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1932 - 2012, American author, businessman and educator

The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.
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To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground.
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Be a light, not a judge. Be a model, not a critic.
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But until a person can say deeply and honestly, "I am what I am today because of the
choices I made yesterday," that person cannot say, "I choose otherwise."
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Live out of your imagination, not your history.
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Doing more things faster is no substitute for doing the right things.
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You can't talk your way out of a problem you behaved your way into!
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If I really want to improve my situation, I can work on the one thing over which I have
control - myself.
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It's incredibly easy to get caught up in an activity trap, in the business of life, to work harder
and harder at climbing the ladder of success only to discover it's leaning against the wrong
wall.
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Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it
out.
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A moment of choice is a moment of truth. It's the testing point of our character and
competence.
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Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he
will become as he can and should be.
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Courage is not the absence of fear but the awareness that something else is more important.
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Every human has four endowments: Self-awareness, conscience, independent will and
creative imagination.
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These give us the ultimate human freedom... the power to choose, to respond, to change.
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The undisciplined are slaves to moods, appetites and passions.
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People with a scarcity mentality tend to see everything in terms of win-lose. There is only so
much; and if someone else has it, that means there will be less for me. The more
principle-centered we become, the more we develop an abundance mentality, the more we
are genuinely happy for the successes, well-being, achievements, recognition, and good
fortune of other people. We believe their success adds to, rather than detracts from, our
lives.
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As long as you think the problem is out there, that very thought is the problem.
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Two people can see the same thing, disagree, and yet both be right. It's not logical; it's
psychological.
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While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our
actions.
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We are not animals. We are not a product of what has happened to us in our past. We have
the power of choice.
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Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.
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Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often
unconcious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character.
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Remember, to learn and not to do is really not to learn. To know and not to do is really not to
know.
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Spiritual intelligence represents our drive for meaning and connection with the infinite.
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The ability to subordinate an impulse to a value is the essence of the proactive person.
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Where you are headed is more important than how fast you are going, yet people are
consumed with speed rather than direction.
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The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
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In the last analysis, what we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or
do.
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Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are
it will burn very briefly.
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There are three constants in life: Change, choice and principles.
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It's not what happens to us, but our response to what happens to us that hurts us.
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Happiness can be defined, in part at least, as the fruit of the desire and ability to sacrifice
what we want now for what we want eventually.
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While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our
actions.
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If we keep doing what we're doing, we're going to keep getting what we're getting.
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