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Motivation

66 Lessons from Aristotle

Below are 66 must-read life lessons from Aristole: Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them. Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil. Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age. The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal. The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication. A friend to all is a friend to

7 Critical Success Lessons

Today I want to talk about seven important success lessons.  If you’re going to succeed you must first master the lessons of success.  You must pass the test and qualify for success.  Marva Collins said, “Success doesn’t come to you, you go to it.”  With that, here are seven lessons to help you “go to” success. 7 Critical Success Lessons: 1. Work “The most practical, beautiful, workable philosophy in the world

50 Lessons from Plato

Below are 50 must-read life lessons from Plato: We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous. I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work. Ignorance, the root and stem of all

35 Amazing Quotes to Help You Overcome Procrastination

“Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.” — M. Scott Peck “If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.” —Olin Miller “Procrastination is like a credit card: it’s a lot fun until you get the bill.” — Christopher Parker “There are a million ways to lose

7 Must Read Keys to Bravery

Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons. You have the courage you need to succeed, but you must first unlock that courage.” Today I want to talk about seven keys that will unlock the bravery you need to succeed. 7 Must Read Keys to Bravery: 1. Keep It Quiet “Bravery is being the only one

Optimism and Pessimism – Different Views of Reality

Nothing is good or bad, but thinking makes it so. – Shakespeare The master told his disciples that we never see the world as it is, but only see what we want to see. A passer by heard the master and said ‘how absurd! Of course we see the word as it is.’ The master broke some sticks and placed them on the ground, and asked the passer-by to describe

Acceptance

People love to make plans. It is human nature to want to know where we are going. The psychologist Fitzurgh Dodson echoed many other writers when he said, ‘Without goals and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.’ But look back over the course of your life. Did you plan to be where you are now? For most of us, life

Becoming More Optimistic

In the last post, I set out some of the reasons for thinking that optimism is a better choice of ‘explanatory style’ than pessimism, and suggested that it is possible to consciously develop a more optimistic way of thinking. Making the transition to greater optimism is really a matter of recognizing three simple truths. Recognize that you are in the habit of thinking negatively We do not see the world

Giving Up

On October 29 1941, the United Kingdom’s then Prime Minister Winston Churchill visited Harrow School – his almer mater – to speak to the students. The speech he made became one of his most quoted – or rather, misquoted – speeches. The myth is that Churchill stood before the students and said, ‘Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, give in. Never give in. Never give in. Never give in.’

Dealing with Suffering

Many years ago, I read a beautiful description of the sun shining through the branches of a tree in winter. The low sun’s rays come streaming through, but only because the tree is bare. In the summer, when the tree is in loaded with leaves and flowers, the light cannot penetrate, but in winter, when the branches, stripped of their foliage, stand naked, and no color remains, the sunlight can