Quotes

Define yourself by what you have and not what you don’t have or what others have – Cuban.

Somebody once said that in looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if you don’t have the first, the other two will kill you. You think about it; it’s true. If you hire somebody without integrity, you really want them to be dumb and lazy – Buffett.

If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it – Unknown.

There are still many good people in the world; the ones who are not are few and far between but it is up to you to avoid them, and also determine how much of an effect they have on you – Unknown.

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance – Tolle.

Conflict cannot survive without your participation – Dyer.

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit – Truman.

Begin with the end in mind – Covey.

Customers do not buy when we understand. Customers buy when they are understood – Unknown.

Actions prove who you are; words just prove who you want to be – Unknown.

Those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road – Voltaire.

Sincerity is the way to heaven – Mencius.

If you love someone set them Free. If they come back, set em on Fire; then repeat as needed or until they stop screaming… Unknown

The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority – Blanchard.

Mature people avoid drama. They know their time is precious and they don’t want to waste it on unimportant things – Unknown.

The first step toward getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are – JP Morgan.

What does not kill us can make us stronger – Nietzsche.

Always ask what you can learn from adversity – Unknown.

Pain is inevitable but suffering is optional – Unknown.

People inspire you, or they drain you—pick them wisely – Hansen.

Great minds discuss ideas, average ones discuss events, and small minds discuss people – Eleanor Roosevelt.

Adapt or perish is nature’s inexorable imperative – HG Wells.

Overcome your greatest fears on order to reach your greatest potential – Unknown.

A true friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself – Jim Morrison.

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none – Shakespeare.

More errors arise from inhibited indecision than from impulsive behavior – Ernst.

I never came upon any of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking – Einstein.

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act – Orwell.

The next time you have a self defeating thought, challenge its validity and then reframe the thought to serve your highest good. Every time you choose a more empowering thought, you will actively pave the way for the next right action, ultimately cultivating a healthy and solid internal space for your truth to come to light – Pourmoradi.

Passion is the genesis of genius – Galileo.
Beware of people who think that the world is flat, for they are likely to think many other such dumb things as well –  Unknown.

The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naive and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair – Mencken.

In a Republic, who is ‘the country? Is it the Government, which is for the moment in the saddle? Why, the Government is merely a servant – merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong and decide who is a patriot and who isn’t. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them – Twain.

Public service is entitled a service because public servants serve the public. After all, the public pays their salaries through taxes. And when public service leadership forgets that they are servant leadership, then there is a problem.

Too much thought and responsibility for others becomes co-dependence and enmeshment. Too little becomes narcissism and excessive self-focus. We improve our own integrity, and that of our relationships, by finding a middle ground – Katherine.

We are responsible for taking ourselves out of situations that demean us and for avoiding people who malign us. If we don’t, we violate our own boundaries. We diminish our own integrity by not holding to the limits that would keep us from being exploited, demeaned, or treated with disregard – Katherine

A person’s agreement is not won by silencing them. And if agreement is won then there are two with a common objective –  Unknown.

All we have is the next 24 hours. In times past, leaders and communities had years, if not decades to adjust to shifts in thought and respond to technological advances. Today, things move so quickly, that we have very little time to prepare. The choice is simple: Either learn to surf new and powerful waves of change—or get crushed trying to stop them. The future is catching us all. Let it catch you with your eyes wide open – Foundations For Leaders.

You have to hire great people and you have persuade them to stay working for you. You have to let them make a lot of decisions for you. You have to let your company be run by ideas and not a hierarchy. I add my own ideas. We have some great arguments but you can’t win them all – Steve Jobs.

Knowing is not enough without applying; and willing is not enough without actually doing – Geothe.

When the world says Give up hope whispers Try it one more time – Rubinstein.

Focus on strengths to try to help overcome weaknesses – Unknown.

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world – Barker.

War does not determine who is right, only who is left – Bertrand Russell.

If you change a single blade of grass then you change the entire universe – Chinese proverb.

The whole is the sum of the parts, so be a good part – McConnell.

In the end, it is important to remember that we cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are – DePree.

When placed into the same system, people, however different, tend to produce the same result – Unknown.

In the beginners mind there are many possibilities. In the mind of the expert, there are few – DT Suzuki (Zen Teaching).

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world – Joel Barker.

An honest face usually comes attached to a liar – Unknown.

You will never influence the world by trying to be like it – Sean McCabe.

Leadership is a behavior and not a position- Forrest.

Success is often achieved by average people who are simply properly focused – Unknown.

Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither – Ben Franklin.

Never! Never! Never! Never! Give Up! – Winston Churchill.

Nothing takes the place of persistence and determination – not talent (many talented people are unsuccessful), much genius goes unrewarded, the world is rich with educated derelicts. Education and talent certainly help but putting it to good use by determined persistence will help much, much more.

If I have seen further it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants – Isaac Newton.

The ending of a story will write itself if we have already written a good beginning; and that beginning can also be a mere plan.

There is no right way to do a wrong thing.

There is no pillow as soft as a clear conscience.

We should think positive and not be persuaded to lump together all our mistakes and call it destiny – John Hobbs.

Think out of the box and think of something in a different way, and perhaps problematic situations can be sources of new opportunity; and in the least one can learn from an opportunity.

Don’t ever promote based on longevity, especially in the tech. world. The ones who stick around are the ones that can’t leave because they are under-skilled – Buffet I think.

If you are not given the power to affect a choice that makes sense then you have no obligation to accept any responsibility for any ill effects, or the right to any credit you didn’t participate in.

Luck is winning the lottery. Success is an unlikely event that might occur after risk and failure, and probably more than once. – Buffett’ish.

Thriving in the future with new methods of leadership means that the companies that the most creatively led companies will thrive and not die; and the ONLY way to remain competitive will be on the fringe – INNOVATE! INNOVATE! INNOVATE! Do we have to innovate or cease to exist? Do we have to become more humane to keep out best people?

War does not determine who is right, only who is left – Bertrand Russell.Strategic and systemic thinking are one and the same because systems thinking is the ability to see the total enterprise, to spot the trends and understand the competitive landscape, to see where the business needs to go, and to lead it into the future – that’s the top level of the pyramid.

The last act of man’s silly cleverness will be his own destruction – Bertrand Russell.

Considering how many years of harm are done by abuse, it’s amazing how quickly healing spreads when the truth is told – Katherine.

The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible – Arthur C. Clarke.

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away – Picasso.

You will never reach an objective you don’t have – Mueller.

You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks – Winston Churchill.

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity – Seneca.

Everything you want is on the other side of fear – Canfield.

Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations – Steve Jobs.

If you are not making mistakes then you are not innovating, and even in a operational environment you are unlikely to be making the constant improvements required to fight off competitors if you are not being creative. In fact, you may even be only functioning just well enough to hobble along on one leg, which isn’t good enough to survive – Unknown.

Your intentions are only as good as your actions – Unknown.

In the modern work place, the most significant tool in your skill set will be your ability to adapt to change – Unknown.

Collaboration and cooperation with others from the personal to the national level is the key to productivity in the hyper competitive, hyper creative, modern globalized economy – Unknown.

Vanity is not a sin – it’s a weakness. Ask Donald Trump – Unknown.

The willingness to take a risk by being principled can pay off hugely—as long as you’re doing it for the principles, not the payoff – Green.

Sometimes you don’t know where to start something,  and the best place to start might be to not over think or over plan – just stop talking and start doing – Disney’ish.

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm, but direct excitement into something productive – Emerson.

Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything – Shaw.

Be comfortable with not knowing all the answers and saying, “I don’t know”, which creates trust through sincerity and curiosity when continuing by asking questions – be present in the moment – Unknown.

Curiosity focuses on things other than yourself, which illogically so requires self awareness – Unknown.

Being trusting makes others more trustworthy – Unknown.

The most important commodity is time and the most important thing to do with it is to make a difference – Unknown.

The best way to sell is to stop trying to sell. The best way to influence people is to stop trying to influence them. The best way to gain credibility is to admit what you do not know – Green.

Trusting is that it’s catching. The way you behave toward others influences the way they respond back to you. Whether you expect the best or the worst of people, you’ll almost always be right – Green.

Being trustworthy is easy – it just takes integrity; however, one cannot avoid having to be do some of the trusting sometimes – Green.

Effective leaders never say “I”,  they have not trained themselves to say “I”, and thus they just don’t think “I” – “I” doesn’t even occur to them. They think “we” and they think “team.” They understand their job to be to make a team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it where “we” gets the credit – it creates trust, which gets things done – Drucker.

Organizations and teams that cultivate trust have a competitive edge because they function better – Unknown.

If you find yourself searching for your soul or trying to find yourself, then are probably not living with your best interests at heart, but probably somebody else’s. So stop what you’re doing and try something else that feels a little uncomfortable, and you might just be allowing your own priorities to begin driving your actions – Unknown.

I’ve looked at love from both sides now. From give and take and still somehow. It’s love’s illusions I recall I really don’t know love at all – Joni Mitchell.

Don’t market the product – market the absence of the product – Steve Jobs.

People with passion can change the world for the better. The people who others think are crazy enough to attempt to change the world are those who do change the world. Think differently, look for inconsistencies and push the human race forward – Steve Jobs.

Walk the walk and talk the talk – if you want to change the world, begin and end with yourself – Unknown.

Only say YES when you mean it – Unknown.

An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind – Mahatma Ghandi.

Action expresses priorities – Mahatma Ghandi.

When people do not say what they do, then their actions should be used to determine your response to their action – Unknown.

Upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all – Alexander the Great.

The shift from the industrial revolution to the information Age is also the shift from the world of work with no fantasy expectations, to the world of work as a means to provide for an ever increasing array of fantasy expectations – Cagan.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary – Steve Jobs.

Ideological political leadership can usually not be trusted with respect to economic issues. The reason why is because they are not dissonant cognitively, which in psychology is called psychosis in that they do not see reality as it is. They are often not wired for mental flexibility, being unable to self examine themselves – unknown.

Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is TELL THEM THEY ARE BEING ATTACKED, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. IT WORKS THE SAME IN ANY COUNTRY – Hermann Göring

Great expectations expect and encourage great successes, but you still can’t create democracy through dictatorship – Unknown.
A network of partnership is not rested upon charity, altruism and self abnegation – but upon self interest rightly understood – Tocqueville.

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them – Shakespeare, Twelth Night.
Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet – Rousseau.
Does all come to those who wait? Not really – they just end up waiting a lot and complaining about others get what they want – Unknown.

Everybody thinks something is wrong; nobody has any idea how to fix it – Fred Freakin’ Flinstone.

Wiser heads might spend 90% of their time defining the scope of a problem and asking the correct and appropriate questions, before attempting a solution and answering those questions – Unknown.

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure – Twain.

All good things arrive unto them that wait and don’t die in the meantime – Twain.

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything – Twain.

Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please – Twain.

Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest – Twain.

It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt – Twain.

The secret of getting ahead is getting started – Twain.

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see – Twain.

Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow – Twain.

The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil but because of those who look and do nothing – Einstein.

A person who never made a mistake never did anything – Einstein.

I never said half the crap people said I did – Einstein.

Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than all the facts – Einstein.

Everyone is a genius; but if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing it is stupid – Einstein.

If you want to live a happy life tie it to a goal, not people, or objects – Einstein.

The only reason for time is that everything doesn’t happen at once – Einstein.

Time doesn’t exist. It’s just a way of measuring and recognizing relative events. Unknown.

Ego is inversely proportional to knowledge – Einstein.

Follow your curiosity, perseverance is priceless, focus on the present, the imagination is powerful, make mistakes, live in the moment, create value, don’t expect different results, knowledge grows with experience, learn the rules and then play better – Einstein.



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