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I will never forget him. He was a senior executive at Dell Computers. A former Longhorn, he had come to speak to our group of wide-eyed college seniors at the University of Texas at Austin, about our future careers, of course.

A tentative voice at the back of the room posed a question. “I…, I know internships are very important, and I’m an intern now. But I don’t think I’m learning anything because they just have me doing little things, like faxing, copying, filing and other menial tasks.”

I will never forget what this professional said in response as his gaze fixed on the intern. “If you remember nothing else from my speech tonight, remember this, “Nothing is beneath you.”

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Have you ever sat alone at a cafe, stared out the window and pondered this question:

“What do I wish my life to look like?”

One day, I did sit at a cafe. I saw the cars and people passing by, and did ask this very question. I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I wanted to build a company filled with happy people and clients. I wanted to do good work that has impact and makes a difference in the lives of others.

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Tweet Are you an entrepreneur?  A leader?  A manager?  Or aspire to be one?  Then you must have often wondered how you can best manage and motivate those who work for you, and with you, to great results. One of the most influential authors I have read on the subject of leadership is John Maxwell.  […]

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There are untold sufferers and suffering amongst us. Just two days ago, our nation remembered and mourned those who lost their lives during the September 11 attacks. All of us, at some time or other, would come face-to-face with pain, illness and death (ours or our loved ones).

Sometimes, in our despair, we may ask, “What is the point of all of this? What is the point of living?”

While we probably ask these questions at the lowest points of our lives, I believe that if we prod ourselves at these critical moments to find the answers to our questions, these low points could become the seeds toward a purposeful and meaningful life.

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One of the most illuminating, succinct yet all-encompassing books I have read is a book called The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran, a Labanese-American writer and philosopher. In 24 short poetic essays, he discusses the human condition and various life issues with quiet eloquence and wisdom. When I first read these poems, I was struck by the wisdom and insights contained in these simple words. I have included 10 excerpts from some of these poetic essays to provide you a glimpse into the mind of a brilliant writer, and offer a little shot of inspiration to your day. Enjoy!

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