From Gretchen Rubin: A person with “oppositional conversational style” is a person who, in conversation, disagrees with and corrects whatever you say. Maybe in a friendly way, maybe in a belligerent way, but their remarks are framed in opposition to whatever you say.
From John Caddell at 99%: Companies and individuals go to great lengths to avoid mistakes. Motorola's Six Sigma management strategy has spread beyond its roots in industrial process control to give managers the illusion that they can "mistake-proof" sales processes, marketing activities and creative work. When we inevitably do make a mistake, we act like someone tripping on a crack in a sidewalk – we move on as fast as we can and hope no one notices.
But if we think about where mistakes can take us, it's to the margins, to the unknown, the unexplored – the area beyond Sigmas. And what can we learn there? We can see that some of our cherished assumptions are invalid, and that there are opportunities we never imagined.
From MindTools: This article looks at why excessive perfectionism is unhealthy, and we'll think about what you can do to overcome it.
From TED: What is a mistake? By talking through examples with his improvisational Jazz quartet, Stefon Harris walks us to a profound truth: many actions are perceived as mistakes only because we don't react to them appropriately.
A friend keeps his fan mail to read when he's in one of life's down cycles. He reminded me when I was discouraged during a recent project we worked on together.
From Steve Pavlina: While I normally write for people who are interested in improving their lives, I’m aware that many are committed to the opposite path. These people deliberately decline steps that would lead to measurable improvements. They prefer that everything goes wrong — for as long as possible.
You're worthy because you are born and because you are here. Your being here, your being alive makes worthiness your birthright. You alone are enough. Paul's response: Shifts of paradigms.
It is in the space of mastery over paradigms that people throw off addictions, live in constant joy, bring down empires, get locked up or burned at the stake or crucified or shot, and have impacts that last for millennia.