2. “If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”

3. “You cannot change your destination overnight but you can change your direction overnight.”

4. “For things to change, you have to change.”

5. “Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.” 

6. “The major value in life is not what you get. The major value in life is what you become.”

7. “Maturity is the ability to reap without apology and not complain when things don’t go well.”

8. “Life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.”

9. “If you don’t change what you are doing today, all of your tomorrows will look like yesterday.”

10. “Finding is reserved for those that search.”

11. “It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go.”

12. “Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.”

13. “Days are expensive. When you spend a day you have one less day to spend. So make sure you spend each one wisely.”

14. “We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.”

15. “If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.”

16. “Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines practiced every day.”

17. “Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.”

18. “Without a sense of urgency, desire loses its value.”

19. “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”

20. “We must learn to help those who deserve it, not just those who need it. Life responds to deserve not need.”

21. “The stronger the ‘why,’ the easier the ‘how’ becomes.”

22. “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”

23. “Happiness is not by chance, but by choice.”

24. “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.”

25. “You cannot make progress without making decisions.”

26. “When you know what you want, and you want it bad enough, you will find a way to get it.”

27. “Either you run the day or the day runs you.”

28. “Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom.”

29. “Unless you change how you are, you will always have what you got.”

30. “The major key to your better future is you.”

31. “Don’t say, ‘If I could, I would.’ Say, ‘If I can, I will.’”

32. “Start from wherever you are and with whatever you’ve got.”

33. “Don’t let your learning lead to knowledge. Let your learning lead to action.”

34. “Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea.”

35. “Whatever good things we build end up building us.”

36. “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 of far greater value than what you get.”

37. “It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off.” 

38. “The difficulties you meet will resolve themselves as you advance. Proceed, and light will dawn, and shine with increasing clearness on your path.”

39. “Formal education will make you a living, self-education will make you a fortune.”

40. “Take time to gather up the past so that you will be able to draw from your experience and invest them in the future.”

41. “Learn to express, not impress.”

42. “The more obstacles you face and overcome, the more times you falter and get back on track, the more difficulties you struggle with and conquer, the more resiliency you will naturally develop. There is nothing that can hold you back if you are resilient.”

43. “The things that change your life are: the people you meet, the classes you take, and the books you read.”

44. “If you just communicate, you can get by. But if you communicate skillfully, you can work miracles.”

45. “Effective communication is 20% what you know and 80% how you feel about what you know.”

46. “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.”

47. “The goal of effective communication should be for listeners to say, ‘Me, too!’ versus ‘So what?’”

48. “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.”

49. “For effective communication, use brevity. Jesus said, ‘Follow me.’ Now that’s brief! He could be brief because of all that he was that he didn’t have to say.”

50. “Every time we speak, we choose and use one of four basic communication styles: assertive, aggressive, passive, and passive-aggressive.”

51. “You cannot speak that which you do not know. You cannot share that which you do not feel. You cannot translate that which you do not have. And you cannot give that which you do not possess. To give it and to share it, and for it to be effective, you first need to have it. Good communication starts with good preparation.”

52. “The only healthy communication style is assertive communication.”

53. “Without constant activity, the threats of life will soon overwhelm the values.”

54. “We can have more than we’ve got because we can become more than we are.”

55. “Whoever renders service to many puts himself in line for greatness; great wealth, great return, great satisfaction, great reputation, and great joy.”

56. “Become a millionaire not for the million dollars, but for what it will make of you to achieve it.”

57. “Life and business is like the changing seasons. You cannot change the seasons, but you can change yourself. Therein lies the opportunity to live an extraordinary life—the opportunity to change yourself.”

58. “We cannot move casually into a better future. We cannot casually pursue the goal we have set for ourselves. A goal that is casually pursued is not a goal, at best it is a wish, and wishes are little more than self-delusion.”

59. “People would do better if they knew better.”

60. “Money is usually attracted, not pursued.”

61. “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.”

62. “Take interest and even delight in doing the small things well.”

63. “Life is not just the passing of time. Life is the collection of experiences and their intensity.”

64. “Work hard at your job and you can make a living. Work hard on yourself and you can make a fortune.”

65. “Your philosophy determines whether you will go for the disciplines or continue the errors.”

66. “Few key things that make a difference, once identified, spend major time on these things.”

67. “If you don’t sow, you don’t reap. You don’t even have a chance.”

68. “Words do two major things—they provide food for the mind and create light for understanding and awareness.”

69. “What’s simple to do is also simple not to do.”

70. “The day you graduate from childhood to adulthood is the day you take full responsibility for your life.”

71. “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” 

72. “The only way it gets better for you is when you get better. Better is not something you wish, it’s something you become.”

73. “For every disciplined effort, there is a multiple reward.”

74. “Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion.”

75. “The smallest of disciplines, practiced every day, start an incredible process that can change our lives forever.”

76. “Discipline is the foundation upon which all success is built. Lack of discipline inevitably leads to failure.”

77. “Discipline has within it the potential for creating future miracles.”

78. “One discipline always leads to another discipline.”

79. “It’s best to start the when the amounts are small. It’s easy to give ten cents out of a dollar; it’s a little harder to give a hundred thousand out of a million.”

80. “It’s a new day, a new beginning for your new life. With discipline, you will be amazed at how much progress you’ll be able to make. What have you got to lose except the guilt and fear of the past?”

81. “All disciplines affect each other. Mistakenly the man says, ‘This is the only area where I let down.’ Not true. Every letdown affects the rest. Not to think so is naive.”

82. “It is the accumulative weight of our disciplines and our judgments that leads us to either fortune or failure.”

83. “The best time to set up a new discipline is when the idea is strong.”

84. “You don’t have to change that much for it to make a great deal of difference. A few simple disciplines can have a major impact on how your life works out in the next 90 days, let alone in the next 12 months or the next 3 years.”

85. “Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do.”

86. “The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch.”

87. “Success is steady progress toward one’s personal goals.”

88. “Make measurable progress in reasonable time.”

89. “Success is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.”

90. “All leaders are readers.”

91. “Don’t spend major time on minor things.”

92. “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

93. “What you become is far more important than what you get.”

94. “The more you care, the stronger you can be.”

95. “Be fascinated instead of frustrated.” 

96. “The more you know the less you need to say.”

97. “You have two choices—you can make a living or you can design a life.”

98. “Every day, stand guard at the door of your mind.”

99. “A good is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.”

100. “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor but without folly.”

101. “Leaders must learn to discipline their disappointments. It’s not what happens to us, it is what we choose to do about what happens that makes the difference in how our lives turn out.”

102. “If you want to be a leader who attracts quality people, the key is to become a person of quality yourself.”

103. “Managers help people see themselves as they are; leaders help people to see themselves better than they are.”

104. “Don’t shortchange yourself when it comes to investing in your own better future.”

105. “If you will be faithful to a few things, you will someday become the ruler over many things.”

106. “Profits are better than wages. Wages make you a living; profits make you a fortune.”

107. “If you wish to have power and influence over the many, be faithful when there is just a few. If you have a few employees, a few distributors, a few people, that’s the time to stay in touch and be totally absorbed when there is just a few.”

108. “Success is neither nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.”

109. “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?”

110. “Good service leads to multiple sales. If you take good care of your customers, they will open doors you could never open by yourself.”

111. “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.”

112. “Don’t bring your need to the marketplace, bring your skill. If you don’t feel well, tell your doctor, but not the marketplace. If you need money, go to the bank, but not the marketplace.”

113. “Success recipe: two cups of faith, two cups love, one cup hard work, one cup persistence, one tbsp vision, and a dash of swagger.”

114. “Success is the continual unfolding of the design of your life and pulling it off. That’s what success is.”

115. “Don’t join an easy crowd; you won’t grow. Go where the expectations and the demands to perform are high.”

116. “Don’t wish for less problems; wish for more skills.”

117. “You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour.”

118. “The ultimate reason for setting goals is to entice you to become the person it takes to achieve them.”

119. “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”

120. “No one else makes us angry. We make ourselves angry when we surrender control of our attitude.”

121. “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.”

122. “If you go to work on your goals, your goals will work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will work on you.”

123. “The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy.”

124. “Never begrudge the money you spend on your own education.”

125. “Living life in style also means living a life of balance.”

126. “If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around.”

127. “The worst thing one can do is not to try, to be aware of what one wants, and not give in to it, to spend years in silent hurt wondering if something could have materialized.”

128. “Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.”

129. “I used to blame everything outside of me for my lack of progress until I found that my problem was inside.”

130. “The greatest gift you can give somebody is your own personal development. I used to say, ‘If you will take care of me, I will take care of you.’ Now I say, ‘I will take care of me for you if you will take care of you for me.’”

131. “Don’t just read the easy stuff. You may be entertained by it, but you will never grow from it.”

132. “Start reading, and especially read the kinds of books that will help you unleash your inner potential.”

133. “A novel is never anything, but a philosophy put into images.”

134. “Miss a meal if you have to, but don’t miss a book.”

135. “It isn’t what the book costs. It’s what it will cost you if you don’t read it.” 

136. “The reason that fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature, to those who really like to study people, is that in fiction the author can really tell the truth without humiliating himself.”

137. “Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure.” 

138. “Successful people have libraries. The rest have big-screen TVs.”

139. “Labor gives birth to ideas.”

140. “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.”

141. “Those who will not read are no better off than those who cannot read.”

142. “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.”

143. “You must be careful not to let your current appetites steal away any chance we might have for a future feast.”

144. “We must all wage an intense, lifelong battle against the constant downward pull. If we relax, the bugs and weeds of negativity will move into the garden and take away everything of value.”

145. “The difference between where you are today and where you’ll be five years from now will be found in the quality of books you’ve read.”

146. “Everything you need for a better future and success has already been written. And guess what? All you have to do is go to the library.”

147. “Motivation alone is not enough. If you have an idiot and you motivate him, now you have a motivated idiot.”

148. “We generally change ourselves for one of two reasons—inspiration or desperation.”

149. “If you grow, everything grows for you.”

150. “Indecision is the thief of opportunity.”

151. “Whether we are working to improve our health, wealth, personal achievement, or professional enterprise, the difference between triumphant success or bitter failure lies in the degree of our commitment to seek out, study, and apply those half dozen things.”

152. “The difference between a goal-directed individual and someone without goals is like the difference between a Wimbledon champion and a kid batting a tennis ball around on a court with no net, no opponent to bring out the best in him, and no way of keeping score.”

153. “There are only 3 colors, 10 digits, and 7 notes; it’s what we do with them that’s important.”

154. “I find it fascinating that most people plan their vacations with better care than they plan their lives. Perhaps that is because escape is easier than change.”

155. “How long should you try? Until.”

156. “You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills.”

157. “Part of your heritage in this society is the opportunity to become financially independent.”

158. “Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don’t fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgement, repeated every day.”

159. “The big challenge is to become all that you have the possibility of becoming. You cannot believe what it does to the human spirit to maximize your human potential and stretch yourself to the limit.”

160. “What is powerful is when what you say is just the tip of the iceberg of what you know.”

161. “The problem with waiting until tomorrow is that when it finally arrives, it is called today.”

162. “Poor people spend their money and save what’s left, rich people save their money and spend what’s left.”

163. “Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have.”

164. “Things that I felt absolutely sure of but a few years ago, I do not believe now. This thought makes me see more clearly how foolish it would be to expect all men to agree with me.”

165. “Better understated than overstated. Let people be surprised that it was more than you promised and easier than you said.”

166. “Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention.”

167. “Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.”

168. “For every promise, there is a price to pay. If the promise is clear, the price is easy.”

169. “Goals. There’s no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There’s no telling what you can do when you believe in them. There’s no telling what will happen when you act upon them.”


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