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If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams What does that mean? Many people have a very narrow definition of what leadership is. In this quote, a great leader (read his bio for some of his accomplishments) reminds us that […]

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Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds

Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds. – Franklin D. Roosevelt What does that mean? This quote is a denouncement of predestination. It says quite clearly that we are not prisoners of fate. We are not the victims of whatever has been decided by who or whatever decides these things. While […]

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Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.

Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? What this quote says to me is that things are always changing, that nothing stays the same. If you wish to enjoy continued success, you will have to adapt to the changing circumstances that surround you. You will have […]

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Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you

“Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact, and that is, everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you … the minute that you understand that you can poke life … that you can change it, you can mould it … that’s […]

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Worry is a down payment on a problem you may never have

Worry is a down payment on a problem you may never have. – Unknown What does that mean? To me, this says that we should quit worrying. The quote goes on to point out that the problem you are worrying about might not even happen. The quote implies that we should focus our time and energy […]

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Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. – Arthur C. Clarke What does that mean? This is the age-old truth of mankind. Was the horseless carriage powered by magic, or a small steam engine? What kind of magic made the telegraph work? What about the magic box that repeated what others said miles away (radio or […]

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More gold has been mined from…

More gold has been mined from the thoughts of men than has been taken from the Earth. – Napoleon Hill What does that mean? I’d heard this stated as “there was more wealth in one grave-yard than all the gold-mines of the planet.”  Not the buried loot, but the ideas left unexploited, hidden, held secret […]

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Everybody has talent, it’s just a matter of moving around until you’ve discovered what it is.

Everybody has talent, it’s just a matter of moving around until you’ve discovered what it is. – George Lucas What does that mean? To me, he is saying “We’re all good at something.”  The trick, he continues, is to figure out what it is.  How many of you tried any number of things before you […]

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Failure cannot cope with persistence.

Failure cannot cope with persistence. – Napoleon Hill What does that mean? To me, it is another way of stating that with some patience and a lot of effort, despite any number of failures, you will eventually succeed.  It also helps if you can learn something from each mistake.  However, if you keep trying, keep […]

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Beware the barrenness of a busy life.

Beware the barrenness of a busy life. – Socrates What does that mean? To me, this saying has real meaning.  I tend to be overly busy, with too many projects working at the same time.  It’s kind of like the saying about taking time to smell the roses.  If you’re too busy, you don’t see […]

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A single question can be more influential than a thousand statements.

A single question can be more influential than a thousand statements. – Bo Bennett What does that mean? To me, it means that you can talk all you want.  All that does is reinforce what you already know, what you already think, what you already believe.  Telling other people this will reinforce it in them, […]

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