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Wednesday Wisdom: 7 Quotes on Dreams

Happy Wednesday !

As I write this post I am enjoying the fresh breeze off the Pacific Ocean enjoying a carefree day.  I am listening as the waves of the waters crash against the sand sending cool salty water sprays around my beach chair.  My mind wanders off to things which would be added to my bucket list, then reality sets in – my alarm clock rings and I realize it was all but a dream.

You know what! I loved every moment of that dream like experience and the memory serves as motivation towards future goal achievement.  This Wednesday Wisdom theme is dreams and the work we must do to achieve them.

Notable Quotes:

1.  “Whatever our dreams, ideas or projects, we plant a seed, nurture it and then reap the fruits of our labor.” – Oprah Winfrey

2.  “Dreams are lovely.  But they are just dreams.  Fleeting, ephemeral, pretty.  But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change.” – Shonda Rhimes

3.  “The most common way people give up their power is thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker

4.  “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” – Rosa Parks

5.  “We’re here for a reason.  I believe that reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark.” – Whoopi Goldberg 

6.  “Power’s not given to you. You have to take it.” – Beyoncé Knowles Carter

7.  “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman

Never stop dreaming while sleeping or awake. It’s the dreams we have when we sleep that give the hours we are awake purpose.

Til next time,

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” – Shirley Chisholm 


7 Productivity Tips from Inc.com

Welcome to Monday!

Did you sleep well last night?  What about a healthy breakfast?   Did you make your bed?  Why do I ask?  Because these are good habits that help to propel our day forward with positivity.

Simply they are also boxes which can be checked off your to do list and thus allow you to start your day with three accomplishments. Small though they may be, they are productive successes and cause for celebration.  

Looking for a few other items to add a checkbox on for your habit tracker?  Read Inc. Magazine’s post 7 Things You Must Quit to Be More Productive This Year.  If you were able to answer yes to my questions regarding sleep and breakfast, then you have five more things to conquer.

Add these seven things to your habit tracker today.

Til next time,

“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” ~ Bruce Lee


Law of Success: Quotes from the Introduction 

You are almost to the the end of the first quarter of 2017 and by now many people have given up on the enthusiasm the new Year brings.  Gym parking lots are beginning to have open spaces again while people begin to get back to the familiar and comfortable.  Giving up on change and losing hope of progress since action sometimes makes them uncomfortable.

Keyboards are collecting dust since the next great novel remains locked away in someone’s head who has given up on moving the words from thought to paper.  That person begins to think that maybe the world has a few to many stories like they one they were planning to write.  This reasoning makes it easier to give up.

In each scenario, lack of consistent application  towards the steps required to ensure the desired outcome associated with a change of habits.  “TIME IS A MASTER WORKER THAT HEALS THE WOUNDS OF TEMPORARY DEFEAT, AND EQUALIZES THE INEQUALITIES AND RIGHTS THE WRONGS OF THE WORLD. THERE IS NOTHING “IMPOSSIBLE” WITH TIME!”  That is the opening quote from the Introductory chapter – The Master Mind.

This is a long chapter with scientific information co-mingled with strategies for success.  It took me a few tries to get through reading the entire chapter as I wanted to ensure I didn’t miss anything impactful or notable.  Below are my picks as the quotes of impact.

Notable Quotable from Napoleon Hill:

“Success is very largely a matter of adjusting one’s self to the ever-varying and changing environments of life, in a spirit of harmony and poise.” 
“The most successful men and women on earth have had to correct certain weak spots in their personalities before they began to succeed.”

“”Master Mind,” meaning a mind that is developed through the harmonious co-operation of two or more people who ally themselves for the purpose of accomplishing any given task.” 

“People buy personalities as much as merchandise, and it is a question if they are not influenced more by the personalities with which they come in contact than they are by the merchandise.” 

“Success, is “the attainment of your Definite Chief Aim without violating the rights of other people.” 

“Intolerance makes enemies of those who should be friends. It destroys opportunity and fills the mind with doubt, mistrust and prejudice.” 

“You cannot become a power in your community not achieve enduring success in any worthy undertaking until you become big enough to blame yourself for your own mistakes and reverses.” 

“Never in the history of the world, has there been such abundant opportunity as there is now for the person who is willing to serve before trying to collect.”

“Power grows out of ORGANIZED KNOWLEDGE, but, mind you, it “grows out of it” through application and use!” 

“Seek the counsel of men who will tell you the truth about yourself, even if it hurts you to hear it.  Mere commendation will not bring the improvement you need.”

“Education-let us not forget this-consists of the power with which to get everything one needs when he needs it, without violating the rights of his fellow men.”

“The man who can intelligently use the knowledge possessed by another is as much or more a man of education as the person who merely has the knowledge but does not know what to do with it.”

Til next time,

“Your business in life, or at least the most important part of it, is to achieve success.” – Napoleon Hill


Reality Check

Each day I wake up energized and ready for the day that the alarm is to slow to awaken me.  I wake up full of hope and optimism knowing that today will be a day of achievement.  When life is going as planned – wait, life hardly goes as planned.  Each day brings new challenges and praises.

There are times in which it seems as if life is either about to be or is a little out of control with a few balls flying in the air beyond what can be balanced equitably.  The one thing which keeps me going is knowing that my opportunities are a result of people who have gone before me.

Each book I read, each quote I re-write, each word that I type brings me one step closer to helping someone else to see the value of motivation, inspiration, dreams and achievement. 

That is my vision for my life and my platform. What about you?  Do you have a vision for your platform?  Colin Powell tells us to “have a vision. Be demanding.”  Before you speak the words “I don’t have a platform,” let me tell you that you do.  You are your platform.

Don’t give in to doubts.  Each curveball that life has thrown you was designed to give you strength and confidence.  You came out on the other end and today IS a new day.  A day that 

Til next time,

“We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.” – Jesse Owens


The Book of the Month:  The Law of Success in 16 Lessons

“WHO said it could not be done? And what great victories has he to his credit which qualify him to judge others accurately?” –Napoleon Hill.

An amazing quote which brings to mind images of things we rely on everyday that would have been considered a sci-fi invention during my childhood.  That may be dating myself as old but no one could fathom these inventions would be our everyday reality.  Things such as iPhones, Bluetooth devices, tablets and eReaders, Internet tv, self driving cars and the list can be a few of those inventions.

But who said it couldn’t be done.  Why did some of us listen to this mystical person? Aren’t we glad some never did.  Now we have flat screen TVs, Alexa, Pinterest, Kindle and Kickstarter. What invention may be locked inside your imagination?  

That is the value of imagination and commitment to an idea.  Those are two of the ideals of success – imagination and commitment.  This month we enter into a new joint reading session.  Your challenge if you choose to follow is to obtain a copy of Napoleon Hill’s classic The Law of Success in Sixteen Lessons.

Each week, I will post quotes from each chapter and identify an action plan based on the lesson presented.  You can post the quotes you find interesting in the comments along with any action steps you identify.  Together we will learn and implement the 16 lessons of success.

To kick things off, below are a few notable quotes from the Introduction and our first action item.  


“Wherever you are, whoever you are, whatever you may be following as an occupation, there is room for you to make yourself more useful, and in that manner more productive, by developing and using your “imagination.” – Napoleon Hill

“Success is a matter of individual effort only to the extent that each person must decide, in his or her own mind, what is wanted.”-Napoleon Hill

“Fortunate is the young man or young woman who learns, early in life, to use imagination, and doubly so in this age of greater opportunity.” – Napoleon Hill

“we need not seek opportunity in the distance; that we may find it right where we stand!” – Russell Conwell



Imagine there is a potential angel investor waiting to write a check to the person with the most compelling story.  Or better yet, consider the opportunity to request funding through a crowd funding campaign.

Write an elevator pitch that conveys the answer to this question.  If you are feeling confident, write a one page business plan to accompany the pitch.  You may need both sooner than you think.

Til next time,

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” – Napoleon Hill