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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tony Robbins on Change

"For changes to be of any true value, they've got to be lasting and consistent." -- Tony Robbins, via e-mail from Sayings Quotes of Melvin

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Friday, December 04, 2009

Charles Eliot on the power of books

"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most
accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers."
-- Charles W. Eliot, via a Job Search Focus Group email

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Dealing with change

"Change is as inevitable as rain in the Spring. Some of us just put on our raincoats and splash forward." -- Amy Bloom, via email from Connie Ross

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Know your value

"I would do this for free, but I make you pay so that you understand the value of what you are getting." -- Mike Lipkin, via Mitch Joel

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Monday, November 09, 2009

Success Guaranteed!

"Do something that makes your customers go out of their way to say, 'Thank you!'" -- Jason Falls, via Social Media Explorer

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Sunday, November 01, 2009

Insult from Stephen Bishop

"I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here." -- Stephen Bishop

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Thursday, October 08, 2009

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

NOLA in 1877

"The wealth of the world is here unworked gold in the ore. The paradise of the South is here, deserted and half in ruins. I never beheld anything so beautiful and so sad." -- Lafcadio Hearn, Life and Letters, 1877, about New Orleans, Louisiana via e-mail from Loki

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Passion and Purpose

"Passion and purpose go hand in hand. When you
discover your purpose, you will normally find it’s
something you’re tremendously passionate about."
-- Steve Plavina, Personal Development Author, via e-mail from Bob P.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Carlyle on Overcoming Obstacles

"The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak
becomes a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong."
-- Thomas Carlyle

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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Look outside your circle to solve problems

"Someone outside your organization today knows how to answer your specific question, solve your specific problem, or take advantage of your current opportunity better than you do. You need to find them, and find a way to work... with them." -- A.G. Lafley, CEO of Procter & Gamble (P&G), as spotted in a Novell Collaboration Strategy Video Webcast

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Simplify!

"Our lives are frittered away by detail; simplify, simplify." -- Henry David Thoreau

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Friday, August 07, 2009

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The True Sign of Intelligence

"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination." -- Unknown

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It's Time To Move On

"Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it." -- William Durant

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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Edward R. Murrow on Broadcasting Responsibility

"Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn't mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar." -- Edward R. Murrow

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W's Thoughts on Graduation

"To those of you who received honors, awards and distinctions, I say well done. And to the C students, I say you too may one day be president of the United States." -- George W. Bush

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Bill Cosby on Graduation

"People will frighten you about a graduation....They use words you don't hear often... 'And we wish you Godspeed.' It is a warning, Godspeed. It means you are no longer welcome here at these prices." -- Bill Cosby

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Anthony Lake on Commencement Speeches

"I will try to follow the advice that a university president once gave a prospective commencement speaker. 'Think of yourself as the body at an Irish wake,' he said. 'They need you in order to have the party, but no one expects you to say very much.'" -- Anthony Lake

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Do Something

"A mistake is evidence that someone tried to do something." -- Anonymous, via a middle school classroom door

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Thursday, May 07, 2009

The Naked Truths

"Most truths are so naked that people feel sorry for them and cover them up, at least a little bit." -- Edward R. Murrow

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Edison on Stretching Ourselves

"If we attempted all the things of which we are capable, we would literally astound ourselves." -- Thomas Edison, via a Toastmasters Meeting agenda

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Monday, January 26, 2009

President Obama on Remaking America

"Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America." -- Barack H. Obama, 44th President of the United States, in his 2009 inauguration speech.

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