What Winners Have That Losers Don’t!

” Winners view ticking clocks as precious time, and work fervently to accomplish much before the sun goes down.

Losers view ticking clocks as the means to get them closer to the end of their 8-hour work day.”

~ Nonnie Jules

My close friend and colleague, Nonnie Jules, at Rave Reviews Book Club, always inspires me to be the very best I can be, both in my personal life and my professional life as a writer at Fiora Books and administrator at Rave Reviews. She is the founder and President of our book club, an excellent writer in her own right, as well as a loving mother and wife. I do not know anyone who dedicates more hours in any given day to promote the well-being of others. This quote, along with many other pearls of wisdom, can be found at Quotes By Nonnie. Continue reading “What Winners Have That Losers Don’t!”

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How Disabled Are We?

“My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit as well as physically.”

~ Stephen Hawking

Born in 1942 and suffering from early onset ALS, English scientist and author, Stephen Hawking, has gradually become paralyzed over the years. Today, he speaks with the help of a device attached to his cheek muscle. The disease, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, began to manifest itself during his university years, but it did not stop him from becoming one of the world’s most renowned cosmologists. He described himself as both determined and obstinate while he doggedly struggled to maintain a normal life as the disease worsened. He became a popular scientific writer with his best-selling book,  A Brief History Of Time. Continue reading “How Disabled Are We?”

If It’s Easy – It’s Probably Bad!

“It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.”

~ Confucius

Confucius, 551 – 479 BC, was a Chinese teacher, politician and philosopher who had an enormous impact on Chinese culture through the ensuing centuries. Both personal and political morality were important to him as was justice and sincerity. As well, Confucius espoused The Golden Rule: “do not do unto others what you do not want done to yourself.” Continue reading “If It’s Easy – It’s Probably Bad!”

How Critical Is Optimism?

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

~ Helen Keller

Helen Keller (1880-1968) was an American author, political activist and public speaker. She was the first person, both deaf and blind, to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. The play and film, The Miracle Worker, recount the now-famous story of how Keller’s teacher, Anne Sullivan, broke through her disabilities and taught her to communicate with the world. As a member of the Socialist Party of America, she campaigned for women’s suffrage and other social causes. Continue reading “How Critical Is Optimism?”

Who Owns You?

“Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.”

~ Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver (1955 – present) is an American novelist, poet and essayist. Each of her books published since 1993 have been on the New York Times Bestsellers List and the topics focused upon range from social justice to human interaction with our environment. She is an award-winning author many times over, and has even established and funded her own $25,000 award: The Bellwether Prize to support “literature for social change” to authors of unpublished works. This award is given out every two years on even years. Continue reading “Who Owns You?”

Move Your Butt – Or Not…

“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.”

~ Wayne Dyer

Dr. Wayne Dyer (1940 – 2015) was an American self-help author and motivational speaker. He published his first book “Your Erroneous Zones” in 1976 and since then it has sold over 35 million copies! Dyer, born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, was a self-made man. He spent much of his childhood up to age ten in an orphanage after his father deserted the family. After serving four years in the US Navy, Dyer earned his Phd in Education and established himself as a professor at St. John’s University in New York City. Continue reading “Move Your Butt – Or Not…”

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?”