Resource Library: Positive Business Wisdom Library




There are times when we all feel vulnerable and prey to our own fears and negativity. When this occurs, read the entire section I’ve included here…it’s designed to inspire and to move your mind space to a better, more positive place.

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The Positive Business Wisdom Library

Lessons In The Journey Of Life

Living For Today

In The Limits Of Our Success We’re Often Our Own Worse Enemy

The Socrates Triple Filter Test

What Goes Around Comes Around

How To Make The Right Decisions

Real Success Only Comes With Total Commitment

Doing The Important Things First

The Obstacle in Our Path

Count Your Blessings

You Are an Inspiration: Don't Ever Forget It

Believe in Butterflies

Hanging In There

Things About Life I Learned From Santa

Things Your Can Learn From A Dog

More Lessons Of Life

Just Remember…

Appearance And Action

The Three Bones That Point The Way To Success

Everything You Are Is A State Of Mind

The Boy Called Sparky

Carnegie’s Life Plan

A Little Bit Extra Can Make All The Difference

Doubt And Faith

A Selection of Pithy Business Quotes



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Lessons In The Journey Of Life


You will receive a body. You may like it or you may hate it, but it will be yours for the entire period this time around.

You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called life.

Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or you may think them irrelevant and stupid.

There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial and error - experimentation.

The “failed” experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiment that ultimately “works”.

A lesson is repeated until it is learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can go on to the next lesson.

Learning lessons does not end. There is no part of life that does not continue lessons. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned.

“THERE” is no better than “HERE”. When you’re “THERE” it has become your “HERE”, you will simply obtain another “THERE” that will again look better than “HERE”.

Others are merely mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.

What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources that you need. What YOU do with them is up to YOU - the choice is YOURS.

Your answers live inside YOU. The answers to life’s questions live inside YOU. All you need to do is look, listen and trust.

You will forget all of this ... and you will remember.

- Author Unknown



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Living For Today


Yesterday is history
Tomorrow is a mystery
Today is a gift
That’s why we call it the present.

Each of us has a bank. Its name is TIME.
Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds.
Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose.
It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft.
Each day it opens a new account for you.
Each night it burns the remains of the day.
If you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours.
There is no going back.
There is no drawing against the “tomorrow”.
You must live in the present on today's deposits.
Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness, and success!


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In The Limits Of Our Success We’re Often Our Own Worse Enemy


More than fifty years ago, on May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister broke the Four-Minute Mile Barrier. For thousands of years, people believed that it was impossible for humans to run the mile in less than four minutes – some even suggested that it was scientifically impossible to achieve. But Roger Bannister wasn’t one of them.

He overcame this “impossible” barrier, not only through physical training, but also by constantly rehearsing breaking the four-minute barrier in his mind.

And he did it with so much emotional intensity that it became an unquestioned command to his subconscious to produce the result.

Bannister, like all great achievers, had the ability to psych himself up to point where he had no doubt in his mind that he would SUCCEED, even though no one before him had done so.

With enough emotional intensity and repetition, we can all make ourselves “believe” something as real… even if it hasn’t yet occurred! One of the amazing things of Bannister’s breakthrough effort was the effect it had on other runners.

Within a year of the Four-Minute Mile Barrier being broken, 37 other runners also broke it … and a further year later, 300 runners had done the same thing!

Bannister was able to show them that with the POWER OF BELIEF they too could achieve what he did.

Many of the barriers and obstacles that keep us from being successful come from within. We create LIMITS for ourselves and don’t think it’s possible to go beyond those LIMITS.

To overcome them, we need to BELIEVE we can succeed …and constantly reinforce that belief.

What are some of the things you dream will someday come true? Believe it will happen and be COMMITTED to making it happen!


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The Socrates Triple Filter Test


In ancient Greece, Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom. His advice is just as relevant today, let’s take a closer glimpse.

One day the great philosopher came upon an acquaintance that ran up to him excitedly and said, "Socrates, do you know what I just heard about one of your students?"

"Wait a moment," Socrates replied. "Before you tell me I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Triple Filter Test."

"Triple filter?"

"That's right," Socrates continued. "Before you talk to me about my student, let's take a moment to filter what you're going to say.”

“The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?"

"No," the man said, "actually I just heard about it and..."

"All right," said Socrates, "so you don't really know if it's true or not.”

"Now let's try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my student something good?"

"No, on the contrary..."

"So," Socrates continued, "you want to tell me something bad about him, even though you're not certain it's true?"

The man shrugged, a little embarrassed. Socrates continued. "You may still pass the test though, because there is a third filter - the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my student going to be useful to me?"

"No, not really..."

"Well," concluded Socrates, "if what you want to tell me is neither True, nor Good nor even Useful, why tell it to me at all?"


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What Goes Around Comes Around


As an old story goes, a man once walked up to Buddha and began hurling ugly and insulting words at him. Buddha listened in silence until the man ran out of breath. Then Buddha spoke: “If you offer something to a person and that person refuses it, to whom does it belong?”

The man pondered the question, and finally said: “I suppose it belongs to the one who offered it.”

Buddha nodded. “The abuse and vile names you offer me, I refuse to accept.”

The man turned and walked away.

- Adapted from “Feedback to see how others see me” by Jim Clemmer


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How To Make The Right Decisions


The other day I dropped in to pay a businessman I greatly admire a visit. While he’s a friendly guy, sometimes having conversation with him can be difficult.

I asked him, "What’s the secret of your success?"

He said: "Two words"

"And what are they?" I pressed.

"Right decisions"

"But how do you make right decisions?" I asked.

"One word," he responded.

"And what’s that?"

"Experience"

"And how do you get experience?" I was becoming a little exasperated by this stage.

"Two words"

"And what are they?"

"Wrong decisions"

And there’s the gem! To be successful, we have to take risks… and learn from our mistakes.


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Real Success Only Comes With Total Commitment


One of things I’ve come to realize in life is that in order to be successful … and I mean REALLY SUCCESSFUL … you’ve got to be passionate and committed to what you’re doing, 100%!

Most of us will say we’re committed to things that are important in our life, whether it be to our families, our work, our community … But are we really?

You may have heard of the story of a pig and a chicken, but it’s a great way to illustrate this point:

A pig and a chicken were out for a walk one day when they happened across a very sad-looking group of human beings. “Gee,” said the pig, “I wonder what’s wrong with them?”

“I don’t know,” said the chicken. “But I wonder if they might be hungry. Let’s cheer them up! Let’s make them a bacon and egg breakfast!”

The pig paused for a moment. “Hey,” he said. “I’m not so sure I like that idea. For you it’s a contribution, but for me it’s a big commitment!”

Think about it! For the things that you consider important – are you really making a COMMITMENT … or are you just involved? Now, be honest with yourself!


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Doing The Important Things First


How often do you hear people say, “I wish I had more time to do all the things I need to do”? You’ve probably said it many times yourself if the truth be told. Often it’s not the lack of time that’s the problem, but the lack of not prioritizing the tasks at hand.

Here’s a parable - the story of the rocks – to illustrate this point.

A wise man is talking to an audience who had come to hear his words of wisdom. He takes an empty jar and fills it with large rocks.

"Is the jar full?" he asks?

Everyone in the audience agrees that it is.

"No, it isn’t," he says, and then fills up the spaces with tiny pebbles.

"Is the jar full now?" he asks

Again, everyone agrees that it is.

"Wrong again," he says, and begins to pour sand into the jar.

"How about now?" he asks.

Once again, everyone agrees that now the jar must be full.

”Not so,” replied the wise man as he begins to pour water into the jar. “Now the jar is full!”

So, what is the lesson you take from this story? Most people will say, "You can always squeeze something else in!"

But the real point is this: Unless you put the big things in your life in first, you'll find you’ll never have room for them. You’ll fill up your time with small, insignificant things.

And isn’t that what you’re doing when you complain that you don’t have the time to do things that you know are really important – like taking a step back from the day-to-day operations of your business to do some strategic planning! .



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The Obstacle in Our Path


Here’s other business lesson we can learn from history.

In ancient times, a king had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock.

Some of the king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the king for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the big stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. On approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded.

As the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying on the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the king indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.

The peasant learned what many others never understand. Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve one's condition.



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Count Your Blessings


Life sometimes deals people a winning hand, not once but several times.

Many years ago a wealthy English couple took their children to the countryside for a holiday. Their host turned his estate over to them. The children went swimming in the pool but one boy soon got into difficulties. The other boys screamed for help. Without a moment’s hesitation the gardener’s son jumped in and rescued the boy.

Later, the grateful parents asked the gardener what they could do to reward his son. The gardener replied that his son wanted to go to college. “He wants to be a doctor.” The couple agreed to pay his son’s way through school.

Years later, the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was stricken with pneumonia and the best doctor in the land was summoned to save him. This physician was the renowned Dr. Fleming, the discoverer of penicillin.

Upon his recovery, Churchill said to Fleming, “Rarely has one man owed his life twice to the same rescuer.” It was Fleming, of course, who had saved the young Winston Churchill in that swimming pool many years before!



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You Are an Inspiration: Don't Ever Forget It


Your presence is a gift to the world,
You’re unique and one of a kind.
Your life can be what you want it to be -
Take it one day at a time.

Count your blessings, not your troubles,
And you’ll make it through what comes along.
Within you are so many answers,
Understand, have courage, be strong.

Don’t put limits on yourself,
Your dreams are waiting to be realized.
Don’t leave your important decisions to chance -
Reach for your peak, your goal, and your prize.

Nothing wastes more energy than worrying -
The longer a problem is carried, the heavier it gets.
Don’t take things too seriously -
Live a life of serenity, not a life of regrets.

Remember that a little love goes a long way -
Remember that a lot goes forever.
Remember that friendship is a wise investment,
Life’s treasures are people ... together.

Have health and hope and happiness,
Take the time to wish on a star.
And don’t ever forget for even a day...
How very special YOU are!

- Anonymous



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Believe in Butterflies


Believe in butterflies. If they can fly a thousand miles, think what you can do. You are alive so celebrate every moment. Discover what the world needs that you believe in with all your heart - a service you are really good at and love most to do. Do that. Dive in. Let it be your classroom.

Play with possibilities. Cherish good people, including yourself. Get negative people out of your life. Romp on the floor with your dog. Celebrate every moment. Like a bird, soar the updrafts. Make friends with trees and listen to their stories.

Talk to yourself. Ask yourself what you think. Pay attention to what you say. Forget about being entertained - depart the audience and get onto the stage. Fling wide the curtains. Earn enough for your need but not for your greed. Leave a heritage so that when you die, you will be missed.

- Dr. Sami Sunchild



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Hanging In There


Nicolo Paganini was a well-known and gifted nineteenth century violinist. He was also well known as a great showman with a quick sense of humour.

His most memorable concert was in Italy with a full orchestra. He was performing before a packed house and his technique was incredible, his tone was fantastic, and his audience dearly loved him.

Toward the end of his concert, Paganini was astounding his audience with an unbelievable composition when suddenly one string on his violin snapped and hung limply from his instrument. Paganini frowned briefly, shook his head, and continued to play, improvising beautifully.

Then to everyone’s surprise, a second string broke. And shortly thereafter, a third. Almost like a slapstick comedy, Paganini stood there with three strings dangling from his Stradivarius.

But instead of leaving the stage, Paganini stood his ground and calmly completed the difficult number on the one remaining string.



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Things About Life I Learned From Santa


1. Encourage people to believe in you.
2. Always remember who's naughty and who's nice.
3. Don’t pout.
4. It’s as much fun to give as it is to receive.
5. Some days it’s OK to feel a little chubby.
6. Make your presents known.
7. Bright red can make anyone look good.
8. Wear a wide belt and no-one will notice how many kilos you’ve gained.
9. If you only show up once a year, everyone will think you’re very important.
10. Whenever you’re at a loss for words, say: “Ho, Ho, Ho!”



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Things Your Can Learn From A Dog


Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
When it’s in your best interest, practice obedience.
Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
Take naps often and stretch before rising.
Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.



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More Lessons Of Life


You can learn a lot from Noah’s Ark:

1. Don’t miss the boat
2. Remember that we’re all in the same boat
3. Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark
4. Stay fit. When you’re 600 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.
5. Don’t listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done
6. Build your future on high ground
7. For safety’s sake, travel in pairs
8. Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were onboard with the cheetahs
9. When you’re stressed, float a while
10. Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals

Source: InBiz


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Just Remember…


Your presence is a present to the world.
You are unique and one of a kind.
Your life can be what you want it to be.
Take the days just one at a time.

Count your blessings, not your troubles.
You will make it through whatever comes along.
Within you are so many answers.
Understand, have courage, be strong.

Do not put limits on yourself.
So many dreams are waiting to be realized.
Decisions are too important to leave to chance.
Reach for your peak, your goal and your prize.

Nothing wastes more energy than worrying.
The longer one carries a problem the heavier it gets.
Do not take things too seriously.
Live a life of serenity, not a life of regrets.

Remember that a little love goes a long way.
Remember that a lot … goes forever.
Remember that friendship is a wise investment.
Life’s treasures are people together.

Realize that it is never too late.
Do ordinary things in an extraordinary way.
Have heart and hope and happiness.
Take the time to wish upon a star.

AND DO NOT EVER FORGET … FOR EVEN A DAY HOW VERY SPECIAL YOU ARE!



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Appearance And Action


To appear wise, one must talk;
To be wise, one must listen.

To appear to do good, one must be busy;
To do good, one must know when to stand aside.

To appear to lead, one must put oneself first;
To lead, one must put oneself last.

To appear caring, one must give advice;
To be caring, one must give space.

To appear to love, one must know how to give;
To love, one must know also how to receive.

To appear happy, one must smile;
To be happy, one must be free with tears.

- Nicholas Gordon



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The Three Bones That Point The Way To Success


Just before her university graduation, a young woman approached her favourite professor and asked if she had any additional words of wisdom that would help her to achieve a successful career.

The professor thought for a moment and then answered, “Just make sure you never go anywhere without your three bones.”

“My three bones?” the younger woman questioned.

“Yes”, said the professor. “Each of us comes equipped with three special bones that, when put to proper use, can help get us through any difficulty and keep us striving towards our goals.”

“What are these three bones,” asked the younger woman.

“First is the wishbone,” the older woman explained. “As long as you rely on your wishbone, you’ll always keep moving forward, looking for new challenges.

“Next is the jawbone. When you run into problems, exercising your jawbone in fearlessly seeking answers will get you through them.

“And finally, there’s the backbone. Your backbone will give you the courage to keep going through it all.”

We should all make an effort to always take advantage of these three bones of success.

- Adapted from “1,001 Contemporary Illustrations”



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Everything You Are Is A State Of Mind


One Sunday afternoon, a cranky grandfather was visiting his family. As he lay down to take a nap, his grandson decided to have a little fun by putting Limburger cheese on Grandfather’s moustache.

Soon, grandpa awoke with a snort and charged out of the bedroom saying, “This room stinks!” Through the house he went, finding every room smelling the same. Desperately he made his way outside only to find that “the whole world stinks!”

There’s a moral to this story. Throughout the ages wise men and philosophers have agreed on one point: “We become what we think about.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “A man is what he thinks about all day long.” The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius put it this way: “A man’s life is what his thoughts make of it.” In the Bible we find: “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”

When we fill our minds with negativity, everything we experience and everybody we meet will be tainted that perception we hold in our mind. Be positive…! And you’ll view the world and the people you encounter in an entirely new light.



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The Boy Called Sparky


Here’s a truly inspirational story of self-belief and perseverance that resulted in an outcome we’ve all come to recognize and love.

Sparky was a boy for whom school was almost impossibly difficult. He failed every subject in the eighth grade and at high school he even received a grade of zero in physics.

He didn’t do much better at sports either, although he did manage to make it on to the school’s golf team. But there too he was a disappointment. He lost the most important match of the season… as well as the consolation match.

At high school, Sparky was also socially awkward and never once asked a girl to go out because he was too afraid of being turned down. There was, however, one thing that was enormously important to him – his talent for drawing.

But even then no one appeared to appreciate his talent. In his senior year, he submitted some cartoons to the editors of the yearbook but they were turned down.

Despite this rejection, Sparky decided to become a professional artist. He wrote a letter to Walt Disney Studios and was asked to send some samples of his work. Finally the reply came. He has been rejected once again.

So, Sparky decided to write his autobiography in cartoons – a little boy loser and chronic underachiever.

That little cartoon character whose kite would never fly and who never succeeded in kicking a football, soon become famous worldwide. Charles Schulz had created the “Peanuts” comic strip featuring Charlie Brown!



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Carnegie’s Life Plan


Andrew Carnegie was once the richest man in the world and then went on to give away millions of dollars. When he died, a sheet of paper was discovered on which he had written one of his major goals of his life. They were to spend the first half of his life accumulating money and to spend the last half of his life giving it all away.



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A Little Bit Extra Can Make All The Difference


Think about this when you’re about to give up on something:

At 99 degrees C, water is hot.
At 100 degrees, it boils.

And with boiling water, comes steam.
And with steam, you can power a train.

With just one degree more, you can generate exponential results.



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Doubt And Faith


Doubt sees the obstacles
Faith sees the way

Doubt sees the darkest night

Faith sees the day
Doubt dreads to take a step
Faith soars on high

Doubt questions, “Who believes?”
Faith answers “I”

- Author Unknown



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A Selection of Pithy Business Quotes


The following quotes are powerful; they have been arranged in no particular order so that the reader must study each individually for the message/s each contains. Then after you’ve got the message ask this crucial question of yourself: what relevance does this have to my life and what must I do to begin to apply the message?

Hard Work
A pint of sweat saves a gallon of blood.
- General George S. Patton (1885-1945)

Anger
Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.
- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Criticism
I criticize by creation - not by finding fault.
- Cicero (106-43 B.C.)

Future
The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
- Alan Kay

Silence
Silence is argument carried out by other means.
- Ernesto "Che" Guevara (1928-1967)

Action
Well done is better than well said.
- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Indispensable
The graveyards are full of indispensable men.
- Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970)

Knowledge
I am not young enough to know everything.
- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Patience
In any contest between power and patience, bet on patience.
- W.B. Prescott

Procrastinating
While we are postponing, life speeds by.
- Seneca (3BC - 65AD)

Reputation
Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street.
- Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915)

Self-Love
To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.
- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Adventure
An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered.
- Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936)

Respect
Be nice to people on your way up because you meet them on your way down.
- Jimmy Durante

Waste
Time waste differs from material waste in that there can be no salvage.
- Henry Ford (1863-1947)

Worry
Worry is like a rocking chair – It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.
- Anon

Appreciation
Brains, like hearts, go where they are appreciated.
- Robert McNamara

Management
It’s the manager’s responsibility to fight the tendency to build complexity.
- Ken Iverson

Why Me?
We have no right to ask when sorrow comes, “Why did this happen to me?” unless we ask the same question for every joy that comes our way.
- Philip F. Bernstein, philosopher

Vision
Management’s job is to see the company not as it is … but as it can become.
- John Teets

Knowledge
Knowledge is power and knowledge shared is power multiplied.
- Bob Noyce

Expectations
We indulge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Listening
The moon could not go on shining if it paid any attention to the little dogs that bark at it.
- Anonymous

Better
You can only make others better by being good yourself.
- Hugh R. Hanels

Leadership
Management is knowing there’s more than one way to skin a cat. Leadership is convincing the cat that it’s a good idea.
- Anonymous

Wealth
The wealthy man is the man who is much, not the one who has much.
- Karl Marx, German political philosopher

Undefeated
As long as a person doesn't admit he is defeated, he is not defeated. He's just a little behind and isn't through fighting.
- Darrell Royal, Texas football coach

Perseverance
Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
- John Quincy Adams (1767-1848), 6th U.S. President

Problem Solving
The problems of the world cannot be solved by sceptics or cynics whose horizons are limited to obvious realities. We need men and women who can dream of things that never were.
- John F. Kennedy

Passion
The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.
- Marshall Foch

Success
Success in adversity makes success all the sweeter. At the end of the day, it’s not how far you fall but how high you bounce.
- Sheila Wellington

Eye On The Present
There are two days about which nobody should ever worry, and these are yesterday and tomorrow.
- Robert J. Burdette

Good Idea
It is a lesson which all history teaches wise men, to put trust in ideas, and not in circumstances.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), Poet and Essayist

Hope
Hope is a renewable option: We use it up by the end of the day, but we can still get up the next morning, put it on again and start over.
- Barbara Kingsolver

Taking Stock
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
- Mark Twain

Goals
The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.
- Benjamin Mays

Ready For Change
It’s not that some people have willpower and some don’t. It’s that some people are ready to change and others are not.
- James Gordon, Medical Doctor

Leadership
Leadership is the challenge to be something more than average.
- Jim Rohn

Get It Right
By not overextending ourselves we avoid fragmentation, clutter and nonsense. Life is too short for you to be caretaker of the wrong details.
- Alexandra Stoddard

Experience
We are who we are in good measure because of what we have learned and what we remember.
- Dr. Eric R. Kandel, Author, Nobel Laureate,

Discovery
The real art of discovery consists not in finding new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.
- Marcel Proust

Learning
I tell you and you forget. I show you and you remember. I involve you and you understand.
- Eric Butterworth

Preparedness
Let us train our minds to desire what the situation demands.
- Seneca

Getting Ahead
You’ll notice that a turtle only makes progress when it sticks out its neck...
- Anonymous

Aim High
In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, though they should fail immediately, they had better aim at something high.
- Henry David Thoreau

Extra Effort
Don't be content with doing only your duty. Do more than your duty. It's the horse that finishes a neck ahead that wins the race.
- Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), American Industrialist and Philanthropist

Resolve
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing.
- Abraham Lincoln

Attitude
A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before we changed.
- Earl Nightingale (1921-1989), Philosopher and Syndicated Radio Personality

Play It Straight
The game of life is the game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later, with astounding accuracy.
- Florence Shinin (1871-1940), Writer

Helping Hand
Help others get ahead. You will always stand taller with someone else on your shoulders.
- Bob Moawad, Business leader

Flexibility
Flexible people never get bent out of shape!
- Unknown Remember This
No man’s credit is ever as good as his money.
- Ed Howe

Prepare To Succeed
One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.
- Arthur Ashe

Learning
Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to the error that counts.
- Nikki Giovanni

Living Life
Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint on it you can.
- Danny Kaye (1913-1987), Entertainer

Risk-Taking
Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean.
-Christopher Reeve, Actor

Who You Are
It’s never too late to be who you might have been.
- George Eliot (1819-1880), Writer

Positive People
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
- Mark Twain (1835-1910), Humorist and writer

Fortitude
The mighty oak tree was once a little nut that held its ground.
- Anonymous

The Best
Remember every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.
- Anonymous

Vision
If your vision is for a year, plant wheat.
If your vision is for ten years, plant trees.
If your vision is for a lifetime, plant people.
- An old Chinese proverb

Traps
No lions are ever caught in mousetraps. To catch lions you must think in terms of lions, not in terms of mice. Your mind is always creating traps of one kind or another, and what you catch depends on the thinking you do. It is your thinking that attracts to you what you receive.
- Thomas Dreier, Author

Resolve
Obstacles cannot crush me, every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Putting In Extra
Do more than you are paid for. There are never any traffic jams on the extra mile.
- Brian Tracy

Success
The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.
- Donald Kendall

Curiosity
The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
- Dorothy Parker

Ennobled Works
One must not always think so much about what one should do, but rather what one should be. Our works do not ennoble us; but we must ennoble our works.
- Meister Eckhart, “Work and Being”

Positive Thoughts
Your life today is a result of your thinking yesterday. Your life tomorrow will be determined by what you think today.
- John Maxwell from his book “Think On These Things”

Living
You don't get to choose how you're going to die, or when. You can only decide how you're going to live. Now.
- Joan Baez

Doing It Tough
Business is never so healthy as when, like a chicken, it must do a certain amount of scratching around for what it gets.
- Henry Ford

Perseverance
In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins - not through strength but by perseverance.
- H. Jackson Brown, Author of "Life's Little Instruction Book"

Self-Belief
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 (1918-1992), Founder of Wal-Mart

Hunches
Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.
- Dr. Joyce Brothers, Psychologist and Television Personality

Tennis Anyone?
Business is a lot like a game of tennis – those who serve well usually end up winning.
- Anonymous

Take The First Step
The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.
- Mark Caine, Author

Risk-Taking
If no one ever took risks, Michelangelo would have painted the Cystine floor.
- Neil Simon

Dreams
If one advances in the direction of his dreams, one will meet with success unexpected in common hours.
- Henry David Thoreau

Management
The best executive has sense enough to pick good men and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling.
- Theodore Roosevelt

Resolve
There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love; there’s only a scarcity of resolve to make it happen.
- Dr. Wayne Dyer, Psychotherapist and Author

Success
Be of good cheer. Do not think of today's failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourself a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles.
- Helen Keller (1880-1968), Blind and Deaf Educator

Overcoming Fear
One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do.
- Henry Ford

Secret Of Life
One of the secrets of life is to make stepping-stones out of stumbling blocks.
- Jack Penn

Persistence
Obstacles cannot crush me, every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.
- Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), Scientist, Inventor, Artist

Six Honest Men0
I keep six honest serving men (They taught me all I knew). Their names are What and Why and When and How and Where and Who.
- Rudyard Kipling

The Miracle Of Life
The only way to live is to accept each minute as an unrepeatable miracle, which is exactly what it is - a miracle and unrepeatable.
- Margaret Storm Jameson (1891-1986), Novelist

Adversity
Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.
- Horace (65-8 B.C.), Poet and Satirist



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