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Team Building Quotes by J.R.R. Tolkien

Team Building Quotes by J.R.R. Tolkien

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J.R.R. Tolkien was an English writer, poet, philologist, and academic. He was born in Bloemfontein in South Africa and is best known as the author of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion. He was at one time a close friend of C.S. Lewis, and were both members of the informal literary discussion group known as the Inklings. Tolkien was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1972. He is seen by many as the “father” of modern fantasy literature, and in 2008 The Times ranked him sixth on a list “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”.

We have put together a collection of quotes from J.R.R. Tolkien, which you can use to motivate and build your team:

“You have been chosen, and you must therefore use such strength and heart and wits as you have.”
– J. R. R. Tolkien

“It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.”
– J. R. R. Tolkien

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
– J. R. R. Tolkien

“Short cuts make long delays.”
– J. R. R. Tolkien

“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost.”
– J. R. R. Tolkien

“Courage is found in unlikely places.”
– J. R. R. Tolkien

“Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”
– J. R. R. Tolkien

The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out. – J. R. R. Tolkien

“Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate.”
– J. R. R. Tolkien

“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.”
– J. R. R. Tolkien

“It may be the part of a friend to rebuke a friend’s folly.”
– J. R. R. Tolkien

“So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their ending!”
– J. R. R. Tolkien

“Not all those who wander are lost.”
– J. R. R. Tolkien

“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.”
– J. R. R. Tolkien

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As You Think So You Are

Albert Einstein Quote

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
– Albert Einstein

If you are feeling as if life is not giving you what you want, then maybe a change in thinking is what you require. Remember that the input you receive determines your outlook, your outlook determines your output, and your output determines your outcome.

The good news is that we can choose what we feed our minds. Make sure that you feed your mind with positive, up-building material. Read motivational books, watch motivational dvd’s, attend motivational talks or listen to motivational recordings in the car while you are traveling. What goes into your mind on a consistent basis will soon be reflected in your actions.

The truth is that if we keep on thinking the way you have been thinking, we will keep on doing what we have been doing. If we keep on doing what we have been doing, we will keep on getting what we have been getting. Change your thoughts, to change your actions, to change your results.

Make a decision today to change to a positive mental diet which will make a permanent difference to your life.

 

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Overcoming Setbacks and Starting Again

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“I have studied the lives of great men and famous women and I found that the men and women who got the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand with everything they had of energy, enthusiasm, and hard work.” – Harry S. Truman

President Abraham Lincoln is a role model for many leaders. Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War, which was its bloodiest war and greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. His strong leadership helped to preserve the United States, abolish slavery, strengthen the federal government, and modernize the economy of the Union. But I want to draw your attention today to the road that led to him being elected to the White House:

  • Failed in business in 1831
  • Defeated for Legislature in 1832
  • Second failure in business in 1833
  • Suffered a nervous breakdown in 1836
  • Defeated for Speaker in 1838
  • Defeated for Elector in 1840
  • Defeated for Congress in 1843
  • Defeated for Congress in 1848
  • Defeated for Senate in 1855
  • Defeated for Vice President in 1856
  • Defeated for Senate in 1858
  • Elected President in 1860

As you can see,  Abraham Lincoln had to endure many setbacks before he was elected as president. How do your setbacks, which have stolen your dreams, compare to this list? If you are like me, looking at this list will make you realize that we give up way too quickly on our dreams.

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Most people have the seed of greatness in them, yet they are never inspired, encouraged or committed to do anything with what they have. Opportunity lies around us in many strange and interesting forms, waiting to be seized.

Every large corporation or successful team started somewhere. It started with an idea in the mind of one person, who shared it with others who caught the dream. You must start somewhere, so start working on your dream today, start where you are. Do not let your setbacks stop you from fulfilling your destiny.

 

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