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Archive for the month “June, 2013”

“A Hero Is No Braver Than An Ordinary Man”


“The adventure of the hero is the adventure of being alive.”   (Joseph Campbell)



“Anyone can slay a dragon  … but try waking up every morning and loving the world all over again.  That’s what takes a real hero.”    (Brian Adreas)



“You risked your life, but what else have you ever risked?  Have you risked disapproval?  Have you ever risked economic security?  Have you ever risked a belief?  I see nothing particularly courageous about risking one’s life.  So you lose it, you go to your hero’s heaven and everything is milk and honey ’til the end of time.  Right? You get your reward and suffer no earthly consequences. That’s not courage.  Real courage is risking something that might force you to rethink your thoughts and suffer change and stretch consciousness.  Real courage is risking one’s clichés.”    (Tom Robbins)



“Heroes didn’t leap tall buildings or stop bullets with an outstretched hand; they didn’t wear boots and capes. They bled, and they bruised, and their superpowers were as simple as listening, or loving.  Heroes were ordinary people who knew that even if their own lives were impossibly knotted, they could untangle someone else’s.  And maybe that one act could lead someone to rescue you right back.”   (Jodi Picoult, Second Glance)


“Rose, I’m an addict with no work ethic who is likely going to go insane.  I’m not like you. I’m not a super-hero.”

“Not yet,” I said.”    (Richelle Mead, Last Sacrifice)



“Everybody is special.  Everybody.  Everybody is a hero, a lover, a fool, a villain.  Everybody.  Everybody has their story to tell.”   (Alan Moore) 


“A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.”      (Ralph Waldo Emerson)


“That Moment Exists”


“We are afraid of losing what we have, whether it’s our life or our possessions and property.  But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand.”    (Paulo Coelho)



“If you obsess over whether you are making the right decision, you are basically assuming that the universe will reward you for one thing and punish you for another.

The universe has no fixed agenda.  Once you make any decision, it works around that decision.  There is no right or wrong, only a series of possibilities that shift with each thought, feeling, and action that you experience.

If this sounds too mystical, refer again to the body.  Every significant vital sign- body temperature, heart rate, oxygen consumption, hormone level, brain activity, and so on – alters the moment you decide to do anything.  Decisions are signals telling your body, mind, and environment to move in a certain direction.”     (Deepak Chopra, The Book of Secrets:  Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life)


“You don’t drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there.”  (Edwin Louis Cole)     


“You have to take risks, he said.  We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.  Every day, God gives us the sun — and also one moment in which we have the ability to change everything that makes us unhappy.  Every day, we try to pretend that we haven’t perceived that moment, that it doesn’t exist — that today is the same as yesterday and will be the same as tomorrow.  But if people really pay attention to their everyday lives, they will discover that magic moment.  It may arrive in the instant when we are doing something mundane, like putting our front-door key in the lock; it may lie hidden in the quiet that follows the lunch hour or in the thousand and one things that all seem the same to us.  But that moment exists — a moment when all the power of the stars becomes a part of us and enables us to perform miracles.”   (Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept)



“It always seems impossible, until it is done.”    (Nelson Mandela)


“Discover Our True Selves”

“I don’t care if you’re black, white, straight, bisexual, gay, lesbian, short, tall, fat, skinny, rich or poor.  If you’re nice to me, I’ll be nice to you.  Simple as that.”     – Eminem



“How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong.  Because someday in life you will have been all of these.”    – George Washington Carver



“Each of us is here to discover our true selves; that essentially we are spiritual beings who have taken manifestation in physical form; that we’re not human beings that have occasional spiritual experiences, that we’re spiritual beings that have occasional human experiences.”  – Deepak Chopra



“’I’ve learned that everything happens for a reason,’ the yogi Krishnan told him. ‘Every event has a why and all adversity teaches us a lesson.  Never regret your past.  Accept it as the teacher that it is.’”   – Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari



“The most incredible architecture is the architecture of Self, which is ever changing, evolving, revolving and has unlimited beauty and light inside which radiates outwards for everyone to see and feel.

With every in breathe you are adding to your life and every out breathe you are releasing what is not contributing to your life.  Every breathe is a re-birth.”   – Allan Rufus, The Master’s Sacred Knowledge


“Learn From Your Mistakes”

“Fearlessness is not the same as the absence of fear.

The fearless person is well aware of the fear (he)/she faces.  The fear, though, becomes a compass, not a barrier.  It becomes a way to know what to do next, not an evil demon to be extinguished.

When we deny our fear, we make it stronger.

When we reassure the voice in our head by rationally reminding it of everything that will go right, we actually reinforce it.

Pushing back on fear doesn’t make us brave and it doesn’t make us fearless.  Acknowledging fear and moving on is a very different approach, one that permits it to exist without strengthening it.

Life without fear doesn’t last very long — you’ll be run over by a bus (or a boss) before you know it.  The fearless person, on the other hand, sees the world as it is (fear included) and then makes smart (and brave) decisions.”   – Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog 6.23.13



“What is the single force that shapes the quality of our lives?  What power do we have that can change everything? … the answer is the power of choice.  It is our decisions, not our conditions that determine the quality of our lives.   Before we go any further, we need to understand that we are where we are today because of the decisions we’ve made —decisions about what to focus on, decisions about where to place our priorities, decisions about what things mean and decisions about what to do.

Success is a result of good judgment; good judgment is a result of experience, in most cases.  And what about experience?  Yes, experience is most often a result of bad judgment.

So here’s the good news:  The experience gained from bad judgment and bad decisions is unbelievably valuable — it’s priceless!  So don’t waste time beating yourself up over poor decisions you’ve made; learn from the experiences.  When people succeed, they celebrate. When they fail, they ponder.  They stop and think, ‘What happened here?’  What could I have done differently?  It’s only through self-evaluation that we learn how to make better decisions.

So, when you make mistakes, learn from them; use your experience to improve your judgment and make better decisions.    – Anthony Robbins, “It Is Your Choice”, Seeds of Success



“I’ve learned so much from my mistakes …

I’m thinking of making a few more.”   – Unknown Author



“There are no mistakes, no coincidences.  All events are blessings given to us to learn from.”   – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross


“Life Isn’t About Keeping Score”


“Difficulties in your life do not come to destroy you, but to help you realize your hidden potential and power.  Let difficulties know that you too are difficult.”   – Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam



“Your honesty,

Your love,

Your compassion

Should come from your inner being,

Not from teachings and scriptures.”     – Osho



“Life isn’t about keeping score.  It’s not about how many people call you and it’s not about who you’ve dated, are dating or haven’t dated at all.  It isn’t about who you’ve kissed, what sport you play, or which girl or guy likes you.  It’s not about your shoes or your hair or the color of your skin or where you live or go to school.  In fact, it’s not about grades, money, clothes, or colleges that accept you.  Life isn’t about if you have lots of friends, or if you are alone, and it’s not about how accepted or unaccepted you are.  Life just isn’t about that.

But life is about who you love and who you hurt.  It’s about how you feel about yourself.  It’s about trust, happiness, and compassion.  It’s about sticking up for your friends and replacing inner hate with love.  Life is about avoiding jealousy, overcoming ignorance, and building confidence.  It’s about what you say and what you mean.  It’s about seeing people for who they are and not what they have.  Most of all, it’s about choosing to use your life to touch someone else’s in a way that could never have been achieved otherwise.  These choices are what life’s about.”   – Nike



“I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.’”   – Kurt Vonnegut


“Some Rules of Life”

“Don’t let other people tell you what you want.” (Pat Riley)


“My mother taught me a lot of things. The first thing that comes to mind is: ‘Don’t take any s#!% off anyone, ever. When I was a little kid, we moved constantly. Bully picks on you in the new place? Don’t ever take any s#!% off anyone, ever. Eloquent and right.” (Johnny Depp)


“Any time you have an opportunity to make a difference in this world and you don’t, then you are wasting your time on Earth.” (Roberto Clemente)


“About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won’t like you at all.” (Rita Mae Brown)


“The first rule of life is to have a good time. The second rule of life is to hurt as few people as possible. There is no third rule.” (Brendan Gill)


“Adversity – A Kick in the Teeth May Be the Best Thing”


“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles have strengthened me.  You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.   (Walt Disney Company)



“When you face adversity, you need to remind yourself that whatever is trying to defeat you could very well be what God will use to promote you.”    (Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now:  7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential)



“It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.”    (Dalai Lama XIV)



“The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back.  That’s real glory. That’s the essence of it.”    (Vince Lombardi Jr.)



“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over.  But one thing is certain.  When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”    (Haruki Murakami)



“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”   (Napoleon Hill)



“A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes.  It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.”    (Wade Boggs)


“Take a Step Into the Unknown”

“We all have so much to go through in order to become ourselves.  We have to understand our histories and childhoods; to rage in our hearts at our parents and then forgive them; to heal our emotional wounds, honor our talents, acknowledge our feelings and give voice to them; explore and succeed at relationships; discover our work, accept our finitude, and do what we came here to do. 

In a sense we never completely ‘become ourselves.’  We are always in the process of becoming.  But in order to have a sense of the beauty of the process, invite yourself today to consider exactly where you are in your journey.  What have you already accomplished?  Where are you headed?  What are you still waiting for?  Look at your path with compassion for the process of becoming yourself is a lifelong enterprise.”    (365 Days of Love, Daphne Rose Kingma, Conari Press)



“Nobody can say anything about you.  Whatsoever people say is about themselves.  But you become very shaky, because you are still clinging to a false center.  That false center depends on others, so you are always looking to what people are saying about you.  And you are always following other people; you are always trying to satisfy them.  You are always trying to be respectable; you are always trying to decorate your ego.  

Rather than being disturbed by what others say, you should start looking inside yourself.  One has to be daring, courageous.  One has to take a step into the unknown.”    (Osho)



“Things are only impossible until somebody does what another believes can’t be done.”    (Anthony Robbins)


“Let’s make a dent in the universe.”    (Steve Jobs)


“Be Whoever You Want to Be”


“Do not feel lonely; the entire universe is inside you.”    (Rumi)



“I am strong, because I’ve been weak.

I am fearless, because I’ve been afraid.

I am wise, because I’ve been foolish.”     (Author Unknown)



“We are sometimes taken into troubled waters, not to be drowned but to be cleansed.”    (Author Unknown)



“Miracles start to happen when you give as much energy to your dreams as you do to your fears.”    (Author Unknown)



“Spend a little more time trying to make something of yourself and a little less time trying to impress people.”    (The Breakfast Club movie)



“For what it’s worth:  it’s never too late or too early to be whoever you want to be.  There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want.  You can change or stay the same; there are no rules to this thing.  We can make the best or the worst of it.  I hope you make the best of it.  And I hope you see things that startle you.  I hope you feel things you never felt before.  I hope you meet people with a different point of view.  I hope you live a life you’re proud of.  If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”    (F. Scott Fitzgerald)


“20 Seconds of Courage”

“Courage is overrated. 

At least, overestimated.

You don’t have to live courageously.

In fact, you can be a coward 99.9305556% of the time (to be exact).

You only need to be courageous for 20 seconds at a time.

Those 20 seconds when…

    …you pick up the phone to call that “big kahuna” prospect.

    …you see your dream client enter the networking meeting.

    …you walk up to a circle of strangers and introduce yourself.

    …you volunteer to come up on stage.

    …you contemplate jumping into the icy cold water.

    …you are arguing with your spouse and choose to relent.

    …you are slighted and decide to let it go and forgive.

    …you know you need to have a tough conversation with a friend.

    …you know it’s time to let someone go.

    …you need to say “no” even though it will make you unpopular.

Each one of those defining moments only requires 20 seconds of real courage at the most.  Once the 20 seconds are over, it’s easy breezy from there.

“Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” — C.S. Lewis

Fear is an illusion.
An illusion can only exist in the absence of reality.
Once reality takes over the illusion dissipates.
Fear mostly comes in anticipation of an experience, not in the experience itself.

So what do you do when you hit the wall of fear?

You do this:  You shut off your brain, close your eyes, hold your breath (if you need to) and do what every corpuscle of your body insists you don’t—RUN RIGHT AT IT!  You’ll break through the wall of fear in less than 20 seconds.

What if you did something you fear three times a day, every day?
Imagine how doing so would multiply your success, lifestyle and prominence in the marketplace.
Think of the breakthroughs you could create.
You could still be a coward 99.9305556% of the time—a really rich and successful coward!

The math: 20 seconds of courage X 3 times a day = 60 seconds. 60 seconds divided by 86,400 seconds in a day = 99.9305556%.

 What will you do with your 20 seconds of courage today?”    (Darren Hardy, Seeds of Success Weekly Newsletter, June 11, 2013 – Vol. 6 Issue 13)


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