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There are few remedies for anxiety and depression more potent than continuous, focused action toward a dynamic and inspirational goal.

— Mike Hazell (Image Licensed by Penn Wealth)

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Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.

— Vincent van Gogh (1887; self-portrait, Public Domain)

Remember these words when the task you are working on seems mundane. Ask yourself, “Is this action a small part of my overall vision?” If so, complete it with enthusiasm and move on to the next piece!

—Mike Hazell

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When one has a great deal to put into it, a day has a hundred pockets.

— Friedrich Nietzsche (1875; by Friedrich Hartmann, Public Domain)

It truly is amazing how much we can accomplish in one day if we disregard the chaff chronically flying by us and remain focused on our objective, filling little pockets of time with individual actions that move us forward. It is also truly amazing how easy it is to waste a day, looking back and wondering, what just happened?

—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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Nothing has more strength than dire necessity.

— Euripides (ca. 330 B.C.; Public Domain)

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I recommend you to take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves.

— Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield (Public Domain)

We tend to get so caught up in the big picture of our life that we forget it is the individual brush strokes which create the mural. Look at life this way, and consider each of your daily actions as a small—but integral—part of the complete masterpiece. 

—Mike Hazell, Penn Wealth

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Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1828, by J.K. Stieler; Public Domain)

It is a fine and noble cause to create a great vision for where we want to go, what we wish to become, what we plan to accomplish; but the vision is worthless unless we are willing to spend the overwhelming bulk of our day bringing it to fruition.

That means more than putting ourselves in the arena; it also means completing the seemingly endless hours of mind-numbing training needed to compete—and win—in the arena of our chosen industry. This is where the overwhelming majority get lost, in what T.S. Eliot called “the shadow.” But, if we persist, it is also where we grow.

—Mike Hazell

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Vision without action is daydreaming; action without vision is a nightmare.

Shaolin temple in Hunan province, China

—Chinese Proverb (Shaolin temple; Image Licensed)

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The human being is a self-propelled automaton entirely under the control of external influences. Willful and predetermined though they appear, his actions are governed not from within, but from without. He is like a float tossed about by the waves of a turbulent sea.

—Nikola Tesla (Public Domain)

A pretty depressing sentiment, expressed by a truly great mind. Perhaps Tesla was simply observing (something he mastered to a remarkable degree) the state of the people around him and put his analytical conclusions to paper. After all, doesn’t this quote hold true for most of the souls wandering the earth, either in our time or Tesla’s, or 2,000 years ago? 

But we weren’t put here to be automatons. We were put here with a Divine Purpose. With a new perspective, consider the interminable bombardment of external forces to be an ongoing test of our own free will. Instead of influence x causing the standard response y, let us act in a way that will best move us forward. We cannot control how others will respond, but we always have the power to choose a different path for ourselves—despite Tesla’s observation.   

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end, until it be thoroughly finished, yields the true glory.

—Sir Francis Drake (by Marcus Gheeraerts; Public Domain)

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