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Many of us will start the new year professing and trying to keep resolutions. Many notable Americans have resolved to do something or another. As a result of what they resolved to do and/or accomplished, they have uttered a quotable remark or two. Many people's 2010 resolutions will be run of the mill: focusing on fitness, relationships, spirituality, finances, education, and etc. Hopefully, these quotes will provide valuable motivation for those with standard resolutions.
Booker T. Washington said, " If you can't read, it's going to be hard to realize dreams." That's a fair assessment because reading is fundamental. Every facet of life in America and aboard is dependent upon reading as a form of communication. One can not fully utilize the Internet without being able to read. Furthermore, good communication skills are a requirement for most jobs in America. If your resolution is to learn how to read, you may want to contact the Literacy Council. Their number is 205-326-1925 / 1-888-448-7323 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ben Franklin has been given credit for this quote; " A penny saved is a penny earned."
In this tumultuous economy, accumulating wealth has not been that easy for many Americans. In recent years, countless people have lost more wealth than they have gained. Therefore, Americans have come to realize that it may be easier and more prudent to save some of what they already have rather than accumulate new wealth. For those who have resolved to save money in 2010, they might want to invest in an Individual Development Account (IDA). For more info, contact the United Way @ 205-251-5131.
Michael Leboeuf said, "Waste your money and you are only out of money, but waste your time and you've lost part of your life." Although Franklin made a good point about the value of saving rather than wasting, Leboeuf emphasizes the value of time. Unlike money, time can't be saved. Therefore, Americans can not afford to waste it. We must learn what the recession has to teach us and work diligently to put those lessons in motion, as a country and as individuals. With that being said, WebMD has some excellent time management tips. The Free Management Library is another excellent time management resource.
As a result of the recession, many American employees will learn to view certain jobs as opportunities that they never would have considered under ordinary circumstances. Martin Luther King once said, "If you are called to be a street sweeper, sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ' Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.' In other words, employees must perform at even higher levels in order to maintain their jobs. As we have witnessed in recent years, many employers are downsizing. Often times, lackluster employees are among the first to be terminated. Although learning to view certain job positions - like the street sweeper King mentioned - as opportunities can be a humbling experience, Ken Blanchard and Margret McBride declare, "people with humility don't think less of themselves. They just think about themselves less." Volunteering is a good way in which people can think less about themselves and more about others, and the Career Assistance Ministry (CAM) might help lackluster employees learn to view certain job positions as opportunities.
Frederick Douglass believed, "If there is no struggle, there is no progress." Surviving in this economy has been a struggle for countless Americans. Some analysts have suggested that America was in a state of complacency prior to the economic downturn, and that state of mind led to the recession. Although Americans can not turn back the hands of time, many envision America recovering and progressing again because of the lessons we are learning from the recession.