You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.
We do it because we can, 'cause we know how. We do it whether people remember us or not, in spite of the fact that there's no shiny reward at the end of the day…other than the work itself.
'Angel' from the TV series Angel (S5:E6)
Procrastination is laziness with a guilty conscience. Apathy is laziness dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with freeze-dried angel tears.
Duane Alan Hahn (May 11, 2011)
Imperfection clings to a person, and if they wait till they are brushed off entirely, they would spin for ever on their axis, advancing nowhere.
Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
Some people not only expect opportunity to knock, they expect it to beat down the door.
You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.
Men who do things without being told draw the most wages.
Edwin H. Stuart
People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.
My dad delighted in me, which is an interesting realization. Anything that I would do throughout the week was kind of like when you're at a casino and you get casino chips but it's not real money until you go to the cashier's window. On Sunday, when I'd go home and do laundry, I would tell him about my week. Just to watch him delight turned those chips, if you will, into hard cash. When that was taken away from me, you realize that you have to do things for your own gratification and not for parental acceptance or whatever. You just need and want to do it for yourself.
Mike Myers from Inside the Actors Studio (adapted)
Doing something worthwhile creates its own motivation.
Duane Alan Hahn
Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sometimes you just need to have the confidence and the belief in the fact that you're going to pull it off and you just keep going forward every day and you don't allow the self-doubt or any doubt or even a shadow of a doubt to enter your mind because you just have to keep going forward.
Barrie M. Osborne (adapted)
The End of All Things documentary on The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Extended Edition) DVD
Enthusiasm is a beneficial parasitic life form. If you allow it to die, a little piece of yourself dies with it.
Duane Alan Hahn
Silicon Valley is like a person running around in front of a steamroller. You can outrun the steamroller on any given day. But if you ever sit down you get squashed.
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.
Fart while the wind blows.
Duane Alan Hahn (September 2, 2009)
Never mistake motion for action.
Action is the proper fruit of knowledge.
The man who has not anything to boast of but his illustrious ancestors is like a potato—the only good belonging to him is underground.
No opportunity is ever lost. Someone else seizes the ones you missed.
The Good and the Bad
Negative ions are good for us. You might want to avoid positive ion generators and ozone generators. Whenever I need a new air cleaner (with negative ion generator), I buy it from surroundair.com. A plain old air cleaner is better than nothing, but one that produces negative ions makes the air in a room fresher and easier to breathe. It also helps to brighten my mood.
Never litter. If you can't find a trash can, take it home and throw it away there.
Hydrofracking is bad for you, your family, your friends, and the environment.
Unfermented soy is bad! “When she stopped eating soy, the mental problems went away.”
Motivation and Action
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