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10 Lessons on Life shared by Billionaires

Forbes Magazine catalogues priceless words of wisdom and Forbes staff Keren Blankfeld has done a very great job in compiling a must-read list of life observations in her piece: Billionaires To Graduates: All-Time Best Advice From Their Commencement Speeches

The following list is the top 10 lessons successful business people have shared in commencement speeches to graduating classes:


  1. Life is short.

“As you graduate, can you ask yourselves to live as if you had eleven days left? I don’t mean blow everything off and party all the time— although tonight is an exception. I mean live with the understanding of how precious every single day would be. How precious every day actually is.” – Sheryl Sandberg, UC Berkeley 2016


“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs, Stanford 2005


“Always remember that the moments we have with friends and family, the chances we have to do things that might make a big difference in the world, or even to make a small difference to someone you love — all those wonderful chances that life gives us, life also takes away. It can happen fast, and a whole lot sooner than you think.” – Larry Page, University of Michigan 2009


  1. Be present.

“Being present is smarter, funnier and undeniably more attractive. When you’re right here, right now, you notice things. You notice the nuance and expressions of the people around you. You notice the things that might make you a new friend or get you hired or even give you a chance of hooking up. You notice today and how wonderful it is. You noticed the people around you might not be as lucky as you are and the people who work their asses off to make sure you succeed.” – Chris Sacca, University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management 2011


  1. Be bold and take risks.

“I will hazard a prediction. When you are 80 years old, and in a quiet moment of reflection narrating for only yourself the most personal version of your life story, the telling that will be most compact and meaningful will be the series of choices you have made. In the end, we are our choices. Build yourself a great story.” – Jeff Bezos, Princeton University 2010


  1. Embrace failure and learn from it.

“It doesn’t matter how far you might rise…. If you’re constantly pushing yourself higher, 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.” – Oprah Winfrey, Harvard University 2013


“I have always believed and I have taught my children and grandchildren that great success is not built on success. It is built on failure, frustration and sometimes even calamity.” – Sumner Redstone, Northwestern University 2002


  1. Be of service: make the world better.

“In the course of your lives, without any plan on your part, you’ll come to see suffering that will break your heart. When it happens, and it will, don’t turn away from it; turn toward it. That is the moment when change is born.” – Melinda Gates, Stanford 2014


  1. Use your imagination.

“Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.” – J.K. Rowling, Harvard University 2008 (former billionaire)


  1. When a great dream shows up, follow it.

“I dreamed of doing it and finally I achieved it and that is when I came to realize that fantasizing, projecting yourself into a successful situation is the most powerful means there is of achieving personal goals.” – Leonard Lauder, Connecticut College 1989


“Overall, I know it seems like the world is crumbling out there, but it is actually a great time in your life to get a little crazy, follow your curiosity, and be ambitious about it. Don’t give up on your dreams. The world needs you all!” – Larry Page, University of Michigan 2009


  1. Be flexible.

“You don’t need a grand plan. Whatever plan you do have is probably going to change 100 times before you’re 30. And you don’t need to be an expert in something to try it.” – Michael Bloomberg, University of North Carolina 2012


  1. Work hard and be irrepressible.

“Irrepressible is kind of tenacious, but with optimism. You just have it in you. You keep going and going. You could say, isn’t that the same as passion. It’s not. Passion is the ability to get excited about something. Irrepressibility and tenacity is about the ability to stay with it.” – Steve Ballmer, University of Southern California 2011


“It is the hard days — the times that challenge you to your very core — that will determine who you are.You will be defined not just by what you achieve, but by how you survive.” – Sheryl Sandberg, UC Berkeley 2016


  1. Don’t let money drive you.

“The truth is, I’ve never cared for money. I realize that sounds strange coming from a billionaire, and I recognize that many people do work for money, but I would wager that those who become extremely successful are more strongly motivated by the desire to achieve, by a commitment to excellence and by an obsessive drive to win.” – Sumner Redstone, Northwestern University 2002


Read the full Forbes article here:  Billionaires To Graduates: All-Time Best Advice From Their Commencement Speeches

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Monday morning thought on “Creativity”

Creativity is paradoxical. To create, a person must have knowledge but forget the knowledge, must see unexpected connections in things but not have a mental disorder, must work hard but spend time doing nothing as information incubates, must create many ideas yet most of them are useless, must look at the same thing as everyone else, yet see something different, must desire success but embrace failure, must be persistent but not stubborn, and must listen to experts but know how to disregard them.

This reflection of creativity is from Michael Michalko, author of Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative Thinking Techniques and Creative thinking: Putting your Imagination to Work.

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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


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


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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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.


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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Happy 90th B-day Queen Elizabeth


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.










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

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Gardner’s 10 Steps Towards Success

Chris Gardner, today 62, is an American entrepreneur, investor, stockbroker, motivational speaker, author, and philanthropist who, during the early 1980s, struggled with homelessness while raising his toddler son, Christopher, Junior.  Gardner’s fortunes changed however, when he wrote a book of memoirs, The Pursuit of Happyness, first published in 2006. Today, he is CEO of his own stockbrokerage firm and resides between Chicago and Toronto.

Gardner has written much on his personal journey and has assembled ten steps towards success. Here are his rules.

Step 1: Commit to Plan A
When you are trying to do something that you are truly passionate about, there is no Plan B. Plan B sucks.

Step 2: Put family first

Step 3: Decide to be world-class
Strive to be the best you can be in what you are doing and be persistent.

Step 4: Have self-worth
Never confuse your net worth with your self-worth. Your net worth can fluctuate up and down but your self-worth should not. Who you are and your values, should never be negotiable, compromised and should never settle.

Step 5: Keep your team motivated
You have to respect those around you, let them grow and trust them. Then, you have to leave them alone.

Step 6: Change is necessary
Change is absolutely necessary for personal growth and it’s going to happen.

Step 7: Baby steps count
Baby steps count as long as you’re going forward.

Step 8: Follow your passion
Life is short. If you are doing something that you are not fully committed to, if you are doing something you are not passionate about, you are compromising yourself every day.

Step 9: Do whatever it takes
If you have a goal, if you have a dream, go after it. Don’t let anything stand in your way.

Step 10: Start where you are
Start from where you are and take those necessary steps to help you live your passion.

(ed. – Source http://www.leadgrowdevelop.com/chris-gardners-top-ten-rules-for-success-week-long-motivation-series-part-5/ )


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