Just a few words can spur the brain, connect mental dots, stir the heart, and lead to those wonderful “Aha!" moments.
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Creative Process (1)
Human Nature (2)
Inner Strength (3)
"I am no longer quite sure what the question is. But I do know the answer. And the answer is Yes. "
"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter"
“If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right."
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
“Solve, rather than complain.”
“I believe that a smile is the attribute of a positive attitude, both for yourself and the perception of others."
“Taking the right actions first thing in the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day.”
"Life is 10 percent what happns to you and 90 percent how you react to it.”
"Tell me what you can do, not what you can’t. Tell me the solution, don’t puke on me.”
"Never let negative people rent space in your mind.”
“A well-built brand is the culmination of intangibles that do not directly flow to the revenue or profitability of a company, but contribute to its texture. Forsaking them can take a subtle, collective toll.”
"Build Value. Let reputation follow. Brand that.”
“There is one thing stronger than all the armies of the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.”
“Follow the first law of holes: If you are in one, stop digging.”
“Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.”
“Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.”
“In a moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.”
“Your task is to sit up straight, not to be held straight.”
“The quality of your results reflects the level of your commitment.”
“No great thing is created suddenly.”
“Ask one more questions before you answer.”
“The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.”
“Never miss a good chance to shut up.”
“Accept complete responsibility both for understanding and for being understood.”
"Confidence is the most important single factor in the game, and no matter how great your talent, there is only one way to obtain it - work."
"You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club."
"There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come."
"The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas."
“…like crafting the perfect cup of coffee, creating an engaging, respectful, trusting workplace culture is not the result of any one thing. It’s a combination of intent, process, and heart, a trio that must constantly be fine-tuned.”
“…in the end, management doesn’t change culture. Management invites the workforce itself to change the culture.”
-Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.
“In the end, an organization is nothing more than the collective capacity of its people to create value.”
-Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.
“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”
“When I was young, I observed that nine out of 10 things I did were failures, so I did 10 times more work.”
- George Bernard Shaw
“Get a good idea, and stay with it. Dog it and work it until it's done and done right.”
- Walt Disney
“What is harder than rock, or softer than water? Yet soft water hollows out hard rock. Persevere.”
- Ovid, Roman poet
“Ninety percent of all those who fail are not actually defeated. They simply quit.”
“The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.”
“Be humble. Be hungry. And always be the hardest worker in the room.”
-Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
“Someone might have a gem of talent, but 90% of it is discipline and how you practice it, what you do with it. Instinct won’t carry you through the entire journey. It’s what you do in the moments between inspiration.”
“Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; and the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.”
-Abraham Joshua Heschel
“Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't.”
“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.”
“The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.”
“A professional is a man who can do his best at a time when he doesn't particularly feel like it.”
“Start where you are. use what you have. Do what you can.”
“An educated consumer is our best customer.”
“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.”
"The book you don't read won't help."
“Sometimes the best helping hand you can get is a good, firm push.”
“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”
-Booker T. Washington
“When a man dies, if he can pass enthusiasm along to his children, he has left them an estate of incalculable value.”
“Knowledge is power, but enthusiasm pulls the switch.”
“The job isn’t to catch up to the status quo; the job is to invent the status quo.”
“Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.”
"Quality control is supposed to happen in the kitchen, NOT at the table.“
"High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.”
"You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour.”
“Some of us learn from other people’s mistakes and the rest of us have to be the other people.”
“In order for you to profit from your mistakes, you have to get out and make some.”
Fear (and conquering it!)
“When in doubt, look for the fear. That’s almost always the source of the doubt.”
“Do not fear going forward slowly; fear only to stand still.”
“Do the thing you fear, and the death of fear is certain.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Keep your fears to yourself, but share your inspiration with others."
-Robert Louis Stevenson
“A ship in the port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for."
“Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it with use."
“A weak internal fire is needy and falls prey to the ongoing negative dialogues that permeate our minds."
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquered that fear."
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage."
“He who is not conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action."
“Envisioning the end is enough to put the means in motion."
“Goals in writing are dreams with deadlines."
“You can’t ignore coincidence.”
“It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him.”
“Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.”
“Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.”
“Nothing is so strong as gentleness. Nothing is as gentle as real strength.”
-Ralph W. Stockton
“What lies behind us, and what lies before us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”
“You can never do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
“Everyone wants to be appreciated. So if you appreciate someone, don't keep it a secret.”
-Mary Kay Ash
"Lead, follow, or get out of the way" is brutish and short-sighted. One way or another, everyone leads by word or example. So let us say to all "Lead well."
"Asking questions will get you the performance you are after far better than dictating demands."
"The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity."
"The best way to persuade someone is with your ears, by listening to them."
"Leaders keep their eyes on the horizon, not just on the bottom line."
"If you don't understand followship, you can't understand leadership."
"Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating."
"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."
-John F. Kennedy
“My Holy Writ: Act your way into thinking beats think your way into acting.”
“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”
-Oliver Wendell Holmes
“To fly we have to have resistance.”
“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”
“Age is of no importance unless you're a cheese.”
“We can throw stones, complain about them, stumble on them, climb over them, or build with them.”
-William Arthur Ward
“Live fully, listen carefully, love deeply, laugh frequently, learn always, lead well.”
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I...I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”
"For every disadvantage there is a corresponding advantage.”
"Seek to build bridges instead of setting fences.”
"The question is not what you look at but what you see.”
"In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s. And guess what they might have planned for you? Not much.”
"Be quick, but don't hurry."
-Coach John Wooden
"The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot.”
"Either you run the day, or the day runs you."
“If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.”
"When I let go of who I am, I become what I might be.”
"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
-George Bernard Shaw
"I've felt that dissatisfaction is the basis of progress. When we become satisfied in business, we become obsolete.”
-J. Willard Marriott Sr.
“Don’t be afraid to take a big step if needed. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.”
“Do not wait; the time will never be “just right.” Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.”
“Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.”
“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.”
“I couldn’t wait for success, so I went ahead without it.”
“The single most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”
“Success is waking up in the morning and bounding out of bed because there's something out there that you love to do, that you believe in, that you're good at - something that's bigger than you are, and you can hardly wait to get at it again.”
“Take great care to manage the little things well and the big things will take care of themselves.”
“Purpose affirms trust, trust affirms purpose, and together they forge individuals into a working team.”
“Transparency creates trust.”
“A good collaboration pushes the boundaries of both partners.”
“Your best work is your deepest values made visible.”
“Investing my time doing the things that help me live up to my governing values sometimes makes me money, and always makes me richer.”
“Values are caught, not taught.”
“I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.”
“You've got to think about big things while you're doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right.”
“Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.”
-Theodore Isaac Rubin
“The wisest mind has something yet to learn.”
“Create tomorrow by pursuing what you don't know today.”