- “The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.” - Albert Schweitzer.
- “It’s not what you do in life as your chosen profession, or occupation that matters. It’s whether you impact other lives in a positive way. Everyone has the opportunity to contribute in his or her own way. The most important thing for you to determine is how you, personally, will impact the lives of others, and what can you do to increase the magnitude of that impact.”– John H. Ferguson, M.D. (1898-2004)
- “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” - Martin Luther King Jr.
- “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi
- “If not now - when? If not you – who?” – Paraphrased from Hillel, a Jewish religious leader, sage and scholar, c. 110 B.C.E. – 10 C.E.
- “Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say for one that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.” - Abraham Lincoln
- “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.” – Albert Schweitzer
- “Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike.” - Alexander Hamilton
- “We live in deeds, not years; In thoughts not breaths; In feelings, not in figures on a dial. We should count time by heart-throbs. He most lives Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.” - Aristotle
- Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance
- Delegate everything except genius. (Dan Sullivan concept.)
- “Never mistake motion for action.” – Ernest Hemingway
- “The journey of a thousand miles begins with but a single step.” – Confucius
- “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” - Woody Allen
- “Just showing up is half the battle. Showing up prepared is three-quarters of the battle.” – President George Bush (Sr.)
- "I cannot live without books." - Thomas Jefferson
- “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.” – Confucius
- “He who follows two hares is sure to catch neither.” – Benjamin Franklin
- “When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it - always.” -Mahatma Gandhi
- “PERHAPS the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not yet sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor; a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.” – Thomas Paine, Common Sense, Philadelphia, Feb. 14, 1776
- “You don't make decisions because they're EASY; You don't make decisions because they're CHEAP; You don't make decisions because they're POPULAR; You make decisions because they're RIGHT.”
- “Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” - Abraham Lincoln
- (Christianity) “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Luke 10:25-28: “Thou shalt love … thy neighbour as thyself.” Jesus' teaching is the the positive formulation of actively doing good to another that, if the situations were reversed, one would desire that the other would do for them. This formulation emphasizes the needs for positive action that brings benefit to another, not simply restraining oneself from negative activities that hurt another.
- (Judaism / Old Testament) Tobit 4:15 "Do to no one what you yourself dislike." Sirach 31:15 "Recognize that your neighbor feels as you do, and keep in mind your own dislikes."
- (Islam) “Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you.” - Muhammad, The Farewell Sermon. “None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.”- Muhammad, An-Nawawi's Forty Hadith 13 (p. 56)
- (Confucianism) “Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.” Confucius, Analects XV.24 (tr. David Hinton) …… “Tzu Kung asked: ‘Is there any one word that can serve as a principle for the conduct of life?’ Confucius said: ‘Perhaps the word 'reciprocity': Do not do to others what you would not want others to do to you.’”
- (Hinduism) “One should never do that to another which one regards as injurious to one’s own self. This, in brief, is the rule of dharma. Other behavior is due to selfish desires. ” Brihaspati, Mahabharata (Anusasana Parva, Section CXIII, Verse 8)
- “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” – Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address
- “I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.” – Gandhi
- "I am rather inclined to silence, and whether that be wise or not, it is at least more unusual nowadays to find a man who can hold his tongue than to find one who cannot." – Abraham Lincoln
- “The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.” - Henry David Thoreau
- "Never question another man's motive. His wisdom, yes, but not his motives." – Dwight D. Eisenhower
- “I just don’t need it.” – What you should say to yourself when you are out shopping.
- “When prosperity comes, do not use all of it.” - Confucius
- “The graveyards are full of indispensable men.” - Charles De Gaulle.
Dr. Ron A. Rhoades is an Asst. Professor of Finance at Western Kentucky University's Gordon Ford College of Business, where he chairs the (B.S. Finance) Financial Planning Program. An innovative, passionate teacher, he is the author of Choose to Succeed in College and in Life: Continously Improve, Persevere, and Enjoy the Journey (2014), from which many of these blog posts are derived.
Dr. Rhoades also serves as a consultant to the Garrett Planning Network, a nationwide network of independent, Fee-Only financial planners making competent, objective financial advice accessible to all people. He is the author of several books, dozens of articles, and he is a frequent speaker at financial planning and investments conferences. He is the recipient of many awards for his advocacy on behalf of the fiduciary standard. Dr. Rhoades is also a member of The Florida Bar, and he practices estate planning and transfer taxation for select current clients.
Dr. Rhoades and his wife, Cathy, reside in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
To contact Dr. Rhoades, please e-mail: WKUBear@gmail.com.