Spartan Core Virtues by Joseph Cambell

I read a lot of articles on the Optimize +1 webpage by Brian Johnson and found this article very interesting. I would like to share it with you. Incorporating these virtues into our lives may be of value to us all.

Spartan: a person of great courage and self-discipline.

Spartan Core Virtues. Combine these qualities into one person and you have the ideal boss, the valuable employee, the perfect business partner, or comrade in any endeavor. Here’s a short description of each of the Spartan Core Virtues.


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It’s not what happens to you. It’s what you do about it – W Mitchell

I read about W. Mitchell in the book, Chicken Soup for the Soul. He is a former member of the United States Marine Corpsburn victim, paraplegic, and a former small-town mayor. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W_Mitchell). We can learn a lot from him.

He had so many setbacks in life but still, he carried on and made major achievements. He never gave up. He just said to himself “I am in charge of my own spaceship. It is my up and my down. I can choose to see this situation as a setback or as a starting point”. Today, he empowers people to accept challenges, embrace change and take action.

His setbacks:

  • A motorcycle accident left him with 65% burns on his body
  • He crashed on take-off in a small aircraft he was piloting which left him paralyzed from the waist down.

His achievements:

  • He was elected mayor of Crested Butte in Colorado and ran for Congress
  • Successful businessman
  • Environmentalist & conservationist
  • He became a motivational speaker and appeared on Good Morning America, The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and The New York Times
  • Today he is a millionaire

 “Before I was paralyzed there were 10,000 things I could do. Now there are 9,000. I can either dwell on the 1,000 I’ve lost or focus on the 9,000 I have left.” – W Mitchell

Read his story here: https://www.wmitchell.com/about/

He is an inspiration to us all.

Wild Sky – Christy Anne Martine

She lost herself in the trees

among the ever-changing leaves.

She wept beneath the wild sky

as stars told stories of ancient times.

The flowers grew towards her light,

the river called her name at night.

She could not live an ordinary life

with the mysteries of the universe

hidden in her eyes.

Water by Nikita Gill

When they ask you why you love the rain,

the ocean,

the river,

tell them it is because unlike the people who should have loved you better,

the water was never afraid to touch you;

even when you were at your most damaged and broken.

To-Do-List vs Success List by Gary Keller

To-do lists tend to be long; success lists are short.

One pulls you in all directions; the other aims you in a specific direction.

One is a disorganized directory and the other is an organized directive.

If a list isn’t built around success, then that’s not where it takes you.

If your to-do list contains everything, then it’s probably taking you everywhere but where you really want to go.

Taken from his book: The ONE Thing

Soul Mates – Lang Leav

I don’t know how you are so familiar to me

Or why it feels less like I am getting to know you

and more as though I am remembering who you are.

How every smile, every whisper,

brings me closer to the impossible conclusion

that I have known you before,

I have loved you before,

In another time,

A different place,

some other existence.

We Need Hugs – Virginia Satir

We are still in lockdown due to the Coronavirus. For now, we can only hug our immediate family members. Hugging others is out of the question. Let’s continue with elbow bumps until it is safe to freely give out hugs. Remember your masks during this time.

We need 4 hugs a day for survival.
We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance.
We need 12 hugs a day for growth.