Greatness: something you’re born with, or something you achieve?

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

– Mark Twain 

I was so inspired by this post on the blog ‘Of Undisputed Origin‘ that I just had to comment on it further here. It discusses what makes people great. Is it a trait some people are born with, or something we can all work to achieve?  Continue reading

A year of possibility

“When you throw everything up in the air anything becomes possible.” 

― Salman Rushdie

I entered the new year much as the same as everyone else: I cheered, I drank, and I considered all the things I was going to do with this bright, shiny, clean year ahead – namely all the things I didn’t do last year. Continue reading

Success

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Stop living your life to gain the approval of others and start living according to your own values. Do what makes you happy. This is the only way to achieve success.

There is nothing you cannot do

When I wake up in the morning, I don’t think what am I going to do today, or tomorrow, or think about what I did yesterday. I think today is going to be the best day of my life.

– Tao Porchon-Lynch 

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Life is like coffee

Here’s a 3 minute video to help give you a little perspective for the week ahead. Why not watch it while you sip your Monday morning coffee … guaranteed it’ll be the best coffee you drink all week. Continue reading

The value of regret

Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets. 

― Arthur Miller

Regrets: I have them. We all do, I guess. We’re not supposed to, I’m told. You should never have regrets … but never seems quite strong a viewpoint to have. I think there’s some value in regret.  Continue reading

Word of the day: Decide

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

decide –

[verb] come or bring to a resolution in the mind as a result of consideration

Stems from the latin ‘de’ meaning ‘off’, and ‘caedere’ meaning to cut’.

Make the decision, here and now, to live your dream. Cut out all things that are not part of this dream. Remove everything that distracts or prevents you from fulfilling your dream.

This is the essence of becoming truly great.

Words to ignite your soul’s embers

Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists… it is real… it is possible… it’s yours.

― Atlas ShruggedAyn Rand

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The Desiderata of Happiness

Written in 1927 by Max Ehrmann, the Desiderata (latin for desired things) is a prose poem highlighting this very wise man’s philosophy on how to live a happy life.

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, 

and remember what peace there may be in silence. 

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To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts

It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look… To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts. 

– Henry David Thoreau

I have heard life described by some as a blank canvas, yours to create as you wish. To be honest, I’m not sure what my thoughts are on this.

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