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What You Should Really Invest In If You Want To Be Successful

What You Should Really Invest In If You Want To Be Successful

What do you think of when you hear the word “invest?” What do you think of the word “success?” Doing the first will lead you to having the second, but how?

What I Thought Success Required

As a child and early teen, my vision of success came from my parents and society. My parents encouraged me to learn all I could at school. So I did. I focused deeply on my studies. My grades were great and I was in the top three in my high school class. It didn’t matter the subject, over time I learned to enjoy them all—except gym class, I wasn’t really into sports. But I knew that was fine. Education would rescue me.

The odds are that you were given the same story: get an education, get a good job, stay at the company for 40 years and retire with a big pension. If we’ve learned anything since the Crash of 1987 and the 2008 Recession, it’s this: jobs aren’t stable.

Success Will Cost You

I know you want success. So do I. But the idea of coasting to success based on a degree (or multiple degrees) and a single company just doesn’t happen anymore. You know success is possible, but how? You have to pay the price. You have to make the investments. Not the investments in mutual funds, real estate, or the stock market (although those have their places). No, you have to make investments that will have a positive return—no matter what happens to the market, or your job, or anything else over which you don’t have complete control. Here are the five areas you should really invest in if you want to be successful.

1. Invest in Books

According to Pew research, half of all American adults read less than 5 books in 2013. That number is essentially unchanged from previous years. Five books in a year is a relatively low number. However, if they were books to help you succeed and you applied all of the principles, then you might benefit very much!

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    What are people actually reading? According to author Tom Corly,

    People who make $35,000 or less per year read for entertainment 79% of the time.

    People who make $160,000 or more per year read for entertainment only 11% of the time.

    People who make $160,000 or more per year read two or more books per month in areas specifically targeted to help them grow personally and/or in their careers.

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    Among the $35,000 and below income group? 15% read the same number of books in those areas.

    It’s pretty clear that investing in reading the right kinds of books can make a great difference in your level of financial success!

    2. Invest in Events

    In one of my businesses, I went from a $500 investment to over $70,000 in monthly revenue—in seven months. My wife and I were working out of our home helping people to lose weight and get in shape. It was so much fun! But do you know what we did before we made much money at all? We went to an event to learn from people who had already done so.

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      No matter your industry, there are likely events that you could attend. In the automotive industry, there are the Detroit and Chicago auto shows. In electronics, there is the Consumer Electronics Show. Real estate investors have multiple conferences per year. When you invest in attending an event, you not only learn, but your vision grows. You see not just where you are, but where you can be. In talking about mission trips for people (a very specific type of event investment) best-selling author and pastor Mark Batterson puts it this way, “A change in place plus a change in pace equals a change in perspective.”

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      3. Invest in a Coach or Mentor

      Do you know why you are reading this article right now? Let me share two of the reasons: I attended an event and I hired a coach. You may know exactly what you want to do for success. You may have a vision board, a series of daily affirmations, and wonderfully specific goals. But do you know how to make it all happen?

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        Do you know all of the small details, or the possible pitfalls? Do you know where making a tiny change could result in a huge return? Do you know where you are just beating your head against the wall and need to stop? No? But guess who does: someone who has already been there. When you hire a great coach, you will save yourself years of frustration and thousands of lost dollars. They will lead you, correct you, encourage you, and (like events) show you a vision bigger than your own. Take your money and invest in a coach, or suffer the consequences of trying to figure it out on your own.

        4. Invest in Relationships

        Success isn’t all about money. How happy will you be if you are making $10 million per year but have no friends or loved ones with whom to share your time? I’d rather be flat broke (and I have been) and happily married than insanely wealthy but all alone.

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        Relationship

          When you are climbing the ladder of success, don’t leave behind those you love most! Lift them into their own success and enjoy the climb together. Invest in relationships because they are worth more than the most precious of diamonds.

          5. Invest in Health

          When I was in my mid-thirties, I decided to take charge of my weight. In less than a year, I was down over 50 lbs. Overall, I lost around 72 lbs from my heaviest and am now in my target weight range. When I was 42, I took up running. I’ve now been a runner for more than four years (feel free to do the math). Do you know why I made these changes and why you should too?

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            Investing in your health has three main benefits:

            • You’ll feel much better: greater energy, a zest for life, and finally enjoying how your body performs.
            • You’ll inspire others: my wife, son, his wife, and a bunch of people I mentor are runners now.
            • You’ll live longer: success does you no good if you are dead. When you invest in your health, you’ll be around for more years to enjoy and share your success with those you love.

            Conclusion

            The idea that a degree and a life-long job will bring success no longer rings true. If you want success, you have to make it happen yourself. Success IS attainable—if you make the right investments. Investing in books (print, electronic, or audio), events, a coach, relationships, and your health will get you the success you so greatly desire… and will help you to bring others with you along the way.

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            Last Updated on June 25, 2019

            100 Motivational Quotes That Will Guide You To Massive Success

            100 Motivational Quotes That Will Guide You To Massive Success

            Below are the 100 most motivational quotes ever. Read them and get motivated for success, and share this post to help your friends get success too!

            1. All our dream can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. – Walt Disney

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              2. Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude. – Zig Ziglar

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                3. The Man Who Has Confidence In Himself Gains The Confidence Of Others. – Hasidic Proverb

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                  4. What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.– Napoleon Hill

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                    5. For me, life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer. – Arnold Schwarzenegger

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                      6. What you seek is seeking you. – Rumi

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                        7. It is never too late to be what you might have been. —George Eliot

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                          8. Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once. —Drew Houston

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                            9. The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus. – Bruce Lee

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                              10. I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. – Thomas Jefferson

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                                11. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Lao Tzu

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                                  12.The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. – Ayn Rand

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                                    13. Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. – Mahatma Gandhi

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                                      14. The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it. –  Jordan Belfort

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                                        15. When you can’t change the direction of the wind, just adjust your sails. – H. Jackson Brown Jr

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                                          16. Security Is Mostly A Superstition. Life Is Either A Daring Adventure Or Nothing. – Helen Keller

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                                            17. Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions. – Tony Robbins

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                                              18. We become what we think about most of the time, and that’s the strangest secret. – Earl Nightingale

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                                                19. Double down on whats working. Cut the rest. – Tai Lopez

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                                                  20. The best revenge is massive success. – Frank Sinatra

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                                                    21. Tough times never last, but tough people do. – Dr. Robert Schuller

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                                                      22. Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion. Tony Hsieh

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                                                        23. I’ve been blessed to find people who are smarter than I am, and they help me to execute the vision I have. – Russell Simmons

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                                                          24. The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. – Benjamin Disraeli

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                                                            25. Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success. – Napoleon Hill

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                                                              26. If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. – Jim Rohn

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                                                                27. People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do. – Rob Siltanen

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                                                                  28. Poor people have big TVs. Rich people have a big library. – Jim Rohn

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                                                                    29. A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship. – John D. Rockefeller

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                                                                      30. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. – Walt Disney

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                                                                        31. The biggest risk is not taking any risk. In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks. – Mark Zuckerburg

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                                                                          32. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do that the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain

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                                                                            33. Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.”– Jack Canfield

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                                                                              34. If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything. – Malcolm X

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                                                                                35. Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy. or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan. – Larry Winget

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                                                                                  36. Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning. – Robert Kiyosaki

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                                                                                    37. If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same results. – Tony Robbins

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                                                                                      38. Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly. – John F. Kennedy

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                                                                                        39. Reading is to the mind, as exercise is to the body. – Brian Tracy

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                                                                                          40. The best reason to start an organization is to make meaning; to create a product or service to make the world a better place. – Guy Kawasaki

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                                                                                            41.You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them. —Michael Jordan

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                                                                                              42. Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. – John D. Rockefeller

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                                                                                                43. Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping-stones to success. – Dale Carnegie

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                                                                                                  44. The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself. – Mark Caine

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                                                                                                    45. Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. —Warren Buffett

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                                                                                                      46. Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real, it is possible, it’s yours. – Ayr Rand

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                                                                                                        47. If you are willing to do more than you are paid to do, eventually you will be paid to do more than you do. – Anonymous

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                                                                                                          48. Make each day your masterpiece.  – John Wooden

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                                                                                                            49. You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down and it has made all the difference in my life. – Steve Jobs

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                                                                                                              50. Knowing Is Not Enough; We Must Apply. Wishing Is Not Enough; We Must Do. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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                                                                                                                51. If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete. – Jack Welch

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                                                                                                                  52. People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy. – Tony Robbins

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                                                                                                                    53. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. – Wayne Gretzky

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                                                                                                                      54. You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. – Margaret Thatcher

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                                                                                                                        55. If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you! – T. Harv Eker

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                                                                                                                          56. Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment. – Stephen Covey

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                                                                                                                            57. Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. – Pablo Picasso

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                                                                                                                              58 – Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment. – Oprah Winfrey

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                                                                                                                                59. I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine. – Neil Armstrong

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                                                                                                                                  60. A goal is a dream with a deadline. – Napoleon Hill

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                                                                                                                                    61.You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine. – John C. Maxwell

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                                                                                                                                      62. The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. – Oprah Winfrey

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                                                                                                                                        63. The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. – Mark Twain

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                                                                                                                                          64. Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else. – Les Brown

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                                                                                                                                            65. Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work. – Stephen King

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                                                                                                                                              66. A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success. – Joyce Brothers

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                                                                                                                                                67. If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams

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                                                                                                                                                  68. If you’re not stubborn, you’ll give up on experiments too soon. And if you’re not flexible, you’ll pound your head against the wall and you won’t see a different solution to a problem you’re trying to solve. – Jeff Bezos

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                                                                                                                                                    69. Imagine Your Life Is Perfect In Every Respect; What Would It Look Like? – Brian Tracy

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                                                                                                                                                      70. First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win. –  Mahatma Gandhi

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                                                                                                                                                        71. Do one thing every day that scares you. – Eleanor Roosevelt

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                                                                                                                                                          72. Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential. – John Maxwell

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                                                                                                                                                            73. It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop. – Confucius

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                                                                                                                                                              74. If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs. – Dhirubhai Ambani

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                                                                                                                                                                75. A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. – David Brinkley

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                                                                                                                                                                  76. Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness. – Ayr Rand

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                                                                                                                                                                    77. When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. – Alexander Graham Bell

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                                                                                                                                                                      78. Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. – Albert Einstein

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                                                                                                                                                                        79. The number one reason people fail in life is because they listen to their friends, family, and neighbors. – Napoleon Hill

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                                                                                                                                                                          80. Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people. – Eleanor Roosevelt

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                                                                                                                                                                            81. The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

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                                                                                                                                                                              82. If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. – Jim Rohn

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                                                                                                                                                                                83. Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill

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                                                                                                                                                                                  84. The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it. – Henry David Thoreau

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                                                                                                                                                                                    85. Take one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, and live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success that is the way great spiritual giants are produced. – Swami Vivekananda

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                                                                                                                                                                                      86. Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. – Henry Ford

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                                                                                                                                                                                        87. It always seems impossible until it’s done. – Nelson Mandela

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                                                                                                                                                                                          88. Be so good they can’t ignore you. – Steve Martin

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                                                                                                                                                                                            89. If you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t run, then walk, if you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward. – Martin Luther King Jr.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              90. In the end, we only regret the chance we didn’t take – Lewis Carroll

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                                                                                                                                                                                                91. Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world… if you do so, you are insulting yourself – Bill Gates

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  92. Small daily improvements are the key to staggering long term results – Unknown

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    93. Many of life’s failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas Edison

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      94. Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going – Jim Rohn

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        95. The best way to predict the future is to create it – Peter Drucker

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          96. It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up. – Vince Lombardi

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            97. The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              98. Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today. – Will Rogers

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                99.You learn more from failure than from success. Don’t let it stop you. Failure builds character. – Unknown

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  100. Optimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other. – Brian Tracy

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