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The Professional Life.

In the simplest of meanings, it is the part of your day or week or year or entire life that you spend working to make a living. Everyone knows that the way you spend those hours of your day can very easily carry over into every other aspect of your life.

Do you know someone lucky enough to love what they do to support themselves? That happiness, pride, and satisfaction doesn’t just stop when they leave the office. It ...

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Overview

The Professional Life.

In the simplest of meanings, it is the part of your day or week or year or entire life that you spend working to make a living. Everyone knows that the way you spend those hours of your day can very easily carry over into every other aspect of your life.

Do you know someone lucky enough to love what they do to support themselves? That happiness, pride, and satisfaction doesn’t just stop when they leave the office. It finds its way into their personal relationships and into their community activities. Loving your work is the biggest bonus you can give yourself.

Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life has words of wisdom from some of the world’s preeminent business, political, and cultural leaders. Paying heed to one or one hundred of these quotes that really speaks to you can make a difference not only in the way you earn a paycheck now, but also in how you forge a career path for yourself.

Be one of the lucky few who knows that a happy professional life is one huge part of really living the good life

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595551269
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/4/2010
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 697,975
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Bryan Curtis is an author and the president of Dance Floor Books. He isthe author/coauthor and editor of more than 25 books, including My South, My Southern Food, Classic Wisdom for the Good Life, Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life, and the popular GentleManners series.

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Classic Wisdom for the Professional life


Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2010 Bryan Curtis
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ISBN: 978-1-59555-126-9


Chapter One

the professional life

Love what you do. Get good at it. Competence is a rare commodity in this day and age. Jon Stewart

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. Henry Ford

What I know is, is that if you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come. Oprah Winfrey

The key to longevity is to keep doing what you do better than anyone else. We work real hard at that. It's about getting your message out to the consumer. It's about getting their trust, but also getting them excited, again and again. Ralph Lauren

* * *

Know and accept your own strengths and weaknesses. In other words: Look at yourself honestly ... understand your passions, your skills, your temperament, and your limitations. If you're a square peg, no matter how hard you-and others-try, you're just not going to fit very well into a round hole. Katie Couric

It's important to scare yourself, to do things you don't think you're capable of doing. Reese Witherspoon

It takes 20 years to build a reputation and 5 minutes to ruin it. If you think about that you will do things differently. Warren Buffett

To love what you do and feel that it matters-how could anything be more fun? Katharine Graham

I think the one lesson I have learned is that there is no substitute for paying attention. Diane Sawyer

The true measure of a career is to be able to be content, even proud, that you succeeded through your own endeavors without leaving a trail of casualties in your wake. Alan Greenspan

There is no failure. Only feedback. Robert Allen

The fastest way to succeed is to look as if you're playing by somebody else's rules, while quietly playing by your own. Michael Korda

One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested. E. M. Forster

I wasn't running toward the theater but running away from the sporting goods store. Of course now that I'm selling spaghetti sauce (with Newman's Own), I begin to understand the romance of business, the allure of being the biggest fish in the pond and the juice you get from beating out your competitors. Paul Newman

It's hard to beat a person who never gives up. Babe Ruth

How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone. CoCo Chanel

You can't get people excited unless you can help them see and feel the impact. Bill Gates

The imagination is how things get done. You have to cultivate creativity. Russell Simmons

Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him. Booker T. Washington

If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude. Colin Powell

The man who does not work for the love of work but only for money is not likely to make money nor find much fun in life. Charles Schwab

A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive. Walt Disney

Learn young about hard work and manners-and you'll be through the whole dirty mess and nicely dead again before you know it. F. Scott Fitzgerald

The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is DEDICATION. Cecil B. Demille

There is no man living who isn't capable of doing more than he thinks he can do. Henry Ford

Life is to be lived. If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting. And you don't do that by sitting around wondering about yourself. Katharine Hepburn

* * *

Note how good you feel after you have encouraged someone else. No other argument is necessary to suggest that one never miss the opportunity to give encouragement. George Adams

Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance. Samuel Johnson

It's a good thing to turn your mind upside down now and then, like an hourglass, to let the particles run the other way. Christopher Morley

Hire character. Train skill. Peter Schutz

Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people. William Butler Yeats

My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose-somehow we win out. Ronald Reagan

If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress. Barack Obama

Sometimes you will apply for a job and you won't get it and you will think it is the greatest setback, but just remember it isn't losing that is wrong; it is quitting. Don't quit. Don't ever quit. Keep trying, because this country needs the very best that you, the young generation of America, can give to it. Richard Nixon

* * *

Every organization should tolerate rebels who tell the emperor he has no clothes. Colin Powell

Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, "Certainly, I can!" Theodore Roosevelt

Really big people are, above everything else, courteous, considerate and generous-not just to some people in some circumstances-but to everyone all the time. Thomas J. Watson

Confidence, like art, never comes from having all the answers; it comes from being open to all the questions. Earl Gray Stevens

* * *

If you don't find a way to do something as work that is fulfilling and enjoyable, then your life is going to be really sad. Rudy Giuliani

It's kind of fun to do the impossible. Walt Disney

By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail. Benjamin Franklin

* * *

It's not the will to win that matters-everyone has that. It's the will to prepare to win that matters. Paul "Bear" Bryant

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. Mark Twain

Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit. Conrad Hilton

Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down. Charles F. Kettering

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. Judy Garland

When we are doing what we love, we don't care about time. For at least at that moment, time doesn't exist and we are truly free. Marcia Wieder

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt. Henry J. Kaiser

The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't. Henry Ward Beecher

The only way to get people to like working hard is to motivate them. Today, people must understand why they're working hard. Every individual in an organization is motivated by something different. Rick Pitino

You only get out of it what you put into it. If you are a sheep in this world, you're not going to get much out of it. Greg Norman

Quality is not an act. It is a habit. Aristotle

Your success in life isn't based on your ability to simply change. It is based on your ability to change faster than your competition, customers, and business. Mark Sanborn

In the end, the customer doesn't know, or care, if you are small or large as an organization ... she or he only focuses on the garment hanging on the rail in the store. Giorgio Armani

Confidence and enthusiasm are the greatest sales producers in any kind of economy. Have confidence in your products and the house backing them, have enthusiasm for your job, call on your trade regularly and consistently, treat your trade courteously, and you will find that your customers will not have to be sold-they will be glad to buy. O. B. Smith

* * *

Courage is the main quality of leadership, in my opinion, no matter where it is exercised. Usually it implies some risk-especially in new undertakings. Courage to initiate something and to keep it going, pioneering and adventurous spirit to blaze new ways, often, in our land of opportunity. Walt Disney

The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. Theodore Hesburgh

Even a correct decision is wrong when it was taken too late. Lee Iacocca

The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it. John Ruskin

Wherever smart people work, doors are unlocked. Steve Wozniak

The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you're willing to pay the price. Vince Lombardi

The older I get, the more I see a straight path where I want to go. If you're going to hunt elephants, don't get off the trail for a rabbit. T. Boone Pickens

* * *

In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists. Eric Hoffer

You've got to look for a gap, where competitors in a market have grown lazy and lost contact with the readers or the viewers. Rupert Murdoch

You will never make a good leader unless you have learned to follow. On those initial journeys when you are asked to pull your oar while another leads, learn what it takes to be a team player. Learn how to get along with others. Learn what loyalty and honesty are all about. Dr. Robert Ballard

* * *

Above all, we wish to avoid having a dissatisfied customer. We consider our customers a part of our organization, and we want them to feel free to make any criticism they see fit in regard to our merchandise or service. Sell practical, tested merchandise at reasonable profit, treat your customers like human beings-and they will always come back. L. L. Bean

The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more. Jonas Salk

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose. Bill Gates

What is it that you like doing? If you don't like it, get out of it, because you'll be lousy at it. Lee Iacocca

We all have a tendency to use research as a drunkard uses a lamppost-for support, but not for illumination. David Ogilvy

A salesman minus enthusiasm is just a clerk. Harry F. Banks

If you do build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful. Jeff Bezos

Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark. You know what you are doing, but nobody else does. Steuart Henderson Britt

I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm. I'm not the smartest fellow in the world, but I can sure pick smart colleagues. Franklin D. Roosevelt

* * *

If you have a job without any aggravations, you don't have a job. Malcolm S. Forbes

The test of a successful person is not an ability to eliminate all problems before they arise, but to meet and work out difficulties when they do arise. We must be willing to make an intelligent compromise with perfection lest we wait forever before taking action. It's still good advice to cross bridges as we come to them. David Joseph Schwartz

All you need is love ... and some comprehensive technology! Bono

Harshness to me is giving somebody false hopes and not following through. That's harsh. Telling some guy or some girl who've got zero talent that they have zero talent actually is a kindness. Simon Cowell

Use power to help people. For we are given power not to advance our own purposes nor to make a great show in the world, nor a name. There is but one just use of power and it is to serve people. George W. Bush

Never continue in a job you don't enjoy. If you're happy in what you're doing, you'll like yourself, you'll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined. Johnny Carson

I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. Thomas Jefferson

Leadership is action, not position. Donald H. McGannon

Before anything else, preparation is the key to success. Alexander Graham Bell

The future belongs to people who see possibilities before they become obvious. Ted Levitt

The absolute fundamental aim is to make money out of satisfying customers. John Egan

The secret of joy in work is contained in one word-excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it. Pearl Buck

If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, then you are an excellent leader. Dolly Parton

Nearly every man who develops an idea works at it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then gets discouraged. That's not the place to become discouraged. Thomas Edison

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. Thomas Jefferson

Don't fight a battle if you don't gain anything by winning. George S. Patton

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. Theodore Roosevelt

There is no security in life, only opportunity. Mark Twain

The essential question is not, "How busy are you?" but "What are you busy at?" "Are you doing what fulfills you?" Oprah Winfrey

To turn really interesting ideas and fledgling technologies into a company that can continue to innovate for years, it requires a lot of disciplines. Steve Jobs

In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later. Harold Geneen

Modesty is a virtue that can never thrive in public.... A man must be his own trumpeter. He must get his picture drawn, his statue made, and must hire all the artists in his turn, to set about the works to spread his name, make the mob stare and gape, and perpetuate his fame. John Adams

An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes, which can be made in a very narrow field. Niels Bohr

Paying attention to simple little things that most men neglect makes a few men rich. Henry Ford

It is easier to go down a hill than up, but the view is best from the top. Arnold Bennett

You don't get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour. Kareem Abdul-Jabar

People underestimate their capacity for change. There is never a right time to do a difficult thing. A leader's job is to help people have vision of their potential. John Porter

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  • Posted April 30, 2010

    Classic Wisdom...

    Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life
    Edited by: Bryan Curtis
    For a long time, I have been a collector of quotes. So when I saw a quote book up for review, I was pretty excited. =)
    This book is a compilation of a few hundred quotes all centered around the concept of success. Topics included are making money, having integrity, doing what you love, leading, taking advantage of opportunities, etc. Doing what you love despite the money is one that is especially prevalent. Do what you love and get good at it, and the money will fall in line. These quotes come from a wide variety of reliable sources. Political figures: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Colin Powell, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama. Entertainment figures: Reba McIntyre, Oprah Winfrey. Sports figures: Babe Ruth, Paul "Bear" Bryant. Entrepreneurial figures: Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs.
    Here are some of my favorites:
    "If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude." -Colin Powell
    "Leadership is action, not position." -Donald H. McGannon
    "Jumping at several small opportunities may get us there more quickly than waiting for one bog one to come along." -Hugh Allen
    "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." -Thomas Edison
    "The tragedy in life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach." -Benjamin E. Mays
    But if you want anymore, you'll just have to read it yourself. This book would be a great gift: for high school or college graduates, for managers, for people that you lead, for church leadership. Or it would just be a great one to add to your library for the days when you need to give yourself a little pep talk.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2012

    "Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life," by Bryan C

    "Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life," by Bryan Curtis, a book of quotes from some of the most successful people past and present, allows you to immerse yourself in their way of thinking. The fact that this book held quotes from Aristotle to Obama makes it timeless. The fact that there were quotes from Bill Gates to J.K. Rowling makes it accessible wisdom for all who read it.
    I found "Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life" to be informing, inspiring, and convincing. You can see how those quoted knew not only how to dream, but what it takes to fulfill those dreams.

    While the book is not organized into chapters or themes, I still find it a great read. One other thing I would like to have seen however is a reference page for the quotes. Organized possibly by a list of those who said them in chronological order by person.


    I recommend this book for anyone looking for inspiration and motivation, or as a gift to someone either in collage or just graduated and ready to make a mark on the world!

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  • Posted June 10, 2010

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    Wisdom? Professional?

    One does not often read a book of quotes from cover to cover as was required of this reader per regulation as a book review blogger for Thomas Nelson and Booksneeze. It seems it would be an easy enough task, but this book made it a bit difficult for a few reasons.

    As with any book of quotes, you have to navigate several uninspiring quips to discover the ones that grab hold of your mind and heart somehow. The search for inspiration is lengthier than you would expect in this book.

    It may be important to redefine the terms "classic" and "wisdom" when reading this book. It is difficult to consider voices like Conan O'Brien and John Stewart as "classic". Reese Witherspoon and Dolly Parton would not find their way to the top of many lists of wise people; entertaining though they may be. Quotes from Katie Couric, J.K. Rowling, and Jeff Foxworthy come off nearly comical when alongside the likes of Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, and Booker T. Washington.

    Diamonds can be discovered though the search is very rough. Successful though they may be, many of the entertainers and pop-culture icons simply should not be quoted in a book with "Classic Wisdom" in the title.

    The overall message is to always pursue your dream, work hard, and never give up. It worked for these people; it should work for you. You may not need a quote in a book like this to get the same message that saturates "More You Know" commercials and movie award show acceptance speeches.

    Perhaps the common graduate today may look more fondly on the great knowledge of Arnold Schwarzenegger before Roosevelt, but it tinges on dumbing-down for this reader.

    A recent graduate may appreciate this book as a gift as much as they appreciate any gift book for graduation: they would rather just have the cash, thank you.

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  • Posted June 7, 2010

    Review for "Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life" edited by Bryan Curtis

    Quotes are a short and simple way of passing down knowledge from the older and more experienced to those who are willing to learn. The book Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life, edited by Bryan Curtis, seeks to pass down this knowledge and inspiration to the new generation of business men and women. It seeks to positively influence those who are seeking wisdom and a better way of approaching business and life alike.

    As I was reading through this, I was a little dismayed that there weren't any clear cut divisions on topics. Instead it was a jumble of advice from beginning to end. However, a saving grace was that successive quotes had different font size, different emphases of words, and different placements within the pages without making it difficult to read. This kept my eyes from getting tired and running all the quotes together. The vast pool of quotes that was put together to make this was refreshing. From Ulysses S. Grant to Oprah Winfrey to Ronald Reagan and beyond, there was advice and encouragement that anyone could take to heart. I appreciate Bryan Curtis's hard work and this book will keep me company for many long years to come.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted June 6, 2010

    Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life (a review)

    Everyone needs a place they can turn to for inspiration and a resource for inspiring others Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life is that resource. This little black book pulls no punches and offers no fluff just plenty of nuggets of wisdom and wit from many notable individuals from all walks of life, past and present.

    From the first page to the last the quotes contained are applicable at almost any time and any point in one's life. Most books that host a collection of quotes tend to be a gathering of the same quotes from the same people that were in all the other books that make a book of quotes look like all the other books of quotes.

    Editor Bryan Curtis took the time to ensure that Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life was not like all the other books that contain a gathering of quotations. From the first page the people that the quotes are attributed to are, in some cases, the last person anyone would expect to say what they said. Those are the kind of quotations that keep the reader turning the page to see who said what. Above all, having a copy of Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life within reach is essential in these rough and turbulent times.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted May 27, 2010

    Something You May Want to Have Around

    Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life is a book that doesn't make a single mistake. It is an easy read that applies to everyone (student, butcher, baker etc.) Despite the repetitive nature, there is something of a gem between the covers. Names that you know, and names that you don't know, give the feeling that you have some kind of contact with a few of the world's most successful people. The discoveries that they share are endearing, uplifting, and motivating. The book itself is not an in-your-face presentation, but a gentle nudge to work harder for the things you love.
    You could probably live without this book, but why deny yourself insight to living your dreams? Whatever your reason for buying Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life, it is requisite to do something after reading it. Pass it on. As is anything classic or anything wise, this book is meant to be pondered, understood, and-most importantly-shared.

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  • Posted May 25, 2010

    Classic Wisdom For The Professional Life By Bryan Curtis (Editor)

    Whenever I travel, I always carry a book or two with me, Just to save me from boring queues and long waits for the train or flight to arrive.

    But at the same time, I don't miss the opportunity to visit an airport bookstore, or a railway station stall where magazines and books are sold. I just do window shopping. if anything interests me, I may buy, but most of the time I observe people, and what kind of books they buy and I try to imagine why.

    In such Privacy-invasing observations, one thing I notice constantly is, people tend to buy short books, especially the ones between 80 to 120 pages, typeset in BIG fonts. These are books you can read quickly, grasp the concepts in a flash and probably finish the book in the same trip. Thesedays I even see books which announce proudly "It Just takes 45 Minutes to read".

    Obviously, people prefer short books, which add value to them, and from that angle, the one I finished reading just now (Classic Wisdom For The Professional Life - Edited By Bryan Curtis) is a real Gem. Its content is very crisp, excellent selection of quotes, amazing book production, something you can gift to any student/ working professional.

    Even though the book title says "Classic", the quotes inside are applicable even today. You can find philosophers, authors, prime ministers, presidents, sports personalities, actors, industrialists and many more sharing their wisdom with us.

    I could finish reading this book in flat 32 minutes, Not because its short, But because I could feel most of the quotes directly talk to me and I couldn't stop reading. Strongly recommended for a quick, insightful read!

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted May 21, 2010

    Classic Wisdom For The Professional Life

    What secret do Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Lee Iacocca and J. K. Rowling share?

    Bryan Curtis' book, Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life is in its simplest form - a book of quotes. But not just any quotes from anyone. Through a series of quotes from Ulysses S. Grant to Giorgio Armani, John D. Rockefeller to Jeff Foxworthy, Curtis shows that the happiest and most successful folks are those having a love affair, with the way they earn a living.

    It's a book about getting good at doing what you love. This is the secret of success and the answer to my question; Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Lee Iacocca and J. K. Rowling are happy working in their professions. Curtis' book points out that many folks spend eight hours a day, five days a week at jobs they don't enjoy .

    If you don't find a way to do something as work that is fulfilling and enjoyable, then your life is going to be really sad.

    - RUDY GIULIANI

    Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use. - EARL NIGHTINGALE

    and that the road to happiness is lined with toll booths, construction zones, roadblocks, and potholes along the way.

    Nearly every man who develops an idea works at it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then gets discouraged. That's not the place to become discouraged. - THOMAS EDISON

    Classic Wisdom For The Professional Life gives you the courage, the inspiration, and the moxie, to believe in yourself and the wisdom to understand that you should be happy in the work you do. The book's message is clear, insightful and presented in a simple style that is enjoyable to read.

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  • Posted May 20, 2010

    Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life edited by Bryan Curtis

    "Classic Wisdom" is a book with a goal, but not a story, with value, but without a plot, and with humor without dialogue. The entire book is simply a series of quotations from a very wide variety of individuals about various aspects of leadership and motivation. Some of these folks are well-known, as are their words. Others are less well-known, but with equally stirring thoughts to share. The market for motivational sayings is apparently a big one and this little book does not try to compete with larger and more generalized entries. In this book, all the thoughts revolve around how to lead. This alone makes the book worth the cover price.

    Initially I found this book a little tedious. The phrase "Is this all you got?" rattled in my brain as I began to read. There are no sections or groupings by any criterion other than each entry focusing on the identification, nurturing, and exercise of effective leadership. While the quotes are often quite inspirational, they do not primarily aim to be so. The goal here is give the willing listener some pointed and thought-provoking statements, which will provide fertile grounds for the reader's own thoughts and pondering on the nature of leadership.

    As I moved into the book, I became much more engaged with the material. Each page was a mystery until opened and read, with wisdom and provocation coming quickly in small bites. Unlike traditional books about leadership, motivation, learning, and so on, I did not find myself wanting to skip ahead or scan entire sections. Each entry was like a fresh and tasty treat, waiting to consumed and used by me.

    Since the thoughts became visible in a random way, I found myself really looking forward to more. I read this short book over several evenings, when I would go to bed and read "a few pages" before falling asleep. With my regular reading fare, I get no more than two pages usually before I close my eyes. This book kept me up and I was looking forward to each new page with a delicious sense of anticipation.

    As with any wisdom from another, your current status, mood, background, and preferences will determine which of these bits of wisdom you respond to, remember, and use. The beauty of quotations is that their value is in the eye (and the ear) of the beholder. A silly statement in your eyes may be just the motivation I need to accomplish something. An observation that appears of no worth to me may be the most important thought on which you ever reflect. We are free to construct our own personalized motivation program using these tools.

    Thumbs up. This is an inexpensive and very portable little book, which will provide you with rich and encouraging thoughts for a long time to come.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2010

    Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life Edited by Bryan Curtis

    This Gift Book is just that - a book meant to be given as a gift. I chose this book to review for Thomas Nelson publishers through their Book Sneeze program hoping to gain some Christian wisdom and insight into my professional life. This book is filled with wisdom. It is an assortment of wise quotes by many different successful people. It is not specifically a spiritual book, but it does contain wisdom. It's not quite what I expected, but I would recommend it as a gift to a new graduate or perhaps someone with a new job. Any adult could enjoy picking up and reading a few quotes here and there each day. Overall the book is presented in a clear manner and is an easy and enjoyable read. One thing I didn't like is that the quotes are not separated into any specific categories or topics. The book is arranged as 165 pages of quotes ranging from 1-4 quotes per page.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

    Inspirational and Dynamic

    This is an excellent and quick read. It is a dynamic collection of quotations by successful and well-known individuals such as Warren Buffet, Oprah, Steve Jobs, and J.K. Rowling to name a few. Each quote has its own unique quality, but common themes throughout the book include confidence, planning, quality, and hard work. This book is perfect for someone looking for inspiration and for evidence that hard work does pay off.

    The quotations outlined on each page are great for "tweeting" to give your followers some inspiration. They are also great to use as an opening of a speech. I look at this book as an excellent reference tool. It is also great to experience just how these individuals are able to concisely articulate such strong and empowering thoughts.

    The book jacket design is also something to notice. The design was made to resemble a pinstripe suit. However, the more I looked, it also reminded me of the pinstripes that are part of the Yankees uniform. Perhaps that was a subliminal reference since the Yankees are a very wise and established team.

    I highly recommend this book for its rich lessons and because it won't take you that long to read. To gain insights from these professional greats in an instant is well worth the purchase.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted May 11, 2010

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    Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life edited by Bryan Curtis

    Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life is a collection of quotes and words of wisdom from a wide range of historical and modern-day leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators. Sometimes the day to day drudgery of going to the office can overshadow the satisfaction and happiness we'd otherwise find in a job well done. Other times we find ourselves in a place that disconnects us from ourselves and what we want to contribute to the world. These quick snippets serve as reminders filled with encouragement, insight, and simple classic wisdom that really held my attention and made me reevaluate where I choose to spend the majority of my day and the attitude I'll bring there. While I was disappointed that the quotes were not separated out categorically I would still recommend this book to others. In particular I think it would make a great office gift.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
    Posted by My Very Educated Mother

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  • Posted May 11, 2010

    Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life

    If you are in the business world and have a fondness for using quotes, this book is for you. It is full of quotations that inspire and remind us of the principles we should adhere to for productive and meaningful business relationships. People are working more and more lately and it's easy to forget that how you spend your day shapes who you are and carries over to other aspects of your life. The quotes come from political leaders to Hollywood celebrities, the whole gambit. These quotes are timeless and really resonate with the reader. I found the quotes personally inspiring and also from a business perspective. Whether giving a presentation or even sending an e-mail, the quotes are great to share and inspire those around you. The book's quotes are wise yet they do not come across as preachy or unrealistic but food for thought to enrich your life. One of my favourite quotes is by Dolly Parton who said "if your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you are an excellent leader". Are you an excellent leader?

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.

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  • Posted May 11, 2010

    Review of Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life

    Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life is a collection of inspirational quotes compiled by Bryan Curtis aimed for career-minded professionals. However, despite its title, this book can be utilized to engender inspiration for anyone ready for a lifestyle change as well as a career change.

    A large number of the quotes in Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life stress how massively important it is for people to work at what they love doing best in order to gain the most out of their lives. Loving what you do for a living equals success, and this is very true!

    I also feel that Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life is perfect for someone looking for a bright light at the end of what seems to be a jobless tunnel in today's tough market. Perhaps it's time we should all invest ourselves into something we love doing!

    My favorite quote is from Judy Garland: "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else."

    The quotes in this book have been taken from past and present celebrities, politicians, and business moguls. It will be impossible for readers to walk away without having learned from or been inspired by this collection of quotes.


    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

    Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life Edited by Bryan Curtis

    Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life is a relaxing compilation of quotes focused on bringing inspiration and a positive attitude into the stressed workers life. The book contains quotes from a number of people from all backgrounds and ideologies. It is a refreshing take on something all of us, no matter what background, can relate to: the issue of balancing work and personal happiness.

    The book really made me realize that I am not alone in my frustrations or struggles that are associated with work and career. The compilation brought touching, inspiring, entertaining, and downright hilarious bits of advice to the reader. It is easy to read and can be put down and picked back up with no struggle or added stress. I think the book really focuses on a key point....reduce stress and it is put together in a way that reinforces that goal for the reader. I would recommend this book to any stressed out individual...so to all people really.

    I was with a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through BookSneeze.com in exchange for my review of this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2010

    Classic Wisdom for the professional life

    This book is a compilation of a few hundred quotes all centered on the concept of success.
    These quotes come from a wide variety of reliable sources. Political figures: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Colin Powell, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama. Entertainment figures: Reba McIntyre, Oprah Winfrey. Sports figures: Babe Ruth, Paul "Bear" Bryant. Entrepreneurial figures: Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs. if you are someone who like quotes from famous persons, then you'll like this book.

    If you ever look for quotes to use in presentations about leadership, this book can be a valuable resource. It's a good reference to give a little boost of encouragement as you lead a team. They might be good to put on sticky notes and give Lil inspiration to yourself through the day.

    One of my favourites:"Leadership is action, not position." -Donald H. McGannon

    This book would be a great gift.

    I enjoyed reading this book; I would recommend this book.

    I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Booksneeze.coml; book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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  • Posted May 1, 2010

    Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life edited by Bryan Curtis

    OK i just got the book in and read through it. honestly, i was expecting a more or less self-help type of book. this book though is compilation of quotes and saying that pertain to different aspects of a work environment. its not broke into specific genre its just 164 pages of quotes. that being said if you are someone who like quotes from famous persons, then you'll like this book. i am only moderately interested in them, but i liked some of them I.e. "no man ever listened himself out of a job" quoted from Calvin Coolidge. they might be good to put on sticky notes and give Lil inspiration to yourself through the day.

    all in all id say its a fair book,(might be better if i loved quotes), i would have like to see them grouped by subjects, kinda like Leaves of Gold. but i found the quotes making me think a Lil so its okay.


    Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life edited by Bryan Curtis was given to me by Thomas nelson in return for a honest review

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