“Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the
difference. Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s
there for your convenience, not the callers. Don’t be afraid to go out
on a limb. That’s where the fruit is. Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be
surprised how many times you have to cross the same river. Don’t forget,
a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated. Don’t major
in minor things. Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly
the same number of hours per day that were given to Pasteur,
Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Helen Keller, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas
Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. Don’t spread yourself too thin. Learn to
say no politely and quickly. Don’t use time or words carelessly.
Neither can be retrieved. Don’t waste time grieving over past mistakes
Learn from them and move on. Every person needs to have their moment in
the sun, when they raise their arms in victory, knowing that on this
day, at his hour, they were at their very best. Get your priorities
straight. No one ever said on his death bed, ‘Gee, if I’d only spent
more time at the office’. Give people a second chance, but not a third.
Judge your success by the degree that you’re enjoying peace, health and
love. Learn to listen. Opportunity sometimes knocks very softly. Leave
everything a little better than you found it. Live your life as an
exclamation, not an explanation. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life
and death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems. Never cut
what can be untied. Never overestimate your power to change others.
Never underestimate your power to change yourself. Remember that
overnight success usually takes about fifteen years. Remember that
winners do what losers don’t want to do. Seek opportunity, not security.
A boat in harbor is safe, but in time its bottom will rot out. Spend
less time worrying who’s right, more time deciding what’s right. Stop
blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life. Success
is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get. The
importance of winning is not what we get from it, but what we become
because of it. When facing a difficult task, act as though it’s
impossible to fail.”