I have always liked a good quote. Here are some of my favorites.
Brothers and Sisters (TV Show)
You didn't get the mother you wanted, now the question is, do you want the mother you got?
Every single pressing social and global issue of our time is a business opportunity.
Build on people’s strengths so that you make their weaknesses irrelevant.
The purpose of an organization is to enable ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
The purpose of a business is to create a customer.
There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.
The first rule of decision-making is that one does not make a decision unless there is disagreement.
Hypocrisy is the first step towards real change.
Government is best when it steers, not rows.
It's not who you know and it's not what you know, instead, it's who knows what you know.
If you want advice, ask for money. If you want money, ask for advice.
If you are not totally transparent, people will see right through you.
Don't worry about people stealing an idea. If it's original, you will have to ram it down their throats.
Stephen M.R. Covey
Leadership is getting results in a way that inspires trust.
Marketing is dead. Focus instead on maximizing resonance and relevance.
The world doesn't need managers, the world needs gardeners that nurture people.
What would a business be like if profit were optimized rather than maximized?
Businesses should ask: "What does the world need most that we are the most qualified to deliver?"
Cockiness can take us far. But humility can take us further.
The question should not be: "Can a profitable business incorporate sustainability?" Instead the question should be: "Can a sustainable business incorporate profitability?"
A major milestone of maturity is accepting that reasonable people can have opinions different from our own.
Sometimes the hardest, bravest, and smartest thing to do is to give in.
All of our interactions with others should consist of equal parts talking and listening.
Love is: Losing the battle to see who can stand the most dirty dishes piling up in the sink.
Love is: Watching your wife eat most of your gelato after deciding she didn't want her own.
I would lead a simpler life, except it is so much fun to buy things to become more sustainable!
Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
When you're one step ahead of the crowd you're a genius. When you're two steps ahead, you're a crackpot.
Frank A. Clark
If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere.
Leadership is helping others achieve great things.
You need a therapist for yesterday, a Zen master for today and a coach for tomorrow.
It's not enough to be right - you have to be effective.
Sustainability is having a lifestyle that is so attractive that everyone wants it, and when they have it, the earth's systems increasingly flourish with each generation.
I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.
Courage is not the lack of fear. It is acting in spite of it.
Why is it that the jobs that are the most fun are the ones for which you get the rewards?
Rosabeth Moss Kanter
The most important quality of a leader is not self-confidence, but having confidence in others.
To love what you do and feel that it matters—how could anything be more fun?
Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
A good leader asks: How can I make those around me more successful?
Discipline is the choice of achieving the things you really want by doing the things you don’t really want to do.
Kevin Wiggen, Co-Founder Xythos
Give a man a fish, and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you give up your monopoly on fish.
If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.
Henry David Thoreau
Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it
Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.
Failure is simply the option to begin again, this time more intelligently.
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
Yoda (‘The Empire Strikes Back’)
Do, or do not. There is no ‘try’.
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
Thomas A. Edison
As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey.
There is no substitute for hard work
Genius is on per cent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration
Don’t let our successes prevent us from learning from our failures.
Sherlock Holmes (by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.
God chooses what we go through, we choose how we go through it. Danish proverb
Life is not holding a good hand; Life is playing a poor hand well.
Your brain has a mind of its own.
It will make me feel better if you let me kick you in the balls.
Peter Coughlin IDEO
Fail early to succeed sooner.
The problem with the rat race is that when you finish the race you are still a rat.
No-one on their death bed has said I wish I had gone to the office more.
The most important thing in life is to decide what is most important.
Press on. Nothing can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; the world is full of unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.