The torch of preparation

Benjamin Franklin - Founding Fathers of the United States 

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

Abraham Lincoln - American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th president of the United States  

I will prepare and some day my chance will come.  

William Shakespeare - English playwright, poet, and actor  

All things are ready, if our mind be so. 

Bobby Knight - American former basketball coach 

The key is not the will to win… everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.

Muhammad Ali - American professional boxer, activist, and philanthropist 

I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion. 

D.C. Gonzalez - D.C. Gonzalez

A champion always prepares to win. 

Ernest Holmes - American writer

Prepare your mind to receive the best that life has to offer.

Darren Hardy - American author, keynote speaker, advisor, and former publisher of SUCCESS magazine

The (Complete) Formula for Getting Lucky: Preparation (personal growth) + Attitude (belief/mindset) + Opportunity (a good thing coming your way) + Action (doing something about it) = Luck

Louise Lynn Hay - American motivational author and the founder of Hay House

I have noticed that the Universe loves Gratitude. The more Grateful you are, the more goodies you get.

T. Harv Eker - Author, businessman and motivational speaker known for his theories on wealth and motivation

What you focus on expands.

Walter Mischel - Austrian-born American psychologist specializing in personality theory and social psychology

What we do, and how well we control our attention in the service of our goals, becomes part of the environment that we help create and that in turn influences us. This mutual influence shapes who and what we become, from our physical and mental health to the quality and length of our life.

Jose Silva - Mexican-American self-taught parapsychologist and author of the "Silva Method"

The greatest discovery you'll ever make, is the potential of your own mind.

Ralph Waldo Emerson - American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, abolitionist and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century

People only see what they are prepared to see.

Paulo Coelho - Brazilian lyricist and novelist, best known for his novel The Alchemist

The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.

Pema Chödrön - American Tibetan Buddhist. She is an ordained nun, former acharya of Shambhala Buddhism and disciple of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

The most difficult times for many of us are the ones we give ourselves. 

Brian Tracy - Canadian-American motivational public speaker and self-development author

The only real limitation on your abilities is the level of your desires. If you want it badly enough, there are no limits on what you can achieve.

John Milton Cage Jr. - American composer, music theorist, artist, and philosopher

If the mind is disciplined, the heart turns quickly from fear to love.

Blaise Pascal - French mathematician, physicist, inventor, philosopher, writer and Catholic theologian

All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.

Ryan Holiday is an American marketer and author

Stillness is what aims the archer’s arrow. It inspires new ideas. It sharpens perspective and illuminates connections.

Denis E. Waitley - American motivational speaker, writer and consultant

Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised.

Todd Henry - Author, international speaker, consultant, and advisor

You must get comfortable with eliminating things in your life that are getting in the way of clarity and focus.

Todd Henry - Author, international speaker, consultant, and advisor

You need to go beyond hacks and quick fixes, and instead develop practices.

James Clear - Author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Atomic Habits, which has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide

If you want better results, then forget about setting goals. Focus on your system instead.

Peter C. Brown - Writer and former management

It’s not just what you know, but how you practice what you know that determines how well the learning serves you later.

Peter C. Brown - Writer and former management

Learning is deeper and more durable when it’s effortful. Learning that’s easy is like writing in sand, here today and gone tomorrow.

Peter C. Brown - Writer and former management

Practice that’s spaced out, interleaved with other learning, and varied produces better mastery, longer retention, and more versatility. But these benefits come at a price: when practice is spaced, interleaved, and varied, it requires more effort. You feel the increased effort, but not the benefits the effort produces. Learning feels slower from this kind of practice, and you don’t get the rapid improvements and affirmations you’re accustomed to seeing from massed practice.

Josh Waitzkin - American chess player, martial arts competitor, and author. As a child, he was recognized as a prodigy, and won the U.S. Junior Chess championship in 1993 and 1994. The film Searching for Bobby Fischer is based on his early life

The key to pursuing excellence is to embrace an organic, long-term learning process, and not to live in a shell of static, safe mediocrity. Usually, growth comes at the expense of previous comfort or safety.

Josh Waitzkin - American chess player, martial arts competitor, and author. As a child, he was recognized as a prodigy, and won the U.S. Junior Chess championship in 1993 and 1994. The film Searching for Bobby Fischer is based on his early life

In the end, mastery involves discovering the most resonant information and integrating it so deeply and fully it disappears and allows us to fly free.

Amy Cuddy - American social psychologist, author and speaker. She is known for her promotion of "power posing", a controversial self-improvement technique whose scientific validity has been questioned

Preparation is obviously important, but at some point, you must stop preparing content and start preparing mind-set. You have to shift from what you’ll say to how you’ll say it.

Robin Sharma - Canadian writer, best known for his The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari book series. Sharma worked as a litigation lawyer until age 25, when he self-published MegaLiving, a book on stress management and spirituality

The farmer has patience and trusts the process. He just has the faith and deep understanding that through his daily efforts, the harvest will come. And then one day, almost out of nowhere, it does.

Jocelyn K. Glei - Obsessed with how we can find more creativity and meaning in our daily work. She created the online course RESET, a cosmic tune-up for your workday, and hosts Hurry Slowly, a podcast about how you can be more productive, creative, and resilient by slowing down

Like it or not, we are constantly forced to juggle tasks and battle unwanted distractions—to truly set ourselves apart, we must learn to be creative amidst chaos.

Jocelyn K. Glei - Obsessed with how we can find more creativity and meaning in our daily work. She created the online course RESET, a cosmic tune-up for your workday, and hosts Hurry Slowly, a podcast about how you can be more productive, creative, and resilient by slowing down

What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.

Og Mandino - American author. He wrote the bestselling book The Greatest Salesman in the World. His books have sold over 50 million copies and have been translated into over 25 languages

I determine to render more and better service, each day, than I am being paid to render. Those that reach the top are the ones who are not content with doing only what is required of them.