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Changing Your Perception

No matter how externally-driven a set of circumstances may be, it is not true to say that you have no control over the situation: you—and you alone—determine your perspective on the matter.

— Mike Hazell (Image Licensed by Penn Wealth)

Some will look back on this current situation and think, “What an awful time!” Others will look back and say, “That was precisely the point in my life where I turned the corner and put my Grand Plan in motion!” The choice is ours to make.

—MSH

What you are is what you have done. What you’ll be is what you do now.

— Various Sources (Image Licensed by Penn Wealth)

(Sourcing note: A similar quote, “What you have been..,” is attributed to Buddha, but that has been questioned. Too good of a quote not to pass along.)

No matter where our past actions have placed us today, our tomorrow can be brilliant. Take responsibility and make it so. 

—Mike Hazell

The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.

— Albert Einstein (1921, by Ferdinand Schmutzer; Public Domain)

Jefferson on Liberty

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.

— Thomas Jefferson (1799, by Rembrandt Peale; Public Domain)

Jung on Introspection

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

— C.G. Jung (Public Domain)

You can serve a person the world on a silver platter, but until that person understands, embraces, and applies the concepts of work ethic, humility, personal responsibility, and empathy they will never succeed; they will never be happy. Once these attributes are adopted, however, true success is inevitable.

— Mike Hazell (Image Licensed by Penn Wealth)

Shaw on Work Ethic

When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work.

— George Bernard Shaw (Image Licensed by Penn Wealth)

Humor Friday

Action speaks louder than words, but not nearly as often.

— Mark Twain (Public Domain)

Reframe Your Circumstances

What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.

— Oscar Wilde (1889, by Napoleon Sarony; Public Domain)

Dream into Action

An acre of performance is worth a world of promise.

— William Dean Howells, American novelist and playwright (1920, by Underwood & Underwood; Public Domain)

There are few things in life more important than strategic planning: consciously deciding where you will go and how you will get there in the time you have been given. One of more importance, however, is performance: moving forward in a planned and systematic way toward the fulfillment of your objectives. A plan without accompanying performance is a dream, but a plan backed by focused action will create an admirable and exquisite life.

—Mike Hazell