To associate with a crowd of undetermined and unsuccessful people will assuredly bring you to the same fate, undetermined and unsuccessful.

To associate with a crowd of determined and successful people will then bring you a similar fate, one that is determined and successful.

Be cautious with whom you most closely associate. Your choices are very important in reaching the level of progress and success you fully engage with to attain.

Be aware that you also have an effect on the crowd surrounding you. Be the one that other winners will want to associate with and together each will be better than they could possibly be on their own. By association we can work to heighten the probability of our success as we learn together.

“You can predict a person’s failure and divine bank balance if you know two things: the book he reads, the people he associates with.” — Earl Nightingale —



There are times where will need to push ourselves to become uncomfortable. To stretch beyond what you already know and how you routinely act to hold to your ways. To address the barriers so that you would find a new and better way.

We can be tempted to hold onto our routines and patterns of behaviors so that life may be simpler from our mundane, but tested thoughts and actions. There is however little to gain by holding back nor by sticking to the known rather than the unknown. Better to learn a new way as you venture outward for a better course.

There is of course a balance for us to find between comfort and discomfort so that we remain persistent and continue learning throughout life. If we don’t use it wisely, we will eventually lose it forever. If we would aim only for comfort, we will no longer be able to learn.

“In the sea there are countless treasures, But if you desire safety, it is on the shore.” — Saadi —


Move Within

Each of us should have a clear purpose for our lives and a method by which to achieve it over time. This is the “why” for our existence that will help us to continually move forward with greater wisdom, significance and ease. In the venture of a purposeful life, there is no room for fear and the possible challenges that may or may not persist to come our way.

We will never know everything that a life will bring us. We should always remain on course despite the hint of what might be. If challenges arise, deal with them. If they don’t arise, we wouldn’t have wasted our time fearing them. The clearest of purposes remain to be the same and from this we will grow stronger as we learn and earn our way be application for it.

“Keep walking, though there’s no place to get to. Don’t try to see through the distances. That’s not for human beings. Move within, But don’t move the way fear makes you to move.” — Rumi —


Opportunity Will Knock

It is impossible to know precisely when an opportunity of a lifetime will occur for us. It would be better for us to have prepared for it to occur, as if would possibly coming at any given moment. We may never know when, but we believe it will knock at some point.

With optimism, we are preparing for and working towards being better ourselves. The optimist learns and will then cast an even greater aspiration for their efforts and their resulting outcomes. It may not happen when they wanted it to be or as they had hoped it would be, but they were prepared to learn as the opportunity knocked.

The pessimist is closed and wants things to granted to them without the determination and resolve to have worked for it. Their mind is closed to learning rather than open. They will eventually become bitterly opposed to learning for themselves as life has simply dealt them a poor hand. Opportunity very rarely finds the pessimist, nor would they be prepared for it if it would.

“A pessimist is somebody who complains about the noise when opportunity knocks.” — Oscar Wilde —



Be cautious in your evaluation and judgment of the actions of others. It is easy for us to become upset when seeing an athlete fall short of making a great play. We even come to believe that if it were us in that same arena, we would have performed with greatness in that moment. Only we weren’t in that moment, we were in the stands or on the sideline.

Atone point, it will be us on the field to be evaluated and judged by others. In these moments, you will have done your best and you will have expected to understand as such. You will want the observers to be supportive and understanding of your challenges and shortcomings. You’ll want the to continue to believe in you, even if you weren’t always successful.

Be understanding of others in their efforts to succeed, just as you would hope they would behave with you in their position.

“When you are offended at any man’s fault, turn to yourself and study your own feelings. Then you will forget your anger.” — Epictetus —



For an innovation to take hold, the creator will have frequently envisioned well ahead of the iteration they put forth first. Alexander Graham Bell predicted very early on from his vision that “the day will come when the man on the telephone will be able to see the distant person to whom he is speaking.”

Very few, if any, would have initially believed Bell when he shared this vision. But, he had a purpose and a vision for what communication would become over time. This vision led to a great and lasting success for himself and the other creators with a similar vision to bring the quoted outcome to fruition.

Without a purpose and a vision for ourselves to contribute to a greater good, we would never reach our full potential. We needn’t invent the telephone and beyond to be of great significance with our contributions. On any scale, a person with the drive to continue learning toward a vision accomplishes greater things, as will the others that share the value and the vision with them.

“The achievement of one goal should be the starting point of another.” — Alexander Graham Bell —



We all come to procrastinate with things, even those things which we know are best for us to do in the given day. We tend to get stuck with too much on our minds from yesterday that bog down our best notions in the moment. Frustrations and disappointments of the past come to weigh us down.

We know that the highest level of achievement comes from the highest level of expectations for ourselves. There is no value or benefit in hanging onto the trials and emotions of yesterday, as they lessen our focus on today and tomorrow. Learn of course from the past, but quickly forego the emotions and memories associated with them so that you hold still to higher expectations.

Look to tomorrow rather than yesterday. The purpose and the goal to expect much should not be forsaken by any factor that would lessen our level of success.

“I am not interested in the past. I am interested in the future, for that is where I expect to spend the rest of my life.” — Charles Kettering —



With the capacity to persist in our efforts, we can build something of value over time. If we had accepted to casually quit even once along the way, the full value would never be realized. Persistence to evolve through continual learning and then acting for a purpose is the key to discovering success. Rarely would we succeed fully if we only started things and then quickly gave up on them.

By example, I’ve now written a post for this blog each weekday morning since June of 2018. On September 22, 2022, there will have been 1,100 consecutive posts. From persistence, I continue learning by writing to position/challenge any reader to consider to do the same.

At this milestone, I want to again thank those regular readers that persist to read along with me to learn as well. My aim remains to be that these posts in some way have helped you to continue learning for yourself. I still have the sense that there is a definitive value to be derived from our shared persistence. I am still learning. A few data points gathered from the onset of this blog:

12,099 Views of the Applied Learning Blog from web searches

7,053 Visitors to the website

100+ Countries represented by readers

1,100 Posts

“Beginners are many; finishers are few.” — Stephen Covey —



It is our choice to approach the future of our lives with anticipation or apprehension. With a clear direction set, we are more apt to anticipate as we have prepared for and will more likely come to live. With no clear direction and preparation, we merely settle to accept our fate with apprehension.

The time span of anticipation as we near a moment of success is almost as invigorating as the moment itself. To have waited for something to arrive that you intentionally set out toward is much more exciting.

Anticipation requires a discipline to willfully engage in the discoveries of life. To stretch for new possibilities. To set goals that align with your purpose in life and bring you closer to reaching it. To actively compete in the arena rather than watching from the stands.

The effect of living a life of anticipation over one of apprehension is of great difference. There is a contagion that you emit for others that surround you for both anticipation and apprehension. Give me the one with anticipation for a zestful life at every turn and I will follow. Show me one lying in apprehension and I will move on without them.

“Anticipation was the soul of enjoyment.” — Elizabeth Gaskell —


First & Last Time

With learning, it is invaluable to remain curious. To aim to see things differently as if it were the very first time, each time. To look for and process in a different way, again and again. From this curiosity you will find a new and invaluable perspective to have learned from in your application. The moments of discovery to have then learned a better way are precious for the continuous learner.

From the impact of continuous learning, the greatest of moments may have occurred in your life. From the curiosity of the first time, you’ve created a great moment of significance and contribution with your life. Celebrate the success of those moments, for it may be the last time. You’ll never know it’s the last time until after it has happened. Be curious for life to know the benefit’s of pursuing and celebrating both the first and last times.

“Sometime you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” — Dr. Seuss —