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The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.

Ayn Rand

—Ayn Rand


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You cannot run away from a weakness. You must sometimes fight it out or perish; and if that be so, why not now, and where you stand?

Stevenson, Robert Louis see attrib

—Robert Louis Stevenson (By Henry Walter Barnett – State Library of New South Wales, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=65990192)


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The world offers you comfort. But you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.

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—Pope Benedict XVI

…We truly are blessed to live when and where we do. Think of the vast majority of souls born into harsh environments throughout history. Even now, think of what individuals are going through on the continent of Africa, or in the countries of North Korea and Venezuela. Sure, we may not have the money we want (or even need), but our comparative comfort to others throughout history is indisputable.

I have taken some paths in life which I sometimes regret. But, when I look back on those decision points, I am going to apply a new litmus test:

“Did the path I chose take me away from my comfort zone and at least have the potential to lead to greatness?” 

With that new test applied, several decisions which I formerly looked back on with regret, I now have a newfound respect for. If we want to beat ourselves up, let’s do it for not taking action rather than for making a gutsy call that may not have panned out.


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Columbus did not seek a new route to the Indies in response to a majority directive.

Friedman, Milton

—Milton Friedman

Show me a trailblazer who changed an industry, or the world, and I will show you someone who was impugned and made fun of for what they set out to accomplish.  Screw the naysayers—develop a plan to achieve your grand vision and forge ahead, day in and day out, with blinders on!


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You are remembered for the rules you break.

MacArthur, Douglas

—Douglas MacArthur

Follow God’s path, not the well-defined but lifeless brown path that too many others have worn down for you.  You will be impugned for doing so, but it will be worth it.


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A wise man makes his own decisions; an ignorant man follows the public opinion.

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—Chinese Proverb

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The Arena

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

Roosevelt, Theodore

—Theodore Roosevelt

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