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My Musings


A ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’ is irrelevant if it is the wrong opportunity.
Jim Collins

Just because other people have limiting beliefs does not mean you need to.

Never ask advice of someone with whom you wouldn’t want to trade places.
Darren Hardy

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
Gandhi

A formal education can make you a living, but self-education can make you a fortune.

You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you are left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays.
Harold Hill

Refuse to undervalue who you are and overvalue what you are not.
Lolly Daskal

It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more that is poor.
Seneca

Time is everyone’s enemy but timing is your best friend.
Bob Beaudine

It isn’t the burdens of today that drive men mad. Rather, it’s regret over yesterday and fear of tomorrow.
Robert Hastings

Love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than fear.
J. Layton

Worse than a spoiled child is an entitled adult.
Abigail Polson

Start wherever you are. Use whatever you have. Do whatever you can.
Precision Nutrition Coaching

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strengths.
C. H. Spurgeon

Our potential is God’s gift to us; what we do with that potential is our gift to God.

Yesterday ended last night.
Zig Zigler

Don’t Count the Days, Make the Days Count.
Muhammad Ali

Without passion, you don’t have energy. Without energy, you have nothing.
Warren Buffett

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
Andy Warhol

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
Benjamin Franklin

Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine.
Elvis Presley

If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.
John D Rockefeller

We don't improve by simply living, we have to be intentional about it.
John C. Maxwell

It takes years to become an overnight success.
Eddie Cantor

Sometimes it's the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination.
Aubrey Drake Graham

You don't choose a life, you live one.
The Way

We become what we think about.
Earl Nightingale

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

You never drift anywhere that is worthwhile.
Michael Hyatt

We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own.

Success or failure is caused more by mental attitude then mental capacity. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.
Jose N. Harris

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
Robert Kennedy

Failure is a detour; not a dead end street.
Zig Zigler

Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.
Warren Buffett

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Inspiration tells you anything is possible. Comparison tells you everything is impossible.
Jon Acuff

People don't follow titles, they follow courage.
William Wells Brown

The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.

When you focus on problems you will have more problems. When you focus on possibilities you will have more opportunities.

Work to become, not to acquire.
Elbert Hubbard

Never stop doing your best just because someone doesn't give you credit.

Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn.
Miguel de Cervantes

Being defeated is often a temporary condition...Giving up is what makes it permanent.

Be the kind of leader you would follow.

Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.

If you don't build your dreams, someone will hire you to help build theirs.
Tony Gaskin

Behind you are the challenges you've met. Before you lies new possibilities. Today you choose the direction of your life.

The only thing that separates success from failure is one last attempt.

Honesty is making your words conform to reality and integrity is making reality conform to your words.
Stephen Covey

If you can see it in them, it is within you.
Michael Bernard Beckwith

It is not who you know, it is who knows you.

The resources will not show up until you identify the need.
Michael Hyatt

In every encounter we either give life or we drain it; there is no neutral exchange.
Brennan Manning

The happiest people don't have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.

Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.
William Shakespeare

Hope is having something new to try and being willing to try it.
Mark Sanborn

It's fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
Bill Gates

Do or do not, there is no try.
Yoda, Empire Strikes Back

We are not promised tomorrow.

Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it, or learn from it.
Rafiki, from The Lion King

Don't let what you do not have take away the joy of what you do have.

When you're 20, you worry about what everybody is thinking of you; when you 40, you don’t give a darn what anybody thinks of you; when you're 50, you realize nobody’s been thinking about you at all.

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
Ferris, from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Help people + Your talent = Purpose

Someday is made up of a thousand tiny nows.

The future belongs to the few of us still willing to get our hands dirty.

Action always beats intention.

A tiger doesn't lose sleep over the opinion of a sheep.

Nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.

Most people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.
Napoleon Hill

If you don't stand for something you'll fall for anything.

Fears are boundaries to your life.

The words of the tongue should have three gatekeepers: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary?
Arabian proverb

It is not that I am smart, I just stay with a problem longer.
Albert Einstein

The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

If we are facing in the right direction all we have to do is keep walking.
Buddha

Life begins at the end of our comfort zone.

The best time for you to hold your tongue is the time you feel you must say something or bust.

Named must your fear be before banish it you can.
Yoda, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Perfection is not when there is no more to add, but no more to take away.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Eliminate introspection; practice selflessness.

The wise does at once what the fool does at last.

Live truth instead of professing it.

It's the little things in life that determine the big things.

The man who fears no truths has nothing to fear from lies.

For changes to be of any true value, they've got to be lasting and consistent.
Tony Robbins

Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation.

I would rather fail in the cause that someday will triumph than triumph in a cause that someday will fail.

Stack every bit of criticism between two layers of praise.

When you look at the possibilities instead of the problems, the future is filled with endless opportunities.
Zig Ziglar

Happiness is not a where and when, it is a here and now.

It's completely unrealistic to be negative and totally realistic to be positive.
Zig Ziglar

You simply cannot learn enough from experiences you're NOT having...so go do it!
Mike Vance

We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.
Mother Teresa

Your career is what you're paid for; your purpose is what you're here for.
Howard Hendrick

Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.
Nelson Madela

When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.
Helen Keller

Happiness is the reflection of the ratio of your accomplishments versus your aspirations.
William James

Sometimes it is what you "leave out" not what you "put in" that makes a difference.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.

How am I going to live today in order to create the tomorrow I'm committed to?
Tony Robbins

The way through the world is more difficult to find than the way beyond it.
Wallace Stevens

Ask God for vision, then ask Him to put the right people around you. When he opens the doors ... be willing to step.
TobyMac

Carefully guard your thoughts because they are the source of true life.
Proverbs 4:23

Life lived for tomorrow will always be just a day away from being realized.
Leo Buscaglia

We are who we choose to be.
Green Goblin, from Spider-Man

Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right things.
Zig Ziglar

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.
Mother Teresa

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land, there is no other life but this.
Henry David Thoreau

Fear regret more than failure.
Taryn Rose

The difference between success and failure lies in those little insignificant things you do or don't do today.

Giving is true having.
Charles Spurgeon

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.
Victor Frankl

When you know something but do not apply it, it is as if you have never learned it at all.

The only real limitations you have in life are the ones you place on yourself.

When I am anxious it is because I am living in the future. When I am depressed it is because I am living in the past.

Every man dies, not every man really lives.
William Wallace, Braveheart

Some people spend their lives indefinitely preparing to live.

Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it.

The key to life is balance.

Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.
Og Mandino

Failure is an event not a person.

You can't afford the luxury of a negative thought.

Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're usually right.

Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.
Muhammad Ali

The early bird catches the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.
Muhammad Ali

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
Albert Einstein

If you have a brain in your head and feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
Dr. Seuss

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Albert Einstein

The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.
Ben Stein

Eighty percent of success in life is just showing up.
Woody Allen

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Thomas A. Edison

One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.
Lucille Ball

If you are not committed to delivering results that are profound, dramatic and superior - NEVER COMPETE!
Steve Jobs

If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal.
Norman Vincent Peale

If we don't start it's certain we can't arrive.
Zig Ziglar

There is no substitute for victory with honor.
General Douglas MacArthur

It is not our abilities that show what we truly are… it is our choices.
Dumbledore, from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

The worst days of those who enjoy what they do are better than the best days of those who don't.
Jim Rohn

Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever.
Lance Armstrong

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.
Mark Twain

In a time of turbulence and change, it is more true than ever that knowledge is power.
John F. Kennedy

Never let success get to your head; never let failure get to your heart.

When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.
George Washington Carver

No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.
Isaac Asimov

By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
Confucius

There are two ways to face the future. One way is with apprehension; the other is with anticipation.
Jim Rohn

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
Aristotle

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Confucius

Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.
Albert Einstein

Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.
from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Opportunities oftentimes are disguised as distractions and inconveniences.

When a task is once begun, you leave it not until it's done. And be a matter great or small, you do it well or not at all.

Finding contentment means redefining my needs.

If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.
Jim Rohn

The seeds of discouragement cannot take root in a grateful heart.

If there is no risk, there is no faith.

What good will it be for a man to gain the whole world and to lose his soul?

Everyone ends up somewhere, few end up somewhere on purpose.

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.
John F. Kennedy

The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.
Albert Schweitzer

All superheros have a weakness.

A vision without a task is but a dream. A task without a vision is drudgery, but a vision and a task is the hope of the world.

The miracle, or the power, that elevates the few is found in their perseverance under the prompting of a brave, determined spirit.
Mark Twain

The best portion of a good man's life, his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.
William Wordsworth

Failure is the only opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
Henry Ford

In the race to be better and best, we sometimes lose sight of just being.
M. Anderson

Don't wish it were easier; wish you were better. Don't wish for less problems; wish for more skills. Don't wish for less challenges; wish for more wisdom.
Jim Rohn

Sometimes in the winds of change we find our true direction.

To get what you've never had, you must do what you've never done.

You can never discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

Wisdom is knowing the right path to take...integrity is taking it.
M. H. McKee

A quiet conscience sleeps in thunder.
English Proverb

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

Procrastination is opportunity's natural assassin.

The most important thing about a goal is...having one.

Inch by inch life's a cinch. Yard by yard life is hard.

Nothing happens...but first a dream.
Carl Sandburg

PRIDE = Personal Responsibility in Daily Effort.
Zig Ziglar

Knowledge is like climbing a mountain; the higher you reach the more you can see and appreciate.

Many things will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart...pursue those.

A wave of passion can become an unstoppable force.

Disgust and resolve are two of the great emotions that lead to change.
Jim Rohn

We generally change ourselves for one of two reasons: inspiration or desperation.
Jim Rohn

Behind me is infinite power, before me is endless possibility, around me is boundless opportunity. Why should I fear?

Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor.

He is no fool to lose what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.
Jim Elliot

If you go out in life looking for friends they'll be scarce. If you go out to be a friend you'll find them everywhere.
Zig Ziglar

Remember, happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think.
Dale Carnegie

If there is hope in the future, there is power in the present.
John C. Maxwell

When your output exceeds your input, your upkeep will be your downfall.

We fail our children if we say, "Don't do as I do, but do as I say."
Zig Ziglar

Work your day around God rather than working God around your day.

Yesterday's wisdom equals tomorrow's success.

What does not kill me makes me stronger.
Goethe

Stupidity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.
Albert Einstein

Expectations - Realty = Disappointment.

The walls we build around us to keep out the sadness also keep out the joy.
Jim Rohn

It's not how much money you make, it's how much you keep.
Kiyosaki

If you carry burning coals you burn your clothes. If you step on hot coals you burn your feet.
Proverbs 6:27-28

If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.
Buddhist Saying

Yesterday is not one's to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win.

There are no insignificant or ordinary jobs when they're performed by significant and extraordinary people.
Mark Sanborn

The way to move through life joyfully and successfully is by focusing on what you give rather than on what you get.
Mark Sanborn

To know more - notice more.

The only difference between a rut and a grave is its depth.

There is no such thing as a free lunch.

You can't get something for nothing.

The sweetest apple is always the hardest to reach.

The philosophy of the rich verses the poor is this: The rich invest their money and spend what's left; the poor spend their money and invest what's left.
Jim Rohn

When you don't see much meaning in what you do, you won't bring much value to what you do.

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