Literary Inspirations: Dale Carnegie on Busy

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
-Dale Carnegie, Lecturer and Author

As part of my week of building good foundations, I feel like it is all about taking action and powering through what needs to be done. If I think about how busy the semester ahead is going to be, I can get a bit of stage fright on... being paralysed by how much I have on both academically and socially. By making lists and sticking to a format for each day, I'm doing as much as I can to be prepared and stop melt-down later on.

On this note, does anyone know where I can find a DVD copy of the movie "O" - a modern day take on Othello? I'd like to use it as a teaching resource for my assignments next term and all the NZ sites seem to be giving me dead ends. It's the one nitty-gritty bit in my to do list that won't get done!


  1. I really needed to hear/read that quote today. Thank you!

    Not sure where you can find O, if you were in Perth I could help =P I think I've seen it actually, it was pretty good if I recall correctly.

    Thank you for your postcard! Gah! Can't believe I've not thanked you already. It was a lovely surprise in the mail

    =) xx

  2. You're such a busy, organised little beaver, Scribbles, and I find that totally inspiring! Gosh, I'd love to have YOU help me with my 'To-Do' list, you'd have conquered it in no time! :p

  3. have you seen that movie? i found it pretty awful to be honest- 10 things is far superior.

  4. @amanda - I have seen the movie. It's no Schindler's List but I think it will help my high school students connect to the themes in Othello and is a good introduction to their study of a Shakespearean text. We have to teach specific plays at a senior level and currently Taming of the Shrew is not one of them.