Happy Diwali

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Live like a King , Die like a Legend

live-like-a-king-die-like-a-legend-1. Have a firm handshake.
2. Look people in the eye.
3. Sing in the shower.
4. Own a great stereo system.
5. If in a fight, hit first and hit hard.
6. Keep secrets.
7. Never give up on anybody.
8. Always accept an outstretched hand.
9. Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
10. Whistle.Miracles happen everyday.
11. Avoid sarcastic remarks.
12. Choose your life’s mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 per cent of all your happiness or misery.
13. Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never find out.
14. Lend only those books you never care to see again.
15. Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all that they have.
16. When playing games with children, let them win.
17. Give people a second chance, but not a third.
18. Be romantic.
19. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
20. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life-and-death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems.
21. Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for our convenience, not the caller’s.
22. Be a good loser.
23. Be a good winner.
24. Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.
25. When someone hugs you, let them be the first to let go.
26. Be modest. A lot was accomplished before you were born.
27. Keep it simple.
28. Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.
29. Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.
30. Live your life so that your epitaph could read, No Regrets
31. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.
32. Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.
33. Remember no one makes it alone. Have a grateful heart and be quick to acknowledge those who helped you.
34. Take charge of your attitude. Don’t let someone else choose it for you.
35. Visit friends and relatives when they are in hospital; you need only stay a few minutes.
36. Begin each day with some of your favourite music.
37. Once in a while, take the scenic route.
38. Send a lot of Valentine cards. Sign them, ‘Someone who thinks you’re terrific.’
39. Answer the phone with enthusiasm and energy in your voice.
40. Keep a note pad and pencil on your bed-side table. Million-dollar ideas sometimes strike at 3 a.m.
41. Show respect for everyone who works for a living, regardless of how trivial their job.
42. Send your loved ones flowers. Think of a reason later.
43. Make someone’s day by paying the toll for the person in the car behind you.
44. Become someone’s hero.
45. Marry only for love.
46. Count your blessings.
47. Compliment the meal when you’re a guest in someone’s home.
48. Wave at the children on a school bus.
49. Remember that 80 per cent of the success in any job is based on your ability to deal with people.
50. Don’t expect life to be fair

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Dr. Wayne Dyer’s Greatest Inspirational Quotes

Wayne-DyerDr. Wayne Dyer passed away in his sleep on August 29th in Hawaii, and the world lost of one the most inspirational influences. Dr. Dyer is considered to be the “father of motivation” by his fans and was a pioneer in the field of personal development. In his career he wrote over 40 books, 20 of which were New York Times Best Sellers, and raised over $250 million dollars for public television through PBS.

Dr. Dyer has been a personal inspiration of mine and I highly recommend reading anything he has ever written. We are lucky to have had him shared his wisdom and be a part of our universe for 75 years of his life. Here are some of my favorite quotes from Dr. Dyer:

“Passion is a feeling that tells you: this is the right thing to do. Nothing can stand in my way. It doesn’t matter what anyone else says. This feeling is so good that it cannot be ignored. I’m going to follow my bliss and act upon this glorious sensation of joy.”

“All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you. The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you are looking for external reasons to explain your unhappiness or frustration. You may succeed in making another feel guilty about something by blaming him, but you won’t succeed in changing whatever it is about you that is making you unhappy. ”

“Your reputation is in the hands of others. That’s what the reputation is. You can’t control that. The only thing you can control is your character.”

“You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.”

“You are not stuck where you are unless you decide to be.”

“You don’t need to be better than anyone else you just need to be better than you used to be”

“You have everything you need for complete peace and total happiness right now.”

“The more you see yourself as what you’d like to become, and act as if what you want is already there, the more you’ll activate those dormant forces that will collaborate to transform your dream into your reality.”

“When the choice is to be right or to be kind, always make the choice that brings peace”

“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.”

“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”

“With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.”

“If you knew who walked beside you at all times, on the path that you have chosen, you could never experience fear or doubt again.”

“When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.”

“Conflict cannot survive without your participation”

“Circumstances do not make a man, they reveal him.”

“I am realistic – I expect miracles.”

“You’ll see it when you believe it.”

“Heaven on Earth is a choice you must make, not a place you must find.”

“Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul.”

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Destructive Faults in Our Thinking

thinkingThe human mind is wonderful and powerful, but it’s far from perfect. There are several common judgment errors that it’s prone to making. In the field of Psychology these are known as cognitive biases, or fallacies in reasoning. They happen to everyone regardless of age, sex, education or intelligence. Use the information in this article to pinpoint these destructive patterns in your own thinking, and break free from them before they send you spiraling down the wrong path.

• Negative self-fulfilling prophecies. A self-fulfilling prophecy is a prediction that motivates a person to take actions that cause the prediction to come true. This kind of thinking often tears relationships apart and causes people to fail at their goals. Here are two typical examples: 1.) A man believes that his relationship with his new girlfriend is “never going to last.” So he stops putting effort into the relationship, pulls away emotionally, and a month later the relationship fails. 2.) An intelligent undergraduate in the field of health convinces herself that she “doesn’t have what it takes” to become a doctor, so she therefore never completes the prerequisites for medical school, and thus never becomes a doctor.

• Only taking credit for positive outcomes. This destructive thinking pattern occurs when we take full credit for our successes, but deny responsibility for our failures. An example of this can be witnessed in school classrooms across the globe. When students receive a good grade, they often attribute it to their intelligence and their excellent study habits. But when they get a bad grade, they attribute some of their failure to a bad teacher, an unfair set of test questions, or a subject matter that “isn’t needed in the real world anyway.” The bottom line is that in order for a person to grow emotionally, they must be willing to take full responsibility for all of their actions and outcomes – successes and failures alike.

• Believing we are immune to temptation. We have far less control over our impulsive desires than we often believe. Sex, food, and drug addictions are extreme examples of this. Many addicts believe they can quit anytime they want, but in reality they are simply lying to themselves. But you don’t have to be an addict to be vulnerable to temptation. Lots of smart people end up impulsively giving in to temptation simply because it’s the easiest way to get rid of it. It sounds ridiculous, but it’s true. If someone wants to get rid of sexual desire, the easiest way is to have sex. If someone wants to get rid of hunger pain, the easiest way is to eat. Restraining from impulsive behavior in the face of temptation is not easy; it takes a great deal of self-control. So be careful, because when we have an inflated sense of control over our impulses, we tend to overexpose ourselves to temptation, which in turn promotes the impulsive behavior we want to avoid.

• Passing a broad judgment from an isolated incident. An inaccurate first impression is an example of this one. It’s about our natural human tendency to evaluate a person or situation from a bird’s eye view, and then presume to know enough to pass a reasonable judgment. This happens a lot in the corporate working world. A newer employee might show up late to work after experiencing legitimate car trouble, but their boss immediately becomes suspicious that they are not committed and responsible, and treats them as such for several weeks thereafter. The obvious solution here is to look at the big picture before you start pointing fingers or making assumptions.

• Believing we can control the uncontrollable. This thinking fallacy occurs when people begin to believe that they have some kind of direct influence or power over an external event that is completely random. It is especially evident in the minds of amateur gamblers; those who have had a recent string of good luck. For example, if you flipped a coin and asked someone to guess heads or tails, and they got it right ten times in a row, they might begin to believe that their good luck is confirmation that they have control over the outcome of each flip. But the truth is that there is always a 50% probability of their answer being correct, and their last ten guesses were pure luck.

• Ignoring information that does not support a belief. Psychologists commonly refer to this as the confirmation bias. We as human beings naturally tend to look for information that confirms and supports our beliefs, and we tend to overlook information that does not. We are selective in the evidence we choose to collect so that we don’t have to challenge our way of thinking, because it’s easier not to. This destructive thinking trap is very common, and it can have detrimental effects on our productivity when we make big decisions based on false information.

• Beginner’s optimism. Beginner’s optimism is the human tendency to underestimate the time required to complete an unfamiliar task. It occurs due to a lack of planning and research on behalf of someone who is excited about doing something they have never done before. In other words, when we get assigned a new task that we are anxious to get started on, instead of delaying the start time to accurately evaluate the level of difficulty and resources required, we simply guess and begin. Thus, our expectation of the workload is based on raw optimism instead past experience and reliable data. And it all backfires on us a little later when we find ourselves knee deep in work we were unprepared for.

• Rebelling simply to prove personal freedom. Although more common in children, this thinking fallacy can affect people of any age. It’s basically a person’s urge to do something they have been told not to do, for fear that their freedom of choice is being taken away from them. This person may not even want to do whatever they are doing to rebel; however, the simple fact that they are not supposed to do it motivates them to do so anyway. The tactic of reverse psychology is a commonly used method of exploiting this thinking fallacy in others.

• Judging a person’s capabilities based solely on the way they look. This happens thousands of times a day worldwide when one person assumes something about another person based on their immediate appearance. For example, someone might see a tall, well groomed man in his early fifties, wearing a business suit, and instantly assume he is successful and reliable, even though there is zero concrete evidence to support this assumption. Bottom line: You can’t judge a book by its cover.

• Trying to diminish losses by continuing to pursue a previous failure. Sometimes called the sunk cost fallacy, this is a thinking fault that motivates us to continue to support a previously unsuccessful endeavor. We justify our decision to continue investing in this failed endeavor based on our cumulative prior investment, despite new evidence suggesting that the cost, starting today, of continuing to pursue it outweighs the expected benefit. The logical thing to do would be for us to cut our losses and change our course of action. However, due to the sunk costs we have already invested, we feel committed to the endeavor, so we invest even more time, money and energy into it, hoping that our additional investment will reverse the outcome. But it never will.

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We Are Punjabis

punjabisThe pinnacle of the power for any local Punjabi population came in the later part of the 18th century when Sikh Empire was established by Ranjit Singh who conquered almost whole of Kashmir along with modern day Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and annexed it into greater Punjab region. The coalescence of the various tribes, castes and the inhabitants of the Punjab into a broader common “Punjabi” identity initiated from the onset of the 18th century. Prior to that the sense and perception of a common “Punjabi” ethno-cultural identity and community did not exist, even though the majority of the various communities of the Punjab had long shared linguistic, cultural and racial commonalities.

Traditionally, Punjabi identity is primarily linguistic, geographical and cultural. Its identity is independent of race, color, creed or religion, and refers to those for whom the Punjabi language(s) is the first language or recognizable language and those who reside in the Punjab region and associate with its population. Integration and assimilation are important parts of Punjabi culture, since Punjabi identity is not based on tribal connections or race. More or less all Punjabis share the same cultural background.

If you are not a Punjabi yourself, then get ready for a boatload of surprises. Getting married to a Punjabi? You will spend the rest of your life with, arguably, the happiest people on earth but with a few side effects. Just don’t bother to change them, because nothing done in the past has worked. Enjoy the ride and get used to these 16 things:

1. Everyone, almost everyone around you will talk loudly; get used to it. Even if you are standing just inches away from people at home, they will still shout out to you, as if you were standing a few blocks away from them.

2. Almost every day, there is going to be some sort of drama. The smallest things will trigger emotional outbursts. It may involve — you have been warned — crying and cursing, too. Just hold your ground, count till 100 if you are scared or bored and let it pass. Punjabis get back to their good-natured selves very soon.

3. Don’t forget to use the standard prefix “Ji” else you will be insulting everyone if you don’t do that. No matter what you call your mom and dad, when married into a Punjabi family, mummy becomes ‘mummy ji’, Daddy become ‘daddy Ji’, your sister-in-law becomes ‘Parjhai ji’ , and so on.

4. A Punjabi family is not big, it’s huge, and you’ve got to keep it like that. Relatives are going to be there in every part of the country, and the world. You will have to please them, whether they come from Bhatinda, Ludhiana, Chandigarh or Canada.

5. Kanneda ( Canada) and Amreeka ( America) are sacred places. Anyone who stays there is an important NRI relative. They are addressed as Kanneda wali bua ji, Kanneda wale Chacha Ji, Kanneda wale Phofa ji, and you must give them special attention, care and time.

6. Breakfast means Paranthas. And if the temperature outside is soaring, there’s Lassi too. Once married into a Punjabi family, forget about dieting. Firstly, they don’t like thin and lean people, and, secondly, they won’t let you go on a diet come what may. Don’t worry about variety. There’s aloo, gobhi, muli, daal, even egg ka parantha, which will always be served with a large dollop of butter and a glass of Lassi.

7. Don’t even think about saying “I don’t know how to dance”. It’s the biggest offence to not be able to dance if you’re in a Punjabi family. They don’t expect you to be professional or poised, as far as you can shake your legs a bit (wildly).

8. Forget about saving, only think about giving. Punjabis are the most generous people. Being generous runs in the blood of Punjabis.

9. Sometimes they show off a bit, but it’s all in good faith. Latest jewellery, big cars, big house, lavish weddings, huge meals; they are going to show off in every aspect of life, wherever it is possible to do so.

10. Don’t mind, but most Punjabis can’t converse without abusing.

11. Be ready for the family hug at every occasion. No matter if it’s a birthday party, anniversary or wedding, it remains incomplete without a BIG family hug.

12. Nothing will ever compare to the warmth and love of Beeji. Anything small or big, beeji (grandma) will always take your side and lend you unconditional support through thick and thin.

13. B is always for butter chicken.

14. All the despairs will be drowned in alcohol. Ask for as much as you want.

15. You cannot wear plain clothes; it is below the prestige of the family. And if you do, this is what you should expect from your mother-in-law.

16. And lastly, to qualify as a Punjabi bahu (daughter in law), you must know how to make perfectly round chapattis.If not, nothing else can compensate it! Self Confidence at its Peak!

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Wisdom in Wise Sayings

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1. Never take things personally.
2. Never end a relationship by text message
3. Don’t knock it ‘til you try it.
4. Show up.
5. Always use “we” when referring to your home team or your government.
6. When entrusted with a secret, keep it.
7. Never cancel dinner plans by text message.
8. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.
9. Don’t dumb it down.
10. You only get one chance to notice a new haircut.
11. If you’re staying more than one night, unpack.
12. Never park in front of a bar.
13. Expect the seat in front of you to recline. Prepare accordingly.
14. Keep a picture of your first fish, first car and first girl/boyfriend.
15. Hold your heroes to a high standard.
16. Don’t text and drive.
17. Never lie to your doctor.
18. All guns are loaded.
19. Don’t mention sunburns. Believe me they know.
20. The best way to show thanks is to wear it. Even if it’s only once.
21. Take a vacation off of your cell phone, internet and TV once a year.
22. Don’t fill up on bread, no matter how good.
23. A handshake beats an autograph.
24. Don’t linger in the doorway. In or out.
25. If you do something, do it with passion or not at all.
26. If you want to know what makes you unique, sit for caricature.
27. Never get your hair cut the day of a special event.
28. Be mindful of what comes between you and the Earth. Always buy good shoes, tires.
29. Never eat lunch at your desk if you can avoid it.
30. When you’re with new friends, don’t just talk about old friends.
31. Eat lunch with new kids.
32. When traveling, keep your wits about you.
33. It’s never too late for an apology.
34. Don’t pose with booze.
35. If you have the right of way. Take it.
36. You don’t get to choose your own nickname.
37. When you marry someone, remember you marry their entire family.
38. Never push someone off a dock.
39. Under no circumstances should you ask a woman if she is pregnant.
40. It’s not enough to be proud of your ancestry, live up to it.
41. Don’t make a scene.
42. When giving a thank you speech, short and sweet is the best.
43. Know when to ignore the camera.
44. Never gloat.
45. Invest in great luggage.
46. Make time for your mom on your birthday. It’s her special day too.
47. When opening presents, no one likes a good guesser.
48. Sympathy is a crutch, never fake a limp.
49. Give credit. Take blame.
50. Suck it up every now and again.
51. Give your seat up to the elderly.
52. Don’t stare.
53. Address everyone that carries a firearm professionally.
54. Stand up to bullies. You’ll only have to do it once.
55. If you’ve made your point, stop talking.
56. Admit it when you’re wrong.
57. If you offer to help don’t quit until the job is done.
58. Look people in the eye when you thank them.
59. Thank the bus driver.
60. Never answer the phone at the dinner table.
61. Forgive yourself for your mistakes.
62. Know at least one good joke.
63. Don’t boo. Even the ref is somebody’s son.
64. Know how to cook one good meal.
65. Learn to swim.
66. Be cool to younger kids. Reputations are built over a lifetime.
67. It’s ok to go to the movies by yourself.
68. Dance with your mother/father.
69. Don’t lose your cool. Especially at work.
70. Always thank the host.
71. If you don’t understand, ask before it’s too late.
72. Know the size of your husband’s/wife’s clothes.
73. There is nothing wrong with plain t-shirt.
74. Be a good listener. Don’t just take your turn to talk.
75. Keep your word.
76. Fight for what matters.
77. Carry your mother’s bags. She carried you for nine months.
78. Be patient with airport security. They are just doing their job.
79. Don’t be the talker in the movie.
80. The opposite sex like people who shower.
81. You are what you do. Not what you say.
82. Learn to change a tire.
83. Be kind. Everyone has a hard fight ahead of them.
84. An hour with grandparents is time well spent.
85. Don’t litter
86. If you have a sister, get to know her boyfriend. Your opinion is important.
87. You won’t always be the strongest or the fastest but you can be the toughest.
88. Never call someone before 9 AM or after 9PM.
89. Stay in shape.
90. Make the little things count.
91. Always wear a bra at work.
92. There is a fine line between looking sultry and slutty. Find it.
93. You’re never too old to need your mom.
94. Count your blessings.
95. Know the words to your national anthem.
96. Your dance moves might not be the best, but I promise making a fool of yourself is more fun than sitting on the bench alone.
97. Smile at strangers.
98. Make goals.
99. Being old is not dictated by your bedtime.
100. Believe in your dreams and yourself.

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Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet

Gibran KhalilKhalil Gibran (January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931) was a Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer of the New York Pen League. Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Laozi. Born in Lebanon, as a young man he immigrated with his family to the United States, where he studied art and began his literary career, writing in both English and Arabic. In the Arab world, Gibran is regarded as a literary and political rebel. His romantic style was at the heart of a renaissance in modern Arabic literature, especially prose poetry, breaking away from the classical school. In Lebanon, he is still celebrated as a literary hero. He is best known for his 1923 book The Prophet, an early example of inspirational fiction including a series of philosophical essays written in poetic English prose.

I am sharing, below, with you some life changing lessons drawn from one of my favorite books, The Prophet.

• Be thankful for the difficult times. They have showed you how strong you can be. “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”

• Kindness is a quality of the strong.“Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.”

• There’s no such thing as absolute truth. “Say not, ‘I have found the truth,’ but rather, ‘I have found a truth.’ “I am ignorant of absolute truth. But I am humble before my ignorance and therein lies my honor and my reward.”

• It’s the small people who try to belittle and humiliate others. “To belittle, you have to be little.”The harm others do to you is easier to forget than the harm you do to others. “If the other person injures you, you may forget the injury; but if you injure him you will always remember.”

• You might forget those who made you laugh, but you will never forget those who were by your side in your darkest hours. “You may forget with whom you laughed, but you will never forget with whom you wept.” “Hearts united in pain and sorrow will not be separated by joy and happiness. Bonds that are woven in sadness are stronger than the ties of joy and pleasure. Love that is washed by tears will remain eternally pure and faithful.”

• It’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary. “In the sweetness of friendship; let there be laughter and the sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”

• Love is life and life is love. “When you love you should not say, “God is in my heart,” but rather, “I am in the heart of God.” “Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.”

• Put love into your work. “Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy. For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man’s hunger. And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distills a poison in the wine. And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man’s ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night.” “They deem me mad because I will not sell my days for gold; and I deem them mad because they think my days have a price.”

• To understand the heart and mind of a person, look at what he aspires to be. “To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.” “Trust in dreams, for in them is the hidden gate to eternity.”

• True love can’t be possessed.“Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; For love is sufficient unto love. And think not you can direct the course of love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course. Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.”

• Seek to put up with bad manners pleasantly. “The real test of good manners is to be able to put up with bad manners pleasantly.”

• Love binds everything together in perfect harmony. “They say: ‘If a man knew himself, he would know all mankind.’ I say: ‘If a man loved mankind, he would know something of himself.”

• Always look on the bright side of life. “The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose.”

• We don’t see things as they are. We see things as we are. “The appearance of things changes according to the emotions; and thus we see magic and beauty in them, while the magic and beauty are really in ourselves.”

• True love is the offspring of spiritual affinity. “It is wrong to think that love comes from long companionship and persevering courtship. Love is the offspring of spiritual affinity and unless that affinity is created in a moment, it will not be created for years or even generations.”

• Let there be space in your relationship. “Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.”

• If you pray when it rains, make sure you also pray when the sun shines. “You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.”

• When you give of yourself, that’s when you truly give. “You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”

• Real beauty comes from within. “Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.”

• Your children are not your children. They are sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. “Your children are not your children. They are sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you. And though they are with you yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts, for they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.”

• Every relationship should be free from bondage. “No human relation gives one possession in another—every two souls are absolutely different. In friendship or in love, the two side by side raise hands together to find what one cannot reach alone.” “If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don’t, they never were.”

• Be thankful for both the good and the bad in your life. It’s all meant to teach you something. “I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.” “When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”

• Your attitude towards life will determine life’s attitude towards you. “Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.”

• A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand. “A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand. Is not the mountain far more awe-inspiring and more clearly visible to one passing through the valley than to those who inhabit the mountain?

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Earth Day 2015

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Life Changing Quotes from Buddha

gentle_buddha• “However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?” • “The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.” • “A jug fills drop by drop.” • “Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.” • “To understand everything is to forgive everything” • “Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.” • “Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.” • “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” • “In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.” • “In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.” • “Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.” • “Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time. Hatred ceases through love. This is an unalterable law.” • “There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.” • “It is easy to see the faults of others, but difficult to see once own faults. One shows the faults of others like chaff winnowed in the wind, but one conceals one’s own faults as a cunning gambler conceals his dice.” • “I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.” • “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” • “Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.” • “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” • “Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.” • “Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” • “You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself” • “You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.” • “To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others” • “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” • “Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.”

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Wise Sayings

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1. Never take things personally.
2. Never end a relationship by text message.
3. Don’t knock it until you try it.
4. Show up.
5. Always use “we” when referring to your home team or your government.
6. When entrusted with a secret, keep it.
7. Never cancel dinner plans by text message.
8. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.
9. Don’t dumb it down.
10. You only get one chance to notice a new haircut.
11. If you’re staying more than one night, unpack.
12. Never park in front of a bar.
13. Expect the seat in front of you to recline. Prepare accordingly.
14. Keep a picture of your first fish, first car and first girl / boyfriend.
15. Hold your heroes to a high standard.
16. Don’t text and drive.
17. Never lie to your doctor.
18. All guns are loaded.
19. Don’t mention sunburns. Believe me, they know.
20. The best way to show thanks is to wear it. Even if its’ only once.
21. Take a vacation off of your cell phone, internet and TV once a year.
22. Don’t fill up on bread, no matter how good.
23. A handshake beats an autograph.
24. Don’t linger in the doorway. In or out.
25. If you do something, do it with passion or not at all.
26. If you want to know what makes you unique, sit for caricature.
27. Never get your hair cut the day of a special event.
28. Be mindful of what comes between you and the Earth. Always buy good shoes.
29. Never eat lunch at your desk if you can avoid it.
30. When you’re with new friends, don’t just talk about old friends.
31. Eat lunch with new kids.
32. When travelling, keep your wits about you.
33. It’s never too late for an apology.
34. Don’t pose with booze.
35. If you have the right of way. Take it.
36. You don’t get to choose your own nickname.
37. When you marry someone, remember you marry their entire family.
38. Never push someone off a dock.
39. Under no circumstances should you ask a woman if she is pregnant.
40. It’s not enough to be proud of your ancestry, live up to it.
41. Don’t make a scene.
42. When giving a thank you speech, short and sweet is the best.
43. Know when to ignore the camera.
44. Never gloat.
45. Invest in great luggage.
46. Make time for your mom on your birthday. It’s her special day too.
47. When opening presents, no one likes a good guesser.
48. Sympathy is a crutch, never fake a limp.
49. Give credit. Take blame.
50. Suck it up every now and again.
51. Give your seat up to the elderly.
52. Don’t stare.
53. Address everyone that carries a firearm professionally.
54. Stand up to bullies. You’ll only have to do it once.
55. If you’ve made your point, stop talking.
56. Admit it when you’re wrong.
57. If you offer to help don’t quit until the job is done.
58. Look people in the eye when you thank them.
59. Thank the bus driver.
60. Never answer the phone at the dinner table.
61. Forgive yourself for your mistakes.
62. Know at least one good joke.
63. Don’t boo. Even the ref is somebody’s son.
64. Know how to cook one good meal.
65. Learn to swim.
66. Be cool to younger kids. Reputations are built over a lifetime.
67. It’s ok to go to the movies by yourself.
68. Dance with your mother/father.
69. Don’t lose your cool. Especially, at work.
70. Always thank the host.
71. If you don’t understand, ask before it’s too late.
72. Know the size of your husband’s/wife’s clothes.
73. There is nothing wrong with plain t-shirt.
74. Be a good listener. Don’t just take your turn to talk.
75. Keep your word.
76. Fight for what matters.
77. Carry your mother’s bags. She carried you for nine months.
78. Be patient with airport security. They are just doing their job.
79. Don’t be the talker in the movie.
80. The opposite sex like people who shower.
81. You are what you do. Not what you say.
82. Learn to change a tire.
83. Be kind. Everyone has a hard fight ahead of them.
84. An hour with grandparents is time well spent.
85. Don’t litter
86. If you have a sister, get to know her boyfriend. Your opinion is important.
87. You won’t always be the strongest or the fastest .But you can be the toughest.
88. Never call someone before 9 AM or after 9 PM.
89. Stay in shape.
90. Make the little things count.
91. Always wear a bra at work.
92. There is a fine line between looking sultry and slutty. Find it.
93. You’re never too old to need your mom.
94. Count your blessings.
95. Know the words to your national anthem.
96. Your dance moves might not be the best, but I promise making a fool of yourself is more fun than sitting on the bench alone.
97. Smile at strangers.
98. Make goals.
99. Being old is not dictated by your bedtime.
100. Believe in yourself.

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Colors of Life

unnamedIn 1923, nine of the wealthiest people in the world met at Chicago’s Edge Water Beach Hotel. Their combined wealth, it is estimated, exceeded the wealth of the Government of the United States at that time. These men certainly knew how to make a living and accumulate wealth.

Attending the meeting were the following men:

1. The president of the largest steel company

2. The president of the largest utility company

3. The president of the largest gas company

4. The president of the New York Stock Exchange

5. The president of the Bank of International Settlements

6. The greatest wheat speculator

7. The greatest bear on Wall Street

8. The head of the world’s greatest monopoly, and

9. A member of President Harding’s cabinet.

That’s a pretty impressive line-up of people by anyone’s yardstick. Yet, 25 years later, where were those nine industrial giants?

Let’s examine what happened to them 25 years later.

1. The president of the then largest steel company, Bethlehem Steel Corp, Charles M Schwab, lived on borrowed capital for five years before he died bankrupt

2. The president of the then largest gas company, Howard Hubson, went insane

3. One of the greatest commodity traders (wheat speculator), Arthur Cutten, died insolvent

4. The then president of the New York Stock Exchange, Richard Whitney, was sent to jail

5. The member of President Harding’s cabinet, Albert Fall, was pardoned from jail just to be able to go home and die in peace

6. The greatest “bear” on Wall Street, Jesse Livermore committed suicide

7. The president of the then world’s greatest monopoly, Ivar Krueger, committed suicide

8. The president of the Bank of International Settlement, Leon Fraser, committed suicide

9. The president of the largest utility company, Samuel Insull, died penniless

What they forgot was how to “make” life while they got busy making money.

Money in itself is not evil; it provides food for the hungry, medicine for the sick, clothes for the needy. Money is only a medium of exchange. We need two kinds of education: (a) One that teaches us how to make a living, and (b) that teaches us how to live.

There are many of us who are so engrossed in our professional life that we neglect our family, health and social responsibilities. If asked why we do this, we would reply that “we are doing it for our family”. Yet, our kids are sleeping when we leave home. They are sleeping when we come back home. Twenty years later, we’ll turn back, and they’ll all be gone, to pursue their own dreams and their own lives.

Without water, a ship cannot move. The ship needs water, but if the water gets into the ship, the ship will face existential problems. What was once a means of living for the ship will now become a means of destruction. Similarly we live in a time where earning is a necessity but let not the earning enter our hearts, for what was once a means of living will surely become a means of destruction for us as well.

So take a moment and ask yourself, “Has the water entered my ship?” I hope not. Let’s hope this story will drive us all in a better direction in the New Year.

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2014 in review

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Traits of a Great Leader

leadership-traitsNo matter how much the world changes, there will be timeless truths about the best way to lead others to success.

Self-made industrialist Andrew Carnegie was the wealthiest man on the planet in the early 20th century and was a student of what it takes to achieve greatness. In 1908, he met with the journalist Napoleon Hill and decided that Hill would be the vehicle for sharing his strategies with the world. Their conversations became the basis for nearly all of Hill’s writings from that point forward, including his 1937 book “Think and Grow Rich,” which became one of the bestselling books of all time.

Hill collected and edited the notes from these initial conversations with Carnegie and published them in 1948 as “Think Your Way to Wealth.” At one point, Carnegie tells Hill that “successful leaders in all walks of life” exemplify a set of specific traits, with the best possessing all of them. These are summarized below:

1. They have a definite purpose and a definite plan for attaining it. Great leaders are always working toward an overarching goal.

2. They have a motive that continuously drives them. “Nothing great is ever achieved without a definitive motive,” Carnegie says.

3. They surround themselves with talented people who share their vision. Carnegie refers to the ideal team as a “Master Mind alliance.” “Great achievement always is the result of coordination of minds working toward a definite end,” he says.

4. They are able to be self-reliant. There are still plenty of times when a leader needs to act on their own initiative, effort, and judgment.

5. They have intense self-discipline. You can’t control others if you can’t control yourself. “There are no exceptions to this rule,” Carnegie says.

6. They are persistent. Great leaders don’t abandon plans at the first sign of opposition.

7. They are creative. “Able leaders must be eternally seeking new and better ways of doing things. They must be on the lookout for new ideas and new opportunities to attain the object of their labors,” Carnegie tells Hill.

8. They are decisive. It’s dangerous to be impulsive, but it is better to make an imperfect decision than none at all.

9. They collect all possible facts before making judgments. “Able leaders take nothing for granted without a sound reason. They make it their business to get at the facts before forming judgments, but they move promptly and definitely,” Carnegie says.

10. They are enthusiastic. Being overly enthusiastic can be just as off-putting as someone who is too dry or cynical, but effective leaders know how to transmit their drive to their team and use that energy toward a goal.

11. They are fair. Playing favorites or treating an employee you don’t like with disdain won’t yield positive results for long.

12. They have an open mind. “The man with a closed mind does not inspire the confidence of his associates. Without confidence great leadership is an impossibility,” Carnegie explains.

13. They go beyond what is required of them. “I have never known an able leader in business or industry who did not endeavor at all times to render more service than any man under his authority,” Carnegie says.

14. They are tactful. Great leaders know how to be graceful, serving as an attractive public figurehead for their team.

15. They listen more than they speak. The best leaders don’t use conversations as an excuse to feed their ego, but rather learn as much as possible from whomever they’re speaking with.

16. They pay attention to detail. Successful leaders are aware of the responsibilities and output of all their subordinates, but in a way that doesn’t lead to micro-managing.

17. They are determined. The best leaders bounce back from defeat, confident that they are now better equipped to achieve victory.

18. They can take criticism. “The man who ‘flares’ up with resentment when his work is criticized will never become a successful leader,” Carnegie says. “Bigness overlooks the smallness of criticism and carries on.”

19. They know when to restrain themselves. Leaders can lose the respect of their people if they indulge in excesses too often.

20. They are loyal. “Loyalty begins with loyalty to one’s self,” says Carnegie, referring to the dedication to one’s vision. Loyalty to your team and clients becomes an extension of this.

21. They know when to speak frankly. A diplomatic leader knows when to refrain from saying something that will be offensive or compromise their goals, but choosing to hide the truth through deceit is an easy way to develop a reputation for being untrustworthy.

22. They understand others’ motivations. Great leaders have the ability to step outside themselves and imagine the perspectives of both their subordinates and their competition.

23. They are exceptionally likable. People will give their all for a leader they love. “Sound leadership is based upon effective salesmanship, the ability to be sympathetic and to make one’s self pleasing to others,” Carnegie says.

24. They are focused. The best leaders hone their attention and energy on a single project at a time. “Concentrated effort gives one power that can be attained in no other way,” Carnegie explains.

25. They learn from mistakes. It’s just as important to learn from your own mistakes as it is from others’ mistakes.

26. They assume responsibility for the mistakes of their subordinates. “Nothing destroys one’s capacity of leadership quicker than the habit of shifting responsibilities to others,” Carnegie says.

27. They recognize the achievements of others. A great leader understands that an excellent performance should be commended, Carnegie says, since people are often more motivated by verbal recognition of their efforts than they are by solely a cash bonus.

28. They treat others the way they would like to be treated. Carnegie tells Hill that he places supreme importance on the Golden Rule, saying that it is a simple insight into the proper way to do business.

29. They are optimistic. Some people wear a pervasive cynicism as a badge of honor, but those who choose to be positive set themselves up for success and have better reputations.

30. They assume responsibility for the actions of their entire team. Even though Carnegie makes this point at the end of his spoken list to Hill, he says that if he could go back he’d list it as the first point due to its importance.

31. They are able to act without being guided by emotion. Carnegie finds that the best leaders have a degree of Stoicism about them, in the sense that they can separate themselves from their emotions when it comes time to make an important decision and see things objectively.
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This article published with the courtesy of Richard Feloni, Business Insider

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Meaningful Relationships

meaningful relationshipsHere are twenty powerful secrets that will help you form meaningful relationships with people:

1. When two people meet, the prize always goes to the one with the most self-insight. He will be calmer, more confident, more at ease with the other.
2. Never permit the behavior of other people to tell you how you feel.
3. Pay little attention to what people say or do. Instead, try to see their innermost motive for speaking and acting.
4. Any friendship requiring the submission of your original nature and dignity to another person is all wrong.
5. Mystically speaking, there is no difference between you and another person. This is why we cannot hurt another without hurting ourselves, nor help another without helping ourselves.
6. When we are free of all unnecessary desires toward other people, we can never be deceived or hurt.
7. You take a giant step toward psychological maturity when you refuse to angrily defend yourself against unjust slander. For one thing, resistance disturbs your own peace of mind.
8. You understand others to the exact degree that you really understand yourself. Work for more self-knowledge.
9. Do not be afraid to fully experience everything that happens to you in your human relations, especially the pains and disappointments. Do this and everything becomes clear at last.
10. The individual who really knows what it means to love has no anxiety when his love is unseen or rejected.
11. If you painfully lose a valuable friend, do not rush out at once for a replacement. Such action prevents you from examining your heartache and breaking free of it.
12. Do not be afraid to be a nobody in a social world. This is a deeper and richer truth than appears on the surface.
13. Every unpleasant experience with another person is an opportunity to see people as they are, not as we mistakenly idealize them. The more unpleasant the other person is, the more he can teach you.
14. You can be so wonderfully free from a sense of injury and injustice that you are surprised when you hear others complain of them.
15. We cannot recognize a virtue in another person that we do not possess in ourselves. It takes a truly loving and patient person to recognize those virtues in another.
16. Do not mistake desire for love. Desire leaves home in a frantic search for one gratification after another. Love is at home with itself.
17. There are parts of you that want the loving life and parts that do not. Place yourself on the side of the positive forces: do all you can to aid and encourage them.
18. You must stop living timidly from fixed fears of what others will think of you and of what you will think of yourself.
19. Do not contrive to be a loving person: work to be a real person. Being real is being loving.
20. The greatest love you could ever offer to another is to so transform your inner life that others are attracted to your genuine example of goodness.
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Source: “Twenty Special Secrets,” from ‘Mystic Path to Cosmic Power‘, by Vernon Howard

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Quotes on Success from the World’s Most Accomplished People

Success can be defined , and achieved, a million different ways, and there are endless perspectives on how to do both.Some of the world’s most accomplished people have spoken out about their own journeys toward success, their thoughts on how to attain it, and their feelings on finally reaching it. Here are some popular quotes on success, from the world’s most successful people:

1. Eighty percent of success is showing up.~Woody Allen

2. If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.~Steve Jobs

3. Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.~Maya Angelou

4. Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.~Bill Gates

5. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.~Barack Obama

6. Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.~ Anne Sweeney

7. We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.~ Martin Luther King Jr.

8. Success isn’t about how much money you make. It’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.~ Michelle Obama

9. The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.~ Warren Buffett

10. Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, you can achieve.~ Mary Kay Ash

11. I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.~ Abraham Lincoln

12. Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.~ Alexander Graham Bell

13. Life is too short to dwell on what might have been.~ Hillary Clinton

14. Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion.~ Tony Hsieh

15. We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.~ Martin Luther King Jr.

16. Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.~ Colin Powell

17. The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

18. I succeeded by saying what everyone else is thinking.~ Joan Rivers

19. Money and success don’t change people; they merely amplify what is already there.~ Will Smith

20. The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.~ Ayn Rand

21. The best revenge is massive success.~ Frank Sinatra

22. Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.~ Winston Churchill

23. If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction. Remember also that you are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped.~ Melinda Gates

24. Success is falling nine times and getting up 10.~ Jon Bon Jovi

25. Rule No. 1: Never lose money. Rule No. 2: Never forget Rule No. 1.~Warren Buffett

26. If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it.~ Elon Musk

27. Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.~ Truman Capote

28. Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.~ Helen Keller

29. The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.~ Vince Lombardi

30. I work really hard at trying to see the big picture and not getting stuck in ego. I believe we’re all put on this planet for a purpose, and we all have a different purpose… When you connect with that love and that compassion, that’s when everything unfolds.~ Ellen DeGeneres

31. If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing.~ Napoleon Bonaparte

32. You don’t have to be a genius or a visionary or even a college graduate to be successful. You just need a framework and a dream.~ Michael Dell

33. Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.~ Nelson Mandela

34. Success is like reaching an important birthday and finding you’re exactly the same.~ Audrey Hepburn

35. Success comes when people act together; failure tends to happen alone.~ Deepak Chopra

36. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.~ Walt Disney

37. Failure is success if we learn from it. ~Malcolm Forbes

38. I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance. ~Steve Jobs

39. Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.~ Coco Chanel

40. Do not be embarrassed by your failures; learn from them and start again.~ Richard Branson

41. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.–Dalai Lama XIV

42. As a leader, I am tough on myself and I raise the standard for everybody; however, I am very caring because I want people to excel at what they are doing so that they can aspire to be me in the future.~ Indra Nooyi

43. Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.~ Napoleon Hill

44. The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance ~ and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.~ Oprah Winfrey

45. The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.~ Bruce Lee

46. Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.~ John F. Kennedy

47. Whatever you want in life, other people are going to want it too. Believe in yourself enough to accept the idea that you have an equal right to it.~ Diane Sawyer

48. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.~ Wayne Gretzky

49. Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.~ Abraham Lincoln

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

51. If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.~ Henry Ford

52. A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.~ Billie Jean King

53. There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.~ Colin Powell

54. Success is a great deodorant.~ Elizabeth Taylor

55. I had a friend who worked at a hospice, and he said people in their final moments don’t discuss their successes, awards or what books they wrote or what they accomplished. They only talk about their loves and their regrets, and I think that’s very telling.~ Brad Pitt

56.It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all in which case, you fail by default.~ J.K. Rowling

57. Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.~ Napoleon Hill

58. What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose.~ Margaret Thatcher

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

60. I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.~ Thomas Jefferson

61. In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.~ Bill Cosby

62. The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.~ Frank Lloyd Wright

63. If you have no critics, you’ll likely have no success.~ Malcolm X

64. Nothing is impossible. With so many people saying it couldn’t be done, all it takes is an imagination.~ Michael Phelps

65. Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.–Oprah Winfrey

66. Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.~ Donald Trump

67. The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.~ Theodore Roosevelt

68. Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.~ George Bernard Shaw

69. We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.~ Arianna Huffington

70. Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.~ Albert Einstein

71. I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.~ Thomas Edison

72. If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.~ Barack Obama

73. I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.~ Marissa Mayer

74. The starting point of all achievement is desire.~ Napoleon Hill

75. A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.~ David Brinkley

76. It always seems impossible until it’s done.~ Nelson Mandela

77. There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. ~ Beverly Sills

78. Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. ~Albert Einstein

79. We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to mankind. ~Martin Luther King Jr.

80. Part of being a winner is knowing when enough is enough. Sometimes you have to give up the fight and walk away, and move on to something that’s more productive.~ Donald Trump

81. The ladder of success is never crowded at the top.~ Napoleon Hill

82. Success is only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own.~ Michelle Obama

83. Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.~ George S. Patton

84.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.~ Booker T. Washington

85. Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. ~Swami Sivananda

86. I do not believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process.~ Oprah Winfrey

87. All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure. ~Mark Twain

88. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed. ~Michael Jordan

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Life Situations and Your Actions

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