Take the Shot!

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In the movie Top Gun, there is a classic line that all fighter pilots say, “Take the shot! Take the shot!” If you saw the movie, you may recall that the time available to take the shot at the enemy aircraft is measured in split of seconds. If you wait too long or are unprepared, you will miss the opportunity. The same is true in the world of money. The window of opportunity to take the shot is also narrow. If you are frozen in time, stuck in the past, dressing like your mom or dad, unprepared, or lacking the business and investment skills required, you might not even see the window of opportunity, you may take shots at opportunities that are also frozen in time and not going anywhere.

Robert T. Kiyosaki 

Refuse to Believe You Can’t Succeed

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Alexander’s adamantine will and belief in himself stemmed from the fact that he was willing to out-plan, out-work, and outlast anyone. He didn’t chase dubious shortcuts, and in some cases, purposely avoided them just to experience the glory of overcoming a great challenge. He didn’t beg for the favor of the gods; he strove to overawe them.

Whether sieging an “impregnable” city, facing an “invincible” army, or solving an “impossible” knot, Alexander refused to believe he couldn’t succeed. He was driven to win by any means necessary, and he rarely played by the “rules”.

No matter the journey, one will always face opposition, whether in the form of competitors, enemies, meddlers, saboteurs, incompetents, and the like. The simplest way to defeat them all is to accomplish what you set out to accomplish. Don’t let them divert your efforts into undesirable directions. Don’t let them convince you that compromises are advantageous or necessary.

 Sean Patrick

God Don’t Make No Junk

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As the sign on the wall of a inner-city school reads, “God don’t make no junk.” Each person is capable of achieving excellence in some way, in some area. You have within you, right now, the ability to function at genius or exceptional levels in at least one and perhaps several different areas. Your job is to find out which one.

Successful people look for the good in every situation. They know that it is always there. 

If your beliefs are positive enough, you will seek the valuable lesson in every setback or difficulty. You will confidently believe that there are many lessons that you have to learn on the road to achieving and keeping your ultimate success. You’ll therefore look upon every problem as a learning experience.

Brian Tracy

Service

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If I merely want money the present system is all right; it gives money in plenty to me. But I am thinking of service. The present system does not permit of the best service because it encourages every kind of waste – it keeps many men from getting the full return from service. And it is going nowhere. It is all a matter of better planning and adjustment.

Ideas are of themselves extraordinary valuable, but an idea is just an idea. Almost any one can think up an idea. The thing that counts is developing it into a practical product.

All that we have done comes as the result of a certain insistence that since we must work it is better to work intelligently and forehandedly; that the better we do our work the better off we shall be. 

Henry Ford

Life Multiplies Itself

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A seed, dropped into the ground, spring into activity, and in the act of living produces a hundred more seeds; life, by living, multiplies itself. It is forever becoming More.

Intelligence is under this same necessity for continuous increase. Every thought we think makes it necessary for us to think another thought; consciousness is continually expanding. Every fact we learn leads is to the learning of another fact; knowledge is continually increasing. 

We are subject to the urge of life, seeking expression, which ever drives us on to know more, to do more, and to be more.

The desire for riches is simply the capacity for larger life seeking fulfillment.

It is essential, however that your purpose should harmonize with the purpose that is in All. You must want real life, not mere pleasure of sensual gratification.

Wallace D. Wattles

The Golden Circle

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Very few people or companies can clearly articulate WHY they do WHAT they do. When I say WHY, I don’t mean to make money – that’s a result. By WHY I mean what is your purpose, cause or belief? WHY does your company exist? WHY do you get out of bed every morning? And WHY should anyone care?

When most organizations or people think, act or communicate they do so from the outside in, from WHAT to WHY. And for a good reason – they go from clearest thing to the fuzziest thing. We say WHAT we do, we sometime say HOW we do it, but we rarely say WHY we do WHAT we do.

But not the inspired companies. Non the inspired leaders. Every single one of them, regardless of their size or their industry, thinks, acts and communicates from the inside out.

Simon Sinek

Three Powers

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As a child, my dad often told us that the Japanese were aware of three powers: the power of the sword, the jewel, and the mirror.

The sword symbolizes the power of weapons.

The jewel symbolizes the power of money.

The mirror symbolizes the power of self-knowledge. This self-knowledge. according to Japanese legend, was the most treasured of the three.

Robert T. Kiyosaky

 

Fear and the Rat Race

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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

Gatekeepers

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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

The Most Productive Thing

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“Winners almost do what they think is the most productive thing possible at every moment; losers never do. When you look at what winners and losers actually do moment by moment, the difference between these two divisions of human race really is that small.

But the result of those small differences keep adding to each other at every given moment until they reach a critical size.”

Create a noble aim for your life, then make use of every moment to achieve it.

Just as, to use a financial analogy, a sum of money that has its interest reinvested over time seems to grow amazingly (the magic of compound interest), so in life the cumulative effect of daily work – if tied to a clear goal – seems to produce wonderful results.

Tom Butler-Bowdon