“I don’t believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be.”
~ Ken Venturi
Ken Venturi (1931-2013) was a US pro golfer as well as a golf broadcaster. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall Of Fame the year he died. He was runner-up at the Masters Tournament three times – the first as an amateur! Continue reading “Ignore The Others, Beat Yourself!”
“So you made a mistake in your past? Who among us, was never young and stupid at one time or another? So, you have a few skeletons in your closet…who doesn’t? I don’t know anyone whose closet is that clean. Your past does not define who you are now. It is what you do, and how you live going forward that will ultimately define you and leave a lasting impression on those around you. When you grow from your mistakes, you have gained that cardinal virtue called wisdom.”
~ Nonnie Jules
Nonnie Jules, founder and President of Rave Reviews Book Club, is a visionary, a creative administrator, is fiercely competitive, and a gifted writer. Besides writing poetry, novels, non-fiction, and her blogs, Nonnie also showcases a collection of original quotes on her website Books By Nonnie , and it is here that I found this quote. I find most of her quotes thought provoking, so I visit her site regularly for pearls of wisdom. Because Nonnie Jules is an inspirational leader, those who know her well like to refer to her as Wonder Woman! Continue reading “Grow Up And Get Wise!”
“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Emerson, a prominent 19th Century American essayist, lecturer, and poet was known for his promotion of the concept of individualism. I don’t know the context in which he wrote or spoke these words, so I will speak to them as they impacted me. Continue reading “Hey! Look What’s Inside Of You!”
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
~ Maya Angelou
These words speak to me about purpose in living and also about how the author intended to accomplish it. In her celebrated life, as an author, civil rights activist, and poet from 1928 to 2014, Maya Angelou was a pioneer among African-American women and an inspiration to the world.
Continue reading “What’s Your Style? Thriving Or Surviving?”
“People tell you the world looks a certain way. Parents tell you how to think. Schools tell you how to think. TV. Religion. And then at a certain point, if you’re lucky, you realize you can make up your own mind. Nobody sets the rules but you. You can design your own life.”
~ Carrie-Anne Moss
We are, to a greater or lesser extent, the products of our society. How could we be otherwise? Carrie-Anne Moss, Canadian actress from British Columbia, claims that we can, indeed, become our own persons.
She rightly points out, that from the time we are born, our parents, families, schools, television, and religion – to name only some societal influences – contribute to the socialization process of each of us. We are socialized in the sense that we are trained to behave in certain ways, so that we may ‘fit in’.
Continue reading “Hey! Think For Yourself!”