10 Commandmentsof Success according to OG Mandino, 1923-1996 Raymond van Diemel Chair: Telematic Education Military Academy Faculty of Military Science Stellenbosch University firstname.lastname@example.org
Attempt something so big, … it’s doomed to failure, unless you give 100%
Labour each day as if your life hung in the balance We were not created for a life of idleness Work is not our enemy, but our friend We need not love the work we do Even kings dream of other occupations No man who is careless with his hammer will ever build a palace There is no work so rude that you may not exalt it No work is so dull that you may not enliven it There is only one certain method of attaining success and that is through hard work If you are unwilling to pay this price for distinction, be prepared for a lifetime of mediocrity What you plant now, you will harvest later. Be grateful for your tasks and their demands
With patience you can control your destiny The more enduring your patience, the more certain your reward There is no accomplishment that is not the result of patient working No road will be too long for you if you advance deliberately Avoid, every carriage that offers you a swift journey to wealth Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet With patience you can bear up under any adversity With patience you can control your destiny Realise that you cannot hurry success any more than a flower can bloom before it season What pyramid was ever built but by a stone at a time To be ambitious without patience can destroy careers. Patience is power Employ patience to stiffen your spirit and sweeten your temper
Chart your course with care Without hard work you will never succeed No ship ever lifted anchor and set sail without a destination No army ever marched off to battle without a plan of victory It is impossible to advance properly without goals Life is a game with few players and many spectators Those who watch are the hordes who wander through life without dreams Whatever your goals, fix them in your mind Give yourself every chance to succeed If you fail, fail trying Draw up your plans today Determine where you will be a year from today Plan what you need to do to get there – do it!
Prepare for darkness while travelling in the sunlight Realise that no condition is permanent Always have faith that conditions will change Though your heart be heavy, your body bruished, and your purse empty – hold on! Believe your period of misfortune must end Prepare for your future
Smile in the face of adversity until it surrender Realise that adversity is never a permanent condition Deal with adversity in one way – welcome them with open arms Realise that adversities always strengthens your nerves and sharpens your skills Adversity is the rain in your life Adversity is also your greatest teacher Remind yourself that every failure is only a step towards success
Plans are only dreams without action Only actions gives to life its strength, its joy, its purpose The world will always determine your worth by the deeds you do How will you proclaim your abilities if you are a spectator and never a player Action is the balm that will heal any wounds Laugh at your doubts and move ahead The more you do, the more you can do The busier you are, the more leisure you will have Act or you will be acted upon
Sweep cobwebs from your mind before they imprison you Never grieve over past failures Never let worry about tomorrow cast a shadow over today What madness it is to be expecting evil before it comes Waste not a moment’s thought on that which may never happen Concern yourself only with the present He who worries about calamities suffers them twice over
Lighten your load if you would reach your destination We came into this world with nothing Through the years we have allowed ourselves to be weighed down by so much heavy baggage Lighten your load, beginning today The greatest blessings of life are always within you, or within your reach The greatest falsehood in the world is that money and property can fill your life with joy. Simplify your life He is richest who is content with the least
Never forget that it is always later than you think Abide always with the thought that you are mortal Live with death as your companion but never fear it Many are so afraid to die that they never live Remember it is always later than you think Fasten this warning deep in your mind Remind yourself that you toady may be all you have Learn to live with death but never flee from it.
Never strive to be anything but yourself To be what you are and to become what you are capable of becoming is the secret of a happy life Never waste any effort into elevating yourself into something you are not, to please another You cannot choose your calling - it chooses you You have been blessed with special skills that are yours alone You have no obligation to succeed You have only the obligation to be true to yourself Do the very best you can in the things you do best, and you will know, in your soul, that you are the greatest success in the world
REACH FOR YOUR GOALS Credit: OG Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World. Secrets for Success and Happiness