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Perhaps it was said best by the great Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius, “A man’s life is what his thoughts make of it.” Further, he said, “Begin – to begin is half the work, let half still remain; again begin this, and thou wilt have finished.”

Was it was world-renowned philosopher “Anonymous,” or was that your mom, who said: “The man who believes he can do something is probably right, and so is the man who believes he cannot?”

The great 20th century philosopher William James said, “Be willing to have it so. Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.”

And too often these days, that “misfortune” is the weight of being unemployed. Sometimes for far too long. But what is the alternative? To quit looking? To give up? Look for inspiration in your life, it will help your motivation, your attitude, your persistence, and eventually your success. Quitting should not be an option.

Football coaching legend Vincent T. Lombardi said, “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.”

You’ve heard it said before, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Could it be that the solutions to the problems and misfortunes of life are so simple?

George Bernard Shaw said, “The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.” Wow. Pretty tough stuff, huh.

General George S. Patton said, “Accept the challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.”

So, you may ask, what is the assignment? To feel sorry for yourself? To accept defeat? To stop looking for a job? To do nothing but answer ads on internet job sites for another six months, like everyone else is doing? No. You’d be wise to follow the direction and ideas of Abraham Lincoln who said, “Things come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”

What else can you do in your job search to stimulate possibilities and leads? What have other successful job search candidates done to achieve success, and find a new position? In life, we are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems. If unemployment is getting you down, you have a problem. Seek a solution. Adversity reveals what we are made of. It is easy to accept defeat, but success and satisfaction come from solving the problem.

Often the difference between success and failure is the little extra push that you make, and your steadfast refusal to accept anything but success. So, you ask, what is that “Hidden Secret of Success?” It is your own thinking. What you think, how you view the world, as well as yourself, and your positive thoughts. Truly, we are what we think.

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Fred Williams Dec. 2, 2010 @ 4:25 a.m.

Often the difference between success and failure is the little extra corruption that bankrupts your country, rewards the Wall Street criminals, and makes it impossible for any honest people to make a living...

...but just keep trying. If you fail, it's your fault...never the result of a concerted effort to move the wealth of the nation into the hands of the powerful few.

...if you fail, it's because you didn't try hard enough. You gave up, not because you realized the futility of playing a game that's rigged so you will always loose, but because you just don't have enough will and strength of character.

Marcus Aurelius said the first thing you have to do is realize what's in your control, and what is not. If you ever realize that the typical hard-working American's success or failure has almost NOTHING to do with hard work, but a lot to do with a rigged system...well, forget what the wise man said, it's still your fault because you just didn't try hard enough.

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SurfPuppy619 Dec. 2, 2010 @ 7:43 a.m.

Often the difference between success and failure is the little extra corruption that bankrupts your country, rewards the Wall Street criminals, and makes it impossible for any honest people to make a living...

You nailed it. Wall STreet investment banks lost trillions, and they get REWARDED with TARP bailout money-but if you or me go and write a $20 bad check they will send out the full force of the government to jail us. This is why the country is upside down.

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...but just keep trying. If you fail, it's your fault...never the result of a concerted effort to move the wealth of the nation into the hands of the powerful few.

Delta Airlines is hiring 1,000 new employees, and they had...... wait for it!!......100,000 applicants. 100 applicants for every 1 job opening.

I stated this before on here-we had a PART TIME job of 22 hours per week open up in my local water district-they had 426 applications.

I am positive cop and FF jobs are getting in excess of 1,000 applicants per job opening today based on these numbers.

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...if you fail, it's because you didn't try hard enough. You gave up, not because you realized the futility of playing a game that's rigged so you will always loose, but because you just don't have enough will and strength of character.

I have been watching Fox Business Channel becaue they have this show called "Freedom Watch" with host Judge Napolitano, really like the guy, but after his show ends you get these Fox shows that are just out of touch with reality. They had a panel on yesterday where they had a guy saying there are plenty of jobs out there for people who WANT to work. And that the reason the UE was so high was because UE insurance was keeping people from looking for work. It really amazes me someone would make such a ridiculous comment on a major news network.

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SurfPuppy619 Dec. 2, 2010 @ 8:19 a.m.

Watch this, an interview with "Inside Job" film maker Charles Ferguson;

. http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/11321 .

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