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To solve any problem, here are three questions to ask yourself: First, what could I do? Second, what could I read? And third, who could I ask?

You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.
If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.
We must risk going too far to discover just how far we can go.
All of life is a risk; in fact we're not going to get out alive. Casualness leads to casualties. Communication is the ability to affect other people with words.
Whatever good things we build end up building us.
What you become directly influences what you get.
Whoever renders service to many puts himself in line for greatness -- great wealth, great return, great satisfaction, great reputation, and great joy.
Service to many leads to greatness-great respect, great satisfaction. Success is not having to wait until someone goes to Hong Kong before you get a camera.
The Bible give us a list of human stories on both sides of the ledger. On list of human stories is used examples -- do what these people did. Another list of human stories is used as warnings -- don't do what these people did. So if your story ever gets in one of these books, make sure they use it as an example, not a warning.
For every promise, there is price to pay.
We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.
Some people plant in the spring and leave in the summer. If you're signed up for a season, see it through. You don't have to stay forever, but at least stay until you see it through.
How long should you try? Until.
Your philosophy determines whether you will go for the disciplines or continue the errors.
If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.
Never begin the day until it is finished on paper.
Asking is the beginning of receiving. Make sure you don't go to the ocean with a teaspoon. At least take a bucket so the kids won't laugh at you.
Attitude is your acceptance of the natural laws, or your rejection of the natural laws.
Success is neither magical or mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.
Success is steady progress toward one's personal goals
Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become.
The major value in life is not what you get. The major value in life is what you become.
You don't get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour.
Wealth is not a matter of intelligence it's a matter of inspiration.
Words do two major things: They provide food for the mind and create light for understanding and awareness.
By working hard, you get to play hard guilt-free.
The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch.
Take advantage of every opportunity to practice your communication skills so that when important occasions arise, you will have the gift, the style, the sharpness, the clarity, and the emotions to affect other people.
Effective communication is 20% what you know and 80% how you feel about what you know.
We get paid for bringing value to the market place.
Time is more value than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.
Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.
The book you don't read won't help.
Miss a meal if you have to, but don't miss a book.
Everything you need for better future and success has already been written. And guess what? All you have to do is go to the library.
Don't just read the easy stuff. You may be entertained by it, but you will never grow from it.
If you don't like how things are, change it! You're not a tree.
Character isn't something you were born with and can't change, like your fingerprints. It's something you weren't born with and must take responsibility for forming.
The more you know the less you need to say.
Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention.
Giving is better than receiving because giving starts the receiving process.
Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.
Make measurable progress in reasonable time.
The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than what you get.
Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.
Failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.
Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don't fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.
Take time to gather up the past so that you will be able to draw from your experience and invest them in the future.
For every disciplined effort there is a multiple reward.
When you know what you want, and want it bad enough, you will find a way to get it.
Without a sense of urgency, desire loses its value.
It doesn't matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions.
It's easy to let life deteriorate into making a living instead of making a life. It's not the hours you put in, but what you out into the hours that count. Learn to express rather than impress. Expressing evokes a me too attitude while impressing evokes a so what attitude.
You must constantly ask yourself these questions: Who am I around? What are they doing to me? What have they got me reading? What have they got me saying? Where do they have me going? What do they have me thinking? And most important, what do they have me becoming? Then ask yourself the big question: Is that okay? Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.
Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live.
Don't wish it were easier, wish you were better.
Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea.
Part of your heritage in this society is the opportunity to become financially independent.
Money is usually attracted, not pursued.
Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else's hands, but not you.
Maturity is the ability to reap without apology and not complain when things don't go well.
Income seldom exceeds personal development.
The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.
Leadership is the challenge to be something more than average.
A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.
There are only about a half dozen things that make 80% of the difference in any area of our lives.
Get around people who have something of value to share with you. Their impact will continue to have a significant effect on your life long they have departed.
Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.
The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy.
The miracle of the seed and the soil is not available by affirmation; it is only available by labor.
Labor gives birth to ideas.
To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.
He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise.
One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.
Self-confidence is the result of a successfully survived risk.
Calm self-confidence is as far from conceit as the desire to earn a decent living is remote from greed.
It is easy -- terribly easy -- to shake a man's faith in himself. To take advantage of that to break a man's spirit is devil's work.
There's one blessing only, the source and cornerstone of beatitude -- confidence in self.
Do not attempt to do a thing unless you are sure of yourself; but do not relinquish it simply because someone else is not sure of you.
Work banishes those three great evils: boredom, vice and poverty.
A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.

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