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If you ask me which is the real hereditary sin of human nature, do you imagine I shall answer pride, or luxury, or ambition, or egotism? No; I shall answer indolence. Who conquers indolence will conquer all the rest. Indeed, all good principles must stagnate without mental activity. 

Johann Georg Ritter von Zimmermann (Public Domain)

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It is not in the pursuit of happiness that we find fulfillment, it is in the happiness of pursuit.

—Denis Waitley (Image Licensed)

When we are in the grinding drudgery of training, of taking the small actions needed to move us an inch forward, of doing the work we know will go unnoticed, it is incredibly easy to fall into a state of frustration; even despair. What we may not realize is that these are the times of our actual growth. The accolades may be in the arena, but the spiritual development is taking place along every step of that long and arduous journey to the arena. Once we realize this, we discover the happiness of pursuit.  

—Mike Hazell

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The first hundred thousand – that was hard to get; but afterwards, it was easy to make more.

—John Jacob Astor (1825, by John Wesley Jarvis; Public Domain)

It can be extremely frustrating. You have a brilliant business idea, you put everything into it, you work from dawn to dusk, and still…nothing. That could be the story line for the opening chapters of nearly every successful person’s life. Think of all the Americans over the centuries who started with virtually nothing, overcame incredible obstacles, persevered, and finally met with great success in their endeavor.

Some did it earlier in life, while others made it happen at an age when societal norms said they should be in retirement. One common theme connects these individuals: they didn’t accept conventional wisdom, and they stared failure after failure in the face and pressed ahead.

We are constantly being tested. In fact, it is fair to say that is precisely what we are doing here. Spiritual growth is our raison d’être, and that purpose has no expiration date. In this part of the journey we find ourselves on, let us remind ourselves daily that great accomplishment comes because we never backed down and never walked away from the wall in front of us; we hammered away at it day in and day out until it crumbled. What seemed insurmountable from one side appears puny as we look at it through our rear-view mirror.

—Mike Hazell, Penn Wealth

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Luck means the hardships and privations which you have not hesitated to endure, the long nights you have devoted to work. Luck means the appointments you have never failed to keep; the trains you have never failed to catch.

—Max O’Rell (by Herbert Rose Barraud; Public Domain)

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Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.

—Theodore Roosevelt (1904, Pach Bros.; Public Domain)

A short quote but packed with a powerful message. It is so easy for us to get dragged down by the minutiae of daily living and lose sight of the grand plan we designed for our lives. Without diligence, we will become consumed with the mundane and lose our focus. It is critical to keep that grand plan in front of us, adjusting it as needed but never abandoning it.

As for remaining grounded, how many great projects have been dreamed up but are destined to fail simply because we were unwilling to do the work required to bring them to fruition? Perhaps we want to be a great athlete, or author, or artist. It is important to visualize—daily—ourselves becoming that person, but our days must be filled with the actual work required to make that happen. For a soccer player, that may mean hour after hour of mundane drills to perfect one particular skill. For an author, that may mean writing and proofing 1,000 words per day, constantly striving to improve form and develop style.

We marvel at the great inventors, artists, entrepreneurs, and athletes. But we never see the daily grind they willingly put themselves through to become great. They always kept their dream alive by doing the work required to move themselves, grueling step by step, down the path toward fulfillment.

—Mike Hazell, Penn Wealth

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This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1828, by JK Stieler; Public Domain)

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Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.

—Henry Ford (by Hartsook, photographer; Public Domain)

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