To laugh often and love much;

To win the respect of intelligent persons

and the affection of children;

To earn the approval of honest critics

and endure the betrayal of false friends ;

To appreciate beauty;

To find the best in others;

To give off one's self without the

slightest thought of return;

To have accomplished a task, whether

by a healthy child, a rescued soul, a

garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;

To have played and laughed with

Enthusiasm and sung with exaltation;

To know that even one life has breathed

easier because you have lived;

This is to have succeeded.






¢     failed in business at the age of 21 ;

¢     was defeated in a legislative race at age 22;

¢     failed again in business at age 24;

¢     overcame the death of his sweetheart at age 26;

¢      had a nervous breakdown at age 27;

¢     lost a congressional race at age 34;

¢     lost a senatorial race at age 45;

¢     failed in an effort to become vice-president at age 47;

¢     lost a senatorial race at age 49; and

¢     was elected president of the United States at age 52.

This man was Abraham Lincoln




¢     Henry Ford was broke at the age of 40.


¢     Lee Iacocca was fired by Henry Ford II at the age of 54.


¢     Young Beethoven was told that he had no talent for music, but he gave some of the best music to the world.


¢     In 1913, Lee De Forest, inventor of the triodes tube, was charged by the district attorney for using fraudulent means to mislead the public into buying stocks of his company by claiming that he could transmit the human voice across the Atlantic. He was publicly humiliated.


¢     As a young cartoonist, Walt Disney faced many rejections from newspaper editors, who said he had no talent. One day a minister at a church hired him to draw some cartoons. Disney was working out of a small mouse­ infested shed near the church. After seeing a small mouse, he was inspired. That was the start of Mickey Mouse.


¢     A New York Times editorial on December 10, 1903, questioned the wisdom of the Wright Brothers who were trying to invent a machine, heavier than air, that would fly. One week later, at Kitty Hawk, the Wright Brothers took their famous flight.


¢     One day a partially deaf four year old kid came home with a note in his pocket from his teacher, "Your Tommy is too stupid to learn, get him out of the school." His mother read the note and answered, "My Tommy is not stupid to learn, I will teach him myself." And that Tommy grew up to be the great Thomas Edison. Thomas Edison had only three months of formal schooling and he was partially deaf.


¢     In 1914, Thomas Edison, at age 67, lost his factory, which was worth a few million dollars, to fire. It had very little insurance. No longer a young man, Edison watched his lifetime effort go up in smoke and said, "There is great value in disaster. All our mistakes are burnt up. Thank God we can start anew." In spite of disaster, three weeks later, he invented the phonograph.

                                                What an attitude!




If you think you are beaten, you are.

If you think you dare not, you don't!

If you like to win, but think you can't,

It's almost a cinch you won't.


If you think you'll lose, you're lost;

For out in the world we find

Success begins with a fellow's will;

It's all in the state of mind.


If you think you are outclassed, you are,

You've got to think high to rise,

You've got to be sure of yourself before

You can ever win a prize.


Life's battles don't always go

To the stronger and faster man,

But sooner or later the man who wins

Is the man who thinks he can.




  • Desire- A burning desire is the starting point of all accomplish­ment. Just like a small fire cannot give much heat, a weak desire cannot produce great results.


  • Commitment- The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.

                                                                        --Vince Lombardi


  • Responsibility- Responsible people accept and learn from their mistakes.


  • Hard Work- The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%.

                                                                         --Andrew Carnegie


  • Character- George Washington said, "I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most valuable of all titles, the character of an honest man."


  • Positive Believing- Positive believing is an attitude of confidence that comes with preparation.


  • Give more than you get - Winners put in 100% and then some more.


  • Persistence - Nothing will take the place of persistence. Talent will not : Nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent . Genius will not : Unrewarded genius is a proverb. Education will not: The world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

--Calvin Coolidge


  • Be Willing to Be a Student-The best teachers will not give you something to drink, they will make you thirsty. They will put you on a path to seek answers.






¢     Alexander Graham Bell was desperately trying to invent a hearing aid for his partially deaf wife. He failed at inventing a hearing aid but in the process discovered the principles of the telephone. You wouldn't call someone like that lucky, would you?Good luck is when opportunity meets preparation. Without effort and preparation, lucky coincidences don't happen.




He worked by day

And toiled by night.

He gave up play

And some delight.

Dry books he read,

New things to learn.

And forged ahead,

Success to earn.

He plodded on with

Faith and pluck;

And when he won,

Men called it luck.