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Luck means the hardships and privations which you have not hesitated to endure, the long nights you have devoted to work. Luck means the appointments you have never failed to keep; the trains you have never failed to catch.

—Max O’Rell (by Herbert Rose Barraud; Public Domain)

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Aim at perfection in everything, though in most things it is unattainable. However, they who aim at it, and persevere, will come much nearer to it than those whose laziness and despondency make them give it up as unattainable.

—Philip Stanhope, 4thEarl of Chesterfield (by Allan Ramsay; Public Domain)

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Take the course opposite to custom and you will almost always do well.

—Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1753, by Maurice Quentin de La Tour; Public Domain)

Leaders in their respective fields have never been afraid to question the norm, which almost always opens them up to ridicule and the general forces of groupthink. By unabashedly exploring new avenues, however, they become the pioneers who ultimately lead us to a brighter tomorrow. Analyze your industry or the focus of your passion without the shackles of custom, and forge a new path forward. Create a new “normal” for the world.

—Mike Hazell, Penn Wealth

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Humor Friday

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory.

—Franklin Pierce Adams (Public Domain)

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Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.

—Henry Ward Beecher (by Mathew Brady; Public Domain)

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The toughest thing about success is that you’ve got to keep on being a success. Talent is only a starting point in business. You’ve got to keep working that talent.

—Irving Berlin (Public Domain)

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Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do when it has to be done, whether you like it or not.

—Aldous Huxley (1954; Public Domain)

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Everyone holds their superstitions. One of mine has always been when I started to go anywhere, or to do anything, never to turn back or to stop until the thing intended was accomplished.

—Ulysses S. Grant (by Mathew Brady; Public Domain)

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Humor (sort of) Friday

A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.

—Theodore Roosevelt (1904, Pach Bros.; Public Domain)

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Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.

—Theodore Roosevelt (1904, Pach Bros.; Public Domain)

A short quote but packed with a powerful message. It is so easy for us to get dragged down by the minutiae of daily living and lose sight of the grand plan we designed for our lives. Without diligence, we will become consumed with the mundane and lose our focus. It is critical to keep that grand plan in front of us, adjusting it as needed but never abandoning it.

As for remaining grounded, how many great projects have been dreamed up but are destined to fail simply because we were unwilling to do the work required to bring them to fruition? Perhaps we want to be a great athlete, or author, or artist. It is important to visualize—daily—ourselves becoming that person, but our days must be filled with the actual work required to make that happen. For a soccer player, that may mean hour after hour of mundane drills to perfect one particular skill. For an author, that may mean writing and proofing 1,000 words per day, constantly striving to improve form and develop style.

We marvel at the great inventors, artists, entrepreneurs, and athletes. But we never see the daily grind they willingly put themselves through to become great. They always kept their dream alive by doing the work required to move themselves, grueling step by step, down the path toward fulfillment.

—Mike Hazell, Penn Wealth

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