The following is a list of ideas that I have been collecting over time. I call them my "Ideas to Live By"
Do Right - You know what’s right, you know what’s wrong. Too many people in this country talk about their personal rights instead of their obligations and responsibilities.
Do Your Best - In order to succeed day in and day out, each individual must strive to do the best that they possibly can.
Treat Others as You want to be Treated - Anything is possible as long as you can generate love, mutual appreciation and fellow feelings.
Set Goals - You have to have something that you wish to obtain. Everybody has to understand what we are trying to accomplish. Why are we here?
Accept Your Role - Everyone desires to make the best of what they have been given.
Practice Fundamentals - Let little things slide and the entire foundation will collapse.
Believe in Yourself - Nothing is possible without having faith especially in yourself.
Care about People - Teamwork is the foundation of success. The three universal questions that a person must ask are: Can I trust you? Are you committed to excellence? And, do you care about me? If we don’t care about one another we don’t stand a chance.
Overcome Adversity - There is one thing in life that is universal. You’re going to have problems, so be prepared for them.
Don’t Flinch - Believe that you’re going to succeed. You cannot flinch, you cannot let people think that you are seriously in jeopardy of failure.
“I want to know why you do what you do.”
“What is your motive for action?”
“What is it that drives you in your life?”
“The invisible force of internal drive is the most important thing in the World.”
“I believe emotion is the force of life.”
“What is it that shapes us?”
“Most of society thinks that biography is destiny.”
“If your creative enough, playful enough, fun enough, you can get through to anybody.”
“If you have the right emotion we can get ourselves to do anything.”
“Decisions shape destiny”
1 What am I going to focus on? Self or others
2 What does it mean?
3 What are you going to do? Give up or move forward?
Tony Robbins described 6 Universal Needs
The first 4 he described as needs of personality
Connection & Love – Most people settle for connection because love is too scary.
The last 2 he described as needs of spirit (which is where fulfillment comes from)
You must grow
Contribute beyond ourselves “The secret to living is giving” He said that giving is what will fill you up.
The final question Tony asked is, “When do people really start to live? When they face death.”
“Courage is grace under pressure.” - Hemingway
“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, many are strong at the broken places.” -Hemingway
“Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only in the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.” - Hemingway
“It is easier to throw rocks at a house then to build one. Tonight we start building”
“Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right.” H.L. Menchen
“We’d all like to vote for the best man but he’s never a candidate.” - Frank Hubbard
“A “can do” country is now saddled with a “do-nothing political process, designed for partisan battle rather than problem solving...Those who advocate sensible solutions and compromise legislation find themselves marginalized by the party’s leadership, losing funds from special-interest groups, and being constantly attacked by “their” side on television and radio. The system provides greater incentives to stand firm and go back and tell your team that you refused to bow to the enemy. It’s great for fundraising, but it’s terrible for governing”
-The Post American World - aFreed Zarkaria
Benjamin Franklin wrote to his mother, explaining why he had devoted so much of his time to public service: “I would rather have it said, He lived usefully, than, He died rich.”
“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.” - Benjamin Spock
“And the weak shall be made mighty not might is right but rather might for right.” – The West Wing Josh Season 2
This meeting is about politics; facts won’t matter.
Change means movement, movement means friction.
“A criminalization of politics is an attempt to do in a hearing room what the opposition party couldn’t do at the ballot box.”
“Money in politics is like water on pavement – It finds every crack”
“I have the consolation of having added nothing to my private fortune during my public service, and of retiring with hands as clean as they are empty.” - Thomas Jefferson
"Elections are more often bought than won.” - Rep. Lee Hamilton