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There are no secrets to success: don’t waste time looking for them. Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty to those for whom you work, and persistence.

There are no secrets to success: don’t waste time looking for them. Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty to those for whom you work, and persistence.


         

The chief condition on which, life, health and vigor depend on, is action. It is by action that an organism develops its faculties, increases its energy, and attains the fulfillment of its destiny.

The chief condition on which, life, health and vigor depend on, is action. It is by action that an organism develops its faculties, increases its energy, and attains the fulfillment of its destiny.


         
Don't let your ego get too close to your position, so that if your position gets shot down, your ego doesn't go with it.

Don't let your ego get too close to your position, so that if your position gets shot down, your ego doesn't go with it.


         
It ain't as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.

It ain't as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.


         
If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.

If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.


         

I think whether you're having setbacks or not, the role of a leader is to always display a winning attitude.

I think whether you're having setbacks or not, the role of a leader is to always display a winning attitude.


         
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.


         
I don't think we handled the aftermath of the fall of Baghdad as well as we might have. But that's now history.

I don't think we handled the aftermath of the fall of Baghdad as well as we might have. But that's now history.


         
Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.

Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.


         
The freedom to do your best means nothing unless you are willing to do your best.

The freedom to do your best means nothing unless you are willing to do your best.


         
90 percent of my time is spent on 10 percent of the world.

90 percent of my time is spent on 10 percent of the world.


         

Today I can declare my hope and declare it from the bottom of my heart that we will eventually see the time when that number of nuclear weapons is down to zero and the world is a much better place.

Today I can declare my hope and declare it from the bottom of my heart that we will eventually see the time when that number of nuclear weapons is down to zero and the world is a much better place.


         
I was taught to think about mission and people. Mission. What are you trying to accomplish? Don't do anything until you know what the mission is. Drilled into our hearts and into our heads.

I was taught to think about mission and people. Mission. What are you trying to accomplish? Don't do anything until you know what the mission is. Drilled into our hearts and into our heads.


         
Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.

Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.


         
Perpetual Optimism is a Force Multiplier.

Perpetual Optimism is a Force Multiplier.


         
Fit no stereotypes. Don't chase the latest management fads. The situation dictates which approach best accomplishes the team's mission.

Fit no stereotypes. Don't chase the latest management fads. The situation dictates which approach best accomplishes the team's mission.


         
Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.

Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.


         
Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.

Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.


         
Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.


         
You don't know what you can get away with until you try.

You don't know what you can get away with until you try.