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There's Always a Way: How to Develop a Positive Mindset and Succeed in Business and Life by Tony Little

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Chapter 4. Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life

 

"It's snowing still," said Eeyore gloomily.

"So it is."

"And freezing."

"Is it?"

"Yes," said Eeyore.

"However," he said, brightening up a little, "we haven't had an earthquake lately."

 
 --A. A. Milne, English children's writer
 

"The way in which we think of ourselves has everything to do with the way the world sees us."

 
 --Arlene Raven, feminist educator
 

"You must start with a positive attitude or you will surely end without one."

 
 --Carrie Latet, poet
 

"The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspect of their lives."

 
 --William James, American psychologist and philosopher

Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life

William Had the Words

School was always pretty much a downer for me. I got into trouble showboating in the halls, hassling the teacher, all the stuff I told you about.

At the same time, I did have my academic moments.

One of them took place in 11th-grade English. We were studying Shakespeare's Hamlet that term. One day in class a sentence from the play seemed to fly off the page and hit me between the eyes like a guided missile. Even at my young age, this 400-year-old sound bite of wisdom made a powerful impression, and it continues to influence the way I approach business today. In my workout gym at home I've got this sentence tacked up on a corkboard, along with a bunch of other shake-your-booty quotations that I read every morning ...

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