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Time for ChangeI have collected hundreds of quotes over the years, so I thought I would share a few on Change.

“The soft-minded man always fears change. He feels security in the status quo, and he has an almost  morbid fear of the new. For him, the greatest pain is the pain of a new idea.” Martin Luther King Jr.

“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.” Carol Burnett

“The world moves and ideas that were good once are not always good.” Dwight D. Eisenhower

“They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” Andy Warhol

“To be able to look at change as an opportunity to grow – that is the secret to being happy.” Joan Lunden

“To be successful one must make change an ongoing process. Quality is a race with no finish line.” David T. Kearns

“Truly every new idea is a violation of some older idea; as the awakening of tomorrow is a violation of today’s slumber. As long as man continues to evolve, in other words, to separate himself from chaos, and to express himself in a higher form, he must always shatter something. In shattering, he disobeys: in breaking, he creates.” Jeanne de Vietinghoff

“I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

“We are not retreating – we are advancing in another direction.” General Douglas MacArthur

“We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers – you can blame anyone but never blame yourself. It’s never your fault. But it’s always your fault, because if you wanted to change, you’re the one who has got to change. It’s as simple as that, isn’t it?” Katherine Hepburn

“We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.” Max Depree

“We must become the change we want to see.” Mohandas K. Gandhi

“What single ability do we all have? The ability to change.” Leonard Andrews

“When we are no longer able to change a situation … we are challenged to change ourselves.” Victor Frankl

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OECD Better Life InitiativeIn case you have not seen it, the OECD have a “Better Life Initiative“. I found this interactive index hugely stimulating. First, the infographics are brilliant. Worth visiting the site for that alone.

And then, second, the information contained and the interactive accessibility makes for a thoughtful but fun read.

To quote the OECD site:

“There is more to life than the cold numbers of GDP and economic statistics – This Index allows you to compare well-being across countries, based on 11 topics the OECD has identified as essential, in the areas of material living conditions and quality of life. It currently covers the 34 member countries of the OECD. The Index allows you to put different weights on each of the topics, and therefore to decide for yourself what contributes most to well-being.”

And I can’t resist adding an extract from the UK “Better Life” summary:

How’s life?

The United Kingdom performs very well in overall well-being, as shown by the fact that it ranks among the top countries in several topics in the Better Life Index.

Money, while it cannot buy happiness, is an important means to achieving higher living standards. In the United Kingdom, the average household earned 27 208 USD in 2008, more than the OECD average.

In terms of employment, nearly 70% of people aged 15 to 64 in the United Kingdom have a paid jobPeople in the United Kingdom work 1646 hours a year, less than in other OECD countries. 67% of mothers are employed after their children begin school, suggesting that women are able to successfully balance family and career.

Having a good education is an important requisite to finding a job. In the United Kingdom, 70% of adults aged 25 to 64 have earned the equivalent of a high-school diploma, close to the OECD average. As to the quality of its educational system, the average student scored 494 out of 600 in reading ability according to the latest PISA student-assessment programme, around the OECD average.

In terms of health, life expectancy at birth in the United Kingdom is 79.7 years, slightly above the OECD average. The level of atmospheric PM10 – tiny air pollutant particles small enough to enter and cause damage to the lungs – is 13 micrograms per cubic meter, and is lower than levels found in most OECD countries.”

The rest of the UK results are here.

Try it and have fun whilst learning!

The full OECD Better Life Index

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