Archives For Daily Success Secrets



  1. Don’t be concerned about your ability to handle the big disasters; shore yourself up against the little irritations and frustrations.
  2. Always remember when frustrated that it isn’t all that bad—and that God loves YOU.
  3. Remember and never doubt it—with God’s help you can do incredible things.
  4. Never think down—always think up.
  5. Put problems into God’s hands and leave them there. He will take care of you and bring things out right.

~ Norman Vincent Peale, The Positive Principle Today (1976)

To know the strong masculine principle, yet abide by the gentle female principle is like being the valley of the world where all rivers will flow into.

This is alike all virtue which will merge into the subtle Tao.

Being a valley of the world and not depart from the true nature, once can return to original pureness like an infant.

When one knows the white that is splendor, yet holds on to the black that is humble and lowly.

He can be a standard of the world.

Being a standard of the world and not deviate from true nature, one is able to return to the void of Tao.

To know what is honor, yet abide by the dishonored, is like a valley of the world which is modest and humble.

Being the valley of the world makes possible the true virtue to be complete and sufficient.

And hence can return to simplicity.

When the nature of simplicity is being manifested, it results into various vessels.

And by applying the pure simplicity, a saint can master all things.

Hence, the Great Tao is a unified Oneness which cannot be separated apart.

~ Lau Tzu, Tao Te Ching

In the course of study or practice, we are typically focused on the immediate challenge that lies ahead: the next test, the next game, the next meeting, the next big event. But often our greatest challenges—when our preparation is needed most—come lter, in situations we could not have foreseen. Exceptional leaders know this. And that is why they are willing to go to greater lengths to prepare themselves and those in their care for the unexpected trials that inevitably lie in wait.

~ Coy Barefoot, Thomas Jefferson on Leadership (2002)

Leaders are sorely needed, but there’s a pretty good case for followers.

A young woman wanted to go to college in a story told by S. I. McMillen in his book, None of These Diseases. But her heart sank when she read a question on the application blank which asked, “Are you a leader?” Being both honest and conscientious, she wrote “no” and returned the application expecting the worst.

To her surprise, she received this letter from the college: “Dear Applicant: A study of the application forms reveals that this year our college will have 1,452 new leaders. We are accepting you because we feel it is imperative that they have at least one follower!”

“It’s a pity,” Dr. McMillen says, “that we race each other like participants in a stock car race. In our excitement to be first, we ignore the damage we inflict on others and ourselves.”

A man once prayed, “Lord, keep me from becoming so self-possessed that I must express myself on every subject. With my vast store of wisdom, it does seem a pity not to use it all, but Thou knowest, Lord, that I want to have a few friends at the end.”

One way to become a leader is to study leaders and follow their examples.

~ Zig Ziglar, Steps to the Top, (1985)

Lee’s Lesson:

  • Know the ground. A leader must have a firm, clear grasp of his field so that he can outmaneuver his opponents.
  • Do your own reconnaissance. A leader uses his own eyes and ears to investigate facts whenever possible. One true mark of a leader is the courage to pursue information to its logical conclusion and to have the cool-headed, clear-eyed good judgment not to mistake sheep for soldiers.
  • Be indefatigable. A leader must have the endurance to outthink and outlast his opponents, and to take the hard road when it is the right road.
  • Learn from your superiors. Leadership can be learned from successful executives far different from oneself in temperament. Copy a successful leader’s techniques and learn from his mistakes.
  • Leadership is legitimized by success under fire. To be a leader, one cannot wait on the sidelines. One has to take responsibility, enter the fray, and prove that one has the resourcefulness, ability, and character to get things done.
  • Leadership requires moral responsibility. A leader is responsible not only for his own actions but for those of his subordinates and for the overall effect of his enterprise.

~ H. W. Crocker III, Robert E. Lee on Leadership

Lincoln Principles:

  • Explain yourself in writing and offer advice on how to solve problems.
  • It is important that the people know you come among them without fear.
  • Seek casual contact with your subordinates. It is as meaningful as a formal gathering, in not more so.
  • Don’t often decline to see people who call on you.
  • Take public opinion baths.
  • Be the very embodiment of good temper and affability.
  • Remember, everyone likes a compliment.
  • If your subordinates can stand it, so can you. Set a good example.
  • You must seek and require access to reliable and up-to-date information.

~ Donald T. Philips, Lincoln on Leadership, Executive Strategies for Tough Times

A vision cannot be established in an organization by edict, or by the exercise of power or coercion. It is more an act of persuasion, of creating an enthusiastic and dedicated commitment to a vision because it is right for the times, right for the organization, and right for the people who are working on it.

~ Warren Bennis & Burt Nanus, Leaders, The Strategies for Taking Charge


RULE 1: Crowd worry out of your mind by keeping busy. Plenty of action is one of the best therapies ever devised for curing “wibber gibbers.”

RULE 2: Don’t fuss about trifles. Don’t permit little things—the mere termites of life—to ruin your happiness.

RULE 3: Use the law of averages to outlaw your worries. Ask yourself: “What are the odds against this thing’s happening at all?”

RULE 4: Co-operate with the inevitable. If you know a circumstance is beyond your power to change or revise, say to yourself: “it is so; it cannot be otherwise.”

RULE 5: Put a “stop-loss” order on your worries. Decide just how much anxiety a thing may be worth—and refuse to give it any more.

RULE 6: Let the past bury its dead. Don’t saw sawdust.

~ Dale Carnegie, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

Take no part in foolish enterprises, much less in schemes more likely to injure than to enhance your reputation. There exist all kinds of questionable cliques, and a thinking person flees the lot of them. There are also people of strange taste who forever marry what those wiser than them have divorced. They live well paid for their singularity, and even if they attract notice, it is more by the derision they evoke than the commendation. So the circumspect will not allow themselves to be made conspicuous even in their profession; much less, ridiculous in those matters that concern their persons. They need not be listed, for general disapprobation has sufficiently labeled them.

~ Baltasar Gracian, The Art of Worldly Wisdom (1647)

The Application of a Psychological Law

Keep the heart young. Do not think: “I have become old.” To think “I have become old” is a bad habit. Do not entertain this thought. At 60, think “I am 16.” As you think, so you become. This is a great psychological law.

“As a man thinketh so he becometh.” This is a great truth or truism. Think, “I am strong,” strong you become. Think, “I am weak,” weak you become. Think, “I am a fool,” fool you become. Think, “I am a sage or God,” sage or God you become.

Thought alone shapes and moulds a man. Man lives always in a world of thoughts. Every man has his own thought-world.

Imagination works wonders. Thought has tremendous force. Thought as already said, is a solid thing. Your present is the result of your past thoughts and your future will be according to your present thoughts. If you think rightly, you will speak rightly and act rightly. Speech and action simply follow the thoughts.

~ Sri Swami Sivananda, Thought Power