Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

A Quote by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on joy

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Even without success, creative persons find joy in a job well done.  Learning for its own sake is rewarding.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Source: Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery & Invention

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A Quote by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on flow, consciousness, mastery, and psychic energy

To know oneself is the first step toward making flow a part of one's entire life. But just as there is no free lunch in the material economy, nothing comes free in the psychic one. If one is not willing to invest psychic energy in the internal reality of consciousness, and instead squanders it in chasing external rewards, one loses mastery of one's life, and ends up becoming a puppet of circumstances.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Source: Good Business : Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning, Pages: 188

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A Quote by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on regrets, difference, and intimate relationship

Jane Fonda, who divided her life into three acts, decided after her sixtieth birthday that she was now facing the final act, and came to the following conclusion: "I thought to myself, well if that's the case and if what I'm scared of isn't death, but getting to the end with regrets, then I've got to figure out what would be the things that I would regret when I got to the last act if I hadn't done them or achieved them by then. And they were: having an intimate relationship and having made a difference."

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Source: Good Business : Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning, Pages: 170

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A Quote by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

It is how people respond to stress that determines whether they will profit from misfortune or be miserable.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Source: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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A Quote by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on respect, organization, suspicion, and hostility

Without respect, the subtle alchemy that binds an organization or that serves as the impetus for a business transaction would dissolve into mutual suspicion and hostility.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Source: Good Business : Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning, Pages: 164

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A Quote by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on religion, soul, and morals

The downside, of course, is that over time religions become encrusted with precepts and ideas that are the antithesis of soul, as each faith tries to protect its doctrines and institution instead of nurturing the evolution of consciousness. If one is not careful to distinguish the genuine insights of a religion from its irrelevant accretions, one can go through life following an inappropriate moral compass.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Source: Good Business : Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning, Pages: 152

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A Quote by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on excellence

"We have a philosophy of trying to have every single product we make be the best in the world," says Chouinard [CEO of Patagonia]. "Not among the best--but the best. Every single thing, whether it's a pair of pants or a shirt, whatever."

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Source: Good Business : Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning, Pages: 14

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A Quote by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on leadership, management, and questions

...in the words of Max DePree: "Management has a lot to do with answers. But leadership is a function of questions. And the first question for a leader always is: 'Who do we intend to be?' Not 'What are we going to do?' but 'Who do we intend to be?'"

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Source: Good Business : Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning, Pages: 169

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A Quote by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on authenticity, leadership, leaders, self-discovery, and vision

A leader will find it difficult to articulate a coherent vision unless it expresses his core values, his basic identity...one must first embark on the formidable journey of self-discovery in order to create a vision with authentic soul.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Source: Good Business : Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning, Pages: 167

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A Quote by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on happiness and goal

Half a century ago, the Austrian psychiatrist Viktor Frankl wrote that happiness cannot be attained by wanting to be happy - it must come as the unintended consequence of working for a goal greater than oneself.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Source: Good Business : Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning, Pages: 56

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