Working hard is fun. It’s more fun, of course, when I reach my goal and obtain some real results. That makes the work very sweet and the feeling of accomplishment very fulfilling. Working hard also forces a discipline upon me and makes me respect the need to work hard and smart in order to achieve what I want.
Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.
Generally, nothing is more dangerous to a person than success without achievement.
The harder I work, the luckier I get.
I am a great believer in luck and the harder I work the more I have of it.
Work is the greatest thing in the world….so save some for tomorrow.
Another flaw in human character is that everybody wants to build
and few of us want to do maintenance.
There is no thrill quite like doing something you didn't know you could do.
After many years of researching the “Luck Factor,” I have determined that you might get some
of it if you adopt the traits, attitudes and behavior of lucky people, which are:
1. Diligently and passionately learn all you can about your chosen field.
2. Be gregarious.
3. Develop a wide network of friends and acquaintances.
4. Be prepared to take chances.
5. Develop and make use of your intuition.
6. Be prepared to work hard.
Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from praise of people, but from doing something worthwhile.
The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Celebrate what you’ve accomplished, but raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed.
“And then some”
These three little words are the secret to success. They are the difference between average people and great people.
Great people always do what is expected….and then some. They are thoughtful of others; they are considerate and kind….and then some.
Great people meet their obligations and responsibilities fairly and squarely….and then some. They are good friends and helpful neighbors….and then some. They can be counted on in an emergency….and then some.
I am thankful for people like this, for they make the world more livable. Their spirit of service is summed up in these three little words….and then some.
The Difference Between Baseball and Football
Baseball is a nineteenth-century pastoral game.
Football is a twenty-first century technological struggle.
Baseball is played on a diamond….in a park.
Football is played on a gridiron….in a stadium….some with names like Soldier Field or War Memorial Stadium.
Baseball begins in the spring….the season of new life.
Football begins in the fall….when everything is dying.
In baseball, you wear a cap. In football, you wear a helmet.
Baseball is concerned with ups. Football is concerned with downs.
In baseball, you make an error. In football, you get a penalty.
Football has hitting, clipping, spearing, blocking, piling on, late hitting, unnecessary roughness and personal fouls.
Baseball has some players making a sacrifice.
In football, they play in any kind of weather….rain, sleet, snow, hail, mud
….the struggle will continue.
In baseball, if it rains….they don’t come out to play.
Baseball has a seventh-inning stretch. Football has a two-minute warning.
Baseball has no time limit. We don’t know when it is going to end.
We might even have extra innings.
Football is rigidly timed and it will end even if we have to go into sudden death.
In football, the objective is for the quarterback, otherwise known as the field general, to be on target with his aerial assault, riddling the defense by hitting his receivers with deadly accuracy in spite of the blitz even if he has to use the shotgun. With bullet passes and long bombs, he marches his troops into enemy territory balancing the aerial assault with a sustained ground attack which punches holes in the forward wall of the enemy’s defensive line.
In baseball, the objective is to go home….and to be safe. It’s all about being safe at home!
Stopping at third base adds nothing to the score.
Getting something done is an accomplishment.
Getting something done right is an achievement.
There are some people who only see what is.
There are others who dream of what could be.
And then there are those who have the determination,
the motivation and the means to make such dreams come true.
“There is no use trying. One can’t believe impossible things.”
The Queen replied….
“I dare say you haven’t had much practice. When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
What we need is more people who specialize in the impossible.
People can be categorized in many ways, but I have found the most useful distinction is to be made between people who devote their lives to conjugating the verb “to be,” and people who devote their lives to conjugating the verb “to have.”
Sydney J. Harris
The best place to find helping hands is at the end of your own arms.
Test fast….fail fast….adjust fast.
And in those days, behold, there came through the gates of the city a salesman from afar off, and it came to pass as the day went by he sold plenty.
And in that city were they that were the order takers and they that spent their days in adding to the alibi sheets. Mightily were they astonished. They said one to the other, “What the heck. How doth he getteth away with it?” And it came to pass that many were gathered in the back office and a soothsayer came among them. And he was one wise guy. And they spoke and questioned him saying, “How is it that this stranger accomplished the impossible?”
Whereupon the soothsayer made answer: “He of whom you speak is one hustler. He ariseth very early in the morning and goeth forth full of pep. He complaineth not, neither doth he know despair. He is arrayed in purple and fine linen, while ye go forth with pants unpressed.”
“While ye gather here and say one to the other, ‘Verily this is a terrible day to work,’ he is already abroad. And when the eleventh hour cometh, he needeth no alibis. He knoweth his line, and they that would stave him off, they give him orders. People say unto him ‘Nay’ when he cometh in, yet when he goeth forth he hath their names on the line that is dotted.”
“He taketh with him the two angels ‘inspiration’ and ‘perspiration’ and worketh to beat hell. Verily I say unto you, go and do likewise.”
It isn’t money or brains that separates successful and unsuccessful people. It’s confidence. And what creates confidence is three things:
being prepared, having experience, and never giving up.
Some people dream of success
….while others wake up and work hard to achieve it.
Success doesn't come to you….you go to it.
To succeed in life you need three things:
….a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.
Aim at the sun.
You may not reach it,
but you will fly higher than if you had never aimed at all.
The seven steps to stagnation:
We've never done it that way.
We're not ready for that.
We are doing all right without trying that.
We tried it once before.
We don't have money for that.
It's not our job.
Something like that can't work.
Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with joy, but only with distaste….it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms from them who work with joy.
I don't want to know why I can't do it. I want to know how I can do it.
You can get a lot accomplished
….if you don’t care who gets the credit.
Harry S. Truman
Victory is not won in miles, but in inches.
Win a little now….hold your ground….and later win a little more.
What we think or what we know or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence.
The only thing of consequence is what we do.
Just go out there and do what you've got to do.
You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; and just so, you learn to love by loving. All those who think to learn in any other way deceive themselves.
Francis of Sales
How to get it done:
Fix it….clean it….or get rid of it.
Set a goal and set a deadline.
Focus. Focus. Focus.
Do one thing each day to reach your goal.
Stop blaming people and events for your problems or obstacles.
Expect the best of people.
Remember that there is more good than bad.
Stop being afraid….to start, to succeed, to fail.