Humor Friday

Never lend money to someone who must borrow money to pay the interest.

— A Swiss banker’s first rule (Image licensed by Penn Wealth)

Maslow on Human Potential

What one can be, they must be. This need we call self-actualization.

— Abraham Maslow (Image licensed by Penn Wealth)

Self-actualization: the achievement of one’s potential through creativity, independence, spontaneity, and a grasp of the real world.

It is easy when we are in prosperity to give advice to the afflicted.

— Aeschylus (Greek dramatist; soldier in the Battle of Marathon, BC 490; Public Domain)

The Two Components of Wealth

Wealth flows from energy and ideas.

— William Feather (Image licensed by Penn Wealth)

It seems so simple, right? But consider the large percentage of people who have let life hammer them down; who simply go through the motions of their day in an almost subconscious state. And if the grand ideas do still come, their energy level is too low to act upon them. But for those who do still dream, and then have the fortitude to not only generate the energy but focus it on their ideas, the future is wide open—no matter their age or the circumstances surrounding them. They create success on grounds where others saw little of value. 

—Mike Hazell

He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts.

— Samuel Johnson (1772, by Joshua Reynolds; Public Domain)

Humor Friday

The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.

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

Success in life is founded upon attention to the small things rather than to the large things; to the every day things nearest to us rather than to the things that are remote and uncommon.

— Booker T. Washington (1905, by Harris & Ewing; Public Domain)

It is important to dream big, to make big plans; but all the planning in the world will be for naught unless we accomplish the specific, individual actions needed to bring the dream to fruition. That space between the dream and the action is what T.S. Eliot referred to as “the shadow.” Your day may consist of the completion of twenty small, seemingly insignificant activities, but if those were twenty focused actions designed to move you down the path toward your dream, you had a glorious day!  

—Mike Hazell


You write your first draft with your heart and you re-write with your head. The first key to writing is to write, not to think.

— Sean Connery (Image licensed by Penn Wealth)

Dream delivers us to dream, and there is no end to illusion. Life is like a train of moods like a string of beads, and, as we pass through them, they prove to be many-colored lenses which paint the world their own hue….

— Ralph Waldo Emerson (1857; Public Domain)

And by shaping our moods, which are like a string of beads, we ultimately exert control over the hues which make up the portrait.

—Mike Hazell

Expanding Your Boundaries

Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary-line and adding to one’s liberty.

Henri Frédéric Amiel (1888; Public Domain)