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Saturday, March 31, 2007

A need for determination and commitment

Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.” - Peter F. Drucker

“Great organizations demand a high level of commitment by the people involved.” - Bill Gates

Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” - Mario Andretti

“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

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

“There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.”

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Knowledge is only potential power

Enjoy doing what you know you can excel.

People, with rare exceptions, do not fail because they lack knowledge, education or talents. They fail chiefly because of what they do not do.

"The great end of life is not knowledge but action." - Thomas H. Huxley

What we need around here is not more "knowing" but more "doing"... not more knowledge, but more action. A sure sign of progress is: quit reading and start doing - taking action.

Knowing is not enough; So ensure you use what you had acquired!

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Friday, March 30, 2007

Build A Good Relationship

"People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges." - Joseph F. Newton Men

"Problems in relationship occur because each person is concentrating on what is missing in the other person." – Wayne Dyer.

"The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed." - Carl Jung

"It's okay to send flowers, but don't let the flowers do all the talking. Flowers have a limited vocabulary. About the best flowers can say is that you remembered." - Jim Rohn

We better tolerate imperfect friends. Perfect ones wouldn't tolerate us.

Hot heads and cold hearts never solved anything” - Billy Graham

“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.”

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Develop Good Qualities

See the good in people and try to develop those qualities.

Ten Success Qualities Most Wanted by Business Leaders:

  1. Ability to lead and communicate with others.
  2. Ability to compete.
  3. Ability to plan and schedule your activities.
  4. Versatility in your dealings.
  5. Loyalty to your business.
  6. Responsibility for time, money, property and opportunities.
  7. Honesty in all things.
  8. Truthfulness.
  9. High moral character.
  10. Adaptability to mental and physical pressures with the ability to bounce back.
“The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.” - Ray Kroc

“Persons are judged to be great because of the positive qualities they possess, not because of the absence of faults

Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men - Confucius

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Don't repeat the same mistake - Be wise

All men make mistakes; only the fools repeat them.

“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it” - George Santayana

When a wise man is advised of his errors, he will reflect on and improve his conduct. When his misconduct is pointed out, a foolish man will not only disregard the advice but rather repeat the same error.

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

"Iteration, like friction, is likely to generate heat instead of progress." - George Eliot

"Tomorrow, you promise yourself, will be different, yet, tomorrow is too often a REPETITION of today." - James T. Mccay

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Competition: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

“Competition is not only the basis of protection to the consumer, but is the incentive to progress." - Herbert Hoover

"Competition brings out the best in products and the worst in people." - David Sarnoff

"There is competition, but it is used in a good way. It is positive to want to go first, provided the intention is to pave the way for others, make their path more easy, help them, or show the way. Competition is negative when we wish to defeat others, to bring them down in order to lift ourselves up." - Dalai Lama

"Life is a competition not with others, but with ourselves. We should seek each day to live stronger, better, truer lives; each day to master some weakness of yesterday; each day to repair a mistake; each day to surpass ourselves." - David B. Haight

The world is divided into people who do things and people who get the credit. Try, if you can, to belong to the first class. There's far less competition. - Dwight Whitney Morrow

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

There is always a way - Patience required

“The truth of the matter is that there's nothing you can't accomplish if:

  1. You clearly decide what it is that you're absolutely committed to achieving,
  2. You're willing to take massive action,
  3. You notice what's working or not, and
  4. You continue to change your approach until you achieve what you want, using whatever life gives you along the way.” - Anthony Robbins
"We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough." - Helen Adams Keller

“The path to success is to take massive, determined action.” - Anthony Robbins

“He who has a why can endure any how” - Friedrich Nietzsche

“There is always a way - if you're committed.” - Anthony Robbins

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Stay healthy

Health is not valued till sickness comes.

“Worthless people live only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live.” - Socrates

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” - Buddha

“To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” - Buddha

You are what you eat.

He that eats till he is sick must fast till he is well.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Learn to save money

If you didn't learn to save money before you finished high school, a vital part of your education was wasted.

“A penny saved is a penny earned.” - Benjamin Franklin

The habit of saving is in itself one of the most practical of all educations. it develops discipline, foresight, planning, industry, patience, thinking, and even intelligence.

Save money regularly. If you're average, you'll have some excuse for postponing until you earn more. That's why you're average. Any you'll stay average until you start saving, NO MATTER HOW LITTLE YOU EARN.

In good times, prepare for bad times. In bad times remember the good times. - Ron Kaufman

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You can become valuable - Find out how!

A bar of iron is worth $5. If made into horseshoes, it's worth $15. If into needles, $100; if into watch springs, $1000. This is also true of you and me.

"You don't get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour." - Jim Rohn

Until you value yourself, you won't value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.” - M. Scott Peck

You determine what you are worth. You create your value.

“The real measure of your wealth is how much you'd be worth if you lost all your money.”

“Through self-doubt, we lose our sense of self-worth.”

"Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value." - Albert Einstein

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Monday, March 26, 2007

Learn to communicate your thoughts

To win friends instantly, admire everything and everybody, and express it freely.

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” - Mother Teresa

Most of us impress too much, express too little. Reading, listening, watching TV is impressing - absorbing - taking in. Talking, writing, doing is expressing - giving out. For faster growth, expressing should equal impressing.

“Having knowledge but lacking the power to express it clearly is no better than never having any ideas at all” - Pericles

Words and hearts should be handled with care for words when spoken and hearts when broken are the hardest things to repair.”

“There are hundreds of languages in the world, but a smile speaks them all.”

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Who is really charitable?

No man is so poor as to have nothing worth giving.

“Lots of people think they're charitable if they give away their old clothes and things they don't want.” - Myrtle Reed

"Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much."

“True charity is the desire to be useful to others without thought of recompense” - Emanuel Swedenborg

"Blessed are those who can give without remembering, and take without forgetting."

"Seek joy in what you give; not in what you get."

“The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.” - Pierre Corneille

"It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving." - Mother Teresa

The Bible tell us how to do good in Matthew 6:1-4 (NKJV) -

"Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly."

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Making The Right Choice

"It's choice - not chance - that determines your destiny." - Jean Nidetch

“We can try to avoid making choices by doing nothing, but even that is a decision.” - Gary Collins

“You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses” - Ziggy

"What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens." - Thaddeus Golas

Look at what you've got and make the best of it. Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

Complain or rejoice. It's always your choice.

“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice.” - Wayne Dyer

It's not a matter of can or cannot, it's a matter of will or will not, everything is a choice, choose wisely.

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Use it or lose it

"Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it you can never get it back.” - Harvey MacKay

"Yesterday's the past and tomorrow's the future. Today is a gift. That's why we call it the present." - Spencer Johnson

"Every morning you are handed twenty-four golden hours. They are one of the few things in this world you get free of charge. If you had all the money in the world, you couldn't buy an extra hour."

“Don’t count every hour in the day, make every hour in the day count.”

“Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.” - Jim Rohn

What will you do with this priceless treasure?

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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Write It Down

Just once in your life sit down to think and decide what one thing you want most out of life - what you want to be, or do, or have.

Then W.I.D. (write it down). Writing down a mere wish works like magic for converting that wish into a goal. And W.I.D. works like DYNAMITE for converting a goal into an actuality - a reality.

One minute spent writing it down will do more to bring it about than ten years of dreaming, wishing, and talking about it.

Whatever you want - large or small, material, mental, or spiritual - write it down as a goal then do something every day to help you reach it. That's the nearest thing to that so called SECRET OF SUCCESS YOU'LL ever discover.

Writing down that statement about our goal will change our whole life. Before we write it down, it was just "some thoughts in our head". Writing it down on paper changed it to something real, on fire, alive. Writing it down on paper was like planting a seed in the ground. It grew.

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How smart are you?

To outperform someone else - even if that person is "smarter" than you - is to increase your own Mental Performance Ratio - the percentage of your total mental capacity that you are putting to use.

"A man can learn only two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people." - Will Rogers

"Smart men put up with small annoyances, to gain larger rewards later."

Worker smarter, not just harder!

"The harder and smarter we work, the luckier we get - and the more we live."

"It's never smart to act better or wiser than those around us."

"A mark of a smart employer: he hires men smarter than himself."

"I make progress by having people around me who are smarter than I am and listening to them. And I assume that everyone is smarter about something than I am." - Henry J. Kaiser

"Heed woman. They're smarter than men. They know less, but understand more." - Anonymous

What do you think?

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Friday, March 23, 2007

Develop your observation skills

"All of us are watchers--of television, of time clocks, of traffic on the freeway--but few are observers. Everyone is looking, not many are seeing." - Peter M. Leschak

"People only see what they are prepared to see." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"To him that watches, everything is revealed."

Opportunities are often things you haven't noticed the first time around.”

“You can observe a lot just by watching.” - Yogi Berra

Genius compares, combines, and associates -- sees relationships where others see none.

Observe your competitors for they first find out your faults.

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Read and Think

"Ink is the transcript of thought."

"A drop of ink may make a million think." - Lord Byron

"If you've learned to read, you can learn to succeed."

"We learn to read so that we can read to learn."

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” - Margaret Fuller

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” - Joseph Addison

"Reading without thinking is like eating without digesting."

"Force yourself to reflect on what you read, paragraph by paragraph." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

The Importance of Planning

“He who fails to plan, plans to fail”.

“A good plan is like a road map: it shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there.” - H. Stanley Judd

“In order to plan your future wisely, it is necessary that you understand and appreciate your past.” - Jo Coudert

“You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.” - Zig Ziglar

“Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.” - Tom Landry

“An intelligent plan is the first step to success. The man who plans knows where he is going, knows what progress he is making and has a pretty good idea when he will arrive.” - Basil S. Walsh

"A man with a plan can outstrip ten without one."

“Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised.” - Denis Waitley

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Growing the right way

“Every moment of our lives we are either growing or dying…” - Robert Cooper

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” - Benjamin Franklin

A firm foundation is built on growth, not rushing.

Growth, whether plant growth, muscle growth, or mind growth, is governed by the natural laws. It can't be forced beyond previous preparation. Each day's growth prepares for the next day's growth. We can never break nature's laws. Too often we break ourselves trying.

Training by mere reading or telling yourself you're a success and rich is the mushroom method - grows fast and fades fast.

The sound oak tree method - grows slowly and withstands the wind, snow, rain is one that needs practice, exercise, action and doing.

Do check often whether you are growing correctly?

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Dream and Make It Come True

“Dreams are like stars... you may never touch them, but if you follow them they will lead you to your destiny.”

"If you can dream, you can do it." - Walt Disney

"If you don't have a dream, how are you going to make a dream come true?" - Oscar Hammerstein

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney

"A goal is a dream with a deadline" - Napoleon Hill

“The only thing that will stop you from fulfilling your dreams is you.” - Tom Bradley

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There are no limitations

One who doesn't know the limits has no limits.

"Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible." - Doug Larson

"While one person hesitates because he feel inferior, another is busy making mistakes and becoming superior." - Henry Link

“There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge” - Napoleon Hill

Those who dare, win.

“Stop thinking in terms of limitations and start thinking in terms of possibilities” - Terry Josephson

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Pay attention to your thinking

The wise man thinks before acting and the fool thinks after it.

Whenever a man falls, it is usually at the point where he thinks he is strong.

The higher a man goes the narrower becomes his thinking. Therefore, watch out.

“A man is but the product of his thoughts, what he thinks, he becomes. Those who know how to think need no teachers.” - Mahatma Gandhi

Thought is action in rehearsal. Invest a few moments in thinking. It will pay good interest.

Every thought we think is creating our future.

A change for the better always starts with a change of thinking.

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The Road To Success

“Success is a journey, not a destination.” - Ben Sweetland

“Success is not permanent. The same is also true of failure.”

“Success is largely a matter of holding on after others have let go”

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” - Winston Churchill

“Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven't planted” - David Bly

“To succeed you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you” - Tony Dorsett

Choice, not circumstances, determines your success.”

“For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.” - Harry F. Banks

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Monday, March 19, 2007

Don't be discouraged

Problems are only opportunities with thorns on them.

The difficulties of life are intended to make us better, not bitter.

"When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

"It doesn't matter how many say it cannot be done or how many people have tried it before; it's important to realize that whatever you're doing, it's your first attempt at it." - Wally Amos

We must have long range goals to keep us from being discouraged by short range setbacks.

Don't be discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.

"It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves." - Edmund Hillary

"You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins." - Jim Stovall

"Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed." - Proverbs 16:3 (NIV)

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Handling Criticism Wisely

A critic is someone who never actually goes to the battle, yet who afterwards comes out shooting the wounded” - Tyne Daly

"Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger" - Franklin P. Jones

"Children have more need of models, than of critics." - Joseph Joubert

"Do you have relatives that do nothing but complain and criticize? Don't let them get to you. God gave you two ears so things could go in one ear and out the other. Use them." - Kathy Laurenhue

“Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength.”

"A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her." - David Brinkley

"No matter who says what, you should accept it with a smile and do your own work." - Mother Teresa

"The way we respond to criticism pretty much depends on the way we respond to praise. If praise humbles us, then criticism will build us up. But if praise inflates us, then criticism will crush us; and both responses lead to our defeat." - Warren W. Wiersbe

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Sunday, March 18, 2007

The Power of Working Together

Working together works!

A job worth doing is worth doing together.

It is amazing how much you can accomplish when it doesn't matter who gets the credit.

Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.

If one man is a good fisherman, and another is an expert with boats, by working together they can catch more than twice as many fish as they could each working singly. Think. How can you apply this idea to your situation?

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Have confidence in Yourself

"You cannot consistently perform in a manner which is inconsistent with the way you see yourself." - Zig Ziglar

Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it.” - Stan Smith

“A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves

“The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.” - Sven Goran Eriksson

The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do.

The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others.

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Conquer Fear

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.

"Don't waste life in doubts and fears; spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour's duties will be the best preparation for the hours and ages that will follow it." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fear is only as deep as the mind allows. Never fear shadows... they simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby.

"Don't fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have." - Louis E. Boone.

"Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it... that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear." - Dale Carnegie.

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Don't procrastinate

"Procrastination is the thief of time." - Edward Young

"Procrastination is like a credit card: it's a lot of fun until you get the bill." - Christopher Parker

"Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion." - Parkinson's Law

"Putting off an easy thing makes it hard. Putting off a hard thing makes it impossible." - George Claude Lorimer

"Waiting is a trap. There will always be reasons to wait... The truth is, there are only two things in life, reasons and results, and reasons simply don't count." - Robert Anthony

The best way to get something done is to begin.

Never wait for the proper mood to start a thing, nor until the spirit moves you. Make your own mood. Move your own spirit. How? ACT. Do something - anything. Inspiration seldom generates action. Action always creates inspiration.

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Friday, March 16, 2007

Where to set your Focus on

“Focus on your potential instead of your limitations” - Alan Loy McGinnis

"Focus on where you want to go, not on what you fear." - Anthony Robbins

Don't dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.” - Denis Waitley

“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” - Greg Anderson

To be great, concentrate. Most people remain ordinary because they scatter their energies. Thirty minutes a day aimed at one thing can convert a nobody into a somebody.

"Concentration is the secret of strength." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The Wisdom of Asking Questions

Sometimes questions are more important than answers.

One who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; one who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.

"Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers." - Anthony Robbins

Success is usually one idea away. Ask yourself questions. Compare and combine.

"To find the exact answer, one must first ask the exact question." - S. Tobin Webster

"It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question." - Decouvertes

“The key to wisdom is knowing all the right questions.” - John A. Simone, Sr.

"The important thing is not to stop questioning." - Albert Einstein

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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Anger Prevention Kit

A match stick has a head, but it does not have a brain.

Therefore, whenever there is a little friction, it flares up immediately. Now, at times the effects of this flaring up can be devastating as it can engulf a whole lot of many things and play havoc and cause destruction.

We have a lesson to learn from this tiny match-stick. All of us have heads. And unlike the match-stick, we have brains as well. Therefore, our wisdom lies in not reacting on impulse - a habit of great importance when managing people.

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The Way You Speak

Once an old wise man sat meditating under a tree. He was blind. A man came up and said: "Hey! old man, did you hear anyone passing this way?" The wise man replied, "No, my good man, I did not hear anyone."

After a while another man went up to the old wise man and asked, "Old man, did you hear anyone going this way?" The wise man replied, "Oh yes, a man went by just now and he asked the same question." The man went away.

After some time another man came and asked, "Noble sir, did you hear anyone passing this way?" The old wise man replied, "Yes, Your Majesty. A soldier went first and then your Chief Minister. Both of them asked the same question." The man was surprised and asked, "Good sir, how do you know that I am a King and that the other two were a soldier and a Chief Minister?"

The wise man answered, "Your Majesty, I knew them by their manner of speaking. The first man spoke very rudely. The second man was a little more polite, but Your Majesty was the most polite."

The King went away astonished at the wise man's astuteness.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Winners vs Losers

Be a Winner

The Winner says "Let me do it for you;
The Loser says "That's not my job."

The Winner says "It may be difficult but it's possible";
The Loser says "It may be possible but it's difficult."

When a Winner makes a mistake, he says "I was wrong";
When a Loser makes a mistake, he says "It wasn't my fault."

A Winner makes commitments;
A Loser makes promises.

Winners say "I must do something";
Losers say "Something must be done."

Winners see the gain;
Losers see the pain.

Winners see possibilities;
Losers see problems.

Winners choose what they say;
Losers say what they choose.

Winners stand firm on values but compromise on petty things;
Losers stand firm on petty things but compromise on values.

Winners make it happen;
Loser let it happen.

Count Your Blessings

"Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build your strength and character."

“It isn't what you have in your pocket that makes you thankful, but what you have in your heart.”

“Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.” - Oprah Winfrey

"There is always, always, always something to be thankful for."

"God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say 'thank you'?" - William Arthur Ward

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Be Improvement-Conscious

Every one of us has the potential of greatness, waiting to be developed.

"Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not." - Walter Bagehot

Don't be yourself. Improve yourself.

No one ever finds time for self-improvement. Serious ones make time. They decide on priorities. Without priorities of time, no one reaches his potential.

People seldom improve unless they have models greater than themselves. Adopt a few.

Every morning say: "I will improve something today." Every successful man is improvement-conscious.

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You won't understand unless you are one!

"Not everyone can be an orphan." - Andre Gide

"One father is more than a hundred Schoolmasters." - George Herbert

The parents' life is the child's copybook. Two parents teach more than 20 teachers.

The Bible in James 1:27 (NIV) tell us that "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."

Kerry Dale Hancock Jr, started a new blog (www.fallenfathers.blogspot.com) today to help those who grew up without their father. Please do pass this along. Thank you.

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Monday, March 12, 2007

Nucleur weapons: The end to mankind?

"In peace the sons bury their fathers, but in war the fathers bury their sons." - Croesus

“Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind"

“You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.” - Albert Einstein

"War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children." - Jimmy Carter

Older men declare war. But it is the youth who must fight and die! - Herbert Hoover

“If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.” - Mahatma Gandhi

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