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The Importance of the Families

If you think too much about the pursuit of material things, you’re going to hurt those youngsters you’re working so hard to buy material things for.
John Wooden

A man should never neglect his family for business.
Walt Disney

Women are realizing now that it’s hard to be Super Woman. It isn’t so great to double your family’s income, if it means you have to turn your back on your family and your home.
Martha Stewart

All five of our children live within ten minutes of Barbara and me and that’s more important to me than twenty trophies for winning Majors. And if it wasn’t that way in our family, I’d trade all those trophies if I could make it that way.
Jack Nicklaus

I have so much fun being at home, getting up in the morning, making breakfast, taking my kids to school, going to school activities. That’s where my life is right now.
Payne Stewart, shortly before he was killed in a plane crash

Control

What is important to recognize is that you are totally in control of your success – not your opponent, not the judges, critics, media or anyone else. It’s up to you.
John Wooden

List those areas in your job where you have control, and those where you do not. Pay close attention, so that you do everything you can to seize control when possible, and let go in areas where control is not possible.
Joe Torre

Steadfastly refuse to upset yourself over something you can’t control.
Jim Walter

The more concerned we become over the things we can’t control, the less we will do with the things we can control.
John Wooden

If you get caught up in things over which you have no control, it will adversely affect those things over which you have control.
Joshua Wooden, Coach John Wooden’s dad

Passion for Your Career

To succeed, you must feel passionate about the work you have chosen. Lukewarm enthusiasm will not sustain you through the challenges you will face in a start-up business.
Lillian Vernon

Make sure the career you choose is one you enjoy. If you don’t enjoy what you are doing, it will be difficult to give the extra time, effort and devotion it takes to be a success.
Kathy Whitworth

One of the things I learned from my father was that he loved what he was doing. And he taught me early on that if you don’t love what you’re doing, you can’t be successful at it. You can never be successful at something you don’t love.
Donald Trump

If you love your work, you’ll be out there every day trying to do it the best you possibly can, and pretty soon everybody around will catch the passion from you – like a fever.
Sam Walton

One of play’s products is fun – one of the most powerful motivators around. I’ve noticed that a fun working environment is significantly more productive than a routine environment.
Roger von Oech

Excellence

The quality of a man’s life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor.
Vince Lombardi

I do not try to dance better than anyone else, I only try to dance better than myself.
Mikhail Baryshnikov

Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time. No one learns more about a problem than the person at the bottom.
Sandra Day O’Connor

Good quality is cheap; it’s poor quality that is expensive.
Joe Griffith

It is a favorite belief of mine that no student ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him; it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the required that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction.
Charles Adams

Career Development

The way to get ahead in this world is to do whatever work you are doing well, then you will be picked to do some other job that is not being done well.
Samuel Vauclair

Be so good they can’t ignore you.
Jerry Dunn

All successful employers are stalking men who will do the unusual, men who think, men who attract attention by performing more than is expected of them.
Charles Schwab

Do a good job. You don’t have to worry about the money; it will take care of itself. Just do your best work – then try to trump it.
Walt Disney

The only means of success is to render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be. This is a habit followed by all successful people since the beginning of time. Therefore, I say the surest way to doom yourself to mediocrity is to perform only the work for which you are paid.
Og Mandino

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

A Balanced Life

It is the human condition that we need to continually prune our lives in many respects to keep our balance. For any new activity we take on, it is necessary that we discard some other.
M. Scott Peck

It isn’t success if it costs you the companionship and chumminess and love of your children. Very often, busy, wealthy men and women of momentous affairs discover too late that they have sacrificed the finest thing in life, the affection of their family.
B.C. Forbes

One thing I learned from my father is to have balance between work and family. I watched my father work 18 hours a day all throughout my childhood. He and my mother divorced in the late ‘60s and I’m sure it was because he spent too much time in the business.
Jim Perdue

I used to put so much emphasis on tennis. But now I’ve learned that the great things in life are the simple, basic things.
Chris Evert

Don’t wait to get sick to set your priorities straight. Value your health and your family and friends, because they aren’t replaceable. There will always be another deal, client, market or promotion around the corner. This approach is not only healthier, it will probably help you perform better on the job.
Joe Torre