145 Thoughts from “You Can Win” – By Shiv Khera
1. Winners don’t do different things. They do things differently.
2. Success doesn’t mean the absence of failures; it means the attainment of ultimate
objectives. It means winning the war, not every battle.
-Edwin C. Bliss
3. In a positive environment, a marginal performer’s output goes up. In negative environment, a good performer’s output goes down.”
4. Dreams are a dime a dozen… it’s their execution that counts.
5. Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure.
-Norman Vincent Peale
- Make a Habit of Doing it Now
He slept beneath the moon
He basked beneath the sun
He lived a life of going to do
and died with nothing done.
7. Never leave till tomorrow, which you can do today.
8. Education without Values
Universities are turning out highly skilled barbarians because we don’t provide a framework of values to young people, who more and more are searching for it.
-Steven Muller, President, Johns Hopkins University
9. If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.
10. The first duty of a university is to teach wisdom, not trade, character, not technicalities.
11. First, those who manage well the circumstances which they encounter day by day; and those who can judge situations appropriately as they arise and rarely miss the suitable course of action.
Next, those who are honorable in their dealings with all men, bearing easily what is unpleasant or offensive in others, and being as reasonable with their associates as is humanly possible.
Furthermore, those who hold their pleasures always under control and are not unduly overcome by their misfortunes, bearing up under them bravely and in a manner worthy of our common nature.
Most important of all, those who are not spoiled by third success, who do not desert their true selves, but hold their ground steadfastly as wise and sober-minded men, rejoicing no more in the good things that have come to them through chance than in those which through their own nature and intelligence are there since birth.
Those who have a character which is in accord, not with one of these things, but with all of them, these are educated possessed of all the virtues.
12. Being ignorant is not so much a shame as being unwilling to learn to do things the right way.
13. Most people go to their graves, with music still in them.
14. One reason that I don’t drink is that I want to know when I am having a good time.
15. Drinking makes a person lose his inhibitions and give exhibitions.
16. I’ve drunk to your
Health in taverns,
I’ve drunk to your
Health in my home,
I’ve drunk to your
Health so damn
That I’ve almost
ruined my own!
17. Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
-St. Francis of Assisi
18. If you are going to change your life, you need to start immediately.
19. You may be disappointed if you fail, but you will be doomed if you don’t try.
20. Super achievers don’t waste time in unproductive thoughts, esoteric thoughts, or catastrophic thoughts. They think constructively and they know that their level of thinking determines their success.
-Dr. Seymour Epstein
21. If you really want to succeed, form the habit of doing things that failures don’t like to do.
22. To laugh often and love much;
To win the respect of intelligent persons
and the affection of children;
To earn the approval of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To give of one’s self without the
slightest thought of return;
To have accomplish a task, whether
a healthy child, a rescued soul, a
garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
To have played and laughed with
Enthusiasm and sung with exaltation;
To know that even one life has breathed
easier because you have lived;
This is to have succeeded.
23. Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal.
24. I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
25. Success and happiness go hand in hand. Success is getting what you want and happiness is wanting what you get.
26. Existence alone is not success! It is a lot more!
Do more than exist-live.
Do more than touch-feel.
Do more than look-observe.
Do more than read-absorb.
Do more than hear-listen.
Do more than listen-understand.
-John H. Rhoades
27. History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heart-breaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.
– B. C. Forbes
28. Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one-yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game, on foot from a winning touchdown.
-H. Ross Perot
29. Let me share a famous life history with you. This was a man who failed in business at the age of 21; was defeated in a legislative race at age 22; failed again in business at age 24; had his sweetheart die when he was age 26; had a nervous breakdown at age 27; lost congressional race at age 34; lost a senatorial race at age 45; failed in an effort to become vice-president at age 47; lost a senatorial race at age 49; and was elected president of the United States at age 52. This man was Abraham Lincoln.
30. They succeeded in spite of problems, not in the absence of them. But to negative thinkers, it appears as though they just “got lucky”.
31. IF YOU THINK
If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don’t!
If you like to win, but think you can’t
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost;
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will;
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you are outclassed, you are,
You’ve got to think high to rise,
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger and faster man,
But sooner or later the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.
32. Failures are of two kinds: those who did and never thought and those who thought and never did. Going through life without using your ability to think is like shooting without wining.
33. Destiny is not a matter a chance, it is a matter of choice; it is nor a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.
-William Jennings Bryan
34. Health, happiness, and success depend upon the fighting spirit of each person. The big thing is not what happens to us in life- but what we do about what happens to us.
35. Whatever the mind of man can conceive believe, the mind can achieve.
36. Try no to become a success, but rather try to become a man of value.
37. Integrity is keeping your commitments even if you lose money and wisdom is not to make foolish commitments.
38. Playing to win comes out of inspiration, whereas playing not to lose comes out of desperation.
39. When I’d get tired and want to stop, I’d wonder what my next opponent was doing. When I could see him still working. I’d start pushing myself. When I could see him in the shower, I’d push myself harder.
-Dan Gable, Olympic gold medalist in wrestling
40. The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.
41. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakling the strong.
You cannot enrich the poor by impoverishing the rich.
You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they cannot and should do for themselves.
42. A duty which becomes a desire will ultimately become a delight.
43. When things go wrong, negative people play the blame game.
44. Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it, and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else; hard work – and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t.
45. I like to work half a day. I don’t care if the first 12 hours or the second 12 hours.
-Kammons Wilsons, CEO of Holiday Inn
46. If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem wonderful at all.
47. The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who ut in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%.
48. Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at something worth doing.
49. The critic is one who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
50. Something in human nature causes us to start slacking off at our moment of greatest accomplishment. As you become successful, you ell need a great deal of self-discipline not to lose your sense of balance, humility and commitment.
-H. Ross Perot
51. If you work for man, for heaven’s sake work for him.
52. Ability without dependability, responsibility and flexibility is a liability.
53. Nothing will take the place of persistence. Talent will not; Nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not: Unrewarded genius is a proverb. Education will not: The world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
54. DON’T QUIT
When things go wrong,
As they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit-
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow-
You may succeed with another blow.
Success is failure turned inside out-
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.
55. The quality of the work and the quality of the worker are inseparable.
56. If a man is called to be street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
57. Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.
58. The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.
-Franklin D. Roosevelt
59. Life is like a ten-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.
To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out for another is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your ideas, your dreams, before a crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To hope is to risk despair.
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken; because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The person, who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, and is nothing.
They may avoid suffering and sorrow, but they cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, or live.
Chained by their attitudes, they are salves, they have forfeited their freedom.
Only a person who risks is free.
61. A man is a hero not because he is braver than anyone else, but because he is brave for ten minutes longer.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
62. If you think you can or if you think you can’t, you are right.
63. How many times it hundred before Franklin took the hint! How many apples fell on Newton’s head before he took the hint! Nature is always hinting at us. It hints over and over again. And suddenly we take the hint.
64. You sow a thought, you reap an action.
You sow an action, you reap a habit.
You sow a habit, you reap a character.
You sow a character, you reap a destiny.
It all starts with a thought.
65. Everyone has a will to win but very few have the will to prepare to win.
66. Preparation= Purpose + Principle + Planning + Practice + Perseverance + Patience + Pride
67. While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.
-Henry C. Link
68. You have a choice in life: You can either pay the price of discipline or regret.
69. Sixty years ago I knew everything; now I know nothing; education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
70. Weak-minded people fall easy prey to fortune-tellers, horoscope and self-proclaimed God men who are sometimes conman.
71. Attempting half-heartily is like expecting failure and achieving it.
72. The winner’s threshold for tolerating pain becomes higher because in the end he is not training just for the game as for his character.
He worked by day
And toiled by night.
He gave up play
And some delight.
Dry books he read,
New things to learn.
And forged ahead,
Success to earn.
He plodded on with
Faith and pluck;
And when he won,
men called it luck.
74. Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.
75. According to Geln Cunningham, “Desire is what made a boy with burnt legs set the world record in the one-mile run.”
76. Good things come to those who wait, but only those things left by those who hustle.
77. People who do just enough to get by so they don’t get fired will never be valuable to any organization.
78. Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has an idea. It’s the person who gets out, dries off, and does something about it who makes a difference.
79. What a man thinks of himself; that is what determines, or rather indicates his fate.
-Henry David Thoreau
80. LITTLE EYES UPON YOU
There are little eyes upon you
and they’re watching night and day.
There are little ears that quickly
take in every word you say.
There are little hands all egar
to do anything you do;
And a little boy who’s dreaming
of the day he’ll be like you.
You’re the little fellow’s idol,
you’re the wisest of the wise.
In his little mind about you
no suspicious ever rise.
He believes in you devoutly,
holds all that you say and do;
He will say and do, in your way,
when he’s grown up like you.
There’s a wide-eyed little fellow
who believes you’re always right;
And his eyes are always opened,
and he watches day and night.
You are setting an example
every day in all you do,
For the little boy who’s waiting
to grow up to be like you.
81. CHILDREN LEARN WHAT THEY LIVE
If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn.
If a child lives with praise, he learns to appreciate.
If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight.
If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient.
If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy.
If a child lives with encouragement, he learns confidence.
If a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilty.
If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself.
If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice.
If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith.
If a child lives with acceptance and friendship,
he learns to find love in the world.
82. Success is 99 percent failure.
-Soichiro Honda (founder, Honda Motor Corporation)
83. Children brought up in a loving, disciplined environment end up respecting their parents more and become law-abiding citizens. The reverse is just as true.
If discipline were practiced in every home, juvenile delinquency would be reduced by 95%.
-J. Edgar Hoover
84. Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired but controlling the desire.
85. Parents spend an average of 15 minutes a week in “meaningful dialog” with their children- children who are left to glean whatever values they can from peers and TV.
-Journal of the American family Association
86. I’m looking for a lot of men worth an infinite capacity for not knowing what cannot be done.
87. Our privileges can be no greater than our obligations. the protection of our rights can endure no longer than the performance of our responsibilities.
-John F. Kennedy
88. Associate yourself with people of good quality if you esteem your reputation, for it is better to be alone than to be in bad company.
89. No on e can make you feel inferior without your permission.
90. Patience create confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success.
91. A good beginning makes a good ending.
92. I will play more for the ability to deal with people than for any other ability under the sun.
-John D. Rockefeller
93. Be courteous to all, but intimate with a few, and let those few be tried before you give them for your confidence.
94. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and will withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.
-George Washington, January 15, 1783
95. It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
96. Greed – is like sea water; the more you drink, the thirstier you get.
97. Egotism is the anesthetic that deadens the pain of stupidity.
98. Jealously is… a tiger that tears not only its prey but also its own raging heart.
99. He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run…
100. Responsibilities gravitate to the person who can shoulder them.
101. The price of greatness is responsibility.
102. For evil to flourish, good people have to do nothing and evil shall flourish.
A smile costs nothing, but it creates much.
It enriches those who receive it without impoverishing those who give it.
It happens in a flash, and the memory of it may last forever.
None are so rich that they can get along without, and
none so poor that they cannot be richer for its benefits.
It create happiness in the home, fosters goodwill in a
business, and is the countersign of friends.
It is rest to the weary, daylight to the discouraged, sunshine
to the sad, and nature’s best antidote for trouble.
Yet it cannot be begged, bought, borrowed, or stolen, for it
is something that is worth nothing to anyone until it is
In the course of the day, some of your acquaintances may
be too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours.
Nobody needs a smile so much as those have none left
104. An open ear is the only believable sign of an open heart.
105. Nothing great is ever achieved without enthusiasm.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
106. The biggest diseases today is not leprosy or tuberculosis but rather the feeling of being unwanted.
107. It is easier to deal with honest rejection than insincere appreciation.
108. It’s an old maxim in the schools
that flattery’s the food of fools
Yet now and then you men of wit
will condescend to take a bit.
109. I learned a long time ago never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty and besides, the pig likes it.
110. Forgive the other person but don’t forget their name.
111. Make yourself an honest man and then you may be sure there is one rascal less in the world.
112. WHICH LOVED BEST?
“I love you. Mother,” said little John;
then, forgetting his work, his cap went on,
And he was off to the garden swing,
And left her the water and wood to bring.
“I love you . Mother,” said rosy Nell –
“I love you better than tongue can tell”;
Then she teased and pouted full half the day,
Till her mother rejoiced when she went to play.
“I love you, Mother,” said little Fan;
“Today I’ll help you all I can;
How glad I am that school doesn’t keep!”
So she rocked the babe till it fell asleep.
Then, stepping softly, she fetched the broom,
And swept the floor and tidied the room;
Busy and happy all day was she,
Helpful and happy all day was she,
“I love you, Mother,” again they said,
Three children going to bed;
How do you think that mother guessed
Which of them really loved her best?
113. A courteous person who is not very sharp will go further in life than a discourteous but sharp person.
114. Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.
115. When someone blushes with embarrassment, when someone carries away an ache, when something sacred is made to appear common, when someone’s weakness provides the laughter, when profanity is required to make it funny, when a child is brought to tears or when everyone can’t join in the laughter, it’s a poor joke.
116. Rejoice and men will seek you;
Grieve, and they turn and go;
They want full measure of all your pleasure,
But they do not need your woe.
Be glad, and your friends are many;
Be sad, and you lose them all-
There are none to decline your nectared wine,
But alone you must drink life’s gall.
-Ella Wheeler Wilcox
117. Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and wrong. Because some time in our lives we would have been all of these ourselves.
-Lloyd Shearer, 1986
118. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act, but a habit.
119. An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.
120. On the journey to life’s highway, keep your eyes upon the goal. Focus on the donut, not upon the hole.
121. Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.
122. The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed.
123. Life is hard by the yard,
But by the inch,
It’s a cinch
124. Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to best possible use.
125. Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
126. Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood…
Make big plans, aim high in hope and work.
-Daniel H. Burnham
127. Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress.
-Alfred A. Montapert
128. A good plan executed now is better than a perfect plan next week.
-Gen. George S.Patton, Jr.
129. Our task now is not to fix the blame for the past, but fix the course for the future.
-John F. Kennedy
130. No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.
131. The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
132. A CREED FOR THOSE WHO HAVE SUFFERED
I asked God for strength, that I might achieve.
I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey…
I asked for health, that I might do greater things.
I was given infirmity, that I might do better things…
I asked for riches, that I might be happy.
I was given poverty, that I might be wise…
I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men.
I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God…
I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life.
I was given life, that I might enjoy all things…
I got nothing I asked for – but everything I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I, among all men, am most richly blesses!
133. There’s harmony and inner peace to be found in following a moral compass that points in the same direction, regardless of fashion or trend.
134. To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.
135. Let no man be sorry he has done good, because others have done evil! If a man has acted right, he has done well, though alone; if wrong, the station of all mankind will not justify him.
136. Study as if you were to live forever,
Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
137. We cannot help ourselves without helping others.
We cannot enrich our lives without enriching others.
We cannot prosper without bringing prosperity to others.
-Janette Cole, Spellman College
138. I would rather fail in a cause that will ultimately succeed than success in a cause that would ultimately fail.
139. One can be a winner without a medal and one can be a loser with a medal if winning is not kept in perspective.
140. There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.
-Michel de Montaigne
141. THE BRIDGE BUILDER
An old man, going a lone highway,
Cane, at the evening, cold and gray,
To a chasm, vast, and deep, and wide,
Through which was flowing a sullen tide.
The old man crossed in the twilight dim;
The sullen stream had no fears for him;
But he turns, when safe on the other side,
And built a bridge to span the tide.
“Old man”, said a fellow pilgrim, near,
“You are wasting strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day;
You never again must pass this way;
You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide –
Why build you the bridge at the eventide?”
The builder lifted his old gray head:
“Good friend, in the path I have come”, he said,
“There followed after me today
A youth, whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm, that has been naught to me,
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be.
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building the bridge for him.”
-Will Allen Dromgoole
142. A action is held together by shared beliefs and shared attiudes. That is what enables them to rise above the conflicts that plague any society. That is what gives a nation its tone, its fiber, its integrity, its moral style, its capacity to endure.
143. Where the vision is one year, cultivate flowers. Where the vision is ten years, cultivate trees. Where the vision is eternity, cultivate people.
144. …. to become what we are capable of becoming is the only end of life.
145. Turn your promises into commitments.