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“The art of being yourself at your best is the art of unfolding your personality into the person you want to be…Be gentle with yourself, learn to love yourself, to forgive yourself, for only as we have the right attitude toward ourselves can we have the right attitude toward others.”  – Wilferd A. Peterson

Prolific adj. Productive: Producing abundant works or results. “A prolific artist.” “A prolific writer.”

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“Patience and tenacity are worth more than twice their weight of cleverness.” – Thomas Huxley

Haughty adj. Condescending: behaving in a superior, condescending, or arrogant way. “He always seemed haughty in company meetings.”

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“It takes less time to do a thing right than to explain why you did it wrong.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Synergism n. Interaction of discrete agencies or conditions where the total effect is greater than the sum of the individual parts. “The directors saw considerable synergism in the business merger.” (also Synergy).

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“Never take a person’s dignity: it is worth everything to them, and nothing to you.” – Frank Barron 

Extemporaneous adj. 1. Unrehearsed. Done or said without advance preparation or thought; impromptu. 2. Prepared in advance but delivered without notes or text: “An extemporaneous speech.”

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“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for: it is a thing to be achieved.”

– William Jennings Bryant

Anecdotal adj. Based on casual observations or indications rather than rigorous or scientific analysis: “There is anecdotal evidence that the stock will soon double in price.”

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“The best things in life are never rationed. Friendship, loyalty, love, do not require coupons.” – Unknown

Sanguine adj. Cheerfully optimistic, hopeful, or confident: “A sanguinedisposition;” “Sanguine expectations.”

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“Lack of loyalty is one of the major causes of failure in every walk of life” – Napoleon Hill

Feckless adj. 1. Careless and irresponsible. “The kids were feckless during spring break.” 2. Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective – unlikely to be successful. “It was a feckless attempt to make the company a success.”

 

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“There are countless ways of attaining greatness, but any road to reaching one’s maximum potential must be built on a bedrock of respect for the individual, a commitment to excellence, and a rejection of mediocrity.” – Buck Rodgers

Innocuous adj. 1. Having no adverse effect; harmless. 2. Not likely to offend or provoke to strong emotion; insipid. “The innocuous looking e-mail actually contained a virus.”

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“How would your life be different if…You stopped making negative judgmental assumptions about people you encounter? Let today be the day…You look for the good in everyone you meet and respect their journey.”

― Steve Maraboli

Autonomous adj. 1. Independent in mind or judgment; self-directed. 2. Not controlled by others or by outside forces; independent: “anautonomous judiciary.”

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“The capacity for getting along with our neighbor depends to a large extent on the capacity for getting along with ourselves. The self-respecting individual will try to be as tolerant of his neighbor’s shortcomings as he is of his own.” – Eric Hoffer

Mercurial adj.  1. Quick and changeable in temperament; volatile: “Amercurial temperament.”

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