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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

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Write.

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)

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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

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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)

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To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.

—Buddha (image licensed by Penn Wealth)

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The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.

— Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford (1757, by Joshua Reynolds; Public Domain)

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What helps luck is a habit of watching for opportunities, of having a patient, but restless mind, of sacrificing one’s ease or vanity, of uniting a love of detail to foresight, and of passing through hard times bravely and cheerfully.

— Victor Cherbuliez (Image Licensed by Penn Wealth)

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There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.

— Aldous Huxley (Image Licensed by Penn Wealth)

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I attribute the little I know to my not having been ashamed to ask for information, and to my rule of conversing with all descriptions of men on those topics that form their own peculiar professions and pursuits.

— John Locke (1696, by Godfrey Kneller; Public Domain)

Remain curious. Constantly probe. Some tend to remain so caught up in their own lives that they fail to tap into the wealth of knowledge swirling around them each day. No matter how little you think you have in common with someone, ask them questions about their own pursuits and interests. By making this a habit, we will often uncover new windows through which we can see our own lives more clearly. 

—Mike Hazell

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I believe the true road to preeminent success in any line is to make yourself master of that line.

— Andrew Carnegie (by Theodore Christopher Marceau; Public Domain)

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