The Nature of Excellence – Perseverance

Against all odds, persevere.

Stunning photography and inspirational quotes are combined in The Nature of Excellence 88-page, coffee-table-size ($14.95) or gift size ($7.95) book. Through the twin lens of insight and imagery, you’ll discover the natural excellence that surrounds us. You will also learn from the wisdom of more than 100 successful people who have inspired excellence throughout history.

The book is designed to inspire you and your team to become your very best.

Here are a few sample quotes about Perseverance from The Nature of Excellence:

Genius? Nothing! Sticking to it is the genius! . . . I’ve failed my way to success.” – Thomas Edison

It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth

The major difference between the big shot and the little shot is the big shot is just a little shot who kept on shooting.” – Zig Ziglar

When one door closes another door opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the ones which open for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

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2022. Finding Hope

A few years ago, many corporate training sessions began with an exercise called Hopes and Fears.  The facilitator asked participants what they were hoping to gain from the training and what they feared might happen.  

Typically, the hopes were increased knowledge, new skills discovered, renewed energy, and other positive things along those lines.  The most common fear was the training would be a waste of time.  Once the hopes and fears were expressed, every so often they would reflect and  evaluate how they were accomplishing hopes and eliminating fears. 

Entering 2022 may be a good time to dust off that exercise and express our hopes and fears for the new year with our family, friends, and co-workers. Fears without hope are depressing, discouraging, dark, and miserable.  Articulating feelings is a good way to begin the process of dwelling on hopes and eliminating many fears.  

Where can hope be found?  How can we find hope when fears dominate our space?  How can we claim hope when those around us are claiming fear?  

Hope is around to be found, but we have to work at it.  A positive person must work at being positive more than a cynical person must work at being negative.  A happy person works at being happy more than a grumpy person must work at grumpiness.  An encourager works harder at encouraging than a critic must work to discourage.  None of that is fair.

Finding hope requires you to identify, pursue, and claim it in your most important places … your faith, family, and friends.  Without faith, there is no hope in our present or future.  Without family, we lose our greatest gift.  Without friend’s encouragement, we lose confidence in mankind. 

It is never too late for redemption. The new year is a good time to rekindle hope with a fresh start. You can begin by reigniting your faith, teaching  your family about faith and hope, and developing a renewed, peaceful outlook of those around you.  

May 2022 will be the year to rediscover hope, move past our fears, and become our very best.

The Nature of Excellence – Press On

Press on. Your defining moment may arrive just when you feel surrounded by adversity.

Stunning photography and inspirational quotes are combined in The Nature of Excellence 88-page, coffee-table-size ($14.95) or gift size ($7.95) book. Through the twin lens of insight and imagery, you’ll discover the natural excellence that surrounds us. You will also learn from the wisdom of more than 100 successful people who have inspired excellence throughout history.

The book is designed to inspire you and your team to become your very best.

Here are a few sample quotes about Pressing On from The Nature of Excellence:

The very greatest things – great thoughts, discoveries, inventions – have usually been nurtured in hardship, often pondered over in sorrow, and at length established with difficulty.” – Samuel Smiles

“Adversity introduces a man to himself.” – Anonymous

The measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and adversity.” – Dr. Martin Luther King

Adversity causes some men to break, others to break records.” – William Arthur Ward

“Things don’t go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be.” – Charlie “Tremendous” Jones

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The Nature of Excellence – Growth

You must let go to grow.

Stunning photography and inspirational quotes are combined in The Nature of Excellence 88-page, coffee-table-size ($14.95) or gift size ($7.95) book. Through the twin lens of insight and imagery, you’ll discover the natural excellence that surrounds us. You will also learn from the wisdom of more than 100 successful people who have inspired excellence throughout history.

The book is designed to inspire you and your team to become your very best.

Here are a few sample quotes about Growth from The Nature of Excellence:

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” – John F. Kennedy

Growth begins when we start to accept our own weakness.” – Jean Vanier

The man who graduates today and stops learning tomorrow is uneducated the day after.” – Newton D. Baker

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” – Chinese proverb

What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing.” – Aristotle

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