GROW / GROWTH
I am your constant companion. I am your greatest helper or heaviest
burden. I will push you onward or drag you down to failure. I am
completely at your command. Half the things you do you might just as
well turn over to me, and I will be able to do them quickly, correctly.
I am easily managed—you must merely be firm with me. Show me
exactly how you want something done, and after a few lessons I will
do it automatically. I am the servant of all great people; and alas, of all
failures as well. Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I am not a machine, though I work with all the precision of a machine
plus the intelligence of a human being. You may run me for a profit or
turn me for ruin—it makes no difference to me.
Take me, train me, be firm with me, and I will place the world at your
feet. Be easy with me and I will destroy you.
Who am I?
I am habit.
The Right Road
O Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going,
I do not see the road ahead of me,
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself.
And the fact that I think I am following your will
Does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you
Does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
…I will trust you always
Though I may seem to be lost
And in the shadow of death
I will not fear,
And you are ever with me,
And you will never leave me
To make my journey alone.
Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions, so what, get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.
Pain is the fertilizer for human growth.
Growing old isn’t for the weak.
You don’t stop playing because you grow old; you grow old because you stop playing.
Beautiful flowers grow out of manure.
I grow impatient waiting patiently.
Practice is the price for proficiency.
True love never stops growing love that stops growing is not true love.
Luck is when opportunity knocks, and you answer.
I can’t is a dead end road, while the road of I can leads to the highways of the world.
Time is not a renewable resource so do not waste it.
You will not find heaven by keeping your head in the clouds.
The problem with being self taught is that your teacher is no more knowledgeable than you are.
Just because you are a straight shooter does not mean that if you shoot straight in the wrong direction you will hit your target.
The best way to predict the future is to create it.
You must be willing to try new things to get new results.
Planting a seed is but a start, as most seeds do not germinate so reseeding is what makes growth happen.
Change is inevitable, growth is a choice.
With every change is an opportunity to grow.
The first thing you must do before trying to open a door is to find out if you must push or pull open.
Necessity knows no law.
Simon’s Law—everything put together falls apart sooner or later.
Benedict Spinoza’s law—you must either change the theory or facts.
Olmstead’s Law—After all is said and done a hell of a lot more is said than done.
When considering growth, take a lesson from nature, the plants and trees that grow the fastest have the shortest lives.
If you walk with your head down you will not see what is in front of you. —Kevin Antisdale
Kramer’s Law—whenever someone says he’s being perfectly frank, he’s being less than perfectly frank.
Luce’s Law—No good deed goes unpunished.
Murphy’s Law—if you hit two keys on a typewriter, the one you don’t want hits the paper.
When the young get older it’s growth. When the older get older it’s decline. —Jean Roetter
The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it. —Chinese Proverb
What you do with the ball depends on what game you are playing. —Tuchy Palmieri
The law I enjoy breaking the most is Murphy’s law.
Stenderup’s Law—the sooner you fall behind the more time you have to catch up.
Paul’s law—you can’t fall off the floor.
Just because you find yourself on a mountain you cannot climb it does not mean that you should stop climbing mountains.
We are all growing some grow bigger and others grow smaller. —Tuchy Palmieri
Some people are so concerned with getting back on the horse that they sometimes get on backwards.
The problem with being a big fish in a small pond is that there is no room to grow.
We start out by making rules for our children only to see that as we grow older our children begin making rules.
If you are not growing then you are going.
The problem comes when making do does not really make do. —Tuchy Palmieri
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
Some people need the 12 steps to bring them down a rung or two, and others to bring them higher.
Instead of telling god the mountain you are climbing is too high, ask is this the mountain you want me to climb.
The most important talent to have is the talent for motivation. —Tuchy Palmieri
Most talents do not blossom for lack of feeding with motivation. —Tuchy Palmieri
If I am to have one motivation, let it be the talent of motivation. —Tuchy Palmieri
Motivation makes the weaker one to outlast the stronger one, and the less talented to reach greater heights than the more talented person. —Tuchy Palmieri
Everyone is inspired. Some are inspired to take action, and some are inspired to not act.
It matters not how one rises but that one rises.
Be like a river and keep moving, rather than a log that gets tossed about.
You cannot push a string, but you can pull it.
You cannot be a sailor if your mind is on the shore. —Curt Bassette
What we reach for may be different, but what makes us reach is the same.
The germ of tomorrow lies in what we gather today.
Get your plans before you start building. —Susie Palmieri
Cross no bridge before it’s time.
Every great accomplishment owes its greatness to the failures along the way.
Paul’s Law—if a hard way can be found to do something, we will find it.
Woehike’s Law—nothing is done until nothing is done.
The third law of thermodynamics is that chaos will win.
Young’s Law—all great discoveries are made by mistake.
The basics are basic, and the simple are simple, and yet both can be very hard.
What you do with the ball that’s in your court depends upon whether or not you are playing the game.
The real intent of a boomerang is to give you a second chance. —Tuchy Palmieri
The boomerang was invented based upon the principle that we will not always be on target.
No prize fighter ever won a fight rolling with the punches.
Rome was built a day at a time.
It does no good to get a head start if you are going to drag you feet.
Having enough rope enables the anchored ship to survive.
Looking for the hidden opportunities is worthwhile after one has exhausted the opportunities that lay before him.
There is a thin line between what is possible and what is impossible.
Sheep survive because they are willing to be led.
Day by day in every way, living as if it’s the only day. —Susie Palmieri
No tree grows to heaven.
To make a mistake and learn from is progression; to make the same mistake over and over is obsession. —Tuchy Palmieri