Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's way.
Take your mind out every now and then and dance on it. It's getting all caked up!
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
Hire for attitude and train for skill. The most talented person will destroy a business if there is an attitude problem, and fellow employees are the first to know.
I live in a society in which crowded schedules and harassed conditions are evidence of importance, so I develop a crowded schedule and harassed conditions. When others notice, they acknowledge my significance, and my vanity is fed.
The feeling of being hurried is not usually the result of living a full life and having no time. It is, on the contrary, born of a vague fear that we are wasting our life. When we do not do the one thing we ought to do, we have no time for anything else.
People expect us to be busy, overworked. It's become a status symbol in our society- if we're busy we're important; if we're not busy, we're almost embarassed to admit it. Busyness is where we get our security. It's validating, popular, and pleasing. It's also a good excuse for not dealing with first things in our lives.
All change represents loss of some kind; thatís why some of us resist it so strongly.
The only person who likes change is a wet baby.
Conditions change. If youíre determined to stick with your original plan no matter what, youíre not gutsy, youíre stupid.
The number one barrier to change is the absence of a sense of urgency.
A competitive world has two possibilities for you. You can lose. Or, if you want to win, you can change.
L. C. Thurow
Faced with the choice between changing oneís mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.
John Kenneth Galbraith
Discipline is the gap between mediocrity and greatness.
There are two kinds of pain: the pain of discipline, and the pain of regret.
You can map out a fight plan or a life plan. But when the action starts, you're down to your reflexes. That's where your roadwork shows. If you cheated on that in the dark of the morning, you're getting found out now under the bright lights.
Encouragement is oxygen for the soul.
Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will never forget you.
William Arthur Ward
A pat on the back is only a few vertebrae removed from a kick in the pants, but is miles ahead in results.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Failure is only humiliating to the arrogant.
(I heard this great quote from Wayne Boldt- unsure if it is original to him.)
I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
There are two kinds of failures- those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.
If you have no personal goals you will work to achieve the goals of others.
The evidence is overwhleming that you cannot begin to achieve your best unless you set some aim in life.
Henry J. Kaiser
There are two sources of unhappiness in life. One is not getting what you want; the other is getting it.
George Bernard Shaw
Prescription for a lonely, unhappy person: "Lock the door behind you, go across the street, find someone who is hurting, and help them."
Psychiatrist Karl Menninger
"Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one we have."
"A new insight is quite sound when a master uses it, cheapens as it becomes popular, and is unendurable when it is merely fashionable."
"Integrity is keeping my commitments even if the circumstances when I made the commitments have changed."
"The thing that makes both people and rivers crooked is following the path of least resistance."
"'Justice' is the name we give the verdict when the court agrees with us."
Herbert V. Prochnow
"Never ask for justice. Mercy is our need."
He who knows, and knows he knows, is wise.
He who knows, and doesn't know he knows, is ignorant.
He who doesn't know, and doesn't know he doesn't know, is a fool.
He who doesn't know, and knows he doesn't know, is a student.
(There are many variations of this piece floating around. This one is from Bobb Biehl, Increasing Your Leadership Confidence, page 39)
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