Thoughts, Choices, Action!

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The Persistence of Thomas Edison

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” –Thomas Edison

Really, where would we be without his persistence? And what about that inspiration? Not just in the dark! We wouldn’t have his example of never giving up until he reached that lightbulb goal.

Can you believe in the possibility of something so strongly that you’d be willing to “fail” 10,000 times?  Because you know without a doubt that you’re almost there? Just one more time and you might have it? Think about that and then say “Thank you Mr. Edison” for believing in the possibilities. Keep a few more of his words in mind:

“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this – you haven’t.”

Thomas Edison 10,000 ways that don't work

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THE Key to Success

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.”  –Albert Schweitzer


Which came first – the success or the happiness? My experience has been that the happiness from success is short-lived. The success from an undercurrent of happiness is long-lasting and leads to more and more of it. How to obtain that undercurrent? Finding beauty in every day, being grateful for the smallest of gifts, and realizing the best in every person – good steps toward the long-lasting.

Success. Happiness. Which comes first?


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A Great Street Sweeper

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, “Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”  –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Putting all our effort into our work, even the tasks we’re not particularly fond of, causes us to be attentive to ALL the tasks. We then become attentive to ALL people, to ALL matters, to our community and to our world. When we do our work well, we become an example of personal responsibility, of quality, of dedication, and along the way, we create a meaningful, purposeful life. Thank you, Dr. King, for this reminder to do our work well.

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Explore. Dream. Discover.

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones that you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

— Mark Twain


No regrets! Get out of that comfort zone! Live full out, boldly, courageously!

Bust loose of those old limitations and move toward your dreams.


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Your Success Starts with YOU!

“Success is liking who you are, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” –Maya Angelou

It all starts with you – your confidence and belief in yourself and what you do in the world and how you approach it. So how to get there? Pay attention to what you think, say and do. Make conscious choices to change what you don’t like and focus on the good. It all starts right there, in your thoughts, then with the choices you make and the actions you take. With every step toward the positive, you’re building your own version of success. Here’s to YOU!

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