Simple Quote Sunday

“Once you have established the goals you want and the price you’re willing to pay, you can ignore the minor hurts, the opponent’s pressure, and the temporary failures.”
-Vince Lombardi

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Vince Lombardi

Simple Quote Sunday

Last week, we lost an incredible individual who impacted the lives of countless individuals across the globe. This week’s Simple Quote Sunday will be in memory of Wayne Dyer, and although it is more of a story than a quote, there is still an extremely valuable lesson that we can all learn something from.

“I was preparing to speak at an I Can Do It conference and I decided to bring an orange on stage with me as a prop for my lecture. I opened a conversation with a bright young fellow of about twelve who was sitting in the front row.

‘If I were to squeeze this orange as hard as I could, what would come out?’ I asked him.

He looked at me like I was a little crazy and said, ‘Juice, of course.’

‘Do you think apple juice could come out of it?’

‘No!’ he laughed.

‘What about grapefruit juice?’

‘No!’

‘What would come out of it?’

‘Orange juice, of course.’

‘Why? Why when you squeeze an orange does orange juice come out?’

He may have been getting a little exasperated with me at this point. ‘Well, it’s an orange and that’s what’s inside.’

I nodded. ‘Let’s assume that this orange isn’t an orange, but it’s you. And someone squeezes you, puts pressure on you, says something you don’t like, offends you. And out of you comes anger, hatred, bitterness, fear. Why? The answer, as our young friend has told us, is because that’s what’s inside.’

It’s one of the great lessons of life.  What comes out when life squeezes you?  When someone hurts or offends you? If anger, pain and fear come out of you, it’s because that’s what’s inside. It doesn’t matter who does the squeezing—your mother, your brother, your children, your boss, the government. If someone says something about you that you don’t like, what comes out of you is what’s inside. And what’s inside is up to you, it’s your choice.

When someone puts the pressure on you and out of you comes anything other than love, it’s because that’s what you’ve allowed to be inside. Once you take away all those negative things you don’t want in your life and replace them with love, you’ll find yourself living a highly functioning life.”
-Wayne Dyer

(http://www.drwaynedyer.com/blog/why-the-inside-matters/)

Wayne Dyer

Wayne Dyer

The Versatile Blogger Award

Last week was somewhat of a difficult week for me, because as I previously stated, I received numerous rejections from literary agents who had expressed interest in my book at the WDC Conference in NYC just a few weeks ago. On Friday morning I went on a Leadership Challenge retreat, and when I returned late Sunday afternoon, I came back to find that my blog had been nominated for another award. Receiving support, praise, and criticism from fellow bloggers is so rewarding, seeing as I had doubts on blogging just a little while ago. This has been an incredible experience, and I definitely could not have done it thus far without my followers and fellow bloggers. Additionally, special thanks to GJ from http://gjscobie.wordpress.com/ for nominating me for the “Versatile Blogger” Award! And also thank you to Melis from http://iamnotshe.wordpress.com for the re-nomination! It is greatly appreciated!

With that being said, the rules for the Versatile Blogger Award are :

1. Nominate 15 fellow bloggers.

2. Inform the bloggers of their nomination.

3. Share 7 random things about yourself.

4. Thank the blogger who nominated you.

5. Add the Versatile Blogger Award pic on your blog post.

So here we go with the seven random things about me:

1. I am planning on studying abroad for the second half of summer in Spain this year

2. I am a member of the Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity, currently serving as the Internal Vice President

3. I have non-specific mild colitis (which is a gastroenterological problem) causing me to get frequent stomach pains

4. I think way too hard into things

5. I used to box and kick-box all throughout high school

6. I constantly feel pressured to live up to the standard of being a nice, happy person who always smiles (which is how many people often describe me)

7. I am more grateful for the followers and fellow-bloggers on this website than one could imagine

I would now like to nominate the following blogs for the Versatile Blogger Award. I really enjoy reading each of the blogs listed below, and would strongly suggest that you check them out too! Congratulations everyone!!

http://makingmade.com

http://foodforays.com

http://decaseconds.com

http://nodnsmile.com

http://binnotes.com

http://lifeaisle.wordpress.com

http://dragoneystory.wordpress.com

http://maxreynolds.wordpress.com

http://jadedview.wordpress.com

http://susielindau.com

http://rubicorno.wordpress.com

http://thecupoflife.wordpress.com

http://amsdaily.net

http://nandinidhiman.wordpress.com

http://trashbaggage.wordpress.com