What will you focus on in 2017?

From Aristotle to Lao Tzu and throughout the world there are examples of what is referred to as “Wisdom Literature”. These are historical texts that offer common sense maxims and guidance for everyday life. Most of them have recurring themes that revolve around the power of focus, habit, character and the principles that govern the consequences of our actions.

So what will you focus on in 2017?


Who are you?

If you understand others, you are astute. If you understand yourself, you are insightful.

If you master others, you are uncommonly forceful. If you master yourself you have uncommon inner strength.

If you know when you have enough, you are wealthy. If you carry your intentions to completion, you are resolute.

If you find your roots and nourish them, you will know longevity. If you live a long creative life, you will leave an eternal legacy.

-Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu on Leadership

“There are four types of leaders; The best leader is indistinguishable from the will of those who selected her. The next best leader enjoys the love and the praise of the people. The poor leader rules through coercion and fear. And the worst leader is a tyrant despised by the multitudes who are the victims of his power.

What a world of difference among these leaders! In the last two types, what is done is without sincerity or trust only coercion. In the second type, there is a harmony between the leader and the people. In the first type, whatever is done happens so naturally that no one presumes to take the credit!”

-Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching (Translated by Ralph Alan Dale)