Virtue and Generosity

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These  tales stimulated my childish imagination, and usually contained some moral lesson. I recall one my mother told us about a traveller who was approached by an old woman with terrible cataracts on her eyes. The woman asked the traveller for help, and the man averted his eyes. Then another man come along and was approached by the old woman. She asked him to clean her eyes, and even though he found the task unpleasant, he did as she asked. Then, miraculously, the scales fell from the old woman’s eyes and she became young and beautiful. The man married her and became wealthy and prosperous. It is a simple tale, but its message is an enduring one: virtue and generosity will be rewarded in ways that one cannot know.

Nelson Mandela

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The Transformational Power of Drive

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Alexander’s legendary apotheosis is a testament to the transformational power of drive, and of the will to physically, mentally, and spiritually push oneself beyond the impossible.

Geniuses don’t work long and hard from a begrudging sense of duty – they do it because they have a strong desire to give everything they’ve got to a project and see it through to the best of their abilities. Ambition shows you the path to success, but drive is what gets your through it.

“I do not think there is another quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance,” wrote John D. Rockefeller. ” It overcomes almost everything, even nature.”

Sean Patrick

Helping Others

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The look on his face is a complete shock. I didn’t understand the meaning and value of education, the hardship and stress it causes most parents and children. I’ve never thought of education like that. School was always a place I managed to escape, not a thing to be treasured. Setting aside the stock was merely something I did because Frankie specifically mentioned college and I wanted to help. When I saw what it meant to him, however, I was the one who got educated.

Helping Frankie provides more satisfaction and makes me feel more connected and alive and myself than anything else that happens in 1996. I tell myself: Remember this. Hold on to this. This is the only perfection there is, the perfection of helping others. This is the only thing we can do that has any lasting value or meaning. This is why we’re here. To make each other feel safe.

Andre Agassi

Simplicity

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My effort is in the direction of simplicity. People in general have so little and it costs so much to buy even the barest necessities because nearly everything that we make is much more complex that it needs to be. 

Real simplicity means that which gives the very best service and is the most convenient in use. 

As we cut out useless parts and simplify necessary ones we also cut down the cost of making. This is simple logic, but oddly enough the ordinary process starts with a cheapening of the manufacturing instead of with a simplify of the article.

Henry Ford

The Information Age

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Today, wealth is in information. And the person who has the most timely information owns the wealth. The problem is that information flies around the world at the speed of light. The new wealth cannot be contained by boundaries and borders as land and factories were. The changes will be faster and more dramatic. There will be a dramatic increase in the number of new multimillionaires. There also will be those who are left behind.

In the Information Age, money is increasing exponentially. A few individuals are getting ridiculously rich from nothing, just ideas and agreements. 

Robert T. Kiyosaki

Homeostasis

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To achieve different results, you must become a different person. You must change your goals and ideals for yourself and develop a new self-image. By the Law of Correspondence, your outer world will reflect your inner world. You must become a new person on the inside to permanently experience the good you desire on the outside.

The first and for most people the most difficult obstacle you will face is within yourself. It is your unconscious striving to remain consistent with what you’ve said and done in the past that holds you back.

It’s vital that you be aware of this homeostatic mechanism. It’s nature’s way of keeping you consistent with the way you’ve been in the past. But all growth and progress requires you to move out of your comfort zone in the direction of something bigger and better. Greater success and happiness are only possible for you when you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable during the process of creating a new comfort zone at a higher level of effectiveness.

Brian Tracy

System of Systems

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Almost daily, people come to me with business plans with the hope of raising money for their idea or their project.

Most of the time I turn them down for one main reason: the people raising the money don’t know the difference between a product and a system.
For a business to survive and thrive, 100 percent of all the systems must be functioning and accountable. For example, an airplane is a system of systems. If it takes off and, let’s say, the fuel system fails, there often is a crash. The human body is also a system of systems. Most of us have had a loved one die because one of the body systems failed. The same happens in business.

Robert T. Kiyosaki