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Monday, March 30, 2015

Journal Entry ~ Week 12

This week as I studied we learned the importance of gratitude.  In a talk by President Thomas. S. Monson called, “An Attitude of Gratitude” I found several favorite quotes.
“Accentuate the positive eliminate the negative, latch on to the affirmative, don’t mess with Mr. In-between.”  
 For me this means that we need to pick a side.  I envision a ladder we are either climbing that ladder or moving down the ladder, we should never just stay put.  Progress is essential if we want to be happy in life.  By showing gratitude we accentuate the positive and move ourselves in a positive direction.  

“If ingratitude be numbered among the serious sins, then gratitude takes its place among the noblest of virtues.”   
Understanding that ingratitude is a sin is a new idea for me.  I think it would fall under the sins of omission.  We have to be active in our eternal progression.  Showing gratitude is an verb, we have to speak up and say it often, and we have to show it by our actions.  Accepting callings, forgiving, saying thank you, and paying it forward are all great ways to show gratitude.  Understanding that ingratitude is a sin great motivator moving forward. 

 This idea of action came up in a discussion board through another student.  He shared another quote I really enjoyed.   John F. Kennedy said,As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
This quote supports what President Monson taught.   
President Monson outlined six things he is grateful for, and I think they apply to most of us.

 They are:
1. Mothers (God could not be everywhere and so he gave us Mothers”
2. Fathers (sacrifice his own comfort for that of his children, never complaining, ever concerned for the well-being of his family.)
3. Teachers (shape the expectations and ambitions of pupils; the teacher also influences their attitudes toward their future and themselves… self-confidence will grow, their capabilities will develop, and their future will be assured. “
Acts 20:35 “Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
4. Friends “True friends put up with our idiosyncrasies.”
Country “John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
6. Jesus Christ ~ answer questions where did we come from, why are we here, where does my spirit go when I die?”  Taught us how to pray, how to live and how to die.  Legacy of love through healing the sick, lifted the downtrodden, saved the sinner.”  Father forgive them for they know not what they do.
This week we also watched a few videos.  

The first was by Ted Zoller who teaches that the pathways young people take that lead to them becoming entrepreneurs happens when they take a C-suite position in a larger enterprise and then step into entrepreneurial ventures later in a career.  This gives them the knowledge and training needed at a larger corporation’s expense.  I have seen this with some of my friends.  They were laid off, or decided to leave to start their own consulting companies.  It has less risk, because the learning curve happens on someone else s dime. 
The second video was by Stan Christensen a Stanford instructor and a partner at Arbor Advisors, he outlines a few of the erroneous career assumptions that land people in an ill-fitting career. He says, “Don't take a job simply to build your resume; follow your passions, rather than guessing what an employer will want. The fun should outweigh the drudgery - even in entry-level positions.”   He also advises that we remain general in our abilities not specializing, thus making us more flexible in the work field.  Specialization will become irrelevant, and take advantage of opportunities when they come up.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Journal Entry ~ Week 11

In this weeks studies I enjoyed learning more about how each of us can contribute to the greater good and that it is a commandment from God.

The first message is a video by Elder Gay Called, “Entrepreneurship and Consecration”

Understanding why we are here and understanding our purpose are messages Elder Gay conveys.  My favorite quotes says, “God left the world unfinished to develop our skill.”  God wants man to enjoy and understand the blessings of creation.  I had never really thought about this aspect of our mortal life.  This brought great peace and understanding to my soul this week.  There is such joy in creation, and we would miss a large part of life and joy if we were always provided for and had everything easy. 

 I also like how Elder gay teaches that Heavenly Father uses "Adversity as a pathway to accomplishment."
Elder Gay also taught that there are two purposes of business.
1. Provide for our needs
2. Rescue others from poverty

The scriptures also teach us this in 2Nephi 30-31 “Behold, the Lord hath forbidden this thing; wherefore, the Lord God hath given a commandment that all men should have charity, which charity is love. And except they should have charity they were nothing. Wherefore, if they should have charity they would not suffer the laborer in Zion to perish.”31 But the laborer in Zion shall labor for Zion; for if they labor for money they shall perish.

As I read “Constant Truths for Changing Lives” by President Thomas S. Monson I was impressed with the aids he provides to stand up to the dangers of being complacent.  
 First we need to have FHE.  President Gordon B. Hinckley and his predecessors have stated, “The home is the basis of a righteous life, and no other instrumentality can take its place nor fulfill its essential functions.”  
 Second we need to avoid debt.  “Yesterday’s luxuries are today’s necessities.”  I find this to be so true.  Our standard of living has increased that we now expect so much more.  If we could learn to live with less and have less I believe we would be so much happier.  
 Third is to be a good listener.  
 Fourth is to teach by example, by taking time with our family members and by sharing responsibilities. 
  Fifth is search our heritage.  Doing genealogy helps us understand where we came from, showing us strength in family.  And, sixth is we should follow the Savior’s example.  “Remember that ofttimes the wisdom of God appears as foolishness to men, but the greatest single lesson we can learn in mortality is that when God speaks and a man obeys, that man will always be right.” 
Favorite quotes and scriptures this week~
“Live only for tomorrow, and you will have a lot of empty yesterday’s today.”

2 Nephi 28:20-21 “At that day shall [the devil] … lull them away into carnal security that they will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well—and thus the devil cheateth their souls.”

I was also able to watch a few videos by successful entrepreneurs.

The first was called,
 "Make it personal and make it work"  by Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook COO)

She talks about why companies succeed…they have a vision that is mission based.  Somehow they are going to make the world a better place.  Leadership needs to include these visions and motivate others to action.  It is hard to work when there is no purpose or mission behind the work.  Value is added when we have a purpose.  Some of the projects she has worked on that gave her purpose were web bases.  She liked the idea of providing information  to all instead of just the elite.
Connecting community and making information accessible are the two overarching threads that run through some of the most successful companies of the last century. Sheryl's own personal career path  began in the non-profit sector and evolved into technology, and numerous companies with a purpose, drive, and vision.  She worked for Google, Apple, Nike, and Starbucks. 

A New Breed of Entrepreneur by Larry Brilliant (Google Org. Executive)

Larry reinforces the concept that global unity is the key to overcoming world problems. He uses the example of small pox and how it is now eradicated from our society because of global unity for a common purpose.  His statistic of 99.4 of all genetic material is the same, made me really think about how the human race should focus on this fact instead of our differences.