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    It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. 

    Edmund Hillary. 

    The next time you feel yourself feeling confident, challenge yourself to do the impossible. You just may. There are legions of people with unchallenged genius potential. In 1912, two Irish music hall players were spending an afternoon in a pub at Stalybridge in Cheshire, England. They were extolling the musical traditions of Ireland when it's said they boasted they could write and perform a song in the same day. It might have been a gimmick to stimulate attendance or it could have been genius jumping out of its bag, for It's a Long Way to Tipperary was performed that night at the Stalybridge Grand Theater by Jack Judge and Harry Williams. It was an overnight success that gained tremendous popularity during World War I as an Allies marching song. 

    Bits & Pieces, May 28, 1992, pp. 18-19.

    Several years ago I met a gentleman who served on one of Walt Disney's original advisory boards. What amazing stories he told! Those early days were tough; but that remarkable, creative visionary refused to give up. I especially appreciated the man's sharing with me how Disney responded to disagreement. He said that Walt would occasionally present some unbelievable, extensive dream he was entertaining. Almost without exception, the members of his board would gulp, blink, and stare back at him in disbelief, resisting even the thought of such a thing. But unless every member resisted the idea, Disney usually didn't pursue it. Yes, you read that correctly. The challenge wasn't big enough to merit his time and creative energy unless they were unanimously in disagreement! 

    Charles Swindoll, Living Above the Level of Mediocrity, p.107.

    The task ahead of you is never greater than the power behind you.



    who cannot be bought;
    whose word is their bond;
    who put character above wealth;
    who possess opinions and a will;
    who are larger than their vocations;
    who do not hesitate to take chances;
    who will not lose their individuality in a crowd;
    who will be as honest in small things as in great things;
    who will make no compromise with wrong;
    whose ambitions are not confined to their own selfish desires;
    who will not say they do it" because everybody else does it";
    who are true to their friends through good report and evil report, in adversity as well as in prosperity;
    who do not believe that shrewdness, cunning, and hardheadedness are the best qualities for winning success;
    who are not ashamed or afraid to stand for the truth when it is unpopular;
    who can say "no" with emphasis, although all the rest of the world says "yes."

    Charles Swindoll, Living Above the Level of Mediocrity, p.107-8.


    Left on a sinking ship were the captain and three sailors. The captain spoke first. "Men, this business about a captain going down with his ship is nonsense. There's a three-man life raft on board and I'm going to be on it. To see who will come with me, I will ask you each one question. The one who can't answer will stay behind. Here's the first question: What unsinkable ship went down when it hit an iceberg?" The first sailor answered, "The Titanic, sir." "On to the next question: How many people perished?" The second sailor said, "One thousand five hundred and seventeen, sir." "Now for the third question," and the captain turned to sailor number three. "What were their names?" 

    Steve Templeton in Woodmen of the World Magazine.