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Not gold but only men can make

A people great and strong;

Men who for truth and honor’s sake

Stand fast and suffer long.

Brave men who work while others sleep

Who dare while others fly—

They build a nation’s pillars deep,

And lift them to the sky. — Ralph Waldo Emmerson

A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.

—Henry David Thoreau

We do not commonly find men of superior sense amongst those of the highest riches.

— Euripides

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. . . Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” –June 12th 2005, Steve Jobs commencement address at Stanford University

In 2008, I had the great honor of meeting Russell Simmons while serving as a mentor in his Race to Be program promoting entrepreneurship.  My class enjoys his book Do You!  12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success.

Any kind of lasting success is rooted in honesty. –Russell Simmons

Art allows people a way to dream their way out of their struggle. –Russell Simmons

The thing about hip-hop is that it’s from the underground, ideas from the underbelly, from people who have mostly been locked out, who have not been recognized.  –Russell Simmons

The word mantra comes from two Sanskrit words man, (“to think”) and tra (“tool’). So the literal translation is “a tool of thought.” And that’s how mantras are used in Buddhist and Hindu practices, as tools that clear your mind of distractions. Because when you focus on repeating that mantra over and over again, soon the noise will die down and all you will hear is your inner voice. –from Do You! –Russell Simmons

Money doesn’t make u happy, but happy makes u money!!!  (Echoing the common ethic to hold the higher ideals and bliss over the bottom line, as well as Socrates’ maxim that virtue does not come fomr money, but that money and every lasting good of man derive from virtue.) –Russell Simmons

I became an entrepreneur by mistake. Ever since then I’ve gone into business, not to make money, but because I think I can do it better than it’s been done elsewhere. And, quite often, just out of personal frustration about the way it’s been done by other people. –Sir Richard Branson, As stated in an interview with Martyn Lewis , Reflections on Success (1997)

My philosophy is that if I have any money I invest it in new ventures and not have it sitting around. –Sir Richard Branson, From his interview in The Sunday Mirror, 16th January 2000

Making money never was my incentive. I just want to fight big companies. –Sir Richard Branson, From his interview in The Sunday Mirror, 16th January 2000.

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