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A LITTLE BOY SAT IN THE KITCHEN with his grandmother while she prepared cake batter. As they talked, the youngster talked about how “yucky” everything in his life was. School was yucky. Soccer was yucky. Even Mommy and Daddy were yucky. Grandma listened closely to his tales of woe. Then she asked if he’d like…


THOUGH HE’S BETTER KNOWN for writing epic novels like War and Peace, Russian author Leo Tolstoy spent many years compiling and writing motivational quotes. Late in life Tolstoy published his extensive collection, providing readers with a selection of thoughtful ideas for every day of the year. Here’s some of the best from Tolstoy’s A Calendar…

Many of us have created lives that give very little support for experimentation. We believe that answers already exist out there, independent of us. What if we invested more time and attention to our own experimentation? We could focus our efforts on discovering solutions that work uniquely for us.

Margaret Wheately


One great object of the Constitution was to restrain majorities from oppressing minorities or encroaching upon their just rights. James Polk Those who trust to chance must abide by the results of chance. Calvin Coolidge Piling up material goods cannot fill the emptiness of lives which have no confidence or purpose. Jimmy Carter One cool…


IN HIS 76 YEARS, Mike King accomplished a great deal. As an Irish farm boy he overcame tuberculosis and immigrated to the United States. King married, established himself in real estate, and raised six children. Toward the end of his life, King penned his memoirs though he said he didn’t know how to end the…

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Lessons from the Workplace: Common sense leadership and practical management

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Motivation is everything. You can do the work of two people, but you can’t be two people. Instead, you have to inspire the next guy down the line and get him to inspire his people.
Lee Iacocca, automobile executive

In Lessons from the Workplace: Common sense leadership and practical management, you’ll find other motivational quotes and stories to help you be a better leader.
Lessons from the workplace

You’ll find inspiring stories on how to:

  • Be a coach, not a hero
  • Speak up and keep up
  • Give credit where it’s due
  • Lead by giving up the ball
  • Put your mind to it
  • Communicate effectively in 9 ways

Plus! Quotes from executives and managers including:

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  • Bank of America
  • And more!

This new book offers common-sense leadership and practical management in a concise, easy-to-read, collection of executive experience designed to help you benefit from the hard-won success of others.

Lessons from the Workplace delivers quotes, stories and common-sense examples to clearly illustrate how to become an effective leader. It entertains, motivates and offers valuable insights into the art managing employees, working with colleagues and getting along with people.

If we could sell our experiences for what they cost us, we’d all be millionaires.

Advice columnist



DONNA LAMONACO’S HUSBAND PHIL, a New Jersey state trooper, was violently killed in the line of duty. Though her children were devastated over losing their father, Donna was determined that this wouldn’t destroy their faith in humanity. So she involved them in her work on the national memorial fund for families of murdered police officers,…


Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.

Martin Luther King JR.

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Starting out: Quotes to inspire your success

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You’ve crossed a bridge, but your journey is just beginning. The path before you is paved with uncertainties, trials, triumphs and achievements. Somewhere beyond the horizon is your future…
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This new book, Starting out: Quotes to inspire your success, brings you quotes for the high school graduate, the college graduate, or anyone beginning anew.

You get ideas on learning, dreams, goals, success and the journey.

The beginning is the half of every action.
Greek Proverb

Whether you’re entering the job market, starting your own business or trying something new, this is a great way to encourage that first step.

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RMRv_bitscover130_sample_0BITS & PIECES has been inspiring people for over 35 years. Many of our readers have asked if we would put all this good advice into one volume so they can mark their favorite parts and refer to them quickly and easily.


I hope they’re still making women like my momma. She always told me to do the right thing. She always told me to have pride in myself; she said a good name is better than money.

JOE LOUIS (1914–1981)
Heavyweight champion

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Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they’re finished. Dan Gilbert Isaac Stern, the famous violinist, once ran into boxer Muhammad Ali at a party. To start a conversation, Stern said, “You might say we’re in the same business. We both make a living with our hands.” “You must be pretty good,” replied…

Tell me, I’ll forget. Show me, I may remember. But involve me, and I’ll understand.


Anger is the only thing to put off till tomorrow.


Stretch your legs according to your coverlet.

English Proverb

Life is like a blanket too short. You pull it up and your toes rebel, you yank it down and shivers meander about your shoulder; but cheerful folks manage to draw their knees up and pass a very comfortable night.