Personal Development for Doers

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Bees don’t waste their time explaining to flies that honey is better than Sh*t.

— 𝓼𝓸𝓶𝓮𝓸𝓷𝓮 𝔀𝓲𝓼𝓮

If you raise your children, you can spoil your grandchildren. But if you spoil your children, you’re gonna have to raise your grandchildren.

— 𝓼𝓸𝓶𝓮𝓸𝓷𝓮 𝔀𝓲𝓼𝓮

The old adage “you are what you think” is one of the most important life lessons you’ll ever learn.

How you think will greatly influence your life, from your attitude and outlook to your behavior and outcomes. When you focus on negativity, making the changes needed to reach your goals is impossible.

On the other hand, when you think positively and focus your mind on goals and growth, it’ll be easier to make strides toward success.

It’s essential to remember that you create your reality with your thoughts and attitude. So take control of your thoughts and be mindful of the power of positive thinking, and you will construct a more fruitful and successful life.

If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.

—Dolly Parton

I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.

—Estée Lauder

As the world continues to experience uncertainty, I turn to God in prayer.

Dear God, the world is worsening, but you are the same yesterday, today, and forever. With your help, I will remain steadfast in my faith and trust your divine plan.

Please give me the strength to remain hopeful, the courage to stay strong, and the wisdom to know that I am never alone. Please help me to remember that you are in control and that your protection and guidance will help me move forward.

Thank you for your unending love and mercy.


What scares me most about getting old is the fact that I may not be able to do things I once could.

As I age, I may not be able to engage in activities I enjoy, such as running, playing sports, [having] good sex, and even gardening, due to possible physical limitations.

Also, I may be unable to keep up with all this new-fangled technology and stay competitive in the workforce, which leads to my financial situation not being sufficient enough to sustain my lifestyle in Miami.

And last but not least, I am afraid of being alone and not having people to share experiences with.


If I stop to kick every barking dog I am not going to get where I’m going.

—Jackie Joyner-Kersee

What scares me most about getting older is getting older and everyone around me getting older because with old age comes pain, discomfort, and, eventually, death.

As I get older, my family and friends will become more spread out, and life’s responsibilities may take over. I mean, no one really wants to stay in Ashland, NE, if they can help it. I myself would love to leave someday, but that’s a story for another day.

I worry that I won’t be able to keep up with them and our connections will grow estranged. And I fear that I won’t be able to keep up with their lives and passions and that they won’t be able to keep up with mine. I mean, Facebook is okay, but its not the same as being there, in person, face to face, heart to heart.

Then there’s the thought of being left behind or having to say goodbye to those I love, it is truly one of the most frightening, recurring thoughts I have.

I don’t want to be alone.


Kindness is something we can all give.

It’s a soft breeze on a hot day, a language we all understand, a smile that lights up a room, a gentle touch that calms the soul, and an act of compassion that touches hearts.

Having heart transplant surgery was a life-altering experience. After the procedure, I was met with a whole new reality. Not only did I have someone else’s heart, but I also had to make significant lifestyle changes to guarantee my health.

My diet, exercise routine, and stress levels were all under a microscope. I had to make sure I was taking my medications in the correct dosages and on time.

I was trying to make sense of the new normal I was facing in my life. I could no longer do some of the activities I used to enjoy before the surgery. Instead, I had to focus on taking care of my new heart.

I was no longer the same person I was before the surgery, and my life has not been the same since.


May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.

—Nelson Mandela

Everything begins in seed form, and grows into an experience.

—Dr. A.R. Bernard Sr.

Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.

—Coco Chanel

Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

—Tim Notke