—Rosabeth Moss Kanter, American writer and educator
I love this quote! We can make it so easy to accept defeat just by saying or thinking, Hey it wasn’t my fault. It’s easy to blame someone else (the dog ate my homework) for not succeeding at work or any aspect of life.
Who is blocking your way today? Give them a big, fat kick in the ass, and push your excuses out of the way. It’s time to get back into the game and give it your best shot! And if that doesn’t work, rinse, reload, and repeat.
So why is this quote on the D.D.D. page, and what does it have to do with yoga? Well, the same message can be applied to the practice of yoga. If you are struggling with a pose or afraid to try a pose, it’s time to lose your fear or self judgement and go for it. Try doing that pose again and if you keep on trying, eventually you will get where you are supposed to be.
It is just as important in yoga as in business to keep going back for one more try.
Rosabeth Moss Kanter is definitely a woman who is at the top of her game; she has been repeatedly named to lists of the “50 most powerful women in the world” (Times of London), and the “50 most influential business thinkers in the world” (Accenture and Thinkers 50 research). She is a tenured professor in business at Harvard Business School and has written many books on business-management techniques. Her latest book, SuperCorp: How Vanguard Companies Create Innovation, Profits, Growth, and Social Good, explains in great detail how to be number one in business (and you can bet one of the ways is by not making excuses), and was named one of the top ten business books of 2009 by Amazon.com.
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