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Blog Like A Pro In Three Easy Steps: Assess, Decide, Do

Blog Like A Pro In Three Easy Steps: Assess, Decide, Do

    Many readers of Stepcase Lifehack are bloggers themselves and some of them are even making a (nice) living off of it. But, as fancy as it may seem, blogging is not an easy task. At least blogging for money, constantly, for several years in a row. I know it first hand, since I’m doing this for a good 4 years now.

    So, a management system to keep things from falling a part will become compulsory, at some point. For those of you who reached this point, today’s post describes a system that proved its efficiency in the last year for me. Oh, and for those of you too much into GTD, this will sound almost too relaxing to be true. :)

    The Blogging Buckets

    The first thing you should do is to mentally break down the process into 3 realms, or, in much mundane terms, buckets. If you used to do this process in a single chunk, just stop. Instead, imagine 3 big buckets called Assess, Decide, Do. In each of these buckets you will put some of the daily tasks you used to perform in a single shot.

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    In order to make things even easier, you could also make 3 folders on your desktop. Or 3 mailboxes on your mail client. Whatever place you’re using the most, slice it up in 3 parts, where you would drop the processed information, as follows.

    The Assess Bucket

    In this folder (or mailbox, or bucket) you should put every single idea you have about a future blog post. Even more, you should also put ideas about upcoming products, partnerships, blog enhancements and so on. Whatever crosses your mind, and it’s related to blogging, just put it there, as raw as you can.

    The role of this bucket is to capture everything that could enhance your activity. Just put it there and tweak is as much as you can. If it’s a blog post idea, add more stuff to it, spin-off other ideas or just evaluate if it would be a good thing to write or not. In this bucket, you’re not “doing” anything. You’re just capturing stuff and assess it.

    The Decide Bucket

    Once you can’t add something to an idea you assessed, it’s time to make a decision about it. That’s what you do in the Decide bucket. This is where you place the stuff you can’t Assess anymore. But you’re not yet doing it. You’re going to make a decision about it. Like signing a contract to do it.

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    That’s a good place to use a calendar too. Because what you’re doing in the Decide bucket is to plan and schedule what you’re going to do. Still, you’re not “doing” anything, you’re just deciding. There’s a trick, and you’ll see further down the road, that this bucket is going both ways.

    The Do Bucket

    This is where you actually perform stuff. This is where you write, publish, promote. This is where you interact, where you implement everything that was sent from Decide. The most interesting part is that you’re not supposed to “do” anything else, because… well, it was all taken care of.

    Whatever you have to assess about a blog post, you assessed, now all you have to do is to write it. You already scheduled time and place in your calendar (in Decide, where you actually signed the contract to do that thing) so you know nothing will interfere. But if it does, just move that item back to Decide.

    The Process

    Suppose you wake up one morning and have a lot of blog post ideas. Just drop them all in Assess, in raw form. Then, look over the other material you have there. If there are really some ideas that can be done, that cannot be assessed anymore, move them to Decide.

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    Once in Decide, look up your schedule and plan ahead. Some of the stuff you get in Decide will be from Do, namely, stuff that you have to re-decide upon. That’s what I wanted to say with “working both ways”. Decide is a turning platform between your Do and your Assess. You can keep stuff there for as long as you want, provided that: a) you can’t assess it anymore, and b) you don’t have yet the resources for it (time, energy). But once you’ll have the resources, you will look over the Decide bucket and take out whatever you can do in the next period.

    Then, once in Do, all you have to “do” is to focus on writing. Or on tweaking that theme. Or on creating some killer partnerships.

    The neat thing about the whole process is that sometimes you feel more like being in Assess than in Decide or Do. That’s ok. Just perform whatever your bucket tells you to do. In a very subtle way, even procrastination, which is something very common in Assess, could be incorporated as valuable work, using this approach. Or sometimes you just feel like planning ahead and allocating resources. Ok, just use your Decide bucket. And sometimes, all you want to do is write. Just open your Do folder and pick up some of the blog post ideas you already sent there from Decide.

    How Is This working?

    And, most important, why is this working? Well, it’s part of a life management framework I developed a couple of years ago, called, you guessed, “Assess – Decide – Do”. If you’re interested to learn more, there’s a direct link in my bio.

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    As a long time GTD’er, I eventually hit a roadblock, where something just didn’t feel well. Felt “robotish” while doing my weekly review and also felt completely at lost when I didn’t have my “GTD setup” handy. So, after a few ramblings and dead ends, I suddenly realized that we’re not designed only to “Do”. And I think this is the fundamental mistake we make when we embrace a productivity technique.

    We’re also designed to dream, to imagine things, without the pressure of a finished product (that would be the Assess realm) and also we’re designed to plan ahead, to arrange tasks in a future schedule and to decide whether or not are we going to do them or not (that would be the Decide realm). The last realm, Do, is the place for productivity methodologies like GTD, the place where we can draconically optimize the “doing” stuff.

    But we need to express each and every part of our being in order to be balanced. We need to allow ourselves to just dream (or even procrastinate) as long as we root ourselves in the Assess realm. Also, we should free to make decisions about each and every thing, either moving it ahead to Do, or passing it back to Assess, for further processing, as long as we live in the Decide realm. While in Do, well, all we have to do is Do, without the pressure of Assessing whether what we do is good or bad, without the pressure of an agenda (because everything was taken care of in Decide, right?)

    What will happen, if you truly implement this cycle, is that everything you will perform in Do will become smooth and with a touch of flow. You may not be the fanciest guy in the office, but you will do a lot more stuff.

    And, what’s even more important, chances are that you will even enjoy more the entire process.

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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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