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Epilogue

 

Underconfidence breeds underachievement. When you donít believe in yourself or your future, you donít have a future! the future isnít something breathing and alive, just waiting for you to encounter it. You create your future; it doesnít exist until you decide what it should be. Bright or bleak, vibrant or mundane, your life is what you make of it. Challenge yourself to excel, know that you can, and there isnít anything you canít do. Decide with your whole heart and consciousness that you will make things happen. Once you do, I want to see someone try to stop you!

- Lou Holtz

 

Dreams become the life you lead!

Work like you donít need the money.

Love like youíve never been hurt.

Dance like nobodyís watching.

 

The difference between winning and losing is frequently not quitting.

- Walt Disney

 

Eiffel, before completion of his famous Tower, brought his daughter to the construction site and explained: "This is your familyís future, wealth beyond imagination, and a symbol which will represent your country for centuries." The man who could see the iceberg beneath the surface, continued ... "What we can easily see is only a percentage of what is possible. Imagination is having the vision to picture that which is essential, but invisible to the eye."

 

What would have happened had I just accepted his Ďnoí decision?

Life is a series of near-misses. But a lot of what we ascribe to luck is not luck at all. Itís seizing the day and accepting responsibility for your future. Itís seeing what other people donít see, and pursuing that vision, no matter who tells you not to.

In daily life, you get so much pressure from friends and family and colleagues, urging you to take the easy way, to follow the prevailing wisdom, that it can be difficult not to simply accept the status quo and do whatís expected of you. But when you really believe - in yourself, in your dream - you just have to do everything you possibly can to take control and make your vision a reality.

No great achievement happens by luck.

- Howard Schultz

 

It is a reality in life that men are competitive and the most competitive games draw the most competitive men. There is only one place in my game, and thatís first place.  There is a second place bowl game, but it is a game for losers, played by losers.

- Vince Lombardi

 

There is no power like the power of an idea whose time has come.

 

A special boy had an audio tape and had been trying to fast forward to his favorite song for quite a while, until suddenly the tape player jammed with audio tape twisted everywhere. He was asked what he liked better - a tape or CD? He said without hesitation ... "CD!" Wishing to benefit from his simple, yet infinite wisdom, he was asked another question: Do you like when people say who the winner is in football without playing? He answered, "I like to watch them play to see who wins."

- Johnnyboy, 5 years old

 

It is time that you must do the thing you think you cannot do.

- Eleanor Roosevelt

 

The life of wisdom must be a life of contemplation combined with action. The sources of danger to the world lie more within us than outside, and the process of constant self-examination and contemplation is essential for ultimate survival. Examination of the world without is never as personally painful as examination of the world within. Not only individuals but also organizations are notorious for protecting themselves against challenge. The tendency to avoid challenge is so omnipresent in human beings that it can properly be considered a characteristic of human nature. But calling it natural does not mean it is essential or beneficial or unchangeable behavior. It is also natural to defecate in our pants and never brush our teeth. Yet we teach ourselves to do the unnatural until the unnatural becomes itself second nature. Indeed, all self-discipline might be defined as teaching ourselves to do the unnatural. A characteristic of human nature - perhaps the one that makes us most human - is our capacity to do the unnatural, to transcend and hence transform our own nature. The tendency to avoid self-examination and challenge is common to Congress, other federal agencies, corporations, even universities and charitable organizations - in short, all human organizations. Just as it is necessary for individuals to accept and even welcome challenges to their maps of reality if they are to grow in wisdom and effectiveness, so it is also necessary for organizations to accept and welcome challenges if they are to be viable and progressive institutions.

- M. Scott Peck

 

The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage.

 

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