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Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.

Waitley, Denis

—Denis Waitley

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Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.

Honest Abe

—Abraham Lincoln

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No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.

Aristotle

—Aristotle

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Know what you own, and know why you own it.

PETER LYNCH

—Peter Lynch

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Even as the sun doth not wait for prayers and incantations to rise, but shines forth and is welcomed by all, so thou also wait not for clapping of hands and shouts of praise to do thy duty; nay, do good of thine own accord, and thou wilt be loved like the sun.

Epictetus

—Epictetus

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In 1766 George Washington decided to stop growing tobacco at Mount Vernon (for economic reasons).  Successful people often change their business in midcareer.  In the early 19th century John Jacob Astor, America’s first millionaire, switched from fur trading to New York City real estate; in midcentury, Cornelius Vanderbilt moved from shipping, which had given him the title of Commodore, to railroads.  Washington’s switch was tougher, because it risked his prestige.  By abandoning the cultivation of tobacco, he stepped outside of the tobacco culture, surrendering his status as a planter, crop master, and lord of the soil.

Washington could have kept banging his head against a wall, trying to wring new perfections out of an already perfected process.  Instead, he tried a new world.

Mount Vernon

—From George Washington on Leadership by Richard Brookhiser, 2008.

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I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.

Swope, Herbert

—Herbert Swope

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