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An acre of performance is worth a world of promise.

— William Dean Howells, American novelist and playwright (1920, by Underwood & Underwood; Public Domain)

There are few things in life more important than strategic planning: consciously deciding where you will go and how you will get there in the time you have been given. One of more importance, however, is performance: moving forward in a planned and systematic way toward the fulfillment of your objectives. A plan without accompanying performance is a dream, but a plan backed by focused action will create an admirable and exquisite life.

—Mike Hazell

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The difference between failure and success is doing a thing nearly right and doing it exactly right.

— Edward C. Simmons (Image Licensed)

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If I have done the public any service, it is due to my patient thought.

—Sir Isaac Newton (1689, by Sir Godfrey Kneller; Public Domain)

I once had a boss who considered himself the quintessential leader. Unfortunately, his concept of leadership was barking orders, firing employees, and chronically looking at his watch as if his time was always being wasted. What he saw as leadership, others saw as personality flaws. 

Isaac Newton was a famed mathematician, physicist, astronomer, theologian, and author. With a list of accomplishments that long, it might seem as though he had little time to focus on any one matter. But a high level of patience was critically essential for his greatest achievements. He understood, as his quote illustrates, that constant, focused action must be accompanied by an almost spiritual patience. 

—MSH

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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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Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done, and why. Then go do it.

Robert Heinlein (signing autographs at the World Science Fiction Convention in Kansas City, 1976; Creative Commons)

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People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things. 

—Sir Edmund Hillary (Public Domain)

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Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress.

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— Thomas Edison (Public Domain)

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Five minutes, just before going to sleep, given to a bit of directed imagination regarding achievement possibilities of the morrow, will steadily and increasingly bear fruit, particularly if all ideas of difficulty, worry or fear are resolutely ruled out and replaced by those of accomplishment and smiling courage.

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— Frederick Pierce (Photo licensed)

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Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.

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—Thomas Alva Edison

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Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment.

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—Thomas Carlyle (Eliott & Fry Photography)

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