25 Encouraging Insights

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Teachers are everywhere! People, events, circumstances — to name but a few. You're a teacher to someone — certainly to me. Most likely, I will never meet you, but I learn a little about you from how you use this website.

In the same way, some people see me as a teacher. And so the web of life continues. Among my own many teachers and heroes, some are listed on this page. A big thank you to the providers. Enjoy and take whatever benefit you can from what these amazing people suggest to us below, and elsewhere.

While I sometimes have mixed feelings about becoming too influenced or worse, dependent, on the thoughts and ideas of others, sometimes, we just relish in the good that is displayed in our world.

Thinking about insights that make sense and encourage us to stay on course, re-examine our existing path or plans, or even set a new course, is usually time well spent.

Some of the quotations below go against my own views on such approaches, but that doesn't matter. Rarely is anything black and white: our world is rich in colors, shades, surprises, dramas, and shocks. So this article is more for you, not me: I like my prejudices to be challenged anyway and what is compelling is surely worth a little evaluation.

Continuing with my current preoccupations that focus around the phrase: "Yes We Can!", on this page, I want to share with you some quotations that can help us all do better in life and business, have more fun and grow to meet any challenges that may be duly dumped in our laps:

  • Being a writer is my dream job. I don't have to get dressed up and I can sit in a coffee shop with my laptop and make stuff up. Jennifer Weiner, Best-selling novelist. Source: Writer's Digest, 2/06, p43.
  • Don't waste your time pursuing multiple streams of revenue if you don't already have a good primary source of revenue. Too many people want to do it all, but they do it all poorly or marginally well. Wally Adamchik, source: Professional Speaker, 11/06, p11.
  • One of the most insidious monster trends to emerge in the past few years — and one that is growing relentlessly — is the mediocrity of all forms of creative ... the technological embedding, digitalization, and all-important web functionality have supplanted true creative excellence with the dreary grayness of creative expediency. Those who seek to maintain the highest standards of creativity will gain more than those who allow creative vigor to wane and become rote, flat, and automated. Don Libey, Source: Meritdirect, "Libey Economic Outlook", 2/06, p5.
  • Never rush anything. Everything — everything — has its own time, its own pace, its own rhythm, and only a fool tries to rush that. Sorry thing is, the world is full of fools. Ken Roberts, "A Rich Man's Secret", Llewellyn Publications, 1995.
  • Procrastination is the language of the poor. Yanik Silver.
  • The expression "If you build it, they will come" is not true. We had lots of great properties at Rodale, but not enough of them were known. We needed to expose them to the mass market. Steve Murphy, CEO, Rodale Inc. Source: Fast Company, 3/05, p104.
  • For 40 years, I looked at life like the poor little boy who presses his nose against the window of a pastry shop and watches others eat the pastries. Now I know that the pastries belong to those who bother to take them. Georges Simenon, author of 500 Books.
  • The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for. Maureen Dowd, New York Times Columnist.
  • Nobody every sold anybody anything by appealing to their reason alone. Richard Armstrong, Copywriter.
  • I'd rather fail trying than not try at all, because the opposite of success isn't failure it's not trying. From the TV Series Caitlin's Way.
  • The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back. Abigail Van Buren. Source: Personal Selling Power, February 2003, p106.
  • Successful salesmanship is 90% preparation and 10% presentation. Bertrand R. Canfield.
  • Salesmanship starts when the customer says no. George O. Boule, Jr.
  • To be a writer is to be a shuttlecock in a badminton game, one racquet of which is naive optimism and the other a cynical despair. John Jerome, "The Writing Trade", Viking, 1992, p61.
  • Direct marketing is based on selling through words, and good print advertising emphasises that by giving the words priority and making them easy to read. Forget about clever. Disdain awards given for ads that are "different". Your purpose as a marketer is to create sales by communicating strong ideas. Michael Masterson. Source: Early to Rise, 9/18/04.
  • Who among us does not move through life with the hidden sense, maybe even quiet desperation, that we are destined for more? That underneath our ordinary exterior lays an extraordinary soul? That given the right opportunity, the right stage, the right audience, we would shine as the stars we truly are? Peter Bregman.
  • When a work lifts your spirits and inspires bold and noble thoughts in you, do not look for any other standard to judge it by: the work is good, the product of a master craftsman. Jean de La Bruyere, 1645 — 1696, French author and essayist.
  • I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. Leonardo DaVinci, 1452 — 1519, Italian Inventor, Painter, Sculptor, Architect and Musician.
  • Most of us miss out on life's big prizes. The Pulitzer. The Nobel. Oscars. Tonys. Emmys. But we're all eligible for life's small pleasures. A pat on the back. A kiss behind the ear. A four-pound bass. A full moon. An empty parking space. A crackling fire. A great meal. A glorious sunset. Hot soup. Cold beer. Don't fret about copping life's grand awards. Enjoy its tiny delights. There are plenty for all of us. Author unknown (and much appreciated — Ed).
  • Money never starts an idea; it is the idea that starts the money. William J. Cameron.
  • Life's not about expecting, hoping and wishing, it's about doing, being and becoming. It's about the choices you've just made, and the ones you're about to make, it's about the things you choose to say — today. It's about what you're going to do after you finish reading this. Mike Dooley, a.k.a. 'The Universe, 'Friend and Fellow Adventurer.
  • Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage. Niccolo Machiavelli, 1469 — 1527, Italian philosopher, writer, politician, diplomat, poet, musician, playwright and founder of modern political science.
  • Everything we have and everything we enjoy, including our very life, is due to the kindness of others. In fact, every happiness there is in the world arises as a result of others' kindness. Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Buddhist Monk and Meditation Master.
  • The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof. What I want is so simple I almost can't say it: elementary kindness. Enough to eat, enough to go around. The possibility that kids might one day grow up to be neither the destroyers nor the destroyed. That's about it ... Barbara Kingsolver, American Author, Poet and Social Activist.
  • We are made to persist. That's how we find out who we are. Tobias Wolff, Pharaoh's Army (Knopf).

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