuel to find stratospheric success.
  • The root cause of disaster is predisposition towards immediate gratification. Instead, focus on endeavors that result in long-term success.
  • Corporations optimize profitability. Conversely, great humans optimize by giving more than they receive and serving others authentically.
  • It is easy to measure the day by the extrinsic rewards you garner, but more meaningful to measure the number of individuals you inspire.
  • We speak what matters most without words.
  • “You don’t get paid for the hour, you get paid for the value you bring to the hour.” -Jim Rohn. How are you generating value for others?
  • It’s okay if you cannot do great big things now. Start by doing smaller things in a great way. Move from success to significance.
  • Instead of spending time trying to be interesting, why don’t you spend time being interested? People remember how you made them feel.
  • Human resources are like natural resources, the most important traits are buried deep and require significant work to discover and nurture.
  • Personal branding requires truly discovering your character. To explore your values, start by looking at your debit/credit card receipts.
  • When discussing your career, don’t just describe the steps, describe why you took each step and show that your life was chosen and managed.
  • What you are speaks volumes more than what you said. Develop a leadership brand and be known for walking the talk in all aspects of your life.
  • Marketing is the tax you pay for being unremarkable. Under promise and over deliver…on everything. You won’t ever have to market again.
  • You are a leader when you create an environment in which mistakes become a collective learning experience. Give people chances to fail.
  • Be ruthless with your time. Time is more valuable than money…you can always earn more money, but you can’t get more time. Be engaged.
  • My advice as you embark upon 2013…discover your personal mission and vision…find a career that you would die for…and then live for it.
  • Passion with little guidance is over-rated. Find your strengths first, then apply your passion. The outcome will be vibrant.
  • Knowing and living your individual strengths multiplies your success exponentially. You can only modify your weaknesses slightly, so…
  • Remember that it isn’t always about how you sell yourself, it’s about recognizing how the employer “buys” your talent and adjusting your sell accordingly.
  • Many people haven’t had others believe in them, that may be why they’re not entrepreneurs. Support people and innovation will be the outcome.
  • Globalization 3.0 – individuals transcend country and company boundaries and make impacts on the global economy alone.
  • A human not having money is a curable condition. How far are you willing to push yourself to fail fast and apply your learnings?
  • A lack of education is like spiritual cancer. To cure…give people sunlight, healthy food, opportunities to learn…and hope.
  • Environment drives behavior. If you treat people as assets they will not become liabilities. Keep them on the right side of the balance sheet.
  • People are a function of your perception of them; hold them in high regard and they will act accordingly. Let them live up to their potential.
  • How many of you do a job because you HAVE to? What steps can you take right now to work in a job that you CHOOSE to do?
  • The paradox of power in the 21st century – you become more powerful when you give your own power away. Delegate authority to your team.
  • Trust is contagious. What have you done to trust one of your stakeholders today? The more trusted people feel, the more they cooperate.
  • Remember, people commit to causes…not plans. You’ll get high performance when you pair passion and pride. Bring the unique vision to life.
  • “Leadership is communicating to people their worth and potential so clearly that they come to see it in themselves.” – Stephen Covey
  • Take P.R.I.D.E. (Personal Responsibility In Delivering Excellence) in your work. Consistently under promise and over deliver.
  • Don’t “go” through life – “grow” through life. Take the time to define your own success.
  • Think BIG. A goal is a dream set to paper. Don’t just think it – ink it! -live-inspired.com
  • Zig Ziglar once said, “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” Get unstuck, be optimistic and test your limits.
  • “You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things so that the small things go in the right direction.” -Alvin Toffler
  • “Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.” -Napolean Hill. Generate value for others.
  • “Think twice before you speak, your words and influence will plant the seed of success or failure in the mind of another.” -Napolean Hill
  • “The key is not prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” – Stephen Covey
  • The best way out of a challenging situation is to roll your sleeves up and work through it. Fail fast and be a continual learner.
  • Moving from success to significance requires you to not accept the expectations others have of you; exude positivity and generate value.
  • “A culture of discipline is not a principle of business, it is a principle of greatness” -Jim Collins. Plan the work, work the plan.
  • Your greatest opportunity for growth isn’t in fixing your weaknesses; it’s in identifying and being outstanding at your strengths.
  • Don’t spend your life trying to surround yourself with people just like you; push for diversity and inclusion, you’ll develop skills faster.
  • If you don’t consciously design a plan for your own life, someone else will. Choose the path less traveled and unlock your potential.
  • Take risks, make mistakes and learn from your hardships. Regretting never having tried is far worse than failure. Fail fast and try again.
  • Oscar Wilde said “You can never be over-dressed or over-educated.” Learn continually, be a go-giver and out-behave others.
  • When making decisions about developing competencies, choose the learning opportunity that seems the hardest and makes your stomach churn.
  • Instead of being throttled by fear, confront it. F.E.A.R. = Face Everything And Respond. Be known as the person who takes meaningful action.
  • If life truly begins at the end of your comfort zone, discover your potential and deliberately rise to it. Go to where the magic happens.
  • “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” -Milton Berle. Don’t follow another person’s idea of a great career. Build YOUR ideal career.
  • “Make happy those who are near and those who are far will come.” -Chinese Proverb How abundantly do you place others interests before yours?
  • Instead of creating imaginary boundaries that trap you, visualize yourself in your ideal career performing up to your potential.
  • You can shape your future in ways you may not realize. You live in a world of possibilities. Serve others authentically and generate value.
  • In building relationships, remember that people are attracted to authentic presence and a future full of possibilities.
  • Joseph Jaworski said “The confidence you have in others will help determine the confidence they have in themselves.” Nurture human capital.
  • Leadership is helping to release human possibility…helping those around you operate at peak capacity. What is your personal brand?
  • Instead of handing over your personal brand to an institution that treats you as a disposable resource, develop your brand and proliferate it.
  • As you proactively manage your career, your job isn’t to rise to someone else’s goal…it’s to understand and rise to your potential.
  • Sir Ken Robinson said “Human communities depend on diversity of talent, not a singular conception of ability” What’s your value proposition?
  • Career/Leadership brand development isn’t something you do when you have a career, it’s what you do to find and live your passion every day.
  • It’s better to have a shorter life spent doing what you enjoy than to live a long life miserably. Ask yourself, what if money was no object?
  • Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, develop and manage your career so that you don’t need to escape from it.
  • “Storms make oaks take root” -Proverb. When in career transition, you must learn about yourself continually. Make time for reflection daily.
  • Jim Rohn once said “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” Are you willing to put in the time?
  • Very little of what you do will matter to others until everything you do counts to and inspires them. Fear mediocrity and be influential.
  • In many cases, the journey is more important than the destination. Learn continually, generate value for others and invest in real prosperity.
  • Your job isn’t to tell others what to think, it’s to teach them how to think. Your brand will develop quickly because you out-behave others.
  • To be influential, you must first connect to a core desire within those individuals you would like to generate value for.
  • Career planning and personal branding require balancing deliberate, planned action with the flexibility to adapt to unanticipated opportunity.
  • Connectors, the leaders of the 21st century, value the interdependence of meaningful relationships more than independence.
  • The big problems we face in the 21st century can’t be solved with tiny ideas. Fight incrementalism and make quantum leaps towards betterness.
  • The test of a great human isn’t what s/he makes ($$$), but rather the spiritual, intellectual, relationship and emotional wealth s/he generates for others.
  • To lead an authentic and balanced life, you must be the same person at work, with family, serving the community and with friends.
  • Take time to reflect on what you’ve learned and repurpose that knowledge to proactively generate triple bottom line wealth for others.