Sunday, March 23, 2008

100 Things I'd Do If Money Was No Object

I come up with ideas all the time that end in "if I just had the time and money to do it". Really though, if money was no object I could hire the right people to make many things happen, so it comes down to money as the key issue. I'll be working through this as a work in progress until I end up with a hundred of them, but here's what I have so far:

  1. Create a series of books, workshops, and tools to help people enjoy their lives more.
  2. Start scholarships and grants for people who aspire to take their passions and run with them
  3. Run a marathon
  4. Tour the world blogging my experiences through my words, photographs, sketches, and scans of documents I find along the way
  5. Find foster or adoptive homes for children that need them
  6. Build a human scale, functioning house out of Lego
  7. Buy a cabin near Manzanita, Oregon and a house in the borders of Scotland and travel between those and my home in Arizona as I please
  8. Learn to play a musical instrument and join a local band
  9. Take volunteerism vacations at least once a year, going to a new place and spending some of the time relaxing but also spending some time giving to that community with my time and resources
  10. Create and manage a Life Hacking club in my community
  11. Hire a chef and make it a lot easier to eat healthy/organic
  12. Set up a leadership development program independent of any corporation that would take a set number of aspiring college graduates or individuals, train them for one year on how to be a leader in any organization, regardless of title or position, and then turn them loose on the world of business
  13. Create an after school program for teens/young adults to teach them about money, leadership, community - give them a sense of power through doing good works and being smart about using their resources (time, money, etc.)
  14. Unlimited supply of blueberry coffee
  15. Start a television news program that provides encouragement, hope, and ways to better your life (instead of what politicians and celebrities have been doing or saying)
  16. Do a weekly pod-cast interview of a family with a loved one in Iraq/at war
  17. Find places without access to local farmers' markets, and help get them going
  18. Go around the United States interviewing educators, parents, kids, administrators, politicians, and build a documentary about how we might go about improving public education in America
  19. Play Scrabble professionally
  20. Pay for anyone's college education if they'll spend twenty hours a week working at a charitable organization/endeavor of their choice while finishing their degree
  21. Open a restaurant haphazardly and have Gordon Ramsey come fix it for me
  22. Open a CD recycling center in every major city in America
  23. Visit every museum in the world
  24. Attend business seminars I'm interested in whenever and wherever they may be
  25. I would tip with large bills and write a note to each server telling them what I appreciated about their service
  26. Buy copies of my favorite personal development books and give them to friends or acquaintances as opportunities/occasions present themselves
  27. iPhone
  28. Create a device that allows parents to limit the amount of time a video game system will function each day (so that whatever anyone without, say, the remote control AND password does, it won't come back on for a set period of time)
  29. Create a powerful lobbying firm in Washington to lobby for severely regulating the power of lobbyists :)
  30. Create an artist's studio to produce the graphic novels I have floating around in my head - eventually open an amusement park based on the creations (or at least a casino in Vegas)
  31. Start a grant for people who want to create bizarre roadside attractions in the middle of nowhere for people to stop and see on their way to other places
  32. Make The Winter Festival of Pie a national past-time
  33. Build a robot to fetch me coffee and cereal in the morning and make sure my fuzzy bear slippers are heated up when I step into them in the evening
  34. Hire the best craftsmen to design the interior and exterior of our house to our liking (and the homes in Oregon and Scotland too, of course)
  35. Start my own publishing company
  36. Hire personal chefs and trainers for everyone trying to lose weight sensibly
  37. Start a fast food chain that sells food that is both healthy and cheap

Friday, March 21, 2008

100 People I'm Thankful For (and why)

  1. S S - one of the nicest, most genuine people I know, and a big inspiration for me writing a book about people doing what they're passionate about (and being more passionate about what they're doing)

  2. B P - every encounter is amazing, there are few people in this world I have learned more from

  3. G A - synonymous with "whoo hoo!", a phenomenal passion for life

  4. D H - taught me the value of mutual mentorship

  5. M M - I thought I was easy going until I met M M

  6. B C - reminded me of the importance of family

  7. Y L - was more of a positive influence on my life and soul than I believe she realizes

  8. V S - I really honed my communication skills with our years of late night conversations

  9. T W - I learned that there are things in this world you can't change, no matter how much effort you apply - and that the best you can possibly hope for in situations like that is the ability to let go, move on, and pray for the best. I also learned love, of many different kinds.

  10. R H - my experience with R H taught me that I needed to figure out what the Iain I wanted to be looked like, and energized me to begin striving for that.

  11. J C - I'm thankful to J C for showing me there are many ways to look at things in life, and just because they aren't yours at the time doesn't make them necessarily wrong

  12. L H - Pushed me to get out of my comfort zone and explore life a lot more

  13. J M - the thankfulness and appreciation he brings to everything he experiences in life is inspiring

  14. V C - I have had my eyes opened to the important role I think I need to play in the lives of children in my future, and that was inspired by you more than any other

  15. N A - I think you are the most likably unique person I know, quirky, crafty, fun-hearted, and of course there's the pie...

  16. A B - I regret I haven't been able to spend more time in person with you, but at the same time I think the smile your existence brings me just through the inspiring conversations we've had over the internets is... well, I definitely appreciate you

  17. A P - Everyone needs an A P, whether they know it or not. Whenever I think about taking the easy way out, or just settling for average, A P is often the voice that makes it impossible to not strive for excellence.

  18. Z G - The most impressive thing about Z G is his passion. Listening to him speak about the passion he has for his work, for his family... for everything he takes to heart in life, has been absolutely empowering and led in no small way to growing my own attitude of "run it like you own it" to everything important in life.

  19. N A - Her heart is matched only by her glowing spirit and love of life. Gotta convince her to move to Arizona someday. :)

  20. R C - Your presence makes me smile 100% of the time, and your words always offer an amazing, different perspective that I'd never seen before. I'm so thankful to have had the opportunity to get to know you.

  21. M M - There are many amazing qualities you possess that I have come to appreciate, but one that is unique and really shines is your style. How you carry yourself, how you express yourself through words, attire, and the choices you make... it is just a joy to experience. To interact with you is to interact with a work of art.

  22. N A - My first formal mentor in my career path, and one of the most generous people with his time and insight I have known. You encourage me to share what I have learned on my own path to success with others, mentoring others as you mentored me.

  23. K N - A muse, a spirit guide, and a friend in the truest sense. Some people pass through your life, do their part, and move on. Others, rather than doing their part, become a part and stay with you along the entire path. You don't just inspire me, you are synonymous with inspiration - when I experience inspiration, it often reminds me of an experience or conversation you and I have had.

  24. M L P - One of the most incredible leaders I have met, I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to continue experiencing that leadership firsthand

  25. C B - I am at my most encouraged after even the briefest of conversations with C B.

  26. M R - I admire in you your will to push forward, and no matter what lands on your plate to take it, own it, and make sure it gets done (and done well).

  27. M R - I believe people all too often put far too little initial trust and faith in their fellow man, which in turn becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy when they fail to live up to hopes. You take the road of placing that high level of trust and respect in those you interact with and those you manage, and I admire that and believe it is a method that will lead to greater success and a more enjoyable work environment for all.

  28. A L - You taught me to suck it up when the going gets tough.

  29. M G - There is, for whatever reason, a big difference between friends doing business with one another, and people doing business together becoming friends. The former is a dangerous proposition, unfortunately, but I'm thankful to the good times we spent and to the lesson learned.

  30. G B - You put this crazy notion in my head that I can do anything I set my mind to. Others said it to me before, but you're the first person who got me to listen and believe.

  31. T B - I really enjoy your down to earth, quiet, respectful approach to things, and your insightful encouragement.

  32. B O - No matter what happens, you have already made a huge and positively powerful difference

  33. D M - Gave me the opportunity to return the favor

  34. A B - It's never too late, there's always opportunity so long as the spirit remains

  35. A V - Gentle giant

  36. J C - Thanks for letting me talk so much through with you - yours is a friendship I constantly grow from

  37. S K - One of the most treasured and rare of friends is one who will rip your idea to shreds to show you what it's composed of, what needs to be added, and what needs to be expelled

  38. P B - Your constant, calm leadership is profound

  39. M E - It is truly one of life's great joys to have someone to verbally spar with and give such a hard time to, especially when it's all built on a foundation of respect.

  40. K J - Sometimes it is less about the cards you are dealt, and more about which game you play with them

  41. G H - Your devotion to your beliefs and the fact that you practice what you preach is just impressive and to be emulated.

  42. T M - Taught me that things are just things, they don't make a life and if you lose them you'll probably still be just fine (maybe even happier)

  43. D K - Thanks for your vision and finding out what might happen if people actually liked what they did for a living more often

  44. L L - You are undeniably a leader

  45. P B - Helped us leave a house and create a home

  46. J M - That my sister-in-law is someone I would choose as a friend is a nice bonus

  47. M G - Thanks for the opportunities you have brought to my life and your unique perspective

  48. C W - It was/is a joy to be your buddy, and I look forward to the great things you'll accomplish

  49. B S - You grew my confidence in being me far more often

  50. G H - My favorite human being

  51. M M - Exhaustingly fun

  52. H M - Your smile and laughter are infectious

  53. L W - Thanks for your encouragement, professionalism, and support

  54. C R - I miss our conversations. The closest I have ever come to enjoying gossip, or at least our particular version of it

  55. L S - Moo

  56. L K - My transformation from cat lover to dog lover is complete, thanks in no small part to your efforts (cats are still "okay")

  57. M B - I have so much respect for how much respect you have for others

  58. P H - The most tenacious person I know

  59. W H - My hero in life

  60. D H - Helped me understand how important closure is sometimes

  61. G H - Taught me the strengths and perils of rescuing others

  62. J P - I won the parents-in-law lottery when I married my wife

  63. J P - See number 62 above

  64. S C - Believed in and encouraged me like few have, in an environment I didn't expect to find that sort of courage, leadership, and generosity of spirit.

  65. C R - You are the brightest spirit in any room, it is amazing to know you

  66. A T - An amazing listener, you have been my ear and my guide through some critical decisions

  67. R D - One of the easiest persons to talk to I have known

  68. K P - Pushed me to dig deeper and not prejudge

  69. L K - You make people glow

  70. L T - When I reflect on your words I always feel a bit more grateful for my life

  71. J D - You helped me keep my life/work balance

  72. P S - Helped me figure out what I want and what I don't

  73. L S - Life is fun and short and wonderful

  74. J J - Taught me I was capable of a lot more love, trust, and respect for my fellow man than I was giving

  75. L M - A mentor, a friend, and my best man to boot.

  76. C P - Opened me up to a new form of music, inspired me to enjoy every moment a little bit more.

  77. W G - You taught me I need to know what the heck I'm talking about before I open my mouth, or I'll have to deal with the consequences of not doing so.

  78. Y S - One of the most disciplined individuals I know, I'm so grateful for the fortitude you infused in me

  79. D T - Taught me how to enjoy my time as a bachelor. Baseball games are now never going to be baseball games without sunflower seeds and a cold frosty one.

  80. P T - One of the lessons I needed to learn as an aspiring manager and leader is that everyone has different goals, everyone is motivated by different things, and they might not even be things you can relate to. You have to be aware of all of this, to be effective at working with others towards a common goal, and to be effective in getting the best efforts from all involved. You gave me critical insights into all of this.

  81. R C - Incredible wisdom, great sarcastic sense of humor, caring human being, good Las Vegas travel companion - you are a fantastic friend.

  82. F R - No one gave me a better example to follow of how to love my fellow man than you. How many lives did you transform with just a smile, a song in your heart, and a trolley car?

  83. M D - I've met many in the past year that have encouraged me to become the best me I can be, but you opened my eyes to something critical - just because people said I was no good at sports and physical activities growing up doesn't mean I can't be. I've let those voices hold me back from what I can become, without realizing it, for 33+ years! Thank you for being a voice that said "yes you can".

  84. A S - You helped me realize a dream I had last year - we could not have accomplished what we did without your help. I'm looking forward to taking things to the next level with this project we've taken on this year!

  85. A F - You have the coolest job ever. So glad I get to benefit from it now and then. :)

  86. E M - A very kind heart, you are one at the top of my "wish I knew them better" list. I think you are already amazing and hold the potential to be extraordinary in ways you haven't realized yet.

  87. C N - It has been incredible to see you transform as a leader, and I am honored to have been able to witness it happen.

  88. E S - Thanks for standing up for me when no one else would. You may not know, but it meant a lot to me, and is a defining moment in who I am today.

  89. J M - Maybe the only person I know who knew exactly what he wanted to do growing up, went out and did it, and has been hugely successful at it. I should interview you for the book I'm writing!

  90. C W - Wonderfully caring, geeky, and crafty, it's always a fun experience to experience you.

  91. J C - My favorite human being that ever was. They should write a book about him or something :)

  92. D B - The first author about money that ever made me consider why I might actually want more of it, before telling me some ways I might get it.

  93. S M - I have an attitude that just because no one has successfully done something before, doesn't mean it can't be done or that I shouldn't attempt it. Scott had a big role in infusing that with me, by the example of his own work.

  94. J R - I've known most of your characters longer than I've known most of the people I consider close friends and loved ones, including my wife, and they continue to bring me joy

  95. X X - Your vision for the work you've accomplished is heartening, and I am proud to have been a part of it along my path

  96. M E - Mo has more wisdom in his left pinky finger than I have in my whole being. I am sad to not be able to experience it more frequently.

  97. C M - Taught me to do the things I am most passionate about in life, and inspires me to be unafraid to be different, unique, and blue and furry with googly eyeballs

  98. A W - I knew there was more to sequential art as a communications medium than superheroes and Daffy Duck, but Andi was the first proof to my eyes that I was onto something true

  99. M R - Marie is the tie to the wilder things of my past, and is woven into much of the creative efforts of my presence.

  100. I H - I don't know where I'd be without me. As luck would have it, I find me to be pretty good company to be around.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

100 More of My 1000 Blog Posts in 2008

  1. Letter Writing
  2. Beware the Energy Vampires
  3. Nothing is Everything
  4. Pushing Daisies
  5. Grocery Shopping
  6. Semicolon Suicide
  7. Bring Light
  8. Eye Draw
  9. Wonder Sauna Hot Pants
  10. Bruce Lee 64
  11. Week One Summary
  12. Favorite People
  13. Moist
  14. In My Yard
  15. Inspirational Quotes
  16. Today Pie
  17. Blueberry Pie for the Busy Guy
  18. Three a Day
  19. Jerky Ahead
  20. Ninety Minutes
  21. Lack of Sleep
  22. Sugar
  23. Caffeine
  24. Lack of Exercise
  25. Not Enough Oxygen
  26. Processed Foods
  27. Dehydration
  28. Stress
  29. Chronic Pain
  30. Toxic People
  31. Lemon Pie with Italian Meringue
  32. It Starts with a Crust
  33. Expensive Apples
  34. Monster Hoodies
  35. Speaking of Energy Zappers
  36. Weekend Blogathon
  37. Ancient Nanotechnology
  38. What 200 Calories Look Like
  39. Fast Taco Pie
  40. Restaurant Orange Julep
  41. Anaphora
  42. Why Blog
  43. Origin of iPhone
  44. Shocking Revelation - Cell Phones Impair Driving Ability!
  45. Speaker Stereotypes
  46. The Folly of Airport Security
  47. On Meditation
  48. More Reasons to Blog
  49. This Weekend I Painted
  50. This Weekend I Mowed the Lawn
  51. This Weekend I Ate BBQ Chicken
  52. This Weekend I Remembered the Milk
  53. This Weekend I Sparked People
  54. This Weekend I Connected
  55. This Weekend I Played With Words
  56. This Weekend I Didn't Leave the House Sunday
  57. This Weekend I Planned Next One
  58. This Weekend I Cleaned
  59. Einstein Universal Decoder Ring
  60. High Speed Inter-Europe
  61. Rule of Thumb
  62. Chuck Norris?
  63. Free Pie
  64. Influence Through Fonts
  65. Hangpig
  66. The Importance of Sleep
  67. Crickets Chirping
  68. In the Theater
  69. No New Ideas in Sci-Fi
  70. MacBook Air
  71. Chili Today, Hot Tamale
  72. Official Blog-A-Thon Begins
  73. Xplorers
  74. Backing Up Life
  75. More Ways To Stay Productive
  76. House Rules
  77. But What Are My Passions?
  78. Made To Read
  79. Revolt Digg
  80. Obesity Pie
  81. New Bees
  82. Plan B
  83. Cargo Ship Carrying Orange Juice Collides
  84. Monkeysphere
  85. It's Not Just a Couch, it's a Transformer!
  86. Lunch Word Play
  87. Something Borrowed, Something New
  88. Filling Your Tank
  89. Antisocial Media
  90. What is a Hearprint?
  91. Heartprint
  92. Netscape No More
  93. What is Internal Innovation?
  94. Life
  95. Filling Pool
  96. Craigslist
  97. Travel Tips For Lone Goers
  98. Sunflower Seed Season
  99. Visualizing Time
  100. Another 100 of my 1000 Blog Posts in 2008

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

100 of My 1000 Blog Posts in 2008

  1. 961 Blog Posts, 31 Days
  2. 100 of My 1000 Blog Posts in January 2008
  3. Raindrops on Roses, Etc
  4. Learning the Love Lesson
  5. Attitude of Gratitude
  6. Clickprints
  7. Resistance 2.0
  8. Success a la Jobs
  9. Social Media En Masse
  10. Inspiration Dig
  11. When a Plan Comes Together
  12. Social Media Leadership
  13. The Giving Passion (highly recommended)
  14. A Few Lumps of Kohl
  15. Chihuagle? Beaghuahua?
  16. 2008 Resolutions
  17. 2008 Resolution One - Nature
  18. 2008 Resolution Two - Book
  19. 2008 Resolution Three - Physical
  20. 2008 Resolution Four - Home
  21. 2008 Resolution Five - Giving
  22. 2008 Resolution Six - Emotional
  23. 2008 Resolution Seven - Friends
  24. 2008 Resolution Eight - Travel
  25. 2008 Resolution Nine - Spiritual
  26. 2008 Resolution Ten - Children
  27. 2008 Resolution Eleven - Money
  28. 2008 Resolution Twelve - Mental
  29. Seventy Lifehacks of Yonder Year
  30. 100 of My Favorite Quotes (and a Few of my Own)
  31. On Success and Failure
  32. Up and At Them!
  33. Christmas Cards
  34. Scrabulous
  35. Zen Ranting
  36. Chess Pie
  37. National Pie Day
  38. But Every Day is Pie Day!
  39. Constructing Ideas
  40. Four Percent
  41. Chilliwack
  42. The Three I Read
  43. Costco Hack
  44. Time Teaches
  45. Art of Storytelling
  46. Settlers of Catan - Insane Edition
  47. Mindful Eating
  48. Office 2008 for Mac
  49. Genius da Vinci Style
  50. Another Kooky Idea of Mine
  51. 100 Things We Didn't Know Last Year
  52. Spiders on Drugs
  53. Mixing Business With Danger
  54. Cherry Blossoms
  55. Comic Book Project
  56. Presentation Zen is in my Den
  57. Who Knows You
  58. Frozen Flowers
  59. Plum Teachers Get Creamed For a Good Cause
  60. The Pie Minister
  61. Breather
  62. Intro to Orange
  63. Grapefruit Life
  64. Happiest Color
  65. Mmmm Decaf
  66. Hacking the Friendly Skies
  67. Atomic Now
  68. To Do Lists
  69. Saving Money in Your Car
  70. Computer Chair
  71. Rhodia
  72. The Fruit of Victory
  73. Making Cookies With a Vintage Pyrex
  74. Shelfari
  75. Worth at a Glance
  76. Sketchy
  77. Circle Has the Square
  78. Homerisms
  79. The British Just Get It
  80. A Cool Drink of Cherry Pie
  81. Nathan Sawaya - Lego Geeeenius
  82. Sunrise, Sunset
  83. Technically Speaking
  84. The Flaming Carrot
  85. Mister PicassoHead
  86. Truth Seekers
  87. Thumb Thing
  88. Mom?
  89. Tips That Matter
  90. The Hero Cycle
  91. Why We Behave Dumb
  92. Lunar
  93. Ultimate Fish Pie
  94. Starship Dimensions
  95. Origami
  96. Ingredient Substitution Guide
  97. On the Issues
  98. The Age Project
  99. Time Running Out
  100. 100 More of My 1000 Blog Posts in January 2008

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

100 of My Favorite Quotes (and a Few of my Own)

  1. "Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

  2. "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." - Confucius

  3. "Like a boat moving through the water, each of us creates a wake. In the organizations that form the communities of our lives, our wakes have important consequences. In our businesses, on our teams, with our associates, in our communities and homes, we want a positive wake—one that lifts others but does not capsize them.

    A positive wake is critical to our success, to our relationships, to our leadership. But there is only one way to determine the impact our wake has on others. They must tell us. That’s why feedback is a gift." - Stephen C. Lundin, Ph.D. and Marshall Goldsmith, Ph.D.

  4. "The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment." - Earl Nightingale

  5. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Meade

  6. "Life’s creative solutions require alonetime. Solitude is required for the unconscious to process and unravel problems. Others inspire us, information feeds us, practice improves our performance, but we need quiet time to figure things out, to emerge with new discoveries, to unearth original answers." - Ester Buchholz

  7. "Thought is the sculptor who can create the person you want to be." - Henry David Thoreau

  8. "I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen." - Frank Lloyd Wright

  9. "Reality leaves a lot to the imagination." - John Lennon

  10. "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." - Albert Einstein

  11. "There are many hurdles on the way to living our dreams, but the sad part is that most of them have been placed into existence by our minds, and thus we as individuals are the only ones ultimately capable of removing them (or at least getting around them)." - Iain Hamp

  12. "The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order." - Alfred North Whitehead

  13. "It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." - Charles Darwin

  14. "If you desire something more than everyone else combined desires the opposite, then your desire is significantly more likely to come to pass." - Iain Hamp

  15. "If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path." - Buddhist saying

  16. "If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody." - Chinese Proverb

  17. "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." - Anne Frank

  18. "Our friends should be companions who inspire us, who help us rise to our best. - Joseph B. Wirthlin

  19. "Your mind has the potential to be incredibly powerful, regardless of how you choose to use it. Wielded wisely, it can be an incredibly potent tool for good." - Iain Hamp

  20. "Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success." - Dale Carnegie

  21. "The future influences the present just as much as the past." - Friedrich Nietzsche

  22. "The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it." - Sydney Harris

  23. "We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." - Albert Einstein

  24. "There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep." - Homer

  25. "When I woke up this morning my girlfriend asked me, 'Did you sleep good?' I said 'No, I made a few mistakes.'" - Steven Wright

  26. "Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments" - Jim Rohn

  27. "There are no stupid questions, just people unwilling to answer them." - Iain Hamp

  28. "Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life." - Immanuel Kant

  29. "When it comes to getting things done, we need fewer architects and more bricklayers." - Colleen C Barrett

  30. "The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it." - Michelangelo

  31. "Self-trust is the first secret of success." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

  32. "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." - Mark Twain

  33. "The taste for worst-case scenarios reflects the need to master fear of what is felt to be uncontrollable. It also expresses an imaginative complicity with disaster." - Susan Sontag

  34. "If we have the opportunity to be generous with our hearts, ourselves, we have no idea of the depth and breadth of love’s reach." - Margaret Cho

  35. "The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value." - Charles Dudley Warner

  36. "Sometimes I just look at my bowl of cereal in the morning and think about those hundreds of people who were involved in bringing me my bowl of cereal: the farmers in the field; the biochemists who made the pesticides; the warehouse workers at the food preparation plants; even the marketers who somehow persuaded me to buy this box of cereal and not a different one sitting next to it on a shelf. I know it sounds strange, but I give thanks to these people, and just doing that makes me feel more involved with life, more connected to things, less alone." - Rose T., psychologist

  37. "Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will." - Mahatma Gandhi

  38. "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill

  39. "The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives." - Anthony Robbins

  40. "Remember the flight attendant's advice... you must put on your own oxygen mask first." - Kathy Sierra

  41. "Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." - Herman Cain

  42. "I respect the man who knows distinctly what he wishes. The greater part of all mischief in the world arises from the fact that men do not sufficiently understand their own aims. They have undertaken to build a tower, and spend no more labor on the foundation than would be necessary to erect a hut." - Goethe

  43. "The greatest difficulty is that men do not think enough of themselves, do not consider what it is that they are sacrificing when they follow in a herd, or when they cater for their establishment." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

  44. "When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you will always long to return." - Leonardo da Vinci

  45. "A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting." - Henry David Thoreau

  46. "I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work." - Thomas Edison

  47. "I don’t care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don’t harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there you’re never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants." - Zig Ziglar

  48. "The kind of commitment I find among the best performers across virtually every field is a single-minded passion for what they do, an unwavering desire for excellence in the way they think and the way they work. Genuine confidence is what launches you out of bed in the morning, and through your day with a spring in your step." - Jim Collins

  49. "One of the things that may get in the way of people being lifelong learners is that they’re not in touch with their passion. If you’re passionate about what it is you do, then you’re going to be looking for everything you can to get better at it." - Jack Canfield

  50. "My passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility has always contrasted oddly with my pronounced lack of need for direct contact with other human beings and human communities." - Albert Einstein

  51. "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." - Albert Einstein

  52. "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." – Ralph Waldo Emerson

  53. "The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat." – Napoleon Hill

  54. "I certainly don't regret my experiences because without them, I couldn't imagine who or where I would be today. Life is an amazing gift to those who have overcome great obstacles, and attitude is everything!" - Sasha Azevedo

  55. "Reality doesn't bite, rather our perception of reality bites.” - Anthony J D'Angelo

  56. "Possession diminishes perception of value, immediately” - John Updike

  57. "In a sense, words are encyclopedias of ignorance because they freeze perceptions at one moment in history and then insist we continue to use these frozen perceptions when we should be doing better." - Edward de Bono

  58. "There is no truth. There is only perception." - Gustave Flaubert

  59. "Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it." - Buddha

  60. "A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself." - Abraham Maslow

  61. "For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can." - Ernest Hemmingway

  62. "Nothing you write, if you hope to be good, will ever come out as you first hoped." - Lillian Hellman

  63. "Get your ideas on paper and study them. Do not let them go to waste!" - Les Brown

  64. "Let's not lead our lives filled with I could have, I should have, or if I only had... let it be I can, I will, and I did. Period!"

  65. "I dwell in possibility." - Emily Dickinson

  66. "Somebody should tell us right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limits, every minute of every day. Do it I say! Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows." - Michael Landon

  67. "The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire." - Marshall Foch

  68. "Finding forgiveness, gratitude, and love for people and events that have hurt you is a powerful part of healing." - Urban Monk

  69. "The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment." - Earl Nightingale

  70. "The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses - behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights." - Muhammad Ali

  71. "You can blow out a candle, but you can't blow out a fire. Once the flame begins to catch, the wind will blow it higher." - Peter Gabriel

  72. "We cannot think first and act afterward. From the moment of birth we are immersed in action, and can only fitfully guide it by taking thought." - Alfred North Whitehead

  73. "I really wish I was less of a thinking man and more of a fool not afraid of rejection." - Billy Joel

  74. "How we dream is what gives our lives value. How we choose to live is what determines whether our dreams have value. I believe we each carry a dream of a life we were born to realize which shows up through desire. And I believe that we all have the ability to realize our personal and professional dreams if we commit ourselves to not settling for anything less than what we really want. It is when we move toward our passions that we experience our own greatness and it is then an incredible contribution to ourselves and to the world is made by being who we truly are." - Donna Karlin

  75. "When you die, if you get a choice between going to regular heaven or pie heaven, choose pie heaven. It might be a trick, but if it’s not, mmmmmmmm, boy." - Jack Handy

  76. "In order to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." - Carl Sagan

  77. "You can't put a price tag on love, but there are credit limits." - The Tick

  78. "Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie." - Jim Davis

  79. "Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth." - Benjamin Disraeli

  80. "To care for anyone else enough to make their problems one's own, is ever the beginning of one's real ethical development." - Felix Adler

  81. "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." - Dalai Lama

  82. "Not only is another world possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." - Arundhati Roy

  83. "At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.
    Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us." - Albert Schweitzer

  84. "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." - John F. Kennedy

  85. "Computers are useless. They can only give you answers." - Pablo Picasso

  86. "Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier." - Kathleen Norris

  87. "Do give books - religious or otherwise - for Christmas. They're never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal." - Lenore Hershey

  88. "Nice guys may finish last, but they also finish best." - Iain Hamp

  89. "I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." - Robert Frost

  90. "It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power." - Alan Cohen

  91. "They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." - Andy Warhol

  92. "It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." - Charles Darwin

  93. "If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome." - Anne Bradstreet

  94. "The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend. I have no wealth to bestow on him. If he knows that I am happy in loving him, he will want no other reward. Is not friendship divine in this?" - Henry David Thoreau

  95. "It's a beautiful day, don't let it get away." - Bono, U2

  96. "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  97. "It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it." - Albert Einstein

  98. "Money is like manure; it's not worth a thing unless it's spread around encouraging young things to grow." - Thornton Wilder

  99. "No one has ever become poor by giving." - Anne Frank

  100. "Do, or do not. There is no try." - Yoda