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“Optimism is what fuels the discovery of solutions to problems.”  Anonymous

Optimism is such a misunderstood concept. 

Often, when I mention its value in my work, I can see, in my peripheral vision, the rolling of eyes and the nodding of heads in that “Not again!” way.  That’s… read more

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“The will to win is meaningless without the will to prepare.” Winston Churchill

To me, this quote represents a wonderful way to draw back the curtain on achievement. All of us have some sort of desire, deep inside.  Some may desire monetary success, some a certain skill, like excelling… read more

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“Virtually every good thing in my life I can trace back to a misfortune, so my feeling is you don’t know what’s good and what’s bad when things happen.  You do not know. You have to wait to find out.”                                                                                   … read more

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“There is no education like adversity.” Benjamin Disraeli

What a wonderful, empowering frame of thought Disraeli presents us with in this quote.  So often, in my work, I find the approach that most make toward addressing an adversity is dread.  But, as I have witnessed many times,… read more

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“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” Blaise Pascal 

For me, this is an interesting insight from the 17th century French mathematician and philosopher, Blaise Pacal.  At the core of his meaning, I think he is talking about the inability… read more

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“A moment’s courage or a lifetime of regret. That’s always been the choice.”  Anonymous

When I first heard this quote, it was like hearing a bell ring—the clear ring of an important truth.  Many of those who read this, will have already experienced the dilemma this quote spells out. … read more

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“Winners are just people who know when to quit—and do it often.”  Stephanie Lee

In her article for the New York Times, Lee discusses the value of what she calls “strategic quitting”, or, quitting with intention.  Instead of looking at quitting as a failure, Lee says strategic quitting… read more

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“Who you are speaks so loudly, I can’t hear a word you’re saying.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

This goes in the file of my all-time favorite quotes.  It is such a simple turn of phrase, but it delivers a knock-out punch of common-sense.  To go beyond the obvious of clothing, jewelry, haircut,… read more

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“Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision.”  Winston Churchill

What an elegantly simple way to capture one of life’s most important things to know.  Fear is so misunderstood.  I know I didn’t understand it for many years.  I thought that courage was something that only fearless people… read more

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“Yesterday, I was clever and wanted to change the world.  Today, I am wiser and want to change myself.”  Rumi, Sufi poet

Stop for a moment and think about Rumi’s words.  To me, he is talking about the maturation process of critical thinking.  It begins with a very broad horizon, and… read more