Published on October 9, 2009
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Success in life is a choice I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I have failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed -Michael Jordan Never forget, your family should always have priority over your work -Mary Kay Ash
FOLLOW YOUR PASSION
Examples of following passion Rachel Ray Simon Cowell Chris Gardner pursuit of happyness Conan O’Brien Harvard grad Queen Latifah Manhattan CC Bill Gates Albert Enstien Need pictures
What to do now Find your passion Only you can find your passion Great way to do that: Take a service gap year
Some men see things as they are and say why? I see things that never were and say why not? John F Kennedy Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds Albert Einstein You know what you can do best, and you know what is the best that you can do Margarent Thatcher – British prime minister We all have ability – the difference is how we use it Stevie Wonder Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong.“ Whether you think you can, or think you cant, you’re right Henry Ford
The Indian mystic Patanjali, who lived several hundred years before Christ, and who first recognized the power in the practice of meditation, said, "When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds; your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.“ In a study of lottery winners in the United States, the positive impact of being rich wore off in about a year and a half. In 18 months, the winners reverted back to their true personalities. If they were happy people before the big win, they were happy 18 months later. If they were whining and miserable negative types before the big win, they tended back toward being whining and miserable. Can you guess what happened to the mental states of people who were paralyzed as the result of horrific accidents? Yes, in 18 months, if they were miserable before the accident, they stayed miserable or worse. But, if they were positive happy minded people before the accident, they started to cope with their disability and start to find ways to be happy again. The moral is that the secret to true human happiness lies within us and cannot be permanently enhanced by money or destroyed by fate.
John Wooden, the famous basketball coach, advises us "Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.“ French Writer Voltaire wrote, "Each player must accept the cards life deals to him or her. But once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.“ The cadets at United States Military Academy at West Point are motivated by the following maxim which is good advice for anyone willing to work for success, "Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible."
Muriel Seibert (first woman on the NYSE) was the first woman to make one billion dollars and she only had a high school diploma. Richard Branson, the British founder of Virgin Airlines, with a net worth estimated at $1.9 billion, dropped out of high school. Stephen Spielberg, the American director, was an unknown C student in high school. Thomas Edison, the American inventor, had only three months of formal education. Sean Connery, the Scottish actor, quit school at age 13 with a sixth grade education. One of his early jobs was polishing coffins. His first acting coach told him that he needed more schooling. That day, he picked up a book and started reading and has never stopped.
Twenty-three publishers rejected Theodore Geisel, "Dr. Seuss," before his first book was accepted. Ray Kroc was fifty-two when he bought the McDonald brothers’ hamburger stand and Colonel Sanders began his worldwide chain of restaurants when he was in his mid-sixties. Mark Twain, the American author, said, "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.“ Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong."
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