How to Grow

All growth is a leap in the dark, an act without the benefit of experience.
Henry Miller

It is by extending oneself, by exercising some capacity previously unused that you come to a better knowledge of your own potential.
Harold Bloom

God never puts anyone in a place too small to grow.

Undertake something that is difficult; it will do you good. Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
Ronald Osborn

Great Joy

Joy bursts in our lives when we go about doing the good at hand and not trying to manipulate things and times to achieve joy.
C.S. Lewis

Our joy ends where love of the world begins.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Always let them think of you as singing and dancing.
Anita Brookner

Taking joy in life is a woman’s best cosmetic.
Rosalind Russell

When I think of God, my heart is so filled with joy that the notes fly off as from a spindle.
Joseph Haydin

Good Habits

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
Jim Ryun

Repetition is the key to good habits, in golf and in life.
Sandra Haynie

Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.

The successful person is the individual who forms the habit of doing what the failing person doesn’t like to do.
Donald Riggs

When we have practiced good actions awhile, they become easy; when they are easy, we take pleasure in them; when they please us, we do them frequently; and then, by frequency of act, they grow into a habit.
John Tillotson

The Power of Example

I talk and talk and talk, and I haven’t taught people in fifty years what my father taught by example in one week.
Mario Cuomo

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
James Baldwin

I learned much from my father just by watching his example. If I saw him hold a door open for someone, I learned to do the same. Kids always observe their parents and I always watched my daddy.
Jerry Femina

There is no better answer to a child’s negative attitude than a positive example.

Your kids must take responsibility for their actions, their choices and ultimately for their lives. How do you teach them to do these things? Set a good example. Don’t blame your parents for your problems, the economy for your debts, bad teachers for your children’s shaky academic performance, your spouse for your unhappiness or an insensitive boss for your stalled career.
Elaine St. James

Overcome Weaknesses

When God contemplates some great work, He begins it by the hand of some poor, weak, human creature, to whom He afterwards gives aid.
Martin Luther

Lean, thin hair, can’t be photographed very well, not much personality and so forth. Also dances.
Anonymous, film studio executive commenting on Fred Astaire after a 1928 screen test

He looked like he was falling apart when he ran. Looked like he was coming apart when he threw. His stance at the plate was ridiculous. When he swung he’d lunge and hit bad balls. There was no way he could hit the ball like that. But no one told Roberto Clemente that.
Robin Roberts

I must, in candor, say I do not think myself fit for the Presidency.
Abraham Lincoln

Moses spent forty years thinking he was somebody; then he spent forty years on the back side of the desert realizing he was nobody; finally, he spent the last forty years learning what God can do with a nobody.
D.L. Moody


A man who works with his hands is a laborer. A man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman. A man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.
Louis Nizer

The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart.
Robert Frost

To a young man learning to perform on the flying trapeze, a veteran circus performer once said: “Throw your heart over the bars and your body will follow.” In every field of endeavor those who put their hearts in their work are the real leaders. Falling in love with one’s job is the secret of success.

To be successful, have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.
Thomas Watson

The Power of Commitment

Emotional maturity is the ability to stick to a job and to struggle through until it is finished, to endure unpleasantness, discomfort and frustration.
Edward Strecker

It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up again.
Vince Lombardi

So long as there is breath in me, I will persist. For now I know one of the greatest principles of success: if I persist long enough I will win.
Og Mandino

I never wrote anything that was published until I was forty.
James Michener

We all make mistakes, but the winner knows that success comes from perseverance: trying, failing, learning and doing it again until he succeeds. Most important, a winner does not waste energy by scolding or berating himself. He keeps practicing, takes a break and tries again.
Judy Ford