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Perseverance

I am still far from being what I want to be, but with God’s help I shall succeed.

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—Vincent van Gogh

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Stock Market Humor

One of the funny things about the stock market is that every time one person buys, another sells, and both think they are astute.

Feather, William

—William Feather

Remain Motivated

There’s always a new challenge to keep you motivated.

Connery, Sean

—Sean Connery

…Ahh, motivation. One of the greatest challenges of the modern world. In the past, we didn’t need motivation—we were told what to do from early in the morning to late at night. We worked 12 hours a day at a factory, or on the farm, or in a home surrounded by constant chores. Failure to act was not an option. Today, we have the great luxury of “needing” motivation. We have unprecedented freedom to do it all…or to do nothing. I can promise you this, however: if we take the latter path and refuse to motivate ourselves with constant challenges, we will pay the price throughout our lives.

MSH

Using Adversity to Grow

Wisdom is oftentimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar.

Wordsworth, William

—William Wordsworth

…It is never enjoyable to face adversity—those unexpected bombs thrown into our lives, or the chronic, dull ache of sadness and melancholy. We see pictures of others who seemingly have it all—wealth, fame, success—while we trudge forward, inch by inch and day by day. I think of Abraham Lincoln, a good man who moved from failure to failure in life, all while battling some pretty serious mental demons. What, ultimately, made Lincoln so great? The wisdom he gained from his many low points in life, and his ability to act upon what he had learned. When we are down and out, we tend to contemplate, and that is typically when we find wisdom. In our successes, we tend to celebrate. To be sure, most of us would rather spend our life surrounded by success and happiness; but, more often than not, our somber times allow us to cultivate the rich soil needed for our future growth.

MSH

Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

Lao Tzu

—Lao Tzu

…And don’t allow yourself to get overwhelmed, no matter how big your “things” have become. Look at the first one standing in your way. Break it down into small pieces; so small that any one piece could not possibly overwhelm you, and begin knocking those pieces out!

God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right even though I think it is hopeless.

Nimitz, Chester W

—Adm. Chester W. Nimitz

…Nimitz was appointed commander of the United States Pacific Fleet ten days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, to become effective 31 Dec 1941.

Humor Friday

I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks.

Boone, Daniel

—Daniel Boone