quotes tagged with 'contribution'

Those three things - autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward - are, most people agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying. It is not how much money we make that ultimately makes us happy between nine and five. It's whether our work fulfills us. If I offered you a choice between being an architect for $75,000 a year and working in a tollbooth every day for the rest of your life for $100,000 a year, which would you take? I'm guess the former, because there is a complexity, autonomy, and a relationship between effort and reward in doing creative work, and that's worth more to most of us than money. Work that fulfills those three criteria is meaningful.

Author: Malcom Gladwell, Source: Outliers, pp.149-150Saved by mlsscaress in happiness work reward effort creativity contribution complexity autonomy satisfying meaningful 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The children of God have more in common than they have differences. And even the differences can be seen as an opportunity. God will help us see a difference in someone else not as a source of irritation but as a contribution. The Lord can help you see and value what another person brings which you lack. More than once the Lord has helped me see His kindness in giving me association with someone whose difference from me was just the help I needed. That has been the Lord’s way of adding something I lacked to serve Him better.

Author: President Henry B. Eyring , Source: http://lds.org/conference/talk/display/0,5232,23-1-947-21,00.h...Saved by mlsscaress in opportunity value style kindness unity contribution perspective differences association lack 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]

I believe that days one and two (to use the analogy of the six days of creation) for most of us involve getting more control over the body - such as getting to bed early, arising early, exercising regularly, eating in moderation, staying at our work when necessary even though tired, etc. Too many are trying to conquer other higher weaknesses (day four, five or six), such as procrastination, impatience, or pride, while still a slave to their appetites. If we can't control our tongue (a part of the body) or overcome emotions of anger, envy, jealousy, or hatred. Can I truly love and gossip also? Algebra precedes calculus.


Many pray for the blessings of days five and six (love, spirituality, wisdom, specific guidance in decision-making), and are unwilling to obey the laws of days one, two, three, and four (mastering appetites and passions). One may give lip service to the principle of consecration and yet not participate in the quorum projects or magnify his home teaching calling.

Author: Stephen R. Covey, Source: "Spiritual Roots of Human Relations", Deseret Book 1970 - 8th printing, pp. 15-16Saved by mlsscaress in control revelation obedience wisdom love guidance progression contribution build spirituality participation higherlaw appetites passsions 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]
It was all part of God’s plan—the coming of Columbus, the colonization, wise men raised up to frame the Constitution, Joseph Smith prepared for his part in the restoration of the gospel, even the persecution which drove the Saints to the Rocky Mountains where the Church could continue to grow.

What does all this mean to you and me as individuals? It means that God, as our Father, made all these arrangements for you and me. We were part of his eternal scheme. And so it is not enough merely to observe these various anniversaries, but we must recommit and rededicate ourselves to uphold the convictions and the principles upon which the blessings we enjoy are predicated. We too must be prepared to sacrifice, where necessary, to keep our freedoms inviolate. My father used to say: “The true way to honor the past is to improve upon it.”

Therefore, we should love God more. We should serve our fellowmen better. We should keep all the commandments. We should be better prepared as parents to teach our children to pray and to walk uprightly before the Lord, and to assume their responsibilities. It would be tragic if for fear of the challenge involved the descendants of those who gave so liberally and sacrificed so much shrank from the duties of their day and time.
Author: President N. Eldon Tanner, Source: Pioneers Are Still Needed, Ensign, Jul 1976, 2. http://www.lds...Saved by mlsscaress in constitution sacrifice josephsmith challenge responsibility example individual pray service parenting conviction contribution principles eternal lds columbus better colonization recommit rededicate 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Another word of counsel as you plan the course of your life. To do the special things given to this generation, you will need to guard against selfishness. One of the tendencies most individuals have which simply must be overcome is the tendency to be selfish. All that you can do now while you are young and are more pliant to become less selfish and more selfless will be an important and lasting contribution to the quality of your life in the years, and in the eternity, to come. You will be a much better wife or a much better husband, a better mother or a better father, if you can change the tendency to be selfish. Your children whom you will not know for a few years yet have an interest in your conquest of selfishness.

As in all things, we have the example of the Savior on the cross at Calvary. He did something that he was not forced to do—something which would benefit others with the gift of immortality which Jesus already had. His was the supreme act of selflessness.

You may recall reading in 3 Nephi about the visit of the resurrected Jesus to this continent and how after blessing the children he wept twice and he also said, “And now behold, my joy is full” (3 Ne. 17:20).

True joy can only come from giving ourselves to correct causes such as the building up of the kingdom, causes that are in a sense larger than we are. Pleasure tends to be self-centered. True joy always includes others.

Now is the time to set your life’s goals. Now is the time to set your standards firmly and then hold to them throughout your life.
Author: President Spencer W. Kimball, Source: President Kimball Speaks Out on Planning Your Life, Tambuli, J...Saved by mlsscaress in jesuschrist goals pleasure joy mother husband wife charity contribution standards father selfless firm 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Study your options. Pray to the Lord earnestly for direction. Then pursue your course with resolution.

The whole gamut of human endeavor is now open to women. There is not anything that you cannot do if you will set your mind to it. You can include in the dream of the woman you would like to be a picture of one qualified to serve society and make a significant contribution to the world of which she will be a part.
Author: President Gordon B. Hinckley , Source: How Can I Become the Woman of Whom I Dream? April 2001 Confere...Saved by mlsscaress in society pray direction contribution study serve ask pursue 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Remember, “the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children” (“The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Liahona, Oct. 2004, 49; Ensign, Nov. 1995, 102). Eternal families are made up of individuals. “Do your part to build a happy home” (For the Strength of Youth, 10). Establish patterns of righteousness in your life. And be an example of the believers. The Lord is depending on you to assist in the exaltation of your eternal family.
Author: Mary N. Cook - Second Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency, Source: Strengthen Home and Family. Oct 2007 General Conference. http:...Saved by mlsscaress in individual happy righteousness contribution believe assist patterns 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
To every man there comes … that special moment when he is figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a special thing unique to him and fitted to his talent. What a tragedy if that moment finds him unprepared or unqualified for the work which would be his finest hour.
Author: Winston Churchill, Source: ? (quoted here: http://www.lds.org/portal/site/LDSOrg/menuitem...Saved by mlsscaress in preparation opportunity talent contribution perform qualify unique 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Cynics do not contribute, skeptics do not create, doubters do not achieve.
Author: Bryant S. Hinckley, Source: http://speeches.byu.edu/reader/reader.php?id=7709Saved by richardkmiller in achievement creation doubt criticism contribution skepticism 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
You are good. But it is not enough just to be good. You must be good for something. You must contribute good to the world. The world must be a better place for your presence. And the good that is in you must be spread to others.
Author: Gordon B. Hinckley, Source: BYU Devotional, September 17, 1996Saved by cboyack in responsibility contribution 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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