Proactive

adj tending to initiate change rather than waiting to respond after something happens

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. – Dale Carnegie

Failure is not our only punishment for laziness: there is also the success of others. – Jules Renard

Effective

adj having an intended or expected effect

The Wind and the Sun

The Wind and the Sun were disputing which was the stronger. Suddenly they saw a traveler coming down the road, and the Sun said: “I see a way to decide our dispute. Whichever of us can cause that traveler to take off his cloak shall be regarded as the stronger. You begin.” So the Sun retired behind a cloud, and the Wind began to blow as hard as it could upon the traveler. But the harder he blew the more closely did the traveler wrap his cloak round him, till at last the Wind had to give up in despair. Then the Sun came out and shone in all his glory upon the traveler, who soon found it too hot to walk with his cloak on.

Moral: Kindness effects more than severity

The impression of femininity is infinitely more effective at altering perceptions than any fight, struggle, or argument will ever be. – Jackie Hampton

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