Picture your vision of a successful person or entrepreneur. Got it? What does it look like?
Do they have they have the perfect business, the perfect life, car, lifestyle, etc.? Making money and growing their business seems to come easy for them. They've got it all figured out, right? Wrong.
The reality of becoming successful is that it is a big hot mess of craziness that never really goes as planned. And it's awesome!
Always remember that people are praised in public for all of the hard work, effort, overcoming adversity, and hustle they do in private. You just see the end result. Grant Cardone, he's got issues and challenges just like anyone else - they are just a lot bigger and more complicated. Gary Vee, same thing. He's works like no other behind the scenes to make his vision a reality.
It's the same for any very successful person you think of. They didn't get there in a straight line. They had many detours, twists, turns, and obstacles along the way.
The good news for you is if they were able to do it so can you.
And that is the lesson. Never forget that people have come before you and have been able to accomplish amazing things. Great things. But they overcame a lot more to reach those levels.
You have to have the same attitude on your journey toward your vision. More importantly, you have to understand that you will have many, many challenges to overcome to get it. You will have to understand that you will want to quit many times. And in the midst of all that, you will have to keep going.
A few pieces of advice that I received and made a huge impact on me persevering to reach my vision were the following:
1.) The bigger the problems you can handle, the bigger your business and you can grow. You have to grow yourself bigger than any problem or challenge you might encounter.
1.) When times get tough, tell yourself, "I'll do it just one more day." Tell yourself that every day until times aren't tough any more.
3.) Focus on what you can control and cope with what you can't. There is no point in wasting time, energy, and emotion on things you have no ability to affect or control. It does you no good and derails you. Instead focus intently on what you can control and affect and make sure that it is as good as it can possibly get.
4.) Beliefs lead to thoughts, thoughts lead to feeling/emotions, feelings/emotions lead to actions, and actions lead to results. Take out every word but the first and last...what do you get? Beliefs = Results. What you believe about yourself, your success, your vision, anything will manifest in the results you have. Make sure you input (beliefs) are the best thing to drive your output (results) and challenge yourself in this area.
Becoming successful is amazing journey in which no one ever fully knows how they will get there, but the ones that succeed are the ones that point themselves in a direction and start walking. The understand and are prepared to overcome challenges and figure it out along the way.
I was recently watching a really heartwarming documentary about the 9/11 tragedy called "Boatlift." I have placed it at the end of this post for you. The 11 minute video chronicles the largest boatlift/mass-evacuation in history.
To put things in perspective, the largest rescue and one of the most famous boatlift rescues up until 9/11 was at the battle of Dunkirk where over 300,000 men were rescued by boat from almost certain death by the Nazi's. This was done over a couple days and saved the allies chances to win the war.
When 9/11 happened, ordinary citizens - ferry operators, tug boats, commercial boats, and people with boats all came together and evacuated over 500,000 people off of Manhattan and did it in less than
9 hours! It is truly an amazing story that not many people have probably ever heard.
There is one part, at the very end of the video where one of the commercial boat operators talks about how he has one philosophy in life that he follows and has taught his kids.
That philosophy? "Never go through life saying I should have..."
He's right. When your life comes to an end, all of the "should haves" will come into focus. All of the things that you wanted to do, but never took the time or chance to do will be forefront. This has been studied many times and it's always the same. People wished that they did their "should haves."
Never go through life saying I should have...
Don't put off the things you know you should do and want to do with your life. If there is something you know you should do, do it. If you give it a shot and fail, at least you will know that you gave it a shot...and if you succeed, well, even better.
Does this mean you have to do something radical? No, but it does mean you have to take some chances, get out of your areas of comfort, and push yourself in ways that you haven't before. If you do, you'll be better for it.
The only things you miss in life are the shots and chances you don't take. It may sound like a platitude, but it is true and has been since man has existed.
Get out there and turn your "should haves" into "I dids!"
I was recently asked on Quora "What were the most Important things learned when starting your business? Good question and there are about a 1000 things to answer with. I thought about it and narrowed it down to these 4 as a starting point.
There are a ton of other things I could give you, but if you can put these 4 into practice, you will have a good foundation to take on the challenge of starting a business, persevere, and succeed. Now, go make it happen!
Everyone has a person (or persons) in their life that are just never happy. They look for the bad in everything. Their first reaction is always to focus on any negative aspect.
I call these people "Life's Eeyores."
If you are not familiar with Eeyore, he is a character in the long running cartoon series, Winnie the Pooh. He is always down and sad and always puts a damper on things. We have people in our lives like this as well. They are not fun to be around and drive us crazy with their negative attitudes. As they say "misery loves company." But I think we all can agree that most company hates to hang around in misery.
The easiest way to deal with this is not to spend time with these people in our lives. Why give them the power to bring you down or cause anxiety in your life? There is no reason. I know this sounds harsh, but if you have people like this in your life, you need to remove them or find new friends to spend time with
-ones that lift you up and are excited about life and the possibilities it contains.
But what do you do if the Eeyore in your life is a close loved one or someone you cannot remove? This is tough. First, you must be strong and not succumb to their negativity. Remember, you control your attitude and the way you think about things, so it is your choice to be happy or not. It is harder when you have someone constantly bringing you down by just being around them, but you can remain positive nonetheless. Resolve to do so. Second, understand you cannot change them - at least not entirely. You can, however, continue to show them the good side of things and be the positive light in their lives (they need one, they just won't admit it). If you remain strong and true to your core, you will eventually have an impact on them and things will get better. Lastly, be sure to give yourself breaks. Even though it might be a loved one, you need to give yourself breaks from their negativity from time to time to recharge yourself. It is OK to be selfish and take time for yourself.
What do you do if YOU are the Eeyore?
Some of you reading this may be saying to yourself internally that the person I am describing is you. Nothing ever works as planned or goes your way. It seems like bad things always happen to you. People just don't understand. "Dave, you don't understand."
Well, actually I do. Unless your negativity is being driven by some kind of traumatic event or diagnosed mental challenge. If that is the case, feel free to read what I am about to say, but please, please make sure you are getting the help you need to overcome your challenge.
For those that are just going about life in a perpetual state of "woe is me" or "nothing ever goes my way,"
I want to ask you some questions. Do you feel like you are in control of your life? Do you feel like you have power over yourself or anything? Do feel as though you are a victim of circumstance? Notice the same word appears in all those questions and that word is "feel." The thoughts you have, the decisions you make, and the attitude you have is derived from the way you feel and what you believe about yourself and life.
Here is one of the most important things to understand for changing anything and for succeeding in life.
Your beliefs lead to your thoughts. You thoughts lead to your feelings. Your feelings lead to you acting. And your actions determine your results.
You are what you believe. If you believe you are a victim, you will be one - even when you are not. If you belief that nothing ever goes right for you, the guess what, it won't. And it sucks to be caught in that trap because you don't seem to have any control. You have ceded it away because you are not controlling your beliefs.
Once you learn that you can control your beliefs and thoughts, then you can control every aspect of your life. You can control the way you feel. Your attitude. How you respond to things. And you can choose to not live in negativity. You can choose to be the Tigger instead of the Eeyore. (Tigger is the upbeat, positive, and fun Tiger in Winnie the Pooh).
For just one day, do this. Choose the thoughts you have. When you start to say "nothing is going right." Stop yourself and say, "Everything is good. Life is good. I'm lucky to be where I am and enjoying this day." You will be amazed at what happens and how you "feel." You will change your state and can change the whole way you approach your world.
Remember the self-fulfilling prophecy that states what you believe and focus on in your life will become your reality. Make the choice to change you reality. Start with just one day and go from there. Take back your personal power and reach the potential you were created for!
How do you know who you are?
It took me over a year to truly understand and answer this question. The journey changed my life.
So, who are you? How do you know who you are? Do you believe what you say and think?
These are really important questions to master your inner game and find your true self. Most people are a product of their surrounding and influences in life. Everything from parents, schooling, media, and culture to religion and social circles influences who you are and what you think. But have you ever stopped to ask if what you say and believe are truly your thoughts? Are they the ones you want to own or do you just react and what you say and think happens automatically?
Awareness is the catalyst to change in anything. You cannot affect something you are not aware of.
But what if I told you that many of the things you say and do were put there by someone or something else. Further, what if I told you these thoughts and natural reactions run you without you even knowing it? Then, what if I told you that you have a choice to let them to continue to run you or to choose your own path? Would you want to go down that road? You'd at least be curious.
You can change the whole trajectory of your life and your potential by choosing the way you think. Your subconscious mind has been conditioned to react in specific ways to specific situations. Some of these reactions you may like, others you may not...and are looking for the way to change them.
The formula for changing your beliefs is simple - implementing it consistently is incredibly difficult. But it has been done many times and changed lives. Here it is:
As I mentioned above, while this process is easy to understand and follow; it is hard to put into place on a daily basis and on the moment. So take it slow. Start with one area or type of situation in your life and focus on getting into a routine of Stop, Ask, and Choose in that area.
Lastly, you have to commit to this for your life. It is only through repetition and time that this process becomes natural and instant for you. When you do so, you will absolutely change your inner game and find your true self. Enjoy the journey!!
Come with me and you'll be
In a world of pure imagination
Take a look and you'll see
Into your imagination
We'll begin with a spin
Trav'ling in the world of my creation
What we'll see will defy
If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Want to change the world, there's nothing to it
There is no life I know
To compare with pure imagination
Living there, you'll be free
If you truly wish to be
It's true that great minds think differently. They operate at a different level. And because of the way they think, they have the ability to change the world. I was reminded of this over the last week when my daughter watched the original Willy Wonka for the first time (and then of course wanted to watch it over and over again like 4 year-old's do). It had been many years since I had seen it. But, as I sat down to watch it with her; I realized just how powerful of a message that it delivers. I have often said that "the student arrives when they are ready." And finally, after many years, I guess it was time for my arrival.
Great minds have a secret. A secret that most go through life never finding. All one has to do is read the lyrics above, from the song where Willy introduces the group to his factory, and it will stand out for you.
You have probably been told a million times that if you believe something, you can do it. But, most never really believe that themselves. What's more is...it is not enough to just believe. You must create the idea in your mind and then believe not only in the idea, but that you can execute to make it reality. That is where everyone falls short. They come up with ideas all the time and believe in them. What they don't believe in is their ability execute and make it happen.
Watching the movie with my daughter made me realize this all over again. What Willy Wonka is saying in his lyrics is not just that you can create paradise with your imagination, but he is showing, when he tells them to "take a spin," that it has to be brought to life to really matter.
Think of the greatest minds and people that you know in business or leadership throughout the world. I would venture to say that they not only create their world first in their minds, but they are almost obsessed with executing to make it a reality. Steve Jobs, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Founding Fathers come to mind. And we see living examples of this every day with people like Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Tom Brady. They may live in this world, but they recreate it and define it in their imagination - and then they make that a reality.
It comes down to how we think and then act, but it also comes down to the level we play at every day. The quote from Eleanor Roosevelt below sums this up perfectly. "Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people."
Take inventory of your conversations over the next week and who you have them with. Are you discussing ideas and things that really matter and can change your whole world or are you wasting valuable time. Make it a mission to play at the right level with right people and take you ideas to execution and make them a reality...Because, there is no life I know to compare with pure imagination, living there you'll be free, if you truly wish to be!
Ok, first, full disclosure that I got this list from another article, which you can view here, but it was such a good list, I had to have these on the site to share with you and refer back to for 2017! Enjoy and come back daily for each one!
Sunday, January 1, 2017
New Year's Day
"I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear."
Monday, January 2, 2017
"Give me a stock clerk with a goal, and I will give you a man who will make history. Give me a man without a goal, and I will give you a stock clerk."
--James Cash Penny
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
"A lot of the time the experts, the people who are supposed to be able to tell you what to do, will tell you that you can't do something even when you know you can. And a lot of the time it's your friends ... who tell you you can do it."
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
World Braille Day
"Life is a daring adventure or it is nothing at all."
Thursday, January 5, 2017
"Don't tell people how to do things; tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results."
--George S. Patton
Friday, January 6, 2017
True luck consists not in holding the best of the cards at the table; luckiest is he who knows just when to rise and go home."
Saturday, January 7, 2017
"Victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan."
--John F. Kennedy
Sunday, January 8, 2017
"Fall seven times and stand up eight."
Monday, January 9, 2017
"Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent of how I react to it."
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity."
Thursday, January 12, 2017
"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, 'I'm possible!'" --Audrey Hepburn
Friday, January 13, 2017
"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light."
Saturday, January 14, 2017
"I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do."
--Leonardo da Vinci
Sunday, January 15, 2017
"The successful warrior is the average man, with laserlike focus."
Monday, January 16, 2017
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
--Martin Luther King
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else."
--Booker T. Washington
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
"If there is no struggle, there is no progress."
Thursday, January 19, 2017
"Running a startup is like being punched in the face repeatedly, but working for a large company is like being waterboarded."
Friday, January 20, 2017
"I want to start by, as always, thanking my family. My kids, they're not kids anymore, but they're kids as far as I'm concerned. They'll always be my kids."
--Donald J. Trump
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Women's March on Washington
"I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass."
Sunday, January 22, 2017
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see."
Monday, January 23, 2017
"We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone."
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
"For me, the most fun is change or growth. There are definitely elements of both that I like. Launching a business is kind of like a motorboat: You can go very quickly and turn fast."
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples."
Thursday, January 26, 2017
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
Friday, January 27, 2017
"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door."
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Chinese New Year
"Everyone has a plan 'til they get punched in the mouth."
Sunday, January 29, 2017
"I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse."
Monday, January 30, 2017
"For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love."
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
"The crisis of today is the joke of tomorrow."
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
"I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, If this isn't nice, I don't know what is."
Thursday, February 2, 2017
"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can."
Friday, February 3, 2017
"Everybody wants to be famous, but nobody wants to do the work. I live by that. You grind hard so you can play hard. At the end of the day, you put all the work in, and eventually it'll pay off. It could be in a year, it could be in 30 years. Eventually, your hard work will pay off."
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Rosa Parks Day
"I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear."
Sunday, February 5, 2017
"Tough times never last, but tough people do."
--Dr. Robert Schuller
Monday, February 6, 2017
"The trouble in America is not that we are making too many mistakes, but that we are making too few."
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
"A year from now you may wish you had started today."
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
"Man is free at the instant he wants to be."
Thursday, February 9, 2017
"If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people."
Friday, February 10, 2017
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
--Franklin D. Roosevelt
Saturday, February 11, 2017
"Conditions are never perfect. 'Someday' is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you.... If it's important to you and you want to do it 'eventually,' just do it and correct course along the way."
Sunday, February 12, 2017
"Nothing works better than just improving your product."
--Joel Spolsky, cofounder of Stack Overflow
Monday, February 13, 2017
Lincoln's Birthday observed
"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing."
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
"It takes a strong fish to swim against the current. Even a dead one can float with it."
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Susan B Anthony's Birthday
"Independence is happiness."
--Susan B. Anthony
Thursday, February 16, 2017
"When I'm old and dying, I plan to look back on my life and say, 'Wow, that was an adventure,' not 'Wow, I sure felt safe.' --Tom PrestonWerner, cofounder of Github
Friday, February 17, 2017
"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned."
Saturday, February 18, 2017
"If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it."
Sunday, February 19, 2017
"Good is the enemy of great."
Monday, February 20, 2017
"No one has as much luck around the greens as one who practices a lot. --Chi Chi Rodriguez
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
"Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it."
Thursday, February 23, 2017
"A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it isn't open."
Friday, February 24, 2017
"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."
Saturday, February 25, 2017
"I can say the willingness to get dirty has always defined us as an nation, and it's a hallmark of hard work and a hallmark of fun, and dirt is not the enemy."
Sunday, February 26, 2017
"Death is very likely the single best invention of life. It's life's change agent; it clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now, the new is you. But someday, not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it's quite true. Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life."
Monday, February 27, 2017
"Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized. In the first, it is ridiculed. In the second, it is opposed. In the third, it is regarded as self-evident."
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras
"An American has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi-Gras in New Orleans."
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
"Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy."
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Read Across America Day
"Today a reader, tomorrow a leader."
Friday, March 3, 2017
Employee Appreciation Day
"There are two things people want more than sex and money... recognition and praise."
--Mary Kay Ash
Saturday, March 4, 2017
"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light."
Sunday, March 5, 2017
"Champions keep playing until they get it right."
--Billie Jean King
Monday, March 6, 2017
"The last 10 percent it takes to launch something takes as much energy as the first 90 percent."
--Rob Kalin, founder of Etsy
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
"Being able to touch so many people through my businesses, and make money while doing it, is a huge blessing."
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
"Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you."
Thursday, March 9, 2017
"As you start your journey, the first thing you should do is throw away that store-bought map and begin to draw your own."
Friday, March 10, 2017
"We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained."
Saturday, March 11, 2017
"I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions."
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Daylight Saving Time starts
"Time is life itself, and life resides in the human heart."
Monday, March 13, 2017
"Happiness is not the absence of problems; it's the ability to deal with them."
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
"Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions."
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
"The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra."
Thursday, March 16, 2017
"Following is one of the most underrated aspects of leadership.... I have seen many a good [organization] underachieve, because someone...thought the commander was incompetent, and quietly worked to undermine his authority."
--Admiral Bill McRaven
Friday, March 17, 2017
St. Patrick's Day
"Creativity is intelligence having fun."
Saturday, March 18, 2017
"Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them."
Sunday, March 19, 2017
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."
Monday, March 20, 2017
International Day of Happiness
"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle. Happiness never decreases by being shared."
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
"A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him."
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
"Don't let winning make you soft. Don't let losing make you quite. Don't let your teammates down in any situation."
Thursday, March 23, 2017
"I watched a small man with thick calluses on both hands work 15 and 16 hours a day. I saw him once literally bleed from the bottoms of his feet, a man who came here uneducated, alone, unable to speak the language, who taught me all I needed to know about faith and hard work by the simple eloquence of his example."
Friday, March 24, 2017
"The best revenge is massive success."
Saturday, March 25, 2017
"We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success; we often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never make a mistake never made a discovery."
Sunday, March 26, 2017
"Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it, the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me. --Arianna Huffington
Monday, March 27, 2017
"I don't lose any sleep at night over the potential for failure. I cannot even spell the word."
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
"If you can dream it, you can achieve it."
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
"You can be the ripest, juciest peach in the world, and there are still going to be some people who hate peaches."
--Dita Von Teese
Thursday, March 30, 2017
"There are no traffic jams along the extra mile."
Friday, March 31, 2017
César Chávez Day
"There is no substitute for hard work, 23 or 24 hours a day. And there is no substitute for patience and acceptance."
Saturday, April 1, 2017
April Fool's Day
"I learned pretty soon that it was essential to fail and be foolish. --Daniel DayLewis, only threetime winner of the Academy Award for Best Actor
Sunday, April 2, 2017
"The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into smaller manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one."
Monday, April 3, 2017
"It's hard work making movies. It's like being a doctor: you work long hours, very hard hours, and it's emotional, tense work. If you don't really love it, then it ain't worth it."
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
"Being an optimist after you've got the very thing you want doesn't count."
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
"You know you're in love when you don't want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams."
Thursday, April 6, 2017
"Numbing the pain for a while will only make it worse when you finally feel it."
--Albus Dumbledore, "Harry Potter" character
Friday, April 7, 2017
"We must never be afraid to go too far, for success lies just beyond."
Saturday, April 8, 2017
"There are two kinds of failures: those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought."
--Laurence J. Peter
Sunday, April 9, 2017
"I'm a designer, and I work very hard at that. People sometimes want to put down fashion by saying it's frivolous or superficial, but it's not that way at all. It's actually very hard work."
Monday, April 10, 2017
"Success at the highest level comes down to one question: Can you decide that your happiness can come from someone else's success? --Bill Walton
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
--Sir Winston Churchill
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
International Day of Human Space Flight
"It's a very sobering feeling to be up in space and realize that one's safety factor was determined by the lowest bidder on a government contract."
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Thomas Jefferson's Birthday
"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
Friday, April 14, 2017
"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs - even though checkered by failure - than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."
Saturday, April 15, 2017
"May I never be complete. May I never be content. May I never be perfect."
Sunday, April 16, 2017
"Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life." --S. D Gordon
Monday, April 17, 2017
Emancipation Day observed
"I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves."
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
"Taxes are what we pay for civilized society."
--Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr."
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
"Yes, I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can find his way by moonlight, and see the dawn before the rest of the world."
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Chinese Language Day
"I was eating in a Chinese restaurant downtown. There was a dish called Mother and Child Reunion. It's chicken and eggs. And I said, I gotta use that one."
Friday, April 21, 2017
"The best way out is always through."
Saturday, April 22, 2017
"There is only one boss: the customer. And he can fire everybody in the company, from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else. --Sam Walton
Sunday, April 23, 2017
World Book and Copyright Day
"Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light."
Monday, April 24, 2017
"Power means happiness; power means hard work and sacrifice."
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
"Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity."
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
"When I work fourteen hours a day, seven days a week, I get lucky."
--Dr. Armand Hammer
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
"Do not bring people in your life who weigh you down. And trust your instincts ... good relationships feel good. They feel right. They don't hurt. They're not painful. That's not just with somebody you want to marry, but it's with the friends that you choose. It's with the people you surround yourselves with."
Friday, April 28, 2017
"It's hard work to make a four-minute program look effortless and elegant."
Saturday, April 29, 2017
"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."
Sunday, April 30, 2017
International Jazz Day
"Jazz is smooth and cool. Jazz is rage. Jazz flows like water. Jazz never seems to begin or end. Jazz isn't methodical, but jazz isn't messy either. Jazz is a conversation, a give and take. Jazz is the connection and communication between musicians. Jazz is abandon."
Monday, May 1, 2017
"[W]ith extreme wealth comes extreme responsibility. And the responsibility for me is to invest in creating new businesses, create jobs, employ people, and to put money aside to tackle issues where we can make a difference."
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
"You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take."
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
World Press Freedom Day
"Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets."
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Rhode Island Independence Day
"The greatest crime in the world is not developing your potential. When you do what you do best, you are helping not only yourself, but the world."
--Roger Williams (founder of Rhode Island, which is your humble writer's home state)
Friday, May 5, 2017
National Nurses Day
"Nursing encompasses an art, a humanistic orientation, a feeling for the value of the individual, and an intuitive sense of ethics, and of the appropriateness of action taken."
Saturday, May 6, 2017
"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."
Sunday, May 7, 2017
"I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate."
Monday, May 8, 2017
"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit."
--Harry S. Truman
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
"When you find an idea that you just can't stop thinking about, that's probably a good one to pursue."
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
"What is harder than rock, or softer than water? Yet soft water hollows out hard rock. Persevere."
Thursday, May 11, 2017
"Winners are the ones who really listen to the truth of their hearts."
Friday, May 12, 2017
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see."
Saturday, May 13, 2017
"If you aren't going all the way, why go at all? --Joe Namath
Sunday, May 14, 2017
"An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy."
Monday, May 15, 2017
Peace Officers Memorial Day
"Police officers and firemen are so visible in their daily work, there's no mistaking they're there - and that presence makes people feel secure."
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
"The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for."
Thursday, May 18, 2017
"The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me."
Friday, May 19, 2017
"When I was in jail, I was a lot of people's favorite person. I practically ran the jail. I had more freedom than the police."
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Armed Forces Day
"Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons."
Sunday, May 21, 2017
"You must not only aim right, but draw the bow with all your might."
--Henry David Thoreau
Monday, May 22, 2017
Harvey Milk Day
"Hope will never be silent."
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
"I never took a day off in my 20s. Not one."
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
"The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don't know what to do."
Thursday, May 25, 2017
"What we hope to do with ease, we must first learn to do with diligence."
Friday, May 26, 2017
"Always look for the fool in the deal. If you don't find one, it's you."
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Ramadan starts "Sometimes you don't realize how special something is until you lose it. Thats how I feel about Ramadan every year."
Sunday, May 28, 2017
"I know you've heard it a thousand times before. But it's true--hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don't love something, then don't do it."
Monday, May 29, 2017
"Who sows virtue reaps honor."
--Leonardy da Vinci
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
"It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently."
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
World No Tobacco Day
"Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I've done it thousands of times."
Thursday, June 1, 2017
"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. --Oscar Wilde
Friday, June 2, 2017
"The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday."
Saturday, June 3, 2017
"I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen."
--Frank Lloyd Wright
Sunday, June 4, 2017
"Happiness is an inside job."
Monday, June 5, 2017
"Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it."
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
There on the beaches of Normandy I began to reflect on the wonders of these ordinary people whose lives were laced with the markings of greatness."
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
"Fall seven times and stand up eight."
Thursday, June 8, 2017
"Life doesn't run away from nobody. Life runs at people."
Friday, June 9, 2017
"I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder."
Saturday, June 10, 2017
"The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it's possible to achieve the American dream."
Sunday, June 11, 2017
"Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that."
--Norman Vincent Peale
Monday, June 12, 2017
"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
"I don't look to jump over 7-foot bars-I look for 1-foot bars that I can step over."
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Army Birthday (also Flag Day)
"I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion."
--Alexander the Great
Thursday, June 15, 2017
"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted."
--William Bruce Cameron
Friday, June 16, 2017
"Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity."
--H. Jackson Brown Jr."
Saturday, June 17, 2017
"I think in terms of evolutions, not revolutions. Failure is not part of my vocabulary."
--Shelia Lirio Marcelo, founder of Care.com
Sunday, June 18, 2017
"I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection."
Monday, June 19, 2017
"The best way to predict the future is to invent it."
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
"Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward."
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
"The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work."
Thursday, June 22, 2017
"There is no such thing as luck. There is only adequate or inadequate preparation to cope with a statistical universe. --Robert A. Heinlein
Friday, June 23, 2017
"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult."
Saturday, June 24, 2017
"I wish I could tell you the secret to being forever young, but no one's figured that out yet. But if you see the glass half full, simplify your life, and give yourself to a worthy cause, you will be forever happy."
Sunday, June 25, 2017
"Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible."
Monday, June 26, 2017
"It is never too late to be what you might have been."
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
"Plant your garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers."
--Jose Luis Borges
Thursday, June 29, 2017
"It doesn't matter how far you might rise. At some point, you are bound to stumble.... If you're constantly pushing yourself higher...the law of averages, not to mention the Myth of Icarus, predicts that you will at some point fall. And when you do, I want you to know this, remember this: There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction."
Friday, June 30, 2017
"Running a startup is like eating glass. You just start to like the taste of your own blood."
Saturday, July 1, 2017
"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The phrase 'press on' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race."
Sunday, July 2, 2017
"Build something 100 people love, not something 1 million people kind of like."
--Brian Chesky, cofounder of Airbnb
Monday, July 3, 2017
"There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing."
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
"America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand."
--Harry S Truman
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
"No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world."
Thursday, July 6, 2017
"Life is a series of problem-solving opportunities. The problems you face will either defeat you or develop you depending on how you respond to them."
Friday, July 7, 2017
"Don't worry about failure; you only have to be right once."
Saturday, July 8, 2017
"Obstacles can't stop you. Problems can't stop you. Most of all, other people can't stop you. Only you can stop you."
Sunday, July 9, 2017
"Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that."
Monday, July 10, 2017
"Happiness is not a goal. It's a by-product of a life well-lived."
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
"Embrace what you don't know, especially in the beginning, because what you don't know can become your greatest asset. It ensures that you will absolutely be doing things different from everybody else."
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
"I knew all the rules but the rules did not know me."
Thursday, July 13, 2017
"You don't become enormously successful without encountering some really interesting problems."
--Mark Victor Hansen
Friday, July 14, 2017
"Yesterday's home runs don't win today's games."
Saturday, July 15, 2017
"You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from."
Sunday, July 16, 2017
"Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it."
Monday, July 17, 2017
"Education, actual learning--it is hard work. It's very personal. Your parents don't teach you anything. Your teachers don't teach you anything. The government doesn't teach you anything. You read it. You don't understand it; you read it again. You break a pencil and read it again."
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
"Composing music is hard work."
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
"If I have made a mistake in the design, then I'm the one who should pay for it. I certainly would not ask somebody else to fly a plane if I were afraid to do it myself."
Thursday, July 20, 2017
"Constant dripping hollows out a stone."
Friday, July 21, 2017
"Once you choose hope, anything's possible."
Saturday, July 22, 2017
"Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking."
--William B. Sprague
Sunday, July 23, 2017
"If you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat! Just get on."
Monday, July 24, 2017
"I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near."
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
"There is no security on the Earth, there is only opportunity."
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
Thursday, July 27, 2017
"Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they're making to win. Losers, on the other hand, see it as punishment. And that's the difference."
Friday, July 28, 2017
"Be the kind of person that you want people to think you are."
Saturday, July 29, 2017
"If you want happiness for an hour take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else."
Sunday, July 30, 2017
"It doesn't matter if you try and try and try again, and fail. It does matter if you try and fail, and fail to try again."
Monday, July 31, 2017
"The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer."
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
"It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark."
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
"Don't be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin."
Thursday, August 3, 2017
"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."
Friday, August 4, 2017
"Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical."
Saturday, August 5, 2017
"There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live."
Sunday, August 6, 2017
"People talk about getting lucky breaks in their careers. I'm living proof that the 'lucky breaks' theory is simply wrong. You get to make your own luck.... The world is run by those who show up...not those who wait to be asked."
Monday, August 7, 2017
Purple Heart Day
"The only medal that I am certain I deserved is the Purple Heart."
--Sen. Bob Kerrey (Medal of Honor recipient)
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
"Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goals: my strength lies solely in my tenacity."
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
"Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear."
Thursday, August 10, 2017
"My first job was washing dishes in the basement of a nursing home for $2.10 an hour, and I learned as much about the value of hard work there as I ever did later."
Friday, August 11, 2017
"Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in."
Saturday, August 12, 2017
"I think the thing about that was I was always willing to work; I was not the fastest or biggest player but I was determined to be the best football player I could be on the football field and I think I was able to accomplish that through hard work."
Sunday, August 13, 2017
"A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving."
Monday, August 14, 2017
Victory Day (commemorates the end of World War II)
"I don't think journalists in World War II were objective about the Nazis, and I don't think they should have been."
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
"We live in the kind of society where, in almost all cases, hard work is rewarded."
--Neil deGrasse Tyson
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
"The greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition."
Thursday, August 17, 2017
"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words."
Friday, August 18, 2017
Statehood Day (Hawaii)
"Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace."
Saturday, August 19, 2017
"A man who gives you less than what he has to give is telling you what he thinks of you, and telling you what he thinks of himself."
Sunday, August 20, 2017
"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it."
Monday, August 21, 2017
"I'm not happy on vacation. In those rare times when I have three hours with no work I have to do, I'm terribly uncomfortable."
--Scott Adams, Dilbert creator
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
"I think of doing a series as very hard work. But then I've talked to coal miners, and that's really hard work."
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
"Faith moves mountains, but you have to keep pushing while you're praying."
Thursday, August 24, 2017
"Failure is success if we learn from it."
Friday, August 25, 2017
"I never dreamt of success. I worked for it."
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Women's Equality Day
"The best protection any woman can have... is courage."
--Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Lyndon Johnson Day
"The American city should be a collection of communities where every member has a right to belong. It should be a place where every man feels safe on his streets and in the house of his friends."
Monday, August 28, 2017
"When you miss a shot, never think of what you did wrong. Take the next shot thinking of what you must do right."
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
"Luck can only get you so far."
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
"When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us."
--Alexander Graham Bell
Thursday, August 31, 2017
"Don't live the same year 75 times and call it a life."
Friday, September 1, 2017
"Luck? I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it, and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: hard work -- and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't."
Saturday, September 2, 2017
"Anything in life worth having is worth working for."
Sunday, September 3, 2017
"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing."
Monday, September 4, 2017
"I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living."
--John D. Rockefeller
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
"It isn't hard to be good from time to time. What is tough is being good every day."
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
"My family would be supportive if I said I wanted to be a Martian, wear only banana skins, make love to ashtrays, and eat tree bark."
Thursday, September 7, 2017
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."
Friday, September 8, 2017
"There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning."
Saturday, September 9, 2017
"The common denominator of success is in forming the habit of doing the things that failures don't like to do."
Sunday, September 10, 2017
National Grandparents Day
"Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children."
Monday, September 11, 2017
"These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat.But they have failed; our country is strong."
--George W. Bush
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
"Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it."
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
International Programmers' Day
"Complexity kills. It sucks the life out of developers, it makes products difficult to plan, build and test, it introduces security challenges, and it causes end-user and administrator frustration."
Thursday, September 14, 2017
"To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom."
Friday, September 15, 2017
"I'm a big believer in the power of inexperience. It was the greatest asset I had when I started TFA. If I had known at the outset how hard it was going to be, I might never have started. --Wendy Kopp
Saturday, September 16, 2017
"The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing."
Sunday, September 17, 2017
"You are never too good for anything. Always be willing to do everything."
Monday, September 18, 2017
Air Force Birthday
"The power of an air force is terrific when there is nothing to oppose it."
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
"In order to discover new lands, one must be willing to lose sight of the shore for a very long time."
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
"I would rather die of passion than of boredom."
--Vincent Van Gogh
Thursday, September 21, 2017
"Let our New Year's resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word."
Friday, September 22, 2017
"The future belongs to those who prepare for it today."
Saturday, September 23, 2017
"Your income is directly related to your philosophy, not the economy."
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Gold Star Mothers' Day
"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself."
Monday, September 25, 2017
"I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it. I know."
--Harlan Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
"There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not? --Robert F. Kennedy
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
World Tourism Day
"Life is short, and the world is wide."
Thursday, September 28, 2017
"Nature gave men two ends... one to sit on and one to think with. Ever since then man's success or failure has been dependent on the one he used most."
--George R. Kilpatrick
Friday, September 29, 2017
"Someday is not a day of the week."
Saturday, September 30, 2017
"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice."
--William Jennings Bryan
Sunday, October 1, 2017
"Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more."
--H. Jackson Brown Jr."
Monday, October 2, 2017
"Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get."
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
"Movies are hard work. The public doesn't see that. The critics don't see it. But they're a lot of work. A lot of work."
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Feast of St Francis of Assisi
"St. Francis of Assisi taught me that there is a wound in the Creation and that the greatest use we could make of our lives was to ask to be made a healer of it."
Thursday, October 5, 2017
"I knew that if I failed I wouldn't regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying."
Friday, October 6, 2017
"If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough."
Saturday, October 7, 2017
"People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent."
Sunday, October 8, 2017
"Diligence is the mother of good luck."
Monday, October 9, 2017
Indigenous People's Day
"All things share the same breath - the beast, the tree, the man... the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports."
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
"Everybody has a great idea for a startup, and so do their relatives, and they tell me, 'You gotta build it.' I say, 'I have to believe in it.' --Ashton Kutcher
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
"To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first."
Thursday, October 12, 2017
"The biggest temptation is to settle for too little."
Friday, October 13, 2017
"I'm intimidated by the fear of being average."
Saturday, October 14, 2017
"If you focus on results you'll never change. If you focus on change, you'll get results."
Sunday, October 15, 2017
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
Monday, October 16, 2017
"Don't blame the boss. He has enough problems."
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
"If you don't set goals, you can't regret not reaching them."
Thursday, October 19, 2017
"This too, shall pass."
Friday, October 20, 2017
"They said, we have education, but what about jobs? So I started telling them, you should be taking a pledge, and the pledge should be: 'I'm not a job seeker; I'm a job giver.' Prepare yourself to be a job giver."
Saturday, October 21, 2017
"You know you are truly alive when you're living among lions. --Karen Blixen
Sunday, October 22, 2017
"If you are willing to do more than you are paid to do, eventually you will be paid to do more than you do."
Monday, October 23, 2017
"Optimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other."
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
"If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it."
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
"If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try."
Thursday, October 26, 2017
"Entrepreneurship is neither a science nor an art. It is a practice."
Friday, October 27, 2017
"If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money."
--Abigail Van Buren
Saturday, October 28, 2017
"If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you've launched too late."
Sunday, October 29, 2017
"Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."
Monday, October 30, 2017
"Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic."
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
"Fear is only as deep as the mind allows."
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
All Saints' Day
"Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you."
Thursday, November 2, 2017
"Performance-wise, you really need to be down in the trenches; you need to do the hard work, for a lot of reasons: To build yourself as a performer, to get a sense of the audience, to work hard and to wonder, 'Do I really want to do this?' --Joan Jett
Friday, November 3, 2017
"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now."
Saturday, November 4, 2017
"If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten."
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Daylight Saving Time ends
"Time is what we want most, but what we use worst."
Monday, November 6, 2017
"There is no elevator to success -- you have to take the stairs."
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Election Day (New Jersey and Virginia governors)
"The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men."
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."
Thursday, November 9, 2017
"Both my mother and I were determined that we weren't going to stay on welfare. We always worked toward doing better, toward having a better life. We never had any doubts that we would."
Friday, November 10, 2017
Marine Corps Birthday
"The deadliest weapon in the world is a MARINE and his rifle!" --Gen. John Pershing
Saturday, November 11, 2017
"I am convinced that America's great sea of goodwill can be, in fact, a rising tide, a tide that could lift every veteran and every family of our wounded and fallen."
--Admiral Michael Mullen
Sunday, November 12, 2017
"If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.
Monday, November 13, 2017
"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do."
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
"The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man's foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher."
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
"Think of what you have rather than of what you lack. Of the things you have, select the best and then reflect how eagerly you would have sought them if you did not have them."
Thursday, November 16, 2017
World Philosophy Day
"Philosophy is like trying to open a safe with a combination lock: each little adjustment of the dials seems to achieve nothing, only when everything is in place does the door open."
Friday, November 17, 2017
"Flaming enthusiasm, backed by horse-sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success."
Saturday, November 18, 2017
"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any."
Sunday, November 19, 2017
World Toilet Day
"Certain things in life are more important than the usual crap that everyone strives for."
Monday, November 20, 2017
Africa Industrialization Day
"Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors."
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
World Television Day
"All television is educational television. The question is: what is it teaching? --Nicholas Johnson
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary."
Thursday, November 23, 2017
"Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours."
Friday, November 24, 2017
"Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be."
Saturday, November 25, 2017
"We ask ourselves: Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do."
Sunday, November 26, 2017
"People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it."
--George Bernard Shaw
Monday, November 27, 2017
"In order to succeed you must fail so that you know what not to do the next time."
--Anthony J. D'Angelo
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself."
Thursday, November 30, 2017
"My parents had always preached the virtues of hard work. But hard work is one thing; economic struggle is another."
Friday, December 1, 2017
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."
Saturday, December 2, 2017
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
"Human history begins with man's act of disobedience which is at the very same time the beginning of his freedom and development of his reason."
Sunday, December 3, 2017
"The history of the world is the history of a few people who had faith in themselves."
Monday, December 4, 2017
"Happy people are beautiful. They become like a mirror and they reflect that happiness."
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
"Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle."
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
"Life's too mysterious, don't take it serious."
Thursday, December 7, 2017
"No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory."
--Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Friday, December 8, 2017
"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens."
Saturday, December 9, 2017
"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans. --John Lennon
Sunday, December 10, 2017
"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."
Monday, December 11, 2017
"Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did."
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
"My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person; he believed in me."
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Chanukah/Hanukkah (first day)
"The proper response, as Hanukkah teaches, is not to curse the darkness but to light a candle."
Thursday, December 14, 2017
"You can't go around building a better world for people. Only people can build a better world for people. Otherwise it's just a cage."
Friday, December 15, 2017
"I think that my biggest attribute to any success that I have had is hard work. There really is no substitute for working hard."
Saturday, December 16, 2017
"Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action."
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Wright Brothers Day
"No flying machine will ever fly from New York to Paris."
Monday, December 18, 2017
"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
"Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods."
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
"If people knew how hard I worked to achieve my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful after all."
Thursday, December 21, 2017
"If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you."
Friday, December 22, 2017
"Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened."
Saturday, December 23, 2017
"Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work."
Sunday, December 24, 2017
"For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself."
Monday, December 25, 2017
"Peace on earth will come to stay, When we live Christmas every day."
--Helen Steiner Rice
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Kwanzaa (until Jan 1)
"The seven principles of Kwanzaa - unity, self-determinat ion, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith -- teach us that when we come together to strengthen our families and communities and honor the lesson of the past, we can face the future with joy and optimism."
--William J. Clinton
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
Thursday, December 28, 2017
"Success is often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable."
Friday, December 29, 2017
"It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings."
Saturday, December 30, 2017
"What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail? --Robert Schuller
Sunday, December 31, 2017
New Year's Eve
"An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves."
If you got this far, here's to the end of a great 2017 and start of an amazing 2018!
Here I am on the eve of the election doing what I never said I'd do (wade into the political arena), but enough of our audience has asked me for my take on the US election, which is crazy and flattering that you would even care what I think; but you asked, so here goes.
This is not going to be the article you think it is, with me analyzing candidates or talking one way or the other, but it is a real, serious look at ourselves.
Elections are one of the most emotional experiences of people's live. Logic is rarely used when it comes to political parties, candidates, certain issues, and the overall general process. There is nothing wrong with this; it is just the reality of it. I prefer to stay logical.
The other reality is that no candidate is a savior and they probably won't do, or be able to get passed, 80% of what they promise to do in their campaign. As entrepreneurs, we learn one thing really fast - we can't wait for others to do things for us. We must act, hustle, make our own luck, and make things happen. While others are worrying about what a candidate might or might not do, we are heads down figuring out how to overcome our challenges and further our businesses.
It's true that the leadership of a country can make it easier or harder for entrepreneurs to do business, but it doesn't matter, because we will succeed in spite of anything thrown in our way and will innovate where we have to, to survive and thrive.
So, the first point I want to make is, "Rely on yourself, you partners, and your team, not some political candidate."
The second, and more important point I want to make is that the real election is in your mind - every day. Each day you have to get up and choose your path, choose what you will focus on, and choose to persevere and thrive. The game is real, and all of us fortunate entrepreneurs get to play it every day. Some days are very hard, draining, and drive us close to quitting, but we know the next breakthrough comes in those times.
Successful entrepreneurs embrace the game, love the challenges and struggles it brings, and are obsessed with making our vision a reality. We don't have the luxury of promising things we know we could never provide or deliver on because we would find ourselves out of business. We have to deliver and find a way, no matter what obstacles stand in our way. And if we truly can't, we make it up; we work harder, push further, learn from our mistakes, and don't let it happen again.
It is this election, in our mind, every day, where we choose to be an entrepreneur and embrace everything that comes with it - the bad and the unbelievably fulfilling, awesome good - that makes us who we are. So ultimately, we don't need a political party or candidate. All we need is the power that lies within us and the will to act.
Make no mistake, elections have consequences. But if your candidate doesn't win, it is not the end of entire world as all of them would have you believe. The sun will rise tomorrow, after you've already been up and hustling for a few hours, and you'll get the honor of playing the game another day. Elect that.
Perseverance. You have probably heard your whole life in some form or another that perseverance is critical to success and that those that separate themselves have learned to persevere above all others.
But what does it really mean to persevere? How do you know that you have what it takes or that you can make it? It is a specific trait, skill, or trick? Or is it something else?
In reality, perseverance is not so much a tangible thing, but more than anything, an intangible conditioning of the mind. Think about the toughest people you know. The people that can get through anything or push through the barriers and walls in front of them. Think about the times in your life that you have truly pushed through a barrier. What did it feel like? Chances are you have a vivid memory of that moment or moments and the feeling you had. Nothing was going to stop you, right?
The truth is - perseverance, more than anything, lives in the mind. Its not a skill or physical trait. You make up your mind to do something, but then you take it take it further. You take it to another level. There is a point when you are truly persevering through something, that it "clicks." The switch is flipped and you know and believe that nothing will stop you, or deter you no matter what. You are unwavering and bullet proof at this point.
This catalyst is a simple decision you make in your mind.
Close you eyes and think about the last time you truly pushed through something to make it happen in your life. Can you feel that power, that unstoppable feeling that you had? Hold onto it and really concentrate on it, because you can and will be able to go to it any time you want and use it to help you.
When it comes down to it, our "beliefs lead to our thoughts, our thoughts lead to our feelings, our feelings lead to actions, and ultimately our actions lead to our results." If you take out everything but the first and last word of that sentence you get: Beliefs = Results.
If you really want to train your mind to persevere, think of it like anything in your life that you train for. Whether it is an athletic activity, becoming better in your work, or becoming a better parent, spouse, etc. It takes work, but specifically the right type of work. In order to train your mind to higher levels of perseverance, you must put it in situations where you consciously have to choose to persevere.
For example, if you are a runner and are used to running 3 miles on your runs, make a conscious choice to run 5 miles and push through the to the end. You will encounter all of the emotions you would expect and have to break through them. You will hit a wall at some point and question whether you can do this. You may even get somewhere over 3 miles or even to 4 and your mind will say, "Hey, you've made it further than you ever have, you can stop. Good job." And it will be tempting for you to do so. Your body may start to ache, you may start to feel tired, you will question everything, but it is in this moment, that you need to take over in your mind and say to yourself - "No, I am going to do this. One step in front of the other. I can make it." You will have to do this over and over until, all of a sudden, you feel it. The switch gets flipped and you know you've got it. At this point for many runners, you feel like you can just keep going and run as far as you want. You beat your wall. You raised your ability and level of what you can do. Was it because of your physical ability? No...it was because you made the decision to persevere in your mind and broke through the mental wall you need to, to reach your next level. (if you are a runner, you are nodding your head right now)
It's the same thing in any other area of your life - business, family, relationships, etc. Your mind will challenge you. It will limit you, if you let it. It is a conscious choice to break through these self-imposed barriers within your own mind. The power of conscious choice is one of the greatest gifts we have as human beings, and those that learn to truly use this in their lives gain the ultimate in personal power to persevere through anything. Be thankful you're not an ant!