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A volunteer is worth twenty pressed men.

A volunteer is worth twenty pressed men – English Proverb   What does that mean? Also seen as “worth 10 pressed men” and other numeric ratios. A ‘press gang’ was a term for people conscripted, usually informally, by military units to do work for them. While technically legal, formalities were often ignored in the interest […]

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Success is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve.

Success is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve. – Wilfred Peterson What does that mean? Success is defined differently for each of us. Yet however we each define it, success is something we all desire. For some, success is measured in money or possessions. […]

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Everyone wants to lead a happy life, a meaningful life. In order to fulfill this goal our practice should be realistic.

Everyone wants to lead a happy life, a meaningful life. In order to fulfill this goal our practice should be realistic. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? While I believe every goal can be achieved, eventually, there are limits to what can be done in the time available to us. To me, this quote says […]

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No matter what our motivation may be, if we are not realistic we will not fulfill our goal.

No matter what our motivation may be, if we are not realistic we will not fulfill our goal. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Ah, the age old battle between reality and idealism. We all want something, and much of it is idealistic to some extent. The question is how realistic are they? It isn’t […]

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You’ve learned the lessons well. You first learned to live on less than you earn. Next you learned to seek advice from those who are competent. Lastly, you’ve learned to make gold work for you.

You’ve learned the lessons well. You first learned to live on less than you earn. Next you learned to seek advice from those who are competent. Lastly, you’ve learned to make gold work for you. – George S. Clason What does that mean? This, to me, is a sound basis for personal finance. But the […]

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Improvement begins with I.

Improvement begins with I. – Arnold H. Glasgow also seen spelled as Glasow What does that mean? This is just one of those obvious quotes, isn’t it? How are you going to improve? Will random chance cause a spontaneous improve-ment? Or will you have to do some work on it? Change happens, you don’t need […]

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There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart. Pursue these.

There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart. Pursue these. – Michael Nolan What does that mean? To me, the quote is about having ADD. Everything around me is shiny. Everything around me catches my eye. If I don’t keep it together, I get side tracked […]

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No one can arrive from being talented alone, work transforms talent into genius.

No one can arrive from being talented alone, work transforms talent into genius. – Anna Pavlova What does that mean? I heard versions of this quote when I was young. The basic idea is that there are plenty of people around with talent. However, some simply have some talent, nothing more. Others have some small […]

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We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.

We are shaped and fashioned by what we love. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe What does that mean? While some might state that we are shaped by what we hate, I believe that not everyone is motivated primarily by hate. Hate is an ‘away’ emotion. You don’t choose to have burgers because you hate tacos. It’s […]

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He who can not endure the bad will not live to see the good.

He who can not endure the bad will not live to see the good. – Jewish Proverb What does that mean? This is a bit of practical wisdom, from a people who have known the bad times. To me, this quote is about having the toughness to survive, because life isn’t always kind. It seems […]

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Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.

Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost. – Robert Schuller What does that mean? This quote is urging us to go against a basic force of human nature. If you drop one thing, what do you look at, the one you dropped, or all the things you didn’t drop? Just […]

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Don’t make excuses for why you can’t get it done. Focus on all the reasons why you must make it happen.

Don’t make excuses for why you can’t get it done. Focus on all the reasons why you must make it happen. – Ralph Marston What does that mean? This is a line from a much longer text, about 6 tweets long. The full text will be attached at the bottom of the post, and this is the […]

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If you desire to be good, begin by believing that you are wicked.

If you desire to be good, begin by believing that you are wicked. – Epictetus What does that mean? This is an interesting way of putting forward the question. How would you find ways to become better if you didn’t think you had imper-fections? To find a way to improve, the first step should be the declaration […]

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I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it.

I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it. – Maya Angelou What does that mean? Things happen in life. Some of those things change our path in life. Some of them even change our lives. These changes could be for the better, or they could be for the […]

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Every path has its puddle.

Every path has its puddle. – English Proverb What does that mean? To me, this is a fairly good represen-tation of life in general. We all travel down our path. We often come to forks or intersections among the paths. Choosing which path to take next is a complex one, involving many variables. Yes, there […]

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