Archives For Daily Success Secrets

The soul attracts that which it secretly harbours; that which it loves, and also that which it fears; it reaches the height of its cherished aspirations; it falls to the level of its unchastened desires, and circumstances are the means by which the soul receives its own.

Every thought-seed sown or allowed to fall into the mind, and to take root there, produces its own, blossoming sooner or later into act, and bearing its own fruitage of opportunity and circumstance. Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bad fruit.

The outer world of circumstance shapes itself to the inner world of thought, and both pleasant and unpleasant external conditions are factors, which make for the ultimate good of the individual. As the reaper of his own harvest, man learns both by suffering and bliss.

~ James Allen – As A Man Thinketh (1903)

The doer likes his work because he has no unpleasant jobs hanging fire. He has already cleaned them up. He does not dread the next task, for the unpleasant task is behind him.


~ Dr. Donald & Eleanor Laird, The Technique of Getting Things Done. (1947)

If the Father deigns to touch with divine power the cold and pulseless heart of the buried acorn and to make it burst forth from its prison walls, will He leave neglected in the earth the soul of man, made in the image of his Creator? If He stoops to give to the rose bush, whose withered blossoms float upon the autumn breezes, the sweet assurance of another springtime, will He refuse the words of hope to the sons of men when the frosts of winter come? If matter, mute and inanimate, though changed by the forces of nature into a multitude of forms, can never die, will the spirit of man suffer annihilation when it has paid a brief visit like a royal guest to this tenement of clay? No, I am as sure that there is another life as I am that I live to-day!

~ William Jennings Bryan, The Prince of Peace

It may be that geniuses can work best in an attic room littered with dirt, but such a condition shows that they are the exception that proves the rule. The rest of mankind can work better in attractive surroundings.

Fortunately our surroundings can largely be selected or altered to suit our needs.

What estimate would you place on the working value of your surroundings? In my workroom at the laboratory here I have curtains, potted flowers, and an attractive, fresh paint. Window curtains and flowers seem rather out of place in a laboratory. But the truth of the matter is that they are exceedingly in place, although they are not common. Whether I am experimenting, writing, working over data, or conferring with students, the appearance of the room increases my efficiency.

Some rooms radiate the spirit and desire for work – others suggest Saturday night and spring housecleaning.

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

Don’t stand in your own shadow; get your little self out of the way so your big self can stride forward.

Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny spark of possibility within you into the flame of achievement.

Follow the advice of Socrates: Know Thyself: know your strengths and your weaknesses; your relation to the universe; your potentialities; your spiritual heritage; your aims and purpose; take stock of yourself.

Create the kind of self you will be happy to live with all your life.

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

Thus a great warrior takes control of others and does not let others control him. By holding out temptation, he can make the enemy approach; by inflicting harm, he can hold them at a distance. Using the same principles, if the enemy are taking their ease, he can rouse them; if they are well-provisioned, he can starve them; if they are encamped, he can move them on. Attack at points which the enemy must scramble to defend, and launch lightning attacks where they are not expected. It is possible to march your army a thousand li as long as it is across unoccupied territory. To be sure of success, only attack at undefended areas. To be sure in defense, mount your defenses at those places the enemy cannot attack.

~ Sun Tzu, The Art of War

We Humans Are Used To Enduring Unhappiness. 

The patient doesn’t come to the doctor about his unhappiness, which is actually the cause of his sickness. He makes no mention of his unhappiness until the doctor gains his confidence, and then he removes the front he is hiding behind.

The patient, even as you and I, has been toughened in a hard world. His is the attitude many people have always had: “Phooey! Happiness? This is a lovely word. But it’s too bad! There isn’t any! No one has ever really believed happiness exists, or ever will exist.”

He accepts his unhappiness as an unfortunate, but normal, routine condition of life on earth.

~ John A. Schindler, M.D., How To Live 365 Days A Year (1970)

I will greet this day with love in my heart.

Henceforth will I love all mankind. From this moment all hate is let from my veins for I have not time to hate, only time to love. From this moment I take the first step required to become a man among men. With love I will increase my sales a hundredfold and become a great salesman. If I have no other qualities I can succeed with love alone. Without it I will fail though I possess all the knowledge and skills of the world.

~ Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World (1968)

As Dr. Arnold J. Toynbee, the philosophic historian, once said, “No human beings have got very far in the exploration of the spiritual universe. The new worlds with whose life it is now most urgent for us to make contact are the spiritual worlds within ourselves.”

A self-analysis can pay rich dividends in at least three ways:

  1. Increased managerial effectiveness and impact on others.
  2. Better personal fulfillment.
  3. Greater personal fulfillment.

“Only as you know yourself,” says Bernard M. Baruch, “can your brain serve you as a sharp and efficient tool. Know your own failings, passions, and prejudices so you can separate them from what you see.” (This is a serious problem for most people. They daydream of spectacular achievements far into the future, making the day-to-day improvements seem of little importance. But without the small, continuous, day-to-day improvements, the spectacular achievements of the future will never be reached.)

~ Mortimer R. Feinberg, Ph.D., Effective Psychology For Mangers, (1965)

Jesus Christ will never be defeated. There is nothing of God’s creation which will not be subjected to Him through Christ; no partial fulfillment of the words we have just read can satisfy the Divine heart. Not until Christ shall have banished evil, brought in the new heavens and the new earth, and given the City of God to the earth, will our Lord’s work be complete and His glory at the highest.

~ G. Campbell Morgan, God’s Methods With Man (1898)