The Downside of Success

I had everything, from flights on Concord to the best hotels. Everything but love. And I was very lonely.
Boris Becker

When you first sign that contract as a kid, they tell you your whole future is ahead of you. But they forget to tell you that your future stops at 35.
Hal Jeffocat

I won three Super Bowls. I just feel like there’s something more out there.
Tom Brady

Prosperity makes few friends.
Marquis de Vauvenargues

A few years ago I was rubbing genius dust off my shoulder, and suddenly I’ve become the biggest blooming idiot in the league. That’s part of the scoreboard mentality.
Sam Wyche


As surely as God is good, so surely there is no such thing as necessary evil.
Robert Southey

Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of the wicked, for the evil man has no future hope, and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.
Proverbs 24:19-20

Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it.
Baltasar Gracián

Once we assuage our conscience by calling something a “necessary evil,” it begins to look more and more necessary and less and less evil.
Sydney Harris

Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
1 Peter 3:9


If you have nothing in life but a great friend, you’re rich.
Michelle Kwan

Bad company corrupts good character.
1 Corinthians 15:33

Winning has always meant much to me, but winning friends has meant the most.
Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Friendships are valuable. If your partner is also your best friend, that’s invaluable. I just made Barbara smile.
Jack Nicklaus

The Adversity Advantage

Many a rich father wishes he knew how to give his sons the hardships that made him rich.
Robert Frost

I feel sorry for rich kids now because they’re never going to have the opportunity I had. I don’t think I could have done it if I hadn’t had the tough days to begin with.
Ben Hogan

Teaching consists of causing people to go into situations from which they cannot escape, except by thinking. Do not handicap your children by making their lives easy.
Robert Heinlein

When I hear my friends say they hope their children don’t have to experience the hardships they went through – I don’t agree. Those hardships made us what we are. You can be disadvantaged in many ways, and one way may be not having had to struggle.
William Batten

If we spoon-feed our children healthy doses of enrichment, but don’t give them time to struggle, to be frustrated, and to fail, they are not likely to put their fledgling talents to full use down the road. They need the time and space to experiment, to be bored, to plan and rehearse their ideas and put them into action.
Dr. Paul Donahue

Overcome Difficulties

Amid the greatest difficulties of my administration, when I could not see any other resort, I would place my whole reliance in God, knowing that all would go well and that He would decide for the right.
Abraham Lincoln

The more difficult a victory, the greater the happiness in winning.

They gave Him a manger for a cradle, a carpenter’s bench for a pulpit, thorns for a crown and a cross for a throne. He took them and made them the very glory of His career.
W.E. Orchard

Everything is difficult at first.
Chinese proverb

One reason we get so stressed when something goes wrong is that we focus only on what has gone wrong. We wish it hadn’t happened and mumble about our rotten luck. Instead, try reframing a problem situation to see if there is any possible good in it.
Dr. Suzanne Zoglio

Best Effort

What success I achieved in the theater is due to the fact that I have always worked just as hard when there were 10 people in the house as when there were thousands, just as hard in Springfield, Illinois, as on Broadway.
Bojangles Robinson

Did I win? Did I lose? Those are the wrong questions. The correct question is: Did I make my best effort? That’s what matters. The rest of it just gets in the way.
John Wooden

You always have to give 100 percent, because if you don’t, someone, someplace, will give 100 percent and will beat you when you meet.
Ed Macauley

When we do the best we can, we never know what miracles await.
Helen Keller

God will not ask us how many books we have read; how many miracles we have worked; but He will ask us if we have done our best, for the love of Him.
Mother Teresa


We say we waste time, but that is impossible. We waste ourselves.
Alice Bloch

Never let the difficulty of a task stand as an adequate reason for not acting; force yourself to identify precisely what is to be gained in the long run by delay. In most cases you’ll find you can’t.
Edwin Bliss

If you delay till tomorrow what ought to be done today, you overcharge tomorrow with a burden which doesn’t belong to it. You load the wheels of time, and prevent it from carrying you along smoothly.
Hugh Blair

He who hesitates is poor.
Mel Brooks

If you put off a major task until the last minute, with the excuse that you work better under pressure, you leave yourself no time to do the planning that would produce superior results. You also leave no room for correcting mistakes, locating missing information or incorporating better ideas that might come to you too late to be included.
Alex MacKenzie