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Small opportunities are often the beginnings of great enterprises.

Small opportunities are often the beginnings of great enterprises. – Demosthenes What does that mean? Just ask Kinko’s or Fed Ex or Apple. Each started as something small. Each is now a major or dominant player in it’s chosen field. Some even invented whole new fields to dominate. Even a little kiss can lead to […]

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You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.

You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. – Wayne Gretzky What does that mean? If you don’t do it, it won’t happen. If you don’t take a shot, you’ll never make the goal. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? But how many times have you waited too long before starting something? That usually doesn’t […]

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Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. – Will Rogers What does that mean? It says you have to actually do something with your life if you want to get somewhere. The expression, by a former cowboy, uses some “western” terms. Being “on the right track” would […]

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Do not want others to know…

Do not want others to know what you have done?  Better not have done it anyways. – Chinese Proverb What does that mean? Translations are such fun.  This saying almost sounds like a stereotypical movie character is saying it.  To put it in (what I consider to be) cleaner English, I would rephrase it as […]

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To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. – Anatole France What does that mean? To me, this kind of wraps up the activities of the past week or so.  To accomplish great thins, it says, we need to do four things.  In order of […]

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Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.

Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure. – Confucius What does that mean? This saying has been paraphrased in modern times as “failing to plan is planning to fail.”  Does it make sense?  If you go into a situation with only your wits, and your opponent has […]

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Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.

Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others. – Plato What does that mean? To me, this quote is about leading by doing.  Do good deeds.  In doing so, repeatedly, we begin to strengthen ourselves.  The strength will be from both the repetition of doing (like building a muscle), and by […]

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When we are motivated by wisdom and compassion, the results of our actions benefit everyone.

When we are motivated by wisdom and compassion, the results of our actions benefit everyone… – Dalai Lama What does that mean? To me, this is fairly straight forward.  When we act from a place of compassion, with wisdom as our guide, it is very hard to do something that doesn’t also benefit others.  In other words, […]

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