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"Achievers are willing to pay the price of achievement.  They sacrifice and struggle many times without the support of others in their corner - and yet, continue to overcome the negative and press on."

Success and achievement are never as easy as they appear to be to the outsider. 

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"Successful people have formed the habit of doing those things that unsuccessful people don't want to do." *

"There is no success without hardship."
   - Sophocles

"Anyone can want something, it is those who believe in their goals that achieve."

   - Bill Clinton

"Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game." -- Donald Trump

"If you're going through hell, keep going". --  Winston Churchill

"Obstacles are Frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal."  --  Henry Ford

"It's not that I am smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer."  -- Albert Einstein

"If you think it can't be done, please don't interrupt those who are doing it."

"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

"Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently" (Henry Ford)

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." (John Lennon)

A ship in a safe harbor is safe, but that is not what a ship is built for. William Shedd *

Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions. Oliver Wendell Holmes. *

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt.

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. Thomas Alva Edison. *

No problem can stand the assault of sustained thinking. Voltaire

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. Elmer Letterman

Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it. Syrus

Chance favors the prepared mind. Louis Pasteur

"And above all things, never think that you're not good enough yourself. A man should never think that. My belief is that in life people will take you at your own reckoning." (Anthony Trollope)

"Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." (John Wooden)

"I have learned that 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

"Challenges can be stepping stones or stumbling blocks, depending upon how you view them."

When two men in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary.

Confucius said, "A journey of thousand miles begins with a single step."

The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic who would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius *

What would you attempt to do if you could not fail? -- Robert Shiller

It is the function of creative man to perceive and to connect the seemingly unconnected. -- William Plomer *

Winners expect to win in advance. Life is a self-fulfilling prophecy. *

A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. *

The man who believes he can do something is probably right, and so is the man who believes he can't. *

We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.

Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.

Success is a journey, not a destination

"The honor of the conquest is rated by the difficulty. "
- Baron De Montesquieu

"The battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill; and to win it without a struggle were perhaps to win it without honor. If there were no difficulties there would be no success; if there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved. "
- Samuel Smiles

There is only one success - To be able to live life in your own way.

"To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father on His throne. "
- Bible, Revelation 3:21

Problems are a sign of unrealized potential . . . If you want more out of life than most people, you're going to have more problems. It's going to cost you more. Joe Gauld

It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys. Antoine De Saint-Exupery

The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.
  - Edward John Phelps

"Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation,
Because your character is who you really are,
Whereas your reputation is merely what others 'think' you are."
   - Anonymous

The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity. Ayn Rand

The good news is that once you have acknowledged that you are deliberately (though unconsciously) putting the brakes on, you can deliberately (and consciously) choose to take the brakes off. This is best done one brake at at time. Ask yourself "What is the biggest brake I am putting on my performance at the moment?" and go all out to take it off. Mark Forster

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
Albert Einstein

"I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have."
    - Thomas Jefferson

Don't let a day go by without doing some small, quiet deed for someone who will never be able to repay you.

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