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Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, & a hard-to-find alloy called guts.

Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, & a hard-to-find alloy called guts. – Dan Gable What does that mean? With the Winter 2014 Olympics in the news, it seems fitting to have the words of a Gold Medal winner (wrestling, 1972 Munich) as the blog post for today. This quote, […]

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The only problem we really have is we think we’re not supposed to have problems! Problems call us to higher level – face & solve them now!

The only problem we really have is we think we’re not supposed to have problems! Problems call us to higher level – face & solve them now! – Tony Robbins What does that mean? This quote is saying that our biggest problem is that, for whatever reason, we believe that we are supposed to live a […]

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In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities.

In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities. – János Arany What does that mean? This quote is from a poet and writer of ballads in Hungary in the 1800s. Given the way poets tend to write things, this makes perfect sense. Many things are impossible, given our present knowledge and technology. But dreams are not […]

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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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A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.

A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it. – Albert Einstein What does that mean? This quote is attributed to Albert Einstein, but probably isn’t true. However, I believe that it is still an interesting quote nonetheless. The quote is about the three stages of learning, clueless, cleverness, and wisdom. The clueless people […]

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A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.

A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials. – Seneca What does that mean? Back in the time of this quote, gemstones were polished by grinding. Cutting and cleaving, as we know them today, had yet to be invented. If you wanted something shiny, you ground it to the basic […]

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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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Running away from your problems is a race you will never win, so just face them head on, and overcome them.

Running away from your problems is a race you will never win, so just face them head on, and overcome them. – Unknown What does that mean? I’ve heard a number of variants on this one, but the most common has been “you can’t outrun trouble.” And even as fast as I once was, it’s always […]

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No untroubled day has ever dawned for me.

No untroubled day has ever dawned for me. – Seneca What does that mean? This is a classic bit of wisdom. Who has ever had a day completely free of troubles? It might be statistically possible, but typically, they are rare at best. And how do you define ‘troubles’? Could something you enjoy be a trouble for […]

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Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe What does that mean? Let’s see a show of hands, how many of you know what you have to do, and are willing to do what it takes to become wealthy, happy, loved, or any other thing […]

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A man’s as miserable as he thinks he is.

A man’s as miserable as he thinks he is. – Seneca What does that mean? To me, this is a statement of our relative condition. Someone from the very cold regions of the planet might be miserable at the equator, while someone from there might feel just fine. Who is more miserable, a rich person […]

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Death smiles at us all, but all a man can do is smile back.

Death smiles at us all, but all a man can do is smile back. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? This quote is attributed to Marcus Aurelius in the movie Gladiator, however I couldn’t find it in his surviving written works*. Somehow, I doubt he actually said it, but it does sound Stoic, doesn’t […]

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Great wealth and contentment seldom live together.

Great wealth and contentment seldom live together. – Anonymous What does that mean? To me, the key to this quote is the word seldom. Not never but seldom. There are people who have been able to amass great wealth and remain contented, but that is not the general condition. The truth of the quote is seen daily […]

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Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.

Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. – Arnold H. Glasgow also seen spelled as Glasow What does that mean? This isn’t about flame wars on Twitter or the ‘net. This is about getting hot, so hot you are on fire. It is a metaphor for feeling an urgent need […]

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Success is not measured by the heights one attains, but by the obstacles one overcomes in its attainment.

Success is not measured by the heights one attains, but by the obstacles one overcomes in its attainment. – Booker T. Washington What does that mean? This quote is also frequently seen as “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he […]

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