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From the book,The Best of Success (book of quotes compiled by Wynn Davis)

Achievement – We achieve to the degree that we overcome the negative. Achievers are willing to pay the price of achievement. They sacrifice, struggle, work on, perhaps alone, weary, and discouraged, and yet at each step overcome the negative. Overcoming the negative is the price of achievement—the price of greatness.

Advantage – We gain the advantage in any situation through one medium: time. We gain the advantage by doing things before they need to be done—positioning ourselves ahead of time in the best place. Those who think ahead of the approaching action will have the advantage. They will be the winners.

Attitude – Our attitude is not determined by circumstances, but by how we respond to circumstances. Our minds determine our attitude. We can respond positively or negatively. It’s how we react to events, not the events themselves, that determines our attitude.

Averages – This is the law of averages: the more we fail, the greater our chance of succeeding. Failure is often the first necessary step toward success. And if we don’t take the risk of failing, we won’t get the chance to succeed. When we are trying, we are winning.

Belief – Belief is the knowledge that we can do something. It’s the inner feeling that what we undertake, we can accomplish. For the most part, all of us have the ability to look at something and to know whether or not we can do it. So in belief, there is power: our eyes are opened; our opportunities become plain; our visions become realities.

Choice – Our greatest power is the power to choose. We can decide where we are, what we do, and what we think. No one can take the power to choose away from us. It is ours alone. We can do what we want to do. We can be who we want to be.

Circumstance – We can know what people are thinking by looking at what they do. Actions mirror thoughts. And by taking a good look at where we are and what we are doing;, we can understand what we are thinking. The thoughts we have chosen have brought us where we are today.

Compensation – This is the law of compensation: Every negative has a positive. We cannot have the bad without the good. With every loss comes a gain. And within every difficulty, there’s an opportunity. Seeing success where others see only failure may be the one thing that pushes us on to victory.

Concentration – Concentration is the magic key that opens the door to accomplishment. By concentrating our efforts up0on a few major goals, our efficiency soars, our projects are completed—we are going somewhere. By focusing our efforts to a single point, we achieve the greatest results.

Confidence – The secret to becoming confident is preparation. By practicing we come to a point of competence. We find ourselves accomplishing our goals gracefully and confidently. It is then that we do things that we never dreamed we could do. We discover powers we never knew existed.

Conflict – Every conflict is a set of opposing ideas. All of us have had the feeling: knowing what we should do on the one hand, and doing what we feel like doing on the other. By understanding these two opposing forces warring within us, we come to a knowledge of the truth: we no longer remain slaves. A clear understanding will make us masters.

Control – We are in control to the degree that we make the decisions. To affect the outcome of anything, we must control the action at the point of decision making. If we let others make decisions for us, we have no control. When we control the decisions, we control the actions.

Cooperation – We gain what we want through the help and support of others. To be agreeable, to be liked, to cooperate—this contributes immeasurably to our success. When we coordinate our efforts with the efforts of others, we speed the way to our goals. Cooperation builds success.

Courage – Courage is the power to face difficulties. It’s the opposite of being discouraged. Courage comes from a reserve of mind more powerful that outside circumstances. When we are bigger than our problems, we gain the courage necessary to win.

Cumulative Results – Progress begins a step at a time. There is no sudden leap to greatness. Our success lies in doing day by day. The upward reach comes from working carefully and well. Good work done little by little becomes a great work. The house of success is built brick by brick.

Cycles – Events tend to repeat themselves. The tide of opportunity comes to us all. And when we are prepared for opportunity, our chance is sure to come. Success doesn’t depend upon being at the right place at the right time—it depends upon being ready.

Desire – There is a key which, if properly used and understood, will ensure the success of any endeavor—the key is desire. If we are willing to pay any price—even our circumstances change. If we want something badly enough, we are sure to get it. If we have the desire, we have the power.

Enjoyment – If we enjoy what we do, we will be successful. If we do not enjoy what we do, we will not be successful. Our success in any occupation depends upon enjoyment. Loving our work makes the difference. He who finds joy in his work, has found success at last.

Environment – We become like our environment, and our environment becomes like us. Everything around us molds and shapes us. So it is important to choose our environment with care: one that is positive, one that lifts us up and gives us wings to soar.

Excellence – Going far beyond the call of duty, doing more than others expect—this is what excellence is all about. And it comes from striving, maintaining the highest standards, looking after the smallest detail, and going the extra mile. Excellence means caring—it means making a special effort to do more.

Expectancy – To feel in our innermost being that we will achieve what we set out to do—this opens the way for miracles. Expecting something to happen energizes our goal and gives it momentum. We often find that life responds to our outlook. What we expect to happen, happens. The dreams we choose to believe in come to be.

Failure – Successful people are not afraid to fail. They accept their failures and continue on, knowing that failure is a natural consequence of trying. They go from failure to failure, until at last success is theirs. The law of failure is one of the most powerful of all success laws: we fail only when we can’t accept failure. (when we don’t learn from them and adjust our actions accordingly)

Faith – Faith is based upon something—the evidence of things not seen. To have faith, we must have evidence. Faith is not blind. We can know the invisible by seeing the visible. We can see he trees bend and know there is wind. We can see the moon reflect light and know the sun is shining. We can see man, and know there is something beyond.

Fear – Fear is conquered by action. When we challenge our fears, we defeat them. When we grapple with our difficulties, they lose their hold upon us. When we dare to face the things which scare us, we open the door to freedom.

Freedom – Freedom is the courage to sacrifice for what we want. And everything we want has a price. There’s a price for every freedom, something to be given up for every liberty. It’s up to us to weigh the price we must pay for each of our freedoms.

Fulfillment – Riches lie within us, not in material possessions. Our real riches are riches of the head and heart. Satisfaction comes from appreciating what we have. Wealth without enjoyment is little consolation. Our real prosperity lies in being thankful.

Giving – It’s a universal law—we have to give before we get. We must plant the seeds before we reap the harvest. The more we sow, the more we reap. And in giving to others, we find ourselves blessed. The law works to give us back more than we have sown. The giver’s harvest is always full.

Goals – The purpose of goals is to focus our attention. The mind will not reach toward achievement until it has clear objectives. The magic begins when we set goals. It is then that the switch is turned on, the current begins to flow, and the power to accomplish becomes a reality.

Growth – Growth is the process of responding positively to change. Grappling with hardships, trouble, and calamity; facing adversity in a spirit of determination and courage; loving and not being crushed by broken hopes; holding our head high, having done our best—this is growth.

Habit – The force of habit can be swift to push us to failure or to success. The more we do something, the more likely we are to do it again. Habit is like a cable—coiled, it binds us as its slave; stretched like a bridge, it enables us to walk across the deepest valley to freedom.

Happiness – We are happy when we are using our potential. Striving against difficulties and overcoming them—reaching for achievement and finding it—this is happiness. We are happy when we are learning, growing, and accomplishing. Working toward a worthy goal that demands our best is the secret of happiness. (serving others)

Honesty – Before us lie two paths—honesty and dishonesty. The shortsighted embark on the dishonest path; the wise on the honest. For the wise know the truth: in helping others we help ourselves; and in hurting others we hurt ourselves. Character overshadows money, and trust rises above fame. Honesty is still the best policy.

Imagination – Seeing all the possibilities, seeing all that can be done, and how it can be done, marks the power of imagination. Our imagination is our own personal laboratory. Here we can recreate events, map out plans, and visualize overcoming obstacles. Imagination shows us how to turn possibility into reality.

Inertia – The courage to begin separates dreamers from achievers. Starting is the key: because if we want to be successful, we must start sometime. The willingness to act—to overcome inertia—is the first step on the path to greatness.

Love – Love is the most important ingredient of success. Without it, our life echoes emptiness. With it, our life vibrates warmth and meaning. Even in hardship, love shines through. Therefore, search for love. Once we have learned to love, we will have learned to live.

Momentum – Goals are what keep us going. To be continually working is not enough. We must see clearly the next step. To keep moving after achieving one goal, we must set a new one. The key to momentum is always having something to look forward to.

Money – Money flows to an idea. And all riches begin in the mind. The starting point is to see what others want and to think of how to provide it. People will pay for a product or service they want. The idea will attract the money which follows. You can think and grow rich!

Motivation – We are motivated to the degree that the decisions we make are our decisions. To be honest with ourselves, to sincerely know what we re4ally want, is the key to motivation. We are always in a position to decide. We can decide to do something or we can decide to do nothing. The choice is ours.

Opportunity – We develop opportunity by applying persistence to the possibilities. Opportunity is all around us. If we seek it, we will find it. And if the door of opportunity is closed, we must knock on it—and keep on knocking until it opens.

Peace – Peace comes when we live in a spirit of love. To get along with others, we must love them without forcing our love upon them. Imposing our beliefs upon others will not bring peace. To have concern for others, to respect their rights and freedoms, and to let them be themselves—this is peace.

Persistence – The power to hold on in spite of everything, to endure—this is the winner’s quality. Persistence is the ability to face defeat again and again without giving up—to push on in the face of great difficulty. Persistence means taking pains to overcome every obstacle, to do all that’s necessary to reach our goals.

Planning – Planning is like a road map. It can show us the way, head us in the right direction, and keep us on course. Planning means mapping out how to get from where we are now to where we want to be. Planning is the power tool for achievement—the magic bridge to our goal.

Possibilities – There are no limits to our possibilities. At any moment, we have more possibilities than we can act upon. When we imagine the possibilities, our vision expands, we capture our dreams, and our life is full. We can reach out and touch the limits of our being.

Power – Power comes from knowing how to do something. People with power are people who know how to get things done. And sometimes knowing how to do something is virtually the same as having done it. So when we educate ourselves, we build power to accomplish our goals.

Praise – As water is to flowers—so is praise to the heart of man. We thrive on being appreciated, loved and needed. When we make others feel important, and show them respect and praise, they do their best. Nothing stimulates growth so much as praise. Whatever we praise, we increase.

Price – Everything has a price. Whatever we want in live, we must give up something to get it. The greater the value, the greater the sacrifice required. There is a high price to pay for success. But we must realize that the rewards of true success are well worth the effort. The highway to success is a toll road.

Responsibility – The power to fulfill our dreams is within each of us. We alone have the responsibility to shape our lives. When we understand this, we know that nothing, and no one, can deny us greatness. We are the ones pushing ourselves forward or holding ourselves back. The power to succeed or fail is ours alone.

Security – We are secure to the degree that we can accept change. Security comes from being able to bend—insecurity, from breaking when things don’t go our way. Those who are most secure are best able to accept change. Not by standing still, but by growing, moving, being energized, do we become secure.

Service – No one achieves greatness without being of service. Service is the essence of greatness. All great men and women became great because they gave some talent or ability in the service of others. And no matter how small our talent, we too can contribute in some way to others—we too can become great.

Simplicity – By understanding the simple, we can understand the complex. We increase our understanding of any subject by progressing from the simple to the complex. When we divide the complex into simple parts, and master them, no project is too difficult. The key to mastery is simplicity.

Success – Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is in the doing, not the getting—in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard—reaching for the highest that is in us—becoming all that we can be. If we do our best, we are a success.

Suggestion – A change in what we tell ourselves will result in a change in our behavior. Positive, repetitive self-talk changes our self-image. And the suggestions we offer to ourselves will be expressed in our actions. What we impress upon our minds, we inevitably become.

Time Management – Time can’t be managed. But what can be managed are our activities and how we "spend" time. And all the experts agree: managing our activities begins with planning. So by knowing what’s important for us—planning our work and working our plan—we become wise managers.

Truth – Truth is what is. Truth is neither good nor bad, ugly nor beautiful. Truth is just what exists—it is reality. The successful are realists. They are not trapped by false appearances. They see the world as it is.

Understanding – We have understanding to the degree that we see how things change. Seeing the flow of events and how history develops, gives us understanding. Seeing what has gone before gives insight into what may be.

Vision – Vision is the gift of seeing clearly what may be. Vision expands our horizons. The more we see, the more we can achieve; the grander our vision, the more glorious our accomplishment. The courage to follow our dreams is the first step toward destiny.

Wisdom – Wisdom comes from the experience of living. To travel the road of wisdom requires knowledge of ourselves and others—in love and hatred, in joy and sorrow, in victory and defeat. To experience life, and to learn its truth—this is wisdom.

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