Wednesday, January 30, 2013

21 Suggestions for Success

21 Suggestions for Success
H Jackson Brown Jr
1. Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery.
2. Work at something you enjoy and that's worthy of your time and talent.
3. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
4. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
5. Be forgiving of yourself and others.
6. Be generous.
7. Have a grateful heart.
8. Persistence, persistence, persistence.
9. Discipline yourself to save money on even the most modest salary.
10. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.
11. Commit yourself to constant improvement.
12. Commit yourself to quality.
13. Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power or prestige,
      but on relationships with people you love and respect.

14. Be loyal.
15. Be honest.
16. Be a self starter.
17. Be decisive even if it means you'll sometimes be wrong.
18. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.
19. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you'll regret the things
     you didn't do more than the ones you did.

20. Take good care of those you love.
21. Don't do anything that wouldn't make your Mom proud.
1. Throw out non-essential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctor worry about them. That is why you pay him/her.

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down..

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. " An idle mind is the devil's workshop."  And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.
8. Cherish your health: if it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity. And always remember:  Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
Supposing you had died and gone to the next place (wherever that is) & supposing your consciousness was still intact. Now imagine you were sitting in the waiting room of that place & you were introduced to the soul (consciousness) of someone who was about to be born. You are told by a beneficial presence that you are allowed to give three pieces of advice to this soul.
Your advice would remain within the sub-conscious of that person and would become an important part of what that person would ultimately perceive as conscience or inner-wisdom. What would your three pieces of advice be?
Here are the thoughts of some people who have thought about this question. If you would like yours added, please e-mail me.
1) Follow your heart when making decisions
2) Accept everyone you meet is different and don't try to change them - just try and understand their take on life
3) Remember life is very very short - live every day as your last and enjoy it - the good and the bad days!!

Andrea Crane
1) Be honest 
2) Be kind
3) Be generous 

Adam Montgomery
1) You can do anything
2) Surround yourself with positive people
3)  Don't wear a crop top if you are fat.

1)  Go through life, follow your inner feelings.
2)  Try and live life as much as possible to the full
3)  Don't have any regrets.

Be thoughtful
Be kind
Be happy!

1) Try to follow your own heart and head - don't just fall in with your peers
2) Take full advantage of the education available to you when you are young
3) Try to maintain a good sense of humour - even if you are the joke.

Peter Nesbit
1) Love with all your heart - hate sparingly
2) Don't borrow money
3) Don' t follow fashion - set it!

Dave Smith
1) Life is finite - that is what makes it so precious. Take time to enjoy what you do, and treat every moment as a learning opportunity. You'll never be able to predict when that information will come in useful.

2) It is the people you meet, the hearts you touch and the minds you shape that determines your place in history. Reach out and be remembered for all the good things you did, and how you improved the lives of others around you.

3) You are in total control of your own destiny. You are only restricted by the impossible because you *think* it impossible. You can do anything that you want to - but you must also be prepared to accept the ramifications of your own actions.

1) Never give up
2) There's always hope
3) If there's no hope give up.

Shane Comer
Think as much as you can
2) Do as much as you need
3) Never forget how unique you are

Jackie Mills
1) Life is finite and too short to spend being unhappy. Find something every day that makes you feel happy and acknowledge that feeling. This might be a smile or a hug from a loved one, a beautiful flower growing in your garden, a piece of music, or maybe just your bus being on time in the morning. Give yourself the opportunity to feel happy every day.

2) Sometimes your parents really do know best.

3) Dance, often. Even if you are no good at it and even if it is nowhere else but in the privacy of your own house. It is a joyous and uplifting thing to do.
Emma Luan Green
1) Treat other people as you wish to be treated, if you live by this principle you cant go wrong.

2) Remember that you can't take anything material with you when you go so this means that material things are not important, live for love not for possessions.

3) Remember that people's hearts are precious and fragile so be careful when you handle them and try not to break them.

Shanthala Devi B S

1) Take care of your parents.
2) Always do efficient work with full concentration.
3) Self-realization to understand the world around you.
This collection of inspiring poetry has been lovingly compiled from various public domain sources and represents those poems I have found to be the most uplifting and inspirational. These poems are all personal favourites with the exception of the Ode to Googlebot, which is my own poem; and is really a bit of a joke. If you feel you are in need of inspiration, then take your time and let these words really sink-in.
Rudyard Kipling
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you.
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream  - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat these two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

The Road Not Taken
Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Somebody said that it couldn't be done,
But, he with a chuckle replied
That "maybe it couldn't" but he would be one
Who wouldn't say so till he'd tried.

So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn't be done, as he did it.

Somebody scoffed: "Oh, you'll never do that;
At least no one we know has done it";
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he'd begun it.

With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn't be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.

But just buckle right in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That cannot be done, and you'll do it

A Smile
Author Unknown
A smile costs nothing, but gives much-
It takes but a moment, but the memory of it usually lasts forever.
None are so rich that can get along without it-
And none are so poor but that can be made rich by it.

It enriches those who receive, without making poor those who give-
It creates sunshine in the home,
Fosters good will in business,
And is the best antidote for trouble-
And yet it cannot be begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is of no value
Unless it is given away.

Some people are too busy to give you a smile-
Give them one of yours-
For the good Lord knows that no one needs a smile so badly
As he or she who has no more smiles left to give.

If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you'd like to win but think you can't,
It's almost certain you won't.
Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But sooner or later, the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.

Joaquin Miller
In men whom men condemn as ill
I find so much of goodness still,
In men whom men pronounce divine
I find so much of sin and blot,
I do not dare to draw a line
Between the two, where God has not.

If I knew you and you knew me,
If both of us could clearly see,
And with an inner sight divine,
The meaning of your heart and mine,
I'm sure that we would differ less,
And clasp our hands in friendliness;
Our thoughts would pleasantly agree,
If I knew you and you knew me.

Ode to Googlebot
Will Edwards
Oh Googlebot though art quick !
The invisible spider
that crawls in the night,
through the howling scorn,
Hath (finally) found my bed
of blue and orange joy.
And his dark secrets found
doth now life bestow.

(That's a bit of assonance! - 'Getting the rhyme wrong' - Rita in Educating Rita)
If you feel in need of some inspiration, then take a few moments to read these stories which are guaranteed to lift your spirits and make you feel much better about life. These stories, which have all been sent to me, are believed to be in the Public Domain. I do not know if they are true, but they certainly are inspirational ...

The Present
Author Unknown

Imagine there was a bank that credited your very own account each morning with a large sum of money. But, it carried over no balance from day to day. Every evening it deleted whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out all of it, of course!
Each of us has such a bank. Its name is -
Time. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft.
Each day it makes a new deposit for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against the "tomorrow." You must live in the present on today's deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness, and success!

The clock is running. Make the most of today. And remember that time waits for no one. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. But today is a gift. That's why it's called The Present!

Author Unknown

We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another. Then we are frustrated that the kids aren't old enough and we'll be more content when they are.
After that, we're frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage. We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, when we are able to go on a nice vacation or when we retire.
The truth is there's no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when? Your life will always be filled with challenges. It's best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway. Happiness is the way. So, treasure every moment that you have and treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time with ... and remember that time waits for no one.
So, stop waiting ..
Until your car or home is paid off.
Until you get a new car or home.
Until your kids leave the house.
Until you go back to school.
Until you finish school.
Until you lose 10 lbs.
Until you gain 10 lbs.
Until you get married.
Until you get a divorce.
Until you have kids.
Until you retire.
Until summer..
Until spring.
Until winter.
Until fall.
Until you die.

There is no better time than right now to be happy. Happiness is a journey, not a destination. So work like you don't need the money, love like you've never been hurt and dance like no one's watching.

Michael's Story
Author Unknown

Michael is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, would reply, "If I were any better, I would be twins!" He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, Michael was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up to Michael and  asked him,

"I don't get it! You can't be a positive person all of the time.  How do   you do it?"
Michael replied,
"Each morning I wake up and say to myself, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or ... you can choose to be  in a bad mood. I choose to be in a good mood. Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or ... I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or... I can point out the positive side of life.  I Choose the positive side of life."

"Yeah, right, it's not that easy," I protested.

"Yes, it is," Michael said. "Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a   choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people affect   your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It's your choice how you live your life."
I reflected on what Michael said. Soon thereafter, I left the Tower Industry to  start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I  made a choice about life instead of reacting to it. Several years later, I heard that Michael was involved in a serious accident,   falling some 60 feet from a communications tower. After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Michael was released from the hospital with rods placed in his back. I saw Michael about six months after the accident. When I asked him how he was, he replied.
"If I were any better, I'd be twins. Wanna see my scars?"
I declined to see his wounds, but I did ask him what had gone through his mind  as the accident took place.

"The first thing that went through my mind was the well-being of my soon-to-be-born daughter," Michael replied. "Then, as I lay on the ground, I remembered   that I had two choices: I could choose to live or ... I could choose to die.   I chose to  live."

"Weren't you scared? Did you lose consciousness?" I asked. Michael continued,

"...the paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was going   to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the ER and I saw the expressions on   the  faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read  "he's a dead  man. I knew I needed to take action."

"What did you do?" I asked.

"Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions at me," said Michael. "She  asked if I was allergic to anything.  'Yes', I replied. The doctors and  nurses stopped  working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled,  'Gravity.' "

Over their laughter, I told them,

"I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if  I am alive,  not dead."
Michael lived, thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing  attitude. I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully. Attitude, after all, is everything.  
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow  will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." After all  today is the  tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

I love famous quotations and I have been collecting them, for some time, for my own inspiration and motivation. Below, are some of my favourite famous quotations for motivation and enjoyment. If you have any quotations you feel should be added here, please contact me ...

Motivational Quotations

You can't dig a different hole by digging the same one deeper - Edward de Bono
Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right - Henry Ford
Imagination rules the world - Napoleon
I'm not young enough to know everything - J.M.Barrie
A great many people will think they're thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. - William James
Imagination is more important than knowledge. - Albert Einstein
If people never did silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done. - Ludwig Wittgenstein

Inspirational Quotations

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.- Mark Twain
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. - The Dalai Lama
We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.- Winston Churchill
It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. - Archbishop Desmond Tutu
I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do. - Helen Keller
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single minute before starting to improve the world. - Anne Frank
We must be the change we wish to see in the world. - Gandhi
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
Waste no more time talking about great souls and how they should be. Become one yourself! - Marcus Aurelius

Life Quotations

How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.- William Shakespeare

If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows that he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins to them. - Francis Bacon
Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.- Benjamin Franklin
If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one. - Mother Teresa
Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can. - John Wesley
Our deeds determine us as much as we determine our deeds. - George Eliot
Life is not so short but that there is always time enough for courtesy. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Only a life lived for others is worth living. - Albert Einstein
Life's most persistent and urgent question is, "What are you doing for others?" - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Kindness Quotations

No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted. - Aesop
Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can read. - Mark Twain
Kind words produce their own image in men's souls; and a beautiful image it is. They soothe and quiet and comfort the hearer. They shame him out of his sour, morose, unkind feelings. We have not yet begun to use kind words in such abundance as they ought to be used. - Blaise Pascal
Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fibre of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough. - Franklin D. Roosevelt

The ideas that have lighted my way have been kindness, beauty and truth. -:Albert Einstein

He who sees a need and waits to be asked for help is as unkind as if he had refused it.- Dante

Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.- Blaise Pascal

To cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life. - Samuel Johnson
Is there any one maxim which ought to be acted upon throughout one's whole life? Surely the maxim of loving kindness is such. - Confucius
Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.- Seneca

Always be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle. - Plato

The centre of human nature is rooted in ten thousand ordinary acts of kindness that define our days. - Stephen Jay Gould

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