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Harvey Mackay: And the moral of the story is …

Harvey Mackay
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado

It’s been a while since I’ve offered up a compilation of my favorite column-ending morals – arguably among my readers’ most requested articles. Besides reviewing all the topics we’ve covered, these morals remind me that a few words can have a big impact.

I will admit right now that no matter how hard I work on the column that precedes it, I take extra pains to get the moral just right. If a reader remembers nothing else, the moral will serve as a quick lesson that usually applies to much more than business.

Here are some of the nuggets mined from the last 31⁄2 half years:

• Change your thinking, change your life.

• It’s not enough to know how to do things – you must know why you do them.

• The best way to sound like you know what you’re talking about is to know what you’re talking about.

• If you hit enough singles, sooner or later you are going to win big.

• Instead of giving myself reasons why I can’t, I give myself reasons why I can.

• Doing the right thing is never the wrong thing to do.

• An attitude of gratitude should have wide latitude.

• When a person’s temper gets the best of him, it brings out the worst in him.

• It’s never too late to become what you could have been.

• If you’re looking for a big opportunity, look for a big challenge.

• If you want to be heard, you must know how to listen.

• If you want to be successful, you must practice reciprocity without keeping score.

• We do what we have to do so we can do what we want to do.

• If you live in the past, you won’t have much of a future.

• What could you accomplish if no one told you it was impossible?

• You don’t have to know everything as long as you know the people who do.

• It’s OK to ruffle a few feathers from time to time. Show some pluck!

• The team you build will determine the business you build.

• To get what you’ve never had, you must do what you’ve never done.

• Be prepared, or be prepared to fail.

• Even the turtle knows you have to stick your neck out to get ahead.

• Don’t be afraid to take the plunge – just test the water before you dive in!

• Finding a reason to celebrate isn’t hard work – hard work is a reason to celebrate!

• Giving someone a piece of your mind rarely gives you peace of mind.

• The person who asks might feel like a fool for five minutes, but the person who does not ask remains a fool forever.

• If you want to outsmart the competition, you have to outthink the competition.

• Good luck usually depends on good judgment.

• Don’t be afraid to make a decision. Be afraid not to make a decision.

• When you can’t afford to make a mistake, good advice is priceless.

• What you learn on your first job will last through your last job.

• Don’t let hard times turn into end times. Let them lead to your best times.

• Thank U is a college from which we should never graduate.

• Minds are like parachutes – not much good unless they are open.

• My goal is to be as good a person as my dog thinks I am.

• If you can’t be an expert, hire an expert.

• Some people dream about success, and others wake up and do something about it.

• People have a way of becoming what you encourage them to be.

• A person without knowledge is like a house without a foundation.

• The world’s work is done every day by people who could have stayed in bed but didn’t.

• It only takes a little spark to ignite a great fire.

• Although no one can go back and make a brand-new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand-new end.


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