The Power of Purpose

He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Nothing contributes so much to tranquilizing the mind as a steady purpose – a point on which the soul may fire its intellectual eye.
Mary Shelley

You must have a purpose for each day. This gives each day a structure and the sense you are controlling the day and not being controlled by it. Purpose establishes your discipline and makes you more focused.
Rick Pitino

More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent.
Billy Sunday

The rewards of reaching for excellence are profound. I’m not talking about a pay raise, a plaque or even a gold medal. It’s living into a purpose or a calling that enlivens even the most mundane tasks. It’s a deep pride in the life we are living.
Nancy Hogshead

Convictions

The men who succeed best in public life are those who take the risk of standing by their own convictions.
James Garfield

Never for the sake of peace and quiet, deny your own experience and convictions.
Dag Hammarskjöld

People of strong convictions are winners.
Bill Johnson

The surest way not to become tired is to lose yourself in something in which you have a profound conviction. You only lose energy when life becomes dull in your mind.
Norman Vincent Peale

Leadership implies movement toward something, and convictions provide that direction. If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.
Don Shula

The Negative Committee

The most handicapped person in the world is a negative thinker.
Heather Whitestone, Miss America 1994, who is deaf

He who does not hope to win has already lost.
José Olmedo

The minute you start talking about what you’re going to do if you lose, you have lost.
George Shultz

Maintain an attitude of unconditional self-worth, free from self-criticism. You can agree that it is cruel and unnecessary to tell someone else, “You are really stupid – what a klutz – you should give up – you keep making the same mistakes – you’ll never be any good!” If you would never say those things to anyone else, why not pay yourself the same courtesy?
Dan Millman

I Love Being a Mother

I love being a mother. I am more aware. I feel things on a deeper level. I seem to have more of everything now; more love, more magic, more energy.
Shelley Long

Being a full time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs since the payment is pure love.
Mildred Vermont

In the evening, after she has gone to sleep, I kneel beside the crib and touch her face, where it is pressed against the slats, with mine.
Joan Didion

I had to become a mother before I realized what a wonderful place in the scheme of things the Creator has given women.
Ida Wells

Women are the fulfilled sex. Through our children we are able to produce our own immortality, so we lack that divine restlessness which sends men charging off in pursuit of fortune or fame or an imagined Utopia.
Phyllis McGinley

The Right Job

Every calling is great when greatly pursued.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Starting out to make money is the greatest mistake in life. Do what you feel you have a flair for doing, and if you are good enough at it, the money will come.
Greer Garson

There is more credit and satisfaction in being a first-rate truck driver than a tenth-rate executive.
B.C. Forbes

A dairymaid can milk cows to the glory of God.
Martin Luther

There is no such thing as a perfect job. In any position you’ll find some duties which, if they aren’t onerous immediately, eventually will be. Success depends not merely on how well you do the things you enjoy, but how conscientiously you perform those duties you don’t.
John Luther

The Importance of Work

No one will outwork me.
Woody Hayes

All top international athletes wake up in the morning feeling tired and go to bed feeling very tired.
Brendan Foster

I’d rather have a self-made player than a natural-made player. I’d rather have a guy with less talent who works than one with more talent who doesn’t.
Bum Phillips

You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.
Jerry West

Winners vaccinate themselves against self-satisfaction by remembering that some rival is always planning smarter and working harder to overtake and unseat a winner.
Pat Riley

Education

What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul.
Joseph Addison

A full belly is little worth where the mind is starved.
Mark Twain

Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.
Lord Brougham

More people have to start spending as much time in the library as they do on the basketball court. If they took the idea that they could escape poverty through education, I think it would make a more basic and long-lasting change in the way things are done.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

It is the studying that you do after your school days that really counts. Otherwise, you know only that which everyone else knows.
Henry Doherty