There’s A Magic In The Struggle

“Western culture has things a little backward right now. We think that if we had every comfort available to us we’d be happy. We equate comfort with happiness. And now, we’re so comfortable we’re miserable. There’s no struggle in our lives, no sense of adventure. We get in a car. We get in an elevator. It all comes easy. What I’ve found is that I’m never more alive than when I’m pushing and I’m in pain, and I’m struggling for high achievement, and in that struggle, there’s a magic.”

-Dean Karnazes

Make The Mind Run The Body

Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired. When you were younger
the mind could make you dance all night, and the body was never tired…You’ve always got to make the mind take over
and keep going.

-George S. Patton

You Can’t Unscramble Life

“There is an old expression coined by J.P. Morgan which says: ‘It is impossible to unscramble an egg.’ The logic of the statement is this: With an egg in hand, be sure you know what you want to do with it before you break the shell — for once the shell is broken, it is impossible again to restore it to wholeness. Exactly the same statement is true of life.

It is impossible to unscramble life. Hence, with life before us, we must be reasonably sure of the use we wish to make of it before we break the shell, but we must not wait too long; nor must we expect to undo, tomorrow, the act we have performed today.

The familiar expression, ‘many people, many minds,’ like all proverbs, is rich in meaning. We all fashion our own mansion, and we must dwell in it. If we turn to the records of literature, and, at the same time, observe those about us, we will learn a few principles about success that should ultimately make the mansion we are building a delightful and beautiful dwelling place.”

-Thomas Tapper

The Power Of Will

“When it comes to human accomplishment, the power of will is the greatest power in the world. In fact, no person can determine the limits of any individual mind; neither can they foretell the limits of human endeavor. The accomplishments of today would appear as positive impossibilities to those who lived ages ago. A safe maxim for the future thus might be: ‘There is nothing that is impossible.’

The power of will is a force distinctly human, and involves that which cannot be fully understood or explained. Like electricity, we know its cause and effects, but we do not know exactly what it is. Thought power deals with the brain in activity, and it is a conscious power; in other words, ‘Will power.’

No normal person lives who does not have some will power. The common phrase, ‘I have no will power’ is a contradiction and an impossibility. ‘Nothing is impossible to the person who can will. That is the only law of success,’ said Mirabeau, the French revolutionary.”

-Horace D. Hitchcock

What Self-development Requires

“Self-consciousness may be truly defined as a person’s inability to get out of their own way. There are, however, some people who are so entirely self-conscious that don’t even realize it. They are so completely in bondage to themselves that they have no glimpse of the possibility of freedom, and therefore this bondage is pleasant to them.

With these people there is nothing to do. It is only those who have begun to realize their bondage that can take any steps toward freedom. The self-satisfied slaves must stay in prison until they see where they are. It is both curious and sad to see them rejoicing in their bondage and miscalling it freedom. Indeed, it makes one long to see them struck by an emergency, bringing a flash of that inner light which is often the beginning of a new state of being.

When such enlightenment occurs, it is usually followed by a time of groping in the dark, and always by more or less suffering. But one must continue on the path, assured of the good results to come. Self-development requires that we be steadily patient, content to aim in the true direction day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute. If we fall, we must pick ourselves up and go right on. Whatever the stone may be that we have tripped over, we will have learned that it is there, and, while we may trip over the same stone many times, if we learn our lesson each time, it decreases the possible number of stumbles, and smooths our path more than we know.”

-Annie Payson Call