„Our true motivation isn't sustained only by titles and material results of a campaign. Our actual reward is not to have "that" car, or to reach "that" specific post. In reality, we seek emotional satisfaction: to feel pleasure and happiness!“

—  Marcos Pontes, Artigo: Sucesso - Webpage Astronauta Marcos Pontes http://marcospontes.com.br/MANUTENCAO/ARTIGOS/ARTIGOS_2014/20140313_sucesso.html
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