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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 Self-Discipline

If what you want does not happen for you right away, stay at it. Become good at it. You’ll be surprised at how your confidence will build as you develop self-discipline.
Terry Bradshaw

Genius at first is little more than a great capacity for receiving discipline.
George Eliot

I sought discipline, I embraced it as a loyal friend. And, throughout my life, it’s rewarded that loyalty by proving me with nothing but success and happiness at every turn.
Mary Lou Retton

If they’ll just give something for a short time, they’ll have happiness for a long time.
Weeb Ewbank, on training camp

Self-discipline: everything worthwhile begins at this level. It simply means doing whatever you have to do and making whatever sacrifices are necessary to get the job done the best you know how. It’s hard work; it’s giving up things you like in order to achieve a higher goal.
Dr. Jim Loehr

How to Be a Genius

A genius is a talented person who does his homework.
Thomas Edison

Many a genius has been slow of growth. Oaks that flourish for a thousand years do not spring up into beauty like a reed.
George Lewes

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.
Aldous Huxley

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
Thomas Edison

The Power of Commitment

Constant effort and frequent mistakes are the stepping-stones of genius.
Elbert Hubbard

Bear in mind, if you are going to amount to anything, that your success does not depend upon the brilliancy and the passion with which you take hold, but upon the bull-doggedness with which you hang on after you have taken hold.
A.B. Meldrum

My golf is woeful, but I will never surrender.
Bing Crosby

As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
James 5:11

The Power of Enthusiasm

Those folks who succeed simply remain enthusiastic longer than those who fail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Enthusiasm is the breath of genius.
Earl of Beaconsfield

Man is so made that whenever anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.
Jean de la Fontaine

Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.
John Wesley

Keep excited – it’s more fun working toward something than just waiting around for nothing in particular to happen.
Jack Nicklaus

The Power of Work

No one can arrive from being talented alone. God gives talent; work transforms talent into genius.
Anna Pavlova

Working at a young age helped my confidence grow in my own ability to succeed.
J.C. Watts

Men trust to what they call their genius, and many a gifted artist has never come to his kingdom because he has never learned to toil.
Hugh Black

A professional is one who does his best work when he feels the least like working.
Frank Lloyd Wright

A man is relieved and happy when he has put his heart into his work and done his best.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Power of Commitment

No one ever did anything worth doing unless he was prepared to go on with it long after it became something of a bore.
Douglas Steere

There are lots of people with extraordinary natural talent who never make it. There are also lots of people with very average abilities who do. The difference is that the people in the second group have the discipline to persevere and not back down when things get difficult.
Mary Lou Retton

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.
Albert Einstein

The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem, incessantly, without growing weary.
Thomas Edison

Somehow over the years folks have gotten the impression that Wal-Mart was just this great idea that turned into an over-night success. But our first Wal-Mart store was totally an outgrowth of everything we’d been doing since 1945 – another case of me being unable to leave well enough alone, another experiment. And like most over-night successes, it was about twenty years in the making.
Sam Walton