Sunday, January 30, 2011

"Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one." - Malcolm S. Forbes
Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative. - Oscar Wilde
To acknowledge the presence of fear is to give birth to failure. - Katherine Mansfield
Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can't build on it; it's only good for wallowing in. - Katherine Mansfield
Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinion of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth. - Katherine Mansfield

Saturday, January 29, 2011

"Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's
not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of the friendship, you really haven't learned anything." - Muhammad Ali

Friday, January 28, 2011
"To be one's self, and unafraid whether right or wrong, is
more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to
conformity." - Irving Wallace
A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. – David Rockefeller

Thursday, January 27, 2011

"I hear the wind calling my name... "
"... Remember who you are... "
Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you're not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were. – Thomas A. Edison
"Take care of the minutes and the hours will take care of
themselves." - Phillip Dormer Stanhope

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work. – Dale Carnegie

Monday, January 24, 2011

“You are free to choose, but the choices you make today will determine what you will have, be and do in the tomorrows of your life.” - Zig Ziglar

Sunday, January 23, 2011

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Friday, January 21, 2011

I was made to work. If you are equally industrious, you will be equally successful. – Johann Sebastian Bach
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"When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger
than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link
and get free." - Catherine Ponder

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The man who walks with God always gets to his destination.
"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." - e.e. cummings

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work. – H. L. Hunt
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It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time. - Samuel Johnson
While grief is fresh, every attempt to divert only irritates. You must wait till it be digested, and then amusement will dissipate the remains of it. - Samuel Johnson
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. - Samuel Johnson
"... you look at every face in the crowd, some shine and some keep you guessing, waiting for someone to come into focus, teach you your final learned lesson... "
A man may be so much of everything that he is nothing of anything. - Samuel Johnson
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It's innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn't. - Mignon McLaughlin
The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next. - Mignon McLaughlin
A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. - Mignon McLaughlin
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"Tell everyone what you want to do and someone will want to
help you do it." - W. Clement Stone

Tuesday, January 18, 2011
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The highest courage is to dare to appear to be what one is. - John Lancaster Spalding
Life's not about the steps you've taken, but the footprints you've left behind...
Do definite good; first of all to yourself, then to definite persons. - John Lancaster Spalding
History is only the register of crimes and misfortunes. - Voltaire
Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for and you will succeed. - Sydney Smith
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Sunday, January 16, 2011

"I'm not a Maverick! I'm a Successful Business Professional!"
"Good Sunday morning! Best wishes for a peaceful and blessed Sunday! - Maybe a little pro football in there as well!" - Gary Dean Masters
Life's not about the people who act true to your face. It's about the people who remain true behind your back. (borrowed and shared)
Dreams do come true, if we only wish hard enough, You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.
The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. - Franklin D. Roosevelt
It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. - Franklin D. Roosevelt
Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. - Franklin D. Roosevelt
Everybody likes to go their own way--to choose their own time and manner of devotion. - Jane Austen
One thing nobody can do better than you is be you. - Elizabeth Moon
People are people, messy and mutable, combining differently with one another from day to day - even hour to hour. - Elizabeth Moon

Saturday, January 15, 2011

"Have more than thou showest, speak less than thou knowest." - William Shakespeare

Friday, January 14, 2011

10 Resolutions you should make this year to get ahead.

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10 Resolutions You Should Make this Year to Get Ahead by Denene Brox, contributing writer

10 Resolutions You Should Make this Year to Get Ahead

by Denene Brox, contributing writer
The start of a new year is always a good time to set new career resolutions. No matter where you are in your career -- entry level, mid-career, or nearing retirement -- there are always new challenges to tackle and goals to meet. Make this year the year you shine at work and make some long awaited changes.

Here are 10 resolution ideas to help make this the year you get ahead.

Resolution 1: Conquer a fear.

Is there a pesky fear that's holding you back at work? Think about what that may be costing you. For example, if you're afraid of public speaking, it may be costing you opportunities to share your hard-won industry knowledge with others. Look for small opportunities to overcome the fear and you'll gain confidence and opportunities to shine.

Resolve to: Sign up for Toastmasters and practice speaking up at any meetings you attend. Strive to speak up once in every meeting; then up the ante and aim to speak at least twice, etc., until you're completely comfortable speaking in front of a crowd.

Resolution 2: Build your network.

The importance of networking is nothing new; but a fresh new year is the perfect time to reach out to colleagues to wish them well in the year ahead. After all, networking is all about keeping in touch. Make this the year that you build and nurture business relationships. A strong network can expose you to new job prospects and help in building your personal brand.

Resolve to: Meet more people. Join an industry association and actually attend their networking events and workshops. Set a reminder on your calendar to reach out to your current network either with by e-mail or in person.

Resolution 3: Become a mentor to someone new to your industry.

If you're feeling a bit uninspired or burned out in your career, taking on the challenge of becoming a mentor is a good way to not only give back, but gain a fresh perspective on your industry. Someone fresh out of college or new to your field will bring an energy and excitement that offers you an opportunity to guide them along their path. Remember to be open to learning from them too -- since they may have a fresh approach to share.

Resolve to: Contact an industry association and offer yourself as a mentor.

Resolution 4: Be bold! Ask for a raise or promotion.

If your company hasn't given you a raise since sometime before 2008 when the word "recession" became an everyday part of our vocabulary, it's time to be bold and ask for more. Many workers have spent the last several years picking up the slack and taking on extra work for the same pay -- just thankful to have a job at all.

Resolve to: List all of the reasons you deserve a raise and/or promotion and make an appointment to review your accomplishments with your boss. Tell him or her that you'd like to earn more or get on the promotion track. Work with your boss to develop a firm action plan.

Resolution 5: Set firm boundaries and achieve a work/life balance.

Are you the office go-to person for everything from staying late to taking on any extra work that needs to get done? If you're feeling that you have too much on your plate or that you'd like to enjoy your life outside of work more, it's time to set some boundaries.

Resolve to: Put limits on your precious time. Unless it's mandatory (and if often isn't) say no to staying late or helping a coworker finish a project. You'll soon find that it's not career-ending to have firm boundaries around your work life.

Resolution 6: Take on more challenging projects.

Stuck in a rut? Tired of slogging away on the same boring projects? Can you do your job while simultaneously listening to your iPod and reading your Facebook feed? If you want to get ahead, you'll need to position yourself for more challenging assignments at work. Learning a new job function or volunteering to lead a committee can provide you with the types of challenges that make work exciting.

Resolve to: Tell your boss that you'd like to learn something new or volunteer to lead a specific project that comes up this year. You'll feel more alive in your work when you're challenged.

Resolution 7: Stop gossiping with co-workers.

Gossip and its close cousin, complaining, are bad work habits that can get the better of many of us. It can also lead to dissatisfaction, strife, and overall bad morale in the office. Don't participate in silly and sometimes hurtful gossip. If there's an issue that's bothering you at work, take it to the source and work it out directly instead of gossiping to anyone who'll listen.

Resolve to: Put the lid of gossip and complaining. It doesn't change anything; in fact, it only makes matters worse. Challenge yourself to identify solutions to any problems that you'd normally just gossip about.

Resolution 8: Do something just for fun.

Putting all of your energy into your career can be exhausting and will put you on the fast track to career burn-out. A little fun in life goes a long way. By engaging in fun activities, whether a hobby or spending time with your family and friends, you’ll return to work refreshed.

Resolve to: Start or re-start a hobby or passion that you haven’t made time for in a while. Paint, join a special interest club, take a trip, or hit the park with your kids.

Resolution 9: Stop wasting time at work.

Are you spending more time at the water cooler or on the Internet than you spend really focusing on that important project? The more time you spend goofing off, the less time you have to devote to activities that could propel your career forward.

Resolve to: Avoid engaging in non-work activities while at the office. Limit the time you spend talking about celebrity gossip to minutes in the afternoon. Don’t be afraid to let your co-workers know that you’d like to devote more time to work. You never know, you may inspire them to get in gear too.

Resolution 10: Update your skills.

Do you want a new job or promotion, but you're being held back because you don't have the right skills like HTML, Excel, or a foreign language? These days, learning new skills is easier than ever before. Distance learning, industry workshops, and continuing education courses are easily accessible.

Resolve to: Take a class or develop a plan to learn on your own by reading books or online tutorials. Check online or with your local community college or university for continuing education courses.
"Thank God it's Friday! Smile! Make it a great day!" - Gary Dean Masters
If you don't risk anything you risk even more.
Pray diligently! Work hard! Enjoy your surroundings. Smile. Stay focused. It will come in due time! - Gary Dean Masters
In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends. - John Churton Collins
Go through your phone book, call people and ask them to drive you to the airport. The ones who will drive you are your true friends. The rest aren't bad people; they're just acquaintances. - Jay Leno
Never explain - your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.
Elbert Hubbard
You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. - Dale Carnegie
Have no friends not equal to yourself. - Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC)
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. (borrowed and shared)
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed. - Carl Jung (1875 - 1961)
Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance. - Samuel Johnson
Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind. - Samuel Johnson

Thursday, January 13, 2011

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Hill Country Human Resource Managers Association Luncheon and Officer Installation - The Business Case for Social Media in H.R. - Mike Coffey
The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it. – John Ruskin
For myself I am an optimist - it does not seem to be much use being anything else. - Sir Winston Churchill
An optimist is the human personification of spring. - Susan J. Bissonette
Beliefs are what divide people. Doubt unites them. - Peter Ustinov
What you do, the way you think, makes you beautiful. - Scott Westerfeld
High school wasn't a trial by fire or some ordeal that had to be survived. It was all a big joke. You just had to provide the laugh track. - Scott Westerfeld
Don't confuse being 'soft' with seeing the other guy's point of view. - George Bush
You can only be young once. But you can always be immature. - Dave Barry
What I look forward to is continued immaturity followed by death. - Dave Barry

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Great work is done by people who are not afraid to be great. – Fernando Flores
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"Good Wednesday morning, I pray that each of you have a blessed day! Smile!" - Gary Dean Masters
Henceforth I ask not good fortune. I myself am good fortune. - Walt Whitman
I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don't believe I deserved my friends. - Walt Whitman
"I feel blessed, and I am thankful for my friends!" - G. D. Masters
I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best. - Walt Whitman
I have learned that to be with those I like is enough. - Walt Whitman
Character is what God and the angels know of us; reputation is what men and women think of us. - Horace Mann
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. - Napoleon
He who hesitates is sometimes saved. - James Thurber
It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers. - James Thurber
Nowadays men lead lives of noisy desperation. - James Thurber
There are two kinds of light--the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures. - James Thurber
The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition. - Carl Sagan

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

"A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties." - Harry S. Truman
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"Good Tuesday morning; best wishes for a peaceful and blessed day!" Gary Dean Masters
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Love the moment, and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries. - Corita Kent
Energy and persistence conquer all things. - Benjamin Franklin
Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you. - Henri-Frédéric Amiel
Hope is only the love of life. - Henri-Frédéric Amiel
All appears to change when we change. - Henri-Frédéric Amiel
...happiness gives us the energy which is the basis of health. - Henri-Frédéric Amiel
Love me without fear, trust me without wondering, love me without restrictions, want me without demand, accept me how I am. (borrowed and shared)
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Monday, January 10, 2011

"Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in
the use made of them." - Napoleon Bonaparte
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When you make the finding yourself - even if you're the last person on Earth to see the light - you'll never forget it. - Carl Sagan
When you make the finding yourself - even if you're the last person on Earth to see the light - you'll never forget it. - Carl Sagan
Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be the miracle. - Phillips Brooks

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Sometimes I get the feeling the whole world is against me, but deep down I know that's not true. Some smaller countries are neutral. - Robert Orben
Quit worrying about your health. It'll go away. - Robert Orben
But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown. - Carl Sagan
Most people would like to be delivered from temptation but would like it to keep in touch. - Robert Orben
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Sunday, January 9, 2011

"Good morning! Take a deep breath today; when you exhale, give thanks that you are able to take that deep breath! Best wishes for a peaceful and blessed Sunday!" - Gary D. Masters
Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius. - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Toil to make yourself remarkable by some talent or other. - Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD)
You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through. - Rosalynn Carter
Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for and you will succeed. - Sydney Smith
To do anything in this world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in, and scramble through as well as we can. - Sydney Smith
Learn from the earliest days to insure your principles against the perils of ridicule; you can no more exercise your reason if you live in the constant dread of laughter, than you can enjoy your life if you are in the constant terror of death. - Sydney Smith
62.15% of all statistics are meaningless. - Anonymous
"A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits." - Richard M. Nixon

Saturday, January 8, 2011

"Failure is never final and success is never ending. Success is a journey, not a destination." - Ben Sweetland

Friday, January 7, 2011

"Love is space and time measured by the heart." - Marcel Proust
The pleasure of love is in loving. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld
He who lives without folly isn't so wise as he thinks. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Small minds are much distressed by little things. Great minds see them all but are not upset by them. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld
No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy those are who already possess it. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Thursday, January 6, 2011

The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others. - Solomon Ibn Gabirol
Victory belongs to the most persevering. - Napoleon Bonaparte
A great man is he who has not lost the heart of a child. - Mencius
"... time counts, and it keeps counting... "
"... a good deed can shift the balance of the whole world. Never underestimate the power of your goodness and kindness... "
It is madness for sheep to talk peace with a wolf. - Thomas Fuller
Be a friend to thyself, and others will be so too. - Thomas Fuller
The pleasures which we most rarely experience give us the greatest delight. - Desiderius Erasmus
The fox has many tricks. The hedgehog has but one. But that is the best of all. - Desiderius Erasmus (This makes more sense if you've read the book, "Good to Great".)
The summit of happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what he is. - Desiderius Erasmus

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Sometimes in life; "... you just have to go out there and make it happen!" - Gary Dean Masters
Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings. - Samuel Johnson
Hope is necessary in every condition. - Samuel Johnson
Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance. - Samuel Johnson
Hope is itself a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords. - Samuel Johnson
People think that at the top there isn't much room. They tend to think of it as an Everest. My message is that there is tons of room at the top. - Margaret Thatcher
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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for and you will succeed. - Sydney Smith
Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further than people with vastly superior talent. - Sophia Loren
Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. - Henry Van Dyke
Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads. - Erica Jong
...when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, (Sherlock Holmes) and a smiliar statement by Captain Spock in Star Trek VI
Friendship: A ship big enough to carry two in fair weather, but only one in foul. - Ambrose Bierce (Ouch!)
"The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they
just make the best of everything they have." - Anonymous

Monday, January 3, 2011

The common denominator for success is work. – John D. Rockefeller
If you don't risk anything you risk even more.
If you're never scared or embarrassed or hurt, it means you never take any chances.
It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live. - J. K. Rowling
I always turn to the sports page first. The sports page records people's accomplishments; the front page nothing but man's failures. - Earl Warren
Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense. - Gertrude Stein
There are people who think that everything one does with a serious face is sensible. - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better. - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
It's a recession when your neighbour loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours. - Harry S. Truman
Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together. - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
SOMETHING TO REMEMBER GOING INTO THE NEW YEAR: A true friend doesn't care if you're broke, being a pain, what you weigh, if your house is a mess, what you drive, about your past, or if your family is filled with CRAZY people. Your conversations pick up where they left off even if they have been months apart. They love you unconditionally for who you are. Re-post if you have at least one true friend. They will know who they are.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

The most handicapped person in the world is a negative thinker.
Sometimes we have to do something painful in order to make our lives better.
You may encounter defeat, but don't be defeated!
The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn. - David Russell
Dreams do come true, if we only wish hard enough, You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.