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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.


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.


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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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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


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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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Kaufmann on a life of intensity

running-feet_2Walter Kaufmann believed that there is an urgency in life and expressing oneself or, at least, there should be. The full significance of this urgency is captured is the following excerpt:


     Let people who do not know what to do with themselves in this life, but fritter away their time hope for eternal life. If one lives intensely, the time comes when sleep seems bliss. If one loves intensely, the time comes when death seems bliss… The life I want is a life I could not endure in eternity. It is a life of love and intensity, suffering and creation… As one deserves a good night’s sleep, one also deserves to die. Why should I hope to wake again? To do what I have not done in the time I’ve had? All of us have so much more time than we use well… Lives are spoiled and made rotten by the sense that death is distant and irrelevant… But it makes for a better life if one has a rendezvous with death… There is nothing morbid about thinking and speaking of death. Those who disparage honesty do not know its joy.

– from The Faith of a Heretic, by Walter Kaufmann.


In his book Socrates Café, Chris Phillips describes the impact this passage had on his life quest.


     Kaufmann’s words made me realize not how short and precious life is, but how unbearably long and meaningless much of my life had seemed to me. And they made me realize how inexcusable it was for me to have allowed my life to take on such soporific dimensions by abandoning my search for meaning.


Chris Phillips is an American writer and modern day philosopher, author of the best-sellers Socrates Café and Six Questions of Socrates. For anyone wishing to dive deep into the questions of being and self-expression, these provocative books are a #must_read


Walter Kaufmann (1921 – 1980) is a German philosopher, primarily known for his scholarly works of Friedrich Nietzsche and Goethe’s Faust.



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Motivational Verse: The Victor

If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you like to win but think you can’t,
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost.
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will.
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you are out classed, you are.
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of your-self before
You can ever win the prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man.
But sooner or later, the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.


The Victor was written by C.W. Longenecker. There is a great sports-related YouTube video that effectively captures this verse… go here.


If you have a few more minutes, or you need that extra kick in the behind, click through these unforgettable motivational clips:


Any Given Sunday – Al Pacino’s Pre-Game Speech


Rocky Balboa’s inspirational speech


“You were born for this” – Herb Brooks in the movie Miracle



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7 Harsh Realities to Face Today

By George recently read an advice column for millennials which can easily apply to most people today who find themselves hiding comfortably within the herd mentality of political correctness. Tyler Durden wrote 7 Harsh Realities Of Life Millennials Need To Understand. His lead taunted the youth of today:

It’s time millennials understood these 7 harsh realities of life so we don’t end up with a generation of gutless adult babies running the show.

However, his advice can be instructive for many Canadians and By George offers this excerpt from the original column to prompt a re-think of all those things many now take for granted or are accepting as truth.


1. Your Feelings Are Largely Irrelevant

Given feelings are entirely subjective in nature, it’s completely unreasonable to demand everyone tip-toe around you to prevent yours from being hurt. The reality is that people will offend you and hurt your feelings, and they won’t stop to mop up your tears because they shouldn’t have to. Learning to accept criticism, alternative viewpoints, and even outright insults will make you happier in the long run than routinely playing the victim card.


2. You Cannot Be Whatever You Want To Be

This is a comforting lie parents have started telling their children to boost their morale in school. Unfortunately, millennials are now convinced it’s true,


3. Gender Studies Is A Waste Of Money

While some millennials taking useless degrees will claim they’re beneficial for teaching or research positions, the reality is that they just put themselves several thousands dollars in debt to learn how to be a professional victim.


4. If You Live In America, You’re Already In The 1%


5. You Don’t Have A Right To It Just Because You Exist

Just because you’re here and breathing doesn’t mean society owes you anything. Like the billions of people who lived before you, working hard is a better guarantor of wealth and the ability to comfortably take care of yourself than begging society or the government to do it for you.


6. You DO Have The Right To Live As You Please — But Not To Demand People Accept It

You don’t have the right to demand people keep their opinions about your lifestyle to themselves, especially if you’re open and public about it. I have as much of a right to comment on the way you live your life as you do to actually live it. Your feelings are not a protected right, but my speech is.


7. The Only Safe Space Is Your Home

No matter where you go in life, someone will be there to offend you. Maybe it’s a joke you overheard on vacation, a spat at the office, or a difference of opinion with someone in line at the grocery store. Inevitably, someone will offend you and your values. If you cannot handle that without losing control of your emotions and reverting back to your “safe space” away from the harmful words of others, then you’re best to just stay put at home.


Read Tyler Durden’s full column in Zero Hedge news.


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It’s not the critic who counts

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Perhaps one of the most motivational sayings is that of Theodore Roosevelt’s “It’s not the critic who counts.”

Through life there are many nay-sayers, but Teddy Roosevelt wisely points out that a man who acts, who presses forward in the face of criticism and failure, is a man who lives and has no regrets.

It’s not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or when the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worth cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at the worst if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.

This passage is from a speech delivered by the 26th President of the USA in Paris in 1910. Click here to read the full speech.

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10 Motivating Thoughts

“How can you squander even one more day not taking advantage of the greatest shifts of our generation? How dare you settle for less when the world has made it so easy for you to be remarkable?” – Seth Godin

“Don’t bunt. Aim out of the park. Aim for the company of immortals.” – David Ogilvy

“Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you it can’t be done. Life’s too short to think small.” – Tim Ferriss

“If you’re looking for the next big thing, and you’re looking where everyone else is, you’re looking in the wrong place.” – Mark Cuban

“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” – Tony Robbins

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Peter Drucker

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about.” – Benjamin Franklin

“It’s quite fun to do the impossible.” – Walt Disney

“New ideas are sometimes found in the most granular details of a problem where few others bother to look.” – Nate Silver

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” – Dr. Seuss


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Timothy Farris quotes on life

Timothy Farris is many things to many people – and he seems to be everywhere as author, entrepreneur, blogger, podcaster, public speaker, charity advocate, health guru and multiple business award winner. Much like one of his insightful quips – “Life is too short to be small” – Farris is often larger than life. His observations provide one good reason to pause.

Here are 20 of By George’s favourite Timothy Farris quotes on life.

  • The question you should be asking isn’t, “What do I want?” or “What are my goals?” but “What would excite me?
  • Excitement is the more practical synonym for happiness, and it is precisely what you should strive to chase. It is the cure-all.
  • When you try to do something big it’s hard to fail completely.
  • What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.
  • Many a false step was made by standing still.
  • Someday is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you.
  • The goal is not to simply eliminate the bad, but to pursue and experience the best in the world.
  • For all their bitching about what’s holding them back, most people have a lot of trouble coming up with the defined dreams they’re being held from.
  • Remember—boredom is the enemy, not some abstract “failure.
  • Age doesn’t matter: an open mind does.
  • If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.
  • Role models who push us to exceed our limits, physical training that removes our spare tires, and risks that expand our sphere of comfortable action are all examples of eustress—stress that is healthful and the stimulus for growth.
  • It’s lonely at the top. Ninety-nine percent of people in the world are convinced they are incapable of achieving great things, so they aim for the mediocre. The level of competition is thus fiercest for ‘realistic’ goals, paradoxically making them the most time and energy-consuming.
  • Most people are fast to stop you before you get started but hesitate to get in the way if you’re moving.
  • You are the average of the five people you associate with most, so do not underestimate the effects of your pessimistic, unambitious, or disorganized friends. If someone isn’t making you stronger, they’re making you weaker.
  • A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.
  • The bottom line is that you only have the rights you fight for.
  • People are fond of using the its not what you know, its who you know adage as an excuse for inaction, as if all successful people are born with powerful friends.
  • $1,000,000 in the bank isn’t the fantasy. The fantasy is the lifestyle of complete freedom it supposedly allows.
  • To enjoy life, you don’t need fancy nonsense, but you do need to control your time and realize that most things just aren’t as serious as you make them out to be.


3 “Must-Haves” for Success

Successful people think differently and, in doing so, approach their days differently. They all possess three key thoughts that make a huge impact on their ability to succeed.

1.  Successful people all have a purpose. The clearer you can see your target, the more likely you are to hit it. High performers do not do things “just because”, abut on purpose, with a purpose. When you know why you do what you do, you will have more power to do it.

2.  They choose a positive attitude. One of the most important decisions you make every day is the attitude you are going to have when you walk out your door. As Sir Winston Churchill put it, “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”

3.  And they recommit to their course every single day. One reason the average person doesn’t achieve their goals is because life catches up to them and they allow “things” and “stuff” to keep them from the things they want to do. Start each day by thinking the thoughts of Henry Moore: “I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the year’s.” Every day, recommit to the things that matter most and picture in your mind’s eye your end goal many times each day.

There’s more to read in By George Journal on “success“.


As you will have read through the last couple of weeks, By George Journal is posting a series of instructive articles entitled “#onwardupward” to help us all prepare for our post-Labour Day challenges. Look for our daily articles and a special feature on this series on the holiday weekend.

(ed. – This is a repost and it first appeared in the BGJ in July 2014.)

5-sure-ways to get more out of your day

1. Get Out of Bed Earlier: Get up 30-60 minutes earlier each day and take that extra time to do something important – before the daily grind. Set your thoughts and your attitude for the day by reading, exercising, planning.

2. Tackle the Important Tasks First: Make “to-do lists” and prioritize your tasks. Set a specific amount of time aside, focus your attention, and stay locked on the important task(s). Smaller, less urgent tasks can wait… concentrate for the full amount of the time allotted the tasks(s).

3. Stop Checking Email/Twitter/Facebook etc Regularly: Control your impulses and curiousity to check your e-mail, etc. Don’t check your connections first thing – and set a schedule to check them only 2-3 times a day. Set specific time aside to deal with e-mails, etc.

4. Reduce Interruptions: During your “productive” time slots, keep your door close. Resist any social media or procrastinating activities. Let your calls go to voicemail. Share your need for privacy with your co-workers.

5. Make Time for Yourself at the End of the Day: Free up 20 or 30 minutes every evening. Spend this bit of extra time on something important to you. Relax your mind with a pleasurable pursuit.

By George Journal is presenting a series of instructive articles entitled “#onwardupward” to help our readers prepare and be better motivated to meet their post-Labour Day challenges. (This article was first published in the Journal in September 2012.)  Look for daily post through the up-coming weeks.

10 self-motivating thoughts

By George presents a short list of constructive thoughts to repeat to yourself so that you might make the most of your day. These positive, motivating ideas will help you reconnect with your passion(s) about what it is you do best and all those things you wish to do better.

  1. Write your most important goal(s) down and be sure to look at it (at least) five times a day. Repeat your goal(s) to yourself when thinking of your next activity.
  2. Constantly picture yourself beyond your current circumstances. Dream of where you will be once you have succeeded in what you are doing.
  3. Spend your time around those who lift you up and encourage your vision, not belittle it. Pick your company wisely.
  4. Treat others how you want to be treated. Make every person you come in contact with feel good and you will get this treatment in return.
  5. Eat (and drink) to win. Eat healthy; stay away from junk food. Hydrate with water; drink less soda and/or alcohol.
  6. Exercise daily. Get a workout in at some point throughout your day. It gets your blood pumping and recharges your brain activity.
  7. Read something besides work-related materials 15-20 minutes daily. Just as our bodies need physical exercise, our minds need to stay mentally fit.
  8. Spend time in solitude to just think and visualize – and be sure to cut off all distractions. Think about yourself and who you wish to become. Forget your FB or text messages.
  9. Daily, think of five things you are grateful for… Be grateful for what you have and you will eventually end up having more.
  10. Keep a journal. Each day, record your thoughts, ideas and strategies.

In the days ahead By George Journal  will be posting inspirational and motivational articles to help our readership get in the right frame of mind for their post-Labour Day challenges. We will be referring to this series a “#onwardupward”. Check back with us right through Labour Day for posts to guide you through a full 360 degree review of your work goals and habits. In the end, it is hoped you will be better prepared and motivated to meet your challenges through the Fall months.