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I have met brave women who are exploring the outer edge of human possibility, with no history to guide them, and with a courage to make themselves vulnerable and I find that moving beyond words.

—Gloria Steinem

Fear always goes away once two things are realized: First, you're a spiritual being. Second, nothing can ever be lost or taken from a spiritual being that cannot be recreated. Not pride, not money, not love.

—The Universe

For whereas the mind works in possibilities, the intuition works in actualities, and what you intuitively desire, that is possible to you. Whereas what you mentally or "consciously" desire is nine times out of ten impossible; hitch your wagon to a star, or you will just stay where you are.

D H Lawrence

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.

Vincent Van Gogh

When I started out in business, I spent a great deal of time researching every detail that might be pertinent to the deal I was interested in making. I still do the same today. People often comment on how quickly I operate, but the reason I can move quickly is that I’ve done the background work first, which no one usually sees. I prepare myself thoroughly, and then when it is time to move ahead, I am ready to sprint.

— Donald Trump

If it were EASY to start up a successful new business, then everybody'd be doin' it, and then it would be worth the equivalent of flippin' burgers at your local McDonald's — a minimum wage job.

Jim Rohrbach

Those who in this world have the courage to try and solve in their own lives new problems of life, are the ones who raise society to greatness.

— Rabindranath Tagore

To make a dream come true, one must have a dream, believe in it, and work toward it. Often it is essential that another significant person believe that the dream is possible: that person is a vision carrier whose faith is often crucial.

— Jean Shinoda Bolen

When you come to the edge of all the light you know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing one of two things will happen; there will be something solid to stand on, or you will be taught to fly.

—Patrick Overton, often attributed to Barbara J. Winter

The more you see yourself as what you'd like to become, and act as if what you want is already there, the more you'll activate those dormant forces that will collaborate to transform your dream into your reality.

—Wayne Dyer

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.

—Robert Frost

Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.

—Les Brown

Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.

—Napoleon Hill

If the direction you're about to move feels "right" in your head and heart, yet the first few steps look pretty daunting, not fun, and maybe even scary, you should take those first few steps anyway and get 'em over with.

—The Universe

Setbacks are only ever devastating when one thinks they'll last forever.  They never do.

— The Universe

If you can dream it, you can achieve it.

—Walt Disney

Some people bloom late. Some very late. And some, very, very late.  Regardless, they all bloom. And the longer it takes, the more spectacular it is.

—The Universe

When you are just interested in something, you do it only when it is convenient. When you are committed, you accept only results, not excuses.

 —Ken Blanchard

Be there, go there now and never leave. Imagine that your dreams have already come true. Live your life from that mindset; predicate your behavior on that reality, not the illusions that now surround you. Filter every thought, question and answer from there. Let your focus shift and be born again.

Because dwelling from, not upon, the space you want to inherit, is the fastest way to change absolutely everything.

See the difference?

—The Universe

How committed are you? There is a remarkable difference between a commitment of 99% and 100%.

 —Vic Conant

My biggest fear was that I would come to the end of my life and discover I had lived someone else's dream.

—Karen Blixen

Shoot for the Moon:  even if you miss you will land among the Stars.

—Les Brown

Only those who go where few have gone can see what few have seen.


Resist the temptation to base today's decisions upon today's facts and circumstances, which are little more than what remains of yesterday's decisions.  Instead, base them upon the facts and circumstances as they will inevitably be once you're dreams have already come true.

—The Universe

Do not wait; the time will never be 'just right'. Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.

—Napoleon Hill

It's like once you're prepared,  truly prepared to carry on for as long as it takes, you'll quickly find, as all movers and shakers have before you, that it doesn't take long at all.  Surrender to the path, and go!

—The Universe

There is one quality that one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.

— Napoleon Hill

Your very thoughts are the key. You can do it. Whatever you want, you can have it. Just think it, feel it and vaguely move towards it, and with persistence, tipping points will be reached, critical mass formed and the most outlandish serendipities arranged.

     —The Universe

When your desires are strong enough you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.

—Napoleon Hill

You see, latent within any clearly imagined dream lies the innate potential to literally craft the entire sequence of events necessary to make it manifest. And if you move with that dream, demonstrating both faith and belief, making yourself available to "accidents and coincidences," not insisting on the hows and rolling with what may come; the sequence is permitted to play itself out. Yet because you can only perceive this sequence with the physical senses through a linear time line, it will likely seem that much of your journey doesn't make sense, is unpredictable, or may even appear off-course.

—The Universe

Launch and release.


Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.

—Samuel Johnson

Sometimes when you're ready for a change  and you kind of know it but won't admit it, when it comes, not only are you surprised, but it hurts. Yeah, I know that doesn't help much, unless you remember the "ready" part. Because there is simply no change that might ever transpire in time and space that happens before you're fully able to use it for your own growth and glory.

So hey,  may as well just act like you had personally requested it, and soar. Because, truthfully, you did, and, honestly, you can.

—The Universe

Whatever you're ready for is ready for you.

Mark Victor Hansen

Often,  having what you want, is a function of letting go of what you have.

—The Universe

When you recognize the perfection in your choices-- including your mistakes -- you are on your way to making even more perfect choices.

—Alan Cohen

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