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Laurel Djoukeng
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“It did not really matter what we expected from life but rather what life expected from us, we needed to stop asking the meaning of life, instead think of ourselves of those being questioned by life, daily and hourly.” ~Viktor E. Frankl

“Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope.

Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith.

Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore we must be saved by love.

No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as it is from our standpoint. Therefore we must be saved by the final form of love which is forgiveness.” ~Reinhold Niebuhr


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“Operate from a present position, because you cannot be transported to the future or the past, the more you can allow your brain to settle into reality the more you can be good at the work in front of you. So take your time, reboot your brain, and make sure you take care of your physical because you cannot serve the world unless you serve yourself first.” ~Russell Simmons

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“When most people are pursuing success, I believe what they are pursuing is a great quality of life, and in order to have a extraordinary life, it has to be life on your own terms, and everyone has a different idea of a great quality of life. But it is important to figure out what an extraordinary life for you, then you have to master two areas: 1st is the science of achievement and the science/approach is different for everyone. 2nd is the art of fulfillment and keyword is “art” it is not "science" because fulfillment is not the same for everyone.” ~Tony Robbins

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“I have started and helped start dozens of companies and initially hired lots of people, but if there was no-one around who could afford to buy what we have to sell, all those companies and all those jobs would have evaporated. That's why I can say with confidence that rich people don't create jobs. Nor do businesses, large or small. Jobs are a consequence of a circle of lifelike feedback loop between customers and businesses. And only consumers can set in motion this virtual cycle of increasing demand and hiring. In this sense, an ordinary consumer is more of a job creator than a capitalist like 
me." ~Nick Hanauer

“Anyone who's ever run a business knows that hiring more people is a course of last resort for capitalists. This is what we do if, and only if rising consumer demand requires it. And in this sense, calling ourselves job creators isn't just inaccurate: it's disingenuous. That's why our existing policies are so upside down.” ~Nick Hanauer

“It's a small jump from "job creator" to "the creator". This language obviously wasn't chosen by accident, and it's only honest to admit that when somebody like me calls themselves a "job creator", we're not just describing how the economy works, but more particularly, we're making a claim on status and privileges that we deserve.” ~Nick Hanauer

“Rich people like me don't create jobs. Jobs are a consequence of an eco-systemic feedback loop between customers and businesses. And when the middle class thrives, businesses grow and hire, and owners profit.” ~Nick Hanauer

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“This is what I want to talk about today, and I want to start by defining some terms and then I want to describe the scale of the problem I think we face and then suggest the ways that I believe cities can be the seat of the solution. So let me start with some definitions. By civics, I simply mean the art of being a pro-social, problem-solving contributor in a self-governing community. Civics is the art of citizenship, what Bill Gates Sr. calls simply showing up for life, and it encompasses three things: a foundation of values, an understanding of the systems that make the world go round, and a set of skills that allow you to pursue goals and to have others join in that pursuit.”
~Eric Lui
 
“And that brings me to my definition of power, which is simply this: the capacity to make others do what you would have them do. It sounds menacing, doesn't it? We don't like to talk about power. We find it scary. We find it somehow evil. We feel uncomfortable naming it. In the culture and mythology of democracy, power resides with the people. Period. End of story. Any further inquiry not necessary and not really that welcome. Power has a negative moral valence. It sounds Machiavellian inherently. It seems inherently evil. But in fact power is no more inherently good or evil than fire or physics. It just is.”
~Eric Lui
 
“And power governs how any form of government operates, whether a democracy or a dictatorship. And the problem we face today, here in America in particular, but all around the world, is that far too many people are profoundly illiterate in power — what it is, who has it, how it operates, how it flows, what part of it is visible, what part of it is not, why some people have it, why that's compounded. And as a result of this illiteracy, those few who do understand how power operates in civic life, those who understand how a bill becomes a law, yes, but also how a friendship becomes a subsidy, or how a bias becomes a policy, or how a slogan becomes a movement, the people who understand those things wield disproportionate influence, and they're perfectly happy to fill the vacuum created by the ignorance of the great majority.”
~Eric Lui
 
"This is why it is so fundamental for us right now to grab hold of this idea of power and to democratize it. One of the things that is so profoundly exciting and challenging about this moment is that as a result of this power illiteracy that is so pervasive, there is a concentration of knowledge, of understanding, of clout. I mean, think about it: How does a friendship become a subsidy? Seamlessly, when a senior government official decides to leave government and become a lobbyist for a private interest and convert his or her relationships into capital for their new masters. How does a bias become a policy? Insidiously, just the way that stop-and-frisk, for instance, became over time a bureaucratic numbers game. How does a slogan become a movement? Virally, in the way that the Tea Party, for instance, was able to take the "Don't Tread on Me" flag from the American Revolution, or how, on the other side, a band of activists could take a magazine headline, "Occupy Wall Street, "and turn that into a global meme and movement.” 
~Eric Lui
 
“The thing is, though, most people aren't looking for and don't want to see these realities. So much of this ignorance, this civic illiteracy, is willful. There are some millennials, for instance, who think the whole business is just sordid. They don't want to have anything to do with politics. They'd rather just opt out and engage in volunteerism. There are some techies out there who believe that the cure-all for any power imbalance or power abuse is simply more data, more transparency.”
~Eric Lui
 
“There are some on the left who think power resides only with corporations, and some on the right who think power resides only with government, each side blinded by their selective outrage.”
~Eric Lui
 
“There are the naive who believe that good things just happen and the cynical who believe that bad things just happen, the fortunate and unfortunate alike who think that their lot is simply what they deserve rather than the eminently alterable result of a prior arrangement, an inherited allocation, of power.”
~Eric Lui
 
“As a result of all of this creeping fatalism in public life, we here, particularly in America today, have depressingly low levels of civic knowledge, civic engagement, participation, awareness. The whole business of politics has been effectively subcontracted out to a band of professionals, money people, outreach people, message people, research people. The rest of us are meant to feel like amateurs in the sense of suckers. We become demotivated to learn more about how things work. We begin to opt out.”
~Eric Lui

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“The safest way to try to get what you want, is to try to deserve what you want. You want to deliver to the world what you would buy if you are on the other end. There is no ethos in my opinion that is better to have.” ~Charlie Munger

“It’s not a competency if you don’t know the edge of it. Warren (Buffett) frequently says I would rather deal with a guy with an IQ of 130 who thinks it’s a 125 than with guy an IQ of a 180 who thinks its 200;that second guy will kill you. It is very important to know the edge of your own competency.”
~Charlie Munger

It’s not my nature, when you get a little surprise as the result of human nature, to spend much time feeling betrayed, I always want to put my head down and adjust. So I don’t allow myself to spend much time, ever with any feelings of betrayal. I don’t like any feeling of being victimize I think that’s a counterproductive way to think for a human being, I am not victim, I am a survivor.”
~Charlie Munger

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“The difficult thing is separating the digital wheat from the digital chaff, trying to figure out what is good information and what is not. We need to start teaching our children right away, information literacy I think the primary mission of education has to shift, it use to be trying to teach children a bunch of facts, now they can get the facts, I think what we have to do is start teaching them how to use those facts to use them intelligently and creatively in order to help solve the world’s problems.”  ~Daniel Levitin
 
“Multi-tasking is a myth …. Multitasking does not exist what is actually happening to the brain is sequential tasking, the brain is rapidly shifting from one thing to the next, its doing it so quickly and seamlessly that you don’t really notice but that’s what happening and what you end up with is attention that’s been fractionated into little 3 to 5 seconds bits and you are not able to actually sustain attention to any one thing. Multitasking can release the stress hormone cortisol, which might make you feel at the end of a couple hours like your head has been in a salad spinner. Multitasking is also responsible for that mental fog you feel partly due to the release of cortisol, so you are not saving time you are wasting time.”
~Daniel Levitin
 
“Let’s face it the biggest problems we are looking at in the world right now; aggression across borders and within countries, poverty, unequal distribution of wealth, climate change. If the problems had simple linear solutions someone would’ve figured them out already, it’s more likely that they’ll come from people that are thinking outside the box, thinking creatively and for that to happen it’s not going happen when you are doing 10 things at once and giving 5 seconds of attention to each one. It’s going to happen when you have sustained period to deal with them. Now when I talk about being organized I do not want there to be a misunderstanding, I am not talking about all of us being completely regiment and unemotional and logical all the time. What I am talking about is being able to bring more efficiency to the workday so that at the end of the day you can close the door on it and have more time for spontaneity and creativity.”
Daniel Levitin

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"The 4 horsemen which keep most people in bondage all the days of their lives, Poverty; Fear; Illiteracy and superstition."
~Napoleon Hill

“Applied faith is a mental attitude we must cultivate and maintain before we can take complete possession of our mind…6 forms of riches we get in return for taking possession of our mind and using them: Sound health, peace of mind, a Labor of love of your choice, freedom from fear and worry, a positive mental attitude and material riches of your own choice and quantity.”
~Napoleon Hill
 
“No one ever becomes very wise without the aid of self-discipline and no one ever finds peace of mind and happiness without the strict exercise of self-discipline. Self-discipline is the only means of transmuting sorrow into faith; it is the only means by which we may transmute hatred of others into the milder emotion of sympathy for them, it is the only means by which we man reveal and profit by the seed of equivalent benefit which comes which every adversity and every defeat, it is the only means by which we may shut out of our minds the deadly effects of past experiences of suffering and unpleasantness and it is the means by which we may discover the other self we carry around with us that self which has great capacity for belief and does not become influenced by failure and defeat... Self-discipline is the means by which we may think our own thoughts, live our own lives as we wish to live them and remain forever free from the evils of fears and limitations which we have inherited from the dark ages before the dawn of civilization.”
~ Napoleon Hill

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Failure is the line of least persistence.”
~ Zig Ziglar

“We have plenty of energy to do the things we really want to do. Life is not easy, life is tough, but when you’re tough on yourself, life is going to be infinitely easier on you. When you do the things you ought to do, when you ought to do them, the day will come when you do the things you want to do, when you want to do them.”
~ Zig Ziglar
 
“I have a lot of people say to me, the only reason I don’t go to church is because they’re nothing but a bunch of hypocrites down there. I tell them; friend don’t let that stop you, come on down, we got room for one more.”
~ Zig Ziglar
 
“I hear people say I would read the bible but I don’t understand it; of course I don’t think it’s the part that they don’t understand that bothers them. Actually the bible is pretty clear, I bet you know they don’t call them the; 10 SUGGESTIONS.”
~ Zig Ziglar

“Direction creates time and motivation creates energy.”
~ Zig Ziglar
 
“Scientifically speaking they have proved that people who talk to themselves are above average in intelligence.”
~ Zig Ziglar
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