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Dreams and History

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past. – Thomas Jefferson Yes, the past is a good teacher . . . just don’t spend all your time in that classroom.

The Mis-Understanding of Stress

A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner. – English proverb Stress gets a bad rap these days. It’s mis-understood and thus, vilified, and, also, in a sense, glorified. Article after article, study after study, TV segment after TV segment and book after book talks about how terrible stress is and the terrible impact it …

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What is Excellence?

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather we have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. – Aristotle I am excited to write this post as …

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It’s (Really) Up To You

No one can cheat you out of ultimate success but yourself. – Emerson When Emerson talks about “ultimate success” I believe he’s speaking of the combination of deciding what you truly want and giving the creation of that your absolute, level best. The only one who can keep you from that is yourself. There’s two, main, …

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Where Greatness Comes From

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. – Vincent van Gogh Greatness is lasting. Greatness is intentional. Greatness is important. *  *  * The things that last take: time, and effort, and planning, and adjusting along-the-way, and sacrifice. The things that aren’t easy come from deep …

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Where Success Starts

The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself. – Mark Caine That step comes when you believe, sufficiently, in your ability to be okay in some other reality than your current one. That step comes when you trust that your Identity …

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