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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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There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy.
Robert Louis Stevenson

The happiest people are those who are too busy to notice whether they are or not.
William Feather
Author and publisher

Fatigue is often caused not by work but by worry, frustration, and resentment. We rarely get tired when we are doing something interesting and exciting.
Dale Carnegie
Writer and speaker

The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.
Richard Bach

When a man is happy, he does not hear the clock strike.
German proverb

The happy people are those who are producing something; the bored people are those who are consuming much and producing nothing.
William Ralph Inge
Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London

The truth is that all of us attain the greatest success and happiness possible in this life whenever we use our native capacities to their greatest extent.
Smiley Blanton
Speech pathologist

The road to happiness lies in two simple principles: find what it is that interests you and that you can do well, and when you find it put your whole soul into it — every bit of ambition and natural ability you have.
John D. Rockefeller III
Philanthropist and Chair of the Rockefeller Foundation

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.
Leon-Joseph Suenens
Archbishop Emeritus of Malines-Brussels

We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.
George Bernard Shaw

In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: They must be for it. The must not do too much of it. And they must have a sense of success in it.
John Ruskin
Art critic and historian

The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.
James Matthew Barrie
Novelist and dramatist


The superstition that all our hours of work are a minus quantity in the happiness of life, and all the hours of idleness are plus ones, is a most ludicrous and pernicious doctrine, and its greatest support comes from our not taking sufficient trouble, not making a real effort, to make work as near pleasure as it can be.
Arthur James, Lord Balfour
British statesman and 1st Earl of Balfour


You’ve achieved success in your field when you don’t know whether what you’re doing is work or play.
James Beatty

The secret of joy in work is contained in one word — excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
Pearl S. Buck

There is more credit and satisfaction in being a first-rate truck driver than a tenth-rate executive.
B. C. Forbes
Publisher, founder of Forbes magazine

Blessed is the man who has some congenial work, some occupation in which he can put his heart, and which affords a complete outlet to all the forces there are in him.
John Burroughs
Naturalist and author

Work is doing what you now enjoy for the sake of a future which you clearly see and desire. Drudgery is doing under strain what you don’t now enjoy and for no end that you can now appreciate.
Richard Clarke Cabot
Physician and professor

Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose.
Leonardo da Vinci
Painter, sculptor, architect, genius

We enjoy ourselves only in our work — in our doing.
Karl Gustave Jacob Jacobi

The man who does not work for the love of work, but only for money, is not likely to make money nor to find much fun in life.
Charles Schwab

I get satisfaction of three kinds. One is creating something, one is being paid for it, and one is the feeling that I haven’t just been sitting on my ass all afternoon.
William F. Buckley, Jr.
Editor and writer

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Philosopher, essayist, poet

Dedicate yourself to the good you deserve and desire for yourself. Give yourself peace of mind. You deserve to be happy. You deserve delight.
Mark Victor Hansen
Author, motivational speaker

Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it.
Margaret Thatcher
British prime minister

You never achieve real success unless you like what you are doing.
Dale Carnegie
Writer and speaker

I feel sorry for the person who can’t get genuinely excited about his work. Not only will he never be satisfied, but he will never achieve anything worthwhile.
Walter Chrysler
American automobile pioneer

Chance can allow you to accomplish a goal every once in a while, but consistent achievement happens only if you love what you are doing.
Bart Conner

People who enjoy what they are doing invariably do it well.
Joe Gibbs
Football coach

Enjoyment is not a goal, it is a feeling that accompanies important ongoing activity.
Paul Goodman
Author and poet

You will never succeed while smarting under the drudgery of your occupation, if you are constantly haunted with the idea that you could succeed better in something else.
Orison Swett Marden
American lawyer

People are going to be most creative and productive when they’re doing something they’re really interested in. So having fun isn’t an outrageous idea at all. It’s a very sensible one.
John Sculley
Business executive

If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you’ll be unhappy for the rest of your life.
Abraham H. Maslow
American psychologist

Get happiness out of your work or you may never know what happiness is.
Elbert Hubbard
Designer and writer

A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.
Jane Austen

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