1. “Only the paranoid survive.” — Andrew S. Grove
Grove was a Hungarian-born American engineer, and under his leadership, INTEL becomes the world’s largest computer chipmaker. Also, he escaped from Communist-controlled Hungary at the age of 20. Therefore I would say that probably some of those events explain this quote.
2. “Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid.” — Mark Twain
I love this quote because it keeps remembering me that we should focus more on evidence and less in the noise made by some people, news, political propaganda, etc. This is especially relevant in financial markets where every day you have some “supposed” explication for every 1% change in the price of an asset. As a result, I would say: Ignore the noise.
3. “Despair is the conclusion of fools.” — Benjamin Disraeli
This is another quote that could be useful. No matter how difficult the situation is, if you focus too much on the effects of the problem, and less in the solution, that won’t help. I prefer – easier said than done – to concentrate all my energy on finding a way out.
4. “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” — Dale Carnegie
Not much to add here. Perfect advice by Dale Carnegie.
5. “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” — Margaret Thatcher
Sometimes life is hard. You just have to keep going. Day after day.
6. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” — Thomas Edison
Well, the man who invented the incandescent light bulb has a good point. Also, this is particularly true in his case, as other inventors (before Edison) had created some kind of incandescent light bulb. But apparently, Edison’s bulb was better. Thus he earned his success.
7. “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” — Nelson Mandela
Wise words, from a wise man. Don’t forget this one!