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I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self. ~ Aristotle What does that mean? To me, this is talking about the eternal internal struggle of humanity. We seem to have a gap between what we know we should do and what we […]

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Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.

Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body. – Seneca What does that mean? What he is saying that muscles are built by labor (overcoming physical difficulties), and the mind is built by overcoming difficulties (of a mental nature). This includes learning of any sort, including games involving strategy or puzzles. If I may be […]

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Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.

Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting. – Napoleon Hill What does that mean? It means as long as you are still trying, there is a possibility that you will win. What ‘victory’ means, of course, is very dependent on the person and the task, as is the definition of ‘fighting.’ […]

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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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…the best you are capable of becoming.

Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming. – John Wooden What does that mean? To me, it speaks to effort, and the peace of mind you get, the satisfaction you get, from doing something to […]

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Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. – Thomas Jefferson What does that mean? This seemed like an appropriate saying to start things off with, as I am starting two full months behind schedule. I had initially planned for this blog to start at the first of the year, but kept putting […]

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