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People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have themselves discovered than by those which have come into the mind of others.

—Blaise Pascal (1690; Creative Commons)

The ability to persuade, to get a person or group of people to take a specific action or accept a certain belief, is an important trait of a leader. He or she who can persuade will go far in life, and generally live with a higher degree of happiness. Inversely, he or she who cannot effectively persuade will have a more difficult time in life, generally experiencing a lower sense of control, and having a lower level of happiness.

The great news, however, is that this trait can be learned and developed by anyone at any stage of life. Instead of getting frustrated that others won’t take a certain action or accept a certain belief, constantly work to cultivate the soil and plant the seeds in their minds, and let them come to the desired conclusion on their own. If done for the right reasons, this ability to persuade can have a profound impact on one’s life.

—MSH, Penn Wealth


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The very essence of all power to influence lies in getting the other person to participate. The mind that can do that has a powerful leverage on his human world.

—Harry Allen Overstreet (Photo licensed)

Don’t underestimate the importance of developing the power of persuasion—the ability to get others to take some specific course of action. Not only will this skill play a critical role in determining your success or failure in business, it can also have a massive impact on your overall happiness in life.

It may appear that certain people have a natural talent to influence others, but don’t despair; this ability is based on a science that can be studied, and is an art which can be developed. Decide, right now, to increase your own power to influence others. Study the tools, techniques, and actions used by successful influencers, and practice using them—even in the most modest manner—each and every day.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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The biggest mistake people make in life is not trying to make a living at doing what they most enjoy.

—Malcom Forbes

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When possible, make the decision now, even if action is in the future. A reviewed decision usually is better than one reached at the last moment.

—William B. Given, Jr. (photo by Pixabay; Free Use)

If you wish to shape your future, one of the best methods involves visualizing, with as much clarity as possible, what that future looks like—right down to the details. And when you drill down to this granular level, you will actually be able to see some of the decision points you will reach on your journey. When your arrive upon one in your mind, try to experience it fully. Decide now how you will respond when you get there, and simply recall your decision when you actually arrive at this point. You will be amazed at your developed ability to control future outcomes in your life.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things but cannot perceive great ones.

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

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To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business and your business in your heart.

—Thomas J. Watson (CEO of IBM, 1914-1956; Creative Commons)

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Truth is confirmed by inspection and delay; falsehood by haste and uncertainty.

—Tacitus (photo by Pe-Jo; Public Domain)

Decisiveness is a positive and noble attribute, but too often rashness and a quickness to judge is incorrectly placed under the rubric of this virtue. Consider the people, situations, and circumstances we have misjudged in the past, only to find the truth after time and upon further inspection.

Some judge so quickly, refusing to consider or accept new information, that they become cold and brittle in their thinking. A strong mind is one with a core set of values, and one that is not afraid to evaluate new information and change course as needed.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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