1% Inspiration

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Once in a while, we need someone else’s vision in order to understand what we see directly in front of us. There are times that I have felt stuck and didn’t know which way to move, then someone provided a small bit of advice or word of wisdom, and it exposes the chink in the armor of what was keeping me stuck; it’s the 1% inspiration that makes the 99% perspiration possible.

I recently came across a couple small books of inspirational quotes in my collection. These are the quotes that I like best from the books; my 1%.


No one ever drowned in sweat.

Perseverance is not a long race;
it is many short races one after another.

-Walter Elliott

Tears will get you sympathy.
Sweat will get you results.

To stand still is to fall behind.
-Gordon Forward, business executive

Do not fear going forward slowly; fear only to stand still.
-Chinese proverb

Rust ruins more tools than overuse.

Most people find fault like there’s a reward for it.
-Zig Ziglar (1926-2012), motivational speaker

It only takes one person to change your life–you.
-Ruth Casey (1928-2012)

Winning isn’t everything–but wanting to win is.
-Vince Lombardi (1913-1970), football coach

You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.
-Wayne Gretzky, hockey player

The darkest hour is only 60 minutes.


What is your 1%?

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