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Borrowing a List of 50

I love the reality of this picture!

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I am not being very original, but I so enjoyed reading this from Entrepreneur.com. It gives a lot of positivity to think about for daily life. It’s titled 50 Inspirational Quotes to Motivate You:

 

  1. Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m possible”! —Audrey Hepburn
  2. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. —Maya Angelou
  3. Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. —Henry Ford
  4. Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. —Vince Lombardi
  5. Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. —Charles Swindoll
  6. If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. —Oprah Winfrey
  7. Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. —Eleanor Roosevelt
  8. I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. —Jimmy Dean
  9. Believe you can and you’re halfway there. —Theodore Roosevelt
  10. To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart. —Eleanor Roosevelt
  11. Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. —Les Brown
  12. Do or do not. There is no try. —Yoda
  13. Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. —Napoleon Hill
  14. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover. —Mark Twain
  15. I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. —Michael Jordan
  16. Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. —Albert Einstein
  17. I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. —Stephen Covey
  18. When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. —Henry Ford
  19. The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. —Alice Walker
  20. The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. —Amelia Earhart
  21. It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. —Aristotle Onassis
  22. Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. —Robert Louis Stevenson
  23. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. —Steve Jobs
  24. Change your thoughts and you change your world. —Norman Vincent Peale
  25. The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. —Ayn Rand
  26. If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. —Vincent Van Gogh
  27. Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. —Farrah Gray
  28. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. —Dalai Lama
  29. You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. —Maya Angelou
  30. I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear. —Rosa Parks
  31. I would rather die of passion than of boredom. —Vincent van Gogh
  32. A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. —Unknown
  33. A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.——Albert Einstein
  34. What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. —Bob Dylan
  35. I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. —Leonardo da Vinci
  36. If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. —Booker T. Washington
  37. Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless. —Jamie Paolinetti
  38. If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on. —Sheryl Sandberg
  39. Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart. —Ancient Indian Proverb
  40. When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. —Helen Keller
  41. Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see. —Confucius
  42. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. —Anne Frank
  43. When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy”. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. —John Lennon
  44. The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  45. We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone. —Ronald Reagan
  46. Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. —George Addair
  47. We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. —Plato
  48. Nothing will work unless you do. —Maya Angelou
  49. I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples. —Mother Teresa
  50. What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality. —Plutarch                                                    And finally… I have added a final motivational entry because it’s all about mental attitude. Right? IMG_2102

Busy But Thinking?

This is a busy time of year for all of us. So in the spirit of not really blogging but blogging… I am attaching some thoughts that are original… but they make me strive! So, here’s something to think about.

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And I thought this was a powerful message from CNBC. It’s what you would have if, 10 years ago, you had invested $1000 in each of these stocks.

 

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How about that! A good reminder to stick with it.

And for pic o’ day, here’s a great Christmas gift idea???

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A Bit of Carnegie Positive

Since I am writing a blog on being positive, combined with the fact that I am a Baltimore Orioles baseball fan, I thought I would post something that is positive. Plus, yesterday was the baseball trade deadline, which means nothing to you unless you are a crazy baseball fan.

So, in the genre of positive… how about a 1966 Hank Bauer baseball card picture? It just makes me laugh.  Random, right?

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I mean, look at Hank’s face. Positive, right?

Anyway, I thought I would digress a bit for the blog. Dale Carnegie is famous for his book on How To Win Friends and Influence People.

For over 60 years people have been applying these principles for success. Recently, one of our lawyers went to a six week seminar and told me that he felt that it truly impacted his life. Then, he emailed a quick synopsis of some principles that he learned. Pretty good stuff!

Principles from How to Win Friends and Influence People

Become a Friendlier Person

1.      Don’t criticize, condemn or complain.

2.      Give honest, sincere appreciation.

3.      Arouse in the other person an eager want.

4.      Become genuinely interested in other people.

5.      Smile.

6.      Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.

7.      Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.

8.      Talk in terms of other person’s interests.

9.      Make the other person feel important – and do it sincerely.

Win People to Your Way of Thinking

1.      The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.

2.      Show respect for the other person’s opinion. Never say, “you’re wrong.”

3.      If you are wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically.

4.      Begin in a friendly way.

5.      Get the other person saying, “yes, yes” immediately.

6.      Let the other person do a great deal of the talking.

7.      Try honestly to see things from the other person’s point of view.

8.      Be sympathetic with the other person’s ideas and desires.

9.      Appeal to the nobler motives.

10.    Dramatize your ideas.

11.    Throw down a challenge.

 

And for pic o’ day…

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The Kobe Lesson

The Sunday night NFL football game has the New England Patriots traveling to Indianapolis to play the Colts. It’s popular to pick the Patriots to win because people  (and I mean “people” as in ESPN  “every second Patriots Network”) say that Tom Brady with his three Super Bowl rings, is the golden boy and will lead the Patriots to victory.

If you are a Patriots fan, you recall the glory days of their three Super Bowl victories. You realize that they have won 5 straight games.

If you aren’t a Patriots fan, then you recall that they got caught cheating for all three of those Super Bowl win years; that the NFL destroyed the cheating tapes before the public could see how much they cheated, and that you notice that no one ever talks about the cheating or that the Patriots have not won a Super Bowl without cheating.

In fact, you also pick the Colts to win on Sunday night because, since 2009 Brady is 3-11 on the road against teams with a winning record. What do you think? Do I sound like a Patriots fan? It’s how you look at it.

I admit it, I just enjoyed writing those last paragraphs. But, I realize that this is not a football pick em column. Instead, I want to segue from the Patriot success/failure thinking to NBA basketball and Kobe Bryant .

This past week, Kobe Bryant just set the NBA record for most missed field goals (shots) in a career. He passed former Boston Celtic great John Havlicek.

Now, it’s real easy to focus on all those misses. Or, to focus on what it also might mean. To focus on the negative would be to think that he just shoots too much or that he sure did miss a lot.

If you are looking for the positive for Kobe, then it means that he is not afraid of failure. It also means that he has been able to play a long time. Just staying at it! And that his team has always counted on him to shoot. And you might also think that Kobe’s Los Angeles teams have won five NBA championships.

Have you ever heard someone say, “he is so lucky” or “I wish I could get those breaks”. Yes, it’s either thinking like that or thinking that life is a moveable feast.

And for pic o’ day, it’s real easy to feel like this by the end of the week!

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Life Lessons from an 80-year-old

     Byron Wien, of Blackstone Advisory Partners, decided to list the life lessons that he has learned in the eighty years of his life. What especially caught my attention was that he wrote these and wrote that he is determined to apply these during the next 80 years. I like that positive thinking!  Here are his abbreviated thoughts:

  1. Concentrate on finding a big idea that will make an impact on the people you want to influence.   If you want to be successful and live a long, stimulating life, keep yourself at risk intellectually all the time.
  2. Network intensely.   Nurture your network by sending articles, books and emails to people to show you’re thinking about them.  Write op-eds and thought pieces for major publications.  Organize discussion groups to bring your thoughtful friends together.
  3. Get enough sleep.  Seven hours will do until you’re sixty, eight from sixty to seventy, nine thereafter which might include eight hours at night and a one hour afternoon nap.
  4. Evolve.  Try to think of your life in phases so you can avoid a burn-out.  Do the numbers crunching in the early phase of your career.  Try developing concepts later on.  Stay at risk throughout the process.
  5. Travel extensively.  Try to get everywhere before you wear out.  Attempt to meet local interesting people where you travel and keep in contact with them throughout your life.  See them when you return to a place.
  6. When meeting someone new, try to find out what formative experience occurred in their lives before they were seventeen.  It is my belief that some important event in everyone’s youth has an influence on everything that occurs afterwards.
  7. On philanthropy,  my approach is to try to relieve pain rather than spread joy.  Music, theatre and art museums have many affluent supporters, give the best parties and it can add to your social luster in a community.  They don’t need you.  Social service, hospitals and educational institutions can make the world a better place and help the disadvantaged make their way toward the American dream.
  8. Younger people are naturally insecure and tend to overplay their accomplishments.  Most people don’t become comfortable with who they are until they’re in their 40’s.  By that time they can underplay their achievements and become a nicer more likeable person.  Try to get to that point as soon as you can.
  9. Take the time to pat those who work for you on the back when they do good work.  Most people are so focused on the next challenge that they fail to thank the people who support them.  It is important to do this.  It motivates and inspires people and encourages them to perform at a higher level.
  10. When someone extends a kindness to you, write them a hand-written note, not an e-mail.  Handwritten notes make an impact and are not quickly forgotten.
  11. At the beginning of every year think of ways you can do your job better than you have ever done it before.  Write it down and look at what you have set out for yourself when the year is over.
  12. Never retire.  If you work forever, you can live forever.  I know there is an abundance of biological evidence against this, but I’m going with this theory anyway.

      Well, those are his thoughts, his recipe on life. Almost a recipe for getting things accomplished. And for pic o’ day, here’s a recipe of a different kind:

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