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Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up.
It knows that it must run faster than the fastest lion
or it will be killed.
Every morning a lion wakes up.
It knows that it must outrun the slowest gazelle
or it will starve to death.
It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle.
When the sun comes up, you better start running.

-- African Proverb --

We're fascinated by speed and frustrated by slow
-- Dan Kennedy --

I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today
than he was yesterday

-- Abraham Lincoln --

Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats.
-- Howard Aiken --

In about the same degree as you are helpful, you will be happy.
-- Karl Reiland --

You gotta have goals!
-- Zig Ziglar --

Life takes on meaning when you become motivated,
set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner.

-- Les Brown --

You'll never leave where you are,
until you decide where you'd rather be.

-- Robert Brockman --

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal.
My strength lies solely in my tenacity.

-- Louis Pasteur --

Effective people are not problem-minded;
they're opportunity-minded.
They feed opportunities and starve problems.

-- Dr. Stephen Covey --

Having lost sight of our objectives, we redoubled our efforts.
-- Pogo --

We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

-- Aristotle --

Stop selling. Start helping.
-- Zig Ziglar --

Numbers have a way of taking a man by the hand
and leading him down the path of reason.

-- Pythagoras --

You can't get different results by doing things the same way.
-- Richard A. Moran --

Telling ainít teaching
and listening ainít learning.

-- Bob Barkley --

The fact that an opinion has been widely held
is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd.

-- Bertrand Russell --

Shallow men believe in luck, believe in circumstances.
Strong men believe in cause and effect.

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --

What isn't tried . . . won't work.
-- Claude McDonald --

You can get everything you want in life,
if you just help enough other people get what they want.

-- Zig Ziglar --

Make people feel like winners.
-- Michael LeBoeuf --

Attitude is everything.
-- Phillip Crosby --

Learning is not attained by chance.
It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.

-- Abigail Adams --

The philosophy behind much advertising is based on the old observation that every man is really two men -- the man he is and the man he wants to be.
-- William Feather --

The starting point of all achievement is desire.
Keep this constantly in mind.
Weak desire brings weak results,
just as a small amount of fire
makes a small amount of heat.

-- Napoleon Hill --

Without a sense of urgency, desire loses its value.
-- Jim Rohn --

Kites rise highest against the wind,
not with it.

-- Winston Churchill --

The mind is not a vessel to be filled,
but a fire to be lighted.

-- Plutarch --

It takes great courage to faithfully follow
what we know is true.

-- Sara E Anderson --

Open your mind and learn to see.
-- Robert Hege --

In the factory we make cosmetics; in the drugstore we sell hope.
-- Charles Revson --

Authentic marketing is not the art of selling what you make but knowing what to make.
-- Philip Kotler --

In marketing I've seen only one strategy that can't miss -- and that is to market to your best customers first, your best prospects second and the rest of the world last.
-- John Romero --

If the circus is coming to town and you paint a sign saying
'Circus Coming to the Fairground Saturday,' that's advertising.

If you put the sign on the back of an elephant
and walk it into town, that's promotion.

If the elephant walks through the mayor's flower bed,
that's publicity.

And if you get the mayor to laugh about it,
that's public relations.

If the town's citizens go the circus,
you show them the many entertainment booths,
explain how much fun they'll have spending money at the booths,
answer their questions and ultimately,
they spend a lot of money at the circus,
that's sales.

-- Unknown --

I have always believed that writing advertisements is the second most profitable form of writing. The first, of course, is ransom notes.
-- Philip Dusenberry --

What helps people, helps business.
-- Leo Burnett --

Every day do something that will
inch you closer to a better tomorrow.

-- Doug Firebaugh --

Obstacles can't stop you. Problems can't stop you.
Most of all other people can't stop you.
Only you can stop you.

-- Jeffrey Gitomer --

Human beings have the remarkable ability
to turn nothing into something.
They can turn weeds into gardens
and pennies into fortunes.

-- Jim Rohn --

If you have great ideas and no confidence to share them,
you will not get credit for having them.

-- Patricia Fripp --

Always bear in mind
that your own resolution to succeed
is more important than any other one thing.

-- Abraham Lincoln --

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity.
The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

-- Winston Churchill --

Ninety percent of the success of any product or service
is its promotion and marketing.

-- Mark Victor Hansen --

Our plans miscarry if they have no aim.
When a man does not know what harbor he is making for,
no wind is the right wind.

-- Seneca --

If you procrastinate when faced with
a big difficult problem,
break the problem into parts,
and handle one part at a time.

-- Robert Collier --

Above all be of single aim;
have a legitimate and useful purpose,
and devote yourself unreservedly to it.

-- James Allen --

All lasting wealth comes from
enriching others in some way.

-- Brian Tracy --

The path to success is to take
massive, determined action.

-- Anthony Robbins --

Out of clutter, find Simplicity.
From discord, find Harmony.
In the middle of difficulty lies Opportunity.

-- Albert Einstein --

Opportunity is infinite;
once you know that, opportunity is omni-existent.

-- Mark Victor Hansen --

When a goal matters enough to a person,
that person will find a way to
accomplish what at first seemed impossible.

-- Nido Qubein --

Every great leap forward in your life
comes after you have made
a clear decision of some kind.

-- Brian Tracy --

If someone is going down the wrong road,
he doesn't need motivation to speed him up,
he needs education to turn him around.

-- Jim Rohn --

Ignore people who tell you 'you can't'
or try to discourage you.

-- Jeffrey Gitomer --

Successful people are always looking for
opportunities to help others.
Unsuccessful people are always asking,
'What's in it for me?'

-- Brian Tracy --

You don't have to be great to get started,
but you have to get started to be great.

-- Les Brown --

The difference between failure and success
is doing a thing nearly right and doing a thing exactly right.

-- Edward Simmons --

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --

Free enterprise means
that the more enterprising you are, the freer you are.

-- Mark Victor Hansen --

You can accomplish virtually anything
if you want it badly enough
and if you are willing to work
long enough and hard enough.

-- Brian Tracy --

Goals are a preview of future events
and experiences in your life.

-- Mark Victor Hansen --

The difference between a successful person and others
is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge,
but rather a lack of will.

-- Vincent T. Lombardi --

It's the constant and determined effort
that breaks down all resistance and sweeps away all obstacles.

-- Claude M. Bristol --

Leadership is practiced not so much in words
as in attitude and in actions.

-- Harold S. Geneen --

Make education a continuing, never-ending process.
-- Nido Qubein --

No advertising page is big enough to sell two ideas.
-- John Henry Patterson --

Take action every day - some small dose at a time.
-- Jeffrey Gitomer --

Something must die in order to grow
- your old habits, your old self image,
your old thinking, your old life -
must be weeded out for the seeds of success to grow.

-- Doug Firebaugh --

Ask questions to gain, and maintain control of the conversation.
You can't direct anyone toward a purchase that's good for them until you get them to tell you what they want.

-- Tom Hopkins --

Don't celebrate closing a sale, celebrate opening a relationship.
-- Patricia Fripp --

Internalize the Golden Rule of sales that says,
'All things being equal, people will do business with, and refer business to, those people they know, like and trust.'

-- Bob Burg --

Income seldom exceeds personal development.
-- Jim Rohn --

One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes,
another for 30 days,
but it is the man who has it for 30 years
who makes a success of his life.

-- Edward B. Butler --

People begin to become successful
the minute they decide to be.

-- Harvey Mackay --

A mind once expanded by a new idea,
Never returns to its original dimensions.

-- Oliver Wendell Holmes --

99% of the failures come from people
who have the habit of making excuses.

-- George Washington Carver --

It is not your customer's job to remember you.
It is your obligation and responsibility
to make sure they don't have the chance to forget you.

-- Patricia Fripp --

Give a man a fish and he eats for one day.
Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.

-- Anonymous --

Your physical, mental and intellectual resources
-- continually growing and changing --
are your personal capital.

-- Brian Tracy --

You are your greatest asset. Put your time, effort and money into training, grooming, and encouraging your greatest asset.
-- Tom Hopkins --

Improve your business, your life, your relationships, your finances and your health. When you do the whole world improves.
-- Mark Victor Hansen --

The most important key to achieving great success
is to decide upon your goal
and launch, get started, take action, move.

-- Brian Tracy --

You do what you have to do, to do what you want to do.
-- Patricia Fripp --

Every day do something that will inch you closer
to a better tomorrow.

-- Doug Firebaugh --

There is no reward without work being expended.
-- George R. Means --

You'll never make it to the next level by holding on to the first.
-- Rod St.Hilaire --

You cannot succeed by yourself.
It's hard to find a rich hermit.

-- Jim Rohn --

Failing to plan means planning to fail.
What are your goals?

-- Brian Tracy --

No one daydreams of being a failure
but for those who only dream of success,
and never wake up to do anything about it,
failure quickly becomes their reality.

-- Michael Lopez --

The secret of success is hidden in your daily routine.
-- Jody Victor --

The obscure we eventually see.
The completely obvious, it seems, takes much longer.

-- Edward R. Murrow --

Good things only happen when planned.
Bad things happen on their own.

-- Phillip Crosby --

Action stems from having dreams
that are bigger than your fears.

-- Terry Litwiller --

Don't tell me how good you are, show me!
-- Author Unknown --

Winners choose the highest summits
and see the sun prior to cresting them.
There are no limits for those with expectant attitudes.

-- Brian G. Jett --

To satisfy our customers' needs,
we'll give them what they want,
Not what we want to give them.

-- Steve James --

There are those who SEE an opportunity
And then there are those who SEIZE an opportunity

-- Joanie Warren --

Unless a person has trained himself for his chance,
the chance will only make him ridiculous.
A great occasion is worth to man
exactly what his preparation
enables him to make of it.

-- J.B. Matthews --

The Past is like a river flowing out of sight,
The Future is an ocean filled with opportunity and delight.

-- Anna Hoxie --

The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight
But they while their companions slept
Were toiling upwards in the night.

-- Longfellow --

Don't get discouraged;
It's usually the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.

-- Author Unknown --

I've learned one thing during my time on the soccer fields:
It's amazing how fast you can run
And the things you can do when you have a goal in mind.
It applies to the rest of my life, too.

-- Jeremy Monnin --

An individual who is active in higher learning,
Soon becomes an individual active in higher earning.

-- Michael Gulliver --

No person was ever honored for what he received.
Honor has been the reward for what he gave.

-- Author Unknown --

Never give up!
Failure and rejection are only the 1st steps to succeeding.

-- Author Unknown --

Forget about the business outlook,
Be on the outlook for business

-- Paul J. Meyer --

The only competition you will ever have
is the competition between your
disciplined and undisciplined mind.

-- James A. Ray --

The price of your merchandise is nothing more
than a temporary estimate of what the customer
is willing to spend

-- Bob Nelson --

You should never try to teach a pig to sing.
It only annoys the pig
and you get covered with mud in the attempt.

-- Anonymous --

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