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What is your favorite productivity quote? This is community wiki, so please one quote per answer.

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When I get sad I stop being sad and be awesome instead. True Story. -Barney Stinson –  Michael Jun 24 '12 at 8:46
    
Edited to make an actual community wiki (Soner - you clearly intended to but it wasn't) –  Jeanne Boyarsky Jun 24 '12 at 14:46
    
@JeanneBoyarsky Yeah! I figure out when after send this question. I edit as a community wiki my answers but I couldn't change the question to community wiki after it sended. It is not possible? –  Soner Gönül Jun 24 '12 at 14:59
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I was able to as a mod so it is done now. I think the best you can do without being a mod is flag it for a mod (which you did) –  Jeanne Boyarsky Jun 24 '12 at 15:01
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Success

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The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs… one step at a time. — Joe Girard

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Productivity

If there are nine rabbits on the ground, if you want to catch one, just focus on one. — Jack Ma

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The beginning is half of every action - Greek Proverb

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Those who say it can't be done should be quiet so that those doing it can get on with it.

-Unknown source

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My favorite and what I use on my email signature is:

Good days give you happiness, Bad days give you experience
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Motivation

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Just get started. There are some days when you don’t feel like heading out the door for a run, or figuring out your budget, or whatever it is you’re supposed to do that day for your goal. Well, instead of thinking about how hard it is, and how long it will take, tell yourself that you just have to start. — Leo Babauta

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Your limitation is your own mind.

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The moment you think about giving up, think of the reason why you held on so long

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"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." ~Anne Frank

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Be brief. Be bright. Be gone.

-not sure of the author but the best mentor/boss I've worked for told it to me once - and I've adopted the very simple, yet powerful, principle in many aspects of my life

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You need to write down an unrealistic goal and start to live and breathe it every single day. This can be simple, or more complex. Make it crazy though! The sky is the limit, and trust me, people have been up there too. — Everett Bogue

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It's kind of fun to do the impossible - Walt Disney

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Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.

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From a very UK-based viewpoint, there is always this work of Kipling:

IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream — and not make dreams your master;
If you can think — and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
' Or walk with Kings — nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And — which is more — you'll be a Man, my son!

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Inspiration

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It’s not whether you get knocked down. It’s whether you get up again. — Vince Lombardi

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Where’s a will
There is a way
Through the desert
And up that hill

Accelerate
And we will prevail
'Cause never
We are standing still

The Retrosic - Quid Pro Quo

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Just Do It - Nike

More text to make it 30 characters so I can submit (Where's my KISS?)

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Crazy is what the lazy call the dedicated.

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"Joining a Facebook group about creative productivity is like buying a chair about jogging." - Merlin Mann, of the wonderful Back to Work podcast and 43 Folders blog.

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“A vision without a plan is just a dream. A plan without a vision is just drudgery. But a vision with a plan can change the world.” - Old Proverb

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"Write your way out of a thinking block—because you'll never think your way out of a writing block." - Merlin Mann

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For people who understand hindi

kyu dare zindagi me kya hoga kuch na hoga to tajurba hoga.

and who don't

Why to fear/doubtful from what is about to happen in life? Even if nothing happens we'll get an experience.

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Motivation and Inspiration

Success is going from failure to failure, without losing enthusiasm.

-Churchill‎

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Productivity is strictly connected with a self discipline.

Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.

Margaret Thatcher

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Reduce your drive to do everything and be everywhere. Clarify your purpose, why you exist and narrow down your goals to the most important ones, the ones which are consistent with your values. The ones you want to truly live with. -- Hrishikesh Jobanputra

from http://productivemotion.com/9-reasons-why-gtd-implementation-fail-and-what-to-do-about-it/

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Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.

Wayne Dyer

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If you know you have to swallow a frog, swallow it first thing in the morning.

If there are two frogs, swallow the big one first.

  • Mark Twain
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