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If you are a man who leads, a man who controls the affairs of many, then seek the most perfect way of performing your responsibility so that your conduct will be blameless.
Do not speak falsely for you are great; do not act lightly for you have weight; be not untrue for you are the balance and do not swerve, for you are the standard.
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
The wise man who just goes on doing what presents itself for him to do, encounters no difficulty in either activity or inactivity.
If you can work sincerely and correctly on what is at hand, and do so with energy and calm, not allowing distractions but keeping your inner spirit pure, as if you had only borrowed it and had to return it intact; if you can act in this way, hoping for nothing, fearing nothing, but satisfied with modulating your actions to the way of nature, and with fearless truth in every word you utter, you will live contentedly.
Do every act of your life as if it were your last.
People, in their rashness and ignorance, like to condemn things that are difficult and obscure, rather than … learn their meaning by diligent painstaking.
Until the juice ferments a while in the cask, it isn’t wine. If you wish your heart to be bright, you must do a little work.
Diligence is the mother of good fortune.
Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.
Determine never to be idle … It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.
Don’t waste your life in doubts and fears; spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour’s duties will be the best preparation for the hours or ages that follow it.
Whatever you do, do it with all your might. Work at it, early and late, in season and out of season, not leaving a stone unturned, and never deferring for a single hour that which can be done just as well now.
Life consists not in holding good cards; but in playing those you hold well.
Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
The artistic sense of perfection in work is another much-to-be-desired quality to be cultivated. No matter how trifling the matter on hand, do it with a feeling that it demands the best that is in you, and when done look it over with a critical eye, not sparing a strict judgment of yourself.
Do your work with your whole heart and you will succeed; there’s so little competition.
Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer the goal.
He who grumbles at the little thing that has fallen to his lot to do will grumble at everything. Always grumbling, he will lead a miserable life, and everything will be a failure. But that man who does his duty as he goes, putting his shoulder to the wheel, will see the light, and higher and higher duties will fall to his share.
When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.
As for accomplishments, I just did what I had to do as things came along.
I always remember an epitaph which is in the cemetery at Tombstone, Arizona. It says: “Here lies Jack Williams. He has done his damnedest.” I think that is the greatest epitaph a man can have – when he gives everything that is in him to do the job he has before him. That is all you can ask of him and that is what I have tried to do … I studied the lives of great men and famous women; and I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy, enthusiasm and hard work.
Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.
The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.
If you want to be the best, Baby, you’ve got to work harder than anybody else.
Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it.
When a job is once begun, never stop until it’s done.
My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.
| This cross-index may help identify and delineate more closely subjective realities often hard to pin down.
|Related States & Conditions||Accomplishment/Achievement/Excellence | Action/Effort | Commitment/Dedication | Determination/Persistence/Resolve | Direction, Dispatch, Focus/Intention, Goal/Ideal/Purpose, Initiative, Responsibility, Work|
|Syntonic||Attention/Awareness | Confidence | Conviction/Principle | Discipline, Exploration, Faith, Flexibility/Flow/Flux, Learning, Openness/Receptivity, Presence, Questioning/Doubt, Self-Reliance, Zeal/Zest|
|Dystonic||Avoidance/Denial/Refusal | Complacency | Conformity | Deferment/Delay | Delusion | Distraction/Diversion, Fault, Fear, Habit, Haste/Impatience, Inaction, Laziness,Limitation|
Pardon us for the Author links which do not work and incomplete Subject cross-references. This is a life-work-in-progress and, like Penelope's tapestry, proceeds bit by bit.
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