Tag Archives: Winston Churchill

“Very Best”

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” Steve Prefontaine During World War II, Winston Churchill kept a framed quotation from Abraham Lincoln in his office where he saw it every day: “I do the very … Continue reading

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Catch Fire!

To help tap into our inner well of enthusiasm, to ignite our passion and ardent desire in our work, here are some sparkling gems to make our own and act upon: “You can do anything if you have enthusiasm…. Enthusiasm … Continue reading

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Never, Never

“I hated every minute of training, but I said to myself, ‘Don’t quit, suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’” Muhammad Ali “Never, never, never give up.” Winston Churchill I don’t know when or what … Continue reading

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Persistence Pays

Right now, I’m wrestling with a thorny section of my YA novel — revision decisions! I’m struggling, but I’m fighting through it. As I move pieces around and push my story forward inch by inch, I’m in need of a … Continue reading

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Musical Chairs

“It’s not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the most responsive to change.” Charles Darwin “It seems to be that the secret to change is to focus on the opportunities on a new path, … Continue reading

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Churchill Cavorts

“If we can stand up to him, all Europe will be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands.” Winston Churchill I just sent my brother Peter a copy of Defender of the Realm, … Continue reading

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Sustaining Enthusiasm

“You have to find something that you love enough to be able to take risks jump over hurdles, and break through the brick walls that are always going to be placed in front of you. If you don’t have that … Continue reading

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Next Opportunity

“Success is the ability to go from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill NO = Next Opportunity: This is my great friend and mentor Rob Gilbert’s formula for transforming failure into success. I love this idea … Continue reading

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Cross Writing

“Here’s a rare thing, a painter who can write.” Sinclair Lewis While watching a PBS American Masters special on Thomas Hart Benton, a populist  American artist who’s been both praised and panned, a brief comment about his autobiography, An Artist … Continue reading

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