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Vince Lombardi on winning / success

  • Winning isn’t everything, but the will to win is everything.
  • Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
  • Success demands singleness of purpose.
  • Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
  • It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.
  • The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.
  • The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price.
  • The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.
  • Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.
  • I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.

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The empowering wisdom of Albert Einstein

Here are a dozen quotes from perhaps our greatest, modern-day genius.

  • Imagination is more important than knowledge; for knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.
  • The important thing is not to stop questioning; curiosity has its own reason for existing.
  • Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
  • The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.
  • Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.
  • The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.
  • Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
  • Falling in love is not at all the most stupid thing that people do — but gravitation cannot be held responsible for it.
  • The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
  • Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
  • If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.

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All in the name of “progress”

  • A thousand things advance; nine hundred and ninety-nine retreat; that is progress. – Henri Frederic Amiel
  • And from the discontent of man / The world’s best progress springs – Ellia Wheeler Wilcox
  • The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends upon the unreasonable man. – George Bernard Shaw
  • The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease. The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits. – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order. – Alfred North Whitehead
  • Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game. – Johann von Goethe
  • Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out. – James Bryant Comant
  • The rule is jam tomorrow and jam yesterday – but never jam today. – Lewis Carroll
  • Today every invention is received with a cry of triumph which soon turns into a cry of fear. – Bertolt Brecht
  • There is no royal road to anything. One thing at a time, and all things in succession. That which grows slowly endures. – J.G. Holland

(ed. – No doubt our society’s creed is “All in the name of progress.” Still, once in a while, one must ask as Stanislaw Lee has: “Is it progress if a cannibal uses knife and fork?”)

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20 FAV Sir Winston Churchill quotes

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We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it has been said, it is the quality which guarantees all others.

There is only one duty, only one safe course, and that is to try to be right and not to fear to do or say what you believe to be right.

The price of greatness is responsibility.

Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge.

It’s not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what’s required.

Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.

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

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

Never, never, never give up.

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.

However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.

We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.

We shall not fail or falter. We shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of battle nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools and we will finish the job.

If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time-a tremendous whack.

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Top-Ten Emerson Insights

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This week By George Journal posted one hundred of our favourite quotations of the provocative genius Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Here are our Top Ten Emerson Insights:

  • What is success? To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty; To find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; That is to have succeeded.
  • What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matter compared to what lies within us.
  • The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck.
  • Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day.
  • Insist on yourself. Never imitate.
  • Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
  • Do not be too timid and squeamish. … All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.
  • Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.
  • Work and acquire, and thou hast chained the wheel of Chance.
  • To fill the hour, and leave no crevice … that is happiness.

As a concluding note on the week, The Ralph Waldo Emerson Institute has created a remarkable website for the purpose of providing a digital archive of the life and works of Ralph Waldo Emerson. We highly recommend it: http://www.rwe.org/

 

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Ralph Waldo Emerson (11 – 25)

Ralph Waldo Emerson has formed the core notions of many of our great intellects from the 1800’s. He influenced his American contemporaries, such as Walt Whitman, Henry David Thoreau and William James, as well as notable thinkers the stature of Friedrich Nietzsche, and more recently Harold Bloom and Barack Obama. Once asked to sum up his work, Emerson said his central thought was “the infinitude of the private man.”

Here are more of the BGJ’s 100 favourite Emerson quotes (tomorrow our top-ten RWE):

  • Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
  • Character is that which can do without success.
  • Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.
  • Self-trust is the first secret of success.
  • The one thing in the world, of value, is the active soul.
  • For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.
  • Shallow men believe in luck, wise and strong men in cause and effect.
  • Skill to do comes of doing.
  • No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.
  • He is only rich who owns the day. There is no king, rich man, fairy, or demon who possesses such power as that.
  • A day is a miniature eternity.
  • Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.
  • The only gift is a portion of thyself.
  • The only way to have a friend is to be one.
  • A friend might well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.

One side note: When Emerson befriended Henry David Thoreau, he asked Thoreau, “Do you keep a journal?” The question went on to have a lifelong inspiration for Thoreau – and today we have the benefit of reading Thoreau’s intimate evolution of personal feelings and thought. Emerson kept a journal throughout his life and his works are contained in 16 large volumes. Today’s scholars consider the journal to be Emerson’s key literary work.

 

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Ralph Waldo Emerson (26 – 50)

Through this week By George Journal is posting one hundred of our favourite quotes of Ralph Waldo Emerson – a deep, provocative 19th century author and, we believe, one of the most remarkable of thinkers of our modern age. Here are the next 25 RWE-gems to reflect upon:

  •  The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it.
  • A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
  • The first wealth is health.
  • A man’s growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.
  • Every man passes his life in the search after friendship.
  • The shoemaker makes a good shoe because he makes nothing else.
  • Sanity is very rare; every man almost, and every woman, has a dash of madness.
  • There are three wants which can never be satisfied: that of the rich, who want something more; that of the sick, who want something different; and that of the traveler, who says, “Anywhere but here.”
  • Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.
  • When there is no vision, people perish.
  • Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.
  • Speak what you think today in words as hard as cannon balls, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict everything you said today.
  • Play out the game, act well your part, and if the gods have blundered, we will not.
  • The eloquent man is he who is no beautiful speaker, but who is inwardly and desperately drunk with a certain belief.
  • Strong men greet war, tempest, hard times. They wish, as Pindar said, to tread the floors of hell, with necessities as hard as iron.
  • Every man is a borrower and a mimic; life is theatrical and literature a quotation.
  • We do not live an equal life, but one of contrasts and patchwork; now a little joy, then a sorrow, now a sin, then a generous or brave action.
  • The measure of a master is his success in bringing all men round to his opinion 20 years later.
  • Five great enemies to peace inhabit us: avarice, ambition, envy, anger and pride. If those enemies were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.
  • As a man thinketh, so is he, and as a man chooseth, so is he.
  • No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character.
  • A cynic can chill and dishearten with a single word.
  • Whatever limits us we call Fate.
  • Patience and fortitude conquer all things.
  • All the great speakers were bad speakers at first.

 

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Ralph Waldo Emerson (51 – 75)

Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, poet and lecturer. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a founding father of the Transcendentalist movement (expressed first in his 1836 essay Nature). Emerson authored dozens of published essays and conducted more than 1,500 public lectures across the U.S. through the mid-1800s.  He wrote on the core ideas of individuality, freedom, the ability for humankind to realize almost anything, and the relationship between the soul and the surrounding natural world.

Here are 25 more bons mots of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

  • Make yourself necessary to somebody.
  • With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.
  • This time, like all times, is a very good one if we but know what to do with it.
  • The wise man in the storm prays God not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear.
  • Poetry must be as new as foam, and as old as the rock.
  • The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.
  • To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.
  • Difficulties exist to be surmounted.
  • Pain, indolence, sterility, endless ennui have also their lesson for you.
  • The mob is man voluntarily descending to the nature of the beast.
  • The only reward of virtue is virtue.
  • Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
  • The world belongs to the energetic.
  • Glittering generalities! They are blazing ubiquities.
  • Hitch your wagon to a star.
  • Do the thing you fear, and the death of fear is certain.
  • Life wastes itself while we are preparing to live.
  • We are always getting ready to live, but never living.
  • Our knowledge is the amassed thought and experience of innumerable minds.
  • A friend is one before whom I may think aloud.
  • The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul.
  • Give all to love; obey thy heart.
  • All mankind love a lover.
  • All men are poets at heart.
  • Vigor is contagious, and whatever makes us either think or feel strongly adds to our power and enlarges our field of action.

 

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Ralph Waldo Emerson (76-100)

rwe_04_img0262This week the By George Journal salutes Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), who is argumentatively the greatest, modern day thinker and wordsmith of our ages. Each morning, we will bring readers remarkable quotes from this remarkable man – leading to Friday’s list of our “Top-Ten RWE Insights.”

BGJ has chosen a hundred of our favourite gems. Today, here  are 25 of our top-100 Emerson quotes.

  • We can see well into the past; we can guess shrewdly in to the future; but that which is rolled up and muffled in impenetrable folds is today.
  • Good breeding, a union of kindness and independence.
  • The secret of success in society is a certain heartiness and sympathy.
  • Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
  • We acquire the strength we have overcome.
  • Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires … courage.
  • There are some men above grief and some men below it.
  • God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please; you can never have both.
  • When a man is pushed, tormented, defeated, he has a chance to learn something; he has been put on his wits; on his manhood; he has gained the facts; learned his ignorance; is cured of the insanity of conceit; has got moderation and real skill.
  • Artists must be sacrificed to their art. Like bees, they must put their lives into the sting they give.
  • Men achieve a certain greatness unawares, when working to another aim.
  • People only see what they are prepared to see.
  • The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.
  • What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.
  • Men love to wonder and that is the seed of our science.
  • A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.
  • Sorrow makes us all children again.
  • Shall we judge a country by the majority, or by the minority? By the minority, surely.
  • For what avail the plough or sail, Or land, or life, if freedom fail?
  • We are very near to greatness: one step and we are safe; can we not take the leap?
  • We are as much informed of a writer’s genius by what he selects as by what he originates.
  • Every man supposes himself not to be fully understood or appreciated.
  • Pictures must not be too picturesque.
  • The surest poison is time.
  • It is doubtless a vice to turn one’s eyes inward too much, but I am my own comedy and tragedy.

 

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The Dalai Lama (5 memes)

These memes have appear through this past year both on By George Twitter @ByGeorgeJournal and on the BGJ Facebook page. The Dalai Lama provides inspiration and reason to pause for millions around the world. He is truly a spiritual guiding light.

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20 FAV quotes on being productive

To help get you through this Friday, here is some solid advice on getting ‘er done….

  • Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, add what is specifically your own. – Bruce Lee
  • Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The Sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus. – Alexander Graham Bell
  • Think of many things; do one. – Portuguese proverb
  • If we attend continually and promptly to the little that we can do, we shall ere long be surprised to find how little remains that we cannot do. – Samuel Butler
  • Effective performance is preceded by painstaking preparation. – Brian Tracy
  • Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ’em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it. – Theodore Roosevelt
  • Sometimes the biggest gain in productive energy will come from cleaning the cobwebs, dealing with old business, and clearing the desks—cutting loose debris that’s impeding forward motion. – David Allen
  • Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you. – Oprah Winfrey
  • The more reasons you have for achieving your goal, the more determined you will become. – Brian Tracy
  • If you see a snake, just kill it. Don’t appoint a committee on snakes. – Henry Ross Perot

Observations about being productive:

  • In the end, you are measured not by how much you undertake but by what you finally accomplished. – Donald Trump
  • Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort. – Paul J. Meyer
  • If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done. – Bruce Lee
  • Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work. – Stephen King
  • In trying to find who you are, be less destructive and more constructive. Look at art or whatever your passion is and be productive. – Nirrimi Joy Hakanson
  • It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste. – Henry Ford
  • Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest. – Leo Babauta
  • The way we measure productivity is flawed. People checking their Blackberry over dinner is not the measure of productivity. – Timothy Ferris
  • Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make. – Corita Kent
  • The enchanted day is only enchanted if we ourselves believe that anything is possible. – Mark O’Brien

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E-Book: Thoughts to Motivate and Inspire

A Day in the Life of Man is a source of personal energy

– a perfect gift for family, friends and co-workers

 

 

For Chris George, remarkable quotes and verse help to put life into perspective – the magic and mysteries of our world and of man are translated through poignant thought. So, it is his personal obsession to find the right phrase that spawned this collection of thought to motivate and inspire people through their daily routines, challenges and relationships.

 

A Day in the Life of Man – Sustenance for the Soul is a moving collection of verse, thoughts and quotes that takes the reader through an average day – from dawn to dusk. Page by page, as one experiences his day, the assortment of thoughts will encourage reflection and reawaken hope and draw energy from within.

 

“This book is for everyone who wants to make the most of themselves and of their day,” says Chris George. “The collection of thought teaches essential lessons of life, it provides support for the trials of the day, and it will offer comfort to a soul that is ever-stretching.”

 

“We live in a complicated world, with events that often make little sense and push us back into ourselves for answers. At the same time, we are social beings wanting to make connections and share life’s experiences. This book helps to draw lines of rationality, dot to dot,” says George.

 

A Day in the Life of Man – Sustenance for the Soul is released as an e-book, available as a pdf.  Your $5 payment can be made on-line through PayPal, accessed in Our E-Bookshelf.

 

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Margaret Thatcher – on success

Margaret Thatcher’s musings have provided motivation for many around the world. Here’s a favourite on the topic of success:

 

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.

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For more bons mots, click on the By George Journal tags of motivation and inspirational. Also, in Our E-Bookshelf, you can obtain Our 1000 FAV Quotes, a compilation of the best of the best FAV quotes.

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Quotes to Motivate

Here are ten great motivational quotes we saw yesterday on our Twitter feed – @ByGeorgeJournal.

  1. That which does not kill us makes us stronger. – Friedrich Nietzsche
  2. Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies. – Robert Kennedy
  3. The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work. – Vince Lombardi
  4. You have three choices in any situation; the sooner you choose, the less stress you’ll feel: change, accept or leave. – Anonymous
  5. Don’t speak unless you can improve on the silence. – Spanish Proverb
  6. Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once. – William Shakespeare
  7. Kites rise highest against the wind — not with it. – Sir Winston Churchill
  8. You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them. – Michael Jordan
  9. The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination. – Carl Rogers
  10. Where you start is not as important as where you finish. – Zig Ziglar

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Bons Mots for a Rewarding Life

A few of our favourite bons mots at By George….

  • Strive for excellence, not perfection. – Jackson Brown Jr.
  • We have to do the best we can. This is our sacred human responsibility. – Albert Einstein
  • Live this day as if it were your last. The past is gone. The future is not guaranteed. – Dr. Wayne Dyer
  • It your attitude, not your aptitude, that will determine your altitude. – Zig Ziglar
  • People may not remember what you did, nor will they remember what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel. – Unknown
  • You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him. – Audrey Hepburn
  • Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living the other helps you make a life. – Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Never mistake motion for action. – Ernest Hemingway
  • A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. – Ayn Rand
  • The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination. – Tommy Lasorda
  • Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. – Maria Robinson
  • The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work. – Oprah Winfrey
  • Tough times never last, but tough people do. – Dr. Robert Schuller
  • The only thing you can control is your character. – Dr. Wayne Dyer
  • We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give. – Winston Churchill

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25 Remarkable Quotes to Motivate

Brian Vaszily, founder and editor in chief of IntenseExperiences.com, has provided us with his 25 greatest motivational quotes. Here they are (counted down to Vaszily’s #1 selection):

25) Many of the things you can count, don’t count. Many of the things you can’t count, really count. – Albert Einstein

24) Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. – Carl Jung

23) It is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich. – Henry Ward Beecher

22) He who cannot forgive others destroys a bridge over which he himself must pass. – George Herbert

21) It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are. – e.e. cummings

20) In order to be effective truth must penetrate like an arrow — and that is likely to hurt. – Wei Wu Wei

19) It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. – Harry Truman

18) The longer you stay in one place, the greater your chance of disillusionment. – Art Spander

17) The dreamers are the saviors of the world. – James Allen

16) I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am in. – The Bible, Phillipians 4:11

15) Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. – Howard Thurman

14) It is never too late to be what you might have been. – George Eliot

13) Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.

12) What may be done at any time will be done at no time. – Scottish Proverb

11) The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you. – – John E. Southard

10) How does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar. – Trina Paulus

9) In times like these it helps to recall there have always been times like these. – Paul Harvey

8  Say what you want to say when you have the feeling and the chance. My greatest regrets are the things I did not do, the opportunities missed and the things unsaid. – Jim Keller

7) We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us. – Rabindranth Tagore

6) You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can’t have it. – Robert Anthony

5) If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be too cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down. – Annie Dillard

4) The true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good. – Ann Landers

3) Pain is inevitable, but misery is optional. We cannot avoid pain, but we can avoid joy. – Tim Hansel

2) The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

1) The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it. – Henry David Thoreau

 

SOURCE:  http://www.intenseexperiences.com/brian-vaszily.html

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10 bons mots of Theodore Roosevelt

President_Theodore_Roosevelt,_1904American President Theodore Roosevelt was a great motivator with many inspirational insights into attaining a solid work ethic and a purposeful life. Here are ten of his most remarkable bons mots.

 

“Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.”

“Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.”

“The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight.”

“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

“Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

“Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.”

“Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster.”

“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”

“The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.”

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

 

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Tips for starting your week / your day

So, you hit the office with a full cup of coffee, look at the desk and sigh. It’s a few minutes before 8:00, you have A LOT to do and no motivation to get started.

Here’s an effective way to start your week off… to start each day.

  1. Make a List – write down on a piece of paper everything you need to get done down (keep this list in front of you at all times).
  2. Pick the “low-hanging fruit.” Take the first 15 minutes and do the easiest, fastest things on your list (i.e. a quick e-mail or short v-mail). After 15 minutes, take a minute to refocus on your list, with all the completed items scratched off.
  3. Turn off all distractions. Switch off your phone, e-mail alert and close your door. Pick the item on your list that is the priority and put your head down to work for 45 – 60 minutes.
  4. Take a 10-minute break and repeat this process, re-evaluating your list about four times through the day. Before long you will feel better about the work before you and more comfortable knowing you are accomplishing what needs to be done.

 

Chris George, providing reliable PR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer or experienced communicator? 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.

 

Happy 90th B-day Queen Elizabeth

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Well, well, look who is trending on social media today! Warmest wishes to our Queen Elizabeth, who is a glorious 90 years young.

Here are 5 of our FAV memes reciting memorable quotes from Queen Elizabeth II.

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For those fans of this wonderful lady, here is a great collection of photos of the Queen through her 90 years.

Chris George, providing reliable PR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer and experienced communicator? Call 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.

 

 

Tough-Minded Optimism

Recently, William C. Taylor, cofounder of Fast Company magazine, had a provocative piece in the Harvard Business Review entitled, “Why the Future Belongs to Tough-Minded Optimists

 

Taylor was not talking about wide-eyed optimism, but rather as American writer and civic reformer John Gardner has famously coined the perspective, a “tough-minded optimism” that is a mix of original ideas, deep convictions, and an ability to accept change.  Gardner’s most famous insight is that “The future is not shaped by people who don’t really believe in the future. It is created by highly motivated people, by enthusiasts, by men and women who want something very much or believe very much.”

 

So, Taylor has observed that successful people and leaders have often developed compelling answers to four questions that get to the heart of what lifts their spirits and heightens their performance, and what rallies others to help them succeed.

 

Here are Taylor’s four questions of tomorrow’s leaders, whether we are speaking of individuals, or companies, or organizations.

 

Do you have a definition of success for your business that allows you to stand for something special and that inspires others to stand with you?

The most successful companies don’t just sell competitive products and services; they stand for important ideas, ideas that shape the future direction of their fields, ideas that reshape the sense of what’s possible for customers, colleagues, and investors.

 

Do you and your colleagues work as distinctively as you compete?

The most successful leaders and organizations think differently from everyone else. But they also care more than everyone else — about customers, about colleagues, about how the whole organization conducts itself in a world with so many opportunities to cut corners and compromise on values. It’s good to be efficient and professional; it’s essential to be memorable and meaningful.

 

Are you as consistent as you are creative?

Management guru Jim Collins puts it this way: “The signature of mediocrity is not an unwillingness to change. The signature of mediocrity is chronic inconsistency.” If you want to be a tough-minded optimist, then your priorities have to stay consistent in good times and in bad.

 

Have you figured out how your company’s history can help to shape its future?

The most optimistic leaders don’t disavow what’s come before. Instead, they reinterpret what’s come before as a way to develop a line of sight into what comes next. Sometimes, the very act of rediscovering the past creates the confidence necessary to craft a game plan for the future.

 

To read the full article by William Taylor, click this link to take you to the Harvard Business Review

 

Chris George, providing reliable PR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer and experienced communicator? Call 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.