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Can you stir an audience? Persuade them to go your way? If you can, you have a heavy responsibility. For your ability to play upon human emotions must be directed toward worthy goals, to justify the good meaning of leadership. You will use your eloquence, therefore, only in a positive and never in a negative way. You will urge your followers to work in harmony—to think more often about things of the spirit—to be more thoughtful of others—to make the most of their abilities.

On the other hand, if you do not possess the power to sway an audience, you will want to work hard to become a persuasive speaker. For the higher you go, the more often you will be called upon to make formal speeches, especially speeches of inspiration. Indeed, in the world of work, the inspirational type of speech is expected of the leader. He finds it a useful way to crystallize the thinking of his group. He discovers that inspiration moves men in the way they should go.

~ James F. Bender, The Technique of Executive Leadership (1950)

Applied psychology is not inspirational at its source. It is scientific. But that does not imply that it is lacking in inspirational value. There is nothing more inspiring and stimulating than the laboriously unfolded truths about the workings of the human mind, its limitations, and its almost limitless possibilities. Inspiration that is founded on the cold facts of science possesses a double value. It is inspiration that is within possibility, not the inspiration that is beyond realization and which brings only disappointment and failure.

You have your desk and your office equipped with efficiency-increasing appliances. You put attachments on your car that increase its efficiency. Here is a personal question: Have you given as much attention to your personal mental efficiency? Are you laying your mental bricks with eighteen movements or with five?

~ Dr. Donald Laird, Increasing Personal Efficiency (1936)

The humanities are a form of knowledge. Like other knowledge, this deals with man’s life in nature and society, but it is acquired through the study of man’s spiritual creations—language, art, history, philosophy and religion. This filtering of the subject, man, through the medium of mind has the effect of keeping always in the foreground the element of novelty, of uniqueness, of astonishing unpredictability. Whereas the study of nature assumes and finds its uniformities, and whereas the scientific study of society tries also to grasp what is regular and inevitable, the study of nature and man through the humanities dwells on what in individual and unlike and anarchic. It finds what does not conform to rule, what has no counterpart, what does not “behave” but simply is or acts—this is the splendid and refreshing spectacle of the humanities.

~ Jacques Barzun, The Misbehavioral Sciences (1959)

It is the immediate duty of every soul that has ever heard of Jesus Christ to accept him and become a Christian. It is, however, to be admitted that there is much more chance for error, and confusion. It is a very sad reflection upon Christian teaching that any one should honestly be confused in finding the way into a Christian life. Yet such is the vagueness and complexity of much of our teaching, that many have come to think that entrance upon a Christian life is difficult, and hard to be accomplished. Somewhat of this has come from the confusing of Christian experience after one has become a Christian, with no requirements in order to become one. Much more has the way been made obscure by not attending to the source of our knowledge, the Word of God.

~ William Curtis Stiles, Excuse Me (1898)

. . . we strongly urge “creative visualization”, “autosuggestion” or “the quiet room technique.” These ideas of creative visualization are not strange to you. They suggest that you set aside some time every day to recall your successful moments, your previous accomplishments, and your past happiness and good experiences, so that you can see yourself as a valuable individual. Looking at yourself in that manner, your computer will automatically bring up from memory similar experiences and feelings. Once you see yourself in this light it becomes easy to see yourself successfully achieving end results. The ideas and feelings are received so clearly and vividly that action has to follow. With thought and actions, dreams can be materialized.

~ Strickland & Shafe, How to Develop an Attitude for Success (1969)

Hesitation or timidity does things to people, too; it holds many back. Call it ingrown modesty, if you wish, but it would smell the same by any name.

Many nitwits and incompetents get farther in the world than they should, because they have heaps of confidence—or perhaps just a knack for bluffing confidence. Sooner or later they get beyond their depth. You know this type—the happy-go-lucky chap who lands good jobs, but can’t hold them; the woman who organizes some activity but can’t keep it running after it is started.

~ Dr. Donald Laird & Eleanor Laird, The Technique of Handling People (1943)

Instead of waiting for our enemies to criticize us or our work, let’s beat them to it. Let’s be our own most severe critic. Let’s find and remedy all our weaknesses before our enemies get a chance to say a word. That is what Charles Darwin did. In fact, he spent fifteen years criticizing—well, the story goes like this: When Darwin completed the manuscript of his immortal book, The Origin of Species, he realized that the publication of his revolutionary concept of creation would rock the intellectual and religious worlds. So he became his own critic and spent another fifteen years, checking his data, challenging his reasoning, criticizing his conclusions.

~ Dale Carnegie, How To Stop Worrying And Start Living (1944)

There is no substitute for persistence! It cannot be supplanted by any other quality! Remember this, and it will hearten you, in the beginning, when the going may seem difficult and slow.

Those who have cultivated the habit of persistence seem to enjoy insurance against failure. No matter how many times they are defeated, they finally arrive up toward the top of the ladder. Sometimes it appears that there is a hidden Guide whose duty is to test men through all sorts of discouraging experiences. Those who pick themselves up after defeat and keep on trying, arrive; and the world cries, “Bravo! I knew you could do it!” The hidden Guide lets no on enjoy great achievement without passing the persistence test. Those who can’t take it, simply do not make the grade.

~ Napoleon Hill, Think & Grow Rich (1937)

The Art of Mastering Fear.  

By flooding the dark corners of fear and superstition with the bright light of reason and knowledge, thus mapping the unknown, overcoming fancy with fact, dispersing hobgoblins of the imagination and revealing the truth the sets men free.

By accepting the fact that old age and death are natural and inevitable, that to fear them is futile, and that they can best be faced with a calm and quiet mind by ignoring them and gallantly living a day at a time.

By finding inspiration in the words of Cardinal Newman: “Fear not that your life shall come to an end but rather that it shall never have a beginning.”

~ Wilferd A. Peterson, The Art of Living (1961)

In the rolling turmoil of battle, your troops may appear to be in chaos, but in fact cannot be discorded; in tumult and confusion, your dispositions may seem formless, but in fact remain invincible. In this way, apparent confusion masks true organization; cowardice masks courage; weakness masks strength. Confusion and organization are a matter or deployment. Cowardice and courage are a matter of momentum. Strength and weakness are a matter of formation. A general skilled in out-maneuvering the enemy uses formation to make them follow him; he offers a sacrifice to make them snatch at it; he lays bait to tempt them and sets his troops in ambush to wait for them.

~ Sun Tzu, The Art of War