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The Secret of Your SUCCESS

A Treasury of Quotations, Proverbs, and Insights

Written and Compiled by

John W. Bippus

Published by

Anchor Publishing

The Anchor Trade Centre

11811 Anchor Lane

Three Rivers, MI 49093

Copyright © 2009 by John Bippus Charities

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ISBN: 978-0-578-04644-0

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John Bippus

John is a professional asset advisor and the CEO of a multi faceted Michigan based service firm. He has friends (clients, customers, and business affiliations) throughout the United States of America. John and his team are dedicated to the people they work with and are committed to helping them succeed. For John personal relationships are among the greatest rewards. I wish for you a life of prosperity, health, fulfilling relationships and happiness. A life filled with promise; where you believe in your ability to dream, acheive and share.

John Bippus


Ab out the Author

I stood in front of the sixth grade class. It was career day. “I’m a Salesman,” I said.

“What do you sell?” asked a girl with purple braces.

“I sell the services of my firm.”

“When you were growing up did you want to be a salesman?” asked another girl.

“Yes,” I said and thought back to my childhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana. “Ever since I was seven years old I knew I would have my own business and be a salesman. I used to pretend I had my own business using a closet for an office and a foot stool my dad made for a desk. Our neighbor was a salesman and he gave me some of his brochures.”

“What was your first job?” she asked.

“I picked blackberries in the woods across the street from our house and sold them door to door in the neighborhood.”

“What was the easiest thing you ever sold?” a boy in a blue and gold U of M shirt asked.

“When I was twelve my dad and mom opened a service station. People drove up to the pump; I asked them if they wanted regular or premium and if I could fill their tank.


I washed their car windows, checked the oil, and put air in the tires. If they needed wiper blades, oil, or new tires I told the customer and then my dad would come out and help them.” Life was pretty simple back then, I thought to myself. “Do you talk people into buying things, can you sell ice cubes to Eskimos?” a boy with curly red hair and freckles asked.

I laughed. “Of course; where do you think Eskimo Pie comes from?” But I had to add, “Just kidding.”

I continued, “Successful sales people sell products and services to people who want what the salesperson is selling. They ask the customer as many questions as they need to in order to find out if what they are offering is what the customer needs.”


“What if you don’t have what they need?” a boy in the back blurted out.

“Then you refer them to someone new who can help them,” I said.

“Why not just sell them what you want them to buy?” he asked. The student next to him chimed in, “Won’t you go broke if people don’t buy from you?” Ah, this was a lesson I’d been fortunate enough to learn early on. “People do business,” I said, “with people they like, trust and who ask them for their business. How long do you think people will trust you or like you if you talk them into something that’s not right for them?”

“That sounds too easy,” said a girl with red and green glasses. “There has to be more to it than that.”

“You’re right, there is. Once you earn the trust of a customer you treat them so well that they stay with you for life and they send their friends to you.” It was just that simple.


“Do you have a lot of customers?” asked the girl.

“Today I have many clients and customers, friends really. My role is one of: advisor, counselor, mentor, and trusted friend. My staff and I work very closely with our clients to ensure their success.”

The teacher looked my way. “We have to wrap this up, so just one more question,” she told the class.

The boy with the red hair raised his hand and I nodded to him. “Would you recommend your job to other people?”

I thought a moment. “If you like working with people and meeting their needs, I most certainly would.”


What people are saying about John Bippus

Our firm has worked closely with Mr. Bippus for many years. We have been very satisfied with the work he has done for us. He has earned our trust and has conducted his business in an ethical and professional manner. We especially appreciate his sensitivity to the needs of our clients. I would not hesitate to recommend Mr. Bippus.

Ron Lantz, Professional Fiduciary Services

If you want to work with a professional who will truly respect your best interest, call John Bippus. He works with you, as if you were in a partnership. I like having his expertise on my side. John’s services are easy to use, cost effective, and produce great results.

Pat Klingerman, Area Manager, Walters Dimmick Petroleum

I give John high marks on courtesy, professionalism, responsiveness and results. When the need arises I will recommend his firm to friends and colleagues.

Eric Schertzing, Ingham County Treasurer


Thank you for all you did … It was a pleasure to deal with you because of your caring attitude. You were more of a friend than a business acquaintance.

Marlene Hotovy

John, thank you for all your hard work and assistance on past and future real estate projects. You and your staff are always professional, courteous, and responsive to our needs. Whenever a need arises I recommend your firm to business associates, family, and friends.

Jamie Clark, President, Central Manufacturing Services

John and the Bippus family are very well respected in business and in the community in the Three Rivers area. Engage his services and John will work very hard to produce positive results for you.

Michigan State Representative Matt Lori

As a part of my job we occasionally have properties to sell and I never dread it as I know John will take care of all things needed to proceed with such a task. Everything done and nothing left for me to finish. I love it! I have in the past and will continue to recommend his services to anyone in need. It is truly a pleasure doing business with John and his staff.

Jacque Smith, Guardianship & Alternatives Inc.


I can recommend John Bippus and his staff without hesitation. We have worked successfully with him for several years and have always been pleased with his honesty and integrity in conducting our auction sales, as well as his knowledge and experience in real estate markets. John has the unique ability to relate to a wide variety of people and personalities and in doing so is able to achieve the results we seek. We count on John!

Holly Moon, Newaygo County Treasurer

Working with John and his company has always been an enjoyable experience. John is sensitive to my needs, thoughtful and dependable. He does what he says he is going to do. I rate him a “10” in all the areas that count: professionalism, courtesy, responsiveness and results.

Patricia Porter-Dipka, Citizens Bank

Our interaction with John Bippus has been and continues to be more on a friend level than on a business level, although we did purchase a piece of property through John’s efforts as a realtor. From both of these perspectives, we find John to be caring, concerned, giving, ethical, and above all else willing to go above and beyond what is expected to make both friendship and business dealings a positive experience for all of those involved.

Doug & Lola Gross


John Bippus handled a very difficult situation in a very professional manner. I appreciate his help and will work with him again.

Ivan Johnson, National City Bank

We were very impressed with you and your team. We highly recommend your services. You gave us regular updates, did what you said you would do when you said you would do it. I rate your services 9.8 out of 10.

Tom Kinney, Independent Bank

I find I do not have to worry about any of the details when John and his team are involved. I give them very high marks on professionalism, courtesy, and responsiveness.

Joy Ebig, Guardianship Services of Saginaw County

In 18 years I found working with John Bippus and his team to be one of the top firms. I rate their service very highly, and I would recommend their service to anyone who had a need.

Carrie Dickerson, SVP, Citizens Bank

John, you took such a load off of me, Thank you again for the fine job…

Helen Harvey


Our agency would not hesitate to recommend Mr. Bippus. We have been very satisfied with the work he has done. John has earned our trust and has conducted his business in an ethical and professional manner. We have been especially appreciative of his sensitivity to the needs of our clients, who are usually in situations less than ideal.

Florence Ann Kozak, Guardian Inc.

John, you did exactly what you said you would, when you said you would do it. I have in the past and will continue to recommend you.

Thomas J. Fournier, PhD, CSW

Joan and I would like to congratulate you on the fine effort that you and your team provided. Your professionalism and positive attitude offer one the feeling of confidence and assurance that his interests are in capable hands.

Bernie and Joan King, Developers, Cote St. Luc, Quebec

In all of my associations with John Bippus and his team I was treated with great courtesy. I always felt they were acting in my best interest and they were extremely patient with some very difficult circumstances I presented to them. I recommend the services of John Bippus without hesitation.

Lorraine Titus


We are thinking of you and thanking you, your thoughtfulness meant a lot to us.

Mr. & Mrs. R. W. Decker

John and his staff delivered on everything they said. I tell everyone I know what a good job they did for me.

Doug Clemence

You made me a believer. John, your knowledge, hard work and enthusiasm gave me complete trust in you. Your work ended in my complete satisfaction both in price and service.

Phyllis Koch



To my grandson, Logan James Bippus, born August 26, 2009.

Dear Logan,

I have been looking forward to your arrival since long before your father was born.

This book is dedicated to you.

You and I already have something in common. We both have great dads who married well giving us both great mothers.

I am as proud of your dad as I know he will be of you. Listen and learn from him. He is a fine young man.

Be inspired to aspire to be a good person, live a good life and help others do the same. That is my wish for you.

I Love you,



Special Acknowledgment

To Sharon Bippus, for being my sounding board, for patient guidance, and a special thank you for editing the book.

To Brian Tracy, America’s Leading Business Authority on Success and Jim Rohn, America’s Foremost Business Philosopher. All of their respective material presented in this book is copyrighted and used with permission.

A very special thank you to my friends and family who also contributed to this book:

Doug & Lola Gross, Ann Rosenbaum, Patricia Potter-Dipka, Ken Parrish, L. Ron Zubriski, Vera Bippus, Jamie Clark, Dick Walters, Jim Sobeske, Jackie Smith, John Dimmick, Dwight Tony, David Warren, Joseph Bippus, Holly Moon, Joy Ebig, James L. Bippus, James G. Bippus, Georgia Callis, Ed Durnil, Linda Staples, Matt Lori, Julia Bird, Walt Driggers, Pat Klingerman, Sharon Bippus, Sandy Alderfer, Wendy Moore, Ray Matison, and Eric Schertzing.



About the Author....................................................................iv

What people are saying about John Bippus ...........................ix


Special Acknowledgment .....................................................xvi

Introduction.......................................................................... xix

Change Your World............................................................... xxi

Personal Success................................................................. xxiii

Success.................................................................................... 1

Belief..................................................................................... 11

Imagination........................................................................... 23

Goals ..................................................................................... 31

Action.................................................................................... 39

Honesty & Integrity .............................................................. 51

Courage................................................................................. 59

Opportunity .......................................................................... 69

Change .................................................................................. 79

Responsibility........................................................................ 89

Persistence ........................................................................... 97

Character ............................................................................ 109

Leadership .......................................................................... 121

Advice ................................................................................. 131

Wisdom............................................................................... 145


Business & Professional Success ........................................ 155

Build a Winning Team......................................................... 175

Lifetime Must-Read Books.................................................. 179

Personal Development ....................................................... 180

Leadership & Business ........................................................ 182

Additional Resources .......................................................... 183

More Great Resources........................................................ 184

Epilogue .............................................................................. 187



I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence I can reach for, perfection is God’s business.

Michael J. Fox

Use the good thoughts of wise people.

Leo Tolstoy

I trust you will find this book insightful, entertaining, and useful. This treasury of quotations, proverbs, and insights is intended to inspire, teach, and motivate you to: Reach for life’s most fulfilling achievements, realize your own potential, and to appreciate all that life has to offer. These pages contain the secrets that will serve you well as you build a successful life. The power is within you, use it.

John Bippus

P.S. Life is supposed to be fun, too.

This book is intended to be studied, to be a handy reference and a primer for additional study. The key word is studied. Use a pen and a highlighter, dog-ear pages, and use post-it notes.


Change Your World

You cannot change the world, but you can present the world with one improved person, yourself. You can go to work on yourself to make yourself into the kind of person you admire and respect. You can become a role model and set a standard for others. You can control and discipline yourself to resist acting or speaking in a negative way toward anyone for any reason. You can insist upon always doing things the loving way rather than the hurtful way. By doing these things each day, you can continue on your journey toward becoming an exceptional human being.

Brian Tracy


Personal Success

Personal success is laughter, peace of mind, and a sense of well being. It is creative freedom, relationships, enthusiasm, and health. Personal success is the expansion of wealth and abundance in service to others. It is in owning a dog or two. It is living your life with intention and making a difference in the world. My view of personal success incorporates qualities that not only will enhance you as a person, but

also help you to build successful personal, business, and professional relationships.

John Bippus



The greatest reward you get in life is not measured in money or things, but in the knowledge that someone has benefited by his or her interaction with you.

Doug Gross

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And you will succeed. Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three quarters percent guaranteed!

Dr. Seuss

There is only one success -- to be able to spend your life in your own way.

Christopher Morley

Successful people are ordinary people with determination.

John Bippus

Try not to become a success, but rather try to become a man of value.

Albert Einstein



To be really successful, you need to have a couple of these qualities: maverick, juvenile delinquent, or non- conformist.

Frederick Meijer

Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.

Dr. Joyce Brothers

If you want to be successful, it’s just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing.

Will Rodgers

For true success ask yourself these four questions: Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now?

James Allen

It is better to light one small candle that to curse the darkness.



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In the end, you’re measured not by how much you undertake but by how much you finally accomplish.

Donald Trump

My list of ingredients for success is divided into four basic groups: Inward, Outward, Upward, and Onward.

David Thomas

Success is a journey, not a destination.

Ben Sweetland

If you’re looking for high returns invest in yourself.

John Bippus

Self-assurance is two-thirds of success.

Gaelic Proverb



I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can't truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles.

Zig Ziglar

The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs…one step at a time.

Joe Girard

Success often comes to those who can see way down the road.

Laing Burns, Jr.

God gives every bird a worm, but he does not throw it in the nest.

Swedish Proverb

So far the only successful substitute for brains is silence.



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The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty.

Zig Ziglar

Truth, self control, asceticism, generosity, non-injury, constancy in virtue – these are the means of success, not case or family.


A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.

David Brinkley

Success is not so much what we have as it is what we are.

Jim Rohn

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.

Abraham Lincoln



Three killers of success are impatience, greed and thinking you can get something for nothing.

John Bippus

Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.

David Frost

Formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil.

J. Paul Getty

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.

Dale Carnegie

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.

Booker T. Washington


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Successful people do not mistake intention for accomplishments.

John Bippus

The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces.


Take Time: Take time to think- It is the source of all power. Take time to read- It is the fountain of wisdom.

Take time to play- It is the source of perpetual youth. Take time to be quiet- It is the opportunity to seek God. Take time to be aware- It is the opportunity to help others. Take time to love and be loved- It is God’s greatest gift.



Take time to laugh- It is the music of the soul. Take time to be friendly- It is the road to happiness.

Take time to dream- It is what the future is made of. Take time to pray- It is the greatest power on earth. Take time to give- It is too short a day to be selfish. Take time to work- It is the price of success. There is a time for everything.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8



We must believe we can succeed or by definition we have already failed.

Jon M. Huntsman

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Thought is the original source of all wealth, all success, all material gain, all great discoveries and inventions, and of all achievement.

Claude M. Bristol

Contributed by Linda Staples

Belief in yourself is like rocket fuel, once ignited it blasts you off the launching pad.

John Bippus

Everything counts.

Walt Driggers



Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one’s levels of aspiration and expectation.

Jack Nicklaus

Your mental attitude is something you can control outright and you must use discipline until you create a positive mental attitude – your mental attitude attracts to you everything that makes you what you are.

Napoleon Hill

You become what you think about.

Earl Nightingale

He who believes the past cannot be changed has yet to write his memoirs.

Torvald Gahlin

In order to succeed we must first believe that we can.

Michael Korda


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You’ve got to believe in yourself and believe that you have something to offer this world that nobody else has.

Joel Osteen

I intend to live forever, or die trying.

Groucho Marx

There’s none so blind as those who won’t see.

English Proverb

What you think about expands: What you think about is everything.

John Bippus

Order is the first law of the universe.




If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn’t have it in the beginning.

Mahatma Gandhi

As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.

Proverbs 23:7

You are your deep, driving desire.

As your desire is, so is your will.

As your will is, so is your deed.

As your deed is, so is your destiny.

Brihadaranyaka Upanishad IV.4.5


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You are what you think. You are what you go for. You are what you do!

Bob Richards

Whether you think you can or think you can’t -- you are right.

Henry Ford

Change your thoughts and you change the world.

Harold R. McAlindon

There are two kinds of talent, man-made talent and God- given talent. With man-made talent, you have to work very hard. With God given talent, you just touch it up once in a while.

Pearl Bailey

Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results.

James Allen



You get what you’re supposed to get. Laura Bell Bundy

Contributed by Patricia Potter-Dipka

A person is able to see only what he is prepared to see.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’ve always thought this quote speaks to the need to be open-minded and receptive to new ideas and new thinking; in other words, you must be welcoming of new and different ideas in order to be prepared to recognize their value.

Contributed by David Warren

The quality of your thinking has a direct influence on your decisions. Your decisions guide your actions and your actions produce your results.

John Bippus


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You and I are essentially infinite choice-makers. In every moment of our existence, we are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices.

Deepak Chopra

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.


Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but by how we react to what happens; not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst… a spark that creates extraordinary results.


You must be willing to give up what you have become to become what you desire to be.

John Bippus



As long as you’re going to think, think big.

Donald Trump

Keep your mind off the things you don’t want by keeping it on the things you do want.

W. Clement Stone

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.

William James

Contributed by Walt Driggers

They can because they think they can.



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We can do only what we think we can do. We can be only what we think we can be. We can have only what we think we can have. What we do, what we are, what we have, all depend upon what we think.

Robert Collier

You have to believe it's possible and believe in yourself. Because after you've decided what you want, you have to believe it's possible, and possible for you, not just for other people. Then you need to seek out models, mentors, and coaches.

Jack Canfield

I have never seen a monument erected to a pessimist.

Paul Harvey

If you believe that some day it's going to happen, some day it probably will happen. You just have to make sure you're there when it's happening, and ideally you're at the front of the parade, and the principle beneficiary of when it happens, but it's not a kind of thing where you just sort of sit back and wait.

Steve Case



To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

Anatole France

It’s not who you are that hold you back, it’s who you think you’re not.




A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

Antoine de Saint- Exupery

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Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall at last unveil.

John Ruskin

Life begins at birth; the rest is up to our imagination.


Use the power of your imagination to visualize the possibilities and plan outcomes. The best solution to a problem is almost always the most creative one.


Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the whole world.

Albert Einstein

The best way to predict your future is to create it.

Stephen R. Covey



Don’t be afraid to innovate; be different: following the herd is a sure way to mediocrity.

Investor’s Business Daily

Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.

Jonathan Swift

The voyage of discovery is not in seeing new landscapes but in having new eyes.

Kenneth Cole

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Your imagination enables you to preview your future.

John Bippus


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Live in your imagination, not in your history.

Stephen Covey

Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming after all is a form of planning.

Gloria Steinem

Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create.

Albert Einstein

Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul; the blue prints of your ultimate achievements.

Napoleon Hill



Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.

James Allen

Imagination is as a skill, learn to use it.

John Bippus

You see things; and say, Why? But I dream things that never were; and I say, Why not?

George Bernard Shaw

People who soar are those who refuse to sit back, sigh, and wish things would change. They neither complain of their lot nor passively dream of some distant ship coming in. Rather, they visualize in their minds that they are not quitters; they will not allow life’s circumstances to push them down and hold them under.

Charles Swindoll


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By believing passionately in something that does not yet exist, we create it.

Nikos Kazantzakis

Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.

Lauren Bacall

Without this playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.

Carl Jung

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.

Dr. Seuss

Our aspirations are our possibilities.

Robert Browning



Let your imagination release your imprisoned possibilities.

Robert H. Schuller

To fly as fast as a thought, to anywhere that is. He said you must begin by knowing that you have already arrived.

Richard Bach

All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers.

Orison Swett Marden

Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed.

Joseph Addison

I believe in the imagination. What I cannot see is infinitely more important than what I can see.

Duane Michals


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I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.

Pablo Picasso

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.


It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.

Henry David Thoreau

The man who has no imagination has no wings.

Muhammad Ali

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.

Edgar Allan Poe



If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.

Andrew Carnegie

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Choose your destiny; commit your goals to paper and create an action plan to achieve them.

John Bippus

A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.

Charles M. Schwab

What kind of person will I need to become to get all I want?

Jim Rohn

You have to have a plan. Without goals and a plan in place, you won’t end up in the right place.

Joel Osteen



If you learn to appreciate more of what you already have, you will find yourself having more to appreciate.

Michael Angier

Anyone who says they work just for the money has given up the hope that anything more is possible.

Peter Block

Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.

Jim Rohn

Lifelong learning prepares you for lifelong success.

John Bippus


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The time will come when winter will ask us: What were you doing all the summer?

Bohemian Proverb

The reason most goals are not achieved is that we spend our time doing second things first.

Robert J. McKain

You can’t reach a goal you don’t have.

John Bippus

We all need lots of powerful long range goals to help us past the short term obstacles.

Jim Rohn



The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you’re not going to stay where you are.

John Pierpont Morgan

If one does not know to which port he is sailing, no wind is favorable.


People with goals succeed because they know where they are going.

Earl Nightingale

Attention fuels intention. Intention drives outcomes.

John Bippus


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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.


Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.

Jim Rohn

The world has the habit of making room for the man whose words and actions show that he knows where he is going.

Napoleon Hill

Your actions reveal your thoughts.

John Bippus

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.

Ralph Waldo Emerson



We must be careful not to let our current appetites steal away any chance we might have for a future feast.

Jim Rohn

Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you’re still alive, it isn’t.

Richard Bach

Without some goals and some effort to reach them, no man can live.

John Dewey


The Secret of Your Success

The greatest danger for most is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.


Successful people can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who they will be sharing the journey with.


If you don’t know where you are going, you can never get lost.

Herb Cohen

Every survival kit should include a sense of humor.


Better to eat bread in peace than cake amidst turmoil.

Slovakian Proverb



If you wait for everything to be perfect before taking action -- you will never get there.

Jim Sobeske

The Secret of Your Success

A peasant would have to stand on a hillside for a long time with his mouth open before a roast duck would fly into it.

Chinese Proverb

Contributed by David Warren

Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Half effort does not produce half results. It produces no results. Continuous hard work is the only way to accomplish results that last.

Pat Klingerman

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

Will Rodgers

The beginning is half of every action.

Greek Proverb



The difference between having a real vision for your life and wishful thinking is what you do day to day.

John Bippus

No regrets.

Take every opportunity and push it to the end. Live with no regrets.

Ann Rosenbaum

Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.

Henri Bergson


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Think “how” not “if”.

John Bippus

We think in generalities, but we live in detail.

Alfred North Whitehead

TAKE ACTION! It is easier to think than to do.

Jim Rohn

By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.

Benjamin Franklin

The day on which one starts out is not the time to start one’s preparation.

African Proverb

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

Oprah Winfrey



If people are suffering, then they must look within themselves… Happiness is not something readymade Buddha can give you. It comes from your own actions.

The Dalai Lama

Skill to do comes of doing.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.

Henry Ford

The time is always right to do what is right.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Knowledge is essential, but action is imperative.

John Bippus


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Don’t let the things you cannot do get it the way of the things you can do.

John Wooden

Start where you are, break down the goal to manageable action items, and do them – start now.

John Bippus

Things that matter most should never be at the mercy of things that matter least.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Make the most of it. Every moment of each day counts. Our best recourse is to live life with intensity and exhilaration – in thought, experience, action, and deed.

Paul Kurtz



He who would climb the ladder must begin at the bottom.

English Proverb

The man who is born with a talent which he is meant to use finds his greatest happiness in using it.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in which direction we’re moving.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

If you are never scared or embarrassed or hurt, it means you never take chances.

Julia Soul


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Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.

Albert Einstein

All great things are done for their own sake.

Robert Frost

Not merely what we do, but what we try to do and why, are the true interpreters of what we are.

C. H. Woodward

Begin somewhere; you cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do.

Liz Smith



If I miss one day’s piano practice, I notice it. If I miss two days, the critics notice it. If I miss three days, the audience notices it.

Ignacy Paderewski

I studied the lives of great men and famous women, and I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm.

Harry S. Truman

The richest soil, if uncultivated, produces the rankest weeds.



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I find that the harder I work the more luck I seem to have.

Thomas Jefferson

Things you’ve never achieved before can only be achieved by doing things you’ve never done before.

John Bippus

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.

Lin Yu Tang



To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it.

Mother Teresa

The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.

Stephen R. Covey

The crime which bankrupts man and nations is that of turning aside from one’s main purpose to serve a job here and there.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

What may be done at any time will be done at no time.

Scottish Proverb


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Don’t put off until tomorrow what may be done today.

English Proverb

The immature mind hops from one thing to another, the mature mind seeks to follow through.

Harry A. Overstreet

Successful people form the habit of doing what failures don’t like to do. They like the results they get by doing what they don’t necessarily enjoy.

Earl Nightingale

You may have the loftiest goals, the highest ideals, the noblest dreams, but remember this, nothing works unless you do.

Nido Qubein


Honesty & Integrity

I believe that one's integrity is their most valuable asset.

John Dimmick

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Integrity is not a shield against injustice; it is assurance against self defeat.

L. Ron Zubriski

Integrity is the most valuable and respected quality of leadership. Always keep your word.

Brian Tracy

A clear conscience is a soft pillow.

German Proverb

Keep your promises. Be honest and dependable. Honesty is still the best policy.

John Bippus

Honesty in the workplace can’t be regulated. It has to be encouraged by leaders who themselves are honest and willing to admit their failures.

Carol Hymowitz


Honesty & Integrity

Know your truth, speak your truth, live your truth.

Eileen Hannegan

Half right is all wrong.

Sanford Alderfer

Integrity makes the road to success much easier.


Contributed by Sandy Alderfer

Keep secrets, maintain confidences.

John Bippus

It does not require many words to speak the truth.

Chief Joseph Seattle


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It is by the real that we exist, it is by the ideal that we live.

Victor Hugo

As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.

Andrew Carnegie

In my opinion, you’re always a better person when you admit you made a mistake. Most good people will almost always forgive you and have a greater respect for you for coming clean.

Charles L. Orenstein

Honesty is not something you do, honesty is who you are.

Dr. Dale Bronner

I may be old fashioned but I believe that your word and a handshake seal the deal.

John Bippus


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Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

Thomas Jefferson

Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.


Confidence on the outside begins by living with integrity on the inside.

Brian Tracy

Trust is the glue that holds everything together. Be a leader who can be trusted.


I have found that being honest is the best technique I can use. Right up front, tell people what you’re trying to accomplish and what you’re willing to sacrifice to accomplish it.

Lee Iacocca


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The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing . . . If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.

Groucho Marx

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

William Shakespeare

Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.

David Star Jordan

If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.

Alan Simpson

Those who flee temptation often leave a forwarding address.

Lane Olinghouse


Honesty & Integrity

The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.


Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.

W. Clement Stone

Honor your commitments with integrity.

Les Brown

Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not.

Oprah Winfrey



Only your mind can produce fear.

A Course In Miracles

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Successful people have the courage to take action in spite of what others might think.

John Bippus

One man with courage is a majority.

Thomas Jefferson

Contributed by Georgia Callis

It’s easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission.

American Proverb

Contributed by Joy Ebig

To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.

Ralph Waldo Emerson



A good sense of humor is essential to deal with the world’s reality.


Courage is a power within that inspires us to push on in the face of fear and difficulty. It is a quiet voice within that can make what seems impossible, possible.


Have the courage to rise above your circumstances.

Sharon Bippus

Who errs and mends, to God himself commends.

Spanish Proverb


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The Wright Brothers flew right through the smoke screen of impossibility.

Charles Franklin Kettering

We must constantly build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Courage is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical, and expecting more than others think is possible.




If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.

Ray Bradbury

Most people who succeed in the face of seemingly impossible conditions are people who simply don’t know how to quit.

Robert Schuller

You shouldn’t live in fear of stepping into something soft. We used to follow cows. When it was warm, it wasn’t so bad.

Frederick Meijer


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He who has a ‘why’ to live for can bear with almost any ‘how.’

Friedrich Nietzsche

Winners have the desire to win and develop the ability and capability to compete.

John Bippus

Fortune favors the brave.

Virgil 70-19 B.C.

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.

Phyllis Bottome

Act in the valley so you do not have to fear those who stand on the hill.

Danish Proverb



Don’t let the best you have done so far be the standard for the rest of your life.

Gustavus F. Swift

There are two ways of meeting difficulties: You alter the difficulties or you alter yourself meeting them.

Thomas Edison

A ship in harbor is safe – but that is not what ships are for.

John A. Shedd

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it.

Albert Einstein

Contributed by Walt Driggers


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Face the future with anticipation, not apprehension.

John Bippus

To do anything in this world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in, and scramble through as well as we can.

Sydney Smith

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.

Dr. Seuss



To convert ideas and good intentions into something real and positive takes time and perseverance.

Eugenio Mendoza

It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in the movement there is life, and in change there is power.

Alan Cohen

Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.

Baltasar Gracian

The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage.



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In your life’s journey, there will be excitement and fulfillment, boredom and routine, and even the occasional train wreck … But when you have picked a dream that is bigger than you personally, that truly reflect the ideals that you cherish, and that can positively affect others, then you will always have another reason for carrying on.

Pamela Melroy – Astronaut



Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try.

Dr. Seuss

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Opportunity begins within.

John Bippus

If I give you an egg, and you give me an egg, we will each have one egg. If I give you an idea, and you give me an idea, we each have two ideas.

West African Proverb

There are only two kinds of plans. Plans that might work and plans that won’t work …. You have to take a plan that might work and make it work.

Wesley Clark


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