The Power of Passion

Every great achievement is the story of a flaming heart. Every great achievement is the story of tremendous passion.
Mary Lou Retton

Passion persuades.
Anita Roddick

If you follow your passion, the money will follow. But if you chase the almighty dollar, you can easily lose that and end up with nothing.
Elizabeth MacKay

Great dancers are not great because of their technique; they’re great because of their passion.
Martha Graham

I owe so much of my success as a hockey player to what I have learned from my father. The passion he shows in his daily life has taught me to always love what I am doing. In loving my pursuits, I learned the value of working hard and enjoying the benefits that sacrifice and dedication bring.
A.J. Mleczko

Honest Children

Dad put a high premium on telling the truth. “Honesty,” he said, “tells people a lot about who you are and what you are.”
Christine Todd Whitman

Dad instilled in me the value of honesty. There was a right and wrong in my house that was almost Old Testament-like in how I was supposed to do things. I never was late with a library book. I never missed a day of school. I never got involved in drugs. He also taught me to have a work ethic.
Jim Cramer

The greatest gift my dad gave me was honesty. He was always very fair with rules, and he was the most honest guy on the golf course.
Vijay Singh

On Sundays, I would sometimes go with my father, who was a realtor, to the open houses that he had. I saw firsthand how honest he was with people. When he’d have a buyer come into a house, he would tell them about the unnoticed or unseen problems. If the furnace didn’t work properly, he’d tell them. He treated prospective buyers in the same way he would have liked to be treated.
Dick Gephardt

The Power of Laughter

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
Victor Borge

Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
Mark Twain

A good laugh overcomes more difficulties and dissipates more dark clouds than any other one thing.
Laura Ingalls Wilder

A good laugh makes any interview, or any conversation, so much better.
Barbara Walters

Once you can laugh at your own weaknesses, you can move forward. Comedy breaks down walls. It opens up people, and you can fill up those openings with something positive.
Goldie Hawn

Prayer

Prayer at its highest is a two-way conversation – and for me the most important part is listening to God’s replies.
Frank Laubach

Prayer is the key of heaven; faith is the hand that turns it.
Thomas Watson

God does nothing but by prayer, and everything with it.
John Wesley

The disquieting thing is not simply that we skimp and begrudge the duty of prayer. The really disquieting thing is that it should have to be numbered among the duties at all. For we believe that we were created “to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” And if the few, the very few, minutes we now spend on intercourse with God are a burden to us rather than a delight, what then? If we were perfected, prayer would not be a duty, it would be a delight.
C.S. Lewis

Excellence

Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.
John Gardner

The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
Pearl Buck

Excellence is born of having higher expectations of yourself than anyone could possibly have of you.
Condolezza Rice

People are always making comparisons, and we notice the things that are different. If you render more and better service than others, you will naturally stand out in bold contrast.
Napoleon Hill

Heaven

I have found in my travels that those who keep heaven in view remain serene and cheerful in the darkest day. If the glories of heaven were more real to us, if we lived less for material things and more for things eternal and spiritual, we would be less easily disturbed by this present life.
Billy Graham

The bottom line is in heaven.
Edwin Land

If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next.
C.S. Lewis

Earthly crowns are dross to him who looks for a heavenly one.
Jane Porter

If God hath made this world so fair
Where sin and death abound,
How beautiful beyond compare
Will paradise be found.
James Montgomery

The Power of Concentration

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.
Alexander Graham Bell

The difference in men does not lie in the size of their hands, nor in the perfection of their bodies, but in this one sublime ability of concentration: to throw the weight with the blow, to live an eternity in an hour.
Elbert Hubbard

Concentration is a fine antidote to anxiety.
Jack Nicklaus

It is those who concentrate on but one thing at a time who advance in this world.
Og Mandino

If there is any one “secret” of effectiveness, it is concentration. Effective executives do first things first and they do one thing at a time. Concentration – that is, the courage to impose on time and events one’s own decision as to what really matters and comes first – is the executive’s only hope of becoming the master of time and events.
Peter Drucker