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Business Basics

Attitude and Belief

Taking Action and
Getting Things Done

Inspiration and Vision

Courage, Fear, and Confidence

The Art of Thinking and
The Power of Thoughts

Conformity, Originality,
and Going Against the Crowd

Innovation, Creativity,
and Imagination


Planning, Setting Goals,
and Making Decisions

The Value of Hard Work


Talent, Skills, and Character

Knowledge and Experience


Marketing, Advertising,
and Making Sales

Solving Problems and
Overcoming Obstacles


Handling Criticism

Risks and Rewards

Success and Failure

Happiness, Satisfaction,
and Enjoying Your Work

Money and Wealth

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Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
Winston Churchill
British statesman and prime minister

Imagine how free we would feel and what we could accomplish if we could live without fear.
Susan Taylor

You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.
James Allen

Wherever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.
Peter Drucker
Management consultant and writer

To manage a business successfully requires as much courage as that possessed by the soldier who goes to war. Business courage is the more natural because all the benefits which the public has in material wealth come from it.
Charles F. Abbott

There are always a lot of people so afraid of rocking the boat that they stop rowing. We can never get ahead that way.
Harry S. Truman
33rd U.S. President

Act as if it were impossible to fail.
Dorothea Brande

You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.
Dale Carnegie
Author and speaker

One man with courage makes a majority.
Andrew Jackson
7th U.S. President

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
Henry David Thoreau
Naturalist and writer

Fortune befriends the bold.
John Dryden
English poet and dramatist

Live in your hopes and not in your fears.
Johnny Majors
College football coach

The greatest test of courage on the earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.
Robert G. Ingersoll
Lawyer and orator

Our fears are always more numerous than our dangers.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Roman orator, statesman, philosopher

The key to success is for you to make a habit throughout your life of doing the things you fear.
Brian Tracy
Career development expert

Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed.
Dale Carnegie
Writer and speaker

Worry is a misuse of the imagination.
Dan Zadra
Business executive

Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.
John Quincy Adams
6th U.S. President


Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you’re doing. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.
Alan Alda
Actor and director


Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.
Anaïs Nin

To grow and to know what one is growing towards — that is the source of all strength and confidence in life.
James Baillie

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.
Elbert Hubbard

Once men are caught up in an event they cease to be afraid. Only the unknown frightens men.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
French aviator and writer

A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage.
Sydney Smith

Fortune favors the bold but abandons the timid.
Latin proverb

What would life be like if we had no courage to attempt anything?
Vincent van Gogh

Don’t be afraid to take a big step. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.
David Lloyd George
British statesman and prime minister

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature….Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
Helen Keller
Author and lecturer

We must have courage to bet on our ideas, to take the calculated risk, and to act.
Maxwell Maltz
Surgeon, author

When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take — choose the bolder.
W. J. Slim
British Army general

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
Dr. Samuel Johnson
Poet, critic, essayist, lexicographer

I am always doing things I can’t do, that’s how I get to do them.
Pablo Picasso

The mind, ever the willing servant, will respond to boldness, for boldness, in effect, is a command to deliver mental resources.
Norman Vincent Peale
Clergyman and author

With confidence, you can reach truly amazing heights; without confidence, even the simplest accomplishments are beyond your grasp.
Jim Loehr
Author, performance expert

There can be no great courage where there is no confidence or assurance, and half the battle is in the conviction that we can do what we undertake.
Orison Swett Marden
American lawyer

Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it.
Stan Smith
Champion tennis player

Courage is like love; it must have hope to nourish it.
Napoleon Bonaparte
Emperor of France

Have confidence that if you have done a little thing well, you can do a bigger thing well too.
David Storey
Novelist and playwright

Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.
John Quincy Adams
6th U.S. President

Act boldly and unseen forces will come to your aid.
Dorothea Brande

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
Walt Disney
Film and theme park entrepreneur

Courage follows action.
Mack R. Douglas

What you have outside you counts less than what you have inside you.
B. C. Forbes
Publisher, founder of Forbes magazine

You’ve got to jump off cliffs and build your wings on the way down.
Ray Bradbury

Be larger than your task.
Orison Swett Marden
American lawyer

Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared.
Eddie Rickenbacker
Aviator, Captain, U.S. Army Air Corps

No one reaches a high position without daring.
Publilius Syrus
Latin writer

Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.
Michael O’Brien

He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all.
Miguel de Cervantes
Author and dramatist

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.
Mary Byrant

Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone.
Thomas Carlyle
Essayist, historian and philosopher

It is never safe to look into the future with eyes of fear.
Edward H. Harriman
American railroad magnate

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