Knowledge work is all about how we use one another's time and attention. Given just minutes, good leaders can affect how we think, what we decide, and, ultimately, what we create.
What doesn't kill me, makes me stronger.
I have a head for business and a bod for sin.
Tess McGill, Working Girl (1988)
What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The dedicated life is the life worth living. You must give with your whole heart.
Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration
Marcel Marceau, Silent Movie (1976)
What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail ?
Robert H. Schuller
Not many people are willing to give failure a second opportunity. They fail once and it is all over. The bitter pill of failure is often more than most people can handle. If you are willing to accept failure and learn from it, if you are willing to consider failure as a blessing in disguise and bounce back, you have got the essential of harnessing one of the most powerful success forces.
Never trouble another for what you can do for yourself.
We reap what we sow - we are the makers of our own fate. The wind is blowing, those vessels whose sails are unfurled catch it, and go forward on their way, but those which have their sails furled do not catch the wind. Is that the fault of the wind ? We make our own destiny.
Be courageous ! Whatever setbacks America has encountered, it has always emerged as a stronger and more prosperous nation. Be brave as your fathers before you. Have faith and go forward !
You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs.
If we are to achieve results never before accomplished, we must expect to employ methods never before attempted.
Everyone's life is an object lesson to others.
Karl G. Maeser
We can let circumstances rule us, or we can take charge and rule our lives from within
The handgun would not be my choice of weapon if I knew I was going to a fight. ...I'd choose a rifle, a shotgun, an RPG or an atomic bomb instead.
If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
The path to success is to take massive, determined action.
Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is a freedom.
Faith can move mountains.
Believe that you are bigger than your difficulties, for you are, indeed.
Norman Vincent Peale
Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration.
Love is not selfish.
Ideas attract money, time, talents, skills, energy and other complementary ideas that will bring them into reality.
Mark Victor Hansen
I have learned that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
Henry David Thoreau
The principal goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done.
Know that although in the eternal scheme of things you are small, you are also unique and irreplaceable, as are all your fellow humans everywhere in the world.
Only by contending with challenges that seem to be beyond your strength to handle at the moment you can grow more surely toward the stars.
Times of great calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm.
Charles Caleb Colton
Look, Daddy. Teacher says, Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.
Zuzu Bailey, It's Wonderful Life (1946)
Sometimes I lie awake at night and ask, Where have I gone wrong ? Then a voice says to me, This is going to take more than one night.
Charles M. Shultz
Be who you are in every situation.
You had me at "hello".
Dorothy Boyd, Jerry Maguire (1996)
Leadership is a secret ingredient that goes into failure. But it's only kept a secret from the person who fails.
The only reason I would take up jogging would be to hear heavy breathing again.
We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
We didn't land on plymouth rock. Plymouth rock landed on us !
Malcolm X, Malcolm X (1992)
The thing I lose patience with the most is the clock. Its hands move too fast.
Man shapes himself through decisions that shape his environment.
All things come to those who wait, but when they come they're out of date.
Good habits are as addictive as bad habits, and a lot more rewarding.
If you would create something, you must be something.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Common looking people are the best in the world : that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.
When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain.
We must all suffer one of two things : the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.
Experience taught me a few things. One is to listen to your gut, no matter how good something sounds on paper. The second is that you're generally better off sticking with what you know. And the third is that sometimes your best investments are the ones you don't make.
P. T. Barnum
When you wholeheartedly adopt a 'with all your heart' attitude and go all out with the positive principle, you can do incredible things.
Norman Vincent Peale
I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day , I'd rather have one walk beside me than merely point the way.
David O. McKay
I was nauseous and tingly all over. I was either in love or I had smallpox.
The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
It's not what happens to you, it's what you do about it that makes the difference.
The good physician treats the disease, the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.
Leadership is power to endure an ongoing quest for information or influence not just actual triumphs like making profits or achieving stated objectives.
To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people And the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure The betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Go before the people with your example, and be laborious in their affairs.
The sublimity of wisdom is to do those things living that are desired when dying.
You must motivate yourself every day.
If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x ; y is play ; and z is keeping your mouth shut.
It is better to bind your children to you by a feeling of respect and by gentleness, than by fear.
I am big ! It's the pictures that got small.
Norma Desmond, Sunset Blvd (1950)
You must learn from your past mistakes, but not lean on your past successes.
If faith in ourselves had been more extensively taught and practiced, I am sure a very large portion of the evils and miseries that we have would have vanished. Duty is to encourage everyone in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the truth.
All I want is a warm bed and a kind word and unlimited power.
I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.
Giving people a little more than they expect is a good way to get back more than you'd expect.
If we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find we have lost the future.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is.
We will either find a way or make one.
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.
Love is a mutual self-giving which ends in self-recovery.
Von Schiller Fulton J. Sheen
Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm.
Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
Love isn't blind, it just only sees what matters.
Some say you have to use your five best players, but I found out you win with the five that fit together best as a team
Every cloud has a silver lining.
You will become as small as your controlling desire, as great as your dominant aspiration.
Abilities wither under faultfinding, blossom with encouragement.
Donald A. Laird
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for ?
This life is a hard fact, work your way through it boldly, though it may be adamantine, no matter, the soul is stronger. I have seen in life those who are overcautious about themselves fall into dangers at every step, those who are afraid of losing honor and respect, get only disgrace, and those who are always afraid of loss, always lose.
Personal leadership is not a singular experience. It is, rather, the ongoing process of keeping your vision and values before you and aligning your life to be congruent with those most important things.
Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.
Robert H. Schuller
Service is the rent we pay to be living. It is the very purpose of life and not something you do in your spare time.
Marian Wright Edelman
L-I-V-E ! Live ! Otherwise, you got nothing to talk about in the locker room.
Maude, Harold And Maude (1971)
To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven.
Fundamental progress has to do with the reinterpretation of basic ideas.
Alfred North Whitehead
I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.
The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking, the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker.
I know people that got diagnosed with Parkinson's, and they just gave up. Sat in a wheelchair and refused to get up. I'll never give up. Some day this will probably take me, but I'm not going to walk away from life.
No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted.
We learn by example and by direct experience because there are real limits to the adequacy of verbal instruction.
The cherokee people are not "my people".
Chief John Ross
What happens to a man is less significant than what happens within him.
Louis L. Mann
It is possible to fail in many ways while to succeed is possible only in one way.
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
J. Robert Oppenheimer
If parents pass enthusiasm along to their children, they will leave them an estate of incalculable value.
If you're proactive, you don't have to wait for circumstances or other people to create perspective expanding experiences. You can consciously create your own.