Circumstance

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Titan’s surface in 2004, imaged by looking through the atmosphere (some clouds are visible), but with the edge cropped (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The outer world of circumstance shapes itself to the inner world of thought, and both pleasant and unpleasant external conditions are factors which make for the ultimate good of the individual. As the reaper of his own harvest, man learns both by suffering and bliss.

Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself

Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves. 

Even the man whose sole object is to acquire wealth must be prepared to make great personal sacrifices before he can accomplish his object.

James Allen

The Winning Edge Principle

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A crack on the Edge (Photo credit: Earthwatcher)

The principle says this: Small differences in ability in key areas can lead to enormous differences in results.

Small improvement in important sales skills, such as prospecting, making persuasive presentations, overcoming objections, or closing the sale, can lead to huge increases in sales results.

Your weakest important skill sets the height at which you can use all your other skills and determines your income.

Your strengths have brought you to where you are today, but your weakness are now holding you back from progressing further and faster. 

Only small differences in attitude and ability separate the top salespeople from the average.

Brian Tracy

The Way of Strategy

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Sketch of military strategy made by Murakami G...

Sketch of military strategy made by Murakami Gensui (1781-1843) during his stay in Kurume (Northern Kyushu, Japan) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The carpenter uses a master plan of the building, and the Way of Strategy is similar in that there is a plan of campaign. If you want to learn the craft of war, ponder over this book. The teacher is as needle, the disciple is as thread. You must practice constantly.

If the foreman knows and deploys his men well the finished work will be good. The foreman should take into account the abilities and limitations of his men, circulating among them and asking nothing unreasonable. He should know their morale and spirit, and encourage them when necessary. This is the same as the principle of strategy.

Musashi Miyamoto

Fear and the Rat Race

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English: An artist’s depiction of the rat race in reference to the work and life balance. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat_race Made with following images: http://www.openclipart.org/detail/75385 http://www.openclipart.org/detail/74137 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s fear that keeps most people working at a job: the fear of not paying the bills, the fear of being fired, the fear of not having enough money, and the fear of starting over. That’s the price of studying to learn a profession or trade, and then working for money. Most people become a slave to money – and then get angry at their boss.

Most people have a price. And they have a price because of human emotions named fear and greed.

Offer them more money and they continue the cycle by increasing their spending. This is what I call the Rat Race

Robert T. Kiyosaki

The Law of Attraction

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The Attraction (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Law of Attractions says that you are a living magnet. You invariably attract into your life people and situations in harmony with your dominant thoughts. Like attracts like.

Many people hold themselves back because they don’t know how to get from where they are to where they want to go. But because of the Law of Attraction, it’s not necessary for you to have all the answers before you begin. As long as you’re clear about what you want and the kind of people you want to be associated with, you’ll draw them into your life.

You can have more and be more and do more because you can change the person you are. You can change your dominant thoughts by exercising rigorous mental mastery. You can discipline yourself by keeping your thoughts on what you want and refusing to think about what you don’t want.

Brian Tracy

Calendar

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Illustration from 1881 US Patent 248872, for a perpetual calendar paperweight. The upper section is rotated to reveal one of seven lists of years (splitting leap years) for which the seven calendars below apply. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What many people want to do, however, based on old habits of writing daily to-do lists, is put actions on the calendar that they think they’d really like to get done next Monday, say, but that then actually might not, and that might then have to be taken actually over the following days. Resist that impulse. You need to trust your calendar as sacred territory.

That’ll be much easier if the only things in there are those that you absolutely have to get done on that day.

David Allen

Gatekeepers

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Wringin Lawang, a 14th century Majapahit split...

Wringin Lawang, a 14th century Majapahit split gate in Trowulan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Make the gatekeeper an ally rather than an adversary. And never, ever get on his or her bad side. Many executive assistants are their bosses’ minority partners. Don’t think of them as “secretaries” or as “assistants”. In fact, they are associates and lifelines.

Secretaries and assistants are more than just helpful associates to their boss. If they are any good, they become trusted friends, advocates, and integral parts of their professional, and even personal, lives.

Treat them with the dignity they deserve. If you do, doors will open for you to even the most powerful decision makers.

Keith  Ferrazzi