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Life is an accomplishment and each moment has a meaning and you must use it.–Jeanne Moreau
Every accomplishment, no matter how small, is meaningful. Revel in your successes!
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The beginning is the most important part of the work. Plato
You have all taken that important first step and registered for Spring II. Start to fill in the pages with your experience and knowledge. Before you know it, the beginning will lead to a satisfying end.
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Remember when life’s path is steep to keep your mind even.
You are over halfway through Spring I. Take a deep breath, calm down, and keep climbing.
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No one succeeds without effort… Those who succeed owe their success to perseverance.
As you pass the halfway mark for Spring I, know that your effort is leading you on to success.
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Always remember that striving and struggle precede success, even in the dictionary.
–Sarah Ban Breathnach
As you make your way through each 8-week session, know that whatever struggles you might have are a step toward your goal. Always ask yourself, “What does success mean to me, and what am I willing to do to achieve it?”
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Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.
― Truman Capote
Does failure help us appreciate success?
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Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
Churchill has a great idea. How do you keep your enthusiasm up when faced with failure?
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It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.
–Leonardo da Vinci
Where will you go out and happen?
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To be prepared is half the victory.
–Miguel de Cervantes
How are you preparing for your victory?
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In keeping with this week’s Star Wars theme. . .
Remember: Your focus determines your reality.
–Qui-Gon Jinn (The Phantom Menace)
We hope that the force is strong in all of you and that you keep your focus on earning your degree. Make it a reality!