INSPIRING PEOPLE TO LEAD UNCOMMON LIVES
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“If you want to look good in front of thousands, you have to outwork thousands in front of nobody.” - Arizona Newsletter
Who will you outwork today?
“When he took time to help the man up the mountain, lo, he scaled it himself.” - Tibetan Proverb
How are you getting to the top?
“The path of least resistance is often the path of the loser.” - H. G. Wells
Where is your path taking you?
“It is not death that a person should fear, but they should fear never beginning to live.” - Marcus Aurelius
Have you begun to live your life?
"The search for truth is, as it always has been, the noblest expression of the human spirit. Man's insatiable desire for knowledge about himself, about his environment and the forces by which he is surrounded, gives life its meaning and purpose, and clothes it with final dignity... And yet we know, deep in our hearts, that knowledge is not enough... Unless we can anchor our knowledge to moral purposes, the ultimate result will be dust and ashes - dust and ashes that will bury the hopes and monuments of men beyond recovery." - Raymond B. Fosdick, 1883-1972
“A successful person is not one who has found the right set of circumstances, but rather one who has developed the right set of attitudes.” - Dick DeVenzio
Do you have the right attitude to be successful?
“Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us.” - Jerry Wainwright
Can you see the good that could come out of a bad situation?
“Few men are of one plain, decided color; most are mixed, shaded, and blended; and vary as much, from different situations, as changeable silks do from different lights.” - Lord Chesterton
How has life blended you to achieve your goals?
Control Your Temper
There once was a little boy who had a very bad temper. His father decided to hand him a bag of nails and said that every time the boy lost his temper, he had to hammer a nail into the fence.
On the first day, the boy hammered 37 nails into that fence.
The boy gradually began to control his temper over the next few weeks, and the number of nails he was hammering into the fence slowly decreased. He discovered it was easier to control his temper than to hammer those nails into the fence.
Finally, the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father the news and the father suggested that the boy should now pull out a nail every day he kept his temper under control.
The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence.
“You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there.”
Moral of the story: Control your anger, and don’t say things to people in the heat of the moment, that you may later regret. Some things in life, you are unable to take back.
“Anger in many ways is a feast…The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself. The skeleton at the feast is you.” - Frederick Buechner
Is your temper consuming who you want to be?
“The secret of success is getting inside each different personality and getting the most out of each one.” - Don Shula
As a leader, are you able to get the most from each subordinate?
“An ancient father says that a dog we know is better company than a man whose language we do not understand.” - Montaigne
Is your language allowing other to feel you are approachable?
“There is nothing in this world constant but inconstancy.” - Jonathan Swift
Can you produce in a world of inconsistency?
“What humility does for one is it reminds us that there are people before me. I have already been paid for. And what I need to do is prepare myself so that I can pay for someone else who has yet to come but who may be here and need me.” - Maya Angelou
Are you preparing the way for others to rise?
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