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[Quote No.35125] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"The first thing a great person does, is make us realize the insignificance of circumstance." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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[Quote No.35136] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"They can because they think they can." - Virgil

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[Quote No.35149] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"He never knew when he was whipped ... So he never was..." - Louis L'Amour
Famous US author. Quote from his novel, 'To the Far Blue Mountains'.
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[Quote No.35157] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"Few things are impracticable in themselves; and it is for want of application, rather than of means, that men [and women] fail to succeed." - Francois De La Rochefoucauld

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[Quote No.35202] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[A true story: about persistence] The value of persistence can be shown with the story of the 1974 philosophical novel, 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values' by Robert M. Pirsig, which was rejected by 121 publishers before it was accepted and then sold an astounding five million copies [so each rejection was eventually worth more than forty one thousand books sold]." - Anon

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[Quote No.35308] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"By bravely enduring it, an evil which cannot be avoided is overcome." - Proverb

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[Quote No.35336] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"Failure is nature's plan to prepare you [if you don't give up] for great responsibilities." - Napoleon Hill

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[Quote No.35379] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but quickly to see how to make them good. [Persist with the goal but change the method if necessary.]" - Elbert Hubbard

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[Quote No.35398] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"Out of need springs desire, and out of desire springs the energy and the will to win." - Denis Waitley

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[Quote No.35551] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"The bird that would soar above the plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings." - Kate Chopin

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[Quote No.35587] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"Luck marches with those who give their very best" - H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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[Quote No.35588] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"You never know what events are going to transpire to get you home." - Apollo 13
Movie
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[Quote No.35601] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stone-cutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it would split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before together." - Jacob A. Riis
(1849-1914), journalist and social reformer
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[Quote No.35615] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"Every great achievement is the victory of a flaming heart." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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[Quote No.35626] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"An ounce of patience is worth a pound of brains." - Dutch Proverb

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[Quote No.35643] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." - John Wooden

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[Quote No.35769] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"Those who are prepared to die for any cause are seldom defeated." - Jawaharlal Nehru

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[Quote No.42935] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss, and they open doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be." - Joseph Campbell

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[Quote No.35852] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"How one carries on in the face of unavoidable catastrophe is a matter of temperament [overlaid by learning and choice]. In high school, as was custom, I had chosen a verse by Virgil to be my motto: 'Tu ne cede malis sed contra audentior ito'. Do not give in to evil, but proceed ever more boldly against it. I recalled these words during the darkest hours of the war. Again and again I had met with situations from which rational deliberation found no means of escape; but then the unexpected intervened, and with it came salvation. " - Ludwig von Mises
[1881 – 1973], an Austrian-American economist, historian, philosopher, author, and classical liberal who had a significant influence on the modern free-market libertarian movement and the Austrian School of economics.
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[Quote No.36041] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"It is all right to make mistakes; nothing is perfect because with perfection, we would not exist... One of the basic rules of the universe is that nothing is perfect. Perfection simply doesn't exist.....Without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist!" - Professor Stephen Hawking
[1942 - ], English theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author.
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[Quote No.36044] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"It is no good getting furious if you get stuck. What I do is keep thinking about the problem but work on something else. Sometimes it is years before I see the way forward. In the case of information loss and black holes, it was 29 years." - Professor Stephen Hawking
[1942 - ], English theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author.
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[Quote No.36211] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"I will be conquered; I will not capitulate." - Samuel Johnson

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[Quote No.36212] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"Failure is not our only punishment for laziness [and a lack of persistence]; there is also the success of others." - Jules Renard

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[Quote No.36271] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"Back of every creation, supporting it like an arch, is faith. Enthusiasm is nothing: it comes and goes. But if one believes [and persists], then miracles occur." - Henry Miller

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[Quote No.36276] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil, and let us see what we are made of [and what we may make of ourselves, with imagination and persistence]." - Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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[Quote No.36294] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle." - Christian D. Larson

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[Quote No.36376] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic!" - George Orwell
[1903 – 1950], George Orwell was the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair, who was an English author and journalist. His work is known for its keen intelligence and wit, profound awareness of social injustice, and an intense opposition to totalitarianism. He is best known for the satirical novella ‘Animal Farm’ (1945) and the dystopian novel ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ (published in 1949) — they have together sold more copies than any two books by any other twentieth-century author.
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[Quote No.36378] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible." - George Orwell
[1903 – 1950], George Orwell was the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair, who was an English author and journalist. His work is known for its keen intelligence and wit, profound awareness of social injustice, and an intense opposition to totalitarianism. He is best known for the satirical novella ‘Animal Farm’ (1945) and the dystopian novel ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ (published in 1949) — they have together sold more copies than any two books by any other twentieth-century author.
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[Quote No.36422] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"‘Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else’ by Geoff Colvin --------Editorial Reviews: Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek bestseller Asked to explain why a few people truly excel, most people offer one of two answers. The first is hard work. Yet we all know plenty of hard workers who have been doing the same job for years or decades without becoming great. The other possibility is that the elite possess an innate talent for excelling in their field. We assume that Mozart was born with an astounding gift for music, and Warren Buffett carries a gene for brilliant investing. The trouble is, scientific evidence doesn't support the notion that specific natural talents make great performers. According to distinguished journalist Geoff Colvin, both the hard work and natural talent camps are wrong. What really makes the difference is a highly specific kind of effort – ‘deliberate practice’ - that few of us pursue when we're practicing golf or piano or stock-picking. Based on scientific research, ‘Talent is Overrated’ shares the secrets of extraordinary performance and shows how to apply these principles. It features the stories of people who achieved world-class greatness through deliberate practice - including Benjamin Franklin, comedian Chris Rock, football star Jerry Rice, and top CEOs Jeffrey Immelt and Steven Ballmer. --------Most Helpful Customer Reviews: -------- 230 of 238 people found the following review helpful: 5.0 out of 5 stars Exhilarating, Infuriating or Terrifying -- it all depends on you, April 2, 2009 By Mercenary Trader I inhaled this book. The informal plan was to read it over a few short weeks. Instead I plowed through it in maybe three days. For those teetering on the edge of greatness -- or thinking about really going for the gusto, in whatever field or endeavor that has captured their spirit -- this book is an invitation to walk among the gods. For those who have soured on their dreams and bitterly written them off, however, this book will be painful. It might even read like a damning indictment, and thus incite a hostile emotional response. And finally, this book also has the potential to be terrifying. For those who feel the pull of greatness but also wrestle with a deep-seated fear of failure, the starkness of the choice will be revealed to them in these pages. Why? Because Colvin's deeper message, beyond the powerful insights into ‘Deliberate Practice’ and what it can do, is that there is no excuse. Whatever it is you like (or love) to do, the fact that you don't hate it means you probably have the basic tools -- and so there's no reason you can't get better, maybe a lot better. And so, at the end of the day, there is simply no real excuse for not being great. Only the classic Bartleby the Scrivener response: ‘I prefer not to.’ Greatness requires dedication and sacrifice, period. Being good at something requires a fair amount... being great requires a huge amount. If you truly desire greatness -- or simply to be great at what you do -- then much sacrifice is required. But I fudge slightly. The book does leave room for one excuse of sorts, but not a very satisfying one. In some cases of highly competitive endeavor, wunderkinds (like Mozart and Tiger Woods) have built up a nearly insurmountable ‘time in the saddle’ advantage via taking up the hard work of Deliberate Practice at an astonishingly young age. Olympian swimmer Michael Phelps has analogized his hard training to putting credits in the bank. Deliberate Practice is like a disciplined investing program -- the longer you do it, the more compounding you see, and it takes many years up front to get to a point of real momentum. This makes it all but impossible in certain prodigy-dominated arenas to come to the game late and try to catch someone who has been continuously working their butt off from, say, age twelve. (Or in Tiger and Mozart's case, age three.) My personal experience with Deliberate Practice -- which I practice in the world of trading and investing -- is that it's a lot like running. The brain is like a muscle, or rather a group of muscles, that has to be built up, like legs and heart and lungs for the runner, if a rigorous Deliberate Practice program is to be sustained. This is another reason why getting into Deliberate Practice is so hard for the average individual. People don't intuitively grasp the concept that the brain is like a muscle... that you have to strengthen your cognitive control and tighten up your executive functions before you can become a powerhouse. Nobody starts out on a running program from a dead stop and assumes they'll be able to run three marathons every week. They build up to it, and work on ways to overcome the initial physical pain and resistance that act as a barrier before ‘runner's high’ kicks in and positive addiction carries them through. It's a similar dynamic with Deliberate Practice. Many people fail in their early quest for excellence, I suspect, because the mind flags and the will tires, and instead of taking this as a normal part of the training process -- like being winded in the early stages of a running program -- they decide they can't hack it and quietly slip back into mediocrity. Another thing I liked about this book is how it puts talent in the proper context. Is it true that talent is overrated? Well, yes. Based on these findings, absolutely. But that doesn't mean talent plays no role in success. It simply means that having some modicum of talent (whether imparted by genes or favorable early developments) is often a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for success. That lack of sufficiency, i.e. talent alone not being ‘enough,’ or even anywhere close to enough, is an absolutely critical point. It's a further interesting quirk that too much talent can even be an impediment, in certain cases, if the obvious presence of said talent convinces the individual that it's okay to shirk on Deliberate Practice. It's no statistical accident, for example, that the less flashy ‘work horses’ of the baseball and basketball worlds tend to have longer careers than their flashier co-players, thanks to a tighter regime of working hard on the fundamentals to make up for lesser natural gifts. And it seems like we all know someone who had a great knack for playing guitar or piano by ear in high school, but couldn't be bothered to put in the sweat equity of trying to develop it into something more. Now, go forth and get on the path to greatness. -------- 430 of 455 people found the following review helpful: 5.0 out of 5 stars Deliberate practice ‘hurts but it works’, October 16, 2008. By Robert Morris (Dallas, Texas) (TOP 50 REVIEWER) (REAL NAME) Colvin set out to answer this question: ‘What does great performance require?’ In this volume, he shares several insights generated by hundreds of research studies whose major conclusions offer what seem to be several counterintuitive perspectives on what is frequently referred to as ‘talent.’ (See Pages 6-7.) In this context, I am reminded of Thomas Edison's observation that ‘vision without execution is hallucination.’ If Colvin were asked to paraphrase that to indicate his own purposes in this book, my guess (only a guess) is that his response would be, ‘Talent without deliberate practice is latent’ and agrees with Darrell Royal that ‘potential’ means ‘you ain't done it yet.’ In other words, there would be no great performances in any field (e.g. business, theatre, dance, symphonic music, athletics, science, mathematics, entertainment, exploration) without those who have, through deliberate practice developed the requisite abilities. It occurs to me that, however different they may be in almost all other respects, athletes such as Cynthia Cooper, Roger Federer, Michael Jordan, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Lorena Ochoa, Candace Parker, Michael Phelps, Vijay Singh, and Tiger Woods ‘make it look so easy’ in competition because their preparation is so focused, rigorous, and thorough. Obviously, they do not win every game, match, tournament, etc. Colvin's point (and I agree) is that all great performers ‘make it look so easy’ because of their commitment to deliberate practice, often for several years before their first victory. In fact, Colvin cites a ‘ten-year rule’ widely endorsed in chess circles (attributed to Herbert Simon and William Chase) that ‘no one seemed to reach the top ranks of chess players without a decade or so of intensive study, and some required much more time.’ The same could also be said of ‘overnight sensations’ who struggled for years to prepare for their ‘big break’ on Broadway or in Hollywood. Colvin duly acknowledges that deliberate practice ‘is a large concept, and to say that it explains everything would be simplistic and reductive.’ Colvin goes on to say, ‘Critical questions immediately present themselves: What exactly needs to be practiced? Precisely how? Which specific skills or other assets must be acquired? The research has revealed answers that generalize quite well across a wide range of fields.’ Even after committing all of my time and attention to several years of deliberate practice, under the direct supervision of the best instructor (e.g. Hank Haney, Butch Harman, or David Leadbetter) I probably could not reduce my handicap to zero but I could lower it under those conditions. Colvin's insights offer a reassurance that almost anyone's performance can be improved, sometimes substantially, even if it isn't world-class. Talent is overrated if it is perceived to be the most important factor. It isn't. In fact, talent does not exist unless and until it is developed...and the only way to develop it is (you guessed it) with deliberate practice. When Ben Hogan was asked the ‘secret’ to playing great golf, he replied, ‘It's in the dirt.’ Others have their reasons for thinking so highly of this book. Here are three of mine. First, Colvin's observations and suggestions are research-driven rather than based almost entirely on theories developed in isolation from real-world phenomena. He commits sufficient attention to identifying the core components of great performance but focuses most of his narrative to explaining how almost anyone can improve her or his own performance. He reveals himself to be both an empiricist as he shares what he has observed and experienced and a pragmatist who is curious to know what works, what doesn't, and why. I also appreciate Colvin's repudiation of the most common misconceptions about the various dimensions of talent. For example, that ‘is innate; you're born with it, and if you're not born with it, you can't acquire it.’ Many people still believe that Mozart was born with so much talent that he required very little (if any) development. In fact, according to Alex Ross, ‘Mozart became Mozart by working furiously hard’ as did all others discussed, including Jack Welch, David Ogilvy, Warren Buffett, Robert Rubin, Jerry Rice, Chris Rock, and Benjamin Franklin. Some were prodigies but most were late-bloomers and each followed a significantly different process of development. About all they shared in common is their commitment to continuous self-improvement through deliberate practice. Here's another reason I hold this book in such high regard. Throughout his narrative, Colvin inserts clusters of insights and recommendations that literally anyone can consider and then act upon to improve her or his individual performance as well as helping to improve the performance of a team of which she or he is a member. For example: 1. Attributes of deliberate practice (Pages 66-72) 2. What top performers perceive that others do not notice (Pages 89-94) 3. Benefits of having a ‘rich mental model’ (Pages 123-124) 4. Rules for peak performance that "elite" organizations follow (Pages 128-136) 5. Misconceptions about innovation and creativity (Pages 149-151) 6. How innovators become great (Pages 159-161) 7. How to make organizations innovative (Pages 162-166) 8. What homes can teach organizations (Pages 172-175) 9. The ‘drivers’ of great performance (Pages 187-193) 10. How some organizations ‘blow it’ (Pages 194-198) Colvin provides a wealth of research-driven information that he has rigorously examined and he also draws upon his own extensive and direct experience with all manner of organizations and their C-level executives. Throughout his narrative, with great skill, he sustains a personal rapport with his reader. It is therefore appropriate that, in the final chapter, he invokes direct address and poses a series of questions. ‘What would cause you to do the enormous work necessary to be a top-performing CEO, Wall Street trader, jazz, pianist, courtroom lawyer, or anything else? Would anything? The answer depends on your answers to two basic questions: What do you really want? And what do you really believe? What you want - really want - is fundamental because deliberate practice is a heavy investment.’ Corbin has provided all the evidence anyone needs to answer those two questions that, in fact, serve as a challenge. Colvin leaves no doubt that by understanding how a few become great, anyone can become better...and that includes his reader. This reader is now convinced that talent is a process that ‘grows,’ not a pre-determined set of skills. Also, that deliberate practice ‘hurts but it works.’ Long ago, Henry Ford said, ‘Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right.’ It would be ‘tragically constraining,’ Colvin asserts, for anyone to lack sufficient self-confidence because ‘what the evidence shouts most loudly is striking, liberating news: That great performance is not reserved for a preordained few. It is available to you and to everyone.’ -------- 507 of 556 people found the following review helpful: 1.0 out of 5 stars Largely Based on HBR's ‘The Making of an Expert’, July 2007, December 18, 2008. By Robert R. Rowntree (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) - (REAL NAME) This book is substantially a suspicious rehash of a major peer reviewed article. Colvin and Gladwell ‘Outliers: The Story of Success’ are chasing the same topic, incredibly within the same few months and referencing the same research. Albeit with different titles and stories. Colvin does a good job giving credit to that author. The problems begin when Colvin starts to take parts of the research and explode the number of pages dedicated to one point -deliberate practice. And while that point, deliberate practice is important, it is one of several ingredients in the making of an expert. In the paper ‘Making of an expert’ by K. Anders Ericsson and others, ‘Harvard Business Review’, July 2007 they detail three well accepted conditions: 1. Delibrate Practice - the author sites verbatim with strong emphasizes 2. World class coaching - Important but not emphasized well 3. Enthusiastic family support - Very important and not emphasized well And obviously the expert-to-be needs to be motivated. What is disturbing is Colvin doesn't give much credit (wrongly) in terms of pages, to the support environment namely families and coaches. Ok, there are passing paragraphs but no where near the emphasis it should be according to the original researchers. Intuitively, as well as deep in all parents hearts, they know those new champions/experts had to have great parents. Think of Tiger Woods (Golf), the Mannings (NFL) and Obama to name a few. The deliberate practice condition also encompasses the 10,000 hours requirement in becoming an expert whether that is business, music or sports to name a few endeavors. This translates into roughly what I call the 4/6/10 phenomena [What a great way to put it] - 4 hours a day, 6 days a week [for 52 weeks a year = 1,248 hours per year] for 10 years [12,480 hours in total]. Taking a few weeks off a year helps recovery so it’s about 1000 hours per year. What a way to put it. [When someone asks, ‘ How are you going to become successful in your chosen field?’ Just tell them, ‘I’m using the 4/6/10 method: 4 hours a day, 6 days a week for 10 years!’]. Of the three conditions, enthusiastic family support seems to be the catalyst for the other two. That article is well written and easy to read. You can go to the HBR site and pick it up for $7. There are excellent peer reviewed references in that article worth reading. One of the key references is available at this site The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance. It may be a little more academic but if you already have read ‘The making of an expert’ and want more, than this is it. [the URL is http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0521600812/ref=cm_cr_asin_lnk and here’s a few reviews: ------ ‘The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance makes a rather startling assertion: the trait we commonly call talent is highly overrated. Or, put another way, expert performers "whether in memory or surgery, ballet or computer programming" are nearly always made, not born. And yes, practice does make perfect.’ - Steven D. Leavitt and Stephen J. Dubner, The New York Times Magazine and authors of ‘Freakonomics’; ------ ‘This book is a comprehensive and thought-provoking presentation of research and theory of expert performance that brings the field up to date since the seminal publications in the early 1980s. There has been much work on expertise, and this handbook is a significant collection edited by eminent people in the field. Readers will be informed about approaches to the study and analysis of expertise. Various fields are considered, including mathematics, history, memory, and chess. A range of mechanisms and issues influencing development are considered, including intelligence, tacit knowledge, deliberate practice, and self-regulation. Case studies are presented of expertise in creative thinking. This book is recommended to researchers and students working in this major field of cognition in highly competent performance.’ - Robert Glaser, University of Pittsburgh; ------ ‘Many of the chapters of this excellent handbook advocate the idea of becoming an expert is a learning process for which one has to engage in years of deliberate practice. ...This book is suited to academics, parents, educators, trainers, coaches and politicians, or any who foster the development of individuals.’ - Remco Polman, ‘The Psychologist’; ------ ‘The Handbook is a great reference for anyone interested in personal improvement, including sharpening your financial panache. Reading these research papers will give you a greater understanding and appreciation of what it takes to truly excel at investing or any other human endeavor.’ - Anders Bylund" - amazon.com on Geoff Colvin
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"I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars! " - Og Mandino

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"Behind every brilliant performance there were countless hours of practice and preparation." - Eric Buttterworth

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"They can conquer who believe they can." - Virgil

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"If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius." - Joseph Addison

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"The mightiest works have been accomplished by men [and women] who have somehow kept their ability to dream great dreams!" - Walter Russell Bowie

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"Dreams don’t work unless you do!" - John C. Maxwell

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"So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will [and persistence], they soon become inevitable." - Christopher Reeve

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"Believe you can and you're halfway there." - Theodore Roosevelt

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"Slow and Steady: Stephen King has explained that he always writes 10 pages a day, every day of the year (even holidays). His slow and steady approach to project management has ensured that he has a steady stream of new works entering the marketplace, and he is one of the most prolific modern authors working in America today." - Tucker Cummings
Quoted from 'The Productivity Tricks and Daily Habits of Famous People', published March 11, 2011. [http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/the-productivity-tricks-and-daily-habits-of-famous-people.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LifeHack+%28lifehack.org%29 ]
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"Allah loveth the steadfast." - Quran
3: 146
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"There is no one giant step that does it. It's a lot of little steps!" - Peter A. Cohen

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"Man's creative struggle ...is a love story." - Iris Murdoch
(1919 - 1999)
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"Prison itself is a tremendous education in the need for patience and perseverance. It is above all a test of one's commitment." - Nelson Mandela

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"Courage is fear holding on a minute longer." - George S. Patton
Famous US General
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"Every path has its puddle." - English Proverb

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"Luck is not chance, it is toil. [Labor Using Correct Knowledge!]" - Emily Dickinson

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"The greatest test of courage on the earth is to bear defeat without losing heart." - Robert G. Ingersoll

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"Maturity is achieved when a person postpones immediate pleasures for long-term values." - Joshua Loth Liebman

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"When the Japanese mend broken objects they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold, because they believe that when something's suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful!" - Barbara Bloom

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"That fortitude which has encountered no dangers, that prudence which has surmounted no difficulties, that integrity which has been attacked by no temptation, can at best be considered but as gold not yet brought to the test, of which, therefore, the true value cannot be assigned." - Samuel Johnson
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"Gold is tried by fire, brave men [and women] by adversity." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca
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