When people say to me 34how do

When people say to me:  "How do you do so many things?"  I often answer them, without meaning to be cruel:  "How do you do so little?"  It seems to me that people have vast potential.  Most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or take the risks.  Yet most people don’t.  They sit in front of the telly and treat life as if it goes on forever.  ~Philip Adams

In the measurement world we set a

In the measurement world, we set a goal and strive to achieve it.  In the universe of possibility, we set the context and let life unfold.  ~B. Zander, The Art of Possibility

Part of the issue achievement is to

Part of the issue of achievement is to be able to set realistic goals, but that’s one of the hardest things to do because you don’t always know exactly where you’re going, and you shouldn’t.  ~George Lucas

If you would hit the mark must

If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it; every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth.  ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It is a most mortifying reflection for

It is a most mortifying reflection for a man to consider what he has done, compared to what he might have done.  ~Samuel Johnson, in Boswell’s Life of Johnson, 1770LCD

I tell you that as long can

I tell you that as long as I can conceive something better than myself I cannot be easy unless I am striving to bring it into existence or clearing the way for it. ~George Bernard Shaw

Hell there aint no rules around here

I approached him in a humble spirit: “Mr. Edison, please tell me what laboratory rules you want me to observe.” And right then and there I got my first surprise. He spat in the middle of the floor and yelled out, “Hell! there ain’t no rules around here!  We are tryin’ to accomplish somep’n!” And he walked off, leaving me flabbergasted.  ~Albert Einstein, c. 1903, quoted by Martin André Rosanoff in "Edison in His Laboratory," Harper’s Magazine, September 1932Variant: Hell, there are no rules here. We’re trying to accomplish something. http://quoteinvestigator.com/2012/04/19/edison-no-rules  (Thanks, Garson O’Toole of quoteinvestigator.com!)

Dont say you dont have enough time

Don’t say you don’t have enough time.  You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresea, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.  ~Life’s Little Instruction Book, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

The distance is nothing it only the

The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult.  ~Marie de Vichy-Chamrond, Marquise du Deffand, letter to Jean Le Rond d’Alembert, 7 July 1763PMB

The world is moving so fast these

The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.  ~Elbert HubbardCUL

Dont be afraid to take a big

Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated; you can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps. ~David Lloyd George

The rung of a ladder was never

The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man’s foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.  ~Thomas Henry Huxley, An Address to the Students of the Faculty of Medicine in University College, London, May 18, 1870, On the Occasion of the Distribution of Prizes for the Session  (Thanks, Paul)

I dont care how much power brilliance

I don’t care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don’t harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there you’re never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants.  ~Zig Ziglar

All men dream but not equally those

All men dream:  but not equally.  Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity:  but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.  ~T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, 1926

The young do not know enough to

The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible – and achieve it, generation after generation.  ~Pearl S. Buck

When i was a boy scout we

When I was a Boy Scout, we played a game when new Scouts joined the troop.  We lined up chairs in a pattern, creating an obstacle course through which the new Scouts, blindfolded, were supposed to maneuver.  The Scoutmaster gave them a few moments to study the pattern before our adventure began.  But as soon as the victims were blindfolded, the rest of us quietly removed the chairs.  I think life is like this game.  Perhaps we spend our lives avoiding obstacles we have created for ourselves and in reality exist only in our minds.  We’re afraid to apply for that job, take violin lessons, learn a foreign language, call an old friend, write our Congressman – whatever it is that we would really like to do but don’t because of personal obstacles.  Don’t avoid any chairs until you run smack into one.  And if you do, at least you’ll have a place to sit down.  ~Pierce Vincent Eckhart

Though no one can go back and

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.  ~Attributed to Carl Bard2012mail