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Greatness is achieved by staying on mission. Many famous people we have come to admire have written powerful mission statements that are worthy of a study. Let these mission statements guide your own mission.

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

To be a teacher. And to be known for inspiring my students to be more than they thought they could be.

To have fun in my journey through life and learn from my mistakes.

I shall not fear anyone on Earth. I shall fear only God. I shall not bear ill will toward anyone. I shall not submit to injustice from anyone. I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering.

This is not really a mission statement, but a famous quote. But nevertheless, it presents a concise view of life from the perspective of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.


Life is full of character builders. If you are faced with one, build a bridge and get over it.

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