“To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one's self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - this is to have succeeded."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“There are two things that are more difficult than making an after-dinner speech: climbing a wall which is leaning toward you and kissing a girl who is leaning away from you.”
- Winston Churchill

"Happiness is not a destination - it is a way of life."

"The most important word on the internet isn't 'search'; the most important word on the internet is 'share.'"
- Hugh MacLeod, Freedom Is Blogging in Your Underwear

"By owning your own media (in this case, blogging), you own your own platform. Own your own platform, and you own your own career. Own your own career, and you own your own life. Own your own life, and that, my friends, is what freedom is all about."
- Hugh MacLeod, Freedom Is Blogging in Your Underwear

"Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else."
- Judy Garland

“Always surround yourself with people who are better than you. If you're hanging around bad people, they're going to start bringing you down. But, if you surround yourself with good people, they're going to be pulling you up.”
- Donny Osmond

“A book should be like a woman’s skirt—long enough to cover the subject but short enough to keep it interesting.”
- Michael Hyatt

“‘The brave may not live forever—but the cautious do not live at all!’”
- Richard Branson

"Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t."
- Anonymous

"Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
- Mark Twain

"A job is what you do for a paycheck. Work is what you do for a life."
- Eileen McDargh

"'A job is what you do for a paycheck. Work is what you do for a life.'  Work is that energizing, all-encompassing activity that allows you to bring skills to bear in ways that are satisfying beyond a pay period. It is that activity that saves you from being a faceless number in a mechanistic wheel. It is that activity which makes a contribution to a larger world order. It is that activity from which you feel a measure of accomplishment and achievement.  It excites you. It gives you joy. It binds you to a community of people who are stakeholders in what you do. Ultimately, it has a ripple effect and the potency of a legacy for those who follow."
- Eileen McDargh

"Entrepreneurship to us has always been about much more than money or control or being your own boss. Those are all great, but it’s also about freedom, fun, challenging yourself, working on something interesting, living a life you’re crazy about and making a difference."
- Corbatt Barr

"The Wright brothers didn't have a pilot's license."
- Stephanie McWilliams

"Entrepreneurs embody the promise of America: the idea that if you have a good idea and are willing to work hard and see it through, you can succeed in this country. And in fulfilling this promise, entrepreneurs also play a critical role in expanding our economy and creating jobs."
- Barack Obama

"There's an intrinsic value to creating something for the sake of creating it...there is this beauty in dropping it into a community of your own making and seeing it dispersed and seeing younger talent take it to levels you could never imagine, because that lives on."
- Rodney Mullen

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”
- Steve Jobs

"Go do something interesting. Ask if you need help."
- Seth Godin

"A leader can create a company, but a community creates a movement."
- Blake Mycoskie

"I like living and breathing better than working...My art IS that of living: each second, each breath is a work which is inscribed nowhere, which is neither visual nor cerebral. It's a sort of constant euphoria."
- Marcel Duchamp

"Glance at the past. Work in the present. Focus on the future."
- Todd Stocker

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit."
- Aristotle

"I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs, but how high he bounces when he hits bottom."
- George S. Patton

"Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go."
- William Feather

“Adversity causes some men to break, and others to break records.”

"Every morning in Africa a Gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest Lion or it will be killed.... Every morning a Lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest Gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you're a Lion or a Gazelle when the sun comes up... you'd better be running."

“What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it.”
- Alexander Graham Bell

"I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life a champion.'"
- Muhammad Ali

"Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength."
- Arnold Schwarzenegger

"I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious."
- Vince Lombardi

“The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.”
- Vince Lombardi

“Mental toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and self-denial. Also, most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. It’s a state of mind – you could call it character in action.”
- Vince Lombardi

“If you don’t build your dream, someone will hire you to help build theirs.”
- Tony Gaskins

"They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel."
- Carl Buechner

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony"
- Gandhi

"Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical, and expecting more than others think is possible."
- Unknown

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
- Howard Thurman

"Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. And you cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We are the future and the future is ours."
- Cesar E. Chavez

"Your career is not a sprint; it's a marathon."
- Jason Santa Maria

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige, and even his life for the welfare of others. In dangerous valleys and hazardous pathways, he will lift some bruised and beaten brother to a higher and more noble life."
- MLK Jr.

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."

"You develop millionaires the way you mine gold. You expect to move tons of dirt to find an ounce of gold, but you don’t go into the mine looking for the dirt—you go in looking for the gold."
- Andrew Carnegie

“Your input determines your outlook. Your outlook determines your output, and your output determines your future.”
- Zig Ziglar

"An ecosystem that has the maximum amount of diversity is the richest."
- Robert Greene

"No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?"
- Lee Iacocca

"I say grace. I'm a big believer in grace. I happen to believe in a God that made all the food and so I'm pretty grateful for that and I thank him for that. But I'm also thankful for the people that put the food on the table."
- Alton Brown

"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."
- Albert Einstein

"Your future takes precedence over your past. Focus on your future, rather than on your past."
- Gary Ryan Blair

"The conduct of successful business merely consists in doing things in a very simple way, doing them regularly, and never neglecting to do them."
- William Lever

"Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give."
- Eleanor Roosevelt

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."
- Albert Einstein

“Wins and losses are a dime a dozen, but effort, no one can judge effort. Because effort is between you and you.”
- Ray Lewis

"People are more important than things."
- Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

"Luck is where preparation meets opportunity."
- Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

"Complaining does not work as a strategy. We all have finite time and energy. Any time we spend whining is unlikely to help us achieve our goals. And it won't make us happier."
- Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

"If you wait long enough, people will surprise and impress you."
- Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

"Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted."
- Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

"Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other. Send hand written thank you notes."
- Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

"Proper apologies have three parts:
1. What I did was wrong.
2. I feel badly that I hurt you.
3. How do I make this better?"
- Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

"If you can find your footing between two cultures, sometimes you can have the best of both worlds."
- Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

"Sometimes, all you have to do is ask."
- Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

"So today's talk was about achieving childhood dreams, but did you figure out the head fake? It's not about how to achieve your dreams. It's about how to lead your life. If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself. The dreams will come to you."
- Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

"Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later."
- Fred Brooks Jr. (Brooks Law)

"Before you act, listen. Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try."
 - Ernest Hemingway

Anyone can be cool, but awesome takes practice."
 - Lorraine Peterson

"Seek a killer question to create innovations.
E.g. What if the opposite were true?
How would Richard Branson do this?
What can you add to make people go WOW?"
- Tim Reid

"Creative abrasion and positive human collisions create innovation."
- Dr Thomas Frey

"Change is not about reorganising and reconstructing. It is about re-conceiving."

"All innovation is about letting go, saying goodbye to things to create space for the new."
- Geoff Mulgan

"You can have any strategy in the world, but it's how you communicate that matters. Good leaders tell great stories."
- Gabrielle Dolan

"If you don't stand for something, you are liable to fall for anything."
- Jason Drew

"Fifteen minutes a day, learning something new is all it takes over two years to become very knowledgeable in a new area.
What will you learn to win next?"
- Charles Kovess

"We need to teach people how to think. Use every moment as a teachable moment. We all remember Sesame St and what we learned but few even remember the name of our Grade 3 teacher let alone what we learned."
- Michael Jones

"Test fast, fail fast, change it & then accelerate it to stay ahead of competition."
- Michael Harte

"Failure is the most important path to learning."
- Steve Vamos

"Turn strategy into simple language so every staff member knows it. People must understand why you are doing, what you are doing and where you are going. Big almost impossible, highly meaningful goal + respectful & supportive team is the winning combination of fear & love. Meaning is the biggest sources of energy that gets you up in the morning."
- Michael Rennie

"Never give up. Don't let good ideas be buried with you. Breathe it. Dream it.
Live it and relentlessly pursue your ideas and ideals.
Without them you cannot achieve anything meaningful in life."
- Li Cunxin

"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships."
- Michael Jordan

"Start realizing that this is not a dress rehearsal. If you're not learning + improving yourself by taking responsibility for everything you have in your life, then your dreams may stay a fantasy."
- David G. Arenson

"What's money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do."
- Bob Dylan

"Successful people make money. It's not that people who make money become successful,
but that successful people attract money. They bring success to what they do."
- Wayne Dyer

"Great things are not done by impulse,
but by a series of small things brought together."
- Vincent Van Gogh

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one."
- Mark Twain

"Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them."
- John Maxwell

"If we did all the things that we are really capable of, we would literally astound ourselves."
- Thomas Edison

"To know the road ahead, ask those coming back. "
- Chinese Proverb

"The past is behind, learn from it.
The future is ahead, prepare for it.
The present is here, live it."
- Thomas S Monson

"If you want something, go get it. Period."
- Will Smith

"Chance favors the prepared mind. The more you practice, the luckier you become."
- Richard Branson

"I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious."
Albert Einstein

"Don't just teach your child to read. Teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything."
- George Carlin

"Move fast and break things."

"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."
- George Bernard Shaw

"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."
- John Wooden

"Your life is your message to the world. Make sure it's inspiring."

"Let us rejoice in our suffering, knowing that suffering produces endurance,
endurance produces character, character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us.
- Romans 3:3-5

"From the elitism of luxury to the democracy of beauty."
- Giorgio Armani

"Eliminate the superfluous."
- Giorgio Armani

"Acknowledge the elegance of simplicity."
- Giorgio Armani

"Emphasize comfort without compromise."
- Giorgio Armani

"Individual style is the correct balance of knowing who you are, what works fro you, and how to develop your own personality"
- Giorgio Armani

"You have to love and enjoy what you do...otherwise, get yourself another life."
- CEO of Giorgio Armani

"The difference between style and fashion is quality."
- Giorgio Armani

"Elegance is not about being noticed, it's about being remembered."
- Giorgio Armani

"To create something exceptional, your mindset must be relentlessly focused on the smallest detail."
- Giorgio Armani

"I believe that my clothes can give people a better image of themselves - that it can increase their feelings of confidence and happiness."
- Giorgio Armani

"Rethink the perceived risks of standing out. The pro's of standing out are crazy learning, unique experience, memorable stories, and a relatively high level of control over your personal outcomes. The con's of standing out are short-term embarrassment, rejection, alienation, failure (in other words, learning and self-improvement...haha). on the other hand, the pro's of conformity are comfort and maybe a little more short-term security, while the con's are low-to-no control over personal outcomes (really, you think dropping your resume into the pile of thousands is going to land you that "dream job?"), boredom (in my view, the worst of tortures), an uninteresting narrative, and slower learning. The more social risks you take (save anything that scars your long-term reputation) in college to stand out, the better."
- Ted Gonder

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
- Winston Churchill

“It takes conviction and vulnerability to believe in something, and absolutely no balls to tear it down.”
- Eileen Guo

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
- Theodore Roosevelt

“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”
- Friedrich Nietzsche

“All courses of action are risky, so prudence is not in avoiding danger (it's possible), but calculating risk and acting decisively. Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer.”
- Niccolo Machiavelli

“Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality. It is the words that speak boldly of your intentions. And the actions which speak louder than the words. It is making the time when there is none. Coming through time after time after time, year after year after year. Commitment is the stuff character is made of; the power to change the face of things. It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism.”
- Abraham Lincoln

“Few are willing to brave the disapproval of their peers, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world that yields most painfully to change.”
- Robert F. Kennedy

“When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: the people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous and surly. They are like this because they can't tell good from evil. But I have seen the beauty of good, and the ugliness of evil, and have recognized that the wrongdoer has a nature related to my own - not of the same blood and birth, but the same mind, and possessing a share of the divine. And so none of them can hurt me. No one can implicate me in ugliness. Nor can I feel angry at my relative, or hate him. We were born to work together like feet, hands and eyes, like the two rows of teeth, upper and lower. To obstruct each other is unnatural. To feel anger at someone, to turn your back on him: these are unnatural.”
- Marcus Aurelius

"If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery--isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you'll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you're going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It's the only good fight there is." 
- Charles Bukowski

“Life is an adventure of passion, risk, danger, laughter, beauty, love; a burning curiosity to go with the action to see what it is all about, to go search for a pattern of meaning, to burn one's bridges because you're never going to go back anyway, and to live to the end.”
- Saul Alinsky

"Maturity is when all of your mirrors turn into windows."
- Henry David Thoreau

"The more complex the mind the greater the need for the simplicity of play."
- James T. Kirk

"Systems beat genius every time."
- Steve Hyman

“One day can change your life. One day can ruin your life. All life is is three or four big days that change everything.”
- Beverly Donofrio

"Part of company culture is path-dependent - it's the lessons you learn along the way."
- Jeff Bezos

"We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere."
- Tim McGraw

"It is by chance that we met, and by choice that we became friends."
- Henri Nouwen

"Goodbyes are not forever
Goodbyes are not the end
They simply mean I'll miss you all
Until we meet again"

"Dream audaciously. Have the courage to fail forward. Act with urgency."
- Phil Knight

"Learn to let go of your ego and master yourself. Not training your mind is leaving more than 60% of your success on the table, when it really matters."
- Dr Michael Gervais

"A tail never wags a dog
Data never tells a coach what to do!
Use your intuition. Coaching is an art."
- Dr Aaron Coutts

“Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions.”
- Tony Robbins

“Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.”
- John Wooden

“Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.”
- Abraham Lincoln

“When your life flashes before your eyes, make sure you’ve got plenty to watch.”

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
- Steve Jobs

“The more you loose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.”
- Norman Vincent Peale

“The entrepreneur builds an enterprise; the technician builds a job.”
- Michael Gerber

“Most new jobs won’t come from our biggest employers. They will come from our smallest. We’ve got to do everything we can to make entrepreneurial dreams a reality.”
- Ross Perot

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
- Thomas Edison

“Failure defeats losers, failure inspires winners.”
- Robert T. Kiyosaki

“Going into business for yourself, becoming an entrepreneur, is the modern-day equivalent of pioneering on the old frontier."
- Paula Nelson

“Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.”
- Zig Ziglar

“The best reason to start an organization is to make meaning; to create a product or service to make the world a better place.”
- Guy Kawasaki

“I’ve been blessed to find people who are smarter than I am, and they help me to execute the vision I have.”
- Russell Simmons

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
- Albert Einstein

“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
- Winston Churchill

“The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.”
- Ralph Nader

“If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete.”
- Jack Welch

“People don’t believe what you tell them.
They rarely believe what you show them.
They often believe what their friends tell them.
They always believe what they tell themselves.“
- Seth Godin


“Tell me a fact and I’ll learn. Tell me a truth and I’ll believe.
But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever.”
- Native American proverb

“Be with the ones you love (and the ones that love you).
Ignore everyone else.”
- Seth Godin

"Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important."
- Stephen R. Covey

"The life you have left is a gift. Cherish it. Enjoy it now, to the fullest. Do what matters, now."
- Leo Babauta

"Your ability to select your most important task at each moment, and then to get started on that task and to get it done both quickly and well, will probably have more of an impact on your success than any other quality or skill you can develop."
- Brian Tracey

"The mark of a great man is one who knows when to set aside the important things in order to accomplish the vital ones."
- Brandon Sanderson

"Don't mistake activity with achievement."
- John Wooden

"Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion."
- Jack Welch

"It is a commonplace observation that work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion."
- C. Northcote Parkinson

"Every incomplete promise, commitment and agreement saps your strength, because it blocks your momentum, inhibits your ability to move forward, to progress and improve. Incomplete things keep calling you back to the past to take care of them."
- Jeff Olsen

"Whenever you complete a task of any size or importance, you feel a surge of energy, enthusiasm, and self-esteem. The more important the completed task, the happier, more confident, and more powerful you feel about yourself and your world."
- Brian Tracy

"A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else."
- John Burroughs
Mike Malloy,
Jan 10, 2013, 2:30 PM