Walt Disney: “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

William James: “A new idea is first condemned as ridiculous, and then dismissed as trivial, until finally it becomes what everybody knows.”

Inventions: “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” 1899, Charles Duell, U.S. Office of Patents Commissioner, advising President William McKinley (25th U.S. President) to abolish the patent office.

Telephone: “An amazing invention, but who would ever want to use one?” 1876, U.S. President Rutherford Hayes

Automobiles: “Horses are here to stay. The automobile is only a novelty, a fad”. 1903, Bank President, advising not investing in the Ford Motor Company

Computers: “I think there is a world market for about 5 computers.” 1943, Thomas J. Watson, IBM. “There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home.” 1977, Ken Olsen, President, Digital Equipment

Albert Einstein: “I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.”

Success Plan: Write yourself a future diary, in the present tense, 5-10 years into the future, as if everything has already happened. Be careful what you wish for, you may get it. Is it what YOU, yourself, really want?

Commitment: Decide to do something worthwhile and be bound emotionally or intellectually to follow a definite course of action.

Albert Schweitzer: “The only ones among you who will be truly happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.”

Begin To Win: Have a clear idea of your goal. When you know clearly what you want, you will start each day with excitement and passion. Begin each day, expecting good things to happen. Great ideas need action to become reality. Write down a step-by-step plan. Celebrate each small success. If you fail to plan, you may be planning to fail. Break down any roadblocks to your goal into one bite at a time. Progress is made one step at a time. A building is built one brick at a time. Luck is preparation, planning and thinking to produce success. If at first you miss the mark, move to a new strategy. Opportunities are noticed by those who are focused. You must be prepared, knowledgeable and experienced to succeed when your opportunity arises.

Courage and persistence are keys to success: Many successful people are told: “How lucky you are!” after they have worked hard for many years to achieve success. Give gratitude at the beginning of each day. Dedicated work, doing your best will instill great strength and virtues in you that idle people can never realize.

Eddie Cantor: “It takes 20 years to make an overnight success.”

Dr. Milton Erickson spoke of a child crawling, pulling himself up, trying to stand and falling down many times, but eventually walking forwards, backwards, running, hopping and skipping. What would happen if while learning to walk, after falling down a few times, the child gave up? Biographies of successful people often reveal how their most trusted and closest friends, family or business partners have blindsided and betrayed them, leaving them in financial ruin or ill health. Yet, they pushed forward, determined to continue to reach their dream. Defeat only comes with quitting.

Martin Rutte: “You have to do it by yourself, and you can’t do it alone.”

Nelson Boswell: “Always give people more than they expect to get.”

Warren Buffet: “…in looking for people to hire, look for 3 qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if you don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.”

Les Giblin: “If you are not using your smile, you are like a man with a million dollars in the bank and no check-book.”

On the Phone: Is your voice and language friendly, warm, enthusiastic, positive, welcoming or rushed, loud?

What is Success? Is it more money, power, control over others, an amazing car to impress others, a large home or more things to store in a still bigger house? Some spend their whole life with an obsession of believing more is better, but they always want more. That obsession, be it for possessions, money, job, or status is never satisfied. Without balance, their focus can be so intense that they miss out on what is going on around them.

How Do You Measure Success? A poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson

To laugh often and much; To win the respect of Intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, To find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a redeemed social condition, or a job well done; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived — This is to have succeeded.

Goethe: “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and help them become what they are capable of being.”

Proverbs 17:22, New King James Version: “A merry heart does good like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.”

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross: “It is only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – of knowing when our time is up -that we will begin to live each day to the fullest.”

Norman Cousins: “The tragedy of life is not death, but what we let die inside of us while we live.”

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