Are you a quitter?

The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything. Warren Buffett 1930 – I don’t know about you, but for most of my life, people around me have often advised, “Don’t be a quitter.” Likewise, I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard the old adage, “Winners never quit and quitters never win.” And I think most people remember “The Little Engine That Could” – the story of the toy train that wouldn’t give up. (It eventually got up the hill.) While that advice is good some of the …
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Keeping things in perspective

There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so. William Shakespeare 1564 – 1616 In his book, Influence: Science and Practice, Robert Cialdini tells a story about a young girl away at college. She writes a letter to her parents, first apologizing for not having written sooner. She then goes on to say that the skull fracture and concussion she got when she jumped from her dorm window to escape the fire is healing nicely. Fortunately, a service station attendant witnessed her jump, rescued her and took her to the hospital. Since she had no place to stay, …
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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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