Category Archives: Be Your Best

Great Potential

Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.
Sir Winston Churchill

Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all he can do.
Henry Drummond

Everyone has in him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be. How much you can love. What you can accomplish. And what your potential is.
Anne Frank

To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.
Picabo Street

Within us all there are wells of thought and dynamos of energy which are not suspected until emergencies arise. Then oftentimes we find that it is comparatively simple to double or triple our former capacities and to amaze ourselves by the results achieved.
Thomas Watson

The Power of Change

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
Sir Winston Churchill

One must never lose time in vainly regretting the past or in complaining against the changes which cause us discomfort, for change is the essence of life.
Anatole France

I can change only myself, but sometimes that is enough.
Ruth Humlecker

Change provides the opportunity for innovation. It gives you the chance to demonstrate your creativity.
Keshavan Nair

Welcome change as a friend; try to visualize new possibilities and the blessings they are bound to bring to you. If you stay interested in everything around you – in new ways of life, new people, new places and ideas – you’ll stay young, no matter what your age. Never stop learning and never stop growing. This is the key to a rich and fascinating life.
Alexander De Seversky

Best Effort

Success is not occupying a lofty place or doing conspicuous work, it is being the best that is in you. Do the things near at hand and great things will come to your hands to be done.
Douglas Malluch

Do your best and leave the rest to God.
James Howell

You find that you have peace of mind and can enjoy yourself, get more sleep, and rest when you know that it was a 100 percent effort that you gave – win or lose.
Gordie Howe

I have no regrets because I know I did my best – all I could do.
Midori Ito

With my father there was no such thing as half-trying. Whether it was running a race or catching a football, competing in school – we were to try. And we were to try harder than anyone else. We might not be the best, and none of us were, but we were to make the effort to be the best.
Robert F. Kennedy

The Road to Wisdom

To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.
Marilyn vos Savant

Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.
Martin Fisher

The first degree of folly is to conceit one’s self wise; the second to profess it; the third to despise counsel.
Benjamin Franklin

Wise men change their minds, fools never.
English proverb

In seeking wisdom, the first step is silence, the second listening, the third remembering, the fourth practicing, the fifth – teaching others.
Ibn Gabirol

The Power of Purpose

The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
William James

Many people flounder about in life because they have no purpose. Before it is possible to achieve anything, an objective must be set.
George Halas

People want to be on a team. They want to be part of something bigger than themselves. They want to be in a situation where they feel they are doing something for the greater good.
Mike Krzyzewski

Find a purpose in life so big that it will challenge every capacity to be at its best.
David McKay

I believe that everything in life has a purpose. And our lives themselves have a purpose. Organizing the details of our lives brings that purpose into sharper focus. The sharper it is, the less likely we will lose sight of it after a severe setback.
George Allen

The Best Way to Learn

People learn the most when teaching others.
Peter Drucker

I try to learn from everyone. I look at their strengths and ask myself, “What can I do better?”
Annika Sorenstam

To be the best, learn from the best.
Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Anxiety checks learning. An overall feeling of inferiority, a temporary humiliation, a fit of depression, defiance or anger, a sense of being rejected and many other emotional disturbances affect the learning process. The reverse is true; a feeling of well-being and of being respected by others stimulates an alert mind, willingness to participate and an attitude conducive to learning.
Ede le Shan

Receiving Criticism

The small man flies into a rage over the slightest criticism, but the wise man is eager to learn from those who censure and reprove him.
Dale Carnegie

Many times during auditions, I was told that I couldn’t carry a note with a bucket, and that I sure couldn’t play the piano.
Ray Charles

Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized. In the first it is ridiculed; in the second it is opposed; in the third it is regarded as self-evident.
Arthur Schopenhauer

If I sought to answer all of the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would be engaged in little else.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

I wasn’t supposed to reach my dream of being a baseball player. If I had listened to all those people who muttered, “Good luck, kid,” when they heard me say when I was young that I wanted to be a Yankee, I would have given up a long time ago.
Derek Jeter