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"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts."
Winston Churchill, (1874-1965)

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Money -- like health, love, happiness, and all forms of success that you want to create for yourself -- is the result of living purposefully. It is not a goal unto itself."

- Dr. Dyer

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"Forgiveness is the most powerful thing you can do for yourself. If you can't learn to forgive, you can forget about achieving true success in your life."

-Dr. Dyer

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"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing."

- Abraham Lincoln

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"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."

- Sir Winston Churchill

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"Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. Courage is what counts."

- Sir Winston Churchill

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"Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength."

- Henry Ward Beecher

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"Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome. "

- Samuel Johnson

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"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."

- Theodore Roosevelt

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"Prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue."

- Francis Bacon

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"The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation...The hand is the cutting edge of the mind."

- Jacob Bronowski

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"Footprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down."

~Unknown

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"One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done."

- Marie Currie

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"Any coward can fight a battle when he's sure of winning; but give me the man who has the pluck to fight when he's sure of losing."

- George Eliot

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"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."

- Thomas Edison

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"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal."

- Henry Ford

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"A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way."

- John C. Maxwell

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"The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook."

- William James

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"Equality -- After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box."

- Italian Proverb

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"Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing."

- Abraham Lincoln

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"What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?"

- Robert Schuller

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"We never know how far reaching something we may think, say or do today will affect the lives of millions tomorrow."

- B.J. Palmer

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"The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions."

- Confucius

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"What comes out of you when you are squeezed is what is inside you."

- Wayne Dyer

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"Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are."

- Malcolm Forbes

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"Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved."

- Barbara Johnson

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"Not every successful man is a good father. But every good father is a successful man."

- R. Duvall

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"The tragedy in life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach."

- Benjamin Mays

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"Victory belongs to the most persevering."

- Napoleon Bonaparte

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"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will."

- Vince Lambardi

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"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing."

- Abraham Lincoln

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"The secret of joy in work is contained in one word -- excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it."

- Pearl S. Buck

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"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal."

- Albert Pike

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"Successful: coming about, taking place or turning out as hoped for."

- Webster's Dictionary

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"It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness."

- Seneca

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"Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom."

- General George Patton

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"The entrepreneur is essentially a visualizer and actualizer... He can visualize something, and when he visualizes it he sees exactly how to make it happen."

- Robert L. Schwartz

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"According to aerodynamic laws, the bumblebee cannot fly. Its body weight is not the right proportion to its wingspan. Ignoring these laws, the bee flies anyway."

- M. Sainte-Lague

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"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."

- Helen Keller

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"Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, an some don't turn up at all."

- Sam Ewig

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"You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do."

- Henry Ford

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"It's never too late to be who you might have been."

- George Elliot

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"Talk does not cook rice."

- Chinese Proverb

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"Rule your mind or it will rule you."

- Horace

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"The art of resting the mind and the power of dismissing from it all care and worry is probably one of the secrets of our great men."

- Captain J. A. Hatfield

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"It is when the well is dry that we know the price of water."

- Ben Franklin

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"Attach yourself to your passion, but not to your pain. Adversity is your best friend on the path to success."

- Unknown

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"A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him."

- Sidney Greenberg

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"As one person I cannot change the world, but I can change the world of one person."

- Paul Shane Spear

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"Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it."

- George Halas

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"A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits."

- Richard Nixon

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"To achieve the impossible, one must think the absurd; to look where everyone else has looked, but to see what no else has seen."

- Unknown

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"The mind is like a parachute - it works only when it is open."

- Unknown

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"Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it."

- Colin Powell

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"Without a rich heart, wealth is an ugly beggar."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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"Outstanding leaders appeal to the hearts of their followers - not their minds."

- Unknown

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"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."

- Thomas Edison

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"Yesterday is a canceled check; tomorrow is a promissory note; today is the only cash you have, so spend it wisely."

- Kim Lyons

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"Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living, the other helps you make a life."

- Sandra Carey

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"Truth fears no trial."

- Proverb

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"How you spend your time is more important than how you spend your money. Money mistakes can be corrected, but time is gone forever."

- David Norris

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"If you take too long in deciding what to do with your life, you'll find you've done it."

- George B. Shaw (1856-1950)

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"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened; vision cleared; ambition inspired, and success achieved."

- Helen Keller

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"I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies, for the hardest victory is victory over self."

- Aristotle

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"One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon -- instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.

- Dale Carnegie

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"Genius is seldom recognized for what it is: a great capacity for hard work."

- Henry Ford (1863-1947)

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"Success is your dreams with work clothes on."

- Unknown

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"The purpose of life is a life of purpose."

- Robert Byrne

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"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit."

- Harry S. Truman

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"The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today."

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

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"Most look up and admire the stars. A champion climbs a mountain and grabs one."

- Unknown

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"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 garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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"The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work."

- Richard Bach

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"The secret of success is to do the common things uncommonly well."

- John D. Rockefeller

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"Reputation is what people think you are. Character is who you really are. Take care of your character and your reputation will take care of itself."

- Unknown

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"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard."

- Tim Notke

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"Success is a journey, not a destination."

- Ralph Arbitelle

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"The middle of every successful project looks like a disaster."

- Rosabeth Moss Cantor

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"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble."

- Helen Keller

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"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little."

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

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"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try."

- Beverly Sills

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"Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential."

- John Maxwell

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"Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow."

- Ronald E. Osborn

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"If you aren't making any mistakes, it's a sure sign you're playing it too safe."

- John Maxwell

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"If you have the will to win, you have achieved half your success; if you don't, you have achieved half your failure."

- David Ambrose

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"Success is not measured by what a man accomplishes, but by the opposition he has encountered and the courage with which he has maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds."

- Charles Lindbergh (Aviation pioneer)

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"Unless you are willing to drench yourself in your work beyond the capacity of the average man, you are just not cut out for positions at the top."

- J. C. Penny

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"To bring oneself to a frame of mind and to the proper energy to accomplish things that require plain hard work continuously is the one big battle that everyone has. When this battle is won for all time, then everything is easy."

- Thomas A. Buckner

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"Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability."

- John Wooden

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"You must do the very thing you think you cannot do."

- Eleanor Roosevelt

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"Nothing ever comes to one that is worth having except as a result of hard work."

- Booker T. Washington

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"A competitive world has two possibilities for you: you can lose or, if you want to win, you can change."

- Lester C. Thurow

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"True success is obeying God."

- John Maxwell

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"There are three ways to get something done: Do it yourself, employ someone or forbid your children to do it."

- Monta Crane

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"Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?"

- Frank Scully

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"Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed."

- Booker T. Washington

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"All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action."

- James Russell Lowell

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"The secret of success is consistency of purpose."

- Benjamin Disraeli

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"Doing little things with a strong desire to please God makes them really great."

- St. Francis De Sales

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"I cannot give you a formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure -- which is: try to please everybody."

- Mr. Herbert Bayard Swope

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"Listing your personal milestones is like storing a pocketful of sunshine for a rainy day."

- Unknown

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"Sometimes our best is simply not enough... We have to do what is required."

- Sir Winston Churchill

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ED BECKER'S STORY: FOUNDATION FOR SUCCESSFUL LIVING.

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The Power of Discipline

"No steam or gas drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated and disciplined."

- Harry E. Fosdick

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Trials

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved."

- Helen Keller

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Courage

“Courage is not having the strength to go on, it is going on
when you don’t have the strength. Industry and determination
can do anything that genius and advantage can do and many
things that they cannot.”

- Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

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WHY DO YOU WANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL?

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Leadership

"Leadership is influence. To the extent we influence others, we lead them."

- Chuck Swindoll

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FROM SUCCESS TO SIGNIFICANCE - businessman Rick Brekelbaum, former EXXON executive, shares his story of success.

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Biblical Vs. Tradition

"The hallmark of an authentic evangelicalism is not the uncritical repetition of old traditions but the willingness to submit every tradition, however ancient, to fresh biblical scrutiny and, if necessary, reform." 

- John Stott

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A Leader

"Anyone who influences others is a leader."

- Chuck Swindoll

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Servant Leadership

"If we're going to be authentic in our leadership, we will have to be willing to serve, and we have to be willing to suffer."

- James Kouzes & Barry Posner (A Leaders Legacy)

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Wise Words

"I don't think that there is any other quality so essential to success as the quality of perserverance. It overcomes almost everything."

- John D. Rockefeller

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Reputation

"Reputation is made in a moment.  Character is built in a lifetime."

- James Leggett

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PRIORITIES AND ETHICS IN BUSINESS

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Greatness

"A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men."

- Thomas Carlyle

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Enthusiasm

"Enthusiasm is contagious. It's difficult to remain neutral or indifferent in the presence of a positive thinker."

- Melvin Maxwell

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Courage

"The greatest test of courage is to bear defeat without losing heart."

- Robert Ingersoll

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Conversation

"The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment."

- Lady Dorothy Nevffl

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Work

"Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results."

- James Allen

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No Failure

"There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat from within, no insurmountable barriers, save our own inherent weakness of purpose."

- Elbert Hubbard

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What Makes a Man?

"It is not the situation that makes the man, but the man who makes the situation."

- Frederick W. Robertson

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Sticking to it

"We can do anything we want as long as we stick to it."

- Helen Keller

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Greatness

"The price of greatness is responsiblility."

- Winston Churchill

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Within

"What happens to a man is less significant than what happens within him.

- Louis L. Mann

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW GOD PERSONALLY?

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Caring

"People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."

- Howard Hendricks

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Excellence

"Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well."

- John W. Garner

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Example

"Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing."

- Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)

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Integrity

"Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful."

- Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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Words

"We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond to them."

- Abigail Adams (1744-1818)

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Failure

"Failure is not fatal,
but failure to change might be."

- John Wooden

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Helping

"You can have anything you want in life
if you just help enough other people
get what they want."

- Zig Ziglar

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Gift

"The only gift is giving to the poor; all else is exchange."

-Thiruvalluvar, an Indian Tamil poet who lived before the time of the Messiah

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Success

"Success is not the key to happiness.
Happiness is the key to success.
If you love what you are doing,
you will be successful."

- Albert Schweitzer

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Courageous Leader

"To become a courageous leader, you must realize that accepting responsibility is not optional -- it's mandatory."

- David Cottrell

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Opportunity

"When one door closes
another one opens;
but we so often look so long
and so regretfully upon the closed door,
that we do not see
the ones which open for us."

- Alexander Graham Bell

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Progress

"I was taught that the way of progress is neither swift nor easy."

- Marie Curie

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Discover

"When we seek to discover the best in others,
we somehow bring out the best in ourselves."

- William Arthur Ward

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Enough

"If everyone cares enough,
And everyone shares enough,
There will always be enough."

- Unknown

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Difference

"We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make."

- Marion Wright Edelman

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Legacy

"What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others."    

- Pericles

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Action

"A knowledge of the path cannot be substituted for putting one foot in front of the other."    

- M. C. Richards

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Planning

"A goal without a plan is just a wish."    

- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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Humbleness

"I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me."  

- Isaac Newton

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Greatness

"There are countless ways of achieving greatness, but any road to achieving one's maximum potential must be built on a bedrock of respect for the individual, a commitment to excellence, and a rejection of mediocrity."    

- Buck Rodgers

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Ambition

"If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it;
Every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth."   

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Excellence

"The freedom to do your best means nothing
unless you are willing to do your best."

- Colin Powell

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Dedication

"The person who makes a success of living
is the one who sees his goal steadily
and aims for it unswervingly.
That is dedication."

- Cecil B. DeMille

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Honor

"The most important thing
is to be whatever you are without shame."

- Rod Steiger

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Action

"Nothing will ever be attempted
if all possible objections
must be first overcome."

- Samuel Johnson

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Reputation

"Glass, china, and reputation are easily cracked,
and never mended well."

- Benjamin Franklin

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Worth

"He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has." 

- Henry Ward Beecher

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Potential

"Doing the best at this moment
puts you in the best place
for the next moment."

- Oprah Winfrey

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Goals

"Your goal should be out of reach
but not out of sight."

- Anita DeFrantz

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Responsibility

"The price of greatness is responsibility."

- Winston Churchill

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Success

"None of the secrets of success will work
unless you do."

- Unknown

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Challenges

"Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all that he can."

- Henry Drummond

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Time

"Always remember that the future comes one day at a time."

- Dean Acheson

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Actions

"It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable."

- Jean Baptiste Moliere

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Character

"People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built."

- Eleanor Roosevelt

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Objectives

"You've got to think about 'big things' while you're doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction."

- Alvin Toffler

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Growth

"Most of us plateau when we lose the tension between where we are and where we ought to be."

- John Gardiner

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Opportunities

"A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds."

- Sir Francis Bacon

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Accomplishments

"Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen."

- Peter Marshall

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Perseverance

"Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another."

- Walter Elliott


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