Labor & Perserverance – Today’s Quote

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.

Former Secretary of State, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, National Security Adviser and General (RET) Colin Powell


Top 10 Symptoms of Poor Man’s Disease

I’ve been unemployed, I’ve lived check-to-check and I once lived in such a bad neighborhood that I made a game of seeing how many prostitutes I could count on my way home from work (high score was 12) but I’ve never been poor.  I’ve been researching and reading a lot about World War II lately and thinking about that generation that endured not only the great depression, but also the TEOTWAWKI event that was World War II.  We are so wealthy as a society even in the midst of this recession (that Uncle Sugar tells us was over in 2009) compared to what my grandparent’s generation endured.  Most of our ‘poor’ today live like kings compared to even the typical middle class family of the 1940’s but some people still insist on being poor.  I call this insistence on being ‘poor,’ these attitudes that guarantee you won’t improve your situation, ‘poor man’s disease’ and below are the Top 10 Symptoms of Poor Man’s Disease. (more…)

Powell On Success – Today’s Quote

Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.

Former Secretary of State, National Security Adviser and General (RET) Colin Powell


Sharpen Your Tools – Today’s Quote

The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.



Happy Kansas Day

Today is the 153rd birthday of the State of Kansas.  The State motto at the top of the Kansas State seal contains the latin phrase “ad astra per aspera” which translates roughly into ‘to the stars through difficulties.’

Good thing that our pioneer forefathers selected State mottoes such as Kansas’ otherwise a modern citizenry might pick something more topical like ‘success through a Reality TV contract or EBT card’  …less so in the Great State of Kansas than some other parts of the country at least…gotta love ‘flyover country.’ (more…)

Persistence & Determination – Today’s Quote

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.  Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.  Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.  Education will not; the world is full of educated failures.  Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

President Calvin Coolidge

Preparedness, Labor and Learning – Today’s Quote

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.

Former Secretary of State, National Security Adviser and General (RET) Colin Powell


Work Hard and Play Hard – Today’s Quote

Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.

Former Secretary of State, National Security Adviser and U.S. Army General (RET) Colin Powell

Will To Work – Today’s Quote

The will to work of everyone in the country is the best guarantee of national survival.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand

Andrew’s Note:  Thailand’s monarch is an interesting study in political dichotomy but he’s hit the nail on the head when he states that a country made up of citizens who aren’t willing to work is doomed.

Dignify and glorify common labor – Today’s Quote

Dignify and glorify common labor.  It is at the bottom of life that we must begin, not at the top.

Dr. Booker T. Washington, Educator, Inventor, Author, Leader and Former Slave

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