John Maxwell’s swift kick right to the ‘asset’

What’s your biggest asset?

Oftentimes when I think about assets, thoughts about houses, RRSPs, investments, and other things that revolve around money pop into my head.

Money has nothing to do with it.

Here’s looking at you.

Your biggest asset is staring back at you from the mirror – it’s you. If you want to be successful in life, you have to protect and grow yourself.

  • One of the ways I grow is by reading a lot

Its possible that I read more than the average woman. On any given week, I usually peel through at least two books by reading while sweating it out on the bike during my morning cardio sessions, getting a page or two in before the book falls on my face at night, and keeping a book in my purse for those 10 minutes of down time here and there.

Donloree's giant purse with a book

There is a reason I haul around a giant purse!

I also listen to audio books while driving and weight training. Please don’t ask me for something good to listen to while training unless you want answers like, ‘Getting Things Done‘ or ‘The Five Dysfunctions of a Team‘.

Yup, I am THAT exciting.

books coming up

Books on tap!

Today while cleaning the house, I started John Maxwell’s newest book, 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth.

Since I was armpit deep in dishes, I have no idea what chapter or where in the book John was discussing the benefits of self knowledge.

  • You have to know yourself to grow yourself.

Understanding the best and worst parts of yourself helps you to know what works, doesn’t work, and what you want to change so you can become more effective.

Self pity – the least helpful of all.

Pity is one of the most noblest emotions available to human beings. Self pity is possibly the most ignoble. Pity is the capacity to enter into the pain of another to do something about it. Self pity is an incapacity, a crippling emotional disease that severely distorts our perception of reality. Pity discovers the need in others for love and healing and then fashions speech and action that brings strength. Self pity reduces the universe to a personal wound that is displayed as proof of significance. Pity is adrenaline for acts of mercy. Self pity is a narcotic that leaves its addicts wasted and derelict.

~ Eugene Peterson

Nothing quite like a swift kick right to the ‘asset‘, if you know what I mean.

What is your most helpful emotion? Your least helpful?

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Comments

  1. You are the only person I know of who also listens to books while working out. So cool! http://contemplativefitness.wordpress.com/2010/01/12/lear-and-burn-dances-with-dogma/

    Currently downloading $16.95 worth of John Maxwell fro i-Tunes as I type — thanks!

  2. I love that John Maxwell tip “know yourself to grow yourself” its true and right down to the core of it all….

    I can’t believe you listen to audio books while doing cardio lol you’re amazing D!

  3. I thought I was the only one who still picked purses based on whether or not they’ll fit a book ;-). Will definitely give some thought to my most helpful emotion–everything I’ve come up with so far is more a character trait than emotional state. (Funny how the two intertwine.)

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