Pith. n. The essential part; gist. Pithy. adj. Terse and full of meaning.
Karl Palachuk

Karl W. Palachuk
October 15, 2006


Pithn. The essential part; gist. Pithyadj. Terse and full of meaning.

“Life rewards action.”

— Bill Black

“99% of the time, we know what we need to do to succeed–We’re just unwilling to do it.”

— Karl W. Palachuk

“A budget tells us what we can’t afford, but it doesn’t keep us from buying it.”

— William Feather


“Accessing wisdom requires little more than the confidence in knowing that when you quiet your mind, your mind isn’t turned off.”

–Richard Carlson

“A goal that is not written down is no better than a passing thought.”

— Karl W. Palachuk 

“A healthful hunger for a great idea is the beauty and blessedness of life.”

— Jean Ingelow

“A leader’s main responsibility is developing others to do the work.”

— John Maxwell 

“A light heart lives long.”

— William Shakespeare 

“A man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s heaven for?”

— Robert Browning

A man’s real possession is his memory. In nothing else is he rich, in nothing else is he poor.

— Alexander Smith

“A problem only exists if there is a difference between what is actually happening and what you desire to be happening.”

— Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson 

A prudent person profits from personal experience, a wise one from the experience of others.

— Joseph Collins

“A wise man will make better use of an idle pamphlet than a fool will do of sacred Scripture.”

— John Milton

“Accessing wisdom requires little more than the confidence in knowing that when you quiet your mind, your mind isn’t turned off.”

— Richard Carlson 

“All men command patience, although few be willing to practice it.”

— Thomas a Kempis

“Almost any idea is good if a man has ability and is willing to work hard.”

— William Feather

“Always Treat Your Employees Exactly As You Want Them To Treat Your Best Customers.”

— Stephen Covey 

“Anything you’re good at contributes to happiness.”

— Bertrand Russell

“Are you a mousy mudhen, or a proud peacock, when it come to sharing your mission?”

— Laurie Beth Jones

“As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool reverts to his folly.”

— Proverbs 26:11

“Attention–focus–is the most important element in your success today and every day.”

— Karl W. Palachuk

“Authentic values are those by which a life can be lived, which can form a people that produces great deeds and thoughts.”

— Allan Bloom

“Be excellent to one another.”

— Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure 

“Being easy-going when you have a goal to reach seldom makes the going easy.”

— Frank Tyger

“Believe in yourself. Build yourself. When you define success, you can’t fail.”

— Karl W. Palachuk 

“Big people are always giving someone credit and taking blame; little people are always seeking credit and giving blame.”

— Charlie “Tremendous” Jones

Choose to dwell on the high points of your life and it will make you a more positive person.

— Karl W. Palachuk 

“Concentration is the key to economic results.”

— Peter F. Drucker 

“Consistency across the roles we plan in our lives is the greatest stress reducer available.”

— Karl W. Palachuk

“Constant Fine-Tuning is the true path to wisdom, so learn a little every day.”

— Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Les Hewitt

“Courtesy is the shortest distance between two people.”

— Anonymous 

“Creativity is work that goes some place: it is sustained effort toward an ideal.”

— Michael Drury

“Do today what should be done. Your tomorrow may never come.”

— Harry Banks 

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

— Theodore Roosevelt

“Doing what you are good at will only make you good; focusing on what you can potentially do better than any other organization is the only path to greatness.”

— Jim Collins

“Don’t complain. The people who will listen can’t do anything about it, while the people who can do something about it won’t listen.”

— John M. Herbert

“Don’t screw around. Start now. Find an excuse. Do something. Do anything. Get going. Posthaste.”

— Tom Peters

“Don’t stay away from church because there are so many hypocrites. There’s always room for one more.”

— A.R. Adams

“Every day is a gift. But does every day have to be socks?”

— Tony Soprano


“Everything living strives for wholeness.”

— Carl Jung

Failure to hit the bull’s-eye is never the fault of the target. To improve your aim improve yourself.

— Gilbert Arland

“Finishing a project is one of the sweet moments in life. We need to take a break and enjoy that moment before we move on.”

— Karl W. Palachuk 

“Forgetting your mission leads, inevitably, to getting tangled up in details–details that can take you completely off your path.”

— Laurie Beth Jones, The Path


“Form good habits and become their slave.”

— Og Mandina


“Four steps to achievement: Plan purposefully. Prepare prayerfully. Proceed positively. Pursue persistently.”

— William A. Ward

“Genius is perseverance in disguise.”

— Mike Newlin 

“Give yourself a forty-eight hour statute of limitations on feeling stupid about a mistake.”

— Karen Salmansohn


“Goals are vitally important–but useless without commitment.”

— Karl W. Palachuk

“Goal-setting is not a series of minor resolutions. That’s why you need to take it slow and think about it.”

— Karl W. Palachuk

“God is not kind to those who are not kind to others.”

— Arabian Proverb


“Good is the enemy of great.”

— Jim Collins

“Great People are remembered for their actions. The only people remembered for their promises are scoundrels.”

— Karl W. Palachuk

“Habit and routine have an unbelievable power to waste and destroy.”

— Henri de Lubac

“Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it each day, and at last we cannot break it.”

— Horace Mann


“Hard work does wonders. But sometimes you have to open yourself to inspiration.”

— Karl W. Palachuk

“Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.”

— Sa’di

“He that has no patience has nothing at all.”

— Italian Proverb

“He that leaveth nothing to chance will do very few things ill, but he will do very few things.”

— Lord Halifax

“How to pray? This is a simple matter. I would say: Pray any way you like, so long as you do pray.”

— Pope John Paul II

“I am a great believer in Luck. The harder I work the more of it I seem to have.”

— Coleman Cox

“I can never decide whether my dreams are the result of my thoughts, or my thoughts the result of my dreams.”

— D.H. Lawrence

“I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is the victory over self.”

— Aristotle

“If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around.”

— Jim Rohn

“If you can’t see your future, then you have no control over it. If you want to achieve anything, you have to see it first.”

— Karl W. Palachuk

If you cry ‘Forward’ you must without fail make plain in what direction to go.

— Anton Chekhov


If you do the very best you can, the future will take care of itself.

— George Mitchell

If you don’t know what you want to do, it’s harder to do it.

— Malcolm Forbes

“If you don’t like where you are, change it! You’re not a tree.”

— Jim Rohn

“If you don’t have time to do it right, How come you have the time to do it over?”

— Anon

“If you don’t know what you want to do, it’s harder to do it.”

— Malcolm Forbes

“If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.”

— Frank A. Clark

“If your mission holds no personal passion, it is not your path.”

— Laurie Beth Jones

“In this life we get only those things for which we hunt, for which we strive, and for which we are willing to sacrifice.”

— George Matthew Adams

“Inertia is the single greatest barrier to success. It’s also the easiest to overcome. All you have to do is act.”

— Keith Ellis

Isn’t it fortunate how selective our recollections usually are?

— Malcolm Forbes


“It is important to believe that just sitting there is doing something.”

— Karl W. Palachuk

“It is not given to me to know how many steps are necessary in order to reach my goal. . . . Always will I take another step.”

— Og Mandino

“It is often easier to fight for a principle than to live up to it.”

— Adlai Stevenson

“It’s not that I’m smarter. It’s just that I stay with problems longer.”

— Albert Einstein

“It’s not your commitment I’m worried about. . . . It’s your commitment to your commitment.”

— Kenneth Blanchard and Robert Lorber


“Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.”

— Theodore Roosevelt

Laboring toward distant aims sets the mind in a higher key and puts us at our best.

— Charles Henry Parkhurst

“Lack of pep is often mistaken for patience.”

— Ken Hubbard

“Let us endeavor so to live that when we die even the undertaker will be sorry.”

— Mark Twain

“Life must be lived forwards, but can only be understood backwards.”

— Soren Kierkegaard

“Living and Dreaming are two different things–but you can’t do one without the other.”

— Malcolm Forbes

“Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal.”

— Friedrich Nietzsche

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.”

— Winston Churchill

“Miracles are achieved when we get beyond our own perceived limitations.”

— Wayne Dyer, Real Magic

“Modesty in human beings is praised because it is not a matter of nature, but of will.”

— Lactantius

“More people would learn from their mistakes if they weren’t so busy denying that they made them.”

— Anonymous

“Most barriers to success are man-made. And most often, you’re the man who made them.”

— Frank Tyger

“No experience is a force that acts upon you without your participation. You decide how to interpret things.”

“No experience is a force that acts upon you without your participation. You decide how to interpret things.”

— Karl W. Palachuk

“No man ever made a great discovery without the exercise of the imagination.”

— George Henry Lewes

“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.”

— W.W. Ziege

“Nothing great was ever done without much enduring.”

— Saint Catherine of Siena


“Oh, it’s delightful to have ambitions. I’m so glad I have such a lot. And there never seems to be any end to them–that’s the best of it. Just as soon as you attain to one ambition you see another one glittering higher up still. It does make life so interesting.”

— Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

“One never finds life worth living. One always has to make it worth living.”

— Harry Emerson Fosdick

“One of the wisest men in Des Moines tells me that he has kept track of the 50 principal things he’s worried in the last ten years, jotting ’em down at the bottom of the pages in his diary in green ink. He finds that not one of them actually happened; but they bothered him just as much as if they had.”

— Harlan Miller

“One person cannot motivate another person. The best you can do is provide the right atmosphere and help people to motivate themselves.”

— Karl W. Palachuk

“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.”

— William Feather

“One’s action ought to come out of an achieved stillness: not to be a mere rushing on.”

— D.H. Lawrence

“Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.”

— Hans Margolius

“Opportunities are easily lost while waiting for perfect conditions.”

— Gary Ryan Blair

“Other people and things can stop you temporarily. You’re the only one who can do it permanently.”

— Zig Ziglar

“Our prayers are answered not when we are given what we ask, but when we are challenged to be what we can be.”

— Morris Adler

“Pain is more tolerable when it’s expected. The same is true of stress and change.”

— Karl W. Palachuk

“Paths clear before those who know where they’re going and are determined to get there.”

— Anonymous

“People who focus only on ‘what is’ will create more of ‘what is.’ People who focus mostly on ‘what could be’ will begin to create ‘what could be.”

— Laurie Beth Jones

“People with clearly defined missions have always led those who haven’t any. You are either living your mission or you are living someone else’s.”

— Laurie Beth Jones

“Perhaps it’s a good thing we all fail sometimes: Forgiving ourselves is a great first step to forgiving others.”

— Karl W. Palachuk

“Perhaps the single thing that separates successful people from everyone else is the willingness to think about their lives.”

— Karl W. Palachuk

“Planning always reduces stress. Even poor planning is better than none at all.”

— Karl W. Palachuk

“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.”

— Warren Buffet

“Quality of Life cannot be achieved by taking the right shortcut.”

— Stephen Covey

“Quiet Time is the most powerful tool you have for reaching your goals.”

— Karl W. Palachuk

“Reading Improves Your Vocabulary Inexorably!”

— Karl W. Palachuk

“Reflect on your life. The greatest joys and sorrows of your life are a direct result of change. The greatest victories and defeats are a result of change. And yet most of us don’t have a philosophy toward change.”

— Karl W. Palachuk

“Reinforce what you want to see repeated. What gets rewarded gets done.”

— Brian Tracy

“Remember, a goal without a number is just a slogan.”

— Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Les Hewitt

“Resolve and thou are free.”

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Success is a journey–not a destination.”

— H. Tom Collard

“Success is not a matter of desire, but the product of hard work.”

— Jack Barringer

“Success is not an endpoint: It’s a process of moving in the direction you want to go.”

— Karl W. Palachuk

“Success is not so much what we have as it is what we are.”

— Jim Rohn

“Success that brings only stress and chases away relationships is not really success at all.”

— Karl W. Palachuk

“Take regular stock of the chains that bind you. Consider how you can increase those you enjoy and reduce those you don’t.”

— Karl W. Palachuk

“The Easiest Way To Get What You Want is to help others get what they want.”

— Deepak Chopra

“The Main Thing is to Keep The Main Thing The Main Thing.”

— Steven Covey

“The best investment is in the tools of one’s own trade.”

— Benjamin Franklin

“The best of life is always ahead, always further on.”

— William Mulock

“The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want now.”

— Zig Ziglar

“The essence of sustainable competitive advantage is:
1) The obvious;
2) The little things;
3) The accumulation of little things over the years.”

— Tom Peters

“The fool has no love for reflection but only for airing his opinion.”

— Proverbs 18:2

“The largest part of goodness is the will be become good.”

— Seneca

“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”

— Stephen Covey

“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.”

— Mark Twain

“[T]he moment you turn a corner you see another straight stretch ahead and there comes some further challenge to your ambition.”

— Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

“The most difficult tasks are consummated, not by a single explosive burst of energy or effort, but by consistent daily application of the best you have within you.”

— Og Mandino

“The most effective way to cope with change is to help create it.”

— L.W. Lynett

“The only conquests that are permanent and leave no regrets are our conquests over ourselves.”

— Napoleon Bonaparte

“The past, the present, and the future are really one–they are today.”

— Stowe

“The reason we all need a personal philosophy and goals is so we will have them to rely on in times of stress.”

— Karl W. Palachuk

“The rewards in business go to the man who does something with an idea.”

— William Benton

“The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention.”

— Duguet

“The successful people are the ones who can think up things for the rest of the world to keep busy at.”

— Don Marquis

“The surest way to doom yourself to mediocrity is to perform only the work for which you are paid.”

— Og Mandino

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”

— Thomas Edison

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”

— Socrates

“The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of work.”

— Sarah Bolton

“The way to be nothing is to do nothing.”

— Edgar Watson Howe

“The wise person possesses humility. He knows that his small mind of knowledge is surrounded by a vast sea of the unknown.”

— Harold C. Chase

“There is always hope for an individual who stops to do some serious thinking about life.”

— Katherine Logan

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.”

— Mahatma Gandhi

“There is no limit to the good a man can do if he doesn’t care who gets the credit.”

— Judson B. Branch

“There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist.”

— Mark Twain


“There is nothing more galling to angry people than the coolness of those on whom they wish to vent their spleen.”

— Alexandre Dumas

“There is only one success: To be able to spend your life in your own way.”

— Christopher Morley

“There’s no right or wrong way to pray: There are only right ways.”

— Karl W. Palachuk

“Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve. Achieve.”

— Andrew Carnegie

To be able to enjoy one’s past life is to live twice.

— Martial

“To be nothing is the result of doing nothing.”

— Harry F. Banks

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather a man of value.”

— Albert Einstein

“Try to focus on not whining.”

— Karl W. Palachuk

Unhappiness indicates wrong thinking; just as ill health indicates a bad regimen.

— Paul Bourget

“Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.”

— Jonathan Swift

Wanted: Co-author for a book on self-reliance.

— Just Kidding

“Waste of time is the most extravagant of all expense.”

— Theophrastus

“We have first raised a dust and then complain we cannot see.”

— George Berkeley

“What does it matter how much we do if what we’re doing isn’t what matters most?”

— Stephen R. Covey

“Whatever you do, do it just a little bit better than anyone else.”

— Manfred Pakas

“What we truly and earnestly aspire to be, that in some sense we are.”

— Anna Jameson


“Where you find consistency between your values and your actions, there you will find personal fulfillment and happiness.”

— Karl W. Palachuk

“Who supplies another with a constructive thought has enriched him forever.”

— Alfred A. Montapert


“Work is the means of living, but it is not living.”

— Josiah Gilbert Holland

“You are either living your mission or you are living someone else’s.”

— Laurie Beth Jones, The Path

“You can only do what you can do–But you have to do it!”

— Karl Palachuk

“You can’t build up a reputation on what you are going to do.”

— Henry Ford

You can’t ignore the basic needs of your business any more than you would ignore the basic needs of your people.

— Karl W. Palachuk

“You don’t have to compete 100% on price when you deliver 100% on performance.”

— Karl W. Palachuk

“You don’t have to control everything in order to change your destiny: You only have to change one or two little things about yourself.”

— Karl W. Palachuk

“You must have long-range goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-term failures.”

— Charles C. Noble

“You must know what you want before you can engage others in pursuit of it.”

— Karl W. Palachuk

“You’re going to see positive results in whatever you put your attention on.”

— Karl W. Palachuk

“You want to be successful? Find out what the hoops are and practice jumping.

— Karl W. Palachuk

What we truly and earnestly aspire to be, that in some sense we are.

— Anna Jameson

Whatever you do, do it just a little bit better than anyone else.

— Manfred Pakas

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