Criticizing Others

Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots.
Frank Clark

Criticism is futile because it puts a person on the defensive and usually makes him strive to justify himself. Criticism is dangerous, because it wounds a person’s precious pride, hurts his sense of importance and arouses resentment.
Dale Carnegie

I’ve never criticized a person. I have criticized ideas.
Bill Gates

Constructive criticism gets old fast, but encouragement never gets old.
Dennis Swanberg

I remember when I was a child, I said something unpleasant about somebody to my father. He explained to me, “Anytime that you say something unpleasant about somebody else, you should look at yourself. It’s a reflection of you.” He told me that if I go out and look for the best in people, I’ll always get the best in return.
Richard Branson

Receiving Criticism

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with bricks that others throw at him.
David Brinkley

There has never been a big dream anywhere at any time that wasn’t called stupid by somebody.
Pat Williams

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most fools do.
Dale Carnegie

Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done and why. Then do it.
Robert Heinlein

It is not the critic who counts. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred with sweat and dust 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 worthy cause and who, if he fails, at least fails while bearing greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt

Achieve Your Dreams

Break down your problem into bits and it won’t overwhelm you. Setbacks won’t feel insurmountable. Big dreams will seem within reach.
Joe Torre

The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, and the highest vision of the soul, a waking angel stirs.
James Allen

It’s possible to lose sight of your dream when you’re working hard in the trenches. That’s why it’s important to always keep your eye on the big picture. Keep it before you as a daily reminder – for motivation, inspiration and direction.
John Maxwell

If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.
Walt Disney

Ask yourself: What would be a great thing to do with my life before I die? Whatever it is, decide to do it. If it’s more education you need, get it. If it’s more money you need, find it. Whatever you do – don’t blow the opportunities that are still before you. God is desperately trying to instill a dream into your imagination. Don’t torpedo it by saying it’s impossible.
Robert Schuller

The Secret to Happiness

The secret of happiness? Enjoy small pleasures.
Samuel Smiles

The time to be happy is now. The way to be happy is to make others so.
Robert Ingersoll

Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The enjoyment of God is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied.
Jonathan Edwards

Paraplegics and lottery winners do not differ significantly in their degree of reported happiness. If you will cease comparing yourself and your success with others and learn to attend more fully to the simple joyful moments of life, you are more likely to feel sweetly successful.
Dr. Paul Pearsall

The Adversity Advantage

People striving, being knocked down and coming back, that’s what builds character in a man.
Tom Landry

Bless you, prison, for having been in my life. The meaning of earthly existence lies, not as we have grown used to thinking, in prospering, but in the development of the soul.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Russian dissident

Adversity puts things in perspective. If you let it, it can help you focus on things that really count in your life. You can free yourself from trivialities and concentrate on what’s really important.
Pat Williams

Adversity is the breakfast of champions.
Rick Godwin

Do not believe that he who seeks to comfort you lives untroubled among the simple and quiet words that sometimes do you good. His life has much difficulty and sadness and remains far behind yours. Were it otherwise he would never have been able to find those words.
Rainer Rilke

The Power of a Plan

Theoretically all planning begins at the end. Unless you know where you want to end up it is impossible for you to really know the wisest step to take today.
Bob Biehl

Every minute spent in planning will save you two in execution.
Henry Kaiser

By making a daily plan you are instantly imposing some discipline on your time, and your actions. You lead the day rather than letting it be swept away from you. Day by day you are taking more control of your life.
Rick Pitino

Simply by arranging the next day – defining on paper what I want to accomplish – I feel that I have a head start.
Mark McCormack

Planning reduces crisis and lowers your stress; buys you a night of rest without you lying awake, thinking about tomorrow; gives you time to assess whether your schedule for tomorrow is realistic; and allows you to start each day feeling confident and ready.
Laura Stack

Have Fun

It’s when I let myself get little that I tumble head over heels into joy.
Thomas Kinkade

Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans: it’s lovely to be silly at the right moment.

Businesses focus too much on “productivity” and too little on fun. I’ve made more money by having fun than I have not having fun.
Dave Thomas

Along with everything else, you need to have fun.
Mike Krzyzewski

Laughing, singing and dancing are the fastest ways to transform worries into celebration. Having fun together will strengthen your family and foster easy, honest relationships among all of you. And as your children grow they are much more likely to enjoy being with the family if everyone is having a good time.
Judy Ford