Does Fear Own You?

“If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”

~ Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie (1888-1955) was an American writer, lecturer and developer of courses in self-improvement. He has always been near and dear to my heart because his book, How To Stop Worrying and Start Living (1948), helped me immensely in my lifelong battle against fear and self-doubt. I purchased the book while in the throes of debilitating anxiety, read it cover to cover, and felt myself relax a little more with each page I read. I don’t have the book anymore. I loaned it to a student who suffered from anxiety attacks and I never got it back. But I don’t mind – I just hope that the book helped her as much as it helped me. Continue reading “Does Fear Own You?”

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Quit Complaining – It Changes Nothing!

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.”

~ Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Annie Johnson (1928-2014), was an American author, poet and civil rights activist. This accomplished lady wore many different career hats throughout her lifetime and won many awards. She worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X in the US civil rights movement, during the 1960s, until their untimely deaths. She was one of just two poets honored to read one of her poems at a presidential inauguration ceremony. Robert Frost was the first at John F. Kennedy’s Inauguration in 1960, and Maya Angelou read at Bill Clinton’s twenty-three years later. Continue reading “Quit Complaining – It Changes Nothing!”

Work Earnestly, And You’ll Avoid The Crowds!

“Do your work with your whole heart, and you will succeed – there’s so little competition.”

~ Elbert Hubbard

Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) was an American writer, publisher, artist and philosopher. He was the initiator of the Roycroft artisan community in East Aurora, New York, and died tragically in 1915 aboard the British passenger liner, RMS Lusitania, torpedoed by a German U-Boat off the coast of Ireland. Continue reading “Work Earnestly, And You’ll Avoid The Crowds!”

Ignore The Others, Beat Yourself!

“I don’t believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be.”

~ Ken Venturi

Ken Venturi (1931-2013) was a US pro golfer as well as a golf broadcaster. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall Of Fame the year he died. He was runner-up at the Masters Tournament three times – the first as an amateur! Continue reading “Ignore The Others, Beat Yourself!”

There Is No Waiting – Just Do It!

“Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right’. Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.”

~ George Herbert

George Herbert (1593-1633) was an English poet, a very influential religious lyricist, and an Anglican priest who died a month before his 40th birthday. He waited until his thirties to become ordained and was well-loved by his parishioners who thought him a saint. Continue reading “There Is No Waiting – Just Do It!”

Her Muse Screams For Mercy!

“How I know I’m a writer:  When I sleep, I wake to write;  when I dream, I rouse to write;  when I eat, I hunger to write;  when I drink, it’s my thirst to write;  and when I write, I write and write and write…until my Muse grows weary of the beating it takes from every keystroke.”

~ Nonnie Jules

 

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Once again, I turn to my close friend and colleague’s collection of original quotes, Quotes By Nonnie, for this gem about the passion of writing. Not only is Nonnie Jules the founder and President of Rave Reviews Book Club, but she is also an excellent writer. She is a published author of two popular and helpful non-fiction titles, an exciting novel, as well as a book of love poetry that she co-authored earlier this year! In this quote selection, Nonnie speaks to us about the writer that lurks within. Continue reading “Her Muse Screams For Mercy!”

Are You Feeling Lucky?

“I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.”

~ Brian Tracy

 

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Canadian-born Brian Tracy has become one of America’s most successful motivational speakers and personal development coaches. He is sought by corporations all over the world to hold training seminars on self-management skills development. Continue reading “Are You Feeling Lucky?”