31 December, 2012

‎"Without action, without decision,
you remain in possibility,
which is safe and beautiful
but eventually enervating and boring."

~ Jennifer Louder ~

24 December, 2012

"Find a place inside
where there's joy,
and the joy
will burn out the pain."

~Joseph Campbell ~

19 December, 2012

"Progress involves risk. You
can’t steal second base and
keep your foot on first."

~ Frederick Wilcox ~

18 December, 2012

"Some people leave trails of gloom;
others, trails of joy.

Some leave trails of hate and bitterness;
others, trails of love and harmony.

Some leave trails of cynicism and pessimism;
others, trails of faith and optimism.

Some leave trails of criticism and resignation;
others trails of gratitude and hope.

What kind of trails do you leave?"

~ William Arthur Ward ~

17 December, 2012

The price of leadership
is responsibility, and part
of that responsibility is
to stay positive whether
you feel like it or not.

12 December, 2012

"I am the master
of my fate:
I am the captain
of my soul."

~ William Ernst Henley ~

11 December, 2012

There are no shortcuts to
greatness...it is built day by
day, year by year, decade
by decade. It is making the
right decisions throughout
the day, every day.

10 December, 2012

We see things not as
they are but as we
are. If we’re grouchy or
depressed, the rest of the
world seems that way
too, and we misinterpret
remarks or actions.

05 December, 2012

"Turn your face to the
sun and the shadows
will fall behind you."

~ Maori Proverb ~

04 December, 2012

"You always pass failure
on your way to success."

~ Mickey Rooney ~

03 December, 2012

We are not defined by our
past; we are prepared by our
past. Nothing can happen
to you; it happens for you.

28 November, 2012

Life isn't about waiting
for the storms to pass.
It's about learning to
dance in the rain.

27 November, 2012

People will do what they get
positively reinforced to do.

26 November, 2012

"Failure is just an
opportunity to begin again,
with more experience."

~ Henry Ford ~

25 November, 2012

"What is success in
this world? I would
say it consists of four
simple things —
to live a lot, to love a lot,
to laugh a lot, and from
it all, to learn a lot."

~ Richard J. Needham ~

24 November, 2012

Be yourself, 'cause
everyone else is taken.

21 November, 2012

When was the last time
you took time for

19 November, 2012

Respect is not a gift;
you have to earn it.

17 November, 2012

"Decide you want it more
than you are afraid of it."

~ Bill Cosby ~

14 November, 2012

Don't fear tomorrow,
God is already there.

13 November, 2012

"If we wait until we aren't
afraid of failing, we'll wait
a long time before we do
anything worthwhile.
We must learn not to let
the fear of failure make us
fail, and not to let our fears
make our failures final."

~ Richard L. Evans ~

12 November, 2012

"It takes less time
to do a thing right,
than it does to
explain why
you did it wrong."

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ~

07 November, 2012

"In matters of style,
swim with the current;
in matters of principle,
stand like a rock."

~ Thomas Jefferson ~

06 November, 2012

"Your dream doesn't have
an expiration date.
Take a deep breath,
and try again."
~ Kt Witte ~

05 November, 2012

‎"No man is capable
of self-improvement
if he sees no other model
but himself."

~ Conrado I. Generoso ~

02 November, 2012

"Try not to become a
man of success, but
rather a man of value."

~ Albert Einstein ~

31 October, 2012

"When wealth is lost, nothing
is lost; when health is lost,
something is lost; when
character is lost, all is lost."

~ Billy Graham ~

30 October, 2012

27 October, 2012

"The richest place on the
planet is not a diamond
mine or an oil field. It is a
cemetery because in the
cemetery because there
you will find books that
were never written, music
that was never played,
leadership that the world
has never been exposed to.
Do not take your
dreams to the grave!"

~ Les Brown ~

26 October, 2012

Only you can control
your destiny, take charge
of your future like you
want it to happen. Doors
open and close, but you
have to put your hand
on the door knob to
make it open or close.

25 October, 2012

The only way to truly be
yourself is to get to that
place where you don't
have to be anyone else.

24 October, 2012

"Whatever you are,
be a good one."

~ Abraham Lincoln ~

23 October, 2012

You try, you fail, you try,
you fail, but the only
time you really fail is
when you stop trying.

22 October, 2012

"Eighty percent of
success is showing up."

~ Woody Allen ~

16 October, 2012

Perfection is not
practical or possible.
Mistakes are there
to be made and
to be learnt from.

15 October, 2012

"It always seems
impossible until
it's done."

~ Nelson Mandela ~

14 October, 2012

"Oh God, to reach the point
of death only to realize
you have never lived."

~ Henry David Thoreau ~

13 October, 2012

You can only be a leader
when people choose to
follow you. So live for them
and they will live for you.
Take the lead but
use gentle hands.

Create footsteps that are
easy for others to follow and
easy for them to step in.

11 October, 2012

"Fortune sides with
him who dares."

~ Virgil ~

10 October, 2012

"It is always better to
imitate a successful man
than to envy him."

~ Napoleon Hill ~

09 October, 2012

"The trouble with most
of us is that we would
rather be ruined by praise
than saved by criticism."

~ Norman Vincent Peal ~

08 October, 2012

"I'd rather be a failure
at something I enjoy
than be a success at
something I hate."

~ George Burns ~

04 October, 2012

If you want to do
something you’ll find a way,
if not you’ll find an excuse.

03 October, 2012

"Whenever you are asked
if you can do a job, tell
'em, 'Certainly I can!'
Then get busy and find
out how to do it."

~ Theodore Roosevelt ~

02 October, 2012

Negative: "It’s too hard!"
Positive: "You can do hard things."

01 October, 2012

No matter what you
may say, it’s your actions
that speak for you!

26 September, 2012

25 September, 2012

Being happy doesn't mean
everything's perfect. It
means you decide to see
beyond the imperfections.

24 September, 2012

When life comes to
the end, we will look
back and see either foot
prints or butt prints.

Footprints means
we got up, we tried,
we gave our all.

Butt prints means we didn't
care, we let fear get the
better of us, we just got lazy.

23 September, 2012

When you doubt yourself,
you defeat yourself.

Doubt is the killer of dreams,
ideas, and relationships.

22 September, 2012

Experience, Education, and Attitude.
Attitude wins every time.
It's the deciding factor.

19 September, 2012

Attitude defies limitation
and exceeds expectation.

18 September, 2012

"We cannot live our lives
being 'wish-I-wouldev's.
We need to belong to the
'glad-I-didda' tribe."

~ Bruce Hamsher ~

17 September, 2012

"It is amazing what you can
accomplish if you do not
care who gets the credit."

~ Harry S. Truman ~

16 September, 2012

15 September, 2012

12 September, 2012

"Experience is the name
we give to our mistakes."

~ Oscar Wilde ~

11 September, 2012

Champions never
ask what's the least
they can do.

10 September, 2012

"Change before
you have to."

~ Jack Welch ~

09 September, 2012

Your opinion of me is
none of my business.

08 September, 2012

Attitudes are contagious:
is yours worth catching?

29 August, 2012

"You need to be aware
of what others are doing,
applaud their efforts,
acknowledge their
successes, and encourage
them in their pursuits.
When we all help one
another, everybody wins."

~ Jim Stovall ~

28 August, 2012

"Happiness is not a
station you arrive at, but
a manner of travelling."

~ Margaret B. Runbeck ~

27 August, 2012

"People rarely succeed
unless they have fun in
what they are doing."

~ Dale Carnegie ~

26 August, 2012

"It is not length of life,
but depth of life."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

25 August, 2012

Success is doing the
best you can with
what you have.

22 August, 2012

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

~ Robert H. Schuller ~

21 August, 2012

"What we see
depends mainly on
what we look for."

~ John Lubbock ~

20 August, 2012

"The function of leadership
is to produce more leaders,
not more followers."

~ Ralph Nader ~

19 August, 2012

"The best leader brings
out the best in those he
has stewardship over."

~ J. Richard Clarke ~

18 August, 2012

Great things happen
when you dare to dream.

15 August, 2012

Every time we open
our mouths, others look
into our minds.

14 August, 2012

"Correction does much,
but encouragement
does more."

~ Goethe ~

13 August, 2012

"My great concern is not
whether you have failed,
but whether you are
content with your failure."

~ Abraham Lincoln ~

12 August, 2012

"Most of the important
things in the world have
been accomplished by
people who have kept on
trying when there seemed
to be no hope at all."

~ Dale Carnegie ~

11 August, 2012

Remember when you see
someone at the top of a mountain,
they didn't fall there.

07 August, 2012

"One man gives freely, yet
gains even more; another
withholds unduly, but
ends up impoverished."

~ Proverbs 11:24 ~

05 August, 2012

Put a grain of sugar
into everything
you say to someone
and take a grain of salt
with everything you hear.

04 August, 2012

"I am not discouraged,
because every wrong
attempt discarded is
another step forward."

~ Thomas A. Edison ~

01 August, 2012

"What counts is not
necessarily the size of the
dog in the fight, it's the size
of the fight in the dog."

~ Dwight D. Eisenhower ~

31 July, 2012

A lot of growing up takes
place between "It fell"
and "I dropped it."

30 July, 2012

"You've got to have an
atmosphere where people
can make mistakes. If we're
not making mistakes, we're
not going anywhere."

~ Gordon Forward ~

29 July, 2012

"The greater the obstacle,
the more glory in overcoming it."

~ Moliere ~

28 July, 2012

You only learn 20%
of anything in victory
but you learn 80%
of everything in failure.

25 July, 2012

"You are not
what you think you are...
But what you think
you are."

~ Norman Vincent Peale ~

24 July, 2012

For every person
who climbs the ladder of success,
there are a dozen
waiting for the elevator.

~ Kathy Griffith ~

18 July, 2012

"We are like tea bags,
we don't know our
own strength until
we're in hot water."

~ Sister Busche ~

17 July, 2012

"Sometimes the anticipation
of getting in the water
is actually worse
than the reality
of just jumping in."

~ Darren Hardy ~

16 July, 2012

"There is no chance,
no destiny, nor fate,
that can circumvent
or hinder or control
the firm resolve
of a determined soul."

~ Khushrow Patel ~

15 July, 2012

Go the Distance

in Every Area of Your Life

Building endurance isn't just necessary in sports. It’s an important life skill for all endeavors. As ultra-marathoner Marshall Ulrich points out, "Even raising kids is an endurance event." How do you go the distance when the odds seem impossible? More important, how do you break through what you think are your limits? Ulrich has some simple yet profound advice for sports...and for life:

WHATEVER YOUR GOAL IS, start small and slowly expand. If you're trying a new sport, do it once a week; then keep building on that little by little.

STAY FOCUSED on the process, not so much the end goal, and think about how it's going to enrich your life.

KNOW LIMITATIONS are only in your mind. If you don't think you can do something, then you won't do it. But if you believe, you can make it happen.

DON'T BUY INTO preconceived ideas, your own or anybody else's. Think beyond barriers. There really isn't anything you can't do.

—D.H. SUCCESS July 2012
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"Fall seven times,
stand up eight."

~ Japanese Proverb ~

14 July, 2012

"Whatever you vividly imagine,
ardently desire,
sincerely believe and
enthusiastically act upon...
must inevitably come to pass!"

~ Paul J. Meyer ~

11 July, 2012

"A man sees in the world
what he carries in his heart."

~ Opening scene of "Faust" ~

10 July, 2012

"You can't cross the sea
merely by standing and
staring at the water."

~ New Empire - One Heart/Million Voices ~

05 July, 2012

"You have to give up
to go up."

~ John Maxwell ~

04 July, 2012

"Being defeated is often a temporary condition,
Giving up is what makes it permanent."

~ Marlyn Vos Savant ~

02 July, 2012

"Your past isn't your future"

~ Nancy Dornan ~

01 July, 2012

"Your goals may be in concrete,
but your plans will be in sand."

~ Jake Funk ~

30 June, 2012

"All the world is full of suffering,
it is also full of overcoming."

~ Helen Keller ~

28 June, 2012

"Adventure isn't hanging
on a rope off the side of a
mountain. Adventure is an
attitude that we must apply
to the day to day obstacles
of life facing new challenges,
seizing new opportunities,
testing our resources against
the unknown and in the
process, discovering our
own unique potential."

~ John Amatt ~

27 June, 2012

You can’t expect people
to look eye to eye with
you if you are looking
down on them.

26 June, 2012

A coward gets scared
and quits. A hero gets
scared, but still goes on.

25 June, 2012

"Hot heads and cold hearts
never solved anything."

~ Billy Graham ~

24 June, 2012

"Most people live and
die with their music
still unplayed. They
never dare to try."

~ Mary Kay Ash ~

23 June, 2012

"With every deed you are
sowing a seed, though the
harvest you may not see."

~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox ~

22 June, 2012

You aren’t any good if
you are all spent. Take
time to renew yourself.
Sometimes we get burned
out, tired and lose steam.

Take time to reflect, think
and release the stresses. Let
go of the past. The window
in front of you is better
than the rearview mirror.

Enjoy the present
moment. Rest. Breathe.
Go for a walk.

Recharge your mind and
body. Take time for you.
Take time to have some fun.

Enjoy your life.

21 June, 2012

If you strive to be perfect,
you will go insane and
never get anything done. If
you strive to be excellent,
you will prosper, progress
and experience peace.

20 June, 2012

The most successful
people in the world
create networks,

19 June, 2012

"The meaning of things
lies not in the things
themselves, but in our
attitude towards them."

~ Antoine de Saint Exupery ~

18 June, 2012

"You may be disappointed
if you fail, but you are
doomed if you don’t try."

~ Beverly Sills ~

17 June, 2012

"When you do the
common things in life
in an uncommon way,
you will command the
attention of the world."

~ George Washington Carver ~

16 June, 2012

"If you are patient in one
moment of anger, you
will escape a hundred
days of sorrow."

~ Chinese Proverb ~

13 June, 2012

"Obstacles are those
frightful things you see
when you take your
eyes off your goal."

~ Henry Ford ~

12 June, 2012

"Diamonds are nothing
more than chunks of coal
that stuck to their jobs."

~ Malcolm Stevenson Forbes ~

11 June, 2012

"Nothing great was
ever achieved without

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

10 June, 2012

"We first make our
habits, and then our
habits make us."

~ John Dryden ~

09 June, 2012

Opportunity may knock
only once, but temptation
leans on the doorbell.

06 June, 2012

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

~ Franklin D. Roosevelt ~

04 June, 2012

"You can complain because
roses have thorns, or
you can rejoice because
thorns have roses."

~ Ziggy ~

03 June, 2012

"Until you value yourself,
you won’t value your
time. Until you value
your time, you will not
do anything with it."

~ M Scott Peck ~

02 June, 2012

Remember, people will
judge you by your actions,
not your intentions.
You may have a heart
of gold - but so does
a hardboiled egg.

27 May, 2012

"You can’t build a reputation
on what you’re going to do."

~ Henry Ford ~

26 May, 2012

The opposite of success is
not failure, it is quitting.

23 May, 2012

"Speak when you are angry,
and you will make the best
speech you'll ever regret."

~ Laurence J. Peter ~

21 May, 2012

"Never give up!
Never give up!
Never give up!"

~ Sir Winston Churchill ~

19 May, 2012

"It is never too late
to become what you
might have been."

~ George Eliot ~

18 May, 2012


Stop Sitting in it,
Dwelling on It and
Complaining about it.

(your best life)!

17 May, 2012

It takes years to build
trust, but only a brief
moment to destroy it.

16 May, 2012

"This is leadership:
When you're getting
kicked from the rear, it
means you're in front."

~ Fulton Sheen ~

15 May, 2012

Don’t withhold praise
when praise is deserved.

14 May, 2012

"The only reason men fail
is broken focus."

~ Mike Murdock ~

13 May, 2012

"Life is a gift,
and it offers us the privilege,
opportunity, and responsibility,
to give something back."

~ Anthony Robbins ~

12 May, 2012

"Most people are as happy
as they've decided they will be."

~ Abraham Lincoln ~

09 May, 2012

Smart people learn from
their own experience;
wise people learn from
someone else's experience.

08 May, 2012

"Courage is being
scared to death but
saddling up anyway."

~ John Wayne ~

07 May, 2012

"The best way to defeat a
condescending comment
is to not believe it."

~ Shaun Hays ~

06 May, 2012

"Attitude is your
paintbrush. It colors
every situation."

~ James Moore ~

05 May, 2012

"Potential is never realized
without effort and work."

~ Dr. Myles Munroe ~

24 April, 2012

Learn to accept
If you miss the target,
it’s not the wind’s fault
or the target’s fault;
be the one who
accepts responsibility.

22 April, 2012

"You will only be
pursued for the problems
you can solve."

~ Mike Murdock ~

21 April, 2012

"The only people
without problems are
in cemeteries."

~ Dr. Norman Vincent Peale ~

19 April, 2012

Don't leave your attitude to
chance; put it to choice.


Choices determine where
we go, what we get and
who we become.

You are who you are, are
where you are and have
what you have because you
have chosen those things.

We are the sum total
of our choices.

Empowered choices create
an empowered life.

A meaningful life starts
with meaningful choices.

18 April, 2012

"Your rewards in life
are in direct proportion
to your service."

~ Earl Nightingale ~

17 April, 2012

"You can have everything
you want in life, if you
will just help enough
other people get
what they want."

~ Zig Ziglar ~

16 April, 2012

15 April, 2012

"You were not put here to
just make a living. You are
here to live your making."

~ Les Brown ~

14 April, 2012

"You've got to get up
every morning with
determination if you're
going to go to bed
with satisfaction."

~ George Lorimer ~

12 April, 2012

I Asked for Strength

I asked God for strength that I might achieve.
I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.

I asked for health that I might do greater things.
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.

I asked for riches that I might be happy.
I was given poverty that I might be wise.

I asked for power that I might have the praise of men.
I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.

I asked for all things that I might enjoy life.
I was given life that I might enjoy all things.

I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.

I am, among all men, most richly blessed.

This poem was found on the
body of an unknown soldier of the Confederate Army,
Killed at the battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War.

11 April, 2012

Life may not be the
party we hoped for, but
while we are here we
might as well dance.

10 April, 2012

"Life is 10% what
happens to me and 90%
how I react to it."

~ Chuck Swindoll ~

04 April, 2012

The best dreams happen
when you're awake.

03 April, 2012

02 April, 2012

Optimize Later

I find myself constantly expending decision-making energy on tasks as trivial as making an extra trip down into the basement. If I’m going to go to the basement, I rationalize, I need to have something to bring down AND to bring back up. Maybe my real calling in life is to be a shipping dispatcher, but since I’m not in that business it’s actually a problem because it’s often faster to make multiple trips. Failure to do so leads to distraction and unnecessary delay.

Read more on David Seah's Blog
Nothing of me is original.
I am the combined effort
of everybody I've ever known.

01 April, 2012

Making big decisions about money

We're bad at it. And marketers know this.

Consider: you're buying a $30,000 car and you have the option of upgrading the stereo to the 18 speaker, 100 watt version for just $500 more. Should you?

Or perhaps you're considering two jobs, one that you love and one that pays $2,000 more. Which to choose?


You are lucky enough to be able to choose between two colleges. One, the one with the nice campus and slightly more famous name, will cost your parents (and your long-term debt) about $200,000 for four years, and the other ("lesser" school) has offered you a full scholarship.

Which should you take?

Read More on Seth Godin's Blog
Sometimes the dreams
that come true
are the dreams you never
even knew you had.

31 March, 2012

Six Simple Rules for Life

A five-year old slugger smacks the baseball out into the field and sprints toward third base.
A tiny midfielder, playing her first soccer match, reaches down and scoops into her arms the ball rolling through the green grass toward her.
A small child on the basketball court receives a pass from a teammate and excitedly races to the hoop…without remembering to dribble.

If you’ve ever coached a children’s sports team, then you know the importance of explaining the simple rules of the game. Initially, chaos and confusion reign supreme as children accustomed themselves to unfamiliar regulations. Yet over time, the once-confusing rules become second nature, and the kids play together without even having to think about them.

Read More on John Maxwell's Blog
"Be who you are and
say what you feel,
because those who mind
don't matter, and those who
matter don't mind."

~ Dr. Seuss ~

28 March, 2012

Ever tried.
Ever failed.
No matter.

Try again.
Fail again.
Fail better.

~ Samuel Beckett ~

27 March, 2012

A mystical land where 99%
of all human productivity,
motivation, and achievement
is stored.

25 March, 2012

What screws us up
most in life
is the picture
in our head
of how it is
supposed to be.

24 March, 2012

22 March, 2012

"I think the reason
DREAMS never come to
pass for most is they don't
have a strong enough
for making it happen.
Without a strong enough
why or reason, there is no
juice to fuel the passion
or actions to get there."

~ S. Glenn ~

21 March, 2012

"Life is 10% what
happens to me and 90%
how I react to it."

~ Chuck Swindoll ~

20 March, 2012

It’s not what we have
to do, but how we do
what we have to do that
makes the difference.

19 March, 2012

You can tell the size
of a person by the size
of the problem that
gets them down.

18 March, 2012

You can do 99% of all
things right in your vocation,
but without a positive
winning attitude, you fail.

17 March, 2012

"Imagination is more
important than

~ Albert Einstein ~

15 March, 2012

Born to Dream

Rollan A. Roberts II

What would you be or do if you know you could not fail? How would you live if time and money were no object? What are you so passionate about that sleep escapes you? Rollan A. Roberts II dynamically conveys what dreams are, what they are not, and how to achieve yours in Born to Dream. In this powerful, hard-hitting read, Rollan helps you to define your dream, achieve it, and keep it alive. Learn why people give up on their dreams and the attributes of successful dreamers. Born to Dream will bring clarity to your life's purpose and the dreams within you like no other book you've read. Born to Dream will inspire you to pursue your dreams with everything you are, have, and hope to be. This thrilling book is for champions you were Born to Dream.

You will discover:
  • 10 questions you can ask to define your dreams
  • 7 step play-by-play for achieving your dreams
  • 10 ways to keep your dream alive
  • 27 reasons people quit pursuing their dreams
  • 5 attributes of a champion

"Dreams are a form of goal setting. Without our dreams, we have no reason to move forward. Born to Dream motivates its readers to dream big and follow through to reach success."
Shannon Miller Olympic Gymnast.

14 March, 2012

"We act as though comfort and luxury
were the chief requirements of life,
when all that we need to make us really happy
is something to be enthusiastic about."

~ Charles Kingsley ~

13 March, 2012

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person
Give him a mask and he will tell you the truth."

~ Oscar Wilde ~

12 March, 2012

"He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else."

~ Benjamin Franklin ~

11 March, 2012

The tragedies we face lead us to our purpose.

10 March, 2012

Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass
It is about learning to Dance in the Rain.

07 March, 2012

"Let no one ever come to you
without leaving better and happier."

~ Mother Theresa ~

06 March, 2012

"I can accept failure,
but I can't accept not trying."

~ Michael Jordan ~

29 February, 2012

All learning is remembering.
All teaching is reminding.
All lessons are memories, recaptured.

28 February, 2012

"It is better to be a
lion for a day, then a
sheep all your life."

~ Beth Kenny ~

27 February, 2012

"If you never take
risks, you'll never
accomplish great things.
Everybody dies, but not
everybody has lived."

~ C.S. Lewis ~

26 February, 2012

25 February, 2012

"The first casualty of war is truth."

~ Hiram Johnson ~

23 February, 2012

A hundred years from now
- it will not matter what
my bank account was,
the sort of house I lived in,
the kind of car I drove.
But the world may be different
Because I was important
In the life of a child.

22 February, 2012

5 things that NEVER
produce goodness...lies,
worry, hate, resentment,
and criticism.

21 February, 2012

Where there is a WILL...
there is a Way! If there
is no will...create one!

20 February, 2012

19 February, 2012

Successful people fail more
because they try more.

18 February, 2012

Faith is not the escape
from the storms - it is
a life raft to carry us
through life’s turbulence.

15 February, 2012

It's not about who you can step on
to get where you want to go.
It's about who you can lift up
to get where you want to go.

14 February, 2012

13 February, 2012

The thoughts on your mind
are more important
than the things in your life.

12 February, 2012

My attitude toward others
determines their attitude toward me.

11 February, 2012

To deal with yourself, use your head.
Do deal with others, use your heart.

~ Skip Ross ~
A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that thousands of people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried up to meet his schedule.

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping continued to walk.

A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried but the kid stopped to look at the violinist.

Finally the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the top musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written,with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston and the seats average $100.

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty?

Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?

By: Vahdet Yilmaz

08 February, 2012

"It is the job
that is never started
that takes longest to finish."

~ J.R.R. Tolkien ~

07 February, 2012

"You're responsible
for your behaviour
(but you can't control the results)."

~ Carl Richards ~

06 February, 2012

Pessimists see only problems.
Optimists see opportunities.
What do you see?

05 February, 2012

"If there's a secret
to getting happy, it's this:
be true to yourself."

~ Carl Richards ~

04 February, 2012

"The wise speak only
of what they know."

~ J.R.R. Tolkien ~

02 February, 2012

How Do You Talk To Yourself?

A man and his small son were out walking through the mountains and at one point, the little boy slipped 20-30 yards down the mountain side.
Finally he was able to grab onto a tree branch and hold on, then he screamed out, "Help me!"
This voice boomed back, "Help me!"

He looked kind of confused and yelled, "Who are you?"
The voice boomed back, "Who are you?"

The small boy was aggravated and said, "You are a fool!"
The voice came back, "You are a fool!"

He said, "You are a coward!"
The voice yelled back, "You are a coward!"

Just about that time, his father got to him.
The small boy asked his dad, "Who is that?"
His dad laughed and said, "Son, that's called an echo but really its called life.
See, let me show you something son."

The dad hollered out, "You are a winner!"
The voice boomed back, "You are a winner!"

"You are talented!"
It came back, "You are talented!"

The dad yelled, "You've got what it takes!"
The voice rang out, "You've got what it takes!"

The dad said, "Son, that's how life is. Whatever you send out always comes back to you.
The question is, what are you sending out about yourself?
Start sending out I am strong, I am talented, and I am the best. I'll make it, I am creative, I am healthy, I am prosperous and I am victorious.
What you send out is going to come back to you.
Don't dare go through life being against yourself."

~ Author Unknown ~

01 February, 2012

"Many receive advice,
only the wise profit from it."

~ Publilius Syrus ~

31 January, 2012

"Not all those who wander are lost."

~ J.R.R. Tolkien ~

30 January, 2012

"Limit your attention
to things that meet two criteria -
they matter to you and
you can influence them."

~ Carl Richards ~

29 January, 2012

"The secret of my influence
has always been that it remained secret."

~ Salvador Dali ~

28 January, 2012

"The most important
discovery of our time is
the realization that we
can alter our lives by
altering our attitudes."

~ William James ~

27 January, 2012

God can and will use you even with your limitations.
Take some well known characters from the Bible for instance;

Jacob was a cheater
David had an affair
Noah got drunk
Paul was a murderer
Jonah ran from God
Gideon was insecure
Miriam was a gossip
Mary was a worrier
Thomas was a doubter
Sarah was impatient
Elijah was moody
Moses stuttered
Zacchaeus was short
Abraham was old
Lazarus was dead!

What's your excuse?

25 January, 2012

We are motivated - primarily -
by pain and pleasure.
But, we will work much harder
to avoid pain than we will
to seek pleasure.

24 January, 2012

"It is easier to be
the person you want to be
than hide the person you are."

~ Bob Andrews ~

23 January, 2012

"You aren't in charge of everything.
Do what you can, and then relax."

~ Carl Richards ~

22 January, 2012

“If you do what you’ve always done,
you’ll get what you always got.”

~ Mark Twain ~

21 January, 2012

“For changes to be
of any true value,
they've got to be
lasting and consistent.”

~ Anthony Robbins ~

18 January, 2012

"As you climb the ladder of success,
be sure it's leaning against the right building."

~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr ~

17 January, 2012

"You may never know
what results come of your action,
but if you do nothing
there will be no result."

~ Mahatma Ghandhi ~

16 January, 2012

One person cannot make a team,
but one person can break a team.

15 January, 2012

"Genius does what it must,
and Talent does what it can."

~ Owen Meredith ~

14 January, 2012

Man can live about 40 days without food,
about 3 days without water,
about 8 minutes without air,
but not 1 second without hope.

03 January, 2012

Anticipate excellence -
put a 10 on everyone's head.

02 January, 2012