Excerpt from Wikipedia: Robert Harold Schuller (born September 16, 1926, in Alton, Iowa) is a retired American televangelist, pastor, motivational speaker, and author. He is principally known for the weekly Hour of Power television program which he began in 1970. He is also the founder of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California, where the Hour of Power program originates. On January 22, 2006, Schuller announced his retirement.
1. What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?
2. Tough times never last. Tough people do.
3. Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.
4. Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.
5. Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation.
6. The only place where your dream becomes impossible is in your own thinking.
7. Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance.
8. God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can’t change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to make difference between them.
9. Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.
10. Let your imagination release your imprisoned possibilities.
11. Build a dream and the dream will build you.
12. You are what you think about all day long.
13. I’d rather attempt to do something and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed.
14. If a blade of grass can grow in a concrete walk and a fig tree in the side of a mountain cliff, a human being empowered with an invincible faith can survive all odds the world can throw against his tortured soul.
15. Success is never ending: failure is never final.
16. Most people who succeed n the face of seemingly impossible conditions are people who simply don’t know how to quit.
17. You will suddenly realize that the reason you never changed before was because you didn’t want to.
18. Again and again, the impossible problem is solved when we see that the problem is only a tough decision waiting to be made.
19. Yes, you can be a dreamer and a doer too, if you will remove one word from your vocabulary: impossible.
1. It was not her sex appeal but the obvious relish with which she devoured the hamburger that made my pulse begin to hammer with excitement.
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Raymond Albert “Ray” Kroc (October 5, 1902 – January 14, 1984) was an American businessman. He joined McDonald’s in 1954 and built it into the most successful fast food operation in the world. Kroc was included in Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century, and amassed a fortune during his lifetime. He owned the San Diego Padres baseball team from 1974 until his death in 1984. Similar to another fast-food giant, KFC founder Harland Sanders, Kroc’s success came late in life when he was past his 50th birthday.
1. Adversity can strengthen you if you have the will to grind it out.
2. Building dream castles was one thing; actually getting into the restaurant development business was a seemingly insurmountable problem.
3. I considered myself a connoisseur of kitchens. I prided myself on being able to tell which operations would appeal to the public and which would fail.
4. I have always believe that each man makes his own happiness and is responsible for his own problems. It is a simple philosophy.
5. As long as you’re green you’re growing, as soon as you’re ripe you start to rot.
6. I didn’t invent the hamburger. I just took it more seriously than anyone else … We take the hamburger business more seriously than anyone else.
7. I believe that if you hire a man to do a job, you ought to get out of the way and let him do it. If you doubt his ability, you shouldn’t have hired him in the first place.
8. I don’t believe in saturation. We’re thinking and talking worldwide.
9. I was 52 years old. I had diabetes and incipient arthritis. I had lost my gall bladder and most of my thyroid gland in earlier campaigns. But I was convinced that the best was ahead of me.
10. I never considered my dreams wasted energy; they were invariably linked to some form of action. When I dreamed about having a lemonade stand, for example, it wasn’t long before I set up a lemonade stand. I worked hard at it, and I sold a lot of lemonade.
11. I was never much of a reader when I was a boy. Books bored me. I liked action. But I spent a lot of time thinking about things. I’d imagine all kinds of situations and how I would handle them.
12. If I had a brick for every time I’ve repeated the phrase QSC and V (Quality, Service, Cleanliness and Value), I think I’d probably be able to bridge the Atlantic Ocean with them.
13. I like to get people fired up, fill them with zeal for McDonalds, and watch the results in their work.
14. If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours.
15. I learned that you could influence people with a smile and enthusiasm and sell them a sundae when what they’d come for was a cup of coffee.
16. It’s a matter of having principles. It’s easy to have principles when you’re rich. The important thing is to have principles when you’re poor.
17. Morris Goldfarb [in 1976] said he was certain … that Ray Kroc has made millionaires of more men than any other person in history. I don’t know about that; I appreciate Morrie’s view, but I would put it another way. I’d rather say I gave a lot of men the opportunity to become millionaires. They did it themselves. I merely provided the means. But I certainly do know a powerful number of success stories.
18. There’s almost nothing you can’t accomplish if you set your mind to it.
19. Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.
20. There are things money can’t buy and hard work can’t win. One of them is happiness.
21. I like people who level with me and speak their minds. I always say exactly what I think; it’s a trait that’s gotten me in trouble plenty of times, but I never have problems getting to sleep at night with a guilty conscience. That’s why I could never be a politician.
22. When times are bad is when you want to build! Why wait for things to pick up so everything will cost more?
23. I was an overnight success all right, but thirty years is a long, long night.
24. McDonald’s is a people business, and that smile on that counter girl’s face when she takes your order is a vital part of our image.
25. None of Us is as Good as All of Us.
26. Competition can try to steal my plans and copy my style. But they can’t read my mind; so I’ll leave them a mile and a half behind.
27. Take calculated risks. Act boldly and thoughtfully. Be an agile company.
28. The first dollar is the most you will get if you don’t love what you are doing.
29. The more I help others to succeed, the more I succeed.
30. Perhaps without that adversity I might not have been able to preserve later on when my financial burdens were redoubled. I learned then how to keep problems from crushing me. I refused to worry about more than one thing at a time, and I would not let useless fretting about a problem, no matter how important, keep me from sleeping.
31. The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.
32. The two most important requirements for major success are: first, being in the right place at the right time, and second, doing something about it.
33. I’ve never been too proud to grab a mop and clean up the restrooms, even if I happened to be wearing a good suit.
34. It is impossible to grant someone happiness. The best you can do … is to give him the freedom to pursue happiness. Happiness is not a tangible thing, it’s a by product – a by product of achievement.
35. I found my customers appreciated a straightforward approach. They would buy if I made my pitch and asked for their order without a lot of beating around the bush.
36. If you believe in something, you’ve got to be in it to the ends of your toes.
1. To create the life of your dreams, the time has come for you to love You. Focus on Your joy. Do all the things that make You feel good. Love You, inside and out. Everything will change in your life, when you change the inside of you. Allow the Universe to give you every good thing you deserve, by being a magnet to them all. To be a magnet for every single thing you deserve, you must be a magnet of love.
2. Instead of focusing on the world’s problems, give your attention and energy to trust, love, abundance, education and peace.
3. Pure love has no conditions or boundaries. Love does not restrain itself or hold back. Love gives all the time and doesn’t ask for anything in return. Love is a continuous flow without any limits. And all of this is inside you.
4. The force of love will change your life so fast that you will scarcely believe it!
5. You have to feel love to harness its power!
6. What you feel about another person, what you think or say about another person, what you do to another person – you do to you. Give judgment and criticism and you give it to yourself. Give love and appreciation to another person or anything, and you give it to yourself.
7. Make a written list of everything you love.
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Rhonda Byrne (born 12 March 1951) is an Australian television writer and producer, best known for her New Thought books, The Secret (based on a film she produced of the same name) and its sequel, The Power (listen to The Power in audio). She has also written The Magic.
In 2007, Byrne was featured in Time Magazine’s list of 100 people who shape the world. She gained her fame and fortune after appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Her philosophy is that believing will allow you to achieve your wishes and dreams.
1. Be grateful for what you have now. As you begin to think about all the things in your life you are grateful for, you will be amazed at the never ending thoughts that come back to you of more things to be grateful for. You have to make a start, and then the law of attraction will receive those grateful thoughts and give you more just like them.
2. There is no such thing as a hopeless situation. Every single circumstances of your life can change!
3. There is a truth deep down inside of you that has been waiting for you to discover it, and that truth is this: you deserve all good things life has to offer.
4. When you want to attract something into your life, make sure your actions don’t contradict your desires … Think about what you have asked for, and make sure that your actions are mirroring what you expect to receive, and that they’re not contradicting what you’ve asked for. Act as if you are receiving it. Do exactly what you would do if you were receiving it today, and take actions in your life to reflect that powerful expectation. Make room to receive your desires, and as you do, you are sending out that powerful signal of expectation.
5. The truth is that the universe has been answering you all of your life, but you cannot receive the answers unless you are awake.
6. There is always something to be grateful for.
7. Life doesn’t just happen to you; you receive everything in your life based on what you’ve given.
8. Remember that your thoughts are the primary cause of everything.
9. Everything else you see and experience in this world is effect, and that includes your feelings. The cause is always your thoughts.
10. Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.
11. It is impossible to bring more into your life if you are feeling ungrateful about what you have. Why? Because the thoughts and feelings you emit as you feel ungrateful are all negative emotions.
12. Your life right now is a reflection of your past thoughts. That includes all the great things, and all the things you consider not so great. Since you attract to you what you think about most, it is easy to see what your dominant thoughts have been on every subject of your life, because that is what you have experienced. Until now!
13. If you’re feeling good, then you’re creating a future that’s on track with your desires. If you’re feeling bad, you’re creating a future that’s off track with your desires. As you go about your day, the law of attraction is working in every second. Everything we think and feel is creating our future. If you’re worried or in fear, then you’re bringing more of that into your life throughout the day.
14. If you are feeling good, it is because you are thinking good thoughts.
15. Start telling the story of your amazing life, and the law of attraction must make sure you receive it!
16. Absolutely everything you experience in your life is a result of what you have given in your thoughts and feelings, whether you realize you have given them or not.
17. There are no limits to what you can create for you, because your ability to think is unlimited! But you cannot create other people’s lives for them. You cannot think for them, and if you try to force your opinions on others you will only attract like forces to you. So let all others create the life they want.
18. No matter what challenging situation you may find yourself in, imagine the best outcome of it and feel it! When you do, you will change the circumstances, and you will change the situation into what you want!
19. Remember, if you are criticising, you are not being grateful. If you are blaming, you are not being grateful. If you are complaining, you are not being grateful.
1. Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it. You can make more money, but you can’t make more time. When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you’ll never get back. Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time. It is not enough to just say relationships are important; we must prove it by investing time in them. Words alone are worthless. My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action. Relationships take time and effort, and the best way to spell love is “T-I-M-E.”
2. The best use of life is love. The best expression of love is time. The best time to love is now.
3. It’s not what you do, but how much love you put into it that matters.
4. Life minus love equals zero.
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Richard Duane “Rick” Warren (born January 28, 1954) is an American evangelical Christian pastor and author. He is the founder and senior pastor of Saddleback Church, an evangelical megachurch located in Lake Forest, California, currently the eighth-largest church in the United States (this ranking includes multi-site churches). He is also a bestselling author of many Christian books, including his guide to church ministry and evangelism, The Purpose Driven Church, which has spawned a series of conferences on Christian ministry and evangelism. He is perhaps best known for the subsequent devotional The Purpose Driven Life which has sold over 30 million copies, making Warren a New York Times bestselling author.
Warren holds conservative theological views and holds traditional evangelical views on social issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage, and embryonic stem-cell research. Warren has called on churches worldwide to also focus their efforts on fighting poverty and disease, expanding educational opportunities for the marginalized, and caring for the environment. During the 2008 United States presidential election, Warren hosted the Civil Forum on The Presidency at his church with both presidential candidates, John McCain and Barack Obama. Obama later sparked controversy when he asked Warren to give the invocation at the presidential inauguration in January 2009.
1. We are product of our past but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.
2. Resentment always hurts you more than it does the person you resent. While your offender has probably forgotten the offense and gone on with life, you continue to stew in your pain, perpetuating the past. Listen: those who hurt you in the past cannot continue to hurt you now unless you hold on to the pain through resentment. Your past is past! Nothing will change it. You are only hurting yourself with your bitterness. For your own sake, learn from it, and then let it go.
3. Forgiveness must be immediate, whether or not a person asks for it. Trust must be rebuilt over time. Trust requires a track record.
4. Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you. Don’t waste your pain; use it to help others.
5. Other people are going to find healing in your wounds. Your greatest life messages and your most effective ministry will come out of your deepest hurts.
6. Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less. Humility is thinking more of others. Humble people are so focused on serving others, they don’t think of themselves.
7. The only really happy people are those who have learned how to serve.
8. Why is this happening to me? Why am I having such a difficult time? One answer is that life is supposed to be difficult! It’s what enables us to grow.
9. If you have felt hopeless, hold on! Wonderful changes are going to happen in your life as you begin to live it on purpose.
10. The way you think determines the way you feel, and the way you feel determines the way you act.
11. Frankness is not a license to say anything you want, wherever and whenever you want. It is not rudeness.
12. Those who follow the crowd usually get lost in it. I don’t know all the keys to success, but one key to failure is to try to please everyone.
13. The truth is, almost everything we do is done poorly when we first start doing it – that’s how we learn.
14. While it is wise to learn from experience, it is wiser to learn from the experiences of others.
15. You can’t grow strong without resistance.
16. Knowing your purpose gives meaning to your life.
17. Nothing shapes your life more than the commitments you choose to make.
1. Parenting is a giant responsibility forever, so we need to learn how to drop the guilt and go easy on ourselves when we mess up.
2. Businesses, like babies and books, need nurturing, time, energy, love, planning and, yes, money to develop, grow and prosper.
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Rachael Bermingham is an Australian author, speaker, mentor and TV personality. Rachael has written 7 bestselling books (6 self-published and 1 published) since 2006. Her books are nearing sales of 4 million copies.
Rachael’s first book Read My Lips was written with co-authors Cyndi O’Meara, Jodie McIver, Fleur Whelligan, Kim Morrison, and Allison Mooney, and released 14 February 2006. Rachael’s second book 4 Ingredients was co-written with Kim McCosker (Turnbull), as were the following books within the series, 4 Ingredients 2, 4 Ingredients Gluten Free, “4 Ingredients Fast, Fresh & Healthy” and “4 Ingredients Kids”.
Rachael and Kim celebrated their first title being named bestselling title of 2008 (it was 2nd bestselling title to JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2007 the year of its release). Rachael’s fifth book was a solo-written mini-book entitled How To Write Your Own Book & Make It A Bestseller, a bestselling book upon release, it has now been transformed into a home study program for budding authors and can be purchased through Bermingham’s website.
Bermingham also co-hosts the TV show 4 Ingredients, which now airs in 23 countries including Australia, Africa, UK and New Zealand. In 2010, Rachael launched her own book distribution and education company (Bermingham Books) and mentors authors on how to write, publish and promote their own titles.
Rachael lives on Australia’s Sunshine Coast and has three sons, Jaxson 6 years old and 12 month old twin boys Bowie and Casey, who travel extensively with her around the globe speaking and promoting her books.
1. Through adversity, not only are we given an opportunity to discover our inner strength, we are also given the gift of foresight so we can shine a light for others who go through the experience after us.
2. Surround yourself with people who are really good and really passionate about what they do regardless of what it is … positivity and passion make a powerful combination.
3. The most important point to remember in developing self-confidence is to take responsibility for who we are. This empowers us. We can change anything, do anything, and be anything when we assume full responsibility for ourselves.
4. Don’t hang onto anything too tightly – all things must change and you have to allow room for them to grow and blossom.
5. The energy we put out is the energy we get back.
6. It’s not about having enough time, it’s about making enough time.
7. If you can learn to motivate yourself, you can always tap into an abundance of energy that will drive you to the success you dream of.
8. There’s something about human nature which draws us to people who are authentic and makes us want to repel those that aren’t.
9. Every day we’re given opportunities, some of us see them and some are too busy to notice.
10. Entrust your dreams and goals to people who will cheer you on and inspire you, who will tell you what you need to hear rather than what you want to hear so you can move forward and fast track.
11. The only way we can change our world is to take responsibility for our part in it.
12. Every day in every way we are leaving our mark.
13. Most days I juggle everything quite well, on the other days there’s always red wine.
14. A key ingredient to achieving your goals is to make sure your goals are totally congruent with who you are as a person. Your head and hearts desire must match. It’s such an important step in goal achievement and if we miss it, we can end up travelling a long way down the wrong path!
15. The mind can be our best friend and advocate in getting what we want in life, or it can pull the brakes on and be a nasty little foe – the choice is yours – choose your attitude.
16. There are several paths to success; We are given multiple opportunities to achieve our potential throughout our lives. Some get there a little faster than others. But one thing is for sure; NO ONE gets there without first having a goal then taking action and LOTS of it!
1. Our purpose in life is to grow in wisdom and in love.
2. Those who don’t love themselves as they are rarely love life either.
3. It’s a human relationship, not a relationship between an expert and a problem.
Excerpt from www.rachelremen.com: Rachel Naomi Remen is one of the earliest pioneers in the mind/body holistic health movement and the first to recognize the role of the spirit in health and the recovery from illness. She is Co-Founder and Medical Director of the Commonweal Cancer Help Program featured in the Bill Moyers PBS series, Healing and the Mind and has cared for people with cancer and their families for almost 30 years.
She is also a nationally recognized medical reformer and educator who sees the practice of medicine as a spiritual path. In recognition of her work she has received several honorary degrees and has been invited to teach in medical schools and hospitals throughout the country. Her groundbreaking holistic curricula enable physicians at all levels of training to remember their calling and strengthen their commitment to serve life.
1. Wounding and healing are not opposites. They’re part of the same thing. It is our wounds that enable us to be compassionate with the wounds of others. It is our limitations that make us kind to the limitations of other people. It is our loneliness that helps us to to find other people or to even know they’re alone with an illness. I think I have served people perfectly with parts of myself I used to be ashamed of.
2. Most of us lead far more meaningful lives than we know. Often finding meaning is not about doing things differently; it is about seeing familiar things in new ways.
3. The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention…. A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.
4. Perhaps wisdom is simply a matter of waiting, and healing a question of time. And anything good you’ve ever been given is yours forever.
5. When we know ourselves to be connected to all others, acting compassionately is simply the natural thing to do.
6. Life offers its wisdom generously. Everything teaches. Not everyone learns.
7. Perhaps the most important thing we bring to another person is the silence in us, not the sort of silence that is filled with unspoken criticism or hard withdrawal. The sort of silence that is a place of refuge, of rest, of acceptance of someone as they are. We are all hungry for this other silence. It is hard to find. In its presence we can remember something beyond the moment, a strength on which to build a life. Silence is a place of great power and healing.
8. There are only two kinds of people in the world. Those who are alive and those who are afraid.
9. From a good teacher you may learn the secret of listening. You will never learn the secret of life. You will have to listen for yourself.
10. Everybody is a story. When I was a child, people sat around kitchen tables and told their stories. We don’t do that so much anymore. Sitting around the table telling stories is not just a way of passing time. It is the way the wisdom gets passed along. The stuff that helps us to live a life worth remembering.
11. Every great loss demands that we choose life again. We need to grieve in order to do this. The pain we have not grieved over will always stand between us and life. When we don’t grieve, a part of us becomes caught in the past like Lot’s wife who, because she looked back, was turned into a pillar of salt.
12. If you carry someone else’s fears and live by someone else’s values, you may find that you have lived their lives.
13. Most people have come to prefer certain of life’s experiences and deny and reject others, unaware of the value of the hidden things that may come wrapped in plain and even ugly paper. In avoiding all pain and seeking comfort at all costs, we may be left without intimacy or compassion; in rejecting change and risk we often cheat ourselves of the quest; in denying our suffering we may never know our strength or our greatness.
14. To seek approval is to have no resting place, no sanctuary. Like all judgment, approval encourages a constant striving. It makes us uncertain of who we are and of our true value. Approval cannot be trusted. It can be withdrawn at any time no matter what our track record has been. It is as nourishing of real growth as cotton candy. Yet many of us spend our lives pursuing it.
15. Helping, fixing, and serving represent three different ways of seeing life. When you help, you see life as weak. when you fix, you see life as broken. When you serve, you see life as whole. Fixing and helping may be the work of the ego, and service the work of the soul.
16. Many times when we help we do not really serve. . . . Serving is also different from fixing. One of the pioneers of the Human Potential Movement, Abraham Maslow, said, “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.’ Seeing yourself as a fixer may cause you to see brokenness everywhere, to sit in judgment of life itself. When we fix others, we may not see their hidden wholeness or trust the integrity of the life in them. Fixers trust their own expertise. When we serve, we see the unborn wholeness in others; we collaborate with it and strengthen it. Others may then be able to see their wholeness for themselves for the first time.
17. What if? What if things were different than the way you have seen them in the past?
18. Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn’t you – all of the expectations, all of the beliefs – and becoming who you are.
19. The willingness to consider possibility requires a tolerance of uncertainty.
20. Life wastes nothing. Over and over again every molecule that has ever been is gathered up by the hand of life to be reshaped into yet another form.
21. In some basic way, it is our imperfections and even our pain that draws others close to us.
________________________________ Books by Rachel Naomi Remen
1. When it comes to men who are romantically interested in you, it’s really simple. Just ignore everything they say and only pay attention to what they do.
2. Look, I’m going to find a way to be happy, and I’d really love to be happy with you, but if I can’t be happy with you, then I’ll find a way to be happy without you.
3. Believe nothing a man tells you and everything he shows you. (on dating)
4. You may not want to hear it, but your critics are often the ones telling you they still love you and care about you, and want to make you better.
5. All my adult life I’ve felt drawn to ask long-married couples how they were able to stay together. All of them said the same thing: “We worked hard at it.”
6. Kids need to know their parents love them. Their parents don’t need to be alive for that to happen.
7. But I want her to grow up knowing that I was the first man ever to fall in love with her. I’d always thought the father/daughter thing was overstated. But I can tell you, sometimes, she looks at me and I just become a puddle.
8. If she doesn’t really love you, then it’s over. And if she does love you, then love will win out.
9. If you love her, support her.
10. I’m aware that Chloe may have no memory of me at all. She’s too young. But I want her to grow up knowing that I was the first man ever to fall in love with her.
11. I love all three of my kids completely and differently. And I want them to know that I will love them for as long as they live. I will.
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Randolph Frederick “Randy” Pausch (October 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008) was an American professor of computer science and human-computer interaction and design at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Pausch learned that he had pancreatic cancer in September 2006, and in August 2007 he was given a terminal diagnosis: “3 to 6 months of good health left”. He gave an upbeat lecture titled “The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” on September 18, 2007, at Carnegie Mellon, which became a popular YouTube video and led to other media appearances. He then co-authored a book called The Last Lecture on the same theme, which became a New York Times best-seller.
Pausch died of complications from pancreatic cancer on July 25, 2008.
1. We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.
2. The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.
3. Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted. And experience is often the most valuable thing you have to offer.
4. The key question to keep asking is, Are you spending your time on the right things? Because time is all you have.
5. It’s not about how to achieve your dreams, it’s about how to lead your life, … If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself, the dreams will come to you.
6. Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.
7. No matter how bad things are, you can always make things worse.
8. Time is all you have and you may find one day that you have less than you think.
9. If I only had three words of advice, they would be, Tell the Truth. If got three more words, I’d add, all the time.
10. Luck is where preparation meets opportunity.
11. When you’re screwing up and nobody says anything to you anymore, that means they’ve given up on you.
12. Wait long enough and people will surprise and impress. When you’re pissed off at someone and you’re angry at them, you just haven’t given them enough time. Just give them a little more time and they almost always will impress you.
13. Follow your passions, believe in karma, and you won’t have to chase your dreams, they will come to you.
14. A lot of people want a shortcut. I find the best shortcut is the long way, which is basically two words: work hard.
15. It’s not how hard you hit. It’s how hard you get hit … and keep moving forward.
16. Too many people go through life complaining about their problems. I’ve always believed that if you took one tenth the energy you put into complaining and applied it to solving the problem, you’d be surprised by how well things can work out.
17. Its important to have specific dreams. Dream Big. Dream without fear.
18. When we’re connected to others, we become better people.
19. The questions are always more important than the answers.
20. A good apology is like antibiotic, a bad apology is like rubbing salt in the wound.
21. Find the best in everybody. Wait long enough, and people will surprise and impress you. It might even take years, but people will show you their good side. Just keep waiting.
22. Find the best in everybody. Just keep waiting no matter how long it takes. No one is all evil. Everybody has a good side, just keep waiting, it will come out.
23. When there’s an elephant in the room introduce him.
24. People are more important than things.
25. Complaining does not work as a strategy. We all have finite time and energy. Any time we spend whining is unlikely to help us achieve our goals. And it won’t make us happier.
26. Be good at something. It makes you valuable. Have something to bring to the table, because that will make you more welcome.
27. Give yourself permission to dream. Fuel your kids’ dreams too. Once in a while, that might even mean letting them stay up past their bedtimes.
28. I know you’re smart. But everyone here is smart. Smart isn’t enough. The kind of people I want on my research team are those who will help everyone feel happy to be here.
29. Go out and do for others what somebody did for you.
30. My coach knew there was only one way to develop (self esteem): You give children something they can’t do, they work hard until they find they can do it, and you just keep repeating the process.
31. If I work hard enough, there will be things I can do tomorrow that I can’t do today.
32. Do not tell people how to live their lives. Just tell them stories and they will figure out how those stories apply to them.
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1. “My darling,” she said at last, are you sure you don’t mind being a mouse for the rest of your life?” “I don’t mind at all” I said. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like as long as somebody loves you.”
2. “I shall never have a bath again,” I said. “Just don’t have one too often,” my grandmother said. “Once a month is quite enough for a sensible child.” It was at times like these that I loved my grandmother more than ever.”
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Roald Dahl (13 September 1916 – 23 November 1990) was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, fighter pilot and screenwriter.
Born in Wales to Norwegian parents, he served in the British Royal Air Force during World War II, in which he became a flying ace and intelligence officer, rising to the rank of Wing Commander. Dahl rose to prominence in the 1940s, with works for both children and adults, and became one of the world’s best-selling authors. He has been referred to as “one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century”. In 2008 The Times placed Dahl 16th on its list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945″. His short stories are known for their unexpected endings, and his children’s books for their unsentimental, often very dark humour.
Some of his notable works include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches, Fantastic Mr Fox, The Twits, George’s Marvellous Medicine and The BFG.
1. The writer has to force himself to work. He has to make his own hours and if he doesn’t go to his desk at all there is nobody to scold him.
2. And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.
3. A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.
4. A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.
5. Grown ups are complicated creatures, full of quirks and secrets.
6. I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.
7. It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.
8. Having power is not nearly as important as what you choose to do with it.
9. Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.
10. There are no strangers in here, just friends you haven’t met.
11. “I think probably kindness is my number one attribute in a human being. I’ll put it before any of the things like courage or bravery or generosity or anything else.
Brian Sibley: Or brains even?
Oh gosh, yes, brains is one of the least. You can be a lovely person without brains, absolutely lovely. Kindness – that simple word. To be kind – it covers everything, to my mind. If you’re kind that’s it.”
12. …the more risks you allow children to take, the better they learn to take care of themselves. If you never let them take any risks, then I believe they become very prone to injury. Boys should be allowed to climb tall trees and walk along the tops of high walls and dive into the sea from high rocks… The same with girls. I like the type of child who takes risks. Better by far than the one who never does so.
1. I cannot remember a moment in my life when I have not felt the love of my family. We were a family that would have killed for each other – and we still are.
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950) is an English business magnate, best known as the founder and chairman of Virgin Group of more than 400 companies.
His first business venture was a magazine called Student at the age of 16. In 1970, he set up an audio-record mail-order business. In 1972, he opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records, later known as Virgin Megastores. Branson’s Virgin brand grew rapidly during the 1980s, as he set up Virgin Atlantic Airways and expanded the Virgin Records music label.
Branson is the 4th richest citizen of the United Kingdom, according to the Forbes 2011 list of billionaires, with an estimated net worth of US$4.2 billion.
1. Can miles truly separate you from friends … If you want to be with someone you love, aren’t you already there?
2. The worst lies are the lies we tell ourselves. We live in denial of what we do, even what we think. We do this because we’re afraid. We fear we will not find love, and when we find it we fear we’ll lose it. We fear that if we do not have love we will be unhappy.
3. If you love someone, set them free. If they come back they’re yours; if they don’t they never were.
4. I’m here not because I am supposed to be here, or because I’m trapped here, but because I’d rather be with you than anywhere else in the world.
5. I want to be very close to someone I respect and admire and have somebody who feels the same way about me.
6. That’s why love stories don’t have endings! They don’t have endings because love doesn’t end.
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Richard David Bach (born June 23, 1936) is an American writer. He is widely known as the author of the hugely popular 1970s best-sellers Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah, among others. His books espouse his philosophy that our apparent physical limits and mortality are merely appearance. He claims to be a direct descendant of Johann Sebastian Bach. He is noted for his love of flying and for his books related to air flight and flying in a metaphorical context. He has pursued flying as a hobby since the age of 17.
1. Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.
2. Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding, find out what you already know, and you’ll see the way to fly.
3. You’re never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true.
4. The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.
5. When you have come to the edge of all the light you have and step into the darkness of the unknown, believe that one of the two will happen to you, either you’ll find something solid to stand on or you’ll be taught how to fly!
6. A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we’re pretending to be. Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person we’re safe in our own paradise. Our soulmate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction. When we’re two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we’ve found the right person. Our soulmate is the one who makes life come to life.
7. Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness. Listen to it carefully.
8. Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you.
9. I do not exist to impress the world. I exist to live my life in a way that will make me happy.
10. If your happiness depends on what somebody else does, I guess you do have a problem.
11. Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself.
12. Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness.
13. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.
14. No matter how qualified or deserving we are, we will never reach a better life until we can imagine it for ourselves and allow ourselves to have it.
15. Nothing happens by chance, my friend… No such thing as luck. A meaning behind every little thing, and such a meaning behind this. Part for you, part for me, may not see it all real clear right now, but we will, before long.
16. Learning is finding out what you already know, Doing is demonstrating that you know it, Teaching is reminding others that they know it as well as you do. We are all learners, doers, and teachers.
17. Ask yourself the secret of YOUR success. Listen to your answer, and practice it.
18. Wrong turns are as important as right turns. More important, sometimes.
19. Boredom between two people doesn’t come from being together physically. It comes from being apart mentally and spiritually.
20. To bring anything into your life, imagine that it’s already there.
21. A tiny change today brings a dramatically different tomorrow.
22. If it’s never our fault, we can’t take responsibility for it. If we can’t take responsibility for it, we’ll always be its victim.
23. It is by not always thinking of yourself, if you can manage it, that you might somehow be happy. Until you make room in your life for someone as important to you as yourself, you will always be searching and lost.
24. There are no mistakes. The events we bring upon ourselves, no matter how unpleasant, are necessary in order to learn what we need to learn; whatever steps we take, they’re necessary to reach the places we’ve chosen to go.
25. It doesn’t take time to change once you understand the problem…Somebody hands you a rattlesnake, it doesn’t take long to drop it, does it?
26. An easy life doesn’t teach us anything. In the end it’s the learning that matters: what we’ve learned and how we’ve grown.
27. Any powerful idea is absolutely fascinating and absolutely useless until we choose to use it.
28. One challenge of our adventure on earth is to rise above dead systems…wars, nations, destruction …to refuse to be a part of them, and express the highest selves we know how to be.
29. Believe you know all the answers, and you know all the answers. Believe you’re a master, and you are.
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