Leonardo on Pushing Through


“Obstacles cannot bend me.
Every obstacle yields to effort.

– Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519)
Italian painter, sculptor, and inventor

complainless: (adj.) 1. to be free of complaints 2. a pleasure to be around

Your words move others. Your words move you.

Let yours send everyone in the right direction.

Here’s how to be “ComplainLess”…

  • Be aware. Recognize your typical paths to complaining – what (who) sparks your tendency to gripe. Minimize your exposure to them (eliminating those ‘sparks’ altogether may not always be realistic or the best thing). Know that your grumbling is a complete waste of energy.
  • Be thankful. Regularly reflect on all the good in your life (people, opportunities, things). Understand and enjoy how lucky you really are. Be entitled to nothing.
  • Pause before you begin. Clip a complaint as you feel it coming. Put a smile or thoughtful statement in its path. Blame no one. Blame nothing.
  • Be accountable. Focus on solving problems rather than having them (especially with prospects and customers). Set the example for others and recommit when you slip. Care for yourself and create a positive habit.

Simple. More enjoyable for everyone.

Camus on Living It


“You cannot create experience.
You must undergo it.

–Albert Camus (1913–1960)

French writer

Nobel Prize winner


The weather.

The traffic.

My boss.

My customer.

My mother.

My father.

My sister.

My brother.

I don’t have enough. But I really need. I can’t. If only [he, she, they] would.

It’s been a tough [day, week, month]. It’s [Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday].


Your words move others. Your words move you. Make yours send everyone in the right direction. Complaining once less a day chokes off 365 seeds of negativity a year.

212 commitment: Put a smile in the path of a complaint… once daily.