Thomas Edison & Audrey Hepburn -DOTM022

Both quotes on today’s show were posted by my mother, June Gibson 

Holbrook who has been supporting Daggers Of The Mind in so many ways. 

Thanks, Mom!


Thomas A. Edison, Inventor


“The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it 

usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work.”


You deserve a break today. Get the service you deserve. Advertising today 

spends a lot of time telling you what you deserve even though you haven’t 

done anything to earn it.


I remember some friends who were a few years younger than my wife and 

myself who spent all their time saying if someone would give them a 

chance like we got life would be great.


First of all, the chances we got happened at the point that we earned 

them. When we bought a house, it was because we had waited long enough 

and our finances were in order to do it. 


When they reached a similar age and financial status, they bought a house 

too. Then it all went south. He got fired from a couple of great jobs, 

then they divorced and everything went to pot.


What was so different about the two situations? One thing is that we 

never felt we were owed anything. It never occurred to us that we would 

or should be given a chance. We made our own, and to this day continue to 

do what it takes to maintain what we have earned.


This is not to “toot our own horns” so to speak, but it seems that most 

of our society believes they are owed more than they ever have the 

intention to earn.


Ginger Rogers


“The only way to enjoy anything in this life is to earn it first.”


Have you earned what you have? Or are you just sitting hoping someone 

will give you a handout? I remember hearing stories about the Great 

Depression in the 1930’s where farmers committed suicide when faced with 

taking a handout from the government. The shame was just too great.


That shame seems to be a thing of the past these days. A good work ethic 

is also in serious decline. Where are you in all this? Have you believed 

the advertising hype that says you are owed a living? Or are you doing 

your best, earning your own way and the self respect that goes with it?


A final quote:


“We must protect our limited resources for those who are truly in need 

and who are doing all they can to be self-sufficient.”


Paul LePage, Governor of The State of Maine


Thomas Edison On Wikipedia




Audrey Hepburn, Actress and Humanitarian


“I saw but one glaring truth: These are not natural disasters, but man-

made tragedies for which there is only one manmade solution– Peace.” 


Audrey Hepburn is best known for her acting roles in some of the most 

iconic movies of the 50’s and 60’s, but her greatest contribution to 

humanity was through her work with UNICEF. 


From Wikipedia:  She appeared in fewer films as her life went on, 

devoting much of her later life to UNICEF. Although contributing to the 

organisation since 1954, she worked in some of the most profoundly 

disadvantaged communities of Africa, South America and Asia between 1988 

and 1992. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 

recognition of her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in December 1992. 


A month later, Hepburn died of appendiceal cancer at her home in 

Switzerland at the age of 63.


What an amazing contribution to make for good in this world. When most 

with her fame and success simply live the good life, she devoted herself 

to helping those whose circumstances made it impossible for them to help 



While there are few who are as noble as that, there are many things we 

can do to help others around us as we travel through this life. Our best 

is to help others learn to be self sufficient so that when no one is 

around to help, they can learn to live on their own. Don’t simply give 

someone a fish, TEACH them to fish. Then you have fed them for a 



One organization that fulfills this mission is the Project Self

Sufficiency Foundation. It is found at


From their website: Project Self Sufficiency Foundation is a non-profit 

organization that supports low income, single parents working toward an 

educational goal to become economically independent. Our foundation’s 

goal is to raise the funds needed to provide the tools and support that 

will help parents achieve their independence. This is a powerful 

initiative for these parents, as it will change the pathway for their 

family, many times, breaking the cycle of abuse and building their self-

esteem, which ultimately leads to a better future for generations. Thank 

you for your interest and we look forward to your support!


Another such organization is called Partners In Housing at


From the website:

PIH provides a self-sufficiency program, not a housing program. The 

emphasis of our program is helping people learn the skills they need to 

be economically independent. To participate in the program, all adults 

must be willing and able to work and, most importantly, be motivated to 

achieve self-sufficiency! 


Giving others the tools to lift themselves up makes the change permanent. 

Invest in charities of that type and the world will actually become a 

better place, one success at a time!


Another Audrey Hepburn quote:


“Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it’s at the end of your arm. 

As you get older, remember you have another hand: the first is to help 

yourself, the second is to help others.”




UNICEF on Wikipedia


Audrey Hepburn on Wikipedia


Audrey Hepburn on International Movie Database




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