Tuesday, November 23, 2010

How To Make Your Day Productive

It is said that "WORK IS WORSHIP". We all are involved in some activity or the other. We all get the same number of hours to do our work. Yet, we have different results. Many people do their work aimlessly, having no purpose and planning. At the end of the day, they do not have the desired results.

Given below are some tips which can help in improving productivity:

* Planning: Generally people prepare a plan for the day in the morning. But it is advisable that you plan your next day’s work in advance before going to bed the previous night. This gives you an edge. It saves a lot of time. You can also do the more important tasks first rather than wasting time on doing the less important ones.

* Upgrading: Many people know, it helps to sharpen your axe from time to time. Keep upgrading yourself in every possible way. It is necessary that day by day we improve ourselves to increase productivity.

* Time Management: Proper time management improves your productivity. Therefore prioritize your work and do not waste your previous time in non-productive activities. Giving value to your time adds value to your work.

* Learn From Mistakes: Be quick to learn from mistakes and do not repeat them. Carelessness and ignorance can lead to wastage of previous time and can keep you busy with no productivity.

* Attain Balance: Live a life of balance. There are seven important areas in our life. For long lasting and true success, devote equal time to your health, family, wealth, intellect, society, spiritualism and religion. Have a holistic approach.

* Be Neat: De clutter your work station. It does save a lot of time!

* Be Organized: File important papers separately and be meticulous. Waste papers should be discarded in the bin. All this saves energy which can be used to produce more work.

* Be Result-Oriented: Spend your time only in qualitative work whether it is in your personal life or professional life.

* Sleep: Though it is the simplest, it is also very important that you get enough sleep and rest during the dry. Never compromise on sleep because in the long run it can affect your productivity drastically. Sleep deprivation can cause lack of enthusiasm.

* Relax: Learn to relax and rejuvenate yourself. Take a break from time to time, especially the meal break is very important. Never compromise on that. People, who feel that skipping their meals to do some work is a great idea, often feel exhausted very soon. Therefore do not commit their blunder. You definitely need proper meals to recharge your batteries.

Thus planning and organizing your work enables you to get better results and in the end leaves you satisfied. This way you don’t feel stressed and you can enjoy a peaceful sleep.

Motivational & Inspirational Quotes PART 2

About making your own luck in life

"The harder you work, the luckier you get." - Gary Player

“Don't wait for your ship to come in, swim out to it.” - Unknown

"Don't follow trends, start trends." - Frank Capra

"Luck is just another word for tenacity of purpose." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Whether you think you can or cannot you are usually right.” - Henry Ford

"We are all in the gutter but some of us are gazing at stars" - Oscar Wilde

"What the mind of a man can conceive and believe the mind of a man can achieve." - Napoleon Hill

"A dream is not something that you wake up from, but something that wakes you up." - Charlie Hedges

"We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore." - Unknown

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

You do not get to improve by sitting alone in the dark.

You get what you sow

"The game of life is a game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later with astounding accuracy." - Florence Scovel Shinn

"If opportunity doesn't knock build a door." - Milton Berle

"Careers, like rockets, don't always take off on schedule. The key is to keep working the engines." - Gary Sinise

"If you hear a different drummer - dreamer, take a chance…The road you choose to travel means the difference in the dance." - D. Morgan

"It is funny about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the very best you will very often get it." - W. Somerset Maugham

"Regardless of what company you work for, never forget the most important product you're selling is yourself." - Unknown

"He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, while he who has one enemy shall meet him everywhere." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

About doing the best you can always

“Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way." - Booker T.Washington

“When I am working on a problem I do not think about beauty, only about solving the problem. But, when I am finished, if the solution is not beautiful I know it is wrong.” - Buckminster

"Commit yourself to lifelong learning. The most valuable asset you'll ever have is your mind and what you put into it." - Brian Tracy

"The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible." - Arthur Clark

"The most powerful agent of growth and transformation is something much more basic than any technique: a change of heart." - John Welwood

"The starting point for improvement is to recognize the need." - Masaaki Imai, Kaizen

"It's hard to wring my hands when I am busy rolling up my sleeves." - Linda Geraci

"When One Great Scorer comes to write against your name, He marks, not that you won or lost, but how you played the game." - Grantland Rice

"Never stand begging for what you have the power to earn." - Miguel de Cervantes

"Your body has limits, your spirit is infinite." - Steven Wilk

"You have to allow a certain amount of time in which you are doing nothing in order to have things occur to you, to let your mind think." - Mortimer Adler

Quit grumbling - just do and things will turn out fine

"Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure." - Norman Vincent Peale

"Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it." - William Durant

"There should be less talk. . . . What do you do then? Take a broom and clean someone's house. That says enough." - Mother Theresa

"Don't worry about anything. Worrying never solved anything. All it does is distort your mind." - Milton Garland

"For peace of mind, we need to resign as general manager of the universe." - Larry Eisenberg

"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward it is not a compliment to say it is brave." - Mark Twain

Patience is a great virtue to have
"Patience is a bitter plant that produces sweet fruit." - Charles Swindoll 

"Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience." - Ralph Waldo Emerson 

“Our patience will achieve more than our force." - Edmund Burke

"He who jumps to conclusions falls to their death." - Mark J. Ottaviani

Quit grumbling and start living.  

You can have every thing in life

"You can have everything in life you want if you'll just help enough other people to get what they want!" - Zig Ziglar

"Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm. . . . As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others." - Audrey Hepburn

"It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The only way to have a friend is to be one." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"If you don't run your own life, somebody else will." - John Atkinson

About taking some calculated risks in life to succeed

"A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for." - William Shedd

"The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain." - Dolly Parton

"When you stand at the edge of a cliff, jump to fly, not to fall." - Cody Warner

"...if you ever get a second chance in life, you've got to go all the way." - Lance Armstrong

"Progress always involves risk. You can't steal second with you foot on first." - Unknown

"Originality does not consist in saying what's never been said before but in saying exactly what you mean." - Unknown

"It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"If you're living like there is no God, you better hope you are right." - Unknown

"It's in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped." - Anthony Robbins

"It's never crowded along the extra mile." - Dr. Wayne Dyer

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor souls who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt

“Many risks fail because they were not taken in time. Too many risks are postponed until unnecessarily elaborate preparations are made. This does not mean that one should say, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" That is foolish and self-destructive. . . . But don't sit back waiting for the perfect moment. It almost never comes." - David Viscott

"The secret of business is to know something nobody else knows." - Aristotle Onassis

Take calculated risks.

About capitalizing on an opportunity when you see one

“You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.” - Wayne Gretzky

“A dress makes no sense unless it inspires men to take it off of you.” - Francois Sagan

“In war; resolution. In defeat; defiance. In victory; magnanimity. In peace; goodwill.” - Winston Churchill

You have to plan to get ahead in life

"Never let your memories be greater than your dreams." - Doug Ivester

"The great French Marshall Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for 100 years. The Marshall replied, ‘In that case, there is no time to lose. Plant it this afternoon!’" - John F. Kennedy

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant." - Robert Louis Stevenson

"I have had dreams and I have had nightmares, but I have conquered my nightmares because of my dreams." - Dr. Jonas Salk

"Imagination is the highest kite that one can fly." - Lauren Bacall

"Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare." - Japanese Proverb

"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment." - Jim Rohn

"The years teach much which the days never knew." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rod Stewart - Cover Song - Have I Told You Lately - released June 1993

Have I Told You Lately
That I Love You
~ Rod Stewart
Written By: Van Morrison

Have I told you lately that I love you
Have I told you there's no one else above you
Fill my heart with gladness, take away all my sadness
Ease my troubles, that's what you do

For the morning sun and all its glory
Meets the day with hope and comfort too
You fill my life with laughter, somehow you make it better
Ease my troubles, that's what you do

There's a love that's defined
And it's yours and it's mine like the sun
And at the end of the day
We should give thanks and pray to the one, to the one

Have I told you lately that I love you
Have I told you there's no one else above you
Fill my heart with gladness, take away all my sadness
Ease my troubles, that's what you do

There's a love that's defined
And it's yours and it's mine like the sun
And at the end of the day
We should give thanks and pray to the one, to the one

And have I told you lately that I love you
Have I told you there's no one else above you
You fill my heart with gladness, take away my sadness
Ease my troubles, that's what you do

Take away all my sadness, fill my life with gladness
Ease my troubles, that's what you do
Take away all my sadness, fill my life with gladness
Ease my troubles, that's what you do

This is dedicated to one I love. I LOVE YOU

Saturday, November 20, 2010

You can now expect to see ads in your Twitter steam!!! Great,,,another reason for me to stop using TWITTER

Twitter takes a risky step into advertising this month, as it announces its launch of paid advertising being dropped into an individuals Twitter stream. Longstanding advertisers such as Virgin, Starbucks and Red Bull have already bought into this new service.

Interestingly enough, it was only six short months ago that the micro-blogging service banned third party clients from injecting any kind of paid tweets into an individuals stream stating on the company blog that it did not necessarily look to preserve the unique experience Twitter has created.

Yesterday’s announcement made clear that this project would roll out slowly, and start with a smaller pool of its 175 million users by showing the paid tweets only to people who use HootSuite, a popular third party client.

Advertising will target people based on the kinds of products or people they are already following. For example, someone who follows other coffee companies or people who discuss coffee online would be a prime target for a Starbucks paid tweet.

“We look forward to working with Twitter to roll this program out and carefully gauge people’s reactions,” said HootSuite CEO Ryan Holmes. “With Twitter’s commitment to quality user experience and ad relevance, we’re confident these new types of tweets will be enjoyed by both users and advertisers.”

The change is quite significant for Twitter and its participants, as some people may see this as a disruption of their Twitter experience. However with its rapid growth from 140 employees in February to 300 today and additions to its staffing roster, the sales team has grown increasingly ambitious.

Source: Snoo

Facebook knows when you’ll break up

Worried about when you might get dumped? Facebook knows.

That’s according to a graphic making the rounds online that uses Facebook status updates to chart what time of year people are splitting up.

British journalist and graphic designer David McCandless, who specializes in showcasing data in visual ways, compiled the chart. He showed off the graphic at a TED conference last July in Oxford, England.
In the talk, McCandless said he and a colleague scraped 10,000 Facebook status updates for the phrases “breakup” and “broken up.”

They found two big spikes on the calendar for breakups. The first was after Valentine’s Day — that holiday has a way of defining relationships, for better or worse — and in the weeks leading up to spring break. Maybe spring fever makes people restless, or maybe college students just don’t want to be tied down when they’re partying in Cancun.

And let’s hear it for cheapskates. The other big romantically treacherous time, according to the graph, is about two weeks before Christmas — presumably as people begin pricing gifts for their significant others.
Mondays, as if they weren’t bad enough, are the most likely day to break up. Summer and fall look like the safest seasons.

And, possibly showing that some people’s sense of humor is more twisted than others, there’s a spike in breakups on April Fool’s Day.

What single day are you least likely to get a “Dear John (or Jane)” letter?
“Christmas Day,” McCandless said. “Who would do that?”
Source: CNN

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Motivational & Inspirational Quotes PART 1

In life there are generally two ways of seeing things. When faced with situations in your life where you’ve got the choice to assume the best or worst, you’ve got to uplift yourself to get where you want to be.  Here is a compilation of some great quotations to uplift you.  

About having a purpose in life

“As long as you don't know where you're going it doesn't matter where you are." - Apocryphal
"Make your life a mission, not an intermission." - Glasgow

"People know the cost of everything but the value of nothing." - Oscar Wilde

"A time comes when you need to stop waiting for the man you want to become and start being the man you want to be." -  Bruce Springsteen

"We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them." - Brandi B.

"Show me, don't tell me." - Jeff Forsythe

About having wisdom to see the difference

"A wise man sees as much as he ought, not as much as he can." - Montaigne

"You are the one who can stretch your own horizon." - Edgar F. Magnin

"I cannot always control what goes on outside. But I can always control what goes on inside." - Wayne Dyer

“It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.” - Alfred Alder

"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." - Thomas Jefferson

"Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live." - Henry Van Dyke

"Our intention creates our reality." - Wayne Dyer

"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." - Emerson

"It is the nature of the ego to take, and the nature of the spirit to give." - Native American saying

"Problems are just opportunities in working clothes." – Unknown

"What is popular is not always right, and what is right is not always popular." - Unknown

"Always be nice to people on the way up; because you'll meet the same people on the way down." - Wilson Mizner

"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it." - Edith Wharton

"Always remember others may hate you but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself." - Richard M. Nixon

"Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination." - Roy Goodman

"Business is like riding a bicycle. Either you keep moving or you fall down." - John D. Wright

“The scent of the rose always stays in the hand of the one giving it.” - Unknown

“To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.” - Paulette Mitchell

“The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.” - G.K. Chesterton

"What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies." - Aristotle

"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation."- Plato

“On the whole people want to be good. But not too good and not quite all the time.” - George Orwell


"Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can." - Danny Kaye

"You win some, you lose some, you wreck some." - Dale Earnhardt

"When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, "Compared to what?" - Sydney Harris

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"To the degree we're not living our dreams; our comfort zone has more control of us than we have over ourselves." - Peter McWilliams

"Be inspired with the belief that life is a great and noble calling; not a mean and groveling thing that we are to shuffle through as we can, but an elevated and lofty destiny." - William E. Gladstone

 "Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." - Scott Adams

"We create our lives a thought at a time. And sometimes, it comes down to changing a thought such as 'Why did this happen to me?' into 'There is a divine plan and there is a reason for this, and my choice is to create the most positive reaction I can.'" - Dee Wallace Stone

"The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That's real glory. That's the essence of it." -- Vince Lombardi

Bring some sunshine to your life.

Life has its ups and downs

"All life is an experiment." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

"If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity, it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high. Look it squarely in the eye, and say, 'I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.'" - Ann Landers

"It takes both rain and sunshine to make a rainbow." - Unknown
Life is short, enjoy it

"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln

"Life is too short to be small." - Benjamin Disraeli

"We cannot truly face life until we face the fact that it will be taken away from us." - Billy Graham

"At the end of our time on earth, if we have lived fully, we will not be able to say, 'I was always happy.' Hopefully, we will be able to say, 'I have experienced a lifetime of real moments, and many of them were happy moments.'" - Barbara Deangelis

"Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved." - Jeremy Kitson

"It is not length of life, but depth of life." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly." - Lao Tsu

"The life given us by nature is short, but the memory of a life well spent is eternal." - Cicero

 "Do not resent growing old. Many are denied the privilege."  - Unknown

"I plan on growing old much later in life, or maybe not at all." - Patty Carey

"Everyday is a gift that's why it is called the present." - Robert Dietert

"Life is too serious to take seriously." - Brent Day

“Time is our most valuable asset, yet we tend to waste it, kill it, and spend it rather than invest it.” - Jim Rohn

Life is short.  In the end, it is the life in your years that count. 

You are what you think you are

"You are what you think about all day long." - Dr. Robert Schuller 

"I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more luck I have." - Thomas Jefferson

"One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self- confidence is preparation." - Arthur Ashe

"People only see what they are prepared to see." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret." - Ambrose Bierce

"Never think that you're not good enough yourself. A man should never think that. People will take you very much at your own reckoning." - Anthony Trollope

You are what you think you are.  Think success.

Having control over oneself is the secret to success

"You can't always control the wind, but you can control your sails." - Anthony Robbins

“Always behave like a duck.-keep calm and unruffled on the surface and paddle like the devil underneath.” - Jacob Brauck

"Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there." - John Wooden

"Action may not bring happiness but there is no happiness without action." - William James

"Successful people tend to become more successful because they are always thinking about their successes." - Brian Tracy

"What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve." - Napoleon Hill

"He who angers you conquers you." - Elizabeth Kenny

"Blessed is he who speaks a kindness; thrice blessed is he who repeats it." - Arabian proverb

"Perception is everything. Our reality is the meaning we give to events in our lives. More importantly, other people's reality or perception of us is the image that we have of ourselves that is reflected for others to see." - James D. Harris

"Spirit is the life, the mind the builder the physical the result." - Edgar Casey

“Even as a fierce competitor I try to smile.” - Magic Johnson

"What's exciting about using our mind is that we can short circuit all the excuses thrown up by our fears." -- Mark Victor Hansen

Hope is a magic word no matter which day

"No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn." - Hal Borland

"When it is dark enough, you can see the stars." - Charles A Beard

"After every storm there appears a rainbow." - Unknown

"Hope is the companion of power, and mother of success; for whom so hopes strongly has within him the gift of miracles." - Samuel Smiles

"Courage, it would seem, is nothing less than the power to overcome danger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while continuing to affirm inwardly that life with all its sorrows is good; that everything is meaningful even if in a sense beyond our understanding; and that there is always tomorrow." - Dorothy Thompson

"If we want a free and peaceful world, if we want to make the deserts bloom and man grow to greater dignity as a human being -- we can do it." - Eleanor Roosevelt

Hope without action is hopeless!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Bush: Kanye West Katrina Comment 'Disgusting'

(Nov. 3) -- George W. Bush says one of the "most disgusting moments" of his presidency came when Kanye West said Bush didn't care about black people in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

"He called me a racist," the former president told NBC News for the "Matt Lauer Reports" program that will air Monday night, according to excerpts released by the network.

"And I didn't appreciate it then. I don't appreciate it now," Bush, 64, told Lauer. "It's one thing to say, 'I don't appreciate the way he's handled his business.' It's another thing to say, 'This man's a racist.' I resent it. It's not true. And it was one of the most disgusting moments in my presidency."

Bush was responding to West's comment during a live telethon in the wake of the devastating storm that struck Louisiana and Mississippi in 2005. "George Bush doesn't care about black people," said the 33-year-old black hip-hop artist.

Lauer read from Bush's soon-to-be-released book, "Decision Points": "I faced a lot of criticism as president. I didn't like hearing people claim that I lied about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction or cut taxes to benefit the rich. But the suggestion that I was racist because of the response to Katrina represented an all-time low."

"Yeah. I still feel that way as you read those words," Bush said. "I felt 'em when I heard 'em, felt 'em when I wrote 'em, and I felt 'em when I'm listening to 'em.

Lauer notes that Bush told his wife, Laura, at the time that it was the worst moment of his presidency.

"Yes," Bush said. "My record was strong, I felt, when it came to race relations and giving people a chance. And it was a disgusting moment."

Susan Walsh, AP
President George W. Bush tours a devastated neighborhood in Biloxi, Miss., with Kim Bassier, left, and her sister Bronwynne Bassier on Sept. 2, 2005.Lauer says to Bush: "You're not saying that the worst moment in your presidency was watching the misery in Louisiana. You're saying it was when someone insulted you because of that."

"No, and I also make it clear that the misery in Louisiana affected me deeply as well," Bush responds. "There's a lot of tough moments in the book. And it was a disgusting moment, pure and simple."

In another passage from the book, according to The New York Times, Bush wrote that he considered dropping Dick Cheney from his 2004 re-election bid to dispel the vice president's image as the "Darth Vader" of the White House and to "demonstrate that I was in charge."

The book is due out next week, but the Times obtained a copy on Tuesday.

WAKE UP Silicon Valley!!!!! You are screwing the rest of your STATE!!!!

Rep. Eshoo: Pelosi has Silicon Valley support
By Sara Jerome - 11/05/10 09:39 PM ET

Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) has thrown her weight behind House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) to remain the House Democratic Leader, framing her support as an endorsement from Silicon Valley.

"Nancy Pelosi enjoys the utmost regard of all the Valley’s leaders across the high-technology, biotechnology, telecommunications, scientific and venture capital sectors," Eshoo said in a statement Friday.

Eshoo said she represents "the innovation capital of our country and the world—Silicon Valley." The major technology interest in her district is Google.

Eshoo said Pelosi has prioritized innovation during her tenure as speaker and has paved the way for investments in the technology sector.

"It was her leadership that not only produced the Innovation Agenda, but implemented it in its entirety in Congress, producing historic investments in science, technology, engineering and math education, broadband adoption, and research and development funding," Eshoo said.

Pelosi announced her bid to become minority leader on Friday, prompting push back from some Democrats who want someone new at the helm.

Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.), for instance, said he won't support Pelosi "for House Democratic Leader or any other leadership position."


Great Vocal Trance Aven - All I Wanna Do - Feat. Ida Helen Fjeld (Ferry ...

Sit back and relax!!! Enjoy the music and video...Have a great weekend everyone =)

Friday, November 5, 2010

Afghan and Iraq War Vets Head to Congress

WASHINGTON -- The number of veterans in Congress with first-hand experience of the current wars will more than double next year, after voters backed a slate of new Republican veteran candidates Tuesday night.

In all, at least eight Republican veteran candidates won House seats, and Illinois Republican Mark Kirk -- who served briefly in Iraq and Afghanistan -- grabbed the Senate seat formerly held by President Barack Obama.

But Democratic veterans didn't fare as well. Pennsylvania Rep. Patrick Murphy, an Army vet who was the first Iraq war veteran elected to Congress, failed in his re-election bid, as did Air Force reservist Ohio Rep. John Boccieri.

Murphy, first elected in 2006, was a vocal opponent of the Iraq war during his first term and led House efforts to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" law in recent months. On Wednesday morning, gay rights groups and liberal veterans organizations mourned his defeat, calling it a key loss for Democrats' defense credentials.

His opponent, former congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, focused little on Murphy's military track record and instead on job losses in southeast Pennsylvania. Nationally, 62 percent of voters in exit polls named the economy as their most important issue, while Afghanistan and national security was the top focus of only about 7 percent, according to The Associated Press.

Three other Democratic challengers with military experience in Iraq also lost their bids for Congress. But even with those losses, the Republicans' success on Tuesday was more than enough to boost Congress' military experience.

Two incumbent Republicans -- California Rep. Duncan D. Hunter, a Marine veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman, a Marine veteran who served in Iraq -- easily won re-election in their races. Both sit on the House Armed Services Committee and have been key voices in defense debates for the GOP.

In central Ohio, in the district next to Boccieri's, Republican Steve Stivers defeated Democratic Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy in a rematch of their 2008 contest. Stivers, an Ohio National Guardsman, served for nearly a year Iraq, Kuwait and Djibouti in a noncombat role.

Adam Kinzinger, an Air Force captain who served three tours in Iraq and two in Afghanistan, defeated incumbent Democrat Rep. Debbie Halvorson in the Illinois 11th District. Chris Gibson, an Army colonel and veteran of four Iraq tours, ousted Democratic incumbent Rep. Scott Murphy in the New York 20th District.

Retired Army Lt. Col. Allen West, who two years ago lost an election bid to Democrat Ron Klein, defeated him in their rematch Tuesday. West served in Iraq in 2003 but was forced out of the service in 2004, after a military panel chastised him for coercing an Iraqi detainee during an interrogation by firing his pistol near the man.

He was allowed to retire with full benefits. Although admitting wrongdoing, he was unapologetic over the incident, saying the information could have helped save other soldiers' lives.

Tim Griffin, an Army Reserve major who deployed to Iraq in 2006, won his House bid in Arkansas' 2nd District, and Army Reserve Col. Joe Heck, who served in Iraq in 2008, defeated incumbent Democrat Dina Titus.

Kirk, a naval reservist who drew criticism for exaggerating his war record during the campaign, spent two stints in Afghanistan of less than a month each. Still, that brief service is more recent war experience than any other sitting senator except South Carolina's Lindsey Graham, an Air Force reservist who served similar tours in Iraq.

At press time, one race involving an Iraq veteran was too close to call. Marine Corps veteran Jesse Kelly, running as the GOP candidate in Arizona's 8th District, trailed incumbent Democrat Gabrielle Giffords by about 2,500 votes.

Paul Rieckhoff, executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Vets of America, called the election of so many recent veterans a new opportunity to highlight returning troops' issues to Congress.

"With so many new voices in Washington, there will be a lot of teaching to be done on our issues and the process," he said. "But there is also a tremendous opportunity for new members to start off right as strong leaders for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans."

This article is provided courtesy of Stars and Stripes, which got its start as a newspaper for Union troops during the Civil War, and has been published continuously since 1942 in Europe and 1945 in the Pacific. Stripes reporters have been in the field with American soldiers, sailors and airmen in World War II, Korea, the Cold War, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Bosnia and Kosovo, and are now on assignment in the Middle East.

Stars and Stripes has one of the widest distribution ranges of any newspaper in the world. Between the Pacific and European editions, Stars and Stripes services over 50 countries where there are bases, posts, service members, ships, or embassies.

Stars and Stripes Website

© 2010




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Wang Chung - Dance Hall Days (1983)

Yes "Owner Of A Lonely Heart"

Inspirational video - From Service Dog to SURFice Dog: Turning disappoin...

This is such a beautiful story about a service dog who after months and months of training went in a different direction turning disappointment into joy. Watch and be blessed.

1984 - Big Brother

Based on Apple's 1984 MAC commercial that marked a new era in computers, and based on the George Orwell book 1984, RightChange introduces our closing argument on the Obama Administration and the 111th Congress for the 2010 Midterm Cycle. This is also the Kick-off for the 2012 Presidential Cycle for RightChange. The New Politizoid "1984 - Big Brother" may be our best yet! "Vote Different."

Cast: Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, George Soros, Maxine Waters, Moveon.org and Louis Farrakhan in their own words. Yes. These are their actual words.


Keith Olbermann Suspended! And John Gibson Has a Few Words...

I'm sure many of you know who John Gibson is. FOX News Talk.
One of my favorites.

He, Angry Rich (producer) and Christine (co-producer and call screener), make for a great 3 hour talk fest.

...This is a segment on his show today.

He and Keith Olbermann have been at war since Gibsons days at MSNBC, and calls Olbermann "Bathtub Boy", because.....during Gibson stint at MSNBC had to fill in for Olbermanns show during Clintons, Monica Lewinski scandal. Olbermann refused to come to work and report on Clintons misgivings and stated he was "taking a bath", as his excuse.

Boehner: "Trust me. I'm Going To Make Sure This H'care Bill Is Never, Ev...

Is the new Speaker playing for keeps? I hope so.

"This healthcare bill will ruin the best healthcare system in the world, and will bankrupt our country"

"You can understand why they are not hiring new employees.....because we have raised the cost of employment"
"We told the President down at the Blair House, during the 7 hour Obama infomercial, we autha stop and start over"
(This quote is great.....during the Republican Summit, when Obama basically told the Republicans....it's my way or.....take the highway.)

This could be a lofty goal....hope his "tricks" will be effective.

There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works.


I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.

Trance Music with Novation Launchpad (LIVE Set)


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

You Are Not Alone

You are not alone - For God is with you.
You are not defenseless - For God is your protector.
You are not inadequate - For God is your sufficiency.
You are not useless - For God has a purpose for your life.
You are not worthless - For God sent His Son to die for you.
You are not without hope - For God has a place prepared for you.
You are not unloved - For God loves you with an everlasting love.
You are not rejected, or abandoned - For God calls you His own.
  "....for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper" Hebrews 13:5-6

A Conservative Kid Tries To Survive In California Schools - THeeye Μολών Λaβέ's Myspace Blog |

My name is Sam Besserman, I'm eleven years old, I live in Beverly Hills, California, and ever since I can remember I have been subjected to political bias in school. The first time I noticed the bias was actually in preschool where the teacher was reading a book about the importance of mothers and the inferiority of fathers. I tried to tell the teacher that dads might be just as important. The teacher responded in a sing-song, "No, listen to me, I'm the teacher." Of course, the girls loved the book and most of the boys hated it, except for a few who liked it and also wanted to become mothers some day. I was three years old and royally pissed off.

I had to listen to such feminist ideas every day and, at times, I actually bought into them. Months later, I still didn't know whether mothers were really more important than fathers. Once I even felt like going into the bathroom and trying to pull off my penis. It wasn't that I wanted to be a woman, I had just lost my enthusiasm for my embattled gender.

The only male teacher I had might as well have been castrated. His voice was soft, his gestures were feminine, he didn't know how to run a class and he had to rely on female assistant teachers to control the children. And, of course, the female teachers treated the girls ten times better than the boys and constantly reminded us of our alleged inferiority. One of the assistant teachers even put down our rhyme, "Boys go to college to get more knowledge, girls go to Jupiter to get more stupider," by reminding us that more girls than boys go to college because girls are smarter. And this only encouraged the girls to hijack our rhyme and switch the sexes around.

If that wasn't bad enough, on the playground girls basically had more rights than boys. They had greater equipment privileges and if a girl asked to join a game, the boys had to say yes and go easy on her, but if a boy asked to join a game, the girls had the right to say no. This ruined the boys' recess and most of us spent the time drawing flowers instead. If we got into an argument, the teachers always said the girl was telling the truth but the boy was lying. We couldn't even escape the bias one day a year because there was only a "Take your daughter to work day."

When I switched schools in 2nd grade I suddenly found myself surrounded by bleeding-heart liberals. We were taught that minorities were victims and, therefore, good and members of the majority were, by inference, bad. Similarly, we learned that America was the big, bad exploiter and the countries my parents grew up believing were evil were not so bad after all. I asked my father about these issues practically every night and he taught me the meaning of moral relativism. I thought he was being too kind and characterized it, instead, as moral inversion.

It wasn't until the Democratic primaries ended in 2008 that things started getting really bad. Liberals everywhere -- but especially at school -- seemed empowered by the prospect of a black man becoming president, if for no other reason than the color of his skin. One day, during a game of dodgeball, the old, assistant P.E. teacher yelled to the other students to "Get the Republican, Get the Republican!" meaning me.

Once, when I was reading to avoid listening to a yet another guest lecture about man-made global warming -- in which the lecturer told us we should all reduce our consumption of meat to one meal a week -- the teacher took away my book and said, "Listen, she's smart." But, according to what we now know about the hockey stick graph, she wasn't that smart after all. My English teacher was no better. She made it completely obvious that she thought those who didn't like Barack Obama needed to see a doctor. She never had anything good to say about America and always exaggerated Native American achievements over those of European Colonists. When I tried to express my conservative views, she would say that we didn't have time for that and we should move on. One day she gave us a lecture on stereotyping. I raised my hand and gave an example of a comedian I heard who stereotyped Texans, and she said, "Oh, well, Texas!" as if to make an exception. The principal, who happened to be in the room at the time, quickly told her, "Shhhh!!!"

The liberal intimidation was getting so commonplace that I became afraid to talk anymore. The last straw came when one of the other social studies teachers told all the students that we would sign a pledge together to reduce our carbon footprints. Naturally, I refused. No one was going to coerce me into signing something I didn't believe.

I asked my parents to take me out of the school and put me in our local public school, Beverly Vista Elementary. They agreed since spending money on a private school which didn't teach traditional American values seemed to be a waste of money. Unfortunately, the worst was yet to come.

At Beverly Vista, my first teacher was a full-time misandrist and global warming wacko. She definitely hated boys and men and constantly spoke of male inferiority. If a boy ever mentioned an accomplishment that happened to be by a man, she would bring up an accomplishment by a female (but always tied to the feminist movement) even though we weren't debating whether men or women were superior. In a forced attempt to make women's accomplishments the equal of the founding fathers, she said one of the early first ladies was the real brains behind her husband and told the story of a woman who disguised herself as a man to enter the army, emphasizing how courageous and important she was to the women of America even though no one had ever heard of her. And if she wasn't putting down men and praising woman, she was encouraging us to become activists for women's rights, animal rights and against global warming. I don't think she had ever heard of a conservative cause.

This past year, however, I seem to have been subjected to the ultimate in ideological bigotry. My social studies and English teacher should win an award. After Scott Brown won the third big election since Obama became president, she told the class, "Right wing Nazis are taking office all over the place." She also told us, "Racist bigots from the south are refusing to shake Barack Obama's hand." She lectured us about Mao Tse-Tung and failed to mention that he killed 70 million people. She also told us that Russia was better off under communism and that under communism people could rely on each other. To her, the only problem with communism is that it hasn't been done right yet.

In an effort to stop her politicization of the classroom, I circulated a petition and, incredibly, thirty-two kids signed it although nine kids eventually crossed their names out in fear of retribution. As it happened, those kids were right, because right after I met with the principal to discuss the situation, he spoke with our teacher and she then told us that those who signed the petition would have their grades affected. She also caught me taking notes in class -- something she said I shouldn't do -- and lied about what I had written, telling the class I wrote that she had Alzheimer's and was running around the room bleating like a sheep. Although I wrote no such thing, she said I was being disruptive to the class.

Meanwhile, my science teacher taught us -- for the umpteenth time -- that man was responsible for global warming which encouraged a number of students to taunt me by shouting, "Global warming is real!"

After all these years you'd think I'd have given up. My country is undermining itself in its schools. It's teaching boys that they can't even compete with girls. It's teaching those of us who have pride in our country that it is misplaced. It's teaching nonsense and claiming that it's science. But, possibly, even more usefully, I think I have struck comedy gold.

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Monday, November 1, 2010

VersaEmerge: Fixed At Zero [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

Sometimes I feel like I’m invisible.

People disregard me. They don’t hear me and forget I ever said anything. They even ignore me outright. It’s frightening sometimes how obvious it is that no one remembered I was there at all. Strangers stare at me because of the way that I dress, but then forget my existence entirely. Friends tell stories to me about things they did with other people, and then are surprised when I tell them that I know what happened because I was there.

Why should I believe that anyone else would care about it, if he supposedly cares about me but doesn’t care about how I’m feeling?

Hmm. Anyway. I was just feeling a little sad tonight, which is why I’m writing this now.

I guess I just wish I knew someone I could really talk to, who wouldn’t disregard me and with whom I actually felt comfortable talking about this sort of thing. And other things. Things I can’t tell anyone because they probably wouldn’t believe me, because I’ve supposedly led a charmed life and have nothing to complain about and why would I have left it until now to say anything anyway? And besides, I have led a good life so far. Besides those things I can’t talk to anyone about. So I guess I really can’t complain.
I’m going to stop now. It’s close to 9:30 and I should try and go to sleep early....hahahah YEAH RIGHT!!!!  Sleep is good for me....IT JUST NOT EASY FOR ME TO FALL ASLEEP  ;) And I’m sorry for inflicting this on you all. I’ll try to stay out of the Kool-aid for now on.

Being True to Yourself

  • Above all, be true to yourself, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.--Hardy D. Jackson
  • Accept everything about yourself--I mean everything, You are you and that is the beginning and the end--no apologies, no regrets.--Clark Moustakas
  • Any life, no matter how long and complex it may be, is made up of a single moment--the moment in which a man finds out, once and for all, who he is.--Jorge Luis Borges
  • Be not anxious about what you have, but about what you are.--Pope Gregory I
  • Be what you are. This is the first step towards becoming better than you are.--J. C. Hare & A. W. Hare (Guesses at Truth: Second Series)
  • Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.--Dr. Suess
  • Being born in a duck yard does not matter, if only you are hatched from a swan's egg.--Hans Christian Andersen
  • A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.--Maya Angelou (quoted in Mind Your Own Bizniche by Squire)
  • But an accurate definition of the self is impossible. You are more than you realize, more than you can define. And the more time you spend trying to nail down the definition, the less time you spend living right now. ... Your past is not your identity... You, living now, is your identity.--George Lawrence-Ell (The Invisible Clock)
  • By your own soul, learn to live
    And if men thwart you take no heed.
    If men hate you have no care.
    Sing your song, dream your dream,
    Hope your hope and pray your prayer.--Parkenham Beatty
  • Committing yourself is a way of finding out who you are. A man finds his identity by identifying.--Robert Terwilliger
  • Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.--Pope John XXIII
  • Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.--Carol Mosely-Braun
  • A desire to be in charge of our own lives, a need for control, is born in each of us. It is essential to our mental health, and our success, that we take control.--Robert F. Bennett
  • Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do and damned if you don't.--Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.--Howard Thurman
  • Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones tend to take care of themselves.--Dale Carnegie
  • Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.--Janis Joplin
  • Don't listen to those who say, "It's not done that way." Maybe it's not, but maybe you will. Don't listen to those who say, "You're taking too big a chance." Michelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor, and it would surely be rubbed out by today. Most importantly, don't listen when the little voice of fear inside of you rears its ugly head and says, "They're all smarter than you out there. They're more talented, they're taller, blonder, prettier, luckier and have connections…" I firmly believe that if you follow a path that interests you, not to the exclusion of love, sensitivity, and cooperation with others, but with the strength of conviction that you can move others by your own efforts, and do not make success or failure the criteria by which you live, the chances are you'll be a person worthy of your own respect.--Neil Simon
  • Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It's our goal in life to find it and to keep it lit.--Mary Lou Retton
  • Every year I live I am more convinced that the waste of life lies in the love we have not given, the powers we have not used, the selfish prudence that will risk nothing, and which shirking pain, misses happiness as well. No one ever yet was the poorer in the long run for having once in a lifetime "let out all the length of all the reins."--Mary Cholomondeley
  • Everything I did in my life that was worthwhile, I caught hell for.--Earl Warren
  • The fact remains that the overwhelming majority of people who have become wealthy have become so thanks to work they found profoundly absorbing.... The long term study of people who eventually become wealthy clearly reveals that their "Luck" arouse from the accidental dedication they had to an area they enjoyed.--Srully Blotnick
  • Fear is a question: What are you afraid of, and why? Just as the seed of health is in illness, because illness contains information, our fears are a treasure house of self-knowledge if we explore them.--Marilyn Ferguson
  • Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.--Albert Einstein
  • Find out who you are and do it on purpose.--Dolly Parton New! as of 08/21/10
  • The first question here, then, is not "What is best for my soul?" nor is it even "What is most useful to humanity?" But--transcending both these limited aims--what function must this life fulfill in the great and secret economy of God?--Evelyn Underhill (The Spiritual Life)
  • Flowers do not force their way with great strife. Flowers open to perfection slowly in the sun.... Don't be in a hurry about spiritual matters. Go step by step, and be very sure.--White Eagle
  • The greatest thing is, at any moment, to be willing to give up who we are in order to become all that we can be.--Max De Pree
  • How are you going to spend this one odd and precious life you have been issued? Whether you're going to spend it trying to look good and creating the illusion that you have power over people and circumstances, or whether you are going to taste it, enjoy it and find out the truth about who you are.--Anne Lamott (in Starting Over)
  • How do the geese know when to fly to the sun? Who tells them the seasons? How do we, humans, know when it is time to move on? As with the migrant birds, so surely with us, there is a voice within, if only we would listen to it, that tells us so certainly when to go forth into the unknown.--Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
  • I am still learning--how to take joy in all the people I am, how to use all my selves in the service of what I believe, how to accept when I fail and rejoice when I succeed.--Audre Lorde
  • I believe a unique core self is born into every human being; the result of millennia of environment adn heredity combined in an unpredictable way that could never happen before or again.--Gloria Stienem ("A Balance Between Nature and Nuture" in This I Believe ed. by Allison and Gediman)
  • I do not want to die...until I have faithfully made the most of my talent and cultivated the seed that was placed in me until the last small twig has grown.--Kathe Kollwitz
  • I don't think there ever was a lazy man in this world. Every man has some sort of gift, and he prizes that gift beyond all others. He may be a professional billiard-player, or a Paderewski, or a poet--I don't care what it is. But whatever it is, he takes a native delight in exploiting that gift, and you will find it is difficult to beguile him away from it. Well, there are thousands of other interests occupying other men, but those interests don't appeal to the special tastes of the billiard champion or Paderewski. They are set down, therefore, as too lazy to do that or do this--to do, in short what they have no taste or inclination to do. In that sense, then I am phenomenally lazy. But when it comes to writing a book--I am not lazy. My family find it difficult to dig me out of my chair.--Mark Twain
  • I have a basic philosophy that I've tried to follow during my coaching career. Whether you're winning or losing, it's important to always be yourself. You can't change because of the circumstances around you.--Cotton Fitzsimmons
  • I have had more trouble with myself than with any other man I've met.--Dwight Moody
  • I know this now. Every man gives his life for what he believes. Every woman gives her life for what she believes. Sometimes people believe in little or nothing yet they give their lives to that little or nothing. One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. And then it is gone. But to sacrifice what you are and live without belief, that's more terrible than dying.--Joan of Arc
  • I was once afraid of people saying, "Who does she think she is?" Now I have the courage to stand and say, "This is who I am."--Oprah Winfrey
  • I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.--Booker T. Washington
  • I would be true, for there are those who trust me;
    I would be pure, for there are those who care;
    I would be strong, for there is much to suffer;
    I would be brave, for there is much to dare.--Howard Arnold Walter ("I Would Be True")
  • If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.--Juan Ramon Jimenez
  • If you're able to be yourself, then you have no competition. All you have to do is get closer and closer to that essence.--Barbara Cook
  • The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.--Charles Du Bos (Approximations)
  • In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.--Thomas Jefferson
  • It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. - Harry S. Truman
  • It is better to be defeated on principle than to win on lies.--Arthur Calwell
  • It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.--Alfred Adler
  • It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion, it is easy in solitude to live after your own; but the great man is he who, in the midst of the world, keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.--Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • It is in vain to hope to please all alike. Let a man stand with his face in what direction he will, he must necessarily turn his back on one half of the world.--George Dennison Prentice
  • It is never too late to be what you might have been.--George Eliot
  • It is not worth an intelligent man's time to be in the majority. By definition, there are already enough people to do that.--G. H. Hardy
  • It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is.--Desiderius Erasmus
  • It is the highest form of self-respect to admit our errors and mistakes and make amends for them. To make a mistake is only an error in judgment, but to adhere to it when it is discovered shows infirmity of character.--Dale Turner
  • It takes years to build up trust, but only seconds to destroy it.
    You can get by on charm for about fifteen minutes.
    After that you'd better know something.
    Don't compare yourself to the best others can do,
    But to the best you can do.
    It's not what happens to people that's important.
    It's what they do about it.
    Always leave loved ones with loving words.
    It may be the last time you see them.
    You control your attitude or it controls you.
    It isn't always enough to be forgiven by others.
    Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.
    Your background and circumstances may have influenced who you are,
    But you are responsible for who you become.
    Even if you do the right thing for the wrong reason,
    It's still the wrong thing to do.--Anonymous
  • It's a dangerous thing to name yourself wrongly or to name yourself unjustly.--John O'Donohue (Speaking of Faith interview, Feb. 28, 2008)
  • It's a funny thing about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the best you very often get it.--Somerset Maugham
  • It's important that people should know what you stand for. It's equally important that they know what you won't stand for.--Mary H. Waldrip
  • Josh Billings said, "It is not only the most difficult thing to know oneself, but the most inconvenient one, too." Human beings have always employed an enormous variety of clever devices for running away from themselves, and the modern world is particularly rich in such stratagems.--John W. Gardner
  • Just as you would not neglect seeds that you planted with the hope that they will bear vegetables and fruits and flowers, so you must attend to and nourish the garden of your becoming.--Jean Houston
  • Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.
    Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.
    If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.--Tao Te Ching
  • Learn to live with self and you will learn to live with others.--Edgar Cayce
  • Life demands from you only the strength you posses. One one feat is possible -- not to have run away.--Dag Hammarskjold
  • Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.--Marie Curie
  • Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.--Bernice Johnson Reagon
  • Man is not intended to see through the eyes of another, hear through another's ears nor comprehend with another's brain. Each human creature has individual endowment, power and responsibility in the creative plan of God.--Abdu'l-Baha
  • A man is not what he thinks he is, but what he thinks, he is.--Max R. Hickerson
  • A man must be obedient to the promptings of his innermost heart.--Robertson Davies (Your Achievement Ezine - Issue No. 153)
  • The man who lets a leader prescribe his course is a wreck being towed to the scrap heap.--Ayn Rand
  • The mark of a true professional is giving more than you get.--Robert Kirby
  • Men make counterfeit money; in many more cases, money makes counterfeit men.--Sydney J. Harris
  • The most vigilant self-criticism of course is necessary, but the time comes when the artist must tell himself he is good or he will go under.--George Moore
  • Neither evil tongues,
    Rash judgements, nor the sneers of selfish men,
    Nor greetings where no kindness is, nor all
    The dreary intercourse of daily life,
    Shall e'er prevail against us.--William Wordsworth
  • Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life, but define yourself.--Harvey Fierstein
  • Never explain--your friends do not need it, and your enemies will not believe you anyway.--Elbert Hubbard
  • Never follow somebody else's path; it doesn't work the same way twice for anyone...the path follows you and rolls up behind you as you walk, forcing the next person to find their own way.--J. Michael Straczynski
  • Ninety percent of the world's woe comes from people not knowing themselves, their abilities, their frailties, and even their real virtues. Most of us go almost all the way through life as complete strangers to ourselves.--Sydney J. Harris
  • No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves.--St. Francis of Assisi
  • No star is ever lost we once have seen,
    We always may be what we might have been.--Adelaide A. Proctor
  • Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.--Margaret Young
  • On this subject I do not which to think, or speak, or write, with moderation. No! No! Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen; but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present. I am in earnest; I will not equivocate; I will not retreat a single inch; and I will be heard.--Lloyd Garrison (The Liberator)
  • One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.--Helen Keller
  • One does not "find oneself" by pursuing one's self, but on the contrary by pursuing something else and learning through discipline or routine … who one is and wants to be.--May Sarton
  • One does what one can, not what one cannot.--Agatha Christie
  • The one person who most blocks you from a full, happy, and successful life is you. He is therefore wise who makes himself an asset. We can be our won worst enemy or best friend. We can be a source of trouble or a cure for trouble. So if you feel empty, as many do, start by getting free from yourself as a first stop to vibrant living.--Norman Vincent Peale
  • One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes ... and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.--Eleanor Roosevelt
  • The only one thing I can change is myself, but sometimes that makes all of the difference.--Anonymous
  • Only to the extent that someone is living out this self transcendence of human existence, is he truly human or does he become his true self. He becomes so, not by concerning himself with his self's actualization, but by forgetting himself and giving himself, overlooking himself and focusing outward.--Viktor E. Frankl
  • Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God! Your playing small doesn't' serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.--Nelson Mandela
  • Our dependency makes slaves out of us, especially if this dependency is a dependency of our self-esteem. If you need encouragement, praise, pats on the back from everybody, then you make everybody your judge.--Fritz Perls
  • People spend too much time finding other people to blame, too much energy finding excuses for not being what they are capable of being, and not enough energy putting themselves on the line, growing out of the past, and getting on with their lives.--J. Michael Straczynski
  • People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost.--H. Jackson Brown
  • Perhaps nobody ever accomplishes all that he feels lies in him to do but nearly every one who tries his power touches the walls of his being occasionally, and learns about how far to attempt to spring.--Charles Dudley Warner ("Third Study" Backlog Studies)
  • Practice rather than preach. Make of your life an affirmation, defined by your ideals, not the negation of others. Dare to the level of your capability then go beyond to a higher level.--Alexander Haig (in Success Secrets of Super Achievers by Stovall)
  • Put yourself in a state of mind where you say to yourself, "Here is an opportunity for you to celebrate like never before, my own power, my own ability to get myself to do whatever is necessary.--Anthony Robbins
  • Real confidence comes from knowing and accepting yourself--your strengths and your limitations--in contrast to depending on affirmation from others.--Judith M. Bardwick
  • The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become.--Harold Taylor
  • The search for self-worth begins by finding what is indestructible inside, then letting it be.--Prudence Kohl New! as of 08/21/10
  • Self-confidence is so relaxing. There is no strain or stress when one is self-confident. Our lack of self-confidence comes from trying to be someone we aren't.--Anne Wilson Schaef
  • Self-conquest is really self-surrender. Yet before we can surrender ourselves we must become ourselves. For no one can give up what he does not possess.--Thomas Merton
  • Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted, but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known.--Garrison Keillor
  • Sometimes the best way to figure out who you are is to get to that place where you don't have to be anything else.--Unknown
  • Start doing the things you think should be done, and start being what you think society should become. Do you believe in free speech? Then speak freely. Do you love the truth? Then tell it. Do you believe in an open society? Then act in the open. Do you believe in a decent and humane society? Then behave decently and humanely.--Adam Michnik
  • Story re-orders, sifts through experience, and allows others, young children and adults alike, to hear what we think truly matters. We are constituted by the stories we tell ourselves and others. Thus stories serve an ontological purpose. Story connects us with that which lies beyond ourselves and this process makes us ask questions about the meanings of our lives. It is, in fact, a way we can begin to define what we mean when we use the term "spirituality."--Barbara Kimes Myers (Young Children and Spirituality)
  • Take care, don't fight, and remember: if you do not choose to lead, you will forever be led by others. Find what scares you, and do it. And you can make a difference, if you choose to do so.--J. Michael Straczynski
  • Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.--Erica Jong
  • That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.--William J. H. Boetcker
  • There are many who are living far below their possibilities because they are continually handing over their individualities to others. Do you want to be a power I the world? Then be yourself.--Ralph Waldo Trine
  • There is a road, no simple highway, between the dawn and the dark of night, and if you go, no one may follow, that path is for your steps alone.--Jerry Garcia (Ripple)
  • There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost.--Martha Graham
  • There is nothing with which every man is so afraid as getting to know how enormously much he is capable of doing and becoming.--Soren Kierkegaard
  • There is only one you for all time. Fearlessly be yourself.--Anonymous
  • There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls.--Howard Thurman
  • There's a period of life when we swallow a knowledge of ourselves and it becomes either good or sour inside.--Pearl Bailey
  • There's always someone to tell you you have to. Wrong. Don't. Rather, spend time finding out who you really are. Work on being more of that. A lot better than the futile "gotta change" treadmill, which never really ends.--Shirley Jones (in Success Secrets of Super Achievers by Stovall)
  • They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.--Antonio Porchi
  • The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.--Anna Quindlen New! as of 08/21/10
  • Think about your future possibilities and the fact that your potential is virtually unlimited. You can do what you want to do and go where you want to go. You can be the person you want to be. You can set large and small goals and make plans and move step-by-step, progressively toward their realization. There are no obstacles to what you can accomplish except the obstacles that you create in your mind.--Brian Tracy
  • Those who know others are intelligent
    Those who know themselves have insight.
    Those who master others have force
    Those who master themselves have strength.Those who know what is enough are wealthy.
    Those who persevere have direction.
    Those who maintain their position endure.
    And those who die and yet do not perish, live on.--Lao Tzu
  • Throughout the years of your life you will face many challenges, remember that you can climb the highest mountain, drive through the roughest storm, soar across the bluest sky, or even sail across the roughest waters. It is only destined by your attitude where you will end up in life. The most important thing is don't let yourself get lost in the crowd.--Angela Duvall
  • To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything is itself to succumb to the violence of our times.--Thomas Merton New! as of 08/21/10
  • To be nobody-but-yourself--in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else--means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.--e. e. cummings
  • To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.--Baruch Spinoza
  • To do good thing in the world, first you must know who you are and what gives meaning to your life.--Paula P. Brownlee
  • To dream of the person you'd like to be, is a waste to the person you are.--Author unknown
  • To every man there openeth A way, and ways, and a way. And the high soul climbs the high way, And the low soul gropes the low: And in between, on the misty flats, The rest drift to and fro. But to every man there openeth A high way and a low, And every man decideth. The way his soul shall go.--John Oxenham
  • To know oneself, one should assert oneself.--Camus
  • Today you are You,
    that is truer than true.
    There is no one alive
    who is Youer than You.--Dr. Seuss New! as of 08/21/10
  • Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like.--Will Rogers
  • Unless your heart, your soul, and your whole being are behind every decision you make, the words from your mouth will be empty, and each action will be meaningless. Truth and confidence are the roots of happiness.--Kathleen Pedersen
  • The two important things I did learn were that you are as powerful and strong as you allow yourself to be, and that the most difficult part of any endeavor is taking the first step, making the first decision.--Robyn Davidson
  • Until you make peace with who you are, you'll never be content with what you have.--Doris Mortman
  • Walking your talk is a great way to motivate yourself. No one likes to live a lie. Be honest with yourself, and you will find the motivation to do what you advise others to do.--Vince Poscente (Invinceable Principles)
  • The way in which we think of ourselves has everything to do with how our world sees us and how we can see ourselves successfully acknowledged by that world.--Arlene Raven
  • We are all born originals--why is it so many of us die copies?--Edward Young
  • We are like violins. We can be used as doorstops, or we can make music.--Barbara Sher
  • We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.--Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  • We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.--Aristotle.
  • We fail to see that we can control our destiny; make ourselves do whatever is possible; make ourselves become whatever we long to be.--Orison Swett Marden
  • We must overcome the notion that we must be regular...it robs you of the chance to be extraordinary and leads you to the mediocre.--Uta Hagen
  • We say we waste time, but that is impossible. We waste ourselves.--Alice Bloch
  • We should every night call ourselves to an account: what infirmity have I mastered to-day? what passions opposed? what temptation resisted? what virtue acquired? Our vices will abate of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift.--Seneca
  • What another would have done as well as you, do not do it. What another would have said as well as you, do not say it; what another would have written as well, do not write it. Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself.--Andre Gide
  • What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous...--Thomas Merton
  • What I am thinking and doing day by day is resistlessly shaping my future--a future in which there is no expiation except through my own better conduct. No one can live my life for me. If I am wise I shall begin today to build my own truer and better world from within.--H. W. Dresser
  • What the world needs now is for each of us to be who we truly are, and to bring our gifts into the world. Don't hold back any longer. Be Present, Be You. That is enough. Really it is.--Nancy Bishop ("Getting To Know YOU")
  • Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed.--Sydney Smith
  • Wherever you are, whatever your circumstances may be, whatever misfortune you may have suffered, the music of your life has not gone. It's inside you--if you listen to it, you can play it.--Nido Qubein
  • When I'm trusting and being myself as fully as possible, everything in my life reflects this by falling into place easily, often miraculously.--Shakti Gawain
  • When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other. Originality is deliberate and forced, and partakes of the nature of a protest--Eric Hoffer (The Passionate State of Mind)
  • When you acknowledge the less than perfect parts of yourself, something magical begins to happen. Along with the negative, you'll also begin to notice the positive, the wonderful aspects of yourself that you may not have given yourself credit for, or perhaps even been aware of.--Richard Carlson (Don't Sweat the Small Stuff)
  • When you take charge of your life, there is no longer need to ask permission of other people or society at large. When you ask permission, you give someone veto power over your life.--Geoffrey F. Abert
  • Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform.--Mark Twain
  • Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.--Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Why be afraid of what people will say? Those who care about you will say, "Good luck!" and those who care only about themselves will never say anything worth listening to anyway.--J. Z. Knight
  • Why not be oneself? That is the whole secret of a successful appearance. If one is a greyhound why try to look like a Pekinese?--Edith Sitwell
  • Women are always being tested ... but ultimately, each of us has to define who we are individually and then do the very best job we can to grow into it.--Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • The world needs people like you to dream of something great and then pursue it with all your heart.--Chris Widener
  • You cannot take the mild approach to the weeds in your mental garden. You have got to hate weeds enough to kill them. Weeds are not something you handle; weeds are something you devastate.--Jim Rohn (Jim Rohn's Weekly E-zine - May 11, 2004)
  • You got to sing like you don't need the money
    Love like you'll never get hurt
    You got to dance like nobody's watchin'
    It's gotta come from the heart
    If you want it to work.--Susanna Clark & Richard Leigh
  • You have a masterpiece inside you, you know. One unlike any that ahs ever been created, or ever will be. If you go to your grave without painting your masterpiece, it will not get painted. No one else can paint it. Only you.--Gordon MacKenzie
  • You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.--Rosalynn Carter
  • You must constantly ask yourself these questions: Who am I around? What are they doing to me? What have they got me reading? What have they got me saying? Where do they have me going? What do they have me thinking? And most important, what do they have me becoming? Then ask yourself the big question: Is that okay?--Jim Rohn (Jim Rohn's Weekly E-zine, July 21, 2003)
  • You need to claim the events of your life to make yourself yours. When you truly possess all that you have been and done, which may take some time, you are fierce with reality.--Florida Scott Maxwell
  • You really have to look inside yourself and find your own inner strength, and say, "I'm proud of what I am and who I am, and I'm just going to be myself."--Mariah Carey
  • You will make a lousy anybody else, but you will be the best "you" in existence.--Zig Ziglar (Zig Ziglar's Little Book of Big Quotes)
  • Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.--Carl Jung