“Encouragement” by Mrs. Elizabeth Clementine Kinney When first peeps out from earth the modest vine,Asking but little space to live and grow,How easily some step, without design,May crush the being from a thing so low!But let the hand that doth delight to showSupport to feebleness the tendril twineAround some lattice-work, and ’t will bestowIts thanks …

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A Just and Reasonable Modesty

"A just and reasonable modesty does not only recommend eloquence, but sets off every great talent which a man can be possessed of." ~ Joseph Addison When you develop talents and cultivate new qualities of character, more power can flow through you. That power, in turn, allows for greater influence. That influence can be both …

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Beware of Limiting Assumptions

“There is no use trying,” said Alice; “one can’t believe impossible things.” “I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” ~ Lewis Carroll Sometimes the …

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The Art of Manliness: The Secret of Great Men

If you are a guy who wishes he were more of a gentleman, I would highly encourage you to visit The Art of Manliness, an uncommonly rich online resource that aims to "reviv[e] the lost art of manliness." I have found it to be tremendously useful in my pursuit of ongoing refinement and I must …

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On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres by Nicolaus Copernicus

I was thumbing through the remarkable observations set down by Nicolaus Copernicus in his book On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres in the 1400s.  You may recall that Copernicus abandoned the long-held Ptolemaic system, where the Earth was seen as being fixed in the center of the universe (geocentric) in favor of his mathematical proof that it in fact moved around the sun (heliocentric).    …

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The Creative Mystery: Genius, Creativity and You

Whether you feel it important or necessary to change your view on the nature of the source of creativity, the important lesson I believe is that you never stop allowing yourself to be a source of creative inspiration. Whether to your family, to your friends, to co-workers or clients, in private or in public, keep the "channels open" and the "creative juices flowing."