“Much has been written on the topic of “manager” vs. “leader” over the years. In many cases “manager” is used as a pejorative. The “manager” is the person who makes sure people follow the processes (good or bad) that have been put in place. The “manager” is the person everyone quips about. Leader, on the other hand, implies someone who’s out in front setting the direction for a group or an an organization. The leader focuses on moving towards a higher, more valuable goal. The leader inspires his or her followers to do great things.”—Manager vs. ? « Lead on Purpose (via misterjt)
“A $4 million deal to run the three libraries here is a chance for the company to demonstrate that a dose of private management can be good for communities, whatever their financial situation. But in an era when outsourcing is most often an act of budget desperation — with janitors, police forces and even entire city halls farmed out in one town or another — the contract in Santa Clarita has touched a deep nerve and begun a round of second-guessing.”—As L.S.S.I. Takes Over Libraries, Patrons Can’t Keep Quiet - NYTimes.com
“When we say things like “people don’t change” it drives scientist crazy because change is literally the only constant in all of science. Energy. Matter. It’s always changing, morphing, merging, growing, dying. It’s the way people try not to change that’s unnatural. The way we cling to what things were instead of letting things be what they are. The way we cling to old memories instead of forming new ones. The way we insist on believing despite every scientific indication that anything in this lifetime is permanent. Change is constant. How we experience change that’s up to us. It can feel like death or it can feel like a second chance at life. If we open our fingers, loosen our grips, go with it, it can feel like pure adrenaline. Like at any moment we can have another chance at life. Like at any moment, we can be born all over again.”—Meredith Grey, One amazing way of looking at things, courtesy of Grey’s Anatomy
And when the tax fight is over, one way or another, you can be sure that the people currently defending the incomes of the elite will go back to demanding cuts in Social Security and aid to the unemployed. America must make hard choices, they’ll say; we all have to be willing to make sacrifices.
But when they say “we,” they mean “you.” Sacrifice is for the little people.
“Yet if you want to find real political rage — the kind of rage that makes people compare President Obama to Hitler, or accuse him of treason — you won’t find it among these suffering Americans. You’ll find it instead among the very privileged, people who don’t have to worry about losing their jobs, their homes, or their health insurance, but who are outraged, outraged, at the thought of paying modestly higher taxes.”—Paul Krugman “The Angry Rich” Op-Ed NYT
Stopping at Uncomfortable - When you start something new, it will be scary. If you are serious about finding, following, and making your passion(s) and dream(s) a reality, you will have to deal with fear. You will have to accept that being uncomfortable means growing as a human being and making progress towards your goals.
Looking for Shorcuts - Remember, there’s always room for those that are willing to go the extra mile. Stop looking for shortcuts and start using what you have. There are no magic bullets out there that will do it all for you. You will have to learn. You will have to work hard and you will have to make mistakes and learn from them.
Waiting for Perfection - You don’t have to wait for the stars to align or for someone to give you permission to go after your dreams. Most people blame their circumstances for not allowing them to make their dreams a reality. This is a big mistake. If you want to live your dream life, do what you love and change the world, you will have to take matters into your own hands and make a change.
Failing to Listen to Your Heart - Your heart, on the other hand, will let you know when you’re on the right path. You will feel good when you’re following your passion. You will feel awesome when you’re heading in the right direction, and you will feel blissed out when you realize that you have a whole guidance system inside of you that is perfect for you.
Your next book is a biography of hip-hop pioneer DJ Kool Herc; in the past you’ve written about the Harlem Renaissance, and you also run a literary nonprofit in Ghana. What sparked your interest in Africa and African American culture?
There’s a wonderful quote by Ralph Ellison: “Whatever else the true American is, he is also somehow black.” This quote resonates with me because I am deeply interested in American identity. The questions I find myself asking all the time are: Who am I? What does it mean to be an American? And the deeper I look the more I find African American culture. To give you an example, there is no true American music without African Americans. No jazz, no R&B, no rock and roll, no hip-hop. My interest in Africa is just an extension of this. As I looked into African American culture, I began to explore the diaspora.
"No. You have to read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read and read.
As you read, unconsciously you assimilate the rudiments of style and technique.
And when it comes times for a person to begin to seariously write,
they either have it,
or they don’t.”