Sunday, October 8, 2017

In Pursuit Of Happiness



Chester was a tiny little dog. He was excited to start puppy school, but he was also nervous because he had no idea what trade he wanted to pursue.  
After months of waiting, he finally realized he wanted to be a guard dog. 

"Chester’s mom had given him all of the time in the world to choose what trade he wanted to learn. But her patience was wearing thin.  
Chester, have you decided what you want to do with your life? All of your brothers and sisters have already gone off to pup school and graduated. Why are you taking so long to blossom?” asked his mother. 

“Mom, I want to be a guard dog,” Chester blurted out.  
“Honey, you’re so small. You can't be a guard dog; you'll get eaten alive.” remarked Chester’s mother. 

This lit a fire under Chester. He was determined to pursue his road to happiness, no matter how long and hard the journey may be. “Mom, I’ve made up my mind. I am going to be a guard dog,” said Chester before he skipped away.  
The very next morning, he enrolled in pup school as a guard dog. His classmates were German Shepherds, Pit Bulls and only the toughest dogs. But Chester felt confident in his ability to succeed. 

When he got home from school, Chester would exercise to build up his strength. It was tough, but he stuck to his guns. He knew he could do it. 
At his final examination, he had to run an obstacle course in under 45 seconds. And, because of his hard work and small size, he was able to complete the obstacle course in 20 seconds!  

Against all odds, Chester became a guard dog. 

Initially, Chester’s fear of failure kept him from pursuing his dream of being a guard dog. And, when he finally worked up the courage to follow his passion, he was criticized. Nonetheless, Chester stuck to his guns and achieved exactly what he set out to do.  
He pursued his happiness and won.  Surely, you’ve encountered a situation where your lack of confidence has stopped you from chasing something you know you would love to do. However, if you don’t even try, you've already lost the battle. 

Maybe you couldn’t give that executive your elevator pitch because you thought he wouldn’t spare a second to talk to you. Or you may have even opted for a “safe” college major rather than what you truly love to do.  It’s important to remember that every day is an opportunity to succeed. And pursuing your happiness can effectively be done just one step at a time. 

If you want to be a doctor someday, the first step is showing up to class. If you want to work as a bridal consultant, the first step is handing out resumes.  Once you take the first step, once you get up off the couch, the steps that follow seem to fall into place!

Friday, October 6, 2017

The Class Project

Jimmy was having fun playing video games in his room, not worrying at all about his science project that was due in two days. 

Mrs. Peterson had assigned it last week. At first, he had intended to do the project, but a couple of days after it was assigned, Mrs. Peterson was absent, and they had a substitute teacher. So he decided to put it off until Mrs. Peterson came back.  
But she hadn’t come back all week! And now here he was with nothing to show for himself. Even so, he still wasn’t too worried about it – the substitute hadn’t mentioned the science project at all. So Jimmy played some more and went to bed. 
The next day, Jimmy walked into science class to find Mrs. Peterson sitting at her desk. He felt his heart sink. 
“I’m sorry I was away so long,” she said. “But I hope you all have been working on your science projects. I’m really looking forward to seeing them tomorrow.” 
When he got home from school, Jimmy got to work frantically, trying to put together a project. He stayed up very, very late. Finally, he had something he could turn in, though the measurements were rushed and the project had come out all wrong.  
Jimmy got his project back a week later with a big red D written on the front, then his mom took away all his video games. 
Poor Jimmy! Losing all that sleep and his video games, too! But what’s a kid to do? His teacher was gone all week... 
We can always find excuses for putting off the things we need to do. We’re missing a person on the team, the instructions weren’t clear, we have other projects that take priority, the deadline is a long way away – the list can go on and on. 
But the truth is circumstances may never be ideal for anything. 
If we use excuses and justifications to avoid beginning important projects, we’ll always deliver a mediocre performance.  
Procrastination is defined as putting things off that you should be doing now. We all do it from time to time, but when it becomes a way of life, we shortchange ourselves and never become the person we can be. 
Why do we procrastinate? We can convince ourselves with any number of excuses. We’re waiting for the right mood, or the right time, or we don’t know how to start, so we just don’t do anything.  
It’s helpful to take a real honest look at yourself:  
Why do you put things off that you know you should be doing?  
Is there a lack of a clear goal?  
Do you need to strengthen your decision-making skills?  
Are you a perfectionist?  
Do you have a fear of failure? 
Once you’ve pinpointed those reasons for putting things off, eliminate them from your life! Don’t allow excuses and justifications to keep you from becoming the best leader, parent, or partner you can be. 
Ensure your success by beginning tasks promptly and eliminating procrastination from your life. Doing so is a major step to becoming a productive person, a reliable friend, and an honorable partner. 
More things to ask yourself: 
Do I make excuses for putting off projects I should be working on? 
What is the root cause of my procrastination? 
How can I plan to finish tasks on time without the panic of a last minute rush?

Monday, September 18, 2017

In The Dark


Gary stepped outside and knew at once that it was going to be one of those terrible days.  Everything was dark and gloomy, like a thunderstorm was only moments away.  But it was strange – the weather reporter had said the day would be sunny.
  
Gary continued on to his favorite coffee shop.  Inside the coffee shop, the lights were dim, as if some bulbs had burned out.  He thought, “What kind of lousy restaurant doesn’t change the light bulbs when they go out?”   
Gary sat down and looked at the menu, but the dim lighting was making him more and more depressed.  When the waitress came by to take his order, Gary ordered his food, but he stopped her as she started walking back to the kitchen.
“Why don’t you guys fix some of these light bulbs? It’s so dark in here.  Do you think your customers like to eat in the dark?” Gary, whose mood had gotten progressively worse since he left the house, spoke angrily and a little too loudly.
“But sir,” the waitress said, looking confused, “No bulbs are burned out here.  You’re wearing sunglasses.”
Gary pulled his glasses off.  It was true!  He had grabbed the wrong pair of glasses out of his dresser drawer.   He apologized to her and made sure to leave a big tip.
What an eye opener! Isn’t it true that the fault we find in the world around us can often be traced back to what’s inside ourselves? It’s so easy to project our problems onto others when taking ownership of the issues would actually help us solve them much more quickly.
How often do we try to make a spouse or a roommate change behaviors, to no avail? We all know we can’t change others! We can encourage and persuade, but we can’t make people do anything we wish. 
Knowing this truth, we ought to be able to see how counterproductive it is to get irritated by things going on around us. We automatically think those problems are someone else’s responsibility when we already have the power to stop the irritation!
Just like Gary in the story, when we think problems belong to someone else, we spend a lot of time grumbling and complaining that those people won’t fix their issues. We go around in a rotten mood and make things miserable for those around us. 
Now contrast that unhappy picture with someone who takes responsibility for his own unhappiness. “Am I a part of the problem or the solution?” a wise person might ask. When things aren’t going well, the key is to stop and think about your attitudes and actions.

Blaming others keeps us from finding solutions to the root cause of the issue. Taking responsibility and examining our weaknesses, mistakes or contributions to the problem allow us to take positive action toward improvements.
Self-reflection lets us take off the sunglasses and put on the clear lenses. Maybe there are still a few bulbs in the restaurant that need to be changed, but at that point, we’ve done everything we can to improve the situation on our own.
Sometimes we can do a whole lot to improve a situation, and sometimes not so much. But taking ownership and moving forward always makes us happier than blaming others and waiting for them to change. Blaming others is automatically a recipe for frustration!
Questions to ask:
Are there issues in my life where I’m blaming others for things not going well?
What am I doing that may be contributing to the problem?
Is my perspective causing my own unhappiness?

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Check Out Your Squirrel Nests


We have a lot of oak trees around our house and sometimes it looks like a squirrel paradise. Squirrels are always racing around the yard and sneaking up on the deck. They can be pesky at times but for the most part they are fun to watch.

I've seen their nests for years up in the trees and always wondered about stuff like what they're made of, how deep it is, and how many squirrels can share a nest. One day I stopped wondering and got out the ladder to check one out up close.

It was fun peeking inside the nest and noticing how they had weaved the sticks and leaves together. The nest was empty but still I didn't touch it with my hands, I didn't want them to know I had been spying on them. But I did give it a good look over.  I think it made me appreciate my squirrel friends a little more. 
It also got me to thinking that I, you, and all of us, have many "squirrel nests" in our lives that we have never stopped and peeked inside.  Maybe we should slow down and take five minutes or so to explore some of the things in our lives that we have took for granted so many times. You never know what you might find or where it might take you.  Explore and Learn.

Monday, September 11, 2017

A Few Older but Good Quotes

"Laughter is an instant vacation." - Milton Berle

"They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them." -Mahatma Gandhi

"Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday." -Author Unknown

"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference." -Winston Churchill

"Patience is the ability to count down before you blast off." - Author Unknown

"Freedom lies in being bold." -Robert Frost

"The purpose of life is a life of purpose." -Robert Byrne

"Friendship isn't a big thing - it's a million little things." -Author Unknown

"Don't find fault. Find a remedy." Henry Ford

"We don't show up FOR work, we show up TO work."-Unknown 

"If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will." - Abraham Lincoln

"The doors of wisdom are never shut." - Benjamin Franklin

"You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want." -Zig Ziglar "

"Minds are like parachutes, they only function when open." - Unknown

"A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams." -John Barrymore

"In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing." - Theodore Roosevelt

"The best time to plant a tree is ten years ago-the second best time is now." - Confucius

"You say I started out with practically nothing, but that isn't correct. We all start with all there is. It's how we use it that makes things possible." - Henry Ford

"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today." - Abraham Lincoln

Friday, September 1, 2017

Opportunity Knocking


Many like to sit back and wait for an opportunity to come knocking. Unfortunately, wishing for opportunities doesn’t make them happen. You must look for possibilities in your life and strive to make something happen when you find them.

Recognizing opportunities when they show up, and creating your own opportunities, are the best ways to achieve success. If you give yourself the chance, you may find that there’s an opportunity knocking on every door.  

Don’t wait for someone else to find opportunities for you. Learn to recognize opportunities and take action promptly.  Be open to answering the call when new opportunities present itself.

Like Milton Berle once said:  "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door."

Monday, August 28, 2017

The Lemonade Stand


The Lemonade Stand

The story of a thinker and a doer

One day Jimmy asked Sally if she would like to help him set up a lemonade stand during the upcoming garage sale. Sally was a very creative girl. She had a lot of ideas and she set right to work.

“We need a big sign – what should we call ourselves?” she said. “Should we set it up by the street or by the garage?”

Sally had a million questions:

Homemade lemonade or made from a mix?

Regular or pink lemonade?

What size should the cups be?

Paper or plastic?

Would Jimmy mind if they sold the lemonade in pink cups?

How much would they charge?

She had learned how to make brownies last week; should they sell brownies too?

What if some people are on a diet; should they also sell sugar-free lemonade?

What if someone just wants water?

What if someone likes it sweeter?

What if… 

What if… 

As they talked, it got late. The “what ifs” never seemed to end. They still hadn’t finished going through all the details, but Jimmy had to go home for dinner. 

The next day, Jimmy got up early. Without worrying about Sally’s million questions, he wrote a simple supply list and went with his mom to the grocery store. He bought cups, lemons, sugar, ice, and a poster board.

He made some lemonade, wrote “Lemonade – 50 cents” on the poster board, and set it all up on a little table during the garage sale.


He sold a lot of lemonade that day. In fact, he made enough money to invite Sally to the movies that afternoon.

Are you one of those people who get so caught up in all the details that you can’t get started on a project? Are you surrounded by people like that?

Like Jimmy, you’ll accomplish the most when you can focus on the core plan, consider the most important details, and then take decisive action.

Being creative and thinking of new ideas is a great quality for brainstorming sessions. When planning out where you want to be in five years and what you’d like to accomplish, it’s great to think in big and broad terms!

But when it comes to an effective course of action, here’s the best plan:

Decide which of your possibilities makes the most sense right now.

Get rid of the fluff.  Take action, tackling one detail at a time.

When we allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by the details, we become paralyzed into a state of inaction and hopelessness. We then lose sight of the big picture.

When you feel that a project is becoming too cumbersome and may never get off the ground, it may be time to reflect on the question: “What is my big picture?”

Once you refocus on your greater purpose, you can work on the important details first, then grow as necessary.  Bogging yourself down with an overly complicated plan only opens the doors to procrastination and failure. Don’t let the fine details overwhelm you and keep you from achieving your goals! Throw out those extraneous details and organize the important ideas, taking one step at a time.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Ant Prepares Ahead

In a field one summer's day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart's content.  An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest.

"Why not come and chat with me," said the Grasshopper, "instead of toiling and moiling in that way?"

"I am helping to lay up food for the winter," said the Ant, "and recommend you to do the same."

"Why bother about winter?" said the Grasshopper; we have got plenty of food at present."  

But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil.  When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food and found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer.  

Then the Grasshopper knew: It is best to prepare for the days of necessity.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Impatient Fisherman


Mr. Wilson decided to go fishing and he promised his wife he would bring her back some fish. So he walked down to the river under the bright afternoon sun and sat down on a rock with his fishing pole. 
But there wasn’t a fish to be seen. Every so often a little bitty fish would zip by where he was sitting, and he would chase it with his net until he would trip on a rock and fall face down into the water.  

“Lousy fish!” Mr. Wilson grunted.

The day wore on, the sun started to set, and Mr. Wilson still had not caught a single fish. He became frustrated and he was stomping angrily in the water when his next-door neighbor, Mr. Brown and his son Billy, came up to the river’s edge to watch the sunset and catch a few fish. 
Mr. Wilson didn’t even speak to them as he stormed off because he was frustrated by his wasted afternoon. 

“Gee!” Billy said. “He’s pretty angry, isn’t he?” 
“Hungry, I suppose,” Mr. Brown said. “He should’ve waited a bit longer. The fish come up to feed when the air is cool like this.”

As he spoke, they heard the sound of fish breaking the surface of the water, and the father and son easily scooped half a dozen fish out of the river. 
How often do we quit when we’re just one step away from our goal? Sometimes we get into the trap of thinking the world is working against us and that nothing is going our way and never will. In reality, however, we’re creating our own pain and suffering!

If Mr. Wilson wanted to catch fish, spending a few minutes learning about their habits would have made a big difference in his results. Knowing what they like to eat, when they eat, and where they’re most likely to rest would have saved him a day of frustration and kept him in dry clothes. 
When things seem to be going from bad to worse, it may be time to pull back and think differently about the situation.  

What is there that we don’t know? Is there someone who has been here before and may have some insight that would help us to be more successful? 

Pride and frustration may be keeping us from discovering just the information we need to succeed.  
Perhaps we should ask for ideas from those who have been successful in the past. Most people are not only willing to help, but they’re also happy to share their lessons learned. 


Think about those areas of your life where you feel like you’re spinning your wheels and, no matter how much effort you expend, the results just aren’t there. Then ask yourself if a better plan or a mentor could help you move past that obstacle. 
Maybe you already have the understanding you need, but you’re too busy rushing forward to think through a plan. Slowing down, taking your time, and examining the best course forward often saves you a lot of time and effort. This strategy will lead you to far greater successes in your life!

It’s better to move patiently and wisely forward, than to be the first to the lake and leave emptyhanded once again. 
Things to ask yourself:

Is there an area of my life where I feel frustrated and unsuccessful? 
What friend, coworker, or family member may know more about the situation than I do? 

Is pride or frustration keeping me from asking for help in areas where I can be more successful?


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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Frog On A Log


Three frogs sitting on a log, two decided to jump off, how many were left? 
If you said one you were wrong. I will tell you the answer but first let me tell you about the frog in a milk pail....
A careless frog was hopping around a farmyard when all of a sudden he fell into a pail half-filled with fresh milk

As he swam about attempting to reach the top of the pail, he found that the sides of the pail were too high and too steep. He stretched his back legs to push off the bottom of the pail but found it too deep. 
But this wasn't your average frog, this frog was determined not to give up, and he continued the struggle.

He kicked and squirmed and kicked and squirmed, until at last, all his churning about in the milk had turned the milk into a big hunk of butter. The butter was now solid enough for him to climb up on and hop out of the pail.  
The lesson is, Never Give Up.  Keep trying, keep moving and you will get there.


Another Frog Story

A large group of frogs were traveling through the woods one day and two of them fell into a deep hole. When the other frogs saw how deep the hole was, they told the two frogs that there was nothing they could do. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the deep hole with all their might.  
The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs were saying and gave up. He fell down and died.  

The other trapped frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, all the other frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it out. 

When he got out, the other frogs said, "Did you not hear us?" The frog explained to them that he was deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time. 
Again the lesson is, never give up.  You have to keep moving. You can't sit still on a log and expect to get something done.  

Now the answer to the frog on the log riddle.

Three frogs sitting on a log, two decided to jump off, how many were left? 

If you said one you were wrong. All three were still left. The two only talked about jumping, they wanted to jump, they decided to jump, but they never took  action. 
Lesson is: You can wish for, hope for, plan for, want to, decide to, but until you take some action you are still on the log. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Famous Failures


If you study history, you will find that many success stories are also stories of great failures.  But people don't see the failures. They only see one side of the picture and they say that person got lucky. 

Henry Ford was broke at the age of 40. Then later on in life he forgot to put the reverse gear in the first car he made.  Still, Henry Ford turned out alright and will be remembered as a great man. 
As a young cartoonist, Walt Disney faced many rejections from newspaper editors.  He was fired by the editor of a newspaper for lacking in ideas.  Later on in life he said;  “All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”
On December 10, 1903, a New York Times editorial questioned the wisdom of the Wright Brothers who were trying to invent a machine, heavier than air, that would fly. One week later, at Kitty Hawk, the Wright Brothers made their famous flight.
One day a deaf four year old boy came home with a note in his pocket from his teacher, "Your son is too stupid to learn, get him out of the school." His mother read the note and answered, "My son is not too stupid to learn, I will teach him myself." And that little boy grew up to be the great Thomas Edison. Thomas Edison had only three months of formal schooling and he was partially deaf.
 At the age of 65, riding in a beat-up car and a $100 check from Social Security. Colonel Sanders realized he had to do something. He remembered his mother's recipe and went out selling. It is estimated that he had knocked on more than a thousand doors before he got his first order. How many of us quit after three tries, ten tries, a hundred tries, and then we say we tried as hard as we could?
Albert Einstein learned to speak at a late age and performed poorly in school.
John Grisham had his first novel rejected by sixteen agents and twelve publishing houses.
Isaac Newton failed at running the family farm and did poorly in school.
Marilyn Monroe spent much of her younger years in foster homes. One of her first jobs, during the second world war, was inspecting parachutes.
Babe Ruth, the great baseball legend struck out 1,330 times.
Michael Jordan, the most famous name in basketball was cut from his high school basketball team. Later in life he said it well with; "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"

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Ben Said

Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.
He was Born January 17, 1706 and Died April 17, 1790.


Ben Franklin was a renowned polymath and a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.

A few of his quotes:
“A brother may not be a friend, but a friend will always be a brother.”
“A good conscience is a continual Christmas.”
“A great talker may be no fool, but he is one that relies on him.”
“A man of words and not of deeds, is like a garden full of weeds.”
“A penny saved is a penny earned.”
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” 
“An old young man will be a young old man.”
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” 
"Drive thy business or it will drive thee.”
“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” 
"Eat to please yourself, but dress to please others.”
“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”
“Fear to do ill, and you need fear naught else.”
“Glass, china, and reputation are easily cracked and never well mended.”
“God helps them who help themselves,”
“I believe long habits of virtue have a sensible effect on the countenance.”
“If you would not be forgotten, do things worth remembering.”
“It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.”
“It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.” 
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” 
“To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.” 
“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.” 
“We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”
“Well done is better than well said.” 
“You may delay, but time will not.”

Ole Farmer Sayings


You can find a lot of wisdom in the Ole Farmer Sayings.



ü  A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.


ü  Anyone can farm, but not everyone is a farmer.


ü  A hive of bees in May is worth a load of hay


ü  Every garden may have some weeds.


ü  Books do not begin to contain what is necessary to become a successful farmer.


ü  Fast ripe, fast rotten.


ü  Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.


ü  What you picking now is that which you planted before.


ü  Tall oaks grow from little acorns.


ü  God Almighty first planted a garden.


ü  Don't judge folks by their relatives.


ü  Every path has a few puddles.   
  

ü  For a farmer, next year will always be better.


ü  If You Ate Today, Thank A Farmer.


ü  If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.


ü  If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.


ü  In Nature We Trust.


ü  Letting the cat out of the bag is a whole lot easier than putting it back in.


ü  Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.


ü  Look down when walking around in the cow pasture.


ü  Meanness don’t just happen overnight.


ü  Most of the stuff people worry about, ain’t never gonna happen anyway.


ü  Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.


ü  Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.


ü  Sowing is not as difficult as reaping.


ü  The best sermons are lived, not preached.


ü  The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, will be watching you from the mirror every morning.


ü  The grass may be greener on the other side of the fence, but it doesn’t matter if you’re not able to climb over.


ü  Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.


ü  When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.


ü  Words that soak into your ears are whispered--not yelled.


ü  Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.




Sunday, August 13, 2017

A Lesson From Houdini


Famous magician and escape artist Harry Houdini claimed he could escape any jail cell in less than an hour. One day, a small town in Britain built a new jail cell and they were proud of it.  They invited Houdini to come test it,  and he agreed.

He walked into the prison cell full of confidence. After all, he had done this hundreds of times before.
Once the jail cell was closed, Houdini took off his coat and went to work. From his belt, he got a flexible but tough piece of steel that he used as a lock pick. He knelt in front of the door and started working on the lock.

He quickly discovered that something was unusual about this particular lock. For 30 minutes he worked and got nowhere.  And his confident expression disappeared.

At the end of an hour, he was soaked with perspiration.  He tried all the tricks of his trade but nothing worked.

After two hours and totally exhausted, Houdini literally collapsed against the door. And the force of his weight was enough to push the door open.

Because in reality, the door had never been locked. By accident the new jailers never locked the door.   

It was locked only in one place, in his own mind.

The lesson: Whatever your mind says is locked---is locked.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Wisdom From The Wise Minds


I have always enjoyed reading the quotes of famous people. Not just because they are a lot of fun to read, but because there is so much truth in them. I also feel they are the shortcuts to learning, and they can be great motivators. I can remember a time when I had them stuck up all around the house and office. The post it notes work great. 
Look what others have said about the quotes: 

Winston Churchill said, “Every man who didn’t go to college can largely make up for that lack by reading the wise sayings of the great men of the past.”

Thomas Jefferson said, "Mankind would lose half its wisdom built up over the centuries if it lost its great sayings. They contain the best parts of the best books."
WM. James said, “To neglect the wise saying of great thinkers is to deny ourselves of our truest education.” 

Samuel Johnson said, “He is the most useful teacher who condenses the most knowledge into short sentences.” 
Many of the famous people of the world have left us with their thoughts, experience, and wisdom, all condensed down into short sentences. Call them proverbs, quotes, wise saying, or whatever you like, but do understand, they all come from people worth listening to.

Benjamin Franklin once said, "Reading a simple wise saying changed my life." 
It's unbelievable how reading one little wise saying or proverb has changed so many people's lives.

"Learning from the wise sayings of great men is like riding to success on the shoulders of giants." -Elbert Hubbard 
Reading wise sayings is like consulting with the worlds' highest priced experts.  Don’t be afraid of using the quotes from the wise as your shortcuts to success. The quotes are fun to read, and they really are the shortcuts to success. Study them often.