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Nike’s classic “Just Do It” slogan is the key to solving all problems related to inaction and lack of confidence.  The thought of accomplishing something great is always met with the resistance in your mind, which conjures up hundreds of excuses in all shapes and sizes as to why you should not even try.

You want to get fit and start running? Why? You are comfortable now…and those cheeseburgers you eat at lunch taste so good…

Want to apply for a better job? Why? You are doing good in this one. Don’t forget, it is a bad economy and you might not get it…

Want to start a business? How can you even think of that at this time? Your family needs you to work your 9-5 job. Don’t think like that. Think safety and long term.

Nike’s slogan cuts to the chase and gives you a piece of advice that literally kills the resistance and gives you the push you need to just do it.

Think of how perfect this slogan is for sports. If you wanted to start running but can’t find the time, Just Do It. Stop making excuses and Just Do It. If you were an athlete trying to get a better percentage of free throws…Just do it. Practice till you can’t anymore and it will happen.As good as this slogan is to athletes, it is applicable just about anywhere.

Want to get in shape? Just Do It. No excuses.

Want to get a new job? Go to school? Learn a craft?  Just Do It.

Want to start a business? Just Do It.

Put your mind to it and Just Do It. There is never a better time than now.

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1-Be nice to people and people will be nice to you.

2-Water is the best drink in the world. And it is free.

3-Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

4- Advil will alleviate 90% of all your physical pains.

5- Cars are expensive and not worth it.

6-If you want to make an essay longer, do cntl-’F’ search for “.” change period size from 12 to 14.

7- Don’t friend everyone on Facebook. Just those you actually know.

8- Successful people are consistent at what they do.

9- If you get a brain freeze, press your tongue to the roof of your mouth.

10- Live debt free and you’ll be happy.

11-Eat more fruit and you’ll lose more weight.

12- College costs too much and doesn’t really teach you anything about the real world.

13- Don’t be rude to a cop who could give you a ticket.

14- If you get into an accident get a police report.

15-Honesty gets respect. If you are respected you will get better opportunities.

16- If you need to take a midnight bathroom break, keep one eye closed to be able to see in the dark.

17- AAA. Get it. Trust me.

18- Bikes are cheaper than cars, and they won’t kill the environment.

19- Put that you were time’s 2006 person of the year on your resume. In 2006, Time made ‘Everyone” the person of the year.

20- Get married. Girlfriend and boyfriend status means nothing.

21-Tapping on the top of a soda can will make it fizz less.

22- If you forget someone’s name simply say ” Sorry, what was your name again?” They may look annoyed, but once they tell you say “No, I meant your last name” boom. First and last name.

23- Restarting the computer solves roughly 75% of errors.

24- Don’t get angry. Ever.

25- Always save a word doc as a .DOC so that it will work on office 2003.

26- Carry around a notebook and write down all your ideas.

27-inflammable = flammable.

28- Thanks to spell check, you don’t need to know how to spell.

29- Always leave a note

30- Always bring a phone charger.

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If Mario was distracted by his email inbox every hour, could he save the princess?

I don’t think so.

Mario is focused on his task, going through level after level, single tasking his way to his goal, and eventually saving the pricess from the evil Bowser. (If you don’t suck at Mario games that is…)

If you want to accomplish something done, whether it be a life long goal or a short term project, you need to take Mario’s approach and undistract yourself from everything else. For most of us, our email in-boxes are huge distractions and ultimately hinder our progress towards our goals.

Most of us spend hours in front of our email inbox daily, whether we are at work, home, or on our smartphones, and it is effecting our ability to get things done simply be human. Sometimes we click the udpate mail button multiple times to make sure that nothing came in that exact second that needed our immediate attention.

This addiction is the reason why we can’t create and why we, as a species, have forgotten how to properly communicate with other.  2 months ago I was ordering a sandwich for lunch when I realized I was checking my Facebook app on my iPhone. I decided to shut off the app and try to talk to the person behind the counter making my sandwich. I couldn’t. I said hi, then remember an awkward silence and some awkward hand movements, some non intentional eye contact, and some weird taring at his hands.

I’m sure I am not alone. Each one of us lives in our own little isolated world, detached from each other, under the illusion that Facebook and email are actually connecting us.

I decided to check my personal email only twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. (I can’t do this with my work email because most of the work that I do is time sensitive and depends on email).

If our society continues to be constantly connected through smartphones, email, and social networks (which it will be) then I fear for our future and the future that our children will grow up in.  Being connected all the time is NOT living life. Doing things, talking to real people, and experiencing life IS. I don’t buy that communicating through a Facebook message is the equivalent of a real life conversation.

The funny thing is, when you make people aware of the fact that you only check email once a day, in most cases they’ll understand wholeheartedly. Most people don’t make the decision to define how often they check email, so they end up spending most of their lives checking it.

In most cases it’s essential to give important people a way to get in touch with you for emergencies. Most of us have cell phones, so give your most important clients and family your number and make it clear if there is a real emergency to get in touch with you there instead of over email.

Here are four simple steps to work towards checking email once per day.

1. Set times to check your email that work for you. I check my email once in the morning (around 7:00 AM) and once in the afternoon (about 4:00 PM). When I first did this I thought I was going to miss out on a lot of opportunities. Truth is I realized that the world doesn’t end if you don’t respond to an email in 5 seconds. People understand if you give them a response a few hours later. Writing this, it sounds ridiculous to think that someone will not give you a few hours to respond to an email!

2. Filter all unessential email to the archive or trash and UNSUBSCRIBE. We receive a lot of junk mail. From GAP, Job Services, Advertisements, you name it. When you get an email like this, DO NOT DELETE IT. Instead, go into the email and look on the bottom for the UNSUBSCRIBE link. Most companies will automatically unsubscribe you once you click it. After doing this for a month, I now ONLY receive emails that matter to me. That I actually want to receive. This will drastically lower the time you spend checking your email.

3. Process all emails to done in one sitting. Sit down, open up your email box, and process the whole inbox until it’s empty in one sitting. This means you have to make judgement calls: can you act on this immediately? Do you need to act at all? If the answer is the latter, archive now! If an email will take up a few hours of your time, set it aside on a NEXT ACTION LIST (not a do-do list, those don’t work. More about that in a future blog post). Your inbox needs to be at zero after you’re done. You should not have an inbox full of read messages. Instead, set it up to not show read messages and only display unread ones. This way when you are done checking, you have a blank inbox. Thanks to the archive feature in most email accounts today, your email are still there if you archive them, just not in your face.

4. Respond to most emails with 2-3 sentences. Write email responses like you’ll lost $100 for each extra letter you include. The shorter you are, the better the chances that you will not be misunderstood and the easier responding will be.

If you get the urge to check your email throughout the day, remember Mario. And the princess. Remember your princess, and what you have to do to get her. And go do that instead.

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There is a little voice inside of your head that tells you things. You know what I am talking about. He whispers into yourself ideas that you know are bad, and sometimes you follow his ideas, other times you don’t.

That little voice is what Seth Godin calls “The Resistance”, or what others call “The Gremlin.” Whatever you decide to call it, it is there, feeding you with constant excuses as to why you cannot succeed and why you should never, ever take risks. It will cast self doubt in you when you once had confidence and it will tell you that you can’t do this or you don’t have the resources to do that. Stuff like “You will fail, you deserve what you got, and you shouldn’t try because you have never done this before.”

The Enemy within doesn’t like new adventures, attention, or risks. It ensures you stay comfortable and exactly where you are, because that is all it knows.

Here is an example so that this voice becomes a little more clear:

You are in the mall, just left the Apple store, and it’s Christmas time to the mall is packed with people. Your buddy says “Hey, how about we go in the middle of the mall and start singing “Living on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi. Come on, you know you want to…” There, at that instant, the little voice starts talking to you. “Don’t listen to him, he’s crazy. You’ll make a fool out of yourself. You will get laughed at. Someone might record it and put it on Youtube, and you’ll never be able to get a job again because when an employer Google’s your name, they’ll find you dancing. You might fall and hurt yourself. Someone will call security, and you’ll get in trouble. Maybe go to jail…” And the list goes on, and on, and on… The little voice is what tries to keep you safe, and as far away from risks as possible.

This little voice, which is a part of you, is hindering your progress and getting in the way of your success. In order to stop it’s evil powers and hypnotic effect on you, here is what we can do:

1. Acknowledge it is there. We must recognize when it is speaking to us. Without this, we will all listen to it whenever it speaks and obey it’s command. Whenever it speaks, make a mental note “This is my resistance speaking.” Maybe even say it out loud.

2. Ignore it. 9 times out of 10 you make a move that betters your situation when you ignore him and do what you wanted anyway.

I’m not saying go dance in the middle of the mall. What I am saying is that we need to be aware when our resistance is speaking to us and choose to ignore it when it is not in our best interest.

Fear is an interesting emotion. Everyone experiences fear. The people who are brave and courageous and somehow find a way to do things do so DESPITE the fear, not without fear. They find ways to ignore that little voice in their heads and end up succeeding by ignoring it.

In order to succeed, you must defeat you.

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Why is it that the same people who make it their life mission to convince you to get a “safe” job are always the ones who are the most worried about losing their jobs?

Believe it or not, the safest thing you could probably ever do is to do something that everyone thinks is crazy — most people don’t try to do crazy, “unsafe” things, they try to do easy things. What they are told. What they should be doing.

Boring.

In order to succeed in todays world you need to exceed your expectations and the expectations set by those around you. You need to find out the problems your boss has or your company has and think of interesting ways to solve them. In other words, you need to do what most people aren’t doing.

There is no such thing as job security anymore. Not with all this outsourcing, layoffs, and competition. You need to find out what is the unbeaten path and take that one.

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Imagine yourself at a dinner party. You have a day job you aren’t necessarily enjoying, and someone else has a similar job. You begin speaking.

“How was last week?”

“It was awesome. After work on Monday my wife and I took a baking class and learned how to make these awesome chocolate cupcakes. Then, on Saturday, we took a drive up to the woods and camped there for a night. How was yours?”

Meanwhile,  you didn’t really do much besides your normal routine, which involved going home, checking your email multiple times, watching some TV, and going to sleep.

People who experience more are more alive.

Both these individuals have the same opportunities and the same choices to make. One decided to try new things, and in the process, become so much more interesting, and the other decided not to do so. The result is two very different lives lived, both with the same opportunities.

Think about all the stories you have to tell from your life. They are probably from interesting things you chose to do, or different experiences you decided to try. The more cool and different things you try, the more interesting you become. And don’t forget it is way more fun. Below is a short list of things you can start doing.

Go skydiving

Go to a totally new, local restaurant.

Take Karate lessons

Learn basket weaving

Learn a new language

Sign up for a photography class

Make some videos and upload them to youtube

Cook something new

Talk to a stranger

Read a book on a strange topic you never thought you would read

Make a movie with some friends

Make some friends

Learn how to play a musical instrument

Drive a smart car

Go.

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Setting goals is one step to achieving what you want, but with setting goals comes hurdles and roadblocks that will test your conviction. The following are some truths that have been discovered about what happens when you set a goal and how to work your way around them.

1. The moment you do, you will doubt your conviction.

Almost instantly, when you want to achieve something and set a goal with a deadline, your brain will throw thoughts at you like “Wait, really? You?” or “Why do all this work? You are doing fine right now…”  Your brain tries to keep you as safe as possible by automatically doubting yourself.  You need to ignore that voice in your head and take action. Know that it won’t be easy. If it was, millions of people would be doing it, right? Accept that you will sweat and labor to achieve it, and know that it will definitely be worth it in the end.

2. People will probably tell you that you can’t do it.

There will always be negative people around you telling you what you can and can’t do. Ironically, these are the same people who sit on the couch all day after work and don’t achieve anything themselves. If someone tells you this, scoff at them, put your head up, and prove them wrong!

3. You will probably fail before you succeed.

Thomas Edison failed a thousand times before he got the light bulb right. The key is to not let the failures get you to stop working, but to get them to further motivate you. Every failure is one step closer to success!

4. They won’t work unless you have an action plan.

“I want to start a business.” Ok…how? Why?  Who have you talked to in the same industry? Where is your business plan? It is ok not to have these things if it is in your plan to have them in the near future, but you have to have a plan.

5. They won’t work unless they are always right in your face.

Unless your goals are always right in front of you, you will easily forget about them. Write your goals down on a sheet of paper and put it up on your wall. Make sure you can read it at least once a day. If you don’t, it will slowly become a thought and not so much a goal.

There will be more posts coming soon about setting goals and how to actually achieve them.

So what goal have you set for yourself and  how do you plan to achieve it?

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If you die, will people remember you after your funeral?

If no one will remember you, then you haven’t achieved significance, and it is time to start thinking about it. People talk about significant people. They get tweeted about and their actions get written in history. Becoming significant involves changing something in the world for the better and touching others lives positively. If you aren’t significant, it isn’t too late. You have time to make the changes you need to make in order to become etched in history.

Why? Everyone has different reasons why they want to become significant and you need to find yours before any of this makes any sense. If you don’t really care for becoming significant or changing the world or actually making a difference, then do yourself a favor and please stop reading.  However, if you do care about becoming a mover and shaker, then go on.

You become significant not by doing things that benefit yourself, like starting a huge business, but by serving others. By changing the status quo to increase the standard of living of other people, by fighting for everyone’s civil liberties, by using the money you made from the huge business to start an organization that helps others start businesses.  In short, by helping others.

Bob and Jillian from NBC’s the Biggest Loser are significant because they helped millions of people get control over their weight and get their lives back.  However, they were only able to help others after they conquered themselves. In the selfish pursuit of helping only yourself, you achieve only that, but in the pursuit of helping others, you become remembered, respected, and more importantly, significant.

Only significant people make history.  Here are some ways that others became significant:

  1. They started or helped propel a movement that fights to change injustices for all people.  Martin Luther King Jr.
  2. They solved problems in societies and make everyone’s lives easier as a result. Steve Jobs.
  3. They refused to accept the status quo and they change what is “normal” for the betterment of society. Rosa Parks.
  4. They left behind a work of art (a book, a movie, a painting) that carries timeless lessons. Adam Smith.
  5. They do what others say is impossible. Richard Branson.
  6. They impacted the lives of others positively and selflessly help them better their situation. Mahatma Gandhi
  7. They discovered something that changed the course of their industries forever. Albert Einstein
  8. They helped people lose weight and inspired millions in the process. Bob and Jillian

There are many more ways to become significant, because there is no map. All of the things in the list above are doable, and doing the work that will make you significant is also doable. So what makes the people that are significant different from you?

All the people above share 4 common characteristics that help them become significant.  They are:

  1. They have a higher sense of purpose. They know WHY they want something done and WHERE they will end up if once they succeed.
  2. They ignore fear. They feel fear, acknowledge it, and push through it.
  3. They focus on one task at a time and are willing to sacrifice everything to achieve their greater goal.
  4. They have discipline.

If you want to become significant, you need to adopt these characteristics. You need to think of things you are afraid to do and do them anyway, many times, until it becomes a habit. You need to write down all your goals and single out a few that you are willing to sweat and bleed for. You need to develop a strict regiment in your day with next action lists in order to develop discipline.

I know what you are thinking. “I don’t have the time…I have a job, a family to look after…”

Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day. It is what you choose to do with your time that determines how much you accomplish with your life. And more importantly, you only live once. You can choose to settle for a job you don’t really like and spend your life being entertained by movies, TV, etc. or you can choose to make a difference. You don’t need to quit your job to do this. You can take on an interesting project outside of work.

Do you know any significant people in your life? If so, what are some of their characteristics and what are they accomplishing?

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Running a business can be very stressful and at some times it can be very difficult to keep pushing forward. Luckily, there are those who have done it before us and sometimes their insights are all we need to re energize us. That and a redbull . Here is a list of some inspirational quotes to keep you going.

  1. The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer. – Nolan Bushnell
  2. My son is now an ‘entrepreneur’. That’s what you’re called when you don’t have a job. – Ted Turner
  3. Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy. – Norman Schwarzkopf
  4. The golden rule for every business man is this: “Put yourself in your customer’s place. – Orison Swett Marden
  5. I had to make my own living and my own opportunity! But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them! – C.J. Walker
  6. The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it. – Debbi Fields
  7. Life is too complicated not to be orderly. – Martha Stewart
  8. The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can’t do. –Dennis Waitley
  9. Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming. – Richard Branson
  10. Leadership is doing what is right when no one is watching. – George Van Valkenburg
  11. There is no royal, flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it. For if I have accomplished anything in life, it is because I have been willing to work hard. – C.J. Walker
  12. Business is more exciting than any game. – Lord Beaverbrook
  13. Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized. –Albert Einstein
  14. We are currently not planning on conquering the world. – Sergey Brin
  15. If it really was a no-brainer to make it on your own in business there’d be millions of no-brained, harebrained, and otherwise dubiously brained individuals quitting their day jobs and hanging out their own shingles. Nobody would be left to round out the workforce and execute the business plan. – Bill Rancic
  16. It takes more than capital to swing business. You’ve got to have the A. I. D. degree to get by — Advertising, Initiative, and Dynamics. –Ren Mulford Jr.
  17. For all of its faults, it gives most hardworking people a chance to improve themselves economically, even as the deck is stacked in favor of the privileged few. Here are the choices most of us face in such a system: Get bitter or get busy. – Bill O’ Reilly
  18. A man should never neglect his family for business. – Walt Disney
  19. The only limits are, as always, those of vision. – James Broughton
  20. To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goeth
  21. I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big. – Donald Trump
  22. Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what it is and what nurtures creative thinking. Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading: buying and selling. – Anita Roddick
  23. To waken interest and kindle enthusiasm is the sure way to teach easily and successfully. – Tryon Edwards
  24. Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. – Bill Gates
  25. Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable. – Coco Chanel
  26. The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time. – Henry Ford
  27. The good or ill of a man lies within his own will. – Epictetus
  28. I have known not a few men who, after reaching the summits of business success, found themselves miserable on attaining retirement age. They were so exclusively engrossed in their day to day affairs that they had no time for friend making. – B.C. Forbes
  29. The cynic says, “One man can’t do anything”. I say, “Only one man can do anything.” - John W. Gardner
  30. I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity. – Oprah Winfrey
  31. If there is such a thing as good leadership, it is to give a good example. – Ingvar Kamprad
  32. Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations. – Steve Jobs
  33. You’ve got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it. It’s called perseverance. – Lee Iacocca
  34. The desire of knowledge, like the thirst for riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it. – Laurence Sterne
  35. Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you’re not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were. – David Rockefeller
  36. Well, you know, I was a human being before I became a businessman. – George Soros
  37. Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. – Dwight Eisenhower
  38. If you did not look after today’s business then you might as well forget about tomorrow. – Isaac Mophatlane
  39. The great accomplishments of man have resulted from the transmission of ideas of enthusiasm. – Thomas J. Watson
  40. Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games. – Babe Ruth
  41. Being able to touch so many people through my businesses and make money while doing it, is a huge blessing. – Magic Johnson
  42. Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness. – James Thurber
  43. The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same. – Carlos Castaneda
  44. The great leaders are like the best conductors – they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players. – Blaine Lee
  45. To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted. – George Kneller
  46. To the degree we’re not living our dreams; our comfort zone has more control of us than we have over ourselves. – Peter McWilliams
  47. The enemy of the truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived, and dishonest – but the myth-persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. – John F. Kennedy
  48. Long-range planning works best in the short term. – Doug Evelyn
  49. The NBA is never just a business. It’s always business. It’s always personal. All good businesses are personal. The best businesses are very personal. – Mark Cuban
  50. You can fool all the people all the time if the advertising is right and the budget is big enough. – Joseph E. Levine
  51. A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts. – Richard Branson
  52. The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity. – Peter F. Drucker
  53. No enterprise can exist for itself alone. It ministers to some great need, it performs some great service, not for itself, but for others.. or failing therein, it ceases to be profitable and ceases to exist. – Calvin Coolidge
  54. Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly. Taste the relish to be found in competition – in having put forth the best within you. – Henry J. Kaiser
  55. Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. – Vince Lombardi
  56. In all realms of life it takes courage to stretch your limits, express your power, and fulfill your potential. It’s no different in the financial realm. – Suze Orman
  57. The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. – Confucius
  58. The first one gets the oyster the second gets the shell. – Andrew Carnegie
  59. Hire character. Train skill. – Peter Schutz
  60. The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency. – Bill Gates
  61. Look well to this day. Yesterday is but a dream and tomorrow is only a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well therefore to this day. – Francis Gray
  62. Surviving a failure gives you more self-confidence. Failures are great learning tools.. but they must be kept to a minimum. – Jeffrey Immelt
  63. Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Thoughts are things! And powerful things at that, when mixed with definiteness of purpose, and burning desire, can be translated into riches. – Napoleon Hill
  64. It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. – Charles Darwin
  65. Industry is the soul of business and the keystone of prosperity. –Charles Dickens
  66. I don’t pay good wages because I have a lot of money; I have a lot of money because I pay good wages. – Robert Bosch
  67. People are definitely a company’s greatest asset. It doesn’t make any difference whether the product is cars or cosmetics. A company is only as good as the people it keeps. – Mary Kay Ash
  68. In business, I’ve discovered that my purpose is to do my best to my utmost ability every day. That’s my standard. I learned early in my life that I had high standards. – Donald Trump
  69. In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later. –Harold Geneen
  70. To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart. – Thomas Watson, Sr.
  71. The absolute fundamental aim is to make money out of satisfying customers. – John Egan
  72. There are a lot of things that go into creating success. I don’t like to do just the things I like to do. I like to do things that cause the company to succeed. I don’t spend a lot of time doing my favorite activities. – Michael Dell
  73. I have found no greater satisfaction than achieving success through honest dealing and strict adherence to the view that, for you to gain, those you deal with should gain as well. – Alan Greenspan
  74. You must be the change you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi
  75. Let’s be honest. There’s not a business anywhere that is without problems. Business is complicated and imperfect. Every business everywhere is staffed with imperfect human beings and exists by providing a product or service to other imperfect human beings. –Bob Parsons
  76. You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins. – Jim Stovall
  77. The only way around is through. – Robert Frost
  78. You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong. – Warren Buffett
  79. The noblest search is the search for excellence – Lyndon B. Johnson
  80. The man who does not work for the love of work but only for money is not likely to neither make money nor find much fun in life. –Charles M. Schwab
  81. You must remain focused on your journey to greatness. – Les Brown
  82. Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. – Theodore Roosevelt
  83. Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier. –Charles F. Kettering
  84. Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right! – Henry Ford
  85. You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills. – Jim Rohn
  86. Who likes not his business, his business likes not him. – William Hazlitt
  87. The new source of power is not money in the hands of a few, but information in the hands of many. – John Naisbitt
  88. The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed. – Henry Ford
  89. It’s through curiosity and looking at opportunities in new ways that we’ve always mapped our path at Dell. There’s always an opportunity to make a difference. – Michael Dell
  90. If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours. – Ray Kroc
  91. Winners take time to relish their work, knowing that scaling the mountain is what makes the view from the top so exhilarating. –Denis Waitley
  92. Management is nothing more than motivating other people. – Le Iacocca
  93. Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it. – Dwight D. Eisenhower
  94. The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The truly dangerous thing is asking the wrong question. –Peter Drucker
  95. Why did I want to win? Because I didn’t want to lose! – Max Schmelling
  96. To succeed in business, to reach the top, an individual must know all it is possible to know about that business. – J. Paul Getty
  97. To win without risk is to triumph without glory. – Pierre Corneille
  98. To succeed… You need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you. – Tony Dorsett
  99. Statistics suggest that when customers complain, business owners and managers ought to get excited about it. The complaining customer represents a huge opportunity for more business. – Zig Ziglar

Original list compiled by Nick Patel, here

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So, I was running on the treadmill the other day when I just about reached the distance I had wanted to run…

At a quarter mile left, I was just about to call it quits when I remembered a quote.

When you hear me say there are only little left to go…do you let up and coast till the end…or do you dig in and hammer home? Because, the difference isn’t just 5 seconds…it’s success and failure.

Point being, in nearly every element of life, the ability to push hard through the final 2% of an already limit-shredding experience doesn’t give you a 2% advantage…it delivers you into the realm of greatness.

The final 2% is where great winners are differentiated from the losers.

Because you’re there, refusing to give up when everyone else is throwing in the towel and saying, “forget it, I’m done.” You’re rising up and taking full ownership of the outcome of your efforts. And, that’s something astonishingly rare in a time defined increasingly by the quest for “good enough.”

It’s just so much easier to relent, to coast, to say you don’t really care, to come up with 1000 excuses…to blame.

And, I’m not even talking about the physical manifestation of your efforts during the final push. Your body may or not rise to the challenge of your will. The weather may turn, your friends may fall away, circumstances may disappoint. Those are things you work to corral and empower, but truth is, they’re not always within your control. The ONLY thing you can control is you, your thoughts, your actions, your body…and nothing else.

Your ability to sustain your efforts and plow through the temporary pain is what determines your level of greatness.

So, the question is…

What do YOU do in the final 2%?

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