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How to Grow

All growth is a leap in the dark, an act without the benefit of experience.
Henry Miller

It is by extending oneself, by exercising some capacity previously unused that you come to a better knowledge of your own potential.
Harold Bloom

God never puts anyone in a place too small to grow.

Undertake something that is difficult; it will do you good. Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
Ronald Osborn

When Bad Things Happen

The price of progress is trouble.
Charles Kettering

Trouble is a part of life, and if you don’t share it, you don’t give the person who loves you a chance to love you enough.
Dinah Shore

There is no man in this world without some manner of tribulation or anguish, though he be king or pope.
Thomas à Kempis

Trouble is only opportunity in work clothes.
Henry Kaiser

Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.
Henry Ward Beecher

How to Set Goals

Intermediate goals are what keep you going toward your final goals. As you achieve them, they give you a reward, a sense of self-accomplishment.
Gary Player

Most people make one of two mistakes. Either we set our goals too low, or we try to accomplish them too quickly.
Rick Warren

To solve a problem or to reach a goal, you don’t need to know all the answers in advance. But you must have a clear idea of the problem or the goal you want to reach.
W. Clement Stone

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
Ronald Osborn

When you set goals, put a time limit on them. Without it you are normally and naturally lazy and lethargic more often than you want to admit. It’s amazing how much you can accomplish in a short period of time if the pressure is on.
Robert Schuller

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

Great Leaders

Great leaders are continually trying to make the people around them better.
Rick Pitino

Leaders don’t force people to follow; they invite them on a journey.
Charles Lauer

The person who figures out how to harness the collective genius of the people in his or her organization is going to blow the competition away.
Walter Wriston

The crowd will follow a leader who marches twenty paces ahead of them, but if he is a thousand paces ahead of them, they will neither see nor follow him.
Georg Brandes

Management is what used to be required to run a company. Today it’s leadership. A manager basically controls, establishes plans, makes a budget, allocates work and tracks results. A leader is much more focused on vision and beliefs. He or she inspires people and breaks roadblocks so that people can accomplish more.
Bob Eaton

The Power of Change

You must adapt to change, and condition yourself to see it as an opportunity to improve yourself, not as a window to failure.
Rick Pitino

Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
George Bernard Shaw

Change means the unknown. It means, too many people cry, insecurity. Nonsense! No one from the beginning of time has had security.
Eleanor Roosevelt

See change as opportunity, not threat.
Jack Welch

Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better.
King Whitney, Jr.


Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.
Robert Schuller

Your life is all about progress, not perfection. You’ll never be perfect, but you can and will make progress.
Todd Duncan

None of us will ever achieve perfection. We also will never achieve our full potential if we don’t constantly strive for perfection.
Greg Quinn

The maxim “Nothing avails but perfection” spells paralysis.
Sir Winston Churchill

Understand that you won’t actually ever become the best of which you are capable. That’s perfection. We can’t obtain perfection as I understand it. But we can work, and work hard, toward obtaining it. If you do that, you will never lose, in sports or in life.
John Wooden