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“Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Accomplishments will prove to be a journey, not a destination.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower
“It’s better to be at the bottom of the ladder you want to climb than at the top of the one you don’t.” ~ Stephen Kellogg
“Nothing really worth having is easy to get. The hard-fought battles, the goals won with sacrifice, are the ones that matter.” ~ Aisha Tyler
“The ladder of success isn’t a ladder. It’s a series of steps with leaps interspersed along the way.” ~ Seth Godin, The Icarus Deception
“To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.” ~ Sir Winston Churchill
I think more than anything else this book served as a firm reminder that the more time you spend on your education and, in this case, your financial education, the more financially independent you’ll be able to be. In other words, you become what you study.
One of the major topics in the book is that too many people get stuck in a rat race where they go to school to find a safe, reliable job, with a lot of benefits and promotional structure, take that type of job, save their money little by little, pay their bills and expenses first, and then spend what they have left over last, only to repeat the same cycle for the rest of their working lives… ultimately never allowing them to get ahead or become financially independent.
“If the ingredients for happiness are not within a person, no material success or entertainment or platinum credit cards can make that person smile.” ~ Og Mandino
The real measure of your wealth is how much you’d be worth if you lost all your money.
“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” ~ Confucius
“I’ve got a theory that if you give 100% all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.” ~ Larry Bird
“It’s okay to be sad when you mess up, but don’t dwell for too long. The mistake has already been made, and you can’t erase the fact that it happened. You can either learn from it or mope about it. The choice is yours, but remember, we are only human; we were born to make mistakes. Simply put, if you have never made a mistake in your life, then that means that you have never taken a risk. Taking risks means that you go outside of your comfort zone – that you go outside of your boundaries. The most successful people are the ones who are not afraid to give it their all and possibly humiliate themselves greatly in front of others. It’s like that one saying, ‘The person who asks a question is a fool for five minutes, but the person who never asks and remains silent is a fool forever.’ You choose the way you want to live your life.” ~ Cynthia Amy Tang