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The tendency to whining and complaining may be taken as the surest sign symptom of little souls and inferior intellects.

—Lord Francis Jeffrey (1840, by sculptor Patric Park; Creative Commons)

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Win or lose you will never regret working hard, making sacrifices, being disciplined or focusing too much. Success is measured by what we have done to prepare for competition.

—Captain John Smith (Public Domain)

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Fortune favors the prepared mind.

—Louis Pasteur (by Paul Nadar; Public Domain)

At how many points throughout our life have we known exactly what we should be doing, but allowed ourselves to get distracted by our emotions; by something “more pressing” at the time? How did that play out? What if we had refused to get pulled away in those moments and, instead, simply accomplished what we had thoughtfully scheduled for ourselves? Preparation is a funny thing. More often than not, we don’t see the critical importance of any one specific, focused task. But years later we look back and reminisce, “what if I had just….” A successful life is one in which we methodically work with each individual piece of the puzzle, no matter how insignificant any one fragment may seem, until we clearly see the beautiful portrait in front of us. Each piece was truly important, and each prepared us for what was to come. 

—Mike Hazell, Penn Wealth

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The toughest thing about success is that you’ve got to keep on being a success. Talent is only a starting point in business. You’ve got to keep working that talent.

—Irving Berlin (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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Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.

—Horace (65 BC—8 BC; Public Domain)

All the grand plans, all of the tactics, all of the visualizations of what you want your life to look like mean nothing if you are unwilling to do the work required to move forward toward a specific destination.

If you are not moving forward, ask yourself a series of questions. Are you doing the work? Is it efficient work designed to move you down your path? If you are not doing the work, why not? It could be that you have not clearly defined your destination, or you are not passionate about what you are doing. Or, it could quite simply be that you have not yet developed the habit of a strong work ethic!

Beginning today, assure you have a clear image of where you want to go, an outline of the tactics to get there, and a way to track your daily actions which support those tactics. Identify the point of disconnect on your daily action plan, and work each day to move that point further down the circuit. Be conscious of this effort, and soon enough good habits will kick in and put you on “auto pilot” toward the life you have imagined.

—Mike Hazell, Penn Wealth

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One secret of success in life is for one to be ready for their opportunity when it comes.

—Benjamin Disraeli (Public Domain)

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