Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

A Quote by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on capitalism and capital

As used in economics the term "capital" would be defined as follows: Capital refers to resources withheld from immediate consumption in the expectation of greater future returns. However controversial a topic this has been, capital has been the main–if not the only–way of achieving progress, even in voilently anticapitalist, socialist countries. A dam, a hospital, a university, a cathedral, or a national park cannot be built without using up resources that would be easier to consume immediately, and none of them would be built at all unless they were believed to provide some greater returns in the future.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Source: Good Business : Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning, Pages: 76

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A Quote by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on learning, growth, and transformation

Through learning we grow, becoming more than we were before, and in that sense learning is unselfish, because it results in the transformation of what we were before, a setting aside of the old self in favor of a more complex one.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Source: Good Business : Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning, Pages: 163

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A Quote by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on self

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Knowing oneself is not so much a question of discovering what is present in one's self, but rather the creation of who one wants 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 leaders, leadership, vision, organization, and work

...perhaps the most distinguishing trait of visionary leaders is that they believe in a goal that benefits not only themselves, but others as well. It is such vision that attracts the psychic energy of other people, and makes them willing to work beyond the call of duty for the organization.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Source: Good Business : Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning, Pages: 197

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A Quote by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on psychic energy, attention, and work

Attention is psychic energy, and like physical energy, unless we allocate some part of it to the task at hand, no work gets done.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Source: Good Business : Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning, Pages: 77

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A Quote by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on work and potential

An ideal organization is one in which each worker's potentialities find room for expression.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Source: Good Business : Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning, Pages: 107

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A Quote by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on work and soul

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A paycheck is a sufficient impetus to motivate some employees to do the minimum amount to get by, and for others, the challenge of getting ahead in the organization provides a satisfactory focus for a while. But these incentives alone are rarely strong enough to inspire workers to give their best to their work. For this a vision is needed, an overarching goal that gives meaning to the job, so that an individual can forget himself in the task and experience flow without doubts or regrets. The most important component of such a vision is an ingredient we call soul.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Source: Good Business : Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning, Pages: 143

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A Quote by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on soul, evolution, and transformation

...if we expended all our energies solely on taking care of our own needs we would stop growing. In that respect what we call "soul" can be viewed as the surplus energy that can be invested into change and transformation. As such, it is the cutting edge of evolution.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Source: Good Business : Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning, Pages: 146

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A Quote by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on jobs, work, and good business

Our jobs determine to a large extent what our lives are like. Is what you do for a living making you ill? Does it keep you from becoming a more fully realized person? Do you feel ashamed of what you have to do at work? All too often, the answer to such questions is yes. Yet it does not have to be like that. Work can be one of the most joyful, most fulfilling aspects of life. Whether it will be or not depends on the actions we collectively take.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Source: Good Business : Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning, Pages: 3

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A Quote by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on evolution, happiness, and differentiation

Contrary to what most of us believe, happiness does not simply happen to us. It's something that we make happen, and it results from doing our best. Feeling fulfilled when we live up to our potentialities is what motivates differentiation and leads to evolution.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Source: Good Business : Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning, Pages: 38

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