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If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.

—Henry David Thoreau (by Benjamin D Maxham; 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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You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make a good use of it.

Gilbert Stuart, John Adams, American, 1755 – 1828, c. 1800/1815, oil on canvas, Gift of Mrs. Robert Homans

— John Adams (by Gilbert Stuart; Public Domain)

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Thought, not money, is the real business capital, and if you know absolutely that what you are doing is right, then you are bound to accomplish it in due season.

—Harvey Samuel Firestone (by Underwood & Underwood; Public Domain)

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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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