Thought of the day
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- Before you learn how to win, you have to learn how to lose. You see
seldom is someone born a winner. It is a habit, which is learned through
repetition and hard work. It's pretty much safe to say nobody wins them all,
so before we can triumph and overcome, we have to fail and endure.
- All experts were once beginners.
- Start by doing what is necessary,
Then what is possible,
And suddenly you are doing the impossible.
- St. Francis of Assisi
- Bend, don't break.
- The first 3 letters of success are TRY.
- The only thing in life that is achieved without effort is failure.
- There are two main teachers in life; education and experience.
Experience being the hardest teacher you'll ever have.
- The desire to win means nothing without the discipline to prepare.
- Courage is like a muscle; the more it is used, the bigger it gets.
- Champions, in any field, make a habit of doing what others find
boring or uncomfortable.
- Quality is remembered, long after price is forgotten.
- Ten good actions will be forgotten by all
But one bad action will be remembered by all.
- Don't burn bridges.
You'll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.
- Though you cannot go back and start again,
You can start from now and have a brand new end.
- Anyone can work hard when they want to.
Champions do it when they don't.
- Be not afraid of going slowly.
Be afraid of standing still.
- In order to get what you've never had,
Do what you've never done.
- Help your brother to climb the hill
And you will find yourself nearer the top.
- You can never dream too big, but you can think too little.
- A year from now you may wish you had started today.
- There is no I in team.
- Whether you think you can or you think you can't -
you are right.
- Henry Ford
- When one door closes another door opens; but we so
often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed
door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.
- Alexander Graham Bell
- You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
- Mahatma Gandhi
- The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the
conduct of one hour.
- A true journey lies not in the landscape, but in having new eyes.
- The purpose of accounting education is not to teach accounting
but to develop accountants.
- Do what you can,
with what you have,
where you are.
- Theodore Roosevelt
- Never say you can't, without trying at least once.
- Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you are the statue.
- Yearn to understand first, and to be understood, second.
- I prefer to do right and get no thanks
than to do wrong and receive no punishment.
- Marcus Cato, Roman Statesman
- One of the secrets of life is to make stepping
stones out of stumbling blocks.
- Some people change their ways when they see the light
Others when they feel the heat.
- You cannot direct the wind but you can adjust your sails.
- Do well the little things now; so shall great things come to thee by
and by asking to be done.
- Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in, forget them as soon as
you can. Tomorrow is a new day, you shall begin it well and serenely. . .
Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Learn to like change or be unhappy for a long part of your life.
- We reap what we sow.
We reap more than we sow.
We reap in a different season than we sow.
- A Little Bit More
We recall the kind old grocer, when the sugar he would pour,
How he tipped the scales to balance,
And then he would add a little bit more.
His business how it prospered, folks were always in his store,
Because he gave an honest measure,
Then he would add a little bit more.
So it is with life my friends, we would write a better score,
If after we've done all that's expected of us...
If we would add a little bit more.
- Act as if what you do makes a difference, because it does.
- The secret to success is found in your daily routine.
- You don't have to be perfect to be better.
- There are two ways to get rich: you can earn more or
you can require less.
- Patient supervisors generally develop productive staff.
Remember the 10-4-2 learning curve principle: A job that takes
10 hours the first time will be completed in 4 hours the second
and 2 hours thereafter. Give staff realistic time to complete a
task before demonstrating your impatience.
More thoughts on effective supervision.
- No man should advocate a course in private that he's ashamed to
admit in public.
George McGovern, US senator
- You are what you do and just as importantly, what you do not do.
- My grandfather told me there are two kinds of people:
Those who do the work and those who take the credit.
He told me to be in the first group,
There is less competition there.
- Motivation will almost always beat mere talent.
- In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire.
No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it.
- I'd rather try to see the good in everyone,
And be disappointed every now and then,
Than to see only the bad,
And be disappointed every day.
- Lack of will power has caused more failure
Than lack of intelligence or ability.
- As you go through life you learn
That if you don't paddle your own canoe, you don't move.
- THINGS I'M THANKFUL FOR:
- ....the mess to clean after a party
because it means I have been surrounded by friends.
- ....the taxes I pay
because it means that I'm employed.
- ....the clothes that fit a little too snug
because it means I have enough to eat.
- ....my shadow who watches me work
because it means I am out in the sunshine.
- ....a lawn that needs mowing,
windows that need cleaning
and gutters that need fixing
because it means I have a home.
- ....the spot I find at the far end of the parking lot
because it means I am capable of walking.
- ....all the complaining I hear about our government
because it means we have freedom of speech.
- ....my huge heating bill
because it means I am warm.
- ...the lady behind me in church who sings off key
because it means that I can hear.
- ....the piles of laundry and ironing
because it means my loved ones are nearby.
- ....weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day
because it means I have been productive.
- ....the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours
because it means that I'm alive.
- ....the friends and family I can share this message with
to remind us all what is important in life.
- Thanksgiving is not just a day - it is a way of life.
- Nothing can stand against persistence.
Even a mountain will be worn down over time.
- You only have one chance to make a first impression.
- Life is full of ups and downs. The trick is to enjoy the ups and
have courage during the downs.
- Everyday is a good day; some are just better than others.
- Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same
number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Mother
Teresa, Thomas Jefferson, Albert Einstein, and Lydia
- Volunteer. Sometimes the jobs no one wants
conceal big opportunities.
- Have you ever stopped to think about why geese fly in formation?
It's simple, the flock achieves 71% more flying range than if each
goose flew alone. This lesson from nature can be applied to all of
us when we consider the benefits of teamwork.
- As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift
for the bird following. By flying in a "V"
formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying
range than if one bird flew alone.
- Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it
suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying
to fly alone and quickly gets back into formation
to take advantage of the lifting power of the
bird immediately in front.
- When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates
back into the formation and another goose flies at the
- The geese in formation honk from behind to
encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
- When a goose gets sick or wounded or shot down,
two geese drop out of formation and follow it down
to help and protect it. They stay with it until it
is able to fly again-- or dies. Then they launch
out on their own, with another formation, or they
catch up with their flock.
- What if the world were shrunk to 100 people?
- Watch your ATTITUDE. It's the first thing people notice about you.
- Rocks in the jar.
- Whenever you're feeling down, remember:
Even Babe Ruth struck out 1383 times.
- Help people reach their full potential.
Catch them doing something right.
- The mighty oak was once a nut that held its ground.
- It's hard to beat a person who never gives up.
- Fail to prepare. Prepare to fail.
- Nothing is so potent as the silent influence of a good example.
- What appears to be the end may really be a new beginning!
- You can easily judge the character of others
By how they treat those who can do nothing for them or to them.
- Every problem bares a crossroads of being a better person
or a bitter person.
- You must have long range goals
To keep you from being frustrated by short-term failures.
- Things may come to those who wait,
But only what's left behind by those who hustle.
- No person was ever honored for what he received.
Honor has been the reward for what he gave.
- I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is
trying to please everybody.
- There are many paths to the top of the mountain,
But the view is always the same.
- If you don't think every day is a great day try going without one.
- I have learned that success is to be measured
Not so much by the positions that people have reached in their lives,
But by the obstacles which they have overcome while trying to succeed.
Booker T. Washington
- VISION is the ability to see what isn't there!
- 14 Ways to Be a Champion in Life!
- Compliment three people everyday.
- Watch a sunrise at least once a year.
- Be the first to say hello.
- Live beneath your means.
- Treat everyone like you would want to be treated.
- Never give up on anybody; miracles happen.
- Never deprive someone of hope; it may be all they have.
- Pray not for things, but for wisdom and courage.
- Be tough-minded, but tenderhearted.
- Be kinder than necessary.
- Keep your promises.
- Learn to show cheerfulness, even when you don't feel like it.
- Remember that overnight success usually takes about 15 years.
- Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.
- You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You're on your own and you know what you know.
And you will be the guy who'll decide where you'll go.
Oh - the places you'll go.
- Every person you meet knows something you don't.
Learn from them.
- Things work out best for the people
Who make the best out of the way things work out.
- A mind is like a parachute.
It only functions when opened.
- If you pursue happiness, it will elude
you. But if you focus on your family, the needs of
others, your work, meeting new people, and doing the
very best you can, happiness will find you.
- Good intentions are not good enough...
Ultimately we are measured by our actions.
- Spoon-feeding, in the long run, only teaches us the shape of a spoon.
- Don't duck the most difficult problems. That just insures that the
hardest part will be left when you're most tired. Get the big
one done - it's downhill from then on.
Norman Vincent Peale
- The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but has no
- The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
- To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
- You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose
sight of the shore.
- One learns most when teaching others.
- Success is never final and failure is never fatal.
- The most important thing about goals is having one.
- It is good to have an end to journey toward;
but it is the journey that matters, in the end.
Ursula K. Le Guin
- Advice given by example is more valuable than advice given by
- A desire not to but into other people's business is 80% of
all human wisdom.
Robert A. Heinlein
- If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take
it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays
the best interest.
- You may be disappointed if you fail,
but you are doomed if you don't try.
- What I hear I forget. What I see I remember. What I do I understand.
- When there is a hill to climb, don't think that waiting will
make it smaller.
- If you continue to do what you've always done
you'll continue to get what you've always got.
- 'Tis better to buy a small bouquet
And give to your friend this very day,
Than a bushel of roses white and red
To lay on his coffin after he's dead.
- When life gives you scraps, make a quilt.
- Everyone makes mistakes. Observe how people deal with their mistakes.
Do they ignore the events and pretend they didn't happen?
In these cases, only negatives remain.
Or, do they
take action and make amends? This turns negatives into
- If you do not find peace in yourself you will never find it anywhere
- Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.
- Accountants have better figures and do it without losing
- A small deed that is well done is always more valuable than the
greatest good intention.
- Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
- He who knows nothing doubts nothing.
- If we can't find a way, we'll make a way...."
Mike Ditka, New Orleans Saints Head Coach, 1997
- The Ten Commandments of How to Get Along With People
- Keep skid chains on your tongue; always say less than you
think. Cultivate a low, persuasive voice. How you say it
often counts more than what you say.
- Make promises sparingly, and keep them faithfully, no
matter what it costs.
- Never let an opportunity pass to say a kind and encouraging
word to or about somebody. Praise good work, regardless of
who did it. If criticism is needed, criticize helpfully,
- Be interested in others, their pursuits, their work, their
homes and families. Make merry with those who rejoice,
with those who weep, mourn. Let everyone you meet,
however humble, feel that you regard him as a person
- Be cheerful. Don't burden or depress those around you by
dwelling on your minor aches and pains and small
disappointments. Remember, everyone is carrying
some kind of a load.
- Keep an open mind. Discuss but don't argue. It is a mark
of a superior mind to be able to disagree without being
- Let your virtues, if you have any, speak for themselves.
Refuse to talk of another's vices. Discourage gossip. It is
a waste of valuable time and can be extremely destructive.
- Be careful of another's feelings. Wit and humor at the other
person's expense are rarely worth it and may hurt when
- Pay no attention to ill natured remarks about you.
Remember, the person who carried the message may not be
the most accurate reporter in the world. Simply live
so that nobody will believe them. Disordered nerves and
bad disgestion are a common cause of back-biting.
- Don't be too anxious about the credit due you. Do your
best, and be patient. Forget about yourself, and
let others "remember". Success is much sweeter that
- It took Thomas Edison over 6,000 attempts before he found a filament
for his first light bulb. As he said, "Genius is 1% inspiration
and 99% perspiration."
- Life is not the way it is supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way
you cope with it is what makes the difference.
- Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens
can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
- Treat someone as he is, and he will remain what he is.
Treat someone as he can and should be, and he will become
what he can and should be.
- The only person who never makes a mistake is the person who never
- If you want to feel rich, just count the things you have that money
- Everybody produces something:
- If you shoot for the moon and miss, you'll still be among
This is to have succeeded!
- To laugh often and much,
- to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection
- to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the
betrayal of false friends,
- to appreciate beauty,
- to find the best in others,
- to leave the world a bit better, whether by healthy child,
a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition,
- to know that even one life has breathed easier because you
Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Success in 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration.
You become successful the moment you start moving towards a
- In times of change, learners inherit the earth while
the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal
with a world that no longer exists.