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Humor Friday

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

Rogers, Will

—Will Rogers (Public domain)

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Plug On

Don’t bother about genius. Don’t worry about being clever. Trust to hard work, perseverance, and determination. And the best motto for a long march is: ‘Don’t grumble. Plug on!’

Treves, Sir Frederick

—Sir Frederick Treves (Public domain)

…Sir Frederick Treves (pron “trevs”) was a prominent British surgeon of the Victorian era. He is credited with saving the live of King Edward VII in 1902 (radical—at the time—appendix surgery), and is known for his friendship with Joseph Merrick (the “Elephant Man”).

The courage it took for Dr. Treves to undertake a radical surgery on the man about to be crowned king of England cannot be overstated. The operation could have easily failed, killing the ruler. Likewise, had he chosen another path, Edward would have almost certainly died.

Too often we wait for the most “opportune” moment to do something, but more often than not opportunity shows itself when we don’t feel prepared. We must act anyway. Don’t worry about perfection; don’t worry about failing; just ACT. When we are able to see the big picture that is our life, we will realize that this course of action moved us forward—regardless of the specific outcome.

MSH

Failing Forward

Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.

Lewis, CS, by Arthur Strong, 1947_Free Use

—C.S. Lewis (by Arthur Strong, 1947; Free Use)

Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.

Women.

—Dalai Lama

…Define the actions which will make you happy, and then make a habit out of completing them repeatedly, day in and day out.

MSH

I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of their dreams, and endeavors to live the life which they have imagined, they will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

Thoreau, Henry David 2

—Henry David Thoreau (Public domain)

Wealth is Relative

The only reason I made a commercial for American Express was to pay for my American Express bill.

Ustinov, Peter

—Peter Ustinov

Preparedness

The secret of success is to be ready when your opportunity comes.

Disraeli, Benjamin

—Benjamin Disraeli (Public domain)