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To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time.
   —    Leonard Bernstein
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On This Day In:
2020 Why #45 Is In The Dark
180 Day Health / Weight Update (Mar 2020)
2019 Tonight I Am All Blacks
In All Its Messy Complexity
2018 Danger = Opportunity
2017 True And Great
Sand At The Beach
2016 There Is A Difference Between Dangerous And Frightening
2015 Always A Goal
2014 Standing Strong
2013 Shaken And Stirred
The Bird With The Broken Wing
2012 Friends In High Places
2011 Objective Independence

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America’s greatness has been the greatness of a free people who shared certain moral commitments.  Freedom without moral commitment is aimless and promptly self-destructive.
   —   John W. Gardner
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On This Day In:
2019 Many Forms
2018 Serenity Prayer
2017 But The Clock Says It’s Already Two Minutes 30 Seconds to Midnight
2016 Towards No Regret
2015 109 And Beyond
2014 Are You Waiting?
2013 Traditional Human Sacrifice
2012 A Division Of Men
2011 Miles, Legends and Superwoman
Got Tragedy?
2010 My Company For A Prince!!
On The Shoulders Of Titans

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As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.
    —    Mahatma Gandhi
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On This Day In:
2019 Inside Your Head
2018 Lingering Curiosity
2017 Just Kidding
2016 The Danger Of Walls
2015 Protection
2014 Let It Go
2013 Don’t Know And Not Telling
2012 A Challenge For Progress
2011 Dependent Difficulty

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Doing what needs to be done may not make you happy, but it will make you great.
    ―    George Bernard Shaw
[They won’t.  But they should…    —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2019 Carry It
2018 Simple
2017 Knowledge Pays
2016 Brief Glimpses And Full Glances
2015 Pursuing Perspective
2014 Wearing Down?
2013 Labouring Under A Curse
2012 Listen To Yourself
2011 Career Tips (Part 1)
No Captain Dunsel

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Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire public relations officers.
    —    Daniel J. Boorstin
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On This Day In:
2018 Sounds Like #45’s White House
2017 Have We Started Winning Yet?
2016 Still Springy
2015 Well Concealed
2014 The History Of Warriors
2013 A Cult Of Ignorance
2012 Counting Valor
Understanding Faith
2011 I Can Hear You Now
2010 Inception

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The measure of a country’s greatness is its ability to retain compassion in times of crisis.
     —    Thurgood Marshall
Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice
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On This Day In:
2017 The Voice Of Experience
2016 Who And When
2015 Change Process
2014 What Is Still Possible
2013 Strength Is There
2012 Beyond Reasonable Doubt
2011 Celebrating Values
2010 Is it just me, or is it suddenly dark around here?
Dance!

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When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end by reducing them to the level of their mediocrity.
   —    Napoleon Bonaparte
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On This Day In:
2014 Gravitation, n.
2013 Ups And Downs
2012 Nerd Heard – And Good-Bye
Your Continuum
2011 Career Tips (Part 2)

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Not everybody can be famous, but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service.
    ––    Martin Luther King, Jr.
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On This Day In:
2013 You Really Should Wear More Sweaters
Here I Am God
2012 The Serenity Prayer
2011 The Victory Of Life

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A prudent man should always follow in the path trodden by great men and imitate those who are most excellent, so that if he does not attain to their greatness, at any rate he will get some tinge of it.
   ―    Niccolò Machiavelli
From: “The Prince
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On This Day In:
2012 Reason Against Reasons
2011 The 1% Rule Of Large Groups
2010 Going, Going, On…
Expect Mike
Wasted Again?
You Did?
Reflecting Plenty
Old Math
Mental Images
Here’s Lookin’ At You, Kid
Learn
Nothing Feared Today
I Had Other Plans
Ratings…
Really?
Encourage Greatness

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Be not afraid of greatness.  Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
  —  William Shakespeare
From:  “Twelfth Night“, Act 11, Sc. 5
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The criterion of a man’s greatness is his ability to lift up all who live in his time.
    —    Sydney Smith
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The idea that excellence at performing a complex task requires a critical minimum level of practice surfaces again and again in studies of expertise.  In fact, researchers have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise:  ten thousand hours.
The emerging picture from such studies is that ten thousand hours of practice is required to achieve the level of mastery associated with being a world-class expert — in anything,” writes the neurologist Daniel Levitin.  “In study after study, of composers, basketball players, fiction writers, ice skaters, concert pianists, chess players, master criminals, and what have you, this number comes up again and again.  Of course, this doesn’t address why some people get more out of their practice sessions than others do.  But no one has yet found a case in which true world-class expertise was accomplished in less time.  It seems that it takes the brain this long to assimilate all that it needs to know to achieve true mastery.
    —    Malcolm Gladwell
From his book: “Outliers
[In other words, if you have some talent in anything, practice 8 hours per day, 5 days per week, 52 weeks per year, FOR 5 YEARS (!!!) and you will be great at it – for the rest of your life.   You have got to LOVE something (whatever “it” is) in order to commit that amount of your life to doing it.    —   KMAB]
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The great are not solitary; out of the night come the voices of those who have gone before, clear and courageous; and so through the ages they march, a mighty procession, proud, undaunted, unconquerable.  To join in this glorious company, to swell the immortal person of those whom fate could not subdue – this may not be happiness; but what is happiness to those whose souls are filled with that celestial music?  To them is given what is better than happiness: to know the fellowship of the great, to live in the inspiration of lofty thoughts, and to be illumined in every perplexity by the fire of nobility and truth.
     —     Bertrand Russell
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