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Anecdotes

This section is a collection of phrases that you may think about as you face situations.  It is ok to gather advice and  inspiration from other people.  Anecdotes can be  an easy way to accomplish this!  You  may find that an anecdote may help you look at a situation a little differently and help you respond to it, in a way that may give you a better result.  There are some additional anecdotes in our e-Mentoring profiles.

 

You may want to  write a few anecdotes down, stick them up in your room and think or doodle with them when you have a chance. You may want to help us write  songs using our anecdotes or ones you can think of. 

 

This "tool" is also an opportunity for business people, parents, kids and community members to share word phrases that have inspired them, or one that they commonly use to inspire others.  Please try and submit some anecdotes to us at Conact Us.

 

 

"If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves." -Thomas Edison

"Business, a game kids can play!" - Jeff M. Brown, Founder of TeachingKidsBusiness.com

"Live out your imagination, not your history." - Stephen Covey

"Success in golf (and life) depends less on strength of body than upon strength of  mind and character." -Arnold Palmer

"Personally, I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught." - Winston Churchill

"Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching." - Thomas Jefferson

"If you give business a chance, it will do great things for you." - Jeff M. Brown, Founder of TeachingKidsBusiness.com

"Success is a  journey, not  a destination" - Unknown

"Shoot for the moon.  Even if you miss you will land among the stars" - Les Brown

"Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great!" - Kenny Rogers

"To me, business isn't about wearing suits or pleasing stockholders. It's about being true to yourself, your ideas and focussing on the essetials." - Richard Branson, Chairman of Virgin

 

"There are two ways of meeting difficulties.  You alter the difficulties or you alter yourself to meet them." - Phyliss Bottome

"It's amazing how many cares one looses when one decides not to be something, but to be someone. - Coco Chanel

"Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do." - William Faulkner

We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. - Aristotle

Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.  - Victor Kiam

"Inspiration is the feeling I get when I hear the pride in my mom's voice when I tell her about something I have accomplished." - Sameer Zaman

"I think, therefore I am." - Rene Descarte

"If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it.  But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it, even if I did not have the ability in the beginning." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Do what you do so well that when other people see what is that you do, they will want to see you do it again... and they will bring others with them to show them what it is that you do." - Walt Disney

"If you want to succeed, you should strike out on new paths rather than travel the worn paths of accepted business." - John D. Rockefeller

"Try not to become a man of success, but rather a man of value." - Albert Einstein

"Discovery is seeing what everyone else has seen and thinking what no one else has thought." - Albert Szent-Gyorgy & Nobel Laurente

"Nothing of worth or weight can be achieved with half a mind, with a faint heart, and with a lame endeavor." - Isaac Borrow

"Skill and confidence are an unconquered army." -George Herbert

"Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are." - Malcolm Forbes

"A smart businessperson is one who makes a mistake, learns from it, and never makes it again. A wise businessperson is one who finds a smart business person and learns from him how to avoid the mistakes he made." - Jim Abrams

"Time and money are interchangeable. You can always save one by spending more of the other." - Pennie Williams

"Try a thing you haven't done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time, to figure out whether you like it or not." - Virgil Thomson

"The greatest mistake is to imagine that we never error." - Thomas Carlyle

"If you want employees to do a good job, tell them what you want and encourage them to succeed. If you want employees to do a great job, tell them what you need and give them permission to fail." - Richard Kessler

"There is no royal road to anything. One thing at a time, and all things in succession. That which grows, slowly endures." - Josiah G. Holland

"It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test." - Albert Hubbard

"In the business of life, Man is the only product. And there is only one direction in which man can possibly develop if he is to make a better living or yield a bigger dividend to himself, to his race, to nature or to God. He must grow in knowledge, wisdom, kindliness and understanding." - V.C. Kitchen

"Failure is success if we learn from it." -Malcolm Forbes

"Giving up is the ultimate tragedy." - Robert J. Donovan

"Undertake something that is difficult; it will do you good. Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow." - Ronald E. Osborn

"Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue, than education without natural ability." - Cicero

"Ideals are like the stars. We will never reach them, but like the mariners of the sea, we chart our course by them." - Carl Schurz

"A determined soul will do more with a rusty monkey wrench than a loafer will accomplish with all the tools in a machine shop." - Rupert Hughes

"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.  This is to have succeeded." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"In the right key one can say anything.  In the wrong key, nothing: the only delicate part is the establishment of the key." - George Bernard Shaw

"To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others." - Anthony Robbins

"If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend." - Abraham Lincoln

"People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals - that is, goals that do not inspire them." - Anthony Robbins

"Our bodies are our gardens... our wills are gardeners." - William Shakespeare

"Don't find fault, find a remedy." - Henry Ford

"Man is what he believes." -Anton Chekhov

"It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it." - W. Somerset Maugham

"Play experience can prepare the student for purposefulness in non-play activities, for true play creates the incentive to use one's best ability." - Neva Boyd

"Imagination is more important than knowledge." - Albert Einstein

"The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are." - Joseph Campbell

"A vision without a task is but a dream. A task without a vision is drudgery,
A vision and a task is the hope of the world.
" - From a church in England, 1730

"May you live all the days of your life." - Jonathon Swift

"Let everything be allowed to do what it naturally does, so its nature will be satisfied." - Chuang Tzu

"Death is not the greatest loss in life.  The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live." - Norman Cousins

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined." - Henry David Thoreau

"Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry." - Mark Twain

"The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make it." - George Bernard Shaw

"We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle

"The time to relax is when you don't have time for it." -Sidney J. Harris

"The individual who wants to reach the top in business must appreciate the might of the force of habit - and must understand that practices are what create habits.  He must be quick to break those habits that can break him - and hasten to adopt those practices that will become the habits that help him achieve the success he desires." - J. Paul Getty

"The will to win is useless without the will to prepare." - Henry David Thoreau

"Work hard, keep your promises, share your success and, above all, honesty, respect and consideration for others." - Gordon Saunders Lang

"Leadership is like beauty - it's hard to define but you know it when you see it." - Warren Bennis

"I learned that a great leader is a man who has the ability to get other people to do what they don't want to do and like it". - Harry S. Truman

"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." - Leo Tolstoy

"If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.  He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well." - Martin Luther King, JR.

"Help other people get what they want- and you'll get what you want." - Mary Kay Ash

"Genius is one percent inspiration, and ninety-nine percent perspiration."- Thomas Edison

"It can be more difficult to get to know yourself than to get to know your friends." - Peter Urs Bender


"There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self." - Benjamin Franklin

"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill

"Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?" - Abraham Lincoln

"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor." - Vince Lombardi

"Have the courage of being your genuine self, of standing alone and not wanting to be somebody else." - Lin Yutang

"When you find your passion or your drive, it's like you're not doing it to be successful or to make some money.  You love all those additional things that happen.  But you're doing it because that's what you love.

It gets you up early and it keeps you up late.  You notice things.  You have an impact and you have a sense of contribution.  And life is really joyous." - Tony Robbins

"It is more important to do the right thing than to do the thing right." - Peter F. Drucker

"If it has to be, it is up to me!"

"A person without perseverance, imagination, dreams, ideas, and a heart to live, just missed the chance they never had!"

"Carpe diem - seize the day!"

"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly." -Robert F. Kennedy

"Is there a pleasure upon Earth to be compared with that which arises from the sense of making others happy?" - Benjamin Franklin

"It's one thing to succeed. It's another thing to really be fulfilled.  I think that if you have success and you don't have fulfillment, you really have failure." - Tony Robbins

"What we label speculation when we lose, becomes an investment when we win." - Far East Fortune Cookie Co. Ltd

"You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take." - Wayne Gretzky