Commandments of success

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Commandments of success

  1. 1. 10 Commandmentsof Success according to OG Mandino, 1923-1996 Raymond van Diemel Chair: Telematic Education Military Academy Faculty of Military Science Stellenbosch University raymond@ma2.sun.ac.za
  2. 2.  Attempt something so big, … it’s doomed to failure, unless you give 100% 
  3. 3.  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
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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!
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. 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.
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13.  REACH FOR YOUR GOALS Credit: OG Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World. Secrets for Success and Happiness

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