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Why Some People Are More Creative Than Others

Why Some People Are More Creative Than Others

Would you label yourself a creative person? Do you think creativity is something we are born with? Creativity is more than the simple left versus right brain. It is more than your logical hemisphere compared to your creative hemisphere. Creativity and learning takes place when we are able to connect new knowledge with knowledge we were already familiar with. Creativity is something we can all develop. In fact, it has been scientifically proven that creativity can be cultivated.

Prior to the last couple of years, I used to think creativity was something you were born with. I believed one of the myths of creativity and used it as an excuse. Do you associate with any of these common myths about creativity? Common myths:[1]

  • You are born with it.
  • You have to be right-brained.
  • It falls into your lap.
  • You’ve got to be a little mad.

Everyone has fell victim to at least one of these myths, but anyone can be creative, not just the privileged few. Let’s take a look at how some people embrace this mindset and become more creative than the rest.

They are good at making connections between different ideas.

“Part of creativity is picking the little bubbles that come up to your conscious mind, and picking which one to let grow and which one to give access to more of your mind.” – Nancy Andreasen

Yevgeniy Brikman has an interesting analogy for creativity. He looks at creative thinking as a deck of index cards. He remarks,

“Imagine you have a deck of index cards and that each card has a word or phrase on it. These cards represent the ideas and thoughts that are floating in your head.”[2]

Try the following with index cards, where each card has a word or phrase on it:

  1. Shuffle the index cards.
  2. Drop them on the floor.
  3. Scan over the cards and see what sentences have formed from the random arrangement of words.

Brikman asserts, “Most of the time, the random permutations will be meaningless. You just have to pick up the cards and return to step 1. However, every now and then, a meaningful sentence or thought will emerge. Sometimes this will be a full solution to a problem – the ‘aha’ moment. Other times, this will be a mere stepping stone from which you gather enough info to add or remove index cards from your deck before returning to step 1.”

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They are divergent thinkers.

“We are boxed in by the boundary conditions of our thinking” – Albert Einstein

    Creative thinkers are not linear thinkers. In fact, they are divergent or lateral thinkers. They embrace a different way of thinking and attack problems from new angles. Creative people can literally remove their mind from the box. Typically, most people think that you must remain within the already known boundaries. However, when we move out of the box, we then extend our boundaries beyond the existing framework. This is critically important in cultivating creativity.

    They act on the eureka moment.

    “Seeing something that doesn’t exist and then making it so.” – Hugh Howey

    Have you ever had that unbelievable epiphany or insight that just suddenly occurs in your mind? This is the eureka effect, our experience of suddenly comprehending something that was previously incomprehensible. The effect is named after a story about the ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes. However, we will use a different example of this effect. Sidney Harris has a simple cartoon that visualizes this effect perfectly. In her cartoon, she draws an illustration of Albert Einstein standing before a chalkboard. On the board, Einstein has two different equations crossed out. The title of the cartoon is the “The Creative Moment” and is a fabulous caricature of one of the most important discoveries in history.

    Creative thinkers endlessly search for their creative moment. So, the next time you have a eureka moment, use the following tips to act on it.

    There are four stages of the creative process.

    Let’s now discuss how you can activate your creative mind by following these four stages.[3]

    1. Preparation. So, did you think this would start with an idea? Well, you would be wrong. Here we are gathering facts and existing ideas about our problem. In the first stage, start asking questions in order to start generating ideas.
    2. Incubation. This stage is important. Go for a jog or take a bath (Thank Archimedes for this idea!), but make sure you allow the problem to wander in your mind.
    3. Sudden Insight. Here is your eureka moment! This is where your connections overflow until that fantastic ‘aha’ moment hits.
    4. Manifestation. In this stage you carry out and apply the sudden insight.

    We can cultivate creativity in numerous ways.

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      “Ask questions for which there are no answers.”

      There are certain things we can all do in order to become more creative. Let’s look at some of them.

      • Ask questions. “Successful creators don’t just like knowledge, they thirst for it. They can’t stop asking question, and they always go beyond what they’ve learned from teachers and books.” – Keith Sawyer
      • Practice. When we practice a skill over and over again it will start to become a habit. Write about how to develop a creative mindset, blog about it, and even try to teach other people about it.
      • Use an analogy. When we use analogies, we find similarity between two things. Think of the index card example earlier.
      • Random word. If you have a problem and you need a completely outside-the-box approach to solving it… try this. Go to randomwordgenerator.com and generate a random word. Here the random word serves as a stimulus which will then serve as a bridge between the stimulus and the idea which will help you solve the problem.[4]
      • Leave your comfort zone. “But the essence of creativity is to be surprised, to come up with something you really didn’t know. That’s the nova in innovation. It’s the newness. And if you keep doing the same old thing, you won’t do the new thing. But when you suspend the old thing, the new thing doesn’t always automatically emerge.” – Michael Gelb
      • Read poetry. Metacognition is when we think about what we are thinking about. This revelation recently hit me. The most powerful deep thinking approach is poetry.
      • Mind mapping. This is a great way to take a topic down a rabbit hole. This is where you have your main idea in the center. The main idea branches out to second and third-level branches. This will help you see patterns that others fail to see.

      So, are you now motivated to become a creative thinker? Do you believe you can? Well, you should. On your journey to become a more creative thinker, remember the four stages and don’t forget that you have to let your thoughts incubate for a while. Don’t try to force the ‘aha’ moment. Allow yourself the time to let your mind wander. Once you do this, you will find that you are able to create something out of nothing.

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      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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