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Martha has taught us many things, whether it's how to bake the best birthday cake, carve a Thanksgiving turkey, host the ultimate party, or fold a fitted sheet. But beyond mastering those homekeeping skills, Martha strongly believes in living your best. That is, leading a happy, healthy, self-fulfilling life. And if you find yourself faltering -- in your personal life, your job, or otherwise -- her words of wisdom could be just the thing you need to hear.
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For when you're scared to take that first step...
"Sometimes, I shake if I have to do something that I’ve never done before –– maybe not noticeably, but inside. But I'll do it, because I know it’s not an insurmountable task; I've done plenty of tasks in my life."
"I think baking cookies is equal to Queen Victoria running an empire. There's no difference in how seriously you take the job, how seriously you approach your whole life."
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For when you don't know where to start...
"It's all about new techniques, simplifying old techniques, and consolidating steps. Making things go faster, but not worse."
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For when you're ready to pursue your dreams..."Once you realize that you have identified a passion, invest in yourself. Figure out what you need to know, what kind of experience and expertise you need to develop to do the things that you feel in your heart you will enjoy and that will sustain you both mentally and economically."
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For when you're forming your circle of support...
"Seek out people to work with who are brimming with talent, energy, integrity, optimism, and generosity."
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"So the pie isn't perfect? Cut it into wedges. Stay in control, and never panic."
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For when you're afraid of change...
"The more you adapt, the more interesting you are."
"Without an open mind, you can never be a great success."
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For when you know you're ready to move on...
"It is a good thing until you discover a better thing."