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When people seem to succeed easily, it is seldom because they are natural geniuses. Most easy success comes from sound preparation. Like decorating a house, the finish you get depends on the unseen preparation beneath.

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beginning, education, goals*, incubation*, knowledge, learning, problems*, rationality, thinking


‘A man would do well to carry a pencil in his pocket and write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable and should be secured because they seldom return.’

Francis Bacon

‘The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.’

Henri Bergson

‘To every man there comes in his lifetime that special moment when he is figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to him and fitted to his talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds him unprepared or unqualified for the work which could be his finest hour.’

Winston Churchill

‘The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.’

Benjamin Disraeli

‘There is a time and a place for creativity.’

Bill Hewlett

‘As soon as a thought darts, I write it down.’

Thomas Hobbes

‘Nothing can be created out of nothing.’


‘Chance favours only the prepared mind.’

Louis Pasteur

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.’


‘If one is the master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time, insight into and understanding of many things.’

Vincent Van Gogh



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