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One Very Special Seed!

Sheila J. Highland



One Very Special Seed

One Very Special Seed!

An emperor in the far east was growing old and knew it was time to choose his successor. Instead of choosing his assistant or his children, he decided something different. He called young people in the kingdom together one day and said ” It is time for me to step down and choose the next emperor. I have decided to choose one of you”.The kids were shocked! But the emperor continued. “I am going to give each one of you a seed today. One very special seed. I want you to plant the seed, water it and come back here after one year from today with what you have grown from this one seed. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next emperor!”.One Very Special Seed

One boy named Ling was there that day and he, like others, received a seed. He went home and excitedly told his mother the story.

She helped him get a pot and planting soil, and he planted the seed and watered it carefully. Every day he would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After about three weeks, some of the other youths began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow. Ling kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew. 3 weeks.. 4weeks.. 5weeks.. went by. Still, nothing, By now, others were talking about their plants but Ling didn’t have a plant, and he felt like a failure. Six months went by, still nothing in Ling’s pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing. Ling didn’t say anything to his friends, however, he just kept waiting for his seed to grow.

A year finally went by and all the youths of the kingdom brought their plants to the emperor for inspection. Ling’s mother told him to bring the empty pot and be honest about what happened, Ling felt sick to his stomach but he knew his mother was right. He took his empty pot to the palace. When Ling arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other youths. They were beautiful in all sizes and shapes. Ling put his empty pot on the floor and many of the others laughed at him, a few felt sorry for him and just said: “Hey nice try”.

When the emperor arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted the young people. Ling just tried to hide at the back. ” What a great plant. trees and flowers you have grown,” said the emperor. “Today, one of you will be appointed the next emperor!” All of a sudden, the emperor spotted Ling at the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered his guards to bring him to the front, Ling was terrified. “The emperor knows I’m a failure! Maybe he will have me killed!”.

When Ling got to the front, the emperor asked his name. “My name is Ling, ” He replied. All the kids were laughing and making fun of him. The emperor asked everyone to quiet down. He looked at Ling, and then announced to the crowd, ” Behold your new emperor! His name is Ling!” Ling couldn’t believe it. Ling couldn’t even grow his seed. How could he be the new emperor?! Then the emperor said, ” One year ago, I gave everyone here a seed, I told you to take the seed, plant it water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds, which would not grow. All of you, except Ling. have brought me trees and plants and flowers. When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Ling was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one  who will be the new emperor!”…


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20 Self-Improvement Steps Toward Growth

Sheila J. Highland



20 Baby Steps Toward Self-Improvement

It is a basic human desire to want to grow, improve, and evolve. Over the course of a lifetime, events big and small contribute to how you spiritually and mentally mature. Everything from having a baby to earning a master’s degree can cause you to grow in leaps and bounds. However, it’s not just the big choices that shape your life; the reality is that your happiness and well-being are largely formed by the myriad small decisions you make every day. While individually these choices may not seem to add up to much, collectively, they shape the whole of who you are.

By taking the following small steps toward self-improvement, you can create a chain reaction of positive life experiences that will add up to far more than the sum of their parts. Here are 20 baby steps for self-improvement.

1. Focus on Your Strengths

First and foremost, recognize that self-improvement does not imply that there is anything wrong with you. Your mindset is a huge indicator of how you live your life, so try this on for size: according to positive psychology, you will be better off relying upon your strengths and skills rather than trying to improve your perceived weaknesses.


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2. Sit Still for a Few Minutes Every Day

You have heard it a million times, and yet you still struggle to sit for 20 minutes every day. Today, try again, but just for five minutes this time. If you can remember to sit still with your eyes closed for five minutes every day, you will feel the benefit of ritual, routine, and positive change. In fact, it would be better to meditate every day for five minutes than once a week for 20 minutes. If you don’t think you can do it for five minutes a day, give yourself more credit than that! You can sit for five minutes. If it matters to you, you can make the time for it.

3. Log What You Eat

There is a huge correlation between what you eat and how you feel. You have noticed this over the years, and perhaps have told yourself that you have to start eating better. Instead of starting a new fad diet, simply start writing down what you eat. You don’t have to count calories or measure portions, just log what you eat and see what you notice. Simply by bringing mindfulness to your diet, you will become aware of how you feel when you eat certain foods and you will become more in tune with what your body wants and needs. Your nutrition and health will improve over time, simply by being more aware of what you consume.

4. Listen to Podcasts

Rather than spending your commute with the news on in the background or working out to the same thumping beats, add some inspiration and positivity to your life by incorporating a podcast into your routine. Try Daily Breath with Deepak ChopraTED Radio HourHay House Radio, or Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations. Think of it as spending time with teachers or wise friends, and you’ll inject a dose of personal growth into every day.

5. Make Eye Contact

The way you interact with people affects how you feel about your life. It seems so simple, but try making eye contact with the people you engage with on a daily basis. Eye contact can improve the quality of your primary relationships and can also improve your sense of belonging with your more peripheral relationships. Better eye contact has many benefits, so try to see how many people you can connect with on a daily basis.

6. Choose to Be Grateful

At any given moment you have the choice to emotionally react, take something for granted, or to be grateful. When you choose to be thankful, it is as if you are saying to the Universe: Yes, please, more of that. However, gratitude is not a default state until you make it one. Until you reach the point that you naturally incline toward gratitude, it will be a choice you make at every turn. So be diligent in your quest to make gratitude one of your habits and eventually it will become a fundamental part of you are.

7. Move Your Body

Go for a walk, take a quick dance break, or climb a flight of stairs. Whether you consider yourself active or sedentary, moving your body in new ways will not only strengthen your physical body but will improve your mood. Be sure that you move every day, and remember that 10 minutes of exercise is better than zero!

8. Smile More

Have you ever noticed the face you make when you are not paying attention? Train your face to smile more, and you may be able to elicit more positive emotions. Called the facial feedback hypothesis, scientists have identified that facial expressions can change your mood (it’s not just the other way around). Smile more, and you can influence your brain to experience your happiness more fully.


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9. Call Your Friends

Email and text messaging have become primary ways of communicating for so many people, and, as a result, many are left feeling isolated and cut off from the people in their lives. Make an effort to make phone calls and to speak with your family and friends more often. Not only will it fortify your relationships, but it will also boost your overall happiness level.

10. Recycle and Reduce Waste

The planet doesn’t need a small number of people to be zero waste, it needs all people to take small steps toward reducing their own waste. Recycle all the time. It matters. Say no to plastic straws. Use your own travel mug. Decline plastic water bottles. Pick up litter. Be an ambassador for mother earth by doing your part.

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11. Listen to Music That Helps You to Feel How You Want to Feel

Music can help pump you up when you need some energy or calm you down when you want to relax. Music can soothe, uplift, and even heal you. The right music can give you hope and improve your mood, so listen to your music loud and proud. Make a soundtrack for when you are making dinner and dance with your kids in the kitchen. Incorporate mantras and spiritually charged songs into your daily spiritual practice. Make playlists for every mood (or use one of Spotify’s many mood playlists) and move some energy.

12. Stand Up Straight

You can hunch or you can stand up straight. Your posture will tell your brain if you feel depleted and insecure, or if you are proud, confident, and ready to take on the day. Catch yourself in the mirror when you are slouching, and pull those shoulders back. Tell a coworker or family member to keep an eye out for when you start to slump to help you stand nice and tall. Learning and practicing yoga can also help you to develop the body awareness to stand with better posture throughout the day as well. Stand tall and proud, and feel your mood rise up with you.

13. Exercise in the Morning

For many people, if exercise and meditation do not happen in the morning, they do not happen at all. Your willpower gets depleted, your to-do list gets longer, and before you know it, you are too tired to put on your sneakers. Try incorporating exercise into your morning routine before you go to work. Once it is done, IT IS DONE, and you can feel good that you have started your day on a positive note.

14. Put a $100 Bill in Your Wallet

Try putting a $100 bill in your wallet with no intention of spending it. Carrying around some extra money makes you feel rich and invites an abundance mindset into your life. No one wants to feel poor, so creating a sense of abundance will open you up to new experiences, opportunities, and put a little pep in your step. As you move through your day, you get to choose whether or not to spend your money on something, rather than feeling like you can’t afford it.

15. Stop Complaining

By the time you complain out loud, you have already complained in your head several, if not dozens of, times. Negative thoughts breed more negative thoughts and complaining keeps you stuck in a negative feedback loop. Complaining can be a bad habit so become diligent about when you are complaining and cut it off at the pass. Notice how it feels when the people around you complain and use that as motivation not to be a complainer yourself.

16. Get More Sleep

Stop glorifying exhaustion as a badge of honor. Productivity should not trump good health, and yet one in three adults isn’t getting enough sleep. Prioritize a good night’s sleep and see how every other element of your life is affected. The National Sleep Foundation shows that lack of sleep affects your brain functioning, your reaction time, can cause high blood pressure, and a weakened immune system. So go to bed a little earlier in the name of feeling better.

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17. Smile at Yourself in the Mirror

People can be so hard on themselves, especially when they look in the mirror. With self-love comes self-improvement. Start treating yourself as a loving friend, rather than as a harsh critic. Begin by just smiling at yourself each time you see your reflection.

18. Get Outside Every Day

No matter where you live or what you do for a living, you will benefit from being more in tune with nature. This doesn’t mean you need to go for long hikes every day or go hugging trees, but simply make a concerted effort to get outside every single day. Even if it is just for a few minutes, make it a part of your routine to breathe fresh air. (One of the greatest gifts of having a dog is that it forces you to get outside for daily walks.) The more connected you are to nature, the closer you will feel to your own heart.

19. Align with the Moon

The moon is a steadfast timekeeper, and by living by the light of the moon, you have the chance to explore facets of yourself that have gone unnoticed. Let each moon phase cue you to contemplate or address a different element of your life. The new moon reminds you to set new intentions, and the full moon asks you to take inventory of what habits and patterns are holding you back, for example. Try the book Lunar Abundance by Ezzie Spencer to learn more about how you can incorporate the moon into your personal practice.

20. Be Nice

When in doubt, be nice. Choose kindness over cleverness; generosity over apathy. Be nice to your neighbors; be nice to your server. Be kind to your spouse, and be kind to the telemarketer who calls and is just trying to do his or her job. Be kind to the people in your world, and they will be more kind to the people in their world. It starts with you. As the Dalai Lama said, “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”

Through your choices, you create your reality. You can live from epic moment to epic moment, but the truth is that life is made up of mostly smaller, more ordinary choices and experiences. Don’t let them pass you by. Make choices that matter and they will add up as you grow into an even more incredible and happier you.

“One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And, the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

As we get older, we want to see a lot of self-improvement. It is always a goal to be better every day. These steps listed here are great ideas to work hard towards self-improvement. It can take some time, but eventually, we will get there. Self-improvement is a constant improvement of oneself.


Original article by  Karson McGinley.


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3 Ways to Be Happy Now

Sheila J. Highland



We all have our own ways on how to be happy. Happiness is how we see things in life. In this article, we will learn about the 3 Ways to Be Happy Now…

Happiness is a continuous state of quiet joy that exists in the moment from the inside out. Happiness is what love looks like. It is the manifestation of what it means to love ourselves, love our day, love our lives. The timing of happiness is right now.

As seekers of happiness it is important to understand how much of it depends on internal versus external factors. Based on her research, in her 2007 book The How of Happiness, positive psychology researcher Sonja Lyubomirsky concluded that roughly 50 percent of happiness is determined by our genes and 10 percent by our life circumstance, but 40 percent depends on our daily activities.

This 50% is what is commonly known as our Happiness SetPoint. The great news is that we have the power to influence 40% of our happiness. The yogic philosophy of Santosha, often translated to mean contentment, is about living into your choices and  loving what life is offering us moment to moment.

“Happiness depends on ourselves.”  – Aristotle.


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Here are 3 Ways to Be Happy Now:

Take Responsibility

Happiness Now starts with taking immediate responsibility for the quality of your life.When we are willing to accept accountability, it gets easier to authentically describe what we want our happiest life to feel like. From there, the experience of the now expands the joy that was waiting for us to realize is already happening.

“Happy people avoid blame in all its incarnations. They don’t blame other people, they don’t blame circumstances, and they don’t blame themselves. To happy people, blame serves no purpose. It doesn’t ever get us what we truly desire. In fact happy people not only avoid blame but they also avoid its family members envy, greed and jealousy – which are among the key indicators of unhappiness.” -The Choices Happy People Make

Choose Now

The act of waiting for happiness to be happy, or “happiness procrastination” as I refer to it, can be paralyzing. If we have a prerequisite of a certain condition taking place to facilitate happiness then we’ll always be waiting as opposed to being happy in the moment. If we fool ourselves into believing that we have to understand the reasons why we’re unhappy, the result will be getting stuck in that state of unhappiness. Instead, choose those activities that spark joy, stop over-intellectualizing your choices, and live in the present.

What’s so important about being in the moment? Spiritual practice teaches us that the present moment is the source of healing, love, inspiration, and happiness. In fact, the purest form of happiness is found in the present moment. The yogis call this power of presence shaktiBut to reap these benefits, we can’t just have fleeting moments of presence. We have to stay long enough in the present moment to really soak in the happiness.

Apply this Happiness Prescription:

  • Each week take a day off of social media for a digital detox. Instead of being caught up in looking at what other people have done in the past, focus your attention on your present moment.
  • Each month plan a nature trip, whether it’s hiking in the mountains or walking the beach or enjoying the local forest preserve. Notice how nature only knows how to be in the now.
  • Take a long weekend each year to attend a personal development workshop for a happiness reset. Get back in touch with the Now of your happiness.
  • Each year go on retreat where you can unplug from your business life for a week.
  • At the end of the year, take a business “savasana” where you celebrate all that you attempted and accomplished and find pleasure in resting in that knowledge. Be present in the Now instead of trying to achieve more.


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Stoke Your Passion!

Happiness is a direct experience of enthusiasm. Remember, it is not how or when we accomplish something that matters most, it is the sense of enthusiasm during the process that demonstrates our quality of life. Enthusiasm gives us the chance to go beyond our happiness set point. The foundational teachings of yoga tell us that joy is our birthright. That doesn’t mean it comes easy: It takes real effort. However, this exertion is well worth it and we should never let a day go by without putting forth our best effort to live with passion.

Seek daily activities that inspire enthusiasm. Do something that keeps you engaged in the joy of the present moment.

Apply these three ways to be happy now and watch your happiness set point rise up. Love yourself, love your day, love your life.


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Original article by Silvia Mordini, CEO, Transformation Leader, and Author. With contagious enthusiasm Silvia encourages everyone she meets to love their life! Her expert passion connects people to their own joyful potential. She has been teaching happiness, global awareness, & mindfulness for 20 years. 

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103 Frederick Douglass Quotes- Famous Quotes About Justice & Freedom




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Known as an escaped slave, Frederick Douglass was also an orator and a writer. He became a statesman. While he was fighting for justice and freedom, he was also writing autobiographies. These were mostly about his experiences as a slave. To honour him, here are 103 Frederick Douglas quotes that we all can live by.

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Frederick Douglass Famous Quotes

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”

“As a people, Americans are remarkably familiar with all facts which make in their own favor.”

“You are not judged by the height you have risen, but from the depth you have climbed.’

“I had reached the point, at which I was not afraid to die. This spirit made me a Freeman in fact, while I remained a slave in form,”

“Reader! Are you with the man-stealers in sympathy and purpose, or on the side of their down-trodden victims? If with the former, then you are the foe of God and man.”


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“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.

“What upon Earth is the matter with the American people? Do they really covet the world’s ridicule as well as their own social and political ruin?”

“From apparently the basest metals we have the finest toned bells.”

“Men talk of the Negro problem. There is no Negro problem. The problem is whether the American people have honesty enough, loyalty enough, honor enough, patriotism enough to live up to their Constitution”

“To enslave men, successfully and safely, it is necessary to have their minds occupied with thoughts and aspirations short of the liberty of which they are deprived. A certain degree of attainable good must be kept before them.”


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“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”

“A man is worked upon by what he works on. He may carve out his circumstances, but his circumstances will carve him out as well.”

“Slaves sing most when they are most unhappy. The songs of the slave represent the sorrows of his heart; and he is relieved by them, only as an aching heart is relieved by its tears.”

“There is not a man beneath the canopy of heaven, that does not know that slavery is wrong for him.”

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“What to the Slave is the 4th of July.”

“To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker. It is just as criminal to rob a man of his right to speak and hear as it would be to rob him of his money.”

“My long-crushed spirit rose, cowardice departed, bold defiance took its place; and I now resolved that, however long I might remain a slave in form, the day had passed forever when I could be a slave in fact.”

“If you give a nigger an inch, he will take an ell. A nigger should know nothing but to obey his master-to do as he is told to do.”

“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.”

“One and God make a majority.”


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“Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.”

“The life of a nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.”

“Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.”


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“Without a struggle, there can be no progress.”

“It is no disparagement to truth, that it can only prevail where reason prevails. War begins where reason ends. The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion.”

“Slavery soon proved its ability to divest her of these excellent qualities, and her home of its early happiness. Conscience cannot stand much violence.”

“Inaction is followed by stagnation. Stagnation is followed by pestilence and pestilence is followed by death.”

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“I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.”

“Some know the value of education by having it. I knew its value by not having it.”

“A smile or a tear has no nationality; joy and sorrow speak alike to all nations, and they, above all the confusion of tongues, proclaim the brotherhood of man.””

“Freedom is a road seldom traveled by the multitude.”

“The man who is right is a majority. He who has God and conscience on his side, has a majority against the universe.”

“The soul that is within me no man can degrade.”


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Additional famous Frederick Douglass quotes…

“You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man.”

“Beat and cuff your slave, keep him hungry and spiritless, and he will follow the chain of his master like a dog; but, feed and clothe him well, – work him moderately – surround him with physical comfort, – and dreams of freedom intrude. Give him a bad master, and he aspires to a good master; give him a good master, and he wishes to become his own master.”

“A man’s troubles are always half disposed of when he finds endurance the only alternative.”

“Slavery is indeed gone, but its shadow still lingers over the country and poisons more or less the moral atmosphere of all sections of the republic.”


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Frederick Douglass Education Quotes

“The soul that is within me no man can degrade.”

“Is it possible for the human mind to conceive of a more horrible state of society?”

“If a slave has a bad master, his ambition is to get a better; when he gets a better, he aspires to have the best; and when he gets the best, he aspires to be his own master.”

“Man’s greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done.”

“The American people have this to learn: that where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither person nor property is safe.”


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“One and God make a majority.”

“It was considered as being bad enough to be a slave; but to be a poor man’s slave was deemed a disgrace indeed!”

“It is better that a dozen slaves suffer under the lash, than that the overseer should be convicted, in the presence of the slaves, of having been at fault.”

“How do you feel,” said a friend to me, “when you are hooted and jeered on the street on account of your color?” “I feel as if an ass had kicked, but had hit nobody,” was my answer.”


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“Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.”

“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”

“You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man.”

“A man who will enslave his own blood, may not be safely relied on for magnamity.”

“The silver trump of freedom roused in my soul eternal wakefulness.”

“Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning.”


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“People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.”

“The white man’s happiness cannot be purchased by the black man’s misery.”

“We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future.”

“I didn’t know I was a slave until I found out I couldn’t do the things I wanted.”

“Immense wealth, and its lavish expenditure, fill the great house with all that can please the eye, or tempt the taste. Here, appetite, not food, is the great desideratum.”

“Who would be free themselves must strike the blow…I urge you to fly to arms and smite to death the power that would bury the Government and your liberty in the same hopeless grave. This is your golden opportunity.”

“Right is of no sex, Truth is of no color, God is the Father of us all, and we are all Brethren”

“The thought of only being a creature of the present and past was troubling. I longed for a future too, with hope in it. The desire to be free, awakened my determination to act, to think, and to speak.”

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“To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.”

“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.”

“Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.”

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”

“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”

“I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.”

“The white man’s happiness cannot be purchased by the black man’s misery.”

“In thinking of America, I sometimes find myself admiring her bright blue sky — her grand old woods — her fertile fields — her beautiful rivers — her mighty lakes, and star-crowned mountains. But my rapture is soon checked, my joy is soon turned to mourning. When I remember that all is cursed with the infernal actions of slaveholding, robbery and wrong, — when I remember that with the waters of her noblest rivers, the tears of my brethren are borne to the ocean, disregarded and forgotten, and that her most fertile fields drink daily of the warm blood of my outraged sisters, I am filled with unutterable loathing.”


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More powerful Frederick Douglass quotes…

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”

“Power concedes nothing without a demand.”

“The destiny of the colored American … is the destiny of America.”

“Freedom now appeared, to disappear no more forever. It was heard in every sound and seen in every thing. It was very present to torment me with a sense of my wretched condition. I saw nothing without seeing it, I heard nothing without hearing it, and felt nothing without feeling it. It looked from every star, it smiled in every calm, breathed in every wind, and moved in every storm.”

“A smile or a tear has not nationality; joy and sorrow speak alike to all nations, and they, above all the confusion of tongues, proclaim the brotherhood of man”

“For of all slaveholders with whom I have ever met, religious slaveholders are the worst. I have ever found them the meanest and basest, the most cruel and cowardly, of all others.”

My hopes were never brighter than now.”

“At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed.”

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“It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.”

“Our destiny is largely in our hands.”

“We have men sold to build churches, women sold to support the gospel, and babes sold to purchase Bibles for the poor heathen, all for the glory of God and the good of souls. The slave auctioneer’s bell and the church-going bell chime in with each other, and the bitter cries of the heart-broken slave are drowned in the religious shouts of his pious master. Revivals of religion and revivals in the slave trade go hand in hand.”

“I have often wished myself a beast. I preferred the condition of the meanest reptile to my own. Any thing, no matter what, to get rid of thinking! It was this everlasting thinking of my condition that tormented me. There was no getting rid of it. It was pressed upon me by every object within sight or hearing, animate or inanimate.”

“The relation between the white and colored people of this country is the great, paramount, imperative, and all-commanding question for this age and nation to solve.”

“I will give Mr. Freeland the credit of being the best master I ever had, till I became my own master.”

“The Irish, who, at home, readily sympathize with the oppressed everywhere, are instantly taught when they step upon our soil to hate and despise the Negro…Sir, the Irish-American will one day find out his mistake.’


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Get strength from these Frederick Douglass quotes…

“No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.”

“Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.”

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

“To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.”

“People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.”

“What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass-fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy-a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.”

Uplift your spirit with these famous Frederick Douglass quotes and keep the motivation from this great story about taking responsibility for your happiness.


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“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

“Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning.”

“The American people have this to learn: that where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither person nor property is safe.”

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”

“It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.”

“Slaves are generally expected to sing as well as to work.”

“I have observed this in my experience of slavery, – that whenever my condition was improved, instead of its increasing my contentment, it only increased my desire to be free, and set me to thinking of plans to gain my freedom. I have found that, to make a contented slave, it is necessary to make a thoughtless one. It is necessary to darken his moral and mental vision, and, as far as possible, to annihilate the power of reason. He must be able to detect no inconsistencies in slavery; he must be made to feel that slavery is right; and he can be brought to that only when he ceased to be a man.”

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“A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me.”

“The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”

“A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me.”

“The marriage institution cannot exist among slaves, and one sixth of the population of democratic America is denied it’s privileges by the law of the land. What is to be thought of a nation boasting of its liberty, boasting of it’s humanity, boasting of its Christianity, boasting of its love of justice and purity, and yet having within its own borders three millions of persons denied by law the right of marriage?”

“In a composite nation like ours, as before the law, there should be no rich, no poor, no high, no low, no white, no black, but common country, common citizenship, equal rights and a common destiny.”

“The life of a nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.”

“I had as well be killed running as die standing”


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Find solace from these Frederick Douglass quotes…

“A man’s character always takes its hue, more or less, from the form and color of things about him.”

“My new mistress proved to be all she appeared when I first met her at the door,—a woman of the kindest heart and finest feelings.”

“When I went into their family, it was the abode of happiness and contentment. The mistress of the house was a model of affection and tenderness. Her fervent piety and watchful uprightness made it impossible to see her without thinking and feeling—”that woman is a Christian.”

“We were both victims to the same overshadowing evil—she, as mistress, I, as slave.”

“They suppress the truth rather than take the consequence of telling it, and in so doing prove themselves a part of the human family.”

“Beware of a Yankee when he is feeding”

“For my part, I should prefer death to hopeless bondage.”

“Should a slave, when assaulted, but raise his hand in self defense, the white assaulting party is fully justified by southern, or Maryland, public opinion, in shooting the slave down.”

“Welcome, welcome joy, welcome sorrow, welcome pleasure, welcome pain. You are all the ingredients of life — and with you all, life is an inestimable blessing.”

“The man who will get up will be helped up; and the man who will not get up will be allowed to stay down.”

Life is beautiful. It is full of all the wonders in the universe. There are famous people who make living worthwhile. There are also famous quotes from great philosophers before. Frederick Douglas was one powerful individual that fought about justice and freedom. He was a writer and we have here a list of Frederick Douglass quotes. He lived his life filled with inspiration for all of us today. 
This Frederick Douglass quotes will enlighten each of us as we go through life these days. Make your life more beautiful. Read these famous Frederick Douglass quotes.


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The Warren Buffett Way – 83 Reasons We Love Warren Buffett




The Warren Buffett Way 83 Reasons We Love Warren Buffett

When all of this Corona Virus troubles has settled down and the world is returning back to normal.  There will be new opportunities for fast moving and entrepreneurial folks.  The Warren Buffett way may provide you with the right answers.

If you are interested in opening a business then, you should probably be be modelling the success of those who have achieved success in their businesses. As we all know, starting up any kind of business can be very difficult, especially if you don’t have enough knowledge in handling and even operating a business.

the warren buffett wayAsking help from professional and successful business owners or just modelling other successful entrepreneurs can be a great help. Warren Buffet is arguably one of the most successful investors ever. If you are going to model anyone it should be the Warren Buffett way.

Below are 83 reasons to love Warren Buffet, which I found from

There are many reasons why we should love Warren Buffett. Warren Buffet is one of the most ideal person that businessmen look up to. Not everyone knows how much he has done in helping people improve their business.

1. Intricate, occasionally contradictory complexity hides beneath the “Aw, shucks” folksy charm. As a Forbes writer once put it, “Buffett is not a simple person, but he has simple tastes.”

2. Many people talk about avoiding the madding crowd, but Buffett actually does it by living 1,250 miles away from Wall Street.

3. He has a fortress-like internal scorecard on all things investing, yet a vulnerable, endearing external scorecard on many aspects of his personal life. See his penchant for seeking mother figures.

4. His perspective: “In the 20th century, the United States endured two world wars and other traumatic and expensive military conflicts; the Depression; a dozen or so recessions and financial panics; oil shocks; a flu epidemic; and the resignation of a disgraced president. Yet the Dow rose from 66 to 11,497.”

5. He is that guy in school who tells you he may have failed the test — only to bust the top of the curve.

6. His time frame for the long run consistently exceeds his life span.

7. He says it better: “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”

8. He’s human. He fears nuclear war and his own mortality. He’s frequently more adept at business relationships than personal ones. He can hold a grudge. His hero is his daddy.

9. Classic line: “Rule No. 1: Never lose money. Rule No. 2: Never forget rule No. 1.”

10. Once branded a stingy miser (rightly or wrongly), Buffett has evolved (assuming it wasn’t his intention from the start) into one of the most effective philanthropists I know. After growing his potential givings at a 20% compounded rate per year, he set a plan to give most of it away.


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11. Perhaps as importantly, he put ego aside and outsourced his charitable decision-making to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Circle of competence at its finest.

12. “I never attempt to make money on the stock market. I buy on the assumption that they could close the market the next day and not reopen it for five years.” Contrast that with computer algorithm-based trading, day trading, and some of the moves you’ve made in your own account.

13. Buffett’s smarter than you and I, but he’s kind enough to let us feel otherwise.

14. David Sokol was once an heir apparent and arguably Buffett’s most trusted operations guy. But when Sokolgate emerged, Buffett stayed true to his word: “We can afford to lose money — even a lot of money. But we can’t afford to lose reputation — even a shred of reputation.”

15. “Derivatives are financial weapons of mass destruction.” He said it early, and we are reminded of it often.

16. In a glimpse of the nuance that some commentators call hypocrisy, Buffett uses derivatives himself. But he does so in a way that doesn’t threaten the entire financial system and explains exactly why in his annual shareholder letters.

17. He doomed himself from ever holding public office: “A public-opinion poll is no substitute for thought.”

18. I like juxtaposing these two quotes: 1) “It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.” 2) “Wall Street is the only place that people ride to in a Rolls-Royce to get advice from those who take the subway.”

19. “You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.”

20. He has the ability to resist the allure of the quick fix or quick buck when longer-term dynamics are at play.

21. Not sure if this quote came before or after the Internet: “Let blockheads read what blockheads wrote.”

22. For those hoping to become famous and respected, he’s a testament that the challenges and doubts keep coming regardless of the length of the track record. He has publicly prevailed so far.

23. An investing truism: “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.”

24. The business side of that investing truism: “Your premium brand had better be delivering something special, or it’s not going to get the business.”

25. He uses colorful language and analogies when drab jargon could do the trick.

26. Boring example: moat vs. competitive advantage.

27. Not-so-boring example: sex.

28. “Look at market fluctuations as your friend rather than your enemy; profit from folly rather than participate in it.”

29. Classic line: “Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.”

30. He backs up his saying, “Our favorite holding period is forever,” by keeping past-their-prime subsidiaries that others would “spin off to unlock value.”

31. His Robin (Charlie Munger) can kick your Batman’s butt.

32. He makes loophole-free handshake deals.

33. “Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.”

34. Quote No. 1 on keeping it simple, stupid: “The business schools reward difficult complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective.”

35. Quote No. 2 on keeping it simple, stupid: “There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.”

36. The Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A ) (NYSE: BRK-B ) annual meeting is an unrivaled spectacle in investing, truly living up to its billing as the Woodstock for Capitalists.

37. One of the most concise summations of why America is great: “There are 339 million people out there that are trying to improve their lot in life. And we’ve got a system that allows them to do it.”

38. Trash-bin-diving caution No. 1: “It’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price.”

39. Trash-bin-diving caution No. 2: “Time is the friend of the wonderful company, the enemy of the mediocre.”

40. He’s an eternal optimist in a sound-bite culture that often rewards pessimistsThe Warren Buffett way

41. His shareholder letters reveal an artisan-like craftsmanship only seen when the proprietor cares deeply about his creation.

42. The contrarian credo: “We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful.”

43. He recognizes that genius fails: “When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that remains intact.”

44. Like so many great thinkers, Buffett is able to ignore noise and whittle a decision down to its core variables. After he explains those variables, the decision sounds elementary.

45. Why banking can be dangerous: “When you combine ignorance and leverage, you get some pretty interesting results.”

46. He allows me to see the name Buffett without thinking of Jimmy.

47. Buffett maintains a high thought-to-speech ratio.

48. Buffett’s librarian fantasy: “If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians.”

49. He converts a deadly sin into a virtue: “You do things when the opportunities come along. I’ve had periods in my life when I’ve had a bundle of ideas come along, and I’ve had long dry spells. If I get an idea next week, I’ll do something. If not, I won’t do a damn thing.”

50. Averaging 20% returns for almost half a century results in beating the S&P 500 78-to-1!

51. Even though he has fewer and fewer meaningful investing options because of the size of Berkshire Hathaway, he continues to wow us.

52. On a chili-dog-and-onion-ring-flavored note, Berkshire Hathaway owns Dairy Queen, my favorite fast-food chain.

53. Many of Buffett’s managers were wildly successful entrepreneurs before selling out to Berkshire. Convincing successful, headstrong, boss-less superstars to subjugate themselves, and keeping those people motivated and happy, is quite a feat.

54. On a related note, Buffett doesn’t micromanage — good thing, with an empire this large.

55. He gets doubted again and again and again and proves the doubters wrong most of the time. Yet you never hear him say, “I told you so.”

56. Well, maybe sometimes he gloats. Harvard Business School rejected him, which led him to study under his mentors Benjamin Graham and David Dodd at Columbia. His “How do you like me now?” statement: “Harvard did me a big favor by turning me down. But I haven’t made any contributions to them in thanks for that.”

57. He has become America’s de facto investing teacher. And he has done so willingly.

58. Perhaps my favorite Buffett line: “We like things that you don’t have to carry out to three decimal places. If you have to carry them out to three decimal places, they’re not good ideas.”

59. Not that he can’t be ruthless, but Buffett tends to look for win-win situations where possible. Contrast that with the Wall Street art of “ripping the face off” of clients.

60. He’s often described as a “learning machine,” extending his natural abilities and allowing him to make behemoth investing decisions over the span of just hours.

61. He added to Ben Graham’s teachings with the help of that learning ability and Munger’s counsel.

62. Now is a good time to point out that companies’ annual reports, which are available to all, are the primary fuel in his learning machine. He reads them voraciously to compare and contrast companies and build his business knowledge base. See the next point.

63. When asked what the most important key to his success was, Buffett answered, “focus.” His biographer Alice Schroeder elaborates: He has “focus like you have never seen on anybody else.” For good or ill, Buffett’s entire life has been dedicated to investing. It’s much harder than he lets on.

64. There are plenty of business fish in the sea: “There are all kinds of businesses that I don’t understand, but that doesn’t cause me to stay up at night. It just means I go on to the next one, and that’s what the individual investor should do.”

65. How many people can pull off being a contrarian by buying shares of Coca-Cola?

66. Even in an investing world full of Buffett students and imitators, he manages to surprise.

67. He takes every legal, ethical advantage available in the current system, but he lobbies for a better system. For example, he supports higher taxes for the rich, more severe estate taxes, and a level playing field. As he puts it, “I don’t like anything where the bottom 20% keep getting a poorer and poorer deal.”

68. He is grateful for the advantages he has had in life — like many of us, he won the “ovarian lottery.”

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69. When he talks, E. F. Hutton listens.

70. Like many geniuses, he is frequently the confounding exception to the rule. For example, Berkshire Hathaway has never paid a dividend and only started share repurchases recently. It also doesn’t split the chairman and CEO roles. And we shareholders thank him for it.

71. Buffett buys what he knows (and frequently loves), but he doesn’t overpay out of affection. He has the discipline to wait decades for the right opportunity.

72. He gives credit to his direct reports.

73. Not only is Buffett a great investor and manager, but he’s one hell of a writer. My jealousy grows.

74. He once picked up a date in a hearse he co-owned.

75. Before making his money work for him, he worked for his money early on with a series of jobs, schemes, and ventures. These included a paper route, selling chewing gum door to door, a pinball business, a sales job at J.C. Penney’s, caddying, marking up refurbished golf balls, and founding a horse-racing tip sheet.

76. He’s a permabull — on women.

77. It’s very possible that the house you live in is worth more than the house Buffett lives in — the house in Omaha he bought in 1958.

78. Over the years, he has relied on a similar set of answers to oft-asked questions. That his philosophy has stayed stable throughout that time is remarkable.

79. His wealth has bought him the ultimate trophy: He does whatever he wants to do just about every single day.

80. He’s the outsized calming influence a lot of us need. From his biography Snowball: “If a tornado were barreling straight toward Kiewit Plaza [where his office is], Buffett would say that things were ‘never better’ before mentioning the twister.”

81. Anyone who can make the hyper-opinionated Charlie Munger regularly utter “I have nothing to add” must be saying something impressive.

82. When his time to step down finally comes, it will take a village (a CEO, a chairman, and multiple portfolio investors) to perform his current responsibilities.

83. That said, he fully expects this list to one day reach well into the triple digits. And I look forward to adding those lines. Happy birthday, Mr. Buffett!

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Parable of the Pencil

Sheila J. Highland



Parable of the Pencil

Parable of the Pencil

Pencil will become the best pencil it can be.. only if ..

1. It allows itself to be held in someone’s hand, then it will be able to do many great things.
2. It willing to experience a painful sharpening from time to time, then it will become a better pencil.
3. It can manage to correct any mistakes it made.Parable of the pencil
4. It be able to leave a mark and continue writes on any surface and at any condition
5. And the best part of the pencil is always what’s inside it.

Now replacing the place of the pencil with you would make you the best person you can be..

1. you will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in God’s hand. and allow other human beings to access you for the many gifts you possess.
2. You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time by going through various problems in life, but you will need it to become a stronger person.
3. You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.
4. On every surface you walk through you must leave your mark. No matter what the situations, you must continue to do your duties.
5. The most important part of you will always be what’s on the inside.

Never allow yourself to get discouraged and think that your life is insignificant and cannot make change.

Parable of the Pencil is a motivating story. One Very Special Seed! is another refreshing story of courage honesty.

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True Wealth

Sheila J. Highland



True Wealth

True Wealth

One day a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the purpose of showing his son how the poor people live so he could be thankful for his wealth. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?” “It was great, Dad.” “Did you see how poor people can be?” theTrue Wealth father asked. “Oh yeah,” said the son. “So what did you learn from the trip?” asked the father. The son answered, “I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.”
“We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.” “Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.” “We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.” “We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.” “We buy our food, but they grow theirs.” “We have walls around our property to protect us; they have friends to protect them.”With this the boy’s father was speechless. Then his son added, “Thanks dad for showing me how poor we are.”

Moral: True wealth can’t be touched by hand or calculated by numbers, it only can be measured by a heart that lived!

True Wealth is a touching story.  The Caged Bird’s Escape is another refreshing story.


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