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There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.

—Jean-Paul Sartre (Image Licensed)

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“All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.”

—Calvin Coolidge (1919, by Notman Photo Co.; Public Domain)

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It is better to create than to learn! Creating is the essence of life.

——Julius Caesar (Public Domain)

As someone who believes in the lifelong pursuit of education, it is important to point out that the ability to create is built upon the foundation of one’s knowledge up to that point. However, the pursuit of education is meaningless if one is not constantly considering how to apply this knowledge, and then actually using it to build and create. In the end, it doesn’t matter how much we know; what matters is what we have created with what we know.

—Mike Hazell

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How shall we learn to know ourselves? By reflection? Never! Only through action. Strive to do thy duty, then thou shalt know what is in thee.

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1828, by Joseph Karl Stieler; Public Domain)

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The secret of getting things done is to act!

—Dante (Public Domain)

Of course it is! Why, then, do we look back on our day and wonder what we accomplished? After all, we were busy the entire day, from morning until night. But what actions did we accomplish that moved us forward, toward our own personal objectives, as opposed to busy work that simply spent up the precious time in our day?

The key to our personal success, after defining where we want to go and mapping out our path, is to simply do the work—day in and day out—that will move us closer to that destination. And that means laying out what needs to get done before the day begins, and monitoring the day to assure we remain on track, despite all of the useless noise that will inevitably and chronically come our way.

—Mike Hazell, Penn Wealth

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Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.

—Horace (65 BC—8 BC; Public Domain)

All the grand plans, all of the tactics, all of the visualizations of what you want your life to look like mean nothing if you are unwilling to do the work required to move forward toward a specific destination.

If you are not moving forward, ask yourself a series of questions. Are you doing the work? Is it efficient work designed to move you down your path? If you are not doing the work, why not? It could be that you have not clearly defined your destination, or you are not passionate about what you are doing. Or, it could quite simply be that you have not yet developed the habit of a strong work ethic!

Beginning today, assure you have a clear image of where you want to go, an outline of the tactics to get there, and a way to track your daily actions which support those tactics. Identify the point of disconnect on your daily action plan, and work each day to move that point further down the circuit. Be conscious of this effort, and soon enough good habits will kick in and put you on “auto pilot” toward the life you have imagined.

—Mike Hazell, Penn Wealth

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This is a world of action, and not for moping and droning in.

—Charles Dickens (1867, by Jeremiah Gurney; Public Domain)

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