Food for Thought

On this page you will find some of our favorite quotes, poems, and stories. We hope you enjoy them and see how they can help us in our own training. If you have one you would like to share, see your Instructor.


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These three little words are the secret to success.

They are the difference between average people

and the top people in most organizations.

The top people always do what is expected

...And Then Some...

They are thoughtful of others,

They are considerate and kind

...And Then Some...

They meet their obligations and responsibilities

fairly and squarely

...And Then Some...

They can be counted on in an emergency

...And Then Some...

I am thankful for people like this, for they make

the world more livable.

Their spirit of success is summed up in these

three little words,

...And Then Some...

If you fail,

Never give up

because F.A.I.L. means

"First Attempt In Learning"

End is not the end.

In fact, E.N.D. means

"Effort Never Dies"

If you get NO as an answer,

remember N.O. means

"Next Opportunity"


This is "Positive thinking!!!!!

“If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you'd like to win, but think you can't
It's almost a cinch you won't.
If you think you'll lose, you've lost,
For out in the world we find
Success being with a fellow's will;
It's all in the state of mind.

If you think you're outclassed, you are:
You've got to think high to rise.
You've got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the one who thinks he can.”

― Walter D. Wintle

I don't divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures, those who make it or those who don't. I divide the world into learners and nonlearners.

There are people who learn, who are open to what happens around them, who listen, who hear the lessons. When they do something stupid, they don't do it again. And when they do something that works a little bit, they do it even better and harder the next time. The question to ask is not whether you are a success or a failure, but whether you are a learner or a nonlearner.

Benjamin Barber

The Trees Through the Forest


There is a story about a young boy who went to a lumber camp and got a job cutting trees.

On the 1st day, he felled 15 trees. On the 2nd day something went wrong, he cut only 10, and on the 3rd day his production dropped to 7. The foreman went out to find what was wrong. He questioned the boy, "Are you working as long as you did on the 1st day?" "Yes," said the boy, "Much longer." "Are you working as hard?" asked the foreman. "Yes, much harder," answered the boy.

Then the foreman asked, "Are you swinging the axe as fast?" "Yes, much faster," said the boy. The foreman reached for the young boys axe and drew his finger across the dull, battered blade. He then asked the boy, "How long has it been since you stopped to sharpen your axe?" In amazement the boy looked up at the foreman and replied, "Why sir, I haven't had time to sharpen my axe, I've been too busy cutting down trees."

* Your basics are your axes. When we fail to keep them sharp, everything else suffers. 

Ecclesiastes 10:10

“It’s not the critic who counts,

Not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or

where the doer of deeds could have done better.

The credit belongs to the man who

Is actually in the arena,

Whose fate is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who errs and comes short…

Again and again;

Who knows the great enthusiasms,

the great devotions,

And spends himself in a worthy cause;

Who at the best knows in the end the

Triumph of high achievement, and

who at the worst,

If he fails, at least fails while daring greatly;

So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls

Who know neither victory or defeat.”


Theodore Roosevelt