A lesson from the D-Day invasion

Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. George Washington Carver 1864 – 1943 Most of us know that the D-Day invasion was a pivotal turning point in World War II. It occurred on June 6, 1944 and involved nearly 4,000 ships, 11,000 airplanes and over three million soldiers.  Months of planning went into the operation. There’s a little known but highly valuable lesson concerning the invasion that I’d like to share with you. General Dwight D. Eisenhower was the leader of the allied troops. Eisenhower knew that the invasion would be met …
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Two simple questions to predict success or failure

It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err. Mahatma Gandhi 1869 – 1948 Do you believe it’s possible to accurately predict success or failure by asking two simple questions? Before you answer, let me tell you the questions. Do you ever make mistakes? If so, what is the worst mistake you have ever made? In a research study, these questions were asked to students preparing to be neurosurgeons. The researchers found that the students who flunked out either claimed that they …
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A perfect score

Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. George Washington Carver 1864 -1943 During the 2008 academic school year, there were five students in the State of Alabama that scored a perfect 2,400 on the SAT test. Lauren Faraino was one of them. In all fairness, I should mention that she took the test twice, something many students do. She didn’t fail the first time; in fact, her score was excellent. But she thought she could do better, so she took it again. That time she did remarkably: a perfect score. There were …
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