Mar 302011
 
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Success is ninety-nine percent failure.
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Soichiro Honda

It’s well established that almost no one becomes successful instantly. History is full of stories of those who endured one failure after another on their way to success. In this quote, the founder of one of the great car manufacturers, Honda Motor Company, takes the concept of enduring failure on the way to success to another level. Is success really 99 percent failure? If you think about it, he’s probably right. Maybe it’s not quite this high in some cases, but on average, those who have attained great success have also had to endure a tremendous volume of “failure”. So, once again, as an achiever, you must develop the mindset of learning from your failures, then rapidly moving on again in the direction of your goals and dreams.
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Jan 172011
 
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It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.
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Bertrand Russell

While this quote is kind of funny on the surface, when you think about it a bit, you realize it contains a great deal of truth. First, many people simply are not rational. They’d like to think they are, but when it comes down to it, they make decisions based on emotion, and then try to rationalize those decisions after the fact. Second, and taking it a step further, humans are not predominantly rational animals, even those with great logic skills – they are emotional animals. Sell, persuade and anticipate based on emotional triggers and patterns of behavior rather than logic, and you will enjoy far greater success in your endeavors.
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