The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows.  It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it.  You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life.  But it ain't how hard you hit; it's about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward.  How much you can take, and keep moving forward.  That's how winning is done.  Now, if you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth.  But you gotta be willing to take the hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you are because of him, or her, or anybody.  Cowards do that and that ain't you.  You're better than that!

-Rocky Balboa

You miss 100  percent of the shots you never take.

-Wayne Gretzky

Channel anxiety into creative force for achievement so that, when we are frustrated, we become more productive.

In 1982 Ricky Henderson set the single season record with 130 stolen bases.  Few know that, in the same year, he also was thrown out 42 times, also a record.  How many times must you be thrown out before you succeed?

It is easier for a small business to fall in the whole.

It is not easy to keep on, keeping on.

It's tempting to whine about gas prices, employee layoffs, and the economy in general. In reality, such responses undermine your credibility and strength as a leader. Let's take a look at some responses to adversity that could be avoided.

Michelangelo said, "If you knew how hard I worked you would not consider me a genius."

Never think "defeat".  If you think "defeat" you are bound to be defeated.

Practice hard.  Perfect practice makes perfect.

The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.

We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.

When you think you've exhausted all possibilities, remember this - you haven't.

Without Stress there is no progress

You measure the success of a person not by how well he performs when the wind is at his back, but how he performs when the wind is in his face.