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PLANS During World War II, General MacArthur called in one of his Army engineers and asked: How long will it take to throw a bridge across this river?” The man immediately responded “Three days.” MacArthur snapped back, “Good. Have your draftsmen make drawings right away.” Three days later the General sent for the engineer and …

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REJECTION In a bit of whimsy, Neil Postman quotes a letter written by a high school senior who had received a letter of rejection from the college he wanted to attend. “Dear Admissions Officer,” the student wrote, “I am in receipt of your rejection of my application. As much as I would like to accommodate …

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INVOLVED VERSUS COMMITTED Football coach Lou Holtz of Arkansas pointed out the difference between being merely involved and being truly committed to a cause. “The Kamikaze pilot that was able to fly 50 missions was involved –but not committed.” Committed.

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HOW COMMITTED ARE YOU? There is a silly story about two New York men who had never been out of the city who decided that they had just about “had it” with city living. So they bought a ranch down in Texas. They decided they were going to live off the land like their ancestors. …

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MORE IMPORTANT KNOWLEDGE A young man was being interviewed to be a pilot for a steamboat on the Mississippi River. The interviewer, doubtful that the young man could know the dangers of the river, asked if he knew where all the rocks were. To this he replied, “No sir, I do not know where all …

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HARD BALL COMPETITION, ACADEMIC STYLE In Clearwater, Florida, twins Robin and Cathy Donovan, have filed suit to prevent a fellow Seminole High School senior from joining them at the top of the class. The 17-year-old twins and their father, George Donovan, charged the Pinellas County school board with breach of contract for denying the girls …

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Short Shorts | Success | Zeal

SUCCESS The ladder of success works like any other ladder. Very few have climbed it with their hands in their pockets.

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CLEAR MOTIVATION People go to college for a variety of reasons, but Bob Kuechenberg, formerly of the Miami Dolphins, may have given the best reason yet in an interview with Newsweek: My father and uncle were human cannonballs in carnivals. My father told me, “Go to college or be a cannonball.” Then one day my …

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THE LIVING OF LIFE Life can only be understood backwards, but it can only be lived forwards. Kierkegaard . . . To most of us the real life is the life we do not lead. Oscar Wilde

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