Reading has been the fuel of my motivation: it has changed the direction in which I have traveled, and it has enhanced my creative imagination more than any other activity I have ever pursued.
I was in that part of the class that made the top half possible.
I'm a constant learner. You need to be a constant student because things change and you have to change and grow. And I emphasize the word 'grow'.
Authors by the hundreds can tell you stories by the thousands of those rejection slips before they found a publisher who was willing to 'gamble' on an unknown.
There's never been a doctor who served many patients who, despite their best efforts, did not lose some of them to death. But they understood that was part of life itself.
If your watch is slow by just four minutes, that's not much - unless you've been warned that if you're even one minute late ever again you will be fired. Then four minutes make a big difference.
I believe it's important that we use names of endearment that reflect a special feeling for the individual involved.
When there is no job related stress, you are more aware of your mate and children, if you are a parent.
Most people consider me an optimist because I laughingly state that I would take my last two dollars and buy a money belt.
When you give directives to a child, especially a teenager, you must consider the nature of your child.
I once dieted so religiously I quit eating in church.
When I became proficient as a salesman I was invited to teach new hires.
I took up an offer for me to lose 30 pounds in 30 days. It worked. I lost 30 days!
Be there for your kids. Later, when you need them, they'll be there for you.
I'm convinced that what kids need today are parents - not buddies. They need someone who will exercise mature judgment.
You cannot perform in a manner inconsistent with the way you see yourself.
A lot of people quit looking for work as soon as they find a job.
Money won't make you happy... but everybody wants to find out for themselves.
Building a better you is the first step to building a better America.
If you go looking for a friend, you're going to find they're very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you'll find them everywhere.
Many people who want to be great aren't willing to do the work to make it possible!
Many marriages would be better if the husband and the wife clearly understood that they are on the same side.
Champions invariably have fervent philosophical beliefs. Philosophy, in its simplest terms, means 'the love of wisdom.'
Your understanding of what you read and hear is, to a very large degree, determined by your vocabulary, so improve your vocabulary daily.
If my life has had a theme, I suppose it has been a typical American theme in that, for most of it, I have been looking for happiness and success.
When you are truly interested in other people, you will learn what they are interested in and if they have a need for your product. If they like you, and most people like folks who take an interest in them, they'll help you find people who do need what you have to sell, even if they don't.
The six people who had the biggest impact on my life were all women. Had I been sexist, my life would have been far less fulfilling.
At 25, I was in the audience of my first professional speaker, Bob Bales. His presentation got my attention. I had never seen anyone having so much fun 'at work' and getting paid for it!
Selling is something we do for our clients - not to our clients.
You were designed for accomplishment, engineered for success, and endowed with the seeds of greatness.
It will be disastrous when a leader or manager shows up with one attitude one day and treats people with a different attitude the next day.
Fact: If standard of living is your number one objective, quality of life almost never improves. But if quality of life is your number one objective, standard of living invariably improves.
Wally Amos is the classic example of a man who gets up again and again.
I am convinced after more than 50 years in the field of motivation that anyone who wants to learn to look at life and/or their circumstances in a positive light can do so.
You do not pay the price of success, you enjoy the price of success.
Just saying you are better than good won't make it so. But, when you understand what it takes to live the better than good life, and you apply yourself, your life will truly be better than good.
Remember that failure is an event, not a person.
Every choice you make has an end result.
Money isn't the most important thing in life, but it's reasonably close to oxygen on the 'gotta have it' scale.
Profitability comes from loyalty, productivity, and having a character base from which to work.
We hear tears loudly on this side of Heaven. What we don't take time to contemplate are the even louder cheers on the other side of death's valley.
All one needs to do is read - books, magazines, research the Internet - and pay attention to the influencers in their lives to discover the myriad people of strong moral character who have and still are making positive, meaningful contributions and differences in our world.
Take time to be kind and to say 'thank you'.
Kids instinctively know - although they will argue to the contrary - that they really are not mature enough to make good decisions on some important issues.
My first professional job was to sell heavy-duty waterless cookware.
Andy Andrews is the best speaker I have ever seen.
You've got to be before you can do and do before you can have.
True success has more components than one sentence or idea can contain.
New information makes new and fresh ideas possible.
I've got to confess I'm a pragmatic optimist myself.
Hilary Hinton "Zig" Ziglarwas an American author, salesman, and motivational speaker...