What motivates you? What puts fire in your belly? Fuels you? Stirs your blood?

Failure defeats the mediocre but inspires winners to greater effort. The weak of mind accept negative frames handed to them by others; winners believe in themselves and use challenge as inspiration, the doubts of others as fuel to drive themselves onward. Stumbling blocks or stepping stones, often it’s a matter of choice and perspective. If we so choose, failure and discouragement can help make our desire burn white hot.

How do the attitudes and opinions of others impact you? Do you use positive feedback and praise to turbo charge yourself? Teflon coat yourself to deflect “stinking thinking”, discouragement, and negativity? While still staying open for any kernels of useful feedback amidst the chaff? i.e. “… trust yourself when all men doubt you but make allowance for their doubting too…” – Rudyard Kipling. Not saying it’s easy, saying it’s important!

Closing quotes:

“My sense of self is anchored deep within, from that flows wonderful peace.” – NSC

“A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.” – Proverb

“The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.” – Arthur C. Clarke

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand 

“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.” – FDR

As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier