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Every step you take, is a step away from where you used to be.

Every step you take, is a step away from where you used to be. – Brian Chargualaf What does that mean? Each day, we move. We take steps, we evolve, we change, we learn. Each of those steps changes us in some small way. Each step makes us a little different than we were before. […]

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A fall into a ditch makes you wiser.

A fall into a ditch makes you wiser. – Chinese Proverb What does that mean? At first you don’t know what a ditch is. Then you fall in. Now you know. You are now wiser, and know to avoid falling into ditches, whenever possible. Life is like that, test first, then the lesson. So the […]

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Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill What does that mean? We all have days when things refuse to go right for us. Sometimes we get mad, sometimes we get frustrated. But what happens next? If you can pull yourself together and try […]

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If tragedy strikes, don’t lose hope. Transform it into an opportunity to make things better.

If tragedy strikes, don’t lose hope. Transform it into an opportunity to make things better. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is a great quote about our attitude. Bad things happen to good people. But what do we do when things go badly for us? Some lose hope, others use the event as […]

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The distance between your dreams and reality is called action.

The distance between your dreams and reality is called action. – Unknown What does that mean? This quote is about making your dreams a reality. We all have them, although we might call them aspirations or plans. But we all want to accomplish things. These things start as ideas in our minds. We develop them, […]

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You can outlast those who are lucky and out-work those who are lazy.

You can outlast those who are lucky and out-work those who are lazy. – Jeff Goins What does that mean? This quote talks briefly about the two primary ways to get ahead in life. You can work hard, or you can get lucky. This quote gives us some ideas how to do even better than […]

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When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.

When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on. – Franklin D. Roosevelt (also Thomas Jefferson & others) What does that mean? This quote is about not giving up. If all seems lost, and you are at the end of your rope, the quote says to hold […]

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People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out…

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out… – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross What does that mean? This is truly a beautiful quote, and it was spread across two tweets, and the full text of the tweets is as follows: “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the […]

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No amount of falls will really undo us if we keep on picking ourselves up each time.

No amount of falls will really undo us if we keep on picking ourselves up each time. – C.S.Lewis What does that mean? This is another significantly shortened quote, per the limits of Twitter. A longer version is as follows: “I know all about the despair of overcoming chronic temptations. It is not serious provided self-offended petulance, […]

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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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Arrogance requires advertising. Confidence speaks for itself.

Arrogance requires advertising. Confidence speaks for itself. – Dr. Farrah Gray What does that mean? This one, while hard to source, is worth some thought. Think of arrogance, and then think of confidence. Which one needs help, and which stands alone? While most people fall somewhere between those extremes, we have all known a few of […]

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We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.

We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained. – Marie Curie What does that mean? This is another quote which has been abbreviated due to the constraints of Twitter. A more complete version of the quote is as follows: Life is not easy for any of us. But […]

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Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain.

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain. – Anonymous, more recently attributed to Vivian Greene What does that mean? This quote is about living our lives, not simply waiting around for a good time to start. Too many people wait for the right moment before starting to […]

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Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.

Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular. – Tony Robbins What does that mean? This is the longer version of the quote: “One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their […]

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You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.

You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor. – Aristotle What does that mean? While the word ‘anything’ is an absolute, and I try to avoid absolutes when I can, this is a case of dramatic license. Does breathing count as anything? […]

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