Today’s message is especially dedicated to Lisa Steenstra, Kerry Gallagher and Danielle Weiss.

The great Rob Gilbert, Ph.D., is one of the world’s top sports psychologists and motivational speakers. He is also a good friend and mentor.

If you walk in to Dr. Gilbert’s house, you wouldn’t know if you were in his house or the library. He may have the biggest motivational library on the planet.

Well, last year, Dr. Gilbert left me a voicemail saying, “Ed, I have $10,000 worth of books and I’m getting rid of them – you have the first crack at them.”

So we met at his storage facility (yes, he has a separate storage facility for just books). I actually went three times, for an average of three hours each visit. I was only able to go through about 75% of them. He had books from the world of sports, music, business, academics – you name it. He had first editions signed by the authors. He had duplicate and triplicate of books. I walked away with probably 200 books.

This morning I was looking through my library and found something called, “Your Lifetime Memo Book” from April 1959. It is a small, thin book that was probably a free give-away from Waghorne-Brown Co., a warehouse at the time, in Merrimack, New Hampshire. This promotional book had a motivational quote for every day of the month.

Here’s one from Sunday, April 26, 1959…

“The muscles of an athlete atrophy when not used; the fingers of a violinist stiffen when not exercised, and the mind softens when it looks only at pictures.”

What a great quote, and so true.

You need to use what you have, or you will lose what you have.

Great quotes and great books from history are still around, like Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”


Because the principles still apply today.

You don’t need to figure everything out on your own.

Learn from the greats and do what they did.

Use it or lose it.

Do you have a favorite quote or book?

Leave your comments.

Thanks for reading.

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