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1000 Brilliant Achievement Quotes -- Advice from the World's Wisest

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Each of us needs encouragement. As we face obstacles to our integrity and our personal progress we often look to the advice of the wisest. 1000 Brilliant Achievement Quotes provides the richest wisdom regarding achievement handed down over the ages.

From slugger Henry Aaron to Carl Zuckermeyer, Anne Frank to George Burns, wise people have offered wonderful and useful advice on successful living.

Author David DeFord has sifted through tens of thousands of quotes, reluctantly discarding many, in an effort to bring you the most brilliant. This volume may be used as a reference work. But you may wish to read it from cover to cover initially. Like eating hot cayenne pepper sauce, the effect of reading powerful quotes produces an accumulated potency. The more you read, the stronger the impact.

An excellent companion to David’s first book, Ordinary People Can Achieve the Extraordinary—A Practical Guide to Goal Achievement, these quotes will help you keep focused on reaching your dreams.

Here are some of the quotes you'll find among the "1000"...

"You don't have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things— to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals." Sir Edmund Hillary

"Hoping and dreaming of a better world are not enough if we are unwilling to work; but when we work towards our dreams, wonderful things can happen." Lloyd Newell

"The sweetness of victory is magnified by the effort it took to achieve it." Chris Widener

"Success is not measured by what you accomplish but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds." Orison Swett Marden

"Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the high road to pride, self esteem, and personal satisfaction." Brian Tracy

"The only worthwhile achievements of man are those which are socially useful." Alfred Adler

"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." William Jennings Bryan

"Only if you reach the boundary will the boundary recede before you. And if you don't, if you confine your efforts, the boundary will shrink to accommodate itself to your efforts. And you can only expand your capacities by working to the very limit." Hugh Nibley

"Unless you walk out into the unknown, the odds of making a profound difference in your life are pretty low." Tom Peters

“We are creatures of our thinking. We can talk ourselves into defeat or we can talk ourselves into victory.” Gordon B. Hinckley

"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it." Lou Holtz

"The optimist sees opportunity in every danger; the pessimist sees danger in every opportunity." Winston Churchill

“Positive thinking won’t let you do anything but it will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” Zig Ziglar

“Most of us are only six inches away from success; the distance between our ears.” Dave Cole

"Do, or do not. There is no try" Yoda

"Attitude is an important part of the foundation upon which we build a productive life. A good attitude produces good results, a fair attitude poor results, a poor attitude poor results. We each shape our own life, and the shape of it is determined largely by our attitude. M. Russell Ballard

"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." Thomas Jefferson

"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow." Helen Keller

"People are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be." Abraham Lincoln

"Every memorable act in the history of the world is a triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it because it gives any challenge or any occupation, no matter how frightening or difficult, a new meaning. Without enthusiasm you are doomed to a life of mediocrity but with it you can accomplish miracles." Og Mandino

About the Author
David DeFord has studied personal development all of his adult life. Having discovered Dale Carnegie, Napoleon Hill, and Dr. Norman Vincent Peale as a young man, he has read and put into practice many of the teachings of the greatest motivational teachers of our time.

A frequent and popular speaker, he has honed his talents over the years. His enthusiasm and passion lifts his audiences.

In 2003, David turned a disappointing job loss into a successful entrepreneur venture with Ordinary People Can Win. He publishes the website http://www.ordinarypeoplecanwin.com and its companion electronic newsletter. Besides authoring Ordinary People Can Achieve the Extraordinary—A Practical Guide to Goal Achievement he has also authored a free achievement e-course. He speaks to civic and service organizations as well as corporations and conventions regarding achievement, living with passion and compassion, giving back to the community, and living with integrity.

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