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Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.
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The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.
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Live, love, laugh, leave a legacy.
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Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the
foundational principle that holds all relationships.
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Self growth is tender; it's holy ground. There's no higher investment.
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I am personally convinced that one person can be a change catalyst, a transformer in any
situation, any organization. Such an individual is yeast that can leaven an entire loaf. It
requires vision, initiative, patience, respect, persistence, courage, and faith to be a
transforming leader.
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The way we see the problem is the problem.
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Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
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Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character;
sow a character, reap a destiny.
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Each of us guard a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside.
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We are the creative force of our life, and through our own decisions rather than our
conditions, if we carefully learn to do certain things, we can accomplish those goals.
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You can buy a person's hands but you can't buy his heart. His heart is where his enthusiasm,
his loyalty is.
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Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether
the ladder is leaning against the right wall.
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We don't invent our missions, we detect them.
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Perform anonymous service. Whenever we do good for others anonymously, our sense of
intrinsic worth and self-respect increases.
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How you treat the one reveals how you regard the many, because everyone is ultimately a
one.
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To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions.
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If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the
wrong place faster.
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Admission of ignorance is often the first step in our education.
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To ignore the unexpected (even if it were possible) would be to live without opportunity,
spontaneity, and the rich moments of which "life" is made.
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Quality of life depends on what happens in the space between stimulus and response.
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Without involvement, there is no commitment. Mark it down, asterisk it, circle it, underline it.
No involvement, no commitment.
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How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping
that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most.
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Principles are universal - that is, they transcend culture and geography. They're also timeless,
they never change - principles such as fairness, kindness, respect, honesty, integrity, service,
contribution. Different cultures may translate these principles into different practices and over
time may even totally obscure these principles through the wrongful use of freedom.
Nevertheless, they are present. Like the law of gravity, they operate constantly.
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I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.
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An empowered organization is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire, and
opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organizational success.
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Habit is the intersection of knowledge (what to do), skill (how to do), and desire (want to do).
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Most people struggle with life balance simply because they haven't paid the price to decide
what is really important to them.
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Words are like eggs dropped from great heights. You could no more call them back then
ignore the mess they left when they fell.
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Begin with the end in mind.
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Happiness, like unhappiness, is a proactive choice.
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