Albert Einstein said, "It is essential that the student acquire an understanding of and a lively feeling for values. He must acquire a vivid sense of the beautiful and of the morally good, otherwise he -- with a specialized knowledge -- more closely resembles a well-trained dog than a harmoniously developed person." Daniel Webster said, "Knowledge does not comprise all which is contained in the large term of education.
If you want to feel rich, just count all the things money can't buy. If you removed the rocks, the brook would lose its song. There are hundreds of languages in the world, but a smile speaks all of them. One thing you can give and still keep is your word. We're all faced with a series of great opportunities, brilliantly disguised as "impossible situations." If we fill our hours with regrets over the failures of yesterday, and worries over the problems of tomorrow, we have no time in which to be thankful for the laughter and the sunshine, the love and the joy of today.
One of the most moving experiences of my life took place on September 13, 1997, when I was autographing books. One lady who asked for an autograph had such a compelling expression on her face that I knew I had to listen carefully to what she had to say. She shared with me that when she got the self-talk card that was included in one of my audiotape programs, she couldn't even read the first list of qualities that she was supposed to claim.
Many of us use the acorn-to-oak-tree analogy to point out that it is not where you start but where you go that counts. For the oak tree to grow from the acorn, the acorn needs rich soil in which to germinate, regular amounts of nourishing, refreshing water, as well as the warmth of the sun and perhaps gentle breezes from time to time.
It’s the first Christmas I can remember. It arrived just seven weeks after the deaths of my father and baby sister. To make matters worse, it was in the heart of the Great Depression. Things were tough. All of us children who were older made what income contributions we could, but the truth was my mother had eight of her eleven remaining children still living at home, and six were too young to work. Understandably, the Ziglar kids were concerned about what kind of Christmas it would be!
If you go for quality of life first, you will ultimately enjoy a higher standard of living, but if you go for and concentrate on standard of living first, there is no guarantee that your quality of life will improve.
You've heard the old procrastinator's turn of phrase, "Don't do today what you can put off until tomorrow." Well, the same goes for procrastination itself. Put if off until tomorrow. Seize the future you want by seizing the present you have. Get started now – not tomorrow, next week or when you get around to it. "Around to it" never seems to get here.
We grasp at the latest fads and the newest techniques, all with the hope of capturing the magic we see in others who are highly successful. We emulate strong role models, we study, we strive – all to find the secret of success.