Monthly Archives: February 2014

Benefit from Failure

One of the first things I learned is that there was a relationship between screwing up and learning. The more mistakes I made, the faster I learned.
Michael Dell

I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
Thomas Edison

At times failure is very necessary for the artist. It reminds him that failure is not the ultimate disaster. And this reminder liberates him from the mean fussing of perfectionism.
John Berger

You will never really be sure you have aimed high enough until you have suffered a failure.
Robert Schuller

What is defeat? Nothing but education, nothing but the first step to getting better. It is defeat that turns the bones to flint and gristle to muscle and makes men invincible and forms those basic natures that are now in ascendancy in the world. Do not be afraid of defeat.
Vince Lombardi

Have Fun

Winners are people who have fun – and produce results as a result of their zest.
Tom Peters

You don’t quit playing because you grow old. You grow old because you quit playing.

If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it.

Run, romp, and play daily.
Anonymous, if a dog were your teacher

Quiet play can bring the child in you to the surface. I once saw an executive in the business-class section of an airplane pull a large coloring book from his briefcase and set to work. “My hobby,” he told me as I shot him a questioning glance. Try it. Buy a box of crayons – splurge on the super-duper box of sixty-four colors – and spend an hour coloring.
Thomas Kinkade

Great Decisions

When you cannot make up your mind between two evenly balanced courses of action, choose the bolder.
W.J. Slim

Wherever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.
Peter Drucker

Soon after a hard decision, something inevitably occurs to cast doubt. Holding steady against that doubt usually proves the decision.
R.I. Fitzhenry

Since wisdom is God’s specialty, it’s important that we seek it prior to every major decision.
Charles Swindoll

One of the common misconceptions regarding great leaders is that they are instantaneous decision makers. In fact, it is often a mistake to charge into action as soon as you finish gathering information. Take the time to reflect and test the validity of what you have heard. Deliberative, thoughtful action is a mark of wisdom.
Blythe McGarvie


Whenever we do what we can, we immediately can do more.
James Clarke

Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. Full effort is full victory.
Mahatma Gandhi

Winning isn’t everything, but making the effort to win is.
Vince Lombardi

If you don’t invest very much, then defeat doesn’t hurt very much and winning isn’t very exciting.
Dick Vermeil

Those who truly have the spirit of champions are never wholly happy with an easy win. Half the satisfaction stems from knowing it was the time and effort you invested that led to your high achievement.
Nicole Haislett

Financial Freedom

Rather than focusing on all of the things you have to give up for your budget, concentrate on the benefits you will gain from it – stability, peace, future security, not to mention the surplus for “fun” items (such as a vacation) that you’re building each month.
Larry Burkett

You must have a plan for your financial well-being, and it needs to include where you are, where you want to go and how you will maintain what you have when you get there.
T.D. Jakes

Beware of little expenses, a small leak will sink a great ship.
Benjamin Franklin

Don’t spend more than you have. If you have trouble doing this, use only cash.
Jolene Roehkepartain

A budget has to be detailed enough that it will help you manage money, but not so detailed that it feels oppressive. A good budget does not restrict your freedom. It merely tells you when you have spent what you have agreed you can spend.
Larry Burkett


Don’t doubt your faith, doubt your doubts for they are unreliable.
F.F. Bosworth

Faith is the belief in an all-knowing God whose wisdom is superior to our own.
Mary Lou Retton

Faith is not a possession; it’s a decision.
Alcoholics Anonymous saying

Don’t dig up in doubt what you plant in faith.

In my life, I’ve discovered two kinds of faith – a delivering faith and a sustaining faith. Delivering faith is when God instantly turns your situation around. When that happens, it’s great. But I believe it takes a greater faith and a deeper walk with God to have that sustaining faith.
Joel Osteen

Time with Children

My father’s presence at my Little League games, and his constant efforts to be there for me, meant more to me than any milestone he ever achieved in public office.
Evan Bayh

The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow, but the rainbow won’t wait while you do the work.
Patricia Clafford

The more time you spend with kids, the more you absorb their attitude, which often includes an unreasonable amount of optimism; their humor, which features a keen sense of the absurd; and their sense of time, which teaches an unusual amount of patience.
Tom Hirschfeld

My father wasn’t the distant rock that so many of my friends’ fathers were, but a teacher and a friend, a friend who could listen to my woes for hours, and even feel comfortable enough to express his own.
Renée Fleming

You change the world of your spouse or kids, depending on how you interact with them before you leave the house. A little extra time and attention or a tender moment of affection changes their world that day. And it reminds you of what is important when the mad dash to the office irks you and makes you feel that the day is off to a rough start.
Mark Sanborn