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    Former Guinness World Record Holder for largest book signing ever, Orrin Woodward is a NY Times bestselling author of And Justice For All along with RESOLVED & coauthor of LeaderShift and Launching a Leadership Revolution. His books have sold over one million copies in the financial, leadership and liberty fields. RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions For LIFE made the Top 100 All-Time Best Leadership Books and the 13 Resolutions are the framework for the top selling Mental Fitness Challenge personal development program.

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New Ideas – From Contempt to Competitor to Conqueror

Posted by Orrin Woodward on March 11, 2008

I watched an interesting video on the way new ideas meet resistance and overcome them.  Achieving anything of lasting value means you will go against the grain and think outside the existing patterns.  Your ideas will go through four phases if you persist.  First, they will be ignored – second, they will be laughed at – third, they will be fought – fourth, they will win.  This is why it takes courage and backbone to do anything new.  Here is a video from Linux that explains the process of new ideas. God Bless, Orrin Woodward 

I watched an interesting video on the way new ideas meet resistance and overcome them.  Achieving anything of lasting value means you will go against the grain and think outside the existing patterns.  Your ideas will go through four phases if you persist.  First, they will be ignored – second, they will be laughed at – third, they will be fought – fourth, they will win.  This is why it takes courage and backbone to do anything new.  Here is a video from Linux that explains the process of new ideas. God Bless, Orrin Woodward 

Here are my favorite quotes on overcoming criticism.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. – Theodore Roosevelt

“When we judge or criticize another person, it says nothing about that person; it merely says something about our own need to be critical.” – Anonymous 

 

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving. – Dale Carnegie

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do. – Benjamin Franklin

He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help. – Abraham Lincoln     

 

If you have no will to change it, you have no right to criticize it – Anonymous

 

One mustn’t criticize other people on grounds where he can’t stand perpendicular himself – Mark Twain quotes

 

Ridicule is generally made use of to laugh men out of virtue and good sense, by attacking everything praiseworthy in human life. – Joseph Addison    

   

Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it’s done, they’ve seen it done every day, but they’re unable to do it themselves. – Brendan Francis Behan    

     

Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others. – H. Jackson Brown    

       

It is better to be making the news than taking it; to be an actor rather than a critic. – Sir Winston Leonard Spenser Churchill    

 

I criticize by creation – not by finding fault. – Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her. – David Brinkley

 

The man who is anybody and who does anything is surely going to be criticized, vilified, and misunderstood. This is part of the penalty for greatness, and every man understands, too, that it is no proof of greatness. – Elbert Hubbard

 

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. – Elbert Hubbard

 

Criticism is prejudice made plausible. H. L. Mencken

 

We are never more discontented with others than when we are discontented with ourselves. – Henri Frederic Amiel

 

You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one. – John Wooden

Here are my favorite quotes on overcoming criticism.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. – Theodore Roosevelt

“When we judge or criticize another person, it says nothing about that person; it merely says something about our own need to be critical.” – Anonymous 

 

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving. – Dale Carnegie

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do. – Benjamin Franklin

He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help. – Abraham Lincoln     

 

If you have no will to change it, you have no right to criticize it – Anonymous

 

One mustn’t criticize other people on grounds where he can’t stand perpendicular himself – Mark Twain quotes

 

Ridicule is generally made use of to laugh men out of virtue and good sense, by attacking everything praiseworthy in human life. – Joseph Addison    

   

Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it’s done, they’ve seen it done every day, but they’re unable to do it themselves. – Brendan Francis Behan    

     

Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others. – H. Jackson Brown    

       

It is better to be making the news than taking it; to be an actor rather than a critic. – Sir Winston Leonard Spenser Churchill    

 

I criticize by creation – not by finding fault. – Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her. – David Brinkley

 

The man who is anybody and who does anything is surely going to be criticized, vilified, and misunderstood. This is part of the penalty for greatness, and every man understands, too, that it is no proof of greatness. – Elbert Hubbard

 

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. – Elbert Hubbard

 

Criticism is prejudice made plausible. H. L. Mencken

 

We are never more discontented with others than when we are discontented with ourselves. – Henri Frederic Amiel

 

You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one. – John Wooden

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