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It is not our abilities that define who we are. It is our choices. - Albus Dumbledore
Scientists have said that on average an adult makes up to 35,000 remotely conscious choices each day.  Over 200 of them are about food alone.  At the moment, a singular choice can feel insignificant but a series of related choices often form a habit and a cumulative result. Consciously make a choice about how you will begin each day.  Randomly based on how you feel when you wake up OR with a focused list aimed at your passion, goals and a few priorities to guide you through the day.
Often, we can achieve an even better result when we stumble yet are willing to start over, when we don't give up after a mistake, when something doesn't come easily but we throw ourselves into trying, when we're not afraid to appear less than perfectly polished. - Sharon Salzberg
We are truly less than “perfectly polished.” That is not weakness, there is no shame and you don’t have to present a façade to appear “perfect,” at least not with the right folks. [Read more at link]
Temper public proclamations about what is to come with getting it done. Plan, Do, Check, Act. [Read more at link]
An enabling factor here is clarity of what you are working towards. [Read more at link]
Pause for a moment and give thought to “that thing” you have always wanted to do.  You know, “that thing” that comes to mind every so often.  "That thing" that fills you with sublime hope and brings forth that Charlie Brown ear-to-ear smile. [Read more at link]
I am learning to change the rules, be balanced and play more.   Play with your significant other, your children, broader family and even by yourself (e.g. gaming, puzzles, whatever you like to do).   It’s healthy and we don’t get the time back.
Desire fuels will and without fuel most things come to a stop. – James B. Rosseau, Sr.
Leaders that genuinely engage with their team members to understand and nurture that desire will see better performers.  Conversely, those seeking the right career or business venture that lean into desire versus obtaining skills and faking the will are likely to see longer-term success.
I would not waste my life in friction when it could be turned into momentum. - Frances Willard
Positioning can make the difference of having the wind in your face or at your back. Those are muscles we need to build. Skills that help us cope, pursue with resilience and overcome obstacles an invaluable. Those are muscles we need to build to get better. As we know, any skill overused becomes a weakness. Balance those skills discernment and assessment, making a conscious choice of how much to invest, particular when the wind is blowing fiercely in your face. Add to your assessment the opportunity to repivot and have the wind at your back.
Some people have called feedback the breakfast of champions. But it isn't the breakfast, it's the lunch. Vision is the breakfast. Self-correction the dinner. --Stephen R. Covey
We are sometimes prone to believe that "no news is good news."  That's not true if you want to develop yourself. Seek out people that will provide you with feedback.  Substantive, constructive and actionable feedback is critical to your success.
While there's life, there's hope. - Marcus Tullious Cicero
If you’re reading this, that means yesterday is in the history books and today you have a fresh opportunity to remedy, recover, pursue and claim your victory.
We improve ourselves by victories over our self. There must be contests, and you must win. -- Edward Gibbon
You're most fierce competition stands in front of you in the mirror every day.
You cannot sink someone else’s boat and still keep your own afloat. – Charles Bower
Go for yours without comparison to another’s and free from fear of scarcity.  Live with abundance in mind.Competition can be a great motivator, but the best of all motivators is chasing your North Star.
Unless you have a cape and a phonebooth, there is only one you. – James Rosseau, Sr.
The words written in today’s resumes and cover letters are still important, just know that after clicking to open those documents and scanning them, the next few clicks are most often to google to perform a search about you and then to your social media accounts.
Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all. -- Sam Ewing
The definition of "hard work" has changed a lot over the years in many areas with the advent of technology. Embracing technology is wonderful, but it can never replace a great work ethic.
When one door of opportunity closes, another opens; however, we often look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. - Helen Keller
Work towards integrating how you do right into your stream of activities. For example, you can mentor someone over lunch once a week. Another example is expanding your social media habits by finding new audiences (via hashtags or groups) aligned with your purpose, engaging and contributing.
We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Work towards integrating how you do right into your stream of activities. For example, you can mentor someone over lunch once a week. Another example is expanding your social media habits by finding new audiences (via hashtags or groups) aligned with your purpose, engaging and contributing.
At the root of every challenge, I see an opportunity. - Earl G. Graves
Glass half full or glass half empty? Choose your approach and attitude now and then practice continually.  There will be plenty of practice runs as challenges are a part of the journey.  
Energy: Give it, extract it, but don't let it be taken from you. - James B. Rosseau, Sr.
Absent energy, there is no movement.  I fully believe that the pursuit of your passion provides endless energy.  When I teach classes around Success on Your Own Terms, one of the components I discuss is the Passion Point Incubator.  It always draws a few chuckles … I get it, it sounds funny.  However, an incubator’s job is to protect something that is early in its life and vulnerable until it has grown to a certain state (think eggs on a farm until the chicks hatch). 
Big shots are only little shots who kept on shooting. – Dale Carnegie
If you love what you do … take all the shots you can, as often as you can, for as long as you can.
Success unshared is failure. - John Paul Dejoria
Be a mentor and take someone with you so they can learn real-time. Change the game by using what you have learned to improve things for the next wave of folks coming after you.
How one deals with the obstacles is what separates the men from the boys. – Ian Schraeger
How one deals with the obstacles is what separates the men from the boys.  – Ian Schraeger While there are a number of things to...
If you struggle with identifying your passion, Anderson adds "When you're more interested in what you're doing than going out for a drink with friends, you've found your bliss."  I would have said it a bit differently, but that works too!
In the sales context or when trying to get a meeting, a “gatekeeper” is the person we view as keeping us from getting target (e.g. executive).  However, let’s assume that he/she is operating with positive intent, ensuring the executive is as efficient and effective as possible, managing the calendar to priorities.Your task is simple. You need to convey that you ARE a priority because you will help that executive achieve their goals.  Get the gatekeeper to understand and you may be on your way.  During my career, I have made friends with many gatekeepers!
What’s in your inner score card is more important than what is on the outer scorecard. – Warren Buffet
I find that keeping score can be easy, particularly if we let others build the scorecard. While defining success is harder it is also one of the most transformative parts of our journey. Don't gloss over it nor accept contemporary definitions as your own without examination. Give your scorecard development the just time it deserves.
Each of our acts makes a statement as to our purpose. - Leo Buscaglia
Each of our acts makes a statement as to our purpose.  - Leo Buscaglia
Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy. - Robert Half
I firmly believe that we are all born with unique gifts and talents which in turn give rise to our passion.  Often, the hard work is digging deep to find, surface, and nurture them. To make a living, you are going to work hard.  Consider this ... are you lining up your hard work behind your talent?
Full-time, part-time or some time. Make time to pursue your passion.
Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance - Will Durant
If anything, in today's environment we are overloaded with information.  Be mindful to alignment your path of discovery in alignment with your passion and purpose. 
Patience is the great of all shock absorbers. The only thing you can get in a hurry is trouble. - Lord Thomas R. Dewar
Enduring businesses, careers and relationships take time to build. Set your expectations accordingly and work to resist microwave-like approaches. If it happens faster than expected, count that as a blessing!
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. - Thomas Edison
Pick your favorite hero. Ask him or her to share their greatest learnings and without a doubt, they will come from the times that things did not work as expected.
The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant. — Max DePree
A picture is worth a thousand words. If it helps, when leading a team, create your org charts with you on the bottom to give you a visual reminder.
People respond well to those who are sure of what they want. — Anna Wintour
What do you want most? Write it down. Review it daily. Make it evident in your actions.
Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Imagine a massive group of people imaginatively working towards the well-being of others. Marinate on that for a second. What could that yield for the current and future generations?
Life is too short to be small. – Benjamin Disraeli
Life is also too long to live it compromised. Several years ago, when I made a job change, several colleagues asked me why I was doing so as it was a lateral move with no promotion or salary increase.  Trust me, I was not thrilled about it being lateral either. [Read more...]
We create our life by pursuing interests that drive us and by our reaction to the events that happen to us—both of which we get to choose. – James B. Rosseau, Sr.
We are created as free will beings and have the opportunity to choose the paths that we take. Choose the ultimate outcomes you want, then consciously make decisions in alignment with those outcomes. [Read more...]
You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines. – Shirley Chisholm
My position is progress over perfection or haste for that matter.  Inch by inch, step by step, brick by brick, it will get done.  Paraphrasing a recent reading, we often want a quick solve through a few steps that will quickly fix us, when indeed, our transformation is often unseen and cannot be calculated.  In order for that progress and transformation to happen, you must stay on the road!
Other people see your deeds. God sees your motives. – Author unknown
Sometimes the work you might be doing may not feel glamorous, nor draw applause. However, take Joy in your “Why!” If you know “why” you are doing what you do, on purpose, keep it moving!
If better were within, better would come out. – Thomas Fuller
We can only share and invest in others that which we have deposited within ourselves. Taking in a few pages of a good book each morning is a habit that I have come to enjoy. I’m finishing up two books now, Living in the Light: Money, Sex and Power by John Piper and Becoming by Michelle Obama. I have a stack of books to choose from next, but I’m always looking for recommendations! What are you reading? Please share if you recommend it.
All I can tell you really, is if you get to the point where someone is telling you that you are not great or not good enough, just follow your heart and don’t let anybody crush your dream. – Patti Labelle
However, for those that struggle with this topic, here is a question that perhaps you can ask yourself, out loud, that might help. Dreams are not given to committees and thus not everyone will approve of your dream. Similar to a new company and its founder, so must you be with your dream. Have a business start-up like attitude, savvy, tenacity and resolve to get it done.
However, for those that struggle with this topic, here is a question that perhaps you can ask yourself, out loud, that might help. “If I knowingly must suppress a part of who I am, that I believe is key to my journey of becoming who I am created to be, in order to enter a particular environment, is that the right environment for me?”
Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another.  - Marquis de Condorcet
Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another.  - Marquis de Condorcet
Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or to lose. - Lyndon B. Johnson
Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or to lose. - Lyndon B. Johnson
The best marketing doesn’t feel like marketing. - Tom Fishburne
The best marketing doesn’t feel like marketing. - Tom Fishburne
Find comfort in committing to and fulfilling the promises you make to yourself. – James B. Rosseau, Sr.
They [children] don’t think about boundaries, precedents, solvency, market opportunity, or the business case. They think about what they enjoy doing or believe they would enjoy doing, and then do it. – James B. Rosseau, Sr.
Not enjoyment and not sorrow, Is our destined end or way; But to act, that each tomorrow, Find us father than today. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Not enjoyment and not sorrow, Is our destined end or way; But to act, that each tomorrow, Find us father than today. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception; it is a prevailing attitude. - Colin Powell
If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception; it is a prevailing attitude. - Colin Powell
Every step-in personal growth needs isolation, needs inner conversation and deliberation, and a reviewing with the self. – Jam Meerlo
Victory waits upon unity of action. – Publuis Syrus
Victory waits upon unity of action. – Publuis Syrus
The sure way to miss success is to miss the opportunity.  – Victor Charles . Opportunities are often seen as problems.   It is a matter of perspective - glass half full or glass half empty?
The temptation to take the easy road is always there. It is as easy as staying in bed in the morning and sleeping in. But discipline is paramount to ultimate success and victory for any leader and any team. - Jocko Willink
Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self-confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense. - Arnold Bennett
Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self-confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense. - Arnold Bennett
Growth and self-transformation cannot be delegated. – Lewis Mumford
Growth and self-transformation cannot be delegated. – Lewis Mumford
A key to success is to start with and control the thoughts that we have. Good thoughts become good actions, and good actions become good results. – Chris Widener
The control of our being is not unlike the combination of a safe. One turn of the knob rarely unlocks the safe. Each advance and retreat is a step towards one’s goal. – Eric Hopper
The control of our being is not unlike the combination of a safe. One turn of the knob rarely unlocks the safe. Each advance and retreat is a step towards one’s goal. – Eric Hopper
The control of our being is not unlike the combination of a safe. One turn of the knob rarely unlocks the safe. Each advance and retreat is a step towards one’s goal. – Eric Hopper
I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues. - Duke Ellington
New day, new week, new month, new quarter. Recent shortcomings are learning opportunities - - transform them into success.
The truth is that there is nothing noble in being superior to somebody else. The only real nobility is in being superior to your former self. - Whitney Young
The truth is that there is nothing noble in being superior to somebody else. The only real nobility is in being superior to your former self. - Whitney Young
The real “haves” are they who can acquire freedom, self-confidence and even riches without depriving others of them. – Eric Hopper
The real “haves” are they who can acquire freedom, self-confidence and even riches without depriving others of them. – Eric Hopper
Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence. – Henry David Thoreau
Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence. – Henry David Thoreau
If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right. - Henry Ford
If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right. - Henry Ford
I believe that one of life's greatest risks is never daring to risk. - Oprah Winfrey
I believe that one of life's greatest risks is never daring to risk. - Oprah Winfrey
Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome. Arthur Ashe
Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome. - Arthur Ashe
If your why is strong enough you will figure out how. – Bill Walsh
If your why is strong enough you will figure out how. – Bill Walsh
It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding. – Kahlil Gibran
It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding. – Kahlil Gibran
Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen. - Robert Bresson
Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen. - Robert Bresson
The greatest thing is, at any moment, to be willing to give up who we are in order to become all that we can be. - Max De Pre
Sharing makes you bigger than you are. The more you pour out, the more life will be able to pour in. – Jim Rohn
Sharing makes you bigger than you are. The more you pour out, the more life will be able to pour in. – Jim Rohn
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Comparison is the thief of joy. - Theodore Roosevelt
Comparison is the thief of joy. - Theodore Roosevelt
Hit the ball over the fence and you can take your time going around the bases. – John W. Raper
Philanthropy, like charity, must begin at home. – Charles Lamb
Philanthropy, like charity, must begin at home. – Charles Lamb
The past is a guidepost, not a hitching post. – L. Thomas Holdcroft
What are you looking to achieve this week?  What lessons from the past are you leveraging to help you be successful?
It's not about what it is, it's about what it can become. ― Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
Long-range purposes keep you from being frustrated by short-term failures. – Charles Noble
Long-range purposes keep you from being frustrated by short-term failures. – Charles Noble
One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am. – Michelle Obama
One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am. – Michelle Obama
The important thing is to realize that no matter what people’s opinions may be, they’re only just that – people’s opinions. You have to believe in your heart what you know to be true about yourself. And let that be that. – Mary J. Blige
The important thing is to realize that no matter what people’s opinions may be, they’re only just that – people’s opinions. You have to believe in your heart what you know to be true about yourself. And let that be that. – Mary J. Blige
No person has the right to rain on your dreams. – Marian Wright Edelman
No person has the right to rain on your dreams. – Marian Wright Edelman
You can’t succeed if they don’t – Al Kaltman
You can’t succeed if they don’t. Good managers realize that they cannot succeed if the people working for them are not successful. Therefore, they empower their people and then do everything they can to help insure their success. – Al Kaltman
You can win if you got the heart and tenacity and soul to keep on trying. - Miles Davis
You can win if you got the heart and tenacity and soul to keep on trying. - Miles Davis
Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change. - Jesse Jackson
Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change. - Jesse Jackson
Give light and people will find the way. - Ella Baker
Give light and people will find the way. - Ella Baker
You are the designer of your destiny; you are the author of your story. — Lisa Nichols
You are the designer of your destiny; you are the author of your story. — Lisa Nichols
Have a vision. Be demanding. - Colin Powell
Have a vision. Be demanding. - Colin Powell
You never know which experiences of life are going to be of value . . . You’ve got to leave yourself open to the hidden opportunities. – Robin Roberts
You never know which experiences of life are going to be of value . . . You’ve got to leave yourself open to the hidden opportunities. – Robin Roberts
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. – Alice Walker
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. – Alice Walker
You can’t just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream. You’ve got to get out there and make it happen for yourself. – Diana Ross
You can’t just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream. You’ve got to get out there and make it happen for yourself.  – Diana Ross
I want to stop transforming and just start being. - Ursula Burns
I want to stop transforming and just start being. - Ursula Burns
The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself—the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us—that's where it's at. — Jesse Owens
The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself—the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us—that's where it's at. — Jesse Owens
What you’re thinking is what you’re becoming. – Muhammad Ali
What you’re thinking is what you’re becoming. – Muhammad Ali
Start where you are, with what you have. Make something of it and never be satisfied. – George Washington Carver
Start where you are, with what you have. Make something of it and never be satisfied. – George Washington Carver
You can be the lead in your own life. – Kerry Washington
You can be the lead in your own life. – Kerry Washington
Accept and acknowledge your own brilliance. Stop waiting for others to tell you how great you are! Believe it for yourself and about yourself. – Iyanla Vanzant
Accept and acknowledge your own brilliance. Stop waiting for others to tell you how great you are! Believe it for yourself and about yourself. – Iyanla Vanzant
If you wake up deciding what you want to give versus what you're going to get, you become a more successful person. In other words, if you want to make money, you have to help someone else make money. - Russell Simmons
If you wake up deciding what you want to give versus what you're going to get, you become a more successful person. In other words, if you want to make money, you have to help someone else make money. - Russell Simmons
I am lucky that whatever fear I have inside me, my desire to win is always stronger. – Serena Williams
I am lucky that whatever fear I have inside me, my desire to win is always stronger. – Serena Williams
Many people don't focus enough on execution. If you make a commitment to get something done, you need to follow through on that commitment. - Kenneth Chenault
Don’t sabotage your own greatness by succumbing to failure. – Terri McMillan
Don’t sabotage your own greatness by succumbing to failure. – Terri McMillan
Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew. – Cicely Tyson
Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew. – Cicely Tyson
What gets measured gets managed. Peter Drucker
Consistent accountability for our personal goals is a key driver to our success. Having just ended January, it is the perfect time to take a step back to review your SMART Goals. Rate your progress objectively and take note of what you have learned.
He that would have the Kernel must crack the shell – Thomas Fuller
He that would have the Fruit must climb the Tree. – Thomas Fuller
Leadership is generally defined as the capacity to make things happen that would otherwise not happen. – Thomas E. Cronin
Leadership is generally defined as the capacity to make things happen that would otherwise not happen. – Thomas E. Cronin
The price of mastery in any field is thorough preparation – Croft M. Pentz
Whether we call in preparation, practice, apprenticeship or studying, it never sounds like fun, but it is a part of the process. Prepare early and often.
Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace. – Robert J. Sawyer
Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace. – Robert J. Sawyer
It’s not what you achieve, it’s what you overcome. That’s what defines your career. - Carlton Fisk
It’s not what you achieve, it’s what you overcome. That’s what defines your career. - Carlton Fisk
Be fit for more than the thing you are now doing. Let everyone know that you have a reserve in yourself; that you have more power than you are now using. If you are not too large for the place you occupy, you are too small for it. - James A. Garfield
Where we start and where we are now is almost irrelevant.  It is most often a "temporary assignment."  Plan, be prepared for and visualize where you want to go.  Create your dream board holistically and get after it.
Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us. - Wilma Rudolph
Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us. - Wilma Rudolph
Named must your fear be before banish it you can. - Yoda
If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward. – Martin Luther King
If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward. – Martin Luther King
Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. - Thomas Edison
For many, this is the end of week three for a new set of inspired goals!   Sometimes, it is around this point, that the excitement begins to wear off a bit.  It's similar to having purchased that new car and then paying the first note.  New undertakings such as walking into the gym at 5 AM don't feel quite as inspired as they did during the first week.
Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment. ― Thomas Carlyle
Step-by-step we move forward towards better fitness, meal-by-meal towards better health and task-by-task an initiative is completed. Count each step, meal and task completed as an accomplishment on the way towards your goal.
A schedule defends from chaos and whim. – Annie Dillard
Passion/Purpose > SMART Goals > Prioritized and Calendarized work = Success.
Taking first things first often reduces the most complex human problem to a manageable proportion. - Dwight D. Eisenhower
Simply stated, “consistency beats commitment.” There have been various forms of research done on this, but on average, a new behavior becomes automatic after 2 months.  That said, it is less about the volume of things you do to achieve your goals and more about choosing a few right things and doing them consistently.  Consider one or two things that matter most to achieving your goals.  One or two things that you will do consistently until it becomes automatic.
Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way. – Booker T. Washington
Many people may occupy the same role that you do, have the same title that you do or run a company similar to yours. However, you always have the opportunity to perform and differentiate yourself. Excellence is a differentiator.
Perfection is not when there is no more to add, but no more to take away. – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
Perfection is not when there is no more to add, but no more to take away. – Antoine De Saint-Exupery . Whether you subscribe to the 80/20 rule, minimalism or some other form of prioritization. Priorities in work and life can make the difference. Write your goals in alignment with your passion, purpose, and dreams. Create your expense budget, prudently, expecting an increase from your diligent work and faithfulness.
Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!' — Audrey Hepburn
We often start with our passion, purpose and dreams. Then we translate that into a clear vision. However, from there, things can begin to get a bit tricky as there is a tendency to rationalize “what is possible?” Write your goals in alignment with your passion, purpose, and dreams. Create your expense budget, prudently, expecting an increase from your diligent work and faithfulness.
It doesn't matter whether you are pursuing success in business, sports, the arts, or life in general: The bridge between wishing and accomplishing is discipline. - Harvey Mackay
It doesn't matter whether you are pursuing success in business, sports, the arts, or life in general: The bridge between wishing and accomplishing is discipline. - Harvey Mackay
If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Strive for beyond what you believe is possible for yourself. It is far too easy for us to expect far less than what we are capable of. Aim higher and expect more.
If you have many irons in the Fire, some will burn. - Thomas Fuller
Diversify your opportunities.  This is not to be confused with a lack of focus and random acts.  Acquiring skills that allow you to perform and succeed in multiple areas is of value.  It adds paint to your "career collage," (a concept I discuss in-depth in promise #4, https://thecorelinksolution.com/igniteyourcareer/).
Your goal should be just out of reach, but not out of sight. - Denis Waitley and Remi Witt
The high cost of greatness is better than the low cost of mediocrity. ― Matshona Dhliwayo
The high cost of greatness is better than the low cost of mediocrity. ― Matshona Dhliwayo
The high cost of greatness is better than the low cost of mediocrity. ― Matshona Dhliwayo
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. Jim Rohn
As you wrap up the year, beyond the scorecard of successes and failures, give some thought to what you have learned. Then consider how you can use those learnings to reshape things in order to achieve your goals next year.
Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist. – Pablo Picasso
As you wrap up the year, beyond the scorecard of successes and failures, give some thought to what you have learned. Then consider how you can use those learnings to reshape things in order to achieve your goals next year.
What is now proved was once only imagined. - William Blake.
What is now proved was once only imagined. - William Blake.
Don’t believe the people who tell you that you can’t. Believe your dream. Believe that it can be your future! - Chris Widener
Don’t believe the people who tell you that you can’t. Believe your dream. Believe that it can be your future! - Chris Widener
To reach your potential, stretch in the direction of your natural gifts. — Lynn Berger
To reach your potential, stretch in the direction of your natural gifts. — Lynn Berger
Give to the world the best you have, and the best will come back to you. – Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
Give to the world the best you have, and the best will come back to you. – Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
“I bargained with Life for a penny, And Life would pay no more, However I begged at evening When I counted my scanty store; For Life is just an employer, He gives you what you ask, But once you have set the wages, Why, you must bear the task. I worked for a menial's hire, Only to learn, dismayed, That any wage I had asked of Life, Life would have paid.”
The man who wins may have been counted out several times, but he didn’t hear the referee. – H.E. Jansen
The man who wins may have been counted out several times, but he didn’t hear the referee. – H.E. Jansen
The first step towards victory ... is to gain courage. – Plutarch
The first step towards victory ... is to gain courage. – Plutarch
When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself. - Karen Blixen
Success is sweet, but its secret is sweat. – Norman Schwarzkopf
Success is sweet, but its secret is sweat. – Norman Schwarzkopf
In every success story, you find someone has made a courageous decision. – Peter Drucker
In every success story, you find someone has made a courageous decision. – Peter Drucker
the road to success runs uphill, so don't expect to break any speed records
The road to success runs uphill, so don't expect to break any speed records
Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with Excellence. – Jessica Guidobono
Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with Excellence. – Jessica Guidobono
Communication - the human connection - is the key to personal and career success. - Paul J. Meyer
Communication - the human connection - is the key to personal and career success. - Paul J. Meyer
I'm of the mind that even people who have limitations, if they have a curiosity, they will find a way to explore it. - Tish Grier
I'm of the mind that even people who have limitations, if they have a curiosity, they will find a way to explore it. - Tish Grier
When we make progress quickly, it feeds our emotions. Then, when there's a period of waiting or we hit a plateau, we find out how committed we really are and whether we're going to see things through to the finish or quit. - Joyce Meyer
Your year, your quarter and even your week are not done with yet. Stay committed to your goals and follow through. You will be glad you did!
Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try and do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work; you don’t give up. - Anne Lamott
Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try and do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work; you don’t give up. - Anne Lamott
Be what you are. This is the first step toward becoming better than you are. – J.C. Hare
Be what you are. This is the first step toward becoming better than you are. – J.C. Hare
You are the only one who can control the way you think. Make sure you nourish the positive thoughts, and weed out the negative ones! Catherine Pulsifer
You are the only one who can control the way you think. Make sure you nourish the positive thoughts, and weed out the negative ones! Catherine Pulsifer
Dreams are lovely, but they are just dreams. Fleeting, ephemeral, pretty. But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change. - Shonda Rhimes
Dreams are lovely, but they are just dreams. Fleeting, ephemeral, pretty. But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change. - Shonda Rhimes
Never underestimate your power to change yourself; never over estimate your power to change others. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Never underestimate your power to change yourself; never over estimate your power to change others. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
A career is like a house: it's made of many bricks, and each brick has the same value, because without any one of them, the house would collapse. - Andrea Bocelli
A career is like a house: it's made of many bricks, and each brick has the same value, because without any one of them, the house would collapse. - Andrea Bocelli
Very often the only way to get a quality in reality is to start behaving as if you had it already. C.S. Lewis
If you know there is a quality you want, behaving your way into makes sense. Why not give it a shot?
Anything that has real and lasting value is always a gift from within. - Franz Kafka
Anything that has real and lasting value is always a gift from within. - Franz Kafka
If you wish to achieve worthwhile things in your personal and career life, you must become a worthwhile person in your own self-development. - Brian Tracy
I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. It is because of them I’m doing it myself. – Albert Einstein
I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. It is because of them I’m doing it myself. – Albert Einstein
I have failed many times, and that's why I am a success. - Michael Jordan
I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life. —Maya Angelou
Leadership is the ability to get other people to do what they don’t want to do, and like it. - Harry Truman
Each step upward makes me feel stronger and fit for the next step. - Mohandas K. Gandhi
Each step upward makes me feel stronger and fit for the next step. - Mohandas K. Gandhi
What I must do is all that concerns me, not what people think. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
You must absolutely know who you are, whose you are and what you are created to do. With those three you can move forward wisely, confidently, joyfully and all the other “lys” that come with that peace!
Focus is scary – until you realize that it only means turning your back on markets you could never have anyways. – Clayton Christensen and Michael Raynor
Careers are often non-linear and in fact tend to be a tapestry of sorts. – James Rosseau, Sr.
Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less. - Rick Warren
Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less. - Rick Warren
How do you continue to sharpen your saw, learn new things and gain more perspective?
We often tend to rise to high expectations placed upon us by others. Four very powerful words can ignite so much energy … “I Believe in You.” I have seen those words spoken to someone by a person they respect (e.g. a teacher, a leader, a mentor, etc.) and sometimes sparks just fly. Say them to yourself, often … while driving, looking in the mirror, getting dressed … whenever and wherever. “I Believe in You!” Then, raise your expectations of yourself and go get it!
Face and push past your biggest fears.  Your biggest blessings could be waiting right behind them. - James Rosseau, Sr.
Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable. — Coco Chanel
The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want. - Ben Stein
Getting advice from others demonstrates wisdom. However, you must make the decision. Give your internal voice a high level of priority in the process.
Concentration comes out of a combination of confidence and hunger. - Arnold Palmer
Concentration comes out of a combination of confidence and hunger. - Arnold Palmer
It comes from saying no to 1,000 things to make sure we don't get on the wrong track or try to do too much. - Steve Jobs
It comes from saying no to 1,000 things to make sure we don't get on the wrong track or try to do too much. - Steve Jobs
It is a mistake to regard age as a downhill grade toward dissolution. The reverse is true. As one grows older, one climbs with surprising strides. - George Sand
It is a mistake to regard age as a downhill grade toward dissolution. The reverse is true. As one grows older, one climbs with surprising strides. - George Sand
A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug. - Patricia Neal
A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug. - Patricia Neal
Passion is what gives meaning to our lives. It's what allows us to achieve success beyond our wildest imagination. Try to find a career path that you have a passion for. Henry Samueli
Passion is what gives meaning to our lives. It's what allows us to achieve success beyond our wildest imagination. Try to find a career path that you have a passion for. - Henry Samueli
The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it. -- Brendan Francis
The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it. -- Brendan Francis
Do not look back and ask why? Look forward and ask, why not? - Neil Patel
Do not look back and ask why? Look forward and ask, why not? - Neil Patel
To double your net worth, double your self-worth because you will never exceed the height of your self-image. - Robn Sharma
To double your net worth, double your self-worth because you will never exceed the height of your self-image. —Robin Sharma
Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all . - Peter Drucker
We all get the same amount of time each day, no more and no less than 24 hours.  While we struggle to gain more time to get things done, an exercise that always helps is taking a pause, examining your calendar and considering what things should “continue or stop.” Read more...
And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. - Abraham Lincoln
And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. - Abraham Lincoln
Help thy brother's boat across and thine own has reached the shore.  - Hindu Proverb
Help thy brother's boat across and thine own has reached the shore.  - Hindu Proverb
We are the choices we have made – Meryl Streep
We are the choices we have made – Meryl Streep
Eighty percent of success is showing up. - Woody Allen
Eighty percent of success is showing up. - Woody Allen
Strategic planning is worthless – unless there is first a strategic vision. – John Naisbitt
Strategic planning is worthless – unless there is first a strategic vision. – John Naisbitt Read the Full Blog Post
The only place where your dream becomes impossible is in your own thinking. – Robert H Schuller
Give Your Self-Appraisal A Boost
It is the time of year when many are going through the performance process and are writing their self-appraisal. It is an opportunity to chronicle what you have delivered. As you write it, ensure it brings forth absolute clarity to your contributions in the context of your goals (as set with your manager if applicable). (Read more)
To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else. – Bernadette Devlin
To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else. – Bernadette Devlin
It’s a sure thing that you’ll not finish if you don’t start . - Napolean Hill
It’s a sure thing that you’ll not finish if you don’t start. - Napolean Hill
Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. William Feather
Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. William Feather
The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence. - Confucius
The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence. - Confucius
Let your aim be the good of all. – Bhagavad Gita
Let your aim be the good of all.  – Bhagavad Gita
An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality. – Brian Tracy
An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality. – Brian Tracy
Whoever knocks persistently, ends by entering. - Ali
Whoever knocks persistently, ends by entering. - Ali
You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. - Plato
A significant consideration for all of us is in how we invest in relationships.  I would go a step further to say it is doubly important for those who lead teams.  Having the privilege of managing teams for more than twenty years I appreciate that the challenges faced together on a daily basis can serve to build relationships.  However, I have found that the time you plan away from the work, in shared activities that you enjoy together, truly creates more depth in those relationships … and that matters.
Man is most uniquely human when he turns obstacles into opportunities. – Eric Hoffer
Man is most uniquely human when he turns obstacles into opportunities. – Eric Hoffer
Man’s main task is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important product of his effort is his own personality. – Erich Fromm
Man’s main task is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is.  The most important product of his effort is his own personality.  – Erich Fromm
A teacher affects eternity; (s)he can never tell where his or her influence stops. - Henry Adams
A teacher affects eternity; (s)he can never tell where his or her influence stops. - Henry Adams
Learning to deal with setbacks, and maintaining the persistence and optimism necessary for childhood’s long road to mastery are the real foundation of lasting self-esteem. – Lilian G. Katz
Learning to deal with setbacks, and maintaining the persistence and optimism necessary for childhood’s long road to mastery are the real foundation of lasting self-esteem. – Lilian G. Katz
All appears to change when we change. -- Henri-Frédéric Amiel
All appears to change when we change.   -- Henri-Frédéric Amiel
Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present. Jim Rohn
Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present. - Jim Rohn
When hope is hungry, everything feeds it. – Mignon McLaughlin
When hope is hungry, everything feeds it. – Mignon McLaughlin
The greatest of victories is the victory over oneself. The Dhammapada
The greatest of victories is the victory over oneself. The Dhammapada
Opportunity always knocks at the least opportune moment. – Ducharme’s Precept
Until you make peace with who you are, you'll never be content with what you have. - Doris Mortman
Some people think it's holding on that makes one strong; sometimes it's letting go. -- Sylvia Robinson
  Consider what you may need to let go of.  It could be a past failure that you continue to dwell on; a relationship that...
Edison failed 10,000 times before perfecting the incandescent electric lightbulb. Don't worry if you fail once. - Napolean Hill
We create our life by pursuing interests that drive us and by our reaction to the events that happen to us—both of which we get to choose. - James Rosseau, Sr.
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Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
We go where our vision is. -- Joseph Murphy
  Absent a clear vision, it is very easy for us to be “busy,” but perhaps not working towards a defined purpose, goal or direction. ...
The only way most people recognize their limits is by trespassing on them. -- Tom Morris
Do your homework. Find your voice. Be authentic. And then dive in with purpose. - Julie Foundy
Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. - Albert Einstein
The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action. -- John Dewey
Hear more words of wisdom from Bert Calhoun during the podcast interview.
Hear more words of wisdom from Matt Winter during his podcast interview.
Hear more words of wisdom from Fatima Salaam during her podcast interview with her husband and business partner, Bert Calhoun.
The ability to move beyond fear is a powerful attribute. It has often been said (and I am paraphrasing), it is not the just the...
We know that without a doubt, we lose 100% of the opportunities we do not go for.  Perhaps better stated by hockey player Wayne Gretzky,...
Success is the child of audacity. – Benjamin Disraeli
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  Don't take too long to get ready.  Go make something happen today! We often wait until the “iron is hot,” because we want things...
   
   
Genius is the ability to hold one's vision steady until it becomes a reality. - Benjamin Franklin
   
The virtue lies in the struggle, not in the prize. - Richard Monckton Milnes
       
Don't be discouraged by a failure. It can be a positive experience. Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, in as much as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterwards carefully avoid. -- John Keats
       
The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score. —Bill Copeland
     
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  Whether at home or at work, we are all seeking results and we want them consistently.  Just think about how many times you have...
As I head into another birthday, I am more thankful than ever for God’s grace to see it; more conscious than ever about the endless...
  There are certain TV shows or movies that I tend to watch over and over again.  For me, the hitlist that jumps to the...
Last week, in my capacity as an Executive in Residence at the Kellogg School of Management, I had the opportunity to speak to the EMBA...
The realm of possibility is fascinating, as it is about things that may happen or may be the case.  The inherent differences between the beginner’s...
Habits are powerful tools.  John Maxwell shares a great story along this line that creates a visual that reinforces it. The Story One day, a...
  Earlier this week I had the incredible experience to spend some time at The Village, which is run by the Atlanta Children’s Foundation for the...
  If there was a role available for Chief Passion Officer, I would take it, hands down.  While I have several passions such as music,...
In a previous Success Thought of the Day, we touched on the fact that we can become the average of the five people we spend...
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Your Atmosphere Affects Your Outcomes Interestingly enough, many of us will listen to the weather forecast before we leave the house for the day.  If...
  Leading and controlling execution is key to your success.  Earlier in my career when I was head of HR Service Delivery for North America...
For the past few days, we have focused on leaping into the 2nd half of this year, 1st getting our mindset around where we are,...
  Yesterday’s Success Thought of the Day set the stage for action in the 2nd half of the year.  I encourage you to read that...
  “The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you’re not going to stay where you are.” — John Pierpont Morgan It is time...
  Today is the last working day of the month and quarter for many people.  Some have already started celebrations having accomplished the goals they...
  The law of association is amazingly powerful.  In my summary around Promise #1, embracing your passion, one of the four key points includes seeking...
Leading direction is a critical skill that we all must attain.  Some may argue that it is only necessary for those wishing to be in a “leadership position.”  However, we must consider that leading...
  The point of balanced success is a poignant one and calls each of us to ensure we understand and from time to time revisit...
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Embracing your passion is the first step to achieving your potential.  Passion, in and of itself, is like endless fuel as it is the gift...
  On June 7, George Clooney received the highest honor an actor can receive for a career in the film industry, the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement...
It is very easy for us to get caught up in the midst of a challenge and get discouraged, frustrated and in the end, outright...
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  Chris Pratt shared this words as a part of his acceptance speech at the 2018 MTV Movie Awards where he offered “Nine Rules from Chris Pratt,...
The Power of Goals is simply amazing.  This past Sunday, a group in Mexico City that monitors for trouble, observed a small earthquake but noted it...
Over the years we have seen many people handle their lives in different ways.  Take careers for example.  John Travolta, an actor, had his first...
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Many of us are often waiting for our opportunity or the “moment.”  That magical moment when we will have the spotlight and the perhaps the...
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The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible. – Winston Churchill
The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.  – Winston Churchill   We have all heard the adage of “turning lemons...
Find out what you are good at without even trying…and then try. – John Addison
  Find out what you are good at without even trying…and then try.   – John Addison The value of aligning your time and efforts with...
I realized the secret to success is finishing! And not just finishing, but finishing strong! - Eric Thomas
It is not uncommon for us to begin to back off at a bit during the last stretch of running towards the finish line.  In...
  We have all heard the expression before that we see the finished product, but often do not see the work that went into producing...
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.  – Francis Bacon   Get the Success Thought of the Day delivered to your email...
If you’re bored with life – you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals. –Lou Holtz
  If you’re bored with life – you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough...
    I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To...
You cannot push anyone up the ladder unless he is willing to climb it. – Andrew Carnegie This is a great reminder for us.  No...