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, reject what is useless, add what is specifically your own.“ –Bruce Lee “Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.” – Peter Drucker “Fall seven times, Stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb “If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.” – Bruce Lee “It’s not knowing what to do, it’s doing what you know.” – Tony Robbins “Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year – and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade!” – Tony Robbins "Success breeds success." “The path to success is to take massive, determined action.” – Tony Robbins "The perfect is the enemy of the good." – Voltaire “Words may show a man’s wit but actions his meaning.” – Benjamin Franklin Personal Productivity Frame To organize the quotes, I created a frame. The frame is simply a set of buckets or "hot spots": Action Approach Efficiency / Effectiveness Energy Management Failure Focus Goals Improvement Motivation and Mindset Planning Opportunity Self-Awareness Time Management The hot spots helped me find the most relevant quotes and cluster them around meaningful areas. Action “You always succeed in producing a result.” – Tony Robbins “A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.” – Tony Robbins “You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action.” – Tony Robbins “The path to success is to take massive, determined action.” – Tony Robbins “The only limit to your impact is your imagination and commitment.” – Tony Robbins “Remember, a real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.”- Tony Robbins “It not knowing what to do, it’s doing what you know.” – Tony Robbins “In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.” – Tony Robbins
those that are movable. “ – Bruce Lee “Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked. Edison “The value of an idea lies in the using of it. “ – Lao Tzu . “ – Thomas A. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong nothing can surpass it.” – Bruce Lee “Man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man. “ – Thomas A." – Voltaire “Life is bristling with thorns. Edison “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. be fair and generous. “Success comes from taking the initiative and following up… persisting… eloquently expressing the depth of your love.” – Benjamin Franklin Approach “Stay committed to your decisions. “ – Thomas A. In conflict. What simple action could you take today to produce a new momentum toward success in your life?” – Tony Robbins “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing. These three are your greatest treasures. “ – Bruce Lee “A good traveler has no fixed plans. while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind. and is not intent on arriving. reject what is useless. In family life. “ – Lao Tzu “In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. “ – Lao Tzu “Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits. the creating individual. than to follow the duty of another. “ – Thomas A. “ – Lao Tzu “In dwelling. either write something worth reading or do things worth writing.“ – – Bruce Lee “All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. In work. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. “ – Lao Tzu “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. “ – Thomas A. “ – Lao Tzu “It is better to do one’s own duty. the living creature. “ – Bruce Lee “An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox. “ – Benjamin Franklin “Never confuse motion with action. “ – Benjamin Franklin “It is the working man who is the happy man. you’ll never get it done.” – Tony Robbins “We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. but stay flexible in your approach. Edison "The perfect is the enemy of the good. In thinking. keep to the simple. “ – Benjamin Franklin “If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead.” – Voltaire “All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable. live close to the ground. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn. “ – Benjamin Franklin “Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today. In governing. Edison “The best thinking has been done in solitude. “ – Lao Tzu “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. don’t try to control. do what you enjoy. compassion. and I know no other remedy than to cultivate one’s garden. be completely present. patience. “ – Lao Tzu “Great acts are made up of small deeds. however well one may perform it. Edison “There is no substitute for hard work. yet everything is accomplished. The worst has been done in turmoil. however defective it may be. add what is specifically your own. and those that move. never sins. He who does his duty as his own nature reveals it.” – Lao Tzu “I have just three things to teach: simplicity. “ – Benjamin Franklin “Words may show a man’s wit but actions his meaning. “ – Lao Tzu “Nature does not hurry. is always more important than any established style or system. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.” – Peter Drucker "Absorb what is useful.
’ “ – Lao Tzu “Those who have knowledge. as well as perspiration. intelligence. the more efficient your body The more efficient your body. and Common sense. system. don’t have knowledge. Edison “The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work. “ – Thomas A. By changing what we link pain and pleasure to. Those who predict.” – Tony Robbins “Live with passion!” – Tony Robbins “Energy and persistence conquer all things. “ – Thomas A. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought. Edison Efficiency / Effectiveness “Efficiency is doing better what is already being done. and honest purpose. The good leader is he who the people revere. “ – Benjamin Franklin Failure “There is no such thing as failure. “ – Peter Drucker “It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt. and emotions to link pain or pleasure to whatever we choose. planning. “ – Thomas A.” – Thomas A. the faster and more powerful you will be. bodies. we will instantly change our behaviors. finds few to agree with him. Edison . if one has the courage to admit them. “ – Thomas A. “ – Lao Tzu “The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.” – Peter Drucker “There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” – Tony Robbins “Passion is the genesis of genius. “ – Bruce Lee “Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.” – Thomas A. Edison “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. take responsibility. “One who is too insistent on his own views. the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results. “ – Lao Tzu “It is astonishing what an effort it seems to be for many people to put their brains definitely and systematically to work. Hack away at the unessential.” – Thomas A.” – Tony Robbins “Whatever happens. effectiveness is doing the right things.” – Peter Drucker “The most efficient way to produce anything is to bring together under one management as many as possible of the activities needed to turn out the product. “ – Bruce Lee “I have not failed. Edison “There’s a way to do it better – find it. Edison “A place for everything.” – Lao Tzu “Being busy does not always mean real work. there are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something.” – Peter Drucker “Efficiency is doing things right. Edison “Hell. “ – Thomas A. Edison “I start where the last man left off. Stick-toitiveness. The great leader is he who the people say. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. ‘We did it ourselves. There are only results. I’ve just found 10. don’t predict. Edison “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. “ – Bruce Lee “The less effort. everything in its place. “ – Benjamin Franklin “A small leak can sink a great ship. Seeming to do is not doing. “ – Lao Tzu “The wicked leader is he who the people despise.” – Tony Robbins “The truth is that we can learn to condition our minds. “ – Thomas A.000 ways that won’t work. “ – Lao Tzu “Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. “ – Benjamin Franklin Energy Management “The higher your energy level.” – Tony Robbins “Mistakes are always forgivable.
you don’t try — you don’t take the risk. Edison “To have a great idea. They simply have impotent goals – that is. Continue to reach out. “ – Peter Drucker “Management is doing things right. you don’t set high goals. or any of your space. man. “ – Thomas A.” – Tony Robbins "One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus. You will know failure. have a lot of them. you don’t branch out. let us pardon reciprocally each other’s folly — that is the first law of nature. “ – Thomas A. To me. Perhaps he has. Edison “What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity." – Vince Lombardi "Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm." – Soichiro Honda "If you want to increase your success rate." – Thomas Watson." – Ralph Waldo Emerson "If you don’t accept failure as a possibility. benefits in marble.” – Voltaire “Do not fear mistakes. It’s whether you get up again. but you don’t dwell on it. “ – Benjamin Franklin “Write injuries in dust. Close the door on the past. double your failure rate. “ – Lao Tzu Goals “People are not lazy." – Henry Ford “Fall seven times." – George Burns "Indecision and delays are the parents of failure. leadership is doing the right things.” – Japanese Proverb "You build on failure. “ – Benjamin Franklin "I don’t know the key to success. “ – Thomas A. success can only be achieved through repeated failure and introspection. you may end up where you are heading." – George Canning "Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. Edison “They say President Wilson has blundered.” – Tony Robbins “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. Sr "It’s not whether you get knocked down." – Johnny Cash "The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.” – Peter Drucker “The best way to predict the future is to create it. I have gotten a lot of results." – Napoleon Hill "Our greatest glory is not in never failing." – Bill Cosby "There is no failure except in no longer trying. but in rising up every time we fail. I know several thousand things that won’t work. but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. Ninety percent of the time you don’t." – Tony Robbins “If you do not change direction. You use it as a stepping stone. “ – Thomas A. but I notice he usually blunders forward." – Rosalynn Carter "Many people dream of success. goals that do not inspire them." – Elbert Hubbard "I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate. Edison “When I have fully decided that a result is worth getting I go ahead of it and make trial after trial until it comes. “ – Thomas A. Most people dabble their way through life.” – Peter Drucker . or any of your time. “Results! Why. Edison “Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.” – Tony Robbins “Management by objective works – if you know the objectives." – Winston Churchill Focus “Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives. We are all formed of frailty and error. we never concentrate our power. Stand up eight. You don’t try to forget the mistakes. You don’t let it have any of your energy. never deciding to master anything in particular.
“ – Tony Robbins “If you want to be successful. the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one’s potential. everybody will respect you.” – Tony Robbins “Using the power of decision gives you the capacity to get past any excuse to change any and every part of your life in an instant.” – Peter Drucker “A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer. “ – Socrates “The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear. and as a result. “A goal is not always meant to be reached. Involve me and I learn. “ – Thomas A.” – Bruce Lee “If you always put limit on everything you do. It will spread into your work and into your life.” – Tony Robbins “How am I going to live today in order to create the tomorrow I’m committed to?” – Tony Robbins “I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. such words as improvement. we would literally astound ourselves. they get better answers. physical or anything else.” – Bruce Lee “When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete. whether that view is accurate or not. it often serves simply as something to aim at. and increased constantly. “ – Socrates “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Tony Robbins “There’s always a way – if you’re committed.” – Tony Robbins “There’s no abiding success without commitment.” – Bruce Lee “Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. “ – Benjamin Franklin “It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them. find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same results. achievement. “ – Lao Tzu Improvement “If you do what you’ve always done. “ – Bruce Lee “At the center of your being you have the answer. “ – Benjamin Franklin Motivation and Mindset . challenged. you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” – Tony Robbins “Follow effective action with quiet reflection. Teach me and I remember. “ – Tony Robbins “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped. or it vanishes.” – Tony Robbins “We will act consistently with our view of who we truly are. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach. and you must not stay there. “ – Lao Tzu “If we did all the things we are capable of.” – Peter Drucker “Knowledge has to be improved. you must go beyond them. There are only plateaus. “ – Tony Robbins “Successful people ask better questions. “ – Benjamin Franklin “Tell me and I forget.” – Tony Robbins “Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character. There are no limits. you know who you are and you know what you want. so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action. and success have no meaning. Edison “Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings. “ – Benjamin Franklin “Without continual growth and progress. To me. who walk their talk.
” – Tony Robbins “I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy. the whole world belongs to you. what we consider possible or impossible. and great things in that which is small.” – Tony Robbins “Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. “ – Lao Tzu “Discontent is the first necessity of progress.” – Tony Robbins “Take control of your consistent emotions and begin to consciously and deliberately reshape your daily experience of life. Non-being is the greatest joy. but our beliefs as to what those events mean. responds to it. and exploits it as an opportunity. “ – Peter Drucker “All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy. “ – Thomas A. have the people around you feel a lot more pleasure than they do pain. Contentment is the greatest treasure.” – Tony Robbins “What we can or cannot do. though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens.” – Tony Robbins “We are the only beings on the planet who lead such rich internal lives that it’s not the events that matter most to us. it’s never the environment.” – Tony Robbins “It’s not the events of our lives that shape us. “You see. “ – Peter Drucker “Accept the fact that we have to treat almost anybody as a volunteer. rejoice in the way things are. it’s never the events of our lives. and then he gets discouraged. If you are not afraid of dying. If you do that. it’s how we interpret those events that will determine how we think about ourselves and how we will act in the future. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives. there is nothing you will try to hold on to. life controls you. “ – Lao Tzu “Ambition has one heel nailed in well. “ – Tony Robbins “In life you need either inspiration or desperation.” – Tony Robbins “The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. and so my reward. what we contribute… that gives meaning to our lives. “ – Lao Tzu “Love is of all passions the strongest. “ – Lao Tzu “To know yet to think that one does not know is best. Edison “I never did a day’s work in my life. When you realize there is nothing lacking. there is nothing you cannot achieve. Edison “Nearly every man who develops an idea works it up to the point where it looks impossible. Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty. but rather. you’re in control of your life. It was all fun. in the work that precedes what the world calls success.” – Tony Robbins “The entrepreneur always searches for change. the heart and the senses. “ – Lao Tzu “Health is the greatest possession. but the meaning we attach to the events – how we interpret them – that shapes who we are today and who we’ll become tomorrow. If you don’t. for it attacks simultaneously the head. “ – Thomas A.” – Lao Tzu “If you realize that all things change. That’s not the place to become discouraged. “ – Thomas A.” – Tony Robbins “It is not what we get. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are. Edison “I find my greatest pleasure.” – Tony Robbins “Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy: true fulfillment. is rarely a function of our true capability. Edison . Confidence is the greatest friend. “ – Lao Tzu “Be Content with what you have. But who we become.” – Tony Robbins “My definition of success is to live your life in a way that causes you to feel a ton of pleasure and very little pain – and because of your lifestyle. “ – Thomas A.
“ – Bruce Lee 4. and it offers us the privilege. He who conquers himself is mighty. Edison “A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. “ – Benjamin Franklin “Any fool can criticize. opportunity. Edison 6. Edison 8. Edison 7. “To hell with circumstances. “The meeting of preparation with opportunity generates the offspring we call luck. Edison 9. for I know one thing. He who knows himself is enlightened.” – Lao Tzu “Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have. “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. He who knows himself has discernment. “ – Benjamin Franklin “Many people die at twenty five and aren’t buried until they are seventy five.“ – Socrates “The unexamined life is not worth living “ – Socrates “True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing. mastering yourself is true power.” – Lao Tzu “He who knows others is clever. “I never did anything by accident. “ – Thomas A. “ – Benjamin Franklin 11.” – Tony Robbins 3.“ – Bruce Lee “He who conquers others is strong.” – John Steinbeck "Failures don’t plan to fail. expense is constant and certain: and it is easier to build two chimneys than to keep one in fuel. “ – Thomas A. you are preparing to fail. and that is that I know nothing. There will be sleeping enough in the grave. “What you are will show in what you do.” – Lao Tzu “He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough. Mastering yourself is true power. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. “ – Lao Tzu 5.” – Lao Tzu “Knowing others is intelligence.“ – Lao Tzu “He who is contented is rich. they came by work. Let reality be reality.“ – Lao Tzu “Mastering others is strength. “ – Thomas A. Mastering others is strength.“ – Lao Tzu “He who controls others may be powerful. they fail to plan. condemn and complain and most fools do. “ – Benjamin Franklin 10. "Success breeds success. but he who has mastered himself is mightier still. I create opportunities. “There is far more opportunity than there is ability.” – Socrates “I am the wisest man alive. Edison “He is richest who is content with the least. “ – Benjamin Franklin “Gain may be temporary and uncertain." – Harvey Mackay Opportunity 1. but ever while you live.” – Tony Robbins 2.” – Benjamin Franklin “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry." Self-Awareness “To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person. “To succeed. “Diligence is the mother of good luck. “ – Thomas A. for content is the wealth of nature. Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect. “Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless. knowing yourself is true wisdom. and responsibility to give something back by becoming more. jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” – Lao Tzu “He who knows others is wise. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. nor did any of my inventions come by accident.“ – Thomas A.“ – Socrates . “Life is a gift. “ – Thomas A.“ – Lao Tzu “To realize that you do not understand is a virtue. “ – Benjamin Franklin Planning “By failing to prepare.
” – Bruce Lee “Beware the barrenness of a busy life.“ – Socrates “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. serve yourself. “ – Benjamin Franklin “Employ thy time well. “ – Socrates “Do not squander time for that is the stuff life is made of. ourselves. for time is what life is made up of.” – Benjamin Franklin “If you would have a faithful servant. “ – Benjamin Franklin “You may delay. if thou meanest to gain leisure. and the world around us. “ – Benjamin Franklin “Lost time is never found again. but time will not. “True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life.” – Peter Drucker “If you love life. don’t waste time.” – Benjamin Franklin . and one that you like. “ – Benjamin Franklin “Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste. you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year – and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade!” – Tony Robbins “Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed. “ – Benjamin Franklin Time Management “Once you have mastered time.
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