My favorite paragraph this year.

“In this age of infinite information and endless distraction, it’s easy to spend an entire day reacting and responding. Demands coming at you from others will always consume some portion of your day. Yet in most cases, what you will be most proud of a decade from now will not be anything that was a result of you simply responding.
What will matter in life is what you initiate today – striking up a conversation that leads to a new friendship, sharing an idea with someone at work turns into a new product or offering, or investing in another person’s growth and watching him/her succeed over the years. If you want to create a positive charge for others, your ability to do so will be almost directly proportional to the amount of time you can spend initiating instead of responding”

– Tom Rath “Are you Fully Charged?”