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We lift ourselves by our own thoughts; we climb upon our vision of ourselves.
Orison Marden

Genius is little more than thinking in an unhabitual way.
William James

Thoughts lead on to purposes, purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.
Tryon Edwards

The finest thought runs the risk of being irrevocably forgotten if we do not write it down.
Arthur Schopenhauer

Thoughts are the thermostat that regulates what we accomplish in life. My body responds and reacts to the input from my mind. If I feed my mind upon doubt, disbelief and discouragement, that is precisely the kind of day my body will experience. If I adjust my thermostat forward to thoughts filled with vision, vitality and victory, I can count on that kind of day.
Charles Swindoll

The Power of Work

All the genius I have is the fruit of labor.
Alexander Hamilton

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.
Vince Lombardi

Our greatest weariness comes from work not done.
Eric Hoffer

I’ve never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something in good men that really yearns for discipline.
Vince Lombardi

Successful people are willing to engage in drudgery in the cause of something marvelous. The greater part of genius is the years of effort invested to solve a problem or find the perfect expression of an idea. With hard work you acquire knowledge about yourself that idleness never reveals.
Tom Butler-Bowdon

Getting Advice

Refuse to heed anyone’s advice – unless that person is willing to give you satisfactory evidence of the soundness of his or her counsel.
Napoleon Hill

My advice on big life decisions is to get advice if you can.
Yogi Berra

Every man, however intelligent, needs the advice of some wise friend in the affairs of life.

I get my advice from old men and my motivation from young men.
Lyndon B. Johnson

If you find someone who gives you good advice, you should use that person’s knowledge like it’s a free credit card. You should treat that person like you can’t get enough of him. That’s how you’ll improve, so you should immerse yourself in the information.
Derek Jeter

The Power of Work

If the power to do hard work is not talent, it is the best possible substitute for it.
James Garfield

Happiness walks on busy feet.
Kitte Turmell

You must do the things today that others will not do so that you can have the things tomorrow that others will not have.

If you can’t outsmart people, outwork them.
Bill Veeck

The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired but becomes inspired because he is working. Beethoven, Wagner, Bach and Mozart settled down day after day to the job at hand. They didn’t waste time waiting for inspiration.
Ernest Newman

Help From Others

I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow.
Woodrow Wilson

The smartest thing I ever said was, “Help Me!”

No one mind is complete by itself. All truly great minds have been reinforced through contact with others that allowed them to grow and expand.
Napoleon Hill

Be brave enough to accept the help of others.
Melba Colgreve and Harold Bloomfield and Peter Williams

When your search for a solution begins to drain your energy, it’s time to tap your brain trust. We all have around us a team of geniuses – just waiting to be asked for their ideas. Coworkers, bosses, spouses, children, siblings, friends and family all have the potential of sharing exactly the idea that you need at any given moment.
Dr. Suzanne Zoglio

The Adversity Advantage

Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.

If we study the lives of great men and women we find that, invariably, greatness was developed, tested and revealed through the darker periods of their lives.
Joan Rivers

God will not permit any troubles to come upon us, unless He has a specific plan by which great blessing can come out of the difficulty.
Peter Marshall

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
James 1:2-4

Effective Communication

Communication is less about speaking than about listening.
Rick Pitino

A genius knows how to make himself easily understood without being obvious about it.
Jean Anouilh

Discern where it is that you and your wife or children most easily talk – your bed, their bed, the couch, the car, the back yard, wherever – and return to that setting often.
Paul Lewis

Ninety percent of the friction of daily life is caused by tone of voice.
Arnold Bennett

Look people in the eye and smile. Your message goes where your voice goes, and your voice goes where your eyes send it. Eye contact validates the person and engenders trust. Smiling makes you appear happy and confident.
Nicholas Boothman