For six thousand years of recorded history, humans have entered this world, received parental instruction, classroom instruction, and gathered the experience of life; many have set for themselves ambitious goals, and dreamed lofty dreams, but upon the day that they draw their last breath, have left little behind as evidence of their existence other than a birth certificate, gravemarker, and one-half million dollars in consumed goods and services between their humble beginnings and uneventful end.

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For most, we remain forever in one of two categories—either poor, seeking to become wealthy or wealthy, seeking always to rediscover the happiness we had while we were poor.

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What we have been is an established and unchangeable fact. What we can yet become is an unlimited, boundless opportunity.

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Let the past be a servant for making the future both more enjoyable and profitable.

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There are those who will laugh at those who read useful books, and yet there is little difference between those who cannot read and those who will not read—the result of both is ignorance.

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Unpopular as it may seem, each of us accumulates people, customs, attitudes, habits, opinions, and philosophies which we very simply cannot afford to keep—if we seek honestly after an improved life.

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The gathering of a few business friends for lunch is a common, everyday occurrence. In one hour we can satisfy our hunger for food, gossip, ridicule and condemnation of those not present. We can repeat half-thruths brought to us through hearsay. We can complain about government, management, co-workers, traffic, taxes, weather, and the “system,” while doing nothing to produce solutions.

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Eating alone is better than mingling with those whose conversation is negative.

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Life is a delicate maneuver of selection, rejection, review and change.

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A major challenge in life is for each person to learn the art of standing guard at the doorway of their mind.

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Those who attempt to change themselves or their circumstances without severing the “mental anchors” which they’ve attached to themselves are going to make their task nearly impossible.

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Having brought us back from our wild dreams, ambition, and accomplishments with their well meant but destructive opinions, our friends celebrate by inviting us to their Friday night party where once again we will become active participants in the jokes, sarcasm, and gossip of those content with their own mediocrity.

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By our attitude, we decide to read, or not to read.

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Attitude determines choice, and choice determines results.

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Do not pause too long to soak in the aroma of the blossoming flowers, lest you awaken to find springtime gone with your seed still in your sack.

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Do not allow springtime to pass while you sit idly, contemplating the severity of the past winter of life.

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With intelligence, wisdom, and freedom of choice given to us as humans, exercise the discipline to plant in spite of the rocks, weeds, or other obstacles before us. The rocks, weeds, and thorns of the world cannot destroy all your seeds if you plant massively enough and intelligently enough.

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Listen not to the bearers of discouraging words—those who would have you rest with them during the work season of spring.

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As humans, we are given free agency—the right to choose; the right to use discipline, or not use it; the choice to act with courage, or huddle in fear; the choice to think, or respond out of habit.

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We must either plant during the springtime of life, or beg from others during the fall.

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The price, or effort of thinking thoughts of love, prosperity, or self-confidence, is no greater that the price given to thoughts of hate, poverty, or self-doubt. Only the rewards are different.

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Each day is given to us as a new season of spring. The thoughts, deeds, dreams, and efforts of today will provide tomorrow’s harvest.

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Do not use today to mentally re-live yesterday or to await the arrival of tomorrow, for tomorrow—when it arrives—will be called today.

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Seize the moments as you find them and mold them into your own better future.

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Life is designed to be a story of achievement in spite of adversity, not in the absence of adversity, for without adversity achievement could not exist.

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The spring is a time for the creation of things of value, and those things require the season of summer for growing and gaining strength that they might yield their result in the coming fall.

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Develop an understanding and awareness of the fact that all good will be attacked. It is nature’s way of qualifying those who are worthy and those who are not.

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Smile at adversity, for it shall surely appear.

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We must change our habits, our attitudes, our opinions, and often our occupations, residence, and even friends, if circumstances are ever to change.

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Only a massive, voluntary, and effective assault on changing causes is important. Direct your thought, conversation, and full attention to that if you wish to change circumstances; concentrate a good share of your idle hours upon self-development by planning more, reading more, and investing more.

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Since you cannot control the weather, or the traffic, or the one you love, or your neighbors, or your boss, then you must learn to control you…the one whose response to the difficulties of life really counts.

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Do not doubt yourself, for where doubt resides, confidence cannot.

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Do not spend time regretting the past, but invest that time wisely by preparing a better future.

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To those who are prepared, who have planted abundantly in the spring, guarded their crops carefully during the summer, and harvested massively during the fall, winter can be yet another season of opportunity. It can be a time for reading, a time for planning, a time for gathering our strength for the coming spring, and a time for taking comfortable shelter.

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We are meant to constantly improve our conditions, ourselves, and our results. We either improve, or we regress, for never do we remain the same.

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Much of life is in learning to always remain part of the solution rather than allowing ourselves to become part of the problem.

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The physically inactive season of winter is a time for adding to our storehouse of knowledge through continued education, which in truth, does not mean learning things that we do not know, but in learning to behave as we do not now behave.

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