Casualness leads to casualties.
If you work hard, results are easy. If you work easy, results are hard.
Make a to-do list each day and take on the toughest first.
In the beginning, you encounter some hard bumps, be glad. At least you
are out of the rut.
If you don’t prepare for change you’ll never be prepared for the future.
It takes years to make yourself a star over night.
Many of life’s events are beyond your control, but how you react to
them is within your control.
No one ever drowned in a pool of sweat.
Organize or agonize.
Slow starters seldom succeed.
The big substitute to genius is persistence.
The first time you touch a piece of paper you make money. The second
time you touch it you lose money. Minimize paperwork, maximize
decisions. The root of all paperwork is reluctance.
When things go wrong, look in the mirror and you’ll generally find the
Worrying is stewing not doing. Worry is the price you pay for
something that has less than one chance in ten of happening.
You don’t always make the right decisions; you make decisions and then
you make them right.
Your only real competition in this world is the first 40 hours of your
Time control is the rudder on the ship. Procrastination is another
word for neglect.
Spend three to four hours a week planning and you’ll have a better
week in return.
Plan without action is futile. Action without plan is fatal.
Today is the tomorrow that you thought about yesterday.
Four critical words to use: I need your help.
Problems are just unresolved opportunities.
Make promises sparingly and keep them faithfully.
Wear a smile. It increases your face value and one size fits all.
The lion fails on 80 percent of her hunts but she still has young to
feed. Keep hunting.
FEAR stands for False Exaggerations Appearing Real.
Now that you’ve graduated go on to become educated.
Choose happiness and health as well as prosperity.
As you go on to better things in life, never lose touch with your
past. It is how you arrived.
Know that others depend on you in your future.
You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes. Choose the
direction. You are the guy who will decide where to go.
Sometimes the questions are more complicated than the answers.
Be who you are and stand by your beliefs. Those who mind don’t matter
and those who matter don’t mind.
Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened.
You know you’re in love with life when you can’t fall asleep because
reality is finally better than your dreams.
As you leave the world of academia and enter the world of reality,
remember the best way to change the world is to set an example for
others to follow.
Remember that education is important; it’s what you have left over
after you have forgotten everything you’ve learned.
Whether or not you reach your goals in life depends entirely on how
well you prepared for them and how badly you want them.
Goals provide the energy sources that drive our lives. The most
important thing about goals is having them. Goals determine what
you’re going to become.
What you get by achieving your goals is not nearly as important as
what you become while achieving your goals.
If you don’t know where you’re going, every road will get you nowhere.
You will wind up someplace else.
Character isn’t something you were born with and can’t change, like
your finger prints. It’s something you weren’t born with and must take
responsibility for forming.
Discipline is the difference between goals and accomplishments.
Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.
Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don’t fail overnight.
Instead, failure is a few errors in judgment repeated every day.
Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.
Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines practiced every day.
Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.
Michael Aun is a syndicated columnist and writes a weekly column for
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Casualness leads to casualties.