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“I am liken to a grain of wheat which faces one of three futures.  The wheat can be placed in a sack and dumped in a stall until it is fed to swine.  Or it can be ground to flour and made into bread.  or it can be placed in the earth and allowed to grow until its golden head divides and produces a thousand grains from one.  I am liken to a grain of wheat with one difference.  The wheat cannot choose whether it be fed to swine, ground for bread, or planted to multiply.  I have a choice and I will not let me life be fed to sine nor will I let it be ground under the rocks of failure and despair to be broken open and devoured by the will of others.  Today I will multiply my value a hundredfold.” ~ Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World

“Yet we are what we read.  We are the educators of our own personalities.  Certainly we have great influence in the crafting of our children.  If we brought half the intelligence to the making of souls that we bring to the making of machines, we would be people of character and imagination.  We would be sharp and therefore less inclined to kill and cheat each other.  We would know where to find the deep pleasures, so we would be less desperate for shallow entertainments and the ephemeral gratifications of gadgets.” ~ Thomas Moore, Original Self

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If we had to sum this design up into one quote:  “Good thoughts and actions can never produce bad results; bad thoughts and actions can never produce good results. This is but saying that nothing can come from corn but corn, nothing from nettles but nettles. Men understand this law in the natural world, and work with it; but few understand it in the mental and moral world (though its operation there is just as simple and undeviating), and they, therefore, do not cooperate with it.” ~ James Allen

Resources that inspired this design:  25 Life-Altering Quotes On How Mindset Changes Everything.   ///  Top 10 Quotes from As A Man Thinketh  /// Top 15 Power of Positive Thinking Quotes  ///  50+ Quotes on Positive Thinking

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“We make a difference to other people when we give gifts to them, when we bring emotional labor to the table and do work that matters.  It’s hard for me to imagine that this way of living and working is available to only a few.  Yes, the cards are unfairly stacked against too many people.  Yes, there are too many barriers and not enough support.  But no, your ability to create and contribute isn’t determined at birth.  It’s a choice.” ~ Seth Godin, Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck?

“If it acts like a duck (all the time), it’s a duck.  Doesn’t matter if the duck thinks it’s a dog; it’s still a duck as far as the rest of us are concerned.  Authenticity, for me, is doing what you promise, not ‘being who you are.’  That’s because ‘being’ is too amorphous and we are notoriously bad at judging that.  Internal vision is always blurry.  Doing, on the other hand, is an act that can be seen by all.” ~ Seth Godin, Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck?