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Personal Development Quotes.

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” — Albert Einstein
“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” — Albert Einstein
Character
  • “A good criterion for measuring success in life is the number of people you have made happy.” — Robert J. Lumsden
  • “A good heart is better than all the heads in the world.”Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • “A man who finds no satisfaction in himself will seek for it in vain elsewhere.” — La Rochefoucauld
  • “Ability may take you to the top, but it takes character to stay there.” — William Blake
  • “Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.”Bruce Lee
  • “Be humble always and identify with the common man; even when success and achievements want to make you proud.”  — Bishop Leonard Umumna
  • “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” — Dr. Seuss
  • “Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.”Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” — Reinhold H. Niebuhr
  • “I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance.  It overcomes almost everything, even nature.” – John D. Rockefeller
  • “I don’t have to be what nobody else wants me to be and I am not afraid to be what I want to be.” — Muhammad Ali
  • “I praise loudly; I blame softly.” – Queen Catherine II
  • “I studied the lives of great men and women, and I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm and hard work.” — Harry S. Truman
  • “I will speak ill of no one and speak all the good I know of everybody.” — Andrew Jackson
  • “Insist on yourself. Never imitate.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “It is your attitude, not your aptitude, that determines your altitude.”  — Zig Ziglar
  • “I’ve never seen a monument erected to a pessimist.” — Paul Harvey
  • “Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.” — Bruce Lee
  • “Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.”Jim Rohn
  • “Let this be the criteria by which you measure all things: Is this an act of love?” – Unknown
  • “Optimists are right.  So are pessimists.  It’s up to you to choose which you will be.” — Harvey Mackay
  • “People tend to think that happiness is a stroke of luck, something that will descend like fine weather if you’re fortunate. But happiness is the result of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly.” — Elizabeth Gilbert
  • “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.”  — Vince Lombardi
  • “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” — Jimmy Johnson
  • “The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.” – James Oppenheim
  • “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”William Arthur Ward
  • “The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.” – Confucius
  • “The true measure of a man is not how he behaves in moments of comfort and convenience but how he stands at times of controversy and challenges.”Martin Luther King Jr.
  • “The way to gain a good reputation, is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.” – Socrates
  • What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.” – Confucius
  • “We are what we frequently do.” – Aristotle
  • “We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.” — John Dryden
  • “What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.” – Confucius
  • “What you habitually think largely determines what you will ultimately become.” — Bruce Lee
Effectiveness
  • “All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.” — Bruce Lee
  • “Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.” — Bruce Lee
  • “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” — Benjamin Franklin
  • “Fear less, hope more, eat less, chew more, whine less, breathe more, talk less, say more, hate less, love more, and good things will be yours.” — Swedish Proverb
  • “For it matters not how small the beginning may seem to be.  What is once well done, is well done forever.”Henry David Thoreau
  • “Forget yourself and start to work.”Gordon B. Hinckley
  • “Fortunate is the person who has developed the self-control to steer a straight course towards his objectives in life, without being swayed from his purpose by either commendation or condemnation.” — Napoleon Hill
  • “He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much.”Bessie Anderson Stanley
  • “In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins, not through strength, but through persistence.” – Buddha
  • “Life is a series of problem-solving opportunities.  The problems you face will either defeat you or develop you depending on how you respond to them.” — Rick Warren
  • “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” — Dale Carnegie
  • “Put your heart, mind, intellect, and soul even to your smallest acts.  This is the secret of success.” – Swami Sivandanda
  • “Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted.” — David Bly
  • “Success is doing ordinary things extraordinary well.” — Jim Rohn
  • “Success is every minute you live.  It’s the process of living.  It’s stopping for the moments of beauty, of pleasure; the moments of peace.  Success is not a destination that you ever reach.  Success is the quality of the journey.” — Jennifer James
  • “Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” — Winston Churchill
  • “Success is not measured by what a man accomplished, but by the opposition he has encountered and the courage with which he has maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.” – Charles Lindberg
  • “Success is not so much what we have, as it is what we are.” — Jim Rohn
  • “Success is not the key to happiness.  Happiness is the key to success.  If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” — Albert Schweitzer
  • “Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person we become.” — Jim Rohn
  • “Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.” — Robert Collier
  • “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” — Booker T. Washington
  • “Success it the progressive realization of worthwhile, predetermined, personal goals.” — Paul J. Meyer
  • “Success often comes to those who dare to act.  It seldom goes to the timid who are ever afraid of the consequences.” — Jawaharlal Nehru
  • “Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities.  They vary in their desire to reach their potential.” — John Maxwell
  • “Successful leaders see the opportunities in every difficulty rather than the difficulty  in every opportunity.” — Reed Markham
  • “The best rules to form a young man are: to talk little, to hear much, to reflect alone upon what has passed in company, to distrust one’s own opinions, and value others that deserve it.” — Sir William Temple
  • “The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.” — Bruce Lee
  • “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” — Steven Covey
  • “The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.” – Henry Ford
  • “The secret of success is consistency of purpose.” — Benjamin Disraeli
  • “The test of a successful person is not an ability to eliminate all problems before they arise, but to meet and work out difficulties when they do arise.  We must be willing to make an intelligent compromise with perfection lest we wait forever before taking action.  It is still good advice to cross bridges when we come to them.” — David Schwartz
  • “There is only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything.” — Vince Lombardi
  • “To be successful, you must decide exactly what you want to accomplish, then resolve to pay the price to get it.” — Bunker Hunt
  • “To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.” – Confucius
Emotional Intelligence
  • “Don’t let the negativity given to you by the world disempower you. Instead give to yourself that which empowers you.” — Les Brown
  • “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • “Enthusiam is the steam that drives the engine.” – Napoleon Hill
  • “Enthusiasm spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.” — Norman Vincent Peale
  • “Flaming enthusiasm, backed by horse-sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.” — Dale Carnegie
  • “Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm.  It moves stones, it charms brutes.  Enthusiasm is the genius of sincerity, and truth accomplishes no victories without it.” — Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing … that’s why we recommend it daily.”  — Zig Ziglar
Empowerment
  • “Action is the foundational key to all success.” — Tony Robins
  • “Always bear in mind that our own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.” — Abraham Lincoln
  • Anything in life worth having is worth working for.” — Andrew Carnegie
  • “Do, or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda
  • “Do not be tense, just be ready, not thinking but not dreaming, not being set but being flexible. It is being ‘wholly’ and quietly alive, aware and alert, ready for whatever may come.” — Bruce Lee
  • “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “Don’t be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin.” — Grace Hansen
  • “Don’t dream it. Be it!” — Richard O’Brian
  • “Follow your bliss!” — Joseph Campbell
  • “Follow your dream as long as you live, do not lessen the time of following desire, for wasting time is an abomination of the spirit.” – Plato
  • “Follow your honest convictions, and stay strong.” — William Thackeray
  • “For every mountain there is a miracle.” — Robert H. Schuller
  • “I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.” — William Ernest Henley
  • “I don’t count the days, I make the days count!” — Muhammad Ali
  • “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” — Henry David Thorough
  • “If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” — Bruce Lee
  • “If you are going through hell, keep going.” — Winston Churchill
  • “If you can imagine it, you can create it.  If you can dream it, you can become it.” — William Arthur Ward
  • “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it.  If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” — Nora Roberts
  • “In life, as in a football game, the principle to follow is: Hit the line hard.” — Theodore Roosevelt
  • “It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” – Confucius
  • “It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.” – Seneca
  • “It takes a strong fish to swim against the current.  Even a dead one can float with it.” — John Crowe
  • “Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it.” — Winston Churchill
  • “Knowledge without follow-through is worse than no knowledge.” — Henry Charles Bukowski
  • “Leap and the net will appear.” — Julia Cameron
  • “Live out your imagination, not your history.” — Stephen Covey
  • “May you live all the days of your life.” — Jonathan Swift
  • “Never be afraid to tread the path alone.  Know which is your path and follow it wherever it may lead you; do not feel you have to follow in someone else’s footsteps.” — Eileen Caddy
  • “People are always blaming circumstances for what they are.  I don’t believe in circumstances.  The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and if they can’t find them, make them.” — George Bernard Shaw
  • “The history of the world is the history of a few people who had faith in themselves.” — Swami Vivekananda
  • “The man who moved a mountain was the one who began carrying away small stones.” — Chinese Proverb
  • “The secret of success is to be ready when your opportunity comes.” — Benjamin Disraeli
  • “There are two primary choices in life:  to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.”  — Denis Waitley
  • “To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.” — Bruce Lee
  • “To move the world we must first move ourselves.” – Socrates
  • “We will either find a way or make one.” – Hannibal
  • “Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon must inevitably come to pass.” — Paul J. Meyer
Influence and Impact
  • “Dependent people need others to get what they want.  Independent people can get what they want through their own efforts.  Interdependent people combine their own efforts with the efforts of others to achieve their greatest success.” — Stephen Covey
  • “It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” — Napoleon Hill
  • “Keep away from small 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
  • “Many hands and hearts and minds generally contribute to anyone’s notable achievements.” — Walt Disney
  • “Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.” — Oprah Winfrey
  • “Try to forget yourself in the service of others.  For when we think too much of ourselves and our own interests, we easily become despondent.  But when we work for others, our efforts return to bless us.” — Sidney Powell
  • “Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.” — Confucius
Learning and Growth
  • “A master lives in the world of transformation, not the world of loss and gain.” — Dr. John Demartini
  • “Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still.” — Chinese Proverb
  • “Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one.” — Chinese Proverb
  • “Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life.” — Herbert Otto
  • “Collect as precious pearls the words of the wise and virtuous.” – Abd El-Kader
  • “Develop success from failures.  Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” — Dale Carnegie
  • “Do not despise the bottom rungs in the ascent to greatness.” – Publilius Syrus
  • “Don’t fear failure.  Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.” — Bruce Lee
  • “Don’t let the fear of striking out hold you back.” — Babe Ruth
  • “Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems.” — Rene Descartes
  • “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.” — Napoleon Hill
  • “Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.” — Doug Firebaugh
  • “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” — Muhammad Ali
  • “I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.” — George Patton
  • “I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind.” — George Bernard Shaw
  • “If we do not plant knowledge when young, it will give us no shade when we are old.” — Lord Chesterfield
  • “If you aren’t making any mistakes, it’s a sure sign you’re playing it too safe.” — John Maxwell
  • “If you learn only methods, you’ll be tied to your methods, but if you learn principles you can devise your own methods.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.” — Thomas Watson, Sr
  • “In order to succeed you must fail so that you know what not to do the next time.” — Anthony J.  D’Angelo
  • “It is true that the mental aspect of kung-fu is the desired end; however, to achieve this end, technical skill must come first.” — Bruce Lee
  • “It is wise to keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.” — Roger Babson
  • “I’ve always tried to go one step past wherever people expected me to end up.” — Beverly Sills
  • “Never walk away from failure.  On the contrary, study it carefully and imaginatively for its hidden assets.” — Michael Korda
  • “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” — T.S. Eliot
  • “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do.” – Confucius
  • “Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” — African Proverb
  • “So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can.  Because that’s where you will find success. On the far side of failure.” — Thomas J.Watson, Sr.
  • “Success is a journey, not a destination.” — Ben Sweetland
  • “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”  — Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.” — Robert Cushing
  • “The highest reward for one’s toil is not what one gets for it, but what one becomes by it.” — John Ruskin
  • “The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed.” — Lloyd Jones
  • “The real voyage of discovery consists of not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” – Proust
  • “The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.” — Dale Carnegie
  • “There are no secrets to success.  It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” — Colin Powell
  • “There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth — not going all the way, and not starting.” – Buddha
  • “Those at the top of the mountain didn’t fall there.” — Marcus Washling
  • “To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.” – Shakespeare
  • “To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.” — Bertrand Russell
  • “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” — Mark Twain
  • “Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” — Ronald Osborn
  • “We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success; we often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never makes a mistake never made a discovery.” — Samuel Smiles
  • “We must never be afraid to go too far, for success lies just beyond.” — Marcel Proust
  • “We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seated refusal of that which others have made of us.” — Jean-Paul Sartre
  • What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?” — Robert Schuller
Productivity
  • “A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.” — Bruce Lee
  • “Art calls for complete mastery of techniques, developed by reflection within the soul.” — Bruce Lee
  • “For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice.  No paper currency, no promises to pay, but the gold of real service.” — John Burroughs
  • “Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.” — Samuel Johnson
  • “If you don’t have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer.”  ~ Zig Ziglar
  • “If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you.  If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you.  Whatever good things we build end up building us.” — Jim Rohn
  • “If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.” — Andrew Carnegie
  • “It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.” — Bruce Lee
  • “Make a success of living by seeing the goal and aiming for it unswervingly.” — Cecil B. De Mille
  • “Motivation is what gets you started.  Habit is what keeps you going!” — Jim Ryun
  • “Never let your work drive you.  Master it and keep it in complete control.” — Booker T. Washington
  • “No one ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him; it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the required that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction.” — Charles Kendall Adams
  • “Nothing ever comes to one that is worth having except as a result of hard work.” — Booker T. Washington
  • “Obstacles are those frightful things you can see when you take your eyes off your goal.” — Henry Ford
  • “One must have strategies to execute dreams.” — Azim Premji
  • “People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.” — Earl Nightingale
  • “Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.” — Colin Powell
  • “Sometimes our best is simply not enough.  We have to do what is required.” — Winston Churchill
  • “Success equals goals … all else is commentary.” — Brian Tracy
  • “Success is 20% skills and 80% strategy.  You might know how to read, but more importantly, what’s your plan to read?” — Jim Rohn
  • “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” — Michael Althsuler
  • “The merit in action lies in finishing it to the end.” — Genghis Khan
  • “The path to success is to take massive determined action.” — Anthony Robbins
  • The question for each man to settle is not what he would do if he had means, time, influence, and educational advantages, but what he will do with the things he has.” — Hamilton Wright Mabie
  • “The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “The seat of freedom is reserved for the man who lives by his own work, and in that work, does what he wants to do.” — George Robin Collingwood
  • “Unless you are willing to drench yourself in your work beyond the capacity of the average man, you are just not cut out for positions at the top.” — J.C. Penny
  • “We are either progressing or retrograding all the while; there is no such thing as remaining stationary in this life.” — James Freeman Clarke
  • “What we hope to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.” — Samuel Johnson
Self-Awareness
  • “After all, all knowledge simply means self-knowledge.” — Bruce Lee
  • “Fear comes from uncertainty; we can eliminate the fear within us when we know ourselves better.” — Bruce Lee
  • “Heed the still small voice that so seldom leads us wrong, and never into folly.” — Marquise du Deffand
  • “In learning to know other things, and other minds, we become more intimately acquainted with ourselves, and are to ourselves better worth knowing.” — Philip Gilbert Hamilton
  • “Know thyself means this, that you get acquainted with what you know, and what you can do.” – Menander
  • “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” – Aristotle
  • “Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world.” — Miguel de Cervantes
  • “No one can see their reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see.” — Taoist Proverb
  • “Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves.” — Zig Ziglar
  • “Pay no attention to what the critics say; no statue has ever been erected to a critic.” — Jean Sibelius
  • “The easiest person to deceive is one’s own self.” — Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • “The most difficult thing in life is to know yourself.” – Thales
  • “The only journey is the journey within.” — Rainer Maria Rilke
  • “To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are.” — Bruce Lee
  • “To conquer oneself is the best and noblest victory; to be vanquished by one’s own nature is the worst and most ignoble defeat.” – Plato
  • “To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.” — Bruce Lee
  • “We see the world, not as it is, but as we are.” – Talmud
  • “When you know yourself and your opponent, you will win every time. When you know yourself but not your opponent, you will win one and lose one. However, when you do not know yourself or your opponent, you will be imperiled every time.” — Sun Tzu
  • “What progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a friend to myself.” — Hecato
Strengths
  • “Exert your talents, and distinguish yourself, and don’t think of retiring from the world, until the world will be sorry that you retire.” — Samuel Johnson
  • “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” — Bruce Lee
  • “I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.” — George Burns
  • “I learned that the only way you are going to get anywhere in life is to work hard at it.  Whether you’re a musician, a writer, an athlete or a businessman, there is no getting around it.  If you do, you’ll win — if you don’t you won’t.” — Bruce Jenner
  • “I refer to my hands, feet and body as the tools of the trade. The hands and feet must be sharpened and improved daily to be efficient.” — Bruce Lee
  • “If we all did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.” — Thomas Edison
  • “It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” — Albert Einstein
  • “Practice all movements slow and fast, soft and hard; the effectiveness of Jeet Kune-Do depends on split-second timing and reflexive action, which can be achieved only through repetitious practice.” — Bruce Lee
  • “The happiest life is that which constantly exercises and educates what is best in us.” – Hamerton
  • “Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” — Henry Van Dyke
Thinking
  • “A fresh mind keeps the body fresh. Take in the ideas of the day, drain off those of yesterday. As to the morrow, time enough to consider it when it becomes to-day.” — Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • A man’s dreams are an index to his greatness.” — Zadok Rabinwitz
  • “All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers.” — Orison Swett Marden
  • “All successful men and women are big dreamers.  They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.” — Brian Tracy
  • “Champions aren’t made in the gyms.  Champions are made from something they have deep inside them — a desire, a dream, a vision.” — Muhammad Ali
  • “Choose the positive. You have choice, you are master of your attitude, choose the positive, the constructive. Optimism is a faith that leads to success.” — Bruce Lee
  • “Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend.” — Bruce Lee
  • “Enter every activity without giving mental recognition to the possibility of defeat.  Concentrate on your strengths, instead of your weakness … on your powers, instead of your problems.” — Paul J. Meyer
  • “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” — Albert Einstein
  • “I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.  Imagination is more important than knowledge.  Knowledge is limited.  Imagination encircles the world.” — Albert Einstein
  • “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” — Henry Ford
  • “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” — Albert Einstein
  • “Is is in the small decisions you and I make every day that create our destiny.” — Tony Robbins
  • “It is the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief.  And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.” — Claude M. Bristol
  • It’s amazing what ordinary people can do if they set out without preconceived notions.” — Charles F. Kettering
  • No great improvements in the lot of mankind are possible until a great change takes place in the fundamental constitution of their modes of thought.” — John Stuart Mil
  • “No man is ever whipped until he quits — in his own mind.” — Napoleon Hill
  • “Nothing can stop the person with the right mental attitude from achieving his goals. Nothing on earth can help the person with the wrong mental attitude.” – Thomas Jefferson
  • “Our greatest battles are that with our own minds.” — Jameson Fran
  • “Real difficulties can be overcome; It is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.” – Theodore N.Vail
  • “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” — Les Brown
  • “Some of the world’s greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible.” — Doug Larson
  • “That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.” — Abraham Lincoln
  • “The biggest temptation is to settle for too little.” — Thomas Merton
  • “The difference between success and mediocrity is all in the way you think.” — Dean Francis
  • “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” – Michelangelo
  • “The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.” — Marcel Pagnol
  • “The revelation of thought takes men out of servitude into freedom.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “The spirit of the individual is determined by his dominating thought habits.” — Bruce Lee
  • The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am.  Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can’t do.” — Dennis Waitley
  • “Thoughts and ideas are the source of all wealth, success, material gain, all great discoveries, inventions and achievements.” — Mark Victor Hansen
  • ‘What is’ is more important than ‘what should be.’ Too many people are looking at ‘what is’ from a position of thinking ‘what should be’.” — Bruce Lee
  • Whatever we think about and thank about, we bring about.” — Wayne Dyer

Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!

Merrry Christmas.
Merrry Christmas.

 

Christmas Time is finally here,
It only comes but once a year.
And it’s a  time to spread good cheer,
To those we love and hold so  dear.

Christmas Time is a time of glee,
A time when peace and love run  free.
A time for those like you and me,
To sit beneath the Christmas  Tree.

Christmas Time is a time of joy,
A time to sit back and  enjoy.
The smile on each girl and boy,
As they play with a Christmas  Toy.

Christmas Time is a time to share,
The passing of another  year.
Birth of Jesus, a joyful prayer,
To show loved ones how much we  care.

Christmas Time is a time for song,
A time for us to get  along.
To make us feel Lord Jesus strong,
Forgive all those who did us  wrong.

Christmas Time is a time to pray,
Put love and kindness on  display.
Show compassion along the way,
Christmas Time should be everyday

by Ronald Doe

 

Why 23rd of November should be a national holiday!

Happy birthday Freddie!!!

 

God gave a gift to the world when you were born,

I celebrate your wonderful self!

Your birthday is as much a celebration for me as it is for you,

Maybe more,

A person who loves, who cares,

Someone who touches each life she enters,

And makes a difference in the world,

Because ripples of kindness flow outward,

As each person you have touched, touches others.

Your birthday deserves to be a national holiday,

Because you are special; you are peak,

One of a kind, you are unique,

For all that you’ve done,

May the love you have shown to others

Return to you, multiplied.

I wish you the happiest of birthdays.

And many, many more,

So that others have time to appreciate you

As much as I do!!!

 

Always Joseph.

 

Relationships!!

Make each day count!!

 

 

 
“When I got home that night as my wife served dinner, I held her hand and said, I’ve got something to tell you. She s

at down and ate quietly. Again I observed the hurt in her eyes. Suddenly I didn’t know how to open my mouth. But I had to let her know what I was thinking. I want a divorce. I raised the topic calmly. She didn’t seem to be annoyed by my words, instead she asked me softly, why?
I avoided her question. This made her angry. She threw away the chopsticks and shouted at me, you are not a man! That night, we didn’t talk to each other. She was weeping. I knew she wanted to find out what had happened to our marriage. But I could hardly give her a satisfactory answer; she had lost my heart to Jane. I didn’t love her anymore. I just pitied her!
With a deep sense of guilt, I drafted a divorce agreement which stated that she could own our house, our car, and 30% stake of my company. She glanced at it and then tore it into pieces. The woman who had spent ten years of her life with me had become a stranger. I felt sorry for her wasted time, resources and energy but I could not take back what I had said for I loved Jane so dearly. Finally she cried loudly in front of me, which was what I had expected to see. To me her cry was actually a kind of release. The idea of divorce which had obsessed me for several weeks seemed to be firmer and clearer now.
The next day, I came back home very late and found her writing something at the table. I didn’t have supper but went straight to sleep and fell asleep very fast because I was tired after an eventful day with Jane. When I woke up, she was still there at the table writing. I just did not care so I turned over and was asleep again.
In the morning she presented her divorce conditions: she didn’t want anything from me, but needed a month’s notice before the divorce. She requested that in that one month we both struggle to live as normal a life as possible. Her reasons were simple: our son had his exams in a month’s time and she didn’t want to disrupt him with our broken marriage.
This was agreeable to me. But she had something more, she asked me to recall how I had carried her into out bridal room on our wedding day. She requested that every day for the month’s duration I carry her out of our bedroom to the front door ever morning. I thought she was going crazy. Just to make our last days together bearable I accepted her odd request.
I told Jane about my wife’s divorce conditions. . She laughed loudly and thought it was absurd. No matter what tricks she applies, she has to face the divorce, she said scornfully.
My wife and I hadn’t had any body contact since my divorce intention was explicitly expressed. So when I carried her out on the first day, we both appeared clumsy. Our son clapped behind us, daddy is holding mommy in his arms. His words brought me a sense of pain. From the bedroom to the sitting room, then to the door, I walked over ten meters with her in my arms. She closed her eyes and said softly; don’t tell our son about the divorce. I nodded, feeling somewhat upset. I put her down outside the door. She went to wait for the bus to work. I drove alone to the office.
On the second day, both of us acted much more easily. She leaned on my chest. I could smell the fragrance of her blouse. I realized that I hadn’t looked at this woman carefully for a long time. I realized she was not young any more. There were fine wrinkles on her face, her hair was graying! Our marriage had taken its toll on her. For a minute I wondered what I had done to her.
On the fourth day, when I lifted her up, I felt a sense of intimacy returning. This was the woman who had given ten years of her life to me. On the fifth and sixth day, I realized that our sense of intimacy was growing again. I didn’t tell Jane about this. It became easier to carry her as the month slipped by. Perhaps the everyday workout made me stronger.
She was choosing what to wear one morning. She tried on quite a few dresses but could not find a suitable one. Then she sighed, all my dresses have grown bigger. I suddenly realized that she had grown so thin, that was the reason why I could carry her more easily.
Suddenly it hit me… she had buried so much pain and bitterness in her heart. Subconsciously I reached out and touched her head.
Our son came in at the moment and said, Dad, it’s time to carry mom out. To him, seeing his father carrying his mother out had become an essential part of his life. My wife gestured to our son to come closer and hugged him tightly. I turned my face away because I was afraid I might change my mind at this last minute. I then held her in my arms, walking from the bedroom, through the sitting room, to the hallway. Her hand surrounded my neck softly and naturally. I held her body tightly; it was just like our wedding day.
But her much lighter weight made me sad. On the last day, when I held her in my arms I could hardly move a step. Our son had gone to school. I held her tightly and said, I hadn’t noticed that our life lacked intimacy. I drove to office…. jumped out of the car swiftly without locking the door. I was afraid any delay would make me change my mind…I walked upstairs. Jane opened the door and I said to her, Sorry, Jane, I do not want the divorce anymore.
She looked at me, astonished, and then touched my forehead. Do you have a fever? She said. I moved her hand off my head. Sorry, Jane, I said, I won’t divorce. My marriage life was boring probably because she and I didn’t value the details of our lives, not because we didn’t love each other anymore. Now I realize that since I carried her into my home on our wedding day I am supposed to hold her until death do us apart. Jane seemed to suddenly wake up. She gave me a loud slap and then slammed the door and burst into tears. I walked downstairs and drove away. At the floral shop on the way, I ordered a bouquet of flowers for my wife. The salesgirl asked me what to write on the card. I smiled and wrote, I’ll carry you out every morning until death do us apart.
That evening I arrived home, flowers in my hands, a smile on my face, I run up stairs, only to find my wife in the bed -dead. My wife had been fighting CANCER for months and I was so busy with Jane to even notice. She knew that she would die soon and she wanted to save me from the whatever negative reaction from our son, in case we push through with the divorce.— At least, in the eyes of our son—- I’m a loving husband….
The small details of your lives are what really matter in a relationship. It is not the mansion, the car, property, the money in the bank. These create an environment conducive for happiness but cannot give happiness in themselves.
So find time to be your spouse’s friend and do those little things for each other that build intimacy. Do have a real happy marriage!
If you don’t share this, nothing will happen to you.
If you do, you just might save a marriage. Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. ♥

10 Financial Takeaways to Improve Your Financial Status.

Shop Wisely!

1. Live Below Your Means

Just because you can afford to buy something doesn’t mean you should, just because you make a good salary, or just got a raise, doesn’t mean you should spend it all, especially if you suddenly got a big jump in your income, keep your former standard of living and funnel the rest into paying off debts or adding to your retirement nest egg. Since you’re not lowering your existing budget or cutting expenses, you’ll be able to accomplish all this without feeling like you’ve had to cut back or make sacrifices.

Saving money!

2. Move Your Money Around

Redirect your money from one part of your financial life to another, more profitable area.

Take a couple of hours to figure out how to cut spending across your budget, making use of online apps and price-comparison sites to find cheaper alternatives on everything from electronic offers to cell phone service. Then, move those savings into an emergency or retirement fund, put them toward credit card debt or wherever else they’ll pay off.  This exercise has a big added benefit; it forces you to examine where your money is actually going and how much you’re paying for things. That in and of itself — mindfulness — will change your spending behavior simply because you’re paying attention.

Money when you most need it!

3. Grow Your Emergency Fund

If you don’t have an emergency fund, several of our experts said it’s a good idea to start one, even if you can just sock away a small amount every month. If you have an emergency fund, good for you — but chances are there’s not enough in it.

I think the single most important thing someone can do right now for their financial life is to make sure they have an adequately funded emergency fund, especially in these days of high unemployment and Global economic meltdown. Try and save a minimum of the equivalent of your six months’ pay if you think your job is in jeopardy.

The key is to be able to manage emergencies from savings, rather than having to liquidate your retirement account or leaning on a high interest credit card. Trying to resolve an emergency with a credit card can lead down a dangerous path of debt.  Keep your emergency fund in a high-yield savings account separate from the account you use for everyday expenses.

Plan your mortgage early!

4. Pay off Your Mortgage before Retiring

The term of your mortgage should not be longer than the number of years you plan to work.

After you retire, your income will probably drop, but your cost   of living won’t. Some expenses, like health care, are likely to climb — perhaps significantly. If you can eliminate the burden of a monthly mortgage payment, you’ll have more flexibility to handle any rising costs.

Monitor your spending habits!

5. Track Your Spending

It’s a basic building block of financial success, but so many people don’t do it.

Writing down every cent you spend over the course of a week will give you a very clear picture of exactly where your money is going.

It sounds like a basic idea, but it’s a step many people don’t take. Making it a habit to track your spending will reveal areas in which you need to cut back and at the same time shed light on what to buy and what is not necessary.

Valuable trash!

6. Act like You Can’t Just ‘Throw It Away’

Live as though you don’t have garbage pickup. If you act like you can’t just throw stuff away, it will make you more mindful about what you buy and consume in the first place. People no longer shop for products that stand the test of time.

We’re spending our hard-earned Dirhams on highly packaged products that are easily disposed of, our homes and landfills are cluttered with depreciated junk. The solution to saving more money is to stop wasting it on consumer items that quickly become garbage, and switching to quality items that endure.

 

Danger of credit cards!

7. Pay off Credit Card Debt

Pay off or pay down credit card debt with any existing savings. With credit card APRs averaging nearly 15%, people with credit card debt pay much more in interest than they can earn by having that money invested elsewhere.

If you don’t have any savings, there’s no way to sugarcoat it: You’ll have to make some budget decisions and give some things up.

Happy Retirement!

 

8. Put 10% of Your Income toward Retirement

Target to save and invest at least 10% of your income, no matter how little or how much you make. The sooner you start, the more wealth you’ll be able to build, Vernon says.

Even small amounts can add up over time.  Alternately, even older workers can benefit — it’s never too late to start building up your retirement nest egg, you’ll just need a more aggressive savings

Be a visionary!

9. Envision Your Future

Develop a single exciting mental picture of where you want to be in five years. Each day as you get out of your house and head for the Dubai Metro on the way to work think about that image. Maybe this sounds a little silly, but visualization is an effective motivational technique. It might feel like you’re just daydreaming, but you’re planting the seed of an idea in your brain. Even when you’re not actively thinking about it, that image is going to stay in the back of your mind.

The fastest way to move forward is not to focus on a to-do list of rational steps to move forward but instead to clarify in detail the outcome that you want. When that same outcome is kept top of mind for a sustained period of time, your attitude shifts … when you apply this consistently over time, real progress is made.

Make each day count!

10. Enjoy your hard earned wages!

To put this into context, remember money together with all the other fiscal benefits are just a means to an end and not an end in itself, hence time and again we should stop & take time to appreciate/‘smell the roses’  and enjoy our hard earned wages.

This is important because not only will you give value where it’s due, but also energize yourself to be able to conquer the next financial mountain and most importantly not to lose sight that money is not the source of Happiness but simply a means to a Happy Life.

 

One of my favorite mantras is ‘Make each day count’ and on that thoughtful note I wish you a Healthy & Happy Financial Life.

 

Jambu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Background Scenery of Life

scenery

Dear readers,this is a guest post from a friend who i also consider my mentor. Mr. Amir Anzur who is also a Webpreneur, Learnaholic and teacher

Enjoy!!!!!

Look around you.  Are you in a 5 star hotel?  Or the “ghetto” part of your town?  Are you driving inside a brand new Mercedes?  Or are you inside a beat-up old car?

Are you eating in a fancy restaurant with an expensive menu, big plates and small food?  Or are you eating at a cheap fast-food joint?  Are you on holiday in the Caribbean or are you spending time in your own neighborhood?

The world is your background scenery.  When you are eating it doesn’t really matter if you are in a fancy restaurant or a downbeat place – these are just the background scenery.  What matters is who you are with.

When you start your business, you city or office won’t matter.  You could have the best furniture or recycled old furniture.  What matters is who is sitting on the seats besides you.  Who you interact with rather than what is happening in the background.

Marketing has taught us that a Louis Vuitton handbag or a new car makes better background scenery than where you are currently in life.  That eating at a more expensive restaurant will make the food taste better than at a cheaper place.

Once you see through the clutter of marketing.  And begin to appreciate the world for what it is – background scenery.  You can start to appreciate what you have.  Marketers will try and convince you that you need to “pimp up your life”.  That you need a more expensive car, more expensive house, more expensive clothes and to stay in more expensive hotels.  But remember that this is all background to your scenery of life.

What makes a movie worth watching is not usually the background scenery.  It is the characters and the plot.

Do not focus too much on the background scenery, it is not what people watch a movie for.

Make the movie of your life worth watching.  Get better characters and create a better plot for the movie of your life.

by Amir Anzur

 

 

 

 

Gratitude Quotes

Gratitude!!
  1. “Act with kindness, but do not expect gratitude.” – Proverb
  2. “A man’s indebtedness is not virtue; his repayment is. Virtue begins when he dedicates himself actively  to the job of gratitude.” — Ruth Benedict
  3. “Ambition breaks the ties of blood, and forgets the obligations of gratitude.” – Sallust
  4. “Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.” — Margaret Cousins
  5. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” — John F. Kennedy
  6. “Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” — Brian Tracy
  7. “Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.” — Satchell Paige
  8. “Every professional athlete owes a debt of gratitude to the fans and management, and pays an installment every time he plays. He should never miss a payment.” — Bobby Hull
  9. “Friendship based solely upon gratitude is like a photograph; with time it fades.” — Carmen Sylva
  10. “Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy — because we will always want to have something else or something more.” — David Steindl-Rast
  11. “Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.” — John Milton
  12. “Gratitude changes the pangs of memory into a tranquil joy.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  13. “Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.” — Eileen Caddy
  14. “Gratitude is a burden upon our imperfect nature, and we are but too willing to ease ourselves of it, or at least to lighten it as much as we can.” — Philip Stanhope
  15. “Gratitude is a duty which ought to be paid, but which none have a right to expect.” — Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  16. “Gratitude is one of those things that cannot be bought. It must be born with men, or else all the obligations in the world will not create it.” — Edward F. Halifax
  17. “Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.” — Henry Ward Beecher
  18. “Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.” — Henry Van Dyke
  19. “Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.” — Jacques Maritain
  20. “Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” – Aesop
  21. “Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.” — Lionel Hampton
  22. “Gratitude isn’t a burdening emotion.” — Loretta Young
  23. “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie
  24. “Gratitude to gratitude always gives birth.” – Sophocles
  25. “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” — Melody Beattie
  26. “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” — Denis Waitley
  27. “Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude.” — Joseph Wood Krutch
  28. “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.” — Meister Eckhart
  29. “It’s a sign of mediocrity when you demonstrate gratitude with moderation.” — Roberto Benigni
  30. “Joy is a heart full and a mind purified by gratitude.” — Marietta McCarty
  31. “Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” — Karl Barth
  32. “Kindness trumps greed: it asks for sharing. Kindness trumps fear: it calls forth gratefulness and love. Kindness trumps even stupidity, for with sharing and love, one learns.” — Marc Estrin
  33. “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust
  34. “Maybe the only thing worse than having to give gratitude constantly is having to accept it.” –William Faulkner
  35. “Next to ingratitude the most painful thing to bear is gratitude.” — Henry Ward Beecher
  36. “No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.” — Alfred North Whitehead
  37. “One can never pay in gratitude: one can only pay ‘in kind’ somewhere else in life.” — Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  38. “One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.” — Carl Jung
  39. “One of the surest evidences of friendship that one individual can display to another is telling him gently of a fault. If any other can excel it, it is listening to such a disclosure with gratitude, and amending the error.” — Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
  40. “Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” — Henri Frederic Amiel
  41. “The debt of gratitude we owe our mother and father goes forward, not backward. What we owe our parents is the bill presented to us by our children.” — Nancy Friday
  42. “The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.” — William James
  43. “The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.” — Friedrich Nietzsche
  44. “The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.” — Eric Hoffer
  45. “There is as much greatness of mind in acknowledging a good turn, as in doing it.” – Seneca
  46. “To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.” — Albert Schweitzer
  47. “We are told that people stay in love because of chemistry, or because they remain intrigued with each other, because of many kindnesses, because of luck. But part of it has got to be forgiveness and gratefulness.” — Ellen Goodman
  48. “When you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears.” — Tony Robbins
  49. “You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.” — G. K. Chesterton

Old Flame!

Panganay

Through the months

I have consistently thought of you

My heart longs for your tender love

Sweet beautiful like the evening sun

Warm and unique like who you really are

Time and again

As I constantly reminisced of us

It finally dawned on me that we were meant to be

And though circumstances tried to pull us apart

I know our deep love for each other will pull us through

So criminal to keep lovebirds asunder

As the time away from you was most painful for me

Here I am making amends for letting you go

And fighting for the love of my life, with every fiber in me

Fully acknowledging that my life without you is incomplete…

always and forever

jambu.

Lessons learnt from Guy Kawasaki

Guy Kawasaki
  1. Make a mantra, not a mission.  Mission statements are often too long or they don’t resonate.  You need something you can easily remember, easily say, and identify with.  Summarize your cause in 2 or 3 words.  According to Guy, some effective examples might be Nike – “authentic, athletic performance” and Wendy’s – “healthy, fast food.”  The key is to capture the essence in just a few words.  This helps remind you of your cause and reinforce it with your actions.
  2. Make meaning over money.  According to Guy, “Evangelism starts with the desire to make meaning.”  When you focus on the money, you focus on the wrong thing.  You have to first make meaning.   You need to mean something to the world and to your customers.  “The root of great companies is make meaning vs. make money.” – Guy Kawasaki.
  3. Know what you want your life to be about.  Know what you want your life to be about and live your mantra.  Guy lives his life, actualising his mantra “empowering Entrepreneurs.”  I like this approach, and I’ve been thinking about refining mine.  It might be closer to “results by design” or “proven practices for results” or “empowering Underdogs.”  Whenever I think about my posts, I’m asking, is it helping lift people up or help them be their best in any situation.
  4. Be unique and valuable.  This is the key to effective marketing.  If you’re not unique, you’re competing on price.  Eventually, you’ll be priced out of the market.  If you are unique, but you aren’t valuable, then you have no market.  The sweet spot is valuable to the market and unique.
  5. The secret of evangelism is touch things that are gold. Don’t evangelize crap.  Evangelize great things.  “The secret of evangelism is Guy’s golden touch – whatever is gold, Guy touches.  That’s very different than saying whatever Guy touches turns gold.” – Guy Kawasaki
  6. Remember DICEE to make great things.  This is how to be great out of the gate.  According to Guy, DICEE is an acronym to help remind you how to make things that are gold.  “D” is for Deep.  It has to have lots of power.  You don’t run out of power and you’re not waiting for a more powerful version.  It anticipated what you need to do.  “I” is for Intelligent.  It’s a smart solution to a problem.  “C” is for Complete.  Great products are complete.  Complete means the totality of what the product means   This means all the stuff around the product (the OEMs, the forums, the plug-ins, service, support … etc.) “E” is for Elegant.  When you look at it, you inherently know what to do.  You can kind of figure out without a manual.  “E” is for Emotive – great products have emotion.
  7. Don’t worry, be crappy.   Ship, then test.  Don’t wait for the perfect world, or you’ll never ship.  As long as you are truly making meaning and you have a revolution, the market will accept elements of crap.  Ship something revolutionary with elements of crappiness to it.  You can then prioritize which crap to improve based on real usage and feedback.
  8. Version it.  Think in terms of versions.  Ask, “what’s good enough for now?”  It’s not about slicing and dicing value and spreading it out over time.  Instead, it’s about being complete and good enough for now so that you don’t miss the market.  It’s also about continuous improvement over time.  Each version should be a useful, relevant, and marked improvement.  Guy thinks in terms of versions all the time.  In one example, he says, “My wife was in Beta with our second child … Shipped on time and no bugs.”  He also versioned his Alltop project. (See Entrepreneurship 2.0.)
  9. Don’t let the Bozos grind you down.  Don’t listen to people that tell you that you’ll fail, because if you don’t try, then you definitely will fail.  According to Guy, there are two types of Bozos.  One type of bozo is a loser.  You don’t listen to them anyway, so that’s not the dangerous bozo.  The dangerous bozo is the rich, successful, well-known person.  Remember that rich, successful and well-know does not equal smart.  “Inoculate yourself from dangerous bozos.” – Guy Kawasaki.
  10. Smile, it’s contagious.  Guy wears a smile often.  It’s easy to find pictures of him flashing his pearly whites and it’s contagious.  Take yourself seriously, but not too seriously.  “Life is good.” – Guy Kawasaki
  11. Ask, “Is it defensible?” This is about evaluating startups against the following:  Proven team?  … Proven management?  … Proven technology?  … Proven business model?  These are some of the early warning flags that you don’t want to get in the way or that you have a good answer for.
  12. Follow the 10-20-30 rule for content, length, and font.  Use a maximum of 10 slides.  Your presentation should be no more than 20 minutes, even if it’s an hour presentation.  Use a 30 point font.  It forces you to put the core text.  If you need to use a smaller font it’s because you don’t know your material.  If you start reading your material, your audience will read ahead and stop listening to you.  See  Video: Guy Kawasaki 10-20-30 Presentation Rule.
  13. Pitch your ideas in 10 slides.  Pitch your ideas more effectively.  Don’t be a solution looking for a problem, make meaning, and show how you’ll make money.  The idea is to communicate enough, not everything and stimulate interest, not seal the deal.  10 slides forces you to focus on the essentials and the fewer slides you need, the more compelling the idea.  According to Guy, here’s what those 10 slides should be:  1) Title and what you do slide 2) problem slide, 3) solution slide, 4) business model slide, 5) underlying magic (secret sauce) slide, 6) marketing and sales slide, 7) competitive landscape slide, 8) management team slide, 9) financial projects and key metrics slide, 10) current status slide.
  14. Ask, “So what? … Who gives a shiitake?” This is about asking, why does it matter, and who does it matter for.  According to Guy, you can do this by imagining a little guy on your shoulder that asks you, “so what?”  You can make this very effective by pairing up “so what?” with “for instance.”  After you answer, the “so what?” question, you can then give a real world, concrete example starting off with, “for instance …”
  15. Make it personal. Personalize over generalize.   Instead of talking about paradigm shifts, make it real and make it relevant to the person.  What does it mean to them?
  16. Success is a numbers game.  It’s a numbers game.  According to Guy, how venture capitalism really works is, that out of 20 – 30 bets, 1 or 2 succeed.  Of course, when your 1 or 2 bets succeed, you tell everybody how you knew it all along, and how it’s your partner that missed the other 18.  Guy readily admits he missed predicting the successes of Yahoo, Google, and YouTube.  See Gnomedex 2007 – Guy Kowasaki.
  17. Be a straight shooter.  Keep it human.  Guy speaks in simple terms and keeps it real.  Whether you’re talking about your mantra or benefits of your product for people, don’t speak in lofty terms.  Keep it down to Earth.  Be authentic.  Be true to you.  Don’t be a suck up.  Guy’s a perfect blend of down to Earth, politically incorrect, and authentic, that we can model from.
  18. Create very slippery slopes.  This is about creating glide paths for adoption.  Adoption shouldn’t be a pill that’s too big to swallow.  Create very slippery slopes.  This means thinking in terms of incremental buy-in and incremental adoption.
  19. It’s a beautiful time for Entrepreneurs.   Now is a perfect time to be an Entrepreneur.  Test your ventures.  Ship something.  Show an adoption curve that’s growing.  Put something out and “prove the dogs are eating the food.”   You can test your ventures without depending on VC funding to start.  For example, instead of a million dollars in development and marketing costs to test an idea, it’s $12k.  This is how much it cost for Guy to spin up Truemors.  Align your interests.  This is about “alignment of interest” vs. “conflict of interest.”  Line up with the people, ideas, and things you believe in.
  20. It’s about the experience.   Make the most of every experience and live life to the fullest.  Guy has a way of creating and sharing engaging experiences.
  21. Let 100 flowers blossom.   Find what works for you and your customers, then stand back and let your flowers bloom.  You can’t necessarily predict what will work and what won’t.  Instead, fan the flames of what works and get out of the way.
  22. Find a coalition of the willing.   It’s way easier to sell to an existing customer or to somebody who is not already entrenched in a competing product or idea.  Build your raving fans, by building on your existing fan base and by winning over folks that are untainted.   According to Guy, it’s more effective to preach to the choir or focus on the agnostic, than try to convert the atheist.  Another way to put it is, focus on the market you’ve got, versus the one you don’t.
  23. Know the real influencers.   Don’t spend all your energy on the CXO level.  Win over the front-lines and people in the trenches.  They’re the ones that will ultimately be your raving fans and will do your word-of-mouth marketing for you.  They will either be your resistance or your champions.  Create a tipping point with opinion leaders, such as the engineer’s engineer.
  24. Be creative and productive.  Guy is life imitating art.  Being an Entrepreneur is all about creating something bigger than yourself.  To be effective, you need to be productive.  Guy regularly shares his life hacks on his blog, and Alltop is a great example of a creativity and productivity.

A Mother loves right from the start.
She holds her baby close to her heart.
The bond that grows will never falter.
Her love is so strong it will never alter.
A Mother gives never ending Love.
She never feels that she has given enough.
For you she will always do her best.
Constantly working, there’s no time to rest.
A Mother is there when things go wrong.
A hug and a kiss to help us along.
Always there when we need her near.
Gently wipes our eyes when we shed a tear.
So on this day shower your Mother with Love.
Gifts and presents are nice but that is not enough.
Give your Mother a day to have some peace of mind.
Be gentle, be good, be helpful, be kind.
Happy Mothers Day.

Gandhi Quotes

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Top 10 Gandhi Quotes

  1. “Imitation is the sincerest flattery.”
  2. “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
  3. “I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.”
  4. “In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.”
  5. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
  6. “My life is my message.”
  7. “Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”
  8. “Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.”
  9. “There is more to life than increasing its speed.”
  10. “Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained.”

Action

  • “A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.”
  • “Action expresses priorities.”
  • “Action is no less necessary than thought to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.”
  • “Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.”
  • An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.”
  • “Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it.”
  • “Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.”
  • “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problem.”
  • “The moment there is suspicion about a person’s motives, everything he does becomes tainted.”
  • “To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.”
  • “Unwearied ceaseless effort is the price that must be paid for turning faith into a rich infallible experience.”

Anger

  • “Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.”
  • “Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up.”
  • “Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.”

Compassion, Love, and Heart

  • “A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.”
  • “Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart.”
  • “In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”
  • “Justice that love gives is a surrender, justice that law gives is a punishment.”
  • “Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment.”
  • “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
  • “There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.”
  • “We may have our private opinions but why should they be a bar to the meeting of hearts?”
  • “Where there is love there is life.“

Conviction and Will

  • “A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.”
  • “Everyone who wills can hear the inner voice. It is within everyone.”
  • “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
  • “I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.”
  • “It is any day better to stand erect with a broken and bandaged head then to crawl on one’s belly, in order to be able to save one’s head.”
  • “Nearly everything you do is of no importance, but it is important that you do it.”
  • “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
  • “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
  • “The human voice can never reach the distance that is covered by the still small voice of conscience.”
  • “The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.”
  • “To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.”

Flaws, Faults, and Errors

  • “An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. “
  • “Confession of errors is like a broom which sweeps away the dirt and leaves the surface brighter and clearer. I feel stronger for confession.”
  • “I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps.”
  • “I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won’t presume to probe into the faults of others.”

Fear

  • “Fear has its use but cowardice has none.”
  • “Fear of death makes us devoid both of valour and religion. For want of valour is want of religious faith.”

Freedom

  • “Freedom is never dear at any price. It is the breath of life. What would a man not pay for living?”
  • “Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.”
  • “You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.”

Humanity and Goodness

  • “There is no principle worth the name if it is not wholly good.”
  • “To deprive a man of his natural liberty and to deny to him the ordinary amenities of life is worse then starving the body; it is starvation of the soul, the dweller in the body.”
  • “We win justice quickest by rendering justice to the other party.”
  • “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”

Living

  • “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
  • “I do not want to foresee the future. I am concerned with taking care of the present. God has given me no control over the moment following.”
  • “If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.
    Imitation is the sincerest flattery. “
  • “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”
  • “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
  • “Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal of plan living and high thinking the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants. Man’s happiness really lies in contentment.”
  • “Nearly everything you do is of no importance, but it is important that you do it.”
  • “Providence has its appointed hour for everything. We cannot command results, we can only strive.”
  • “Purity of personal life is the one indispensable condition for building up a sound education.”
  • “Rights that do not flow from duty well performed are not worth having.”
  • “The main purpose of life is to live rightly, think rightly, act rightly. The soul must languish when we give all our thought to the body.”
  • “Those who know how to think need no teachers.”
  • “We do not need to proselytize either by our speech or by our writing. We can only do so really with our lives. Let our lives be open books for all to study.”

Peace, Gentleness, and Non-Violence

  • “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.“
  • “Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.”
  • “Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.”
  • “It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.”
  • “Non-violence and truth are inseparable and presuppose one another.”
  • “Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our being.”
  • “Non-violence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed.”
  • “Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.”
  • “Non-violence requires a double faith, faith in God and also faith in man.”
  • “Non-violence, which is the quality of the heart, cannot come by an appeal to the brain.”
  • “Peace is its own reward.”
  • “We may never be strong enough to be entirely nonviolent in thought, word and deed. But we must keep nonviolence as our goal and make strong progress towards it.“

Religion and Faith

  • “All the religions of the world, while they may differ in other respects, unitedly proclaim that nothing lives in this world but Truth.“
  • “Each one prays to God according to his own light.”
  • Every formula of every religion has in this age of reason, to submit to the acid test of reason and universal assent.”
  • “Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.”
  • “Faith… must be enforced by reason… when faith becomes blind it dies.”
  • “I believe in the fundamental truth of all great religions of the world.”
  • “I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal to reason and is in conflict with morality.”
  • “In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”
  • “It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.”
  • “One’s own religion is after all a matter between oneself and one’s Maker and no one else’s.”
  • “Spiritual relationship is far more precious than physical. Physical relationship divorced from spiritual is body without soul.”
  • “The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different.”

Service

  • “Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.”
  • “Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served. But all other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy.”
  • “That service is the noblest which is rendered for its own sake.”
  • “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Truth

  • “Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.”
  • “I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and Non-violence are as old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as vast a scale as I could.”
  • “In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.”
  • “The pursuit of truth does not permit violence on one’s opponent.”
  • “Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear.”
  • “Truth never damages a cause that is just.”
  • “What is true of the individual will be tomorrow true of the whole nation if individuals will but refuse to lose heart and hope.”

Finally-     “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi

Nine Things Successful People Do Differently

 

Why have you been so successful in reaching some of your goals, but not others? If you aren’t sure, you are far from alone in your confusion. It turns out that even brilliant, highly accomplished people are pretty lousy when it comes to understanding why they succeed or fail.  The intuitive answer — that you are born predisposed to certain talents and lacking in others — is really just one small piece of the puzzle.  In fact, decades of research on achievement suggests that successful people reach their goals not simply because of who they are, but more often because of what they do.

1. Get specific. When you set yourself a goal, try to be as specific as possible. “Lose 5 pounds” is a better goal than “lose some weight,” because it gives you a clear idea of what success looks like. Knowing exactly what you want to achieve keeps you motivated until you get there. Also, think about the specific actions that need to be taken to reach your goal. Just promising you’ll “eat less” or “sleep  more” is too vague — be clear and precise. “I’ll be in bed by 10pm on weeknights” leaves no room for doubt about what you need to do, and whether or not you’ve actually done it.

2. Seize the moment to act on your goals.
Given how busy most of us are, and how many goals we are juggling at once, it’s not surprising that we routinely miss opportunities to act on a goal because we simply fail to notice them. Did you really have no time to work out today? No chance at any point to return that phone call? Achieving your goal means grabbing hold of these opportunities before they slip through your fingers.

To seize the moment, decide when and where you will take each action you want to take, in advance. Again, be as specific as possible (e.g., “If it’s Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, I’ll work out for 30 minutes before work.”) Studies show that this kind of planning will help your brain to detect and seize the opportunity when it arises, increasing your chances of success by roughly 300%.

3. Know exactly how far you have left to go. Achieving any goal also requires honest and regular monitoring of your progress — if not by others, then by you yourself. If you don’t know how well you are doing, you can’t adjust your behavior or your strategies accordingly. Check your progress frequently — weekly, or even daily, depending on the goal.

4. Be a realistic optimist.
When you are setting a goal, by all means engage in lots of positive thinking about how likely you are to achieve it. Believing in your ability to succeed is enormously helpful for creating and sustaining your motivation. But whatever you do, don’t underestimate how difficult it will be to reach your goal. Most goals worth achieving require time, planning, effort, and persistence. Studies show that thinking things will come to you easily and effortlessly leaves you ill-prepared for the journey ahead, and significantly increases the odds of failure.

5. Focus on getting better, rather than being good.
Believing you have the ability to reach your goals is important, but so is believing you can get the ability. Many of us believe that our intelligence, our personality, and our physical aptitudes are fixed — that no matter what we do, we won’t improve.  As a result, we focus on goals that are all about proving ourselves, rather than developing and acquiring new skills.

Fortunately, decades of research suggest that the belief in fixed ability is completely wrong — abilities of all kinds are profoundly malleable. Embracing the fact that you can change will allow you to make better choices, and reach your fullest potential.  People whose goals are about getting better, rather than being good, take difficulty in stride, and appreciate the journey as much as the destination.

6. Have grit.
Grit is a willingness to commit to long-term goals, and to persist in the face of difficulty.  Studies show that gritty people obtain more education in their lifetime, and earn higher college GPAs.  Grit predicts which cadets will stick out their first grueling year at West Point.  In fact, grit even predicts which round contestants will make it to at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The good news is, if you aren’t particularly gritty now, there is something you can do about it.  People who lack grit more often than not believe that they just don’t have the innate abilities successful people have.  If that describes your own thinking …. well, there’s no way to put this nicely: you are wrong.   As I mentioned earlier, effort, planning, persistence, and good strategies are what it really takes to succeed.  Embracing this knowledge will not only help you see yourself and your goals more accurately, but also do wonders for your grit.

7. Build your willpower muscle. Your self-control “muscle” is just like the other muscles in your body — when it doesn’t get much exercise, it becomes weaker over time. But when you give it regular workouts by putting it to good use, it will grow stronger and stronger, and better able to help you successfully reach your goals.

To build willpower, take on a challenge that requires you to do something you’d honestly rather not do. Give up high-fat snacks, do 100 sit-ups a day, stand up straight when you catch yourself slouching, try to learn a new skill. When you find yourself wanting to give in, give up, or just not bother — don’t. Start with just one activity, and make a plan for how you will deal with troubles when they occur (“If I have a craving for a snack, I will eat one piece of fresh or three pieces of dried fruit.”) It will be hard in the beginning, but it will get easier, and that’s the whole point. As your strength grows, you can take on more challenges and step-up your self-control workout.

8. Don’t tempt fate. No matter how strong your willpower muscle becomes, it’s important to always respect the fact that it is limited, and if you overtax it you will temporarily run out of steam. Don’t try to take on two challenging tasks at once, if you can help it (like quitting smoking and dieting at the same time). And don’t put yourself in harm’s way — many people are overly-confident in their ability to resist temptation, and as a result they put themselves in situations where temptations abound. Successful people know not to make reaching a goal harder than it already is.

9. Focus on what you will do, not what you won’t do. Do you want to successfully lose weight, quit smoking, or put a lid on your bad temper? Then plan how you will replace bad habits with good ones, rather than focusing only on the bad habits themselves. Research on thought suppression (e.g., “Don’t think about white bears!”) has shown that trying to avoid a thought makes it even more active in your mind. The same holds true when it comes to behavior — by trying not to engage in a bad habit, our habits get strengthened rather than broken.
If you want change your ways, ask yourself, What will I do instead? For example, if you are trying to gain control of your temper and stop flying off the handle, you might make a plan like “If I am starting to feel angry, then I will take three deep breaths to calm down.” By using deep breathing as a replacement for giving in to your anger, your bad habit will get worn away over time until it disappears completely.

Remember, you don’t need to become a different person to become a more successful one. It’s never what you are, but what you do.

IF

If you can keep your head when all about you
are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
but make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
and yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream-and not make dreams your master,
if you can think-and not make thoughts your aim;
if you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
and treat those two impostors just the same;
if you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
and stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
and risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
and lose, and start again at your beginnings
and never breathe a word about your loss;
if you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
to serve your turn long after they are gone,
and so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
or walk with kings-nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
if all men count with you, but none too much,
if you can fill the unforgiving minute
with sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And-which is more-you’ll be a Man, my son!

What Counts

It isn’t the money you’re making,
it isn’t the clothes you wear,
And it isn’t the skill of your good right hand which makes folks really care.
It’s the smile on your face and
the light of your eye and the burdens that you bear.


Most any old man can tell you, most any old man at all,
Who has lived through all sorts of weather, winter and summer and fall,
That riches and fame are shadows that dance on the garden wall.


It’s how do you live and neighbour, how do you work and play,
It’s how do you say “good morning” to the people along the way,
And it’s how do you face your troubles whenever your skies are Gray.


It’s you, from the dawn to nighttime; you when the day is fair,
You when the storm is raging – how do you face despair?
It is you that the world discovers, whatever the clothes you wear.


You to the end of the journey,
kindly and brave and true,
The best and the worst of you gleaming in all that you say and do,
And the ting that counts isn’t money,
or glory, or power, but YOU!

It Couldn’t Be Done

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
But he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.


Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it”;
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quitting,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.


There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.

Things Work Out

Rain, Rainy weather

Because it rains when we wish it wouldn’t,
Because men do what they often shouldn’t,
Because crops fail, and plans go wrong-
Some of us grumble all day long.
But somehow, in spite of the care and doubt,
It seems at last that things work out.

Because we lose where we hoped to gain,
Because we suffer a little pain,
Because we must work when we’d like to play-
Some of us whimper along life’s way.
But somehow, as day always follows the night,
Most of our troubles work out all right.


Because we cannot forever smile,
Because we must trudge in the dust awhile,
Because we think that the way is long-
Some of us whimper that life’s all wrong.
But somehow we live and our sky grows bright,
And everything seems to work out all right.


So bend to your trouble and meet your care,
For the clouds must break, and the sky grow fair.
Let the rain come down, as it must and will,
But keep on working and hoping still.
For in spite of the grumblers who stand about,
Somehow, it seems, all things work out.

Believing in You

Never stop believing in yourself.
When others doubt, don’t you.
Do what you love to do,
No one knows better than you.

Life is too short to live others’ dreams
Follow your own dream
Push yourself to reach your goals
And live the life you once dreamed.

Trust your instincts.
Be true to yourself.
You know what is right for you.
Never give up or give in.

Forget the words “I don’t know how”.
You can learn,
You can research,
You can do.

Your mind is powerful.
When you believe you can.
You will find a way
You won’t waste a day.

Persist and persevere
Do not fear
Because if you believe in you
You will find dreams can come true.

May all your dreams turn into goals,
Believe in yourself.
And remember, all of life is a choice.
The decision is up to you.

Believe in Yourself, Dare To Be Whatever You Want To Be!

Count That Day Lost

Sunshine of my life is you...

If you sit down at set of sun
And count the acts that you have done,
And, counting, find
One self-denying deed, one word
That eased the heart of him who heard,
One glance most kind
That fell like sunshine where it went-
Then you may count that day well spent.

But if, through all the livelong day,
You’ve cheered no heart, by yea or nay-
If, through it all
You’ve nothing done that you can trace
That brought the sunshine to one face-
No act most small
That helped some soul and nothing cost-
Then count that day as worse than lost.