Quotes for Motivation

How about a list of good quotes about “sticking to it”? Here are a few that are worthy of posting … Fall seven times; stand up eight. Japanese proverb You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you. Joseph Campbell The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now. Chinese Proverb Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. Theodore Roosevelt I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. Jimmy Dean For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else. Ralph Waldo Emerson I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day. James Joyce Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. Epicurus Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else. Judy Garland How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. Anne Frank The mind can make a heaven out of hell or a hell out of heaven. John Milton Try not to become a man of success but a man of value. Albert Einstein The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet. …

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Olympic Lesson on Success

I was impressed by this recent article on American athlete’s success at Vancouver (from the Wall Street Journal of all places). A few things impressed me … 1. How little money was spent to target a “medals race” and yet how much success the team is having … particularly in events not usually dominated by American athletes. 2. How Bode Miller is crediting the ski team’s successful run with a more aggressive and exciting attitude toward their sport. He says, “The inspiration level is climbing. They see teammates on the podium and they want that, too. It?s not necessarily the result, but they want to be smiling, they want to ski inspired. You?re seeing a result you haven?t seen from the U.S. in a long time, or ever.” 3. The USOC (United States Olympic Committee) didn’t “over promise and under deliver”. The ATHLETES are delivering in a way that is exciting and fun for us to participate with. Thank goodness the USOC kept their mouths shut and let the athletes do the talking. All of this inspires in a way that I think we all need right now. It’s not ALL about the money even though it is an important part. It’s MORE about passion and risk taking. Shut up and DO the work. Good things CAN happen. And OFTEN do when approached the right way.

Will Curiosity Kill My Brain?

I was listening to a podcast recently that mentioned the number of books in the Library of Congress in relation to what we can actually take in. The numbers were a bit old and a bit off. As best as I can tell there are now over 30 million cataloged books ? but over 140 million total items. You would have to read well over 5,000 of those items every day for 70 years to consume it all. Insane. Reading one book every week (close to my current average) for 50 years (close to what?s left of my current life expectancy) would only get me through about 2,600 of those books. It really begs the question of prioritizing activity and media choices. Is it worth trying to get through EVERYTHING I possibly can. I believe it makes more sense to really dig deep in a few areas that are of the most value. Happiness and fulfillment topping that list.