I don't know where this list of gems came from, or for that matter who wrote it, though from time to time it's been there to remind me of what it takes to be a success in any endeavor. I hope it ends up somewhere in your home or office and does the same for you as it's done for me.
1. Work only half a day. It makes no difference which half. It can be either the first 12 hours or the last 12 hours. (This especially holds true in media sales where you might clock-in six to eight hours though you're thinking about your work another four hours a day.)
2. Work is the master key that opens the door to all opportunities.
3. Mental attitude plays a far more important role in a person's success or failure than mental capacity.
4. Remember that we all climb the ladder of success one step at a time.
5. There are two ways to get to the top of an oak tree. One way is to sit on an acorn and wait; the other way is to climb.
6. Do not be afraid of taking a chance. Remember that a broken watch is exactly right at least twice in every 24 hours.
7. The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.
8. Eliminate from your vocabulary the words, “I don't think I can” and substitute “I know I can.”
9. In evaluating a career, put opportunity ahead of security.
10. Have confidence in yourself.
11. A person has to take risks to achieve.
12. People who take pains never to do more than they get paid for never get paid for anything more than they do.
13. The more steam you put into your work, the louder you can whistle when your work is done.
14. Opportunity comes often. It knocks as often as you have an ear trained to hear it, an eye trained to see it, a hand trained to grasp it, and a head trained to use it.
15. You cannot procrastinate. In two days, tomorrow will be yesterday.
16. Sell your wristwatch and buy an alarm clock.
17. A successful person realizes his personal responsibility for self-motivation. He starts himself because he possesses the key to his own ignition switch.
18. Do not worry. You can't change the past, but you can sure ruin the present by worrying over the future. Remember, that half the things we worry about never happen, and the other half are going to happen anyway. So, why worry?
19. It is not how much you have but how much you enjoy that makes happiness.
20. Believe in God and obey the 10 Commandments.
Sean Luce is the Head National Instructor for the Luce Performance Group International and can be reached at email@example.com or www.luceperformancegroup.com. Sean's new book The Liquid Fire can be found on Amazon.com.