Category Archives: Motivation

Small successes lead to big ones

My friend Erin Darby wrote a nice piece about “small successes leading to big ones.”

I love how she’s able to avoid getting distracted by the long-term goal of big money or publishing her first book, and able to just focus on the step she’s currently on.

Good stuff. Check it out if you get a moment.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

About me: I’m an action fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing to my blog — I mostly post about things that either motivate you, inspire you, or make you laugh.

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Best tweets of the week, 9/12/14

As my regular readers know, I’m always trying to combat the cynicism that mostly consumes our country (and world?).

And Twitter, for all its faults, provides a decent daily nourishment if you know where to look. And since most of you probably aren’t on Twitter, I thought I’d share some pretty good Tweets from the past week. (As well as just a few that may be newsworthy, but something you didn’t see.)

Hope they encourage you or make you think, as well!

[ ] “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” — Plato (From @BetterManProj)

[ ] Poll: Strikes in Iraq, Syria supported: stripes.com/1.302150 (From @starsandstripes)

[ ] Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. — John R. Wooden (From @MuscleProdigy)

[ ] Barnes & Noble climbing back out of the abyss as book sales stabilize. pwne.ws/YwtQ3b (From @PublishersWkly)

[ ] Spending today complaining about yesterday won’t make tomorrow any better! (From @InkyJohnson)

[ ] What U.S. airstrikes in Iraq look like, mapped by region. pic.twitter.com/AiBmbtpBWl (From @DanLamothe)

[ ] Our worst fault is our preoccupation with the faults of others. — Kahlil Gibran (From @mindfuleveryday)

[ ] “Don’t go through life, grow through life.” — Eric Butterworth (From @GreatestQuotes)

[ ] The World’s Top-Earning Authors: Veronica Roth, John Green and Gillian Flynn join ranking — ow.ly/BiAvR (From Forbes)

[ ] “As our own peace of mind grows, so the atmosphere around us becomes more peaceful.” (From @DalaiLamaPosts)

[ ] “A good book is all-consuming: part of it becomes you, and part of you becomes it.” — Wisława Szymborska (From @i_Author)

[ ] “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” — Mark Twain (From @BetterManProj)

[ ]  “Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” — Socrates (From @AncientWisdoms)

[ ] “He is able who thinks he is able.” — Buddha (From @TrainingMindful)

[ ]  “Great works are performed, not by strength, but perseverance.” — Samuel Johnson (From @GreatestQuotes)

[ ] “Life is what you make it, always has been, always will be.” — Grandma Moses (From @Dakota_Meyer)

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

About me: I’m an action fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing to my blog — I mostly post about things that either motivate you, inspire you, or make you laugh.

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Find true happiness: announce your dreams to the world today

Dear amazing friends and members of Mitchell’s Militia,

It’s been a great week or so with the release of “Mexican Heat (Nick Woods, No. 2)!” Myself and many others spent a lot of time trying to get the book as perfect (and hot!) as possible, and so far, the feedback is we scored pretty close to the mark.

And with my feelings at an all-time high, I thought it the perfect opportunity to try to motivate those who follow me on here to do your own creating and race off — or crawl off, at first — after your own dreams!

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Best tweets of the week, 8/27/14

This post is something I’ve been meaning to start up on a regular basis.

As my regular readers know, I’m always trying to combat the cynicism (and frankly darkness) that mostly consumes our country (and world?).

And Twitter, for all its faults, provides a decent daily nourishment if you know where to look. And since most of you probably aren’t on Twitter, I thought I’d share some pretty good Tweets from the past week. (As well as just a few that may be newsworthy, but something you didn’t see.)

Hope they encourage you or make you think, as well!

(Legend: RT= Retweet, or repeating another person’s tweet. MT=ModifiedTweet, or modifying — usually shortening — a tweet.)

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

About me: My name is Stan R. Mitchell and I’m an action fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years in the news business, working as a reporter, editor, and publisher. I write every chance I get and I’m far too ambitious for my own good. Please consider subscribing to my blog for email alerts or taking a look at some of my action books.

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Why every man should be strong

Tons of great tidbits in this article: Why every man should be strong.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

About me: My name is Stan R. Mitchell and I’m an action fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years in the news business, working as a reporter, editor, and publisher. I write every chance I get and I’m far too ambitious for my own good. Please consider subscribing to my blog for email alerts or taking a look at some of my action books

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