Z Is For Zeal

‘Experience shows that success is due less to ability than to zeal.  The winner is he who gives himself to his work, body and soul’.  Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

Z is also for zigzag, and if you zigzag it won’t matter how much zeal you have, your success will be much longer coming, and quite possibly not come at all!

Z is also for zest, and whereas zeal means earnestness or fervour, zest means a keen enjoyment or interest.  Or if you are talking about lemons it is an earnestness of flavour!  So whatever you do it would pay to have an equal helping of the two (but not the lemons), and no helping of the zigzagging.

As Norman Vincent Peal said: ‘If you have zest and enthusiasm you attract zest and enthusiasm.  Life does give back in kind’.  He also said: ‘you can if you think you can’.

‘Through zeal, knowledge is gotten, through lack of zeal, knowledge is lost; let a man who knows this double path of gain and loss thus place himself that knowledge may grow’. Buddha.

Enjoy the journey!


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  1. Mandy, your blog looks great! LOVE the quote .. I think it’s true, enthusiasm is infectious and it makes people smile. You’re at the end of the alphabet!
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  2. Very inspiring, Mandy! I ‘m glad I read your post today and got a fresh dose of motivation.

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  3. So many people have lost all zest for life. Oftentimes, it just takes getting inspired by the passion of someone else.
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  4. Love a bit of zest Mandy. Thanks for sharing this.
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  5. Hi Mandy

    Love this series and this so inspirational plus a food for thought. Thank you for sharing. Take Care
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    1. Hi Ikechi, thanks for visiting. Food for thought, is that the lemons? Ha ha…glad you enjoyed the series.

      Enjoy the journey!

  6. Hi Mandy,

    I’ve been working hard to lose all the negative brainwashing I’ve managed to engrave in my Psyche over the years. I’ll take a double of “zest”!
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    1. Hi Bob, thanks for visiting. I think a double helping of zest is a good thing every day!

      Enjoy the journey!

  7. Mandy,

    I love these few articles with letters. The Z, for Zeal was awesome.

    1. Hi Alicia, thanks for visiting. I love A-Z challenges, they in spire me to be creative with my writing.

      Enjoy the journey!

  8. Hi Mandy ,
    great, I learned the meaning of two new words.
    I did not know about Zeal and Zest this way .
    I know about zigzag ,it can make the way long
    or the rabbit runs in a zigzag to escape . 🙂
    Thank you for the whole ABC series.
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    1. Hi Erika, thanks for visiting. I love words, and I love learning new words, glad to have brought two new words to you today!

      Enjoy the journey!

  9. Thank for your sharing, it ‘s very useful!

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