Quotes

I used to have a Comfort Zone, where I knew I couldn’t fail.  The same four walls of busy work were really more like jail.  I longed so much to do the things I’d never done before, but I stayed inside my Comfort Zone, and paced the same old floor.  I said it didn’t matter, that I wasn’t doing much.  I said I didn’t care for things like dreams, goals and such.  I claimed to be so busy with the things inside my zone but deep inside I longed for something special of my own.  I couldn’t let my life go by, just watching others win.  I held my breath, stepped outside and let the change begin.  I took a step and with new strength I’d never felt before, I kissed my Comfort Zone “goodbye” and closed and locked the door.  If you are in a Comfort Zone, afraid to venture out, remember that all winners were at one time filled with doubt.  A step of faith and the Word of God, can make your dreams come true.  Greet your future with a smile, Success is there for you!

Anonymous

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According to Darren Hardy:

“We are living in the times of greatest opportunity in human history.”

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Don’t underestimate the value of relentless learning.  Robin Sharma says “Perhaps our number one competitive advantage as business people is to out think and out learn our peers in the market place.”

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You can attract far more prospects by offering to teach them something of value, to them, then you will ever attract by trying to sell them something.  Chet holmes    

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“The more generous you are about putting your ideas into the world, the better you will do,” claims Seth Godin, the world renowned blogger and author.

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Robert S. Kaplan said “There comes a point in your career when the best way to figure out how you are doing is to step back and ask yourself a few questions.  Having all the answers is less important that knowing what to ask.

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Scott Ginsbert of The National Speakers Association asks Mark Sanborn:

What are the three or four things you do every day to ensure your ongoing success?

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Jay Abraham believes “It’s easier to be exponential than it is to be geometric.  It’s easier to grow massively than it is to grow slower.  It’s easier to be successful than unsuccessful…”

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Michael Gerber‘s secret to success:  “Work on your business and not just in your business. Becoming a master of anything is not about doing 4000 things, it’s about doing 12 things, 4000 times.

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Empower yourself and realize the importance of contributing to the world by living your talent. Work on what you love. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.

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Thomas Jefferson Quotes:

Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.

I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.

It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.

It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good.

Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.

Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations.

My theory has always been, that if we are to dream, the flatteries of hope are as cheap, and pleasanter, than the gloom of despair.

Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

Never spend your money before you have earned it.

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.

Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.

Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.

Peace and abstinence from European interferences are our objects, and so will continue while the present order of things in America remain uninterrupted.

To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education.

I place economy among the first and most important republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared.  We must make our choice between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude…

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The Road Not Taken:

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads onto way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost [1916]

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Until one is committed there is hesitancy,
a chance to dray back, always ineffectiveness.
Concerning all acts of initiative and creation,
there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which
kills countless dreams and splendid plans.
That the moment one definitely commits oneself,
then providence moves too.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The world turns aside to let any man pass who knows whither he is going.      

           David S. Jordan

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Our aspirations are our possibilities.       

                    Robert Browning

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The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.

            Benjamin Disraeli

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All virtue lies in individual action, in inward energy, in self-determination.  There is no moral worth in being swept away by a crowd even toward the best objective.

            William Channing

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Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.  Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.  Genius will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.  Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.  The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

            Calvin Coolidge

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 There’s no such thing as a self-made man.  I’ve had much help and have found that if you are willing to work, many people are willing to help you.

            O. Wayne Rollins

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There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries.

            William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, IV, iii

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Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.

            Mark Twain

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Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

            The Golden Rule

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Let him who wants to move and convince others be first moved and convinced himself.

            Thomas Carlyle

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Every great man, every successful man, no matter what the field of endeavor, has known the magic that lies in these words: Every adversity has the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.           

            W. Clement Stone

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Inch by inch, anything’s a cinch.

            Dr. Robert Schuller

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Don’t let the opinions of the average man sway you.  Dream, and he thinks you’re crazy.  Succeed, and he thinks you’re lucky.  Acquire wealth, and he thinks you’re greedy.  Pay no attention.  He simply doesn’t understand.

            Robert G. Allen

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Someday I hope to enjoy enough of what the world calls success so that someone will ask me, “What’s the secret of it?”  I shall say simply this: “I’ll get up when I fall down.”

            Paul Harvey

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One great, strong unselfish soul in every community could actually redeem the world.

            Elbert Hubbard

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It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.       

            Theodore Roosevelt

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History records the successes of men with objectives and a sense of direction.  Oblivion is the position of small men overwhelmed by obstacles.

            William H. Danforth

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Industry, thrift, and self-control are not sought because they create wealth, but because they create character.

            Calvin Coolidge

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Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.  Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

            Lao Tzu

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Progress always involves risk.  You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.

            Frederick B. Wilcox

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Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is a freedom.

            Marilyn Ferguson

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One man with courage makes a majority.

            Andrew Jackson

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The life which is unexamined is not worth living.

            Plato

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The more you do of what you’ve done, the more you’ll have of what you’ve got.

            Anonymous

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 To know and not to do is not yet to know.

            Zen saying

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Wealth is when small efforts produce big results.  Poverty is when big efforts produce small results.

            George David, M.D.

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Luck is a word used to describe the success of people you don’t like.

            Charles Jarvis

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Success is not something that can be measured or worn on a watch or hung on the wall.  It is not the esteem of colleagues, or the admiration of the community, or the appreciation of patients.  Success is the certain knowledge that you have become yourself, the person you were meant to be from all time.  That should be reward enough.

            Dr. George Sheehan

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The man who does not work for the love of work but only for money is not likely to make money nor to find much fun in life.

            Charles M Schwab

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When the imagination and the will are in conflict, the imagination invariably gains the day.

            Émile Coué

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If money is your hope for independence you will never have it.  The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability.

            Henry Ford

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Don’t compete.  Create.  Find out what everyone else is doing and then don’t do it.

            Joel Weldon

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Goals are as essential to success as air is to life.

            David Schwartz

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There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity.

            Douglas MacArthur

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Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can.

            Dr. Willis R. Whitney

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Men give me some credit for genius.  All the genius I have lies in this: When I have a subject in hand, I study it profoundly.  Day and night it is before me.  I explore it in all its bearings.  My mind becomes pervaded with it.  Then the effort which I make the people are pleased to call the fruit of genius.  It is the fruit of labor and thought.

            Alexander Hamilton

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You can get everything in life that you want…if you’ll just help enough other people get what they want.

            Zig Ziglar

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If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six sharpening my ax.

            Abraham Lincoln

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Successful people make decisions quickly (as soon as all the facts are available) and change them very slowly (if ever).  Unsuccessful people make decisions very slowly, and change them often and quickly.

            Napoleon Hill

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The way to develop decisiveness is to start right where you are, with the very next question you face.

            Napoleon Hill

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Unjust criticism is usually a disguised compliment.  It often means that you have aroused jealously and envy.  Remember that no one ever kicks a dead dog.

            Dale Carnegie

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Come to the edge, He said. 
They said, We are afraid.
Come to the edge, He said.
They came.
He pushed them…and they flew.

            Guillaume Apollinaire

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“A man is what he thinks about all day long.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“There is a deep tendency in human nature to become precisely like that which you habitually imagine yourself to be.  Our doubts are traitors, And make us lose the good we oft might win, By fearing to attempt.  There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

William Shakespeare

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For every disciplined effort there is a multiple reward.

Jim Rohn

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To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.  This is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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It is the mind that maketh good or ill, That maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor

Edmund Spencer

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Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge in the field of truth and knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.

Albert Einstein

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“If you would be powerful, pretend to be powerful.”  “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”

“The best soldier does not attack.  The superior fighter succeeds without violence.  The greatest conqueror wins without a struggle.  The most successful manager leads without dictating.  This is called intelligent nonaggressiveness.  This is called mastery of men.”

Lao-Tsu, Toa Teh King

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“One who is too insistent on his own views, finds few to agree with him”

Lao-Tsu, Toa Teh King

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“If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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When your green you grow; when you ripen you rot.  As long as you remain green, you grow.  You can take any experience and make it an opportunity for growth,  or you can take it and make it an invitation to decay.

Ray Kroc

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Speak with good purpose only

Rolling Thunder, Native wise man

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There are two things to aim at in life:  first, to get what you want; and, after that, to enjoy it.

Logan Pearsall Smith

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“Own nothing, but control everything.” The more assets your business owns, the more likely it will be sued.

John D. Rockefeller

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“There are always buyers for the best”

Donald Trump

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“Wealth is not acquired, as many persons suppose, by fortunate speculations and splendid enterprises, but the daily practice of industry, frugality, and economy.”

Francis Wayland

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Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate,
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you
We were all meant to shine as children.
It is not just in some of us, it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

From the Movie Coach Carter

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Each person is at each moment capable of remembering all that has ever happened to him or her and of perceiving everything that is happening everywhere in the universe.  The function of the brain and nervous system is to protect us from being overwhelmed and confused by this mass of largely useless and irrelevant knowledge, by shutting out most of what we should otherwise perceive or remember at any moment, and leaving only that very small and special selection which is likely to be practically useful.  According to such a theory, each of us is potentially Mind At Large…  To make biological survival possible, Mind At Large has to be funneled through the reducing valve of the brain and nervous system.  What comes out the other end is a measly trickle of the kind of consciousness, which will help us to stay alive on the surface of this particular planet.  To formulate and express the contents of this reduced awareness, man has invented and endlessly elaborated upon those symbol- systems and implicit philosophies, which we call languages.  Every individual is at once the beneficiary and the victim of the linguistic tradition into which he has been born ~ the beneficiary inasmuch as language gives access to the accumulated record of the other people’s experience, the victim insofar as it confirms in him the belief that reduced awareness is the only awareness, and as it bedevils his sense or reality, so that he is all too apt to take his concepts for data, and words for actual things.

Richard Bandler

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Don’t let the opinions of the average man sway you.  Dream, and he thinks you’re crazy.  Succeed, and he thinks you’re lucky.  Acquire wealth, and he thinks you’re greedy.  Pay no attention.  He simply doesn’t understand.

Robert G. Allen

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If you believe then you can achieve
Just look at me
Against all odds, though life is hard we carry on
Livin’ in the projects, broke with no lights on
To all the seeds that follow me
protect your essence
Born with less, but you still precious
Just smile for me now

Tupac Shakur

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Man is astounded by common sense.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“You need not do anything, remain sitting at your table and listen.  You need not even listen, just wait.  You need not even wait, just become still, quiet and solitary and the world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice.  It will roll in ecstasy at your feet”

Franz Kafka

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The single most important factor is that you make something creative from your existence.

Maris Jackqueline Lee Webster

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The best medicine is two miles of oxygen three times a day.  This is not only the best, but also cheap and pleasant to take.  It suits all ages and constitutions.  It is patented by infinite wisdom, sealed with a signet divine.  It cures cold feet, hot heads, pale faces, feeble lungs, and bad tempers.  If two or three take it together, it has a still more striking effect.  It has often been known to reconcile enemies, settle matrimonial quarrels, and bring reluctant parties to a state of double blessedness.  This medicine never fails.  Spurious compounds are found in large towns; but get into the country lanes, among green fields, or on the mountain top, and you have it in perfection as prepared in the great laboratory of Nature.”

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It has been said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly’s wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world.

Chaos theory.

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I wake up in the morning, and I consciously create my day the way I want it to happen.  Now, sometimes, because my mind is examining all the things that I need to get done, it takes me a little bit to settle down and get to the point of where I’m actually intentionally creating my day.  But here’s the thing.
When I create my day and out of nowhere, little things happen that are so unexplainable, I know that they are the process or the result of my creation. And the more I do that, the more I build a neural net, in my brain, that I accept that that’s possible.  It gives me the power and the incentive to do it the next day.
So, if we’re consciously designing our destiny, if we’re consciously, from a spiritual standpoint, throwing in the idea that our thoughts can affect our reality or affect our life, because reality equals life.  Then, I have this little pact that I have when I create my day.
I say, I’m taking this time to create my day, and I’m infecting the Quantum Field.  Now, if it is in fact, that God is watching me the whole time that I’m doing this, and there is a spiritual aspect to myself, then show me a sign today, that you paid attention to any one of these things that I created, and bring them in a way that I won’t expect, so that I am surprised at my ability to be able to experience these things.  And make it so that I have no doubt that its come from you, God.

And so, I live my life, in a sense, all day long, thinking about being a genius, or thinking about being the glory and the power of God, or thinking about being Unconditional Love.  I’ll use living as a genius, for example. And as I do that, during parts of the day, I’ll have thoughts that are so amazing, that cause a chill in my physical body, that have come from nowhere. But then, I remember that that thought has an associated energy, that’s produced an effect in my physical body.

Now, that’s a subjective experience, but the truth is, is that I don’t think that unless I was creating my day to have unlimited thought, that that thought would come.

From the Movie ‘What the Bleep Do We Know”

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“Before words are ever exchanged, before ideas are ever expressed, people aid or curse themselves by projecting an image…  These basic impressions make a hairsbreadth difference between failure and success.”

Allan Cox, Inside Corporate America.

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“There is no passion to be found in playing small, in settling for a life that is less than what you are capable of living.”

Nelson Mandela

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Keep your eyes on your own goals, do not get misguided by those who are producing more than you.

When you want to convert a man to your view, you go over to where he is standing, take him by the hand and guide him.  You don’t stand across the room and shout at him; you don’t call him a dummy; you don’t order him to come over to where you are.  You start where he is, and work from that position.  That’s the only way to get him to budge.

Thomas Aquinas

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It is not so much a tragedy to be a person with no eyesight, but it is a great tragedy to have no vision.

Helen Keller

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Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.

Andre Gide

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The best way to predict the future is to create it.

Stephen Covey

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You cannot truly experience the freedom available in this or any other country unless you have economic freedom.

Dexter Yager

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Freedom is the Almighty God’s gift to every man and woman in this world.

George W. Bush

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My God!  How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!

Thomas Jefferson

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Free enterprise is an enterprise free of government interference.  Capitalism is an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of goods, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market.

Bob McEwen

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Free enterprise isn’t a gift.  We have to work to maintain it.  The only political or economic system in which we have no risk is one in which we also have no choice.  If we forget that, we lose everything.

Rich DeVos

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Success begins by raising the opinion we have of ourselves.

Dexter Yager

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Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift from God, which is why we call it the present.

Bill Keane

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The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goals.  The tragedy lies in not having any goals to reach.

Dr. Benjamin Mays

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What separates people most is not their background, their race, education or age, it’s the way they think.  First we have to begin to think, and then we have to learn to think right.

Dexter Yager

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Thinking is the hardest work there is and that is why so few people engage in it.

Henry Ford

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The significant problems we face in life cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.

Albert Einstein

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There’s very little difference in people.  But that little difference makes a big difference.  The little difference is attitude.  The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.

W. Clement Stone

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Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out.

John Wooden

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A wise man makes his own decisions, and ignorant man follows the public opinion.

Chinese Proverb

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Small differences in your performance can lead to large differences in your results.

Jim Rohn

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Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.

Proverbs

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It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid soul who know neither victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt

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Remember, if people talk behind your back, it only means you’re two steps ahead.

Fannie Flag

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A man with experience is never at the mercy of a man with a theory.

Dexter Yager

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Keep the main thing the main thing.

Anonymous

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If you are not able to separate the critical few from the meaningless many- then it all just becomes noise.

Anonymous

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If everything is a priority then nothing is a priority.

Stephen Covey

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Ninety percent of success is simply showing up.

Dexter Yager

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When work, commitment, and pleasure all become one and you reach that deep well when passion lives, nothing is impossible.

Anonymous

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Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway.

Ed Foreman

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There are no losers.  Only winners and quitters.

Dexter Yager

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People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don’t know when to quit.  Most men succeed not because they are destined to but rather because they are determined to.

George Allen

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Whatever you do, you need courage.  Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you you are wrong.  There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right.  To map out a course of action and follow it to the end requires some of the same courage which a soldier needs.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.  Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.  Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.  Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.  Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

Calvin Coolidge

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Commitment to continuity creates emotional stability.  Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment.  Full effort is full victory.

Albert Einstein

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There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.

Kenneth Olson, Digital Equipment, 1977

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Radio has no future.  Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.  X-rays will prove to be a hoax.  I have not the smallest molecule of faith in aerial navigation other than ballooning.  William Thomson, Lord Kelvin (1824-1907)

English scientist, president of the Royal Society

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As far as sinking a ship with a bomb is concerned, it just can’t be done.

Clark Woodward (1877-1967) rear admiral, U.S. Navy

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Who would want to hear actors talk?

Harry M. Warner (1881-1958) founder, Warner Bros. Studio (in 1927, considering the possibility of talking pictures)

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The telephone is such a flawed communication device, we see no use for it in our industry.

In a memo to all Western Union offices, 1876

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Anything that can be invented has been invented.

Charles H. Duell, Commissioner of the U.S. Patent Office, 1899

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The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.

Theodore M. Hesburgh

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At the end of every day of every year, two things must remain unshakable: our constancy of purpose and our continuous discontent with the present.

Robert Goizieta, Coca-Cola

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Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The best prize life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.

Anonymous

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Learn from your mistakes: failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.

Henry Ford

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Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.  I never experienced failure.  I only found 9,999 ways the light bulb wouldn’t work before finding a way it would.

Thomas Edison

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There is a sure way to avoid criticism: be nothing and do nothing.  Kill off all ambition.  They remedy never fails.  Do what you feel in your heart is right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.  You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.

Eleanor Roosevelt

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One of the great examples of successfully handling adversity can be found in Abraham Lincoln.  Consider his record:

Failed in business……………..  1831           Defeated for Congress………1843

Defeated in Legislature……….. 1832           Defeated for Senate…………            1855

Failed in business again………. 1833           Defeated for Vice President…            1856

Sweetheart died……………….. 1835           Defeated for Senate………… 1858

Suffered Nervous Breakdown… 1836           Elected President……………1860

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The pursuit of excellence is gratifying and healthy.  The pursuit of perfection is frustrating, neurotic, and a terrible waste of time.

Edwin Bliss

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There is only one way to do it better…find it.

Thomas Edison

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The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.

Vince Lombardi

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One of the marks of successful people is that they are action-oriented.  One of the marks of average people is that they are talk-oriented.

Brian Tracey

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Motivation is what gets you started.  Habit is what keeps you going.

Jim Rohn

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Everyone has an invisible sign hanging around their neck saying, “make me feel important.”

Dale Carnegie

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No man becomes rich unless he enriches others.

Andrew Carnegie

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I can live to two months on one good compliment.

Mark Twain

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Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel.  If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.

Sam Walton

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It is one of the beautiful compensations of this of this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.

Charles Dudley

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Service is the rent we pay for being on this Earth.

Marian Wright Edelman

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Some people make money, some make excuses.  But no one makes both.  If you’re really going to succeed then excuses are useless.

Dexter Yager

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“Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”

Albert Einstein

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“One-half of life is luck; the other half is discipline — and that’s the important half, for without discipline you wouldn’t know what to do with luck.”

Carl Zuckmayer

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“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.”

Napoleon Hill

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“You and I are essentially infinite choice-makers.  In every moment of our existence, we are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices.”

Deepak Chopra

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“We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time.”

Vince Lombardi

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“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”

Henry Thoreau

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“The environment you fashion out of your thoughts, your beliefs, your ideals, your philosophy is the only climate you will ever live in.”

Dr. Stephen Covey

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What we think determines what happens to us, so if we want to change our lives, we need to stretch our minds.”

            Wayne Dyer

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“What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?”

Robert H. Schuller

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“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”

Benjamin Franklin

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“Most people spend their lives looking but not truly seeing.”

Joe Navarro

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“There’s no reward in life without risk.”

Barry J. Farber

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“When you create a business, you create something that improves the life of your customer, of another person, maybe of ten people, of a thousand people, of a million people. There’s no higher calling.”

Paul Zane Pilzer

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