Creating a Polio-Free World Requires Action Now

Statement by Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, on the occasion of the World Health Assembly resolutions declaring completion of polio eradication a global emergency and endorsing the Global Vaccine Action Plan “Today marks a huge victory in the fight to protect all children from vaccine-preventable diseases, no matter where they…

Daffodils by William Wordsworth

I wander’d lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host of golden daffodils, Beside the lake, beneath the trees Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the milky way, They stretch’d in never-ending…

Steve Pavlina on Persistence (Part 7 of 7)

Self-Discipline: Persistence “Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “Press On” has solved…

Steve Pavlina on Persistence (Part 6 of 7)

Self-Discipline: Industry Industry is working hard. In contrast to hard work, being industrious doesn’t necessarily mean doing work that’s challenging or difficult. It simply means putting in the time. You can be industrious doing easy work or hard work. Imagine you have a baby. You’ll spend a lot of time changing diapers. But that isn’t…

Steve Pavlina on Persistence (Part 5 of 7)

Self-Discipline: Hard Work The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work. – Oprah Winfrey Hard work — yet another dirty word. Hard Work Defined My definition of hard work is that which challenges you. And why is challenge important?…

Steve Pavlina on Persistence (Part 4 of 7)

Self-Discipline: Willpower The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. – Vince Lombardi Willpower — such a dirty word these days. How many commercials have you seen that attempt to position their products as a substitute for willpower?…

Steve Pavlina on Persistence (Part 3 of 7)

Self-Discipline: Acceptance The first of the five pillars of self-discipline is acceptance. Acceptance means that you perceive reality accurately and consciously acknowledge what you perceive. This may sound simple and obvious, but in practice it’s extremely difficult. If you experience chronic difficulties in a particular area of your life, there’s a strong chance that the…

Steve Pavlina on Persistence (Part 2 of 7)

This week I’ll be blogging a series on self-discipline. New posts on this topic will appear every day Mon-Fri. I’ve also added a new self-discipline category. In this series I’ll be focusing on what I call the five pillars of self-discipline. The Five Pillars of Self-Discipline The five pillars of self-discipline are: Acceptance, Willpower, Hard Work,…

Steve Pavlina on Persistence (Part 1 of 7)

Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “Press On” has solved and always…

JUNE 2012 MONTHLY STATEMENT SERIES, Year 1, Month 1

Inventor Charles Kettering has suggested that we must learn to fail intelligently. He said, ‘Once you’ve failed, analyse the problem and find out why, because each failure is one more step to the cathedral of success. The only time you do not want to fail is the last time you try.’ Kettering further gave these suggestions…