How to Make America Great Again
There has been a lot of talk in the United States about how to make America great again. At The Living Hour, we believe the best way to make America great again, or (more accurately) live up to its highest potential, is to inspire you to become great, to give you the tools and motivation to live a joyful life of success, accomplishment, and civic-mindedness.
There are many common-sense virtues and success principles which have inspired America’s greatest citizens, from inventors such as Thomas Edison to business titans like Andrew Carnegie to political statesmen like Theodore Roosevelt to humanitarians such as Harriet Tubman and Helen Keller.
In our new hardcover book “Evergreen: 50 Inspirational Life Lessons” we have compiled, edited, and adapted the work of over 30 inspirational authors who trumpeted these principles of successful living and who inspired the lives and work of millions of Americans during the early-mid 1900s.
This book will guide you to continued success in your personal and professional life, while motivating you also to help and inspire others. In other words, the answer to the question, “How can we make America great again?” is that we make it great by making ourselves and our communities great — we make America better, one person at a time.
Listed below are a few of the virtues and success principles promoted in the book “Evergreen: 50 Inspirational Life Lessons,” and an excerpt from one of the 39 motivational authors featured in the book.
Idealism Makes America Great Again
All life is growth, and an ideal is no exception. Let it grow. Stretch your imagination to take in all you can. Whenever you achieve any ideal (small or great), don’t stagnate. Look within and find another ideal to work for. Your ideals are inspired for your use. Look eagerly upon them and know that they are life itself. You do not make your ideals. They make you — if you keep in touch with them.
– Elizabeth Towne, 1903
Bravery Makes America Great Again
Greatness depends on the brave souls who actually strive to DO the deeds; who know great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spend themselves in a worthy cause; who at the best knows the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if they fail, at least fail while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
– Theodore Roosevelt, 1910
Truth Makes America Great Again
Truth is the rock foundation of every great character. It is loyalty to what is right, as we see it. It is the courageous living of our lives in harmony with our ideals. It is always — power. Truth ever defies a full definition. Like electricity, it can only be explained by noting its manifestation.
It is the compass of the soul, the guardian of conscience, the final touchstone of right. Truth is the revelation of an ideal; but it is also an inspiration to realize that ideal, a constant impulse to live it.
– William George Jordan, 1902
Optimism Makes America Great Again
I am never discouraged by absence of good. I never can be argued into hopelessness. Doubt and mistrust are the mere panic of a timid imagination, which the steadfast heart will conquer, and the large mind transcend. Every day I find myself looking forward with beating heart and bright anticipation to what the future holds of activity for me.
My share in the work of the world may be limited; but the fact that it is work makes it precious. The desire and will to work is optimism itself—for work (production) brings life out of chaos, makes the individual a world, an order; and order is optimism.
– Hellen Keller, 1903
Actions Make America Great Again
Life means action, from the cradle to the grave. There are limitless possibilities in this life to bring into realization whatever hopes or aspirations we desire. If we only but begin.
There is no such thing as inaction during this life. We are continually going forward or backward. You are either stronger or weaker this year than you were last year. You are braver or more cowardly. You are more hopeful or more pessimistic. You have better or poorer command of your abilities. You are nearer your goal or farther from it. You are a better human being or not as good.
– Ella Wheeler Wilcox, 1914
Persistence Makes America Great Again
Persistence is an essential factor of success in life. And the basis of persistence is the POWER OF WILL. Will-power and desire, when properly combined, make an irresistible pair. People who achieve great success are sometimes known as ruthless. Often they are misunderstood. What they have is will-power, which they mix with persistence, to insure the attainment of their objectives.
Most people are ready to throw their aims and purposes overboard, and give up at the first sign of opposition or misfortune. Only a few carry on despite all opposition, until they attain their goal: the Steve Jobses, the Andrew Carnegies, the Mahatma Gandhis, the Thomas Edisons. While there may be no heroic connotation to the word “persistence,” the quality is to the character of a person what carbon is to steel.
– Napoleon Hill, 1937
A Great Purpose Makes America Great Again
It is a great purpose which gives meaning to life, it unifies all our powers, binds them together in one cable; makes strong and united what was weak, separated, scattered.
Do not struggle to do two things at once. Throw your entire strength upon whatever you do. An intense energy should characterize everything you undertake, even your recreation. Genius is intensity — developing a power of concentration which makes you oblivious of everything outside your aim.
– Orison Swett Marden, 1896
Self-Reliance Makes America Great Again
The soul requires self-reliance. Because self-reliance is power. And power is in nature the essential measure of life. We are in desperate need of greater self-reliance throughout our society: in our religions; in our schools and universities; in our work and ways of living; in our governments, and more.
Remember to always follow your inner genius and never imitate. Your own unique talents are something that you can offer others at every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1841
Love Makes America Great Again
When everything goes wrong with us, we blame fate, environment, or the world. We forget that the world does to us what we have done to the world. When we blame the world for everything, the world will so act that it is to blame; but when we love the entire world with our whole heart, the world will change toward us accordingly and be kind.
When you do not succeed, when no one seems to care for your service, or for your talents, there are two things to do: do your best and love much. Love the world, the whole world, and love with all the power of your heart and soul.
– Christian D. Larson
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