Bill’s Quote Collection

Added some new quotes to Bill’s quote collection!

A collection of quotes from people I have talked to, books I have read or ones that I have come up with myself that all seemed to be worth keeping a record of.

The quotes are ordered by date added/descending order.

Those who do have the opportunity to focus on their strengths every day are six times as likely to be engaged in their jobs, and more than three times as likely to report having an excellent quality of life in general. — Jenny Blake, Pivot

Adventure is not outside man; it is within — George Eliot (really Mary Ann Evans, known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist, poet, journalist, translator and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era.), The Road to Character (David Brooks)

Beauty is that in the presence of which we feel more alive. — Kirsta Tippett

The economics seem to be that the only way to make a living is to reach a lot of people and the only way to reach a lot of people is to race to the bottom, seek out quick clicks, make it easy to swallow, reinforce existing beliefs, keep it short, make it sort of fun, or prurient, or urgent, and most of all, dumb it down. — Seth Godin,

The bestselling novel of 1961 was Allen Drury’s Advise and Consent. Millions of people read this 690-page political novel. In 2016, the big sellers were coloring books. — Seth Goden,

The lives of people in poor countries will improve faster in the next 15 years than at any other time in history. And their lives will improve more than anyone else’s. — Bill and Melinda Gates, The 2015 Gates Annual Letter

You don’t get to sit around and wait for success — unknown

The future cannot be predicted, but futures can be invented. It was man’s ability to invent which has made human society what it is. The mental processes of inventions are still mysterious. They are rational but not logical, that is to say, not deductive. — Nobel Laureate Dennis Gabor, the book Inventing the Future

I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we’re reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we had no books, and the kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had to. But we need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us. That is my belief. — Kafka

Life is so astonishing, it leaves so very little for anything else. — Emily Dickinson

There is no legitimate basis for thinking that we have the right to use the planet up, that the property rights of our generation trump the human rights of all generations to come. — Alex Steffan

The blind pursuit of economic growth stokes a cycle of financial crisis, and wrecks our world — George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 19th November 2014

Taking time and patience to tell a story is invaluable. — Unknown

A great quote for when your with a beautiful woman and she leaves – “I hate to see you go, but I love to watch you leave”! — Unknown

Every moment in business happens only once. — Peter Theil, Book: Zero to one

Live close to work – work close to home — Jaime Lerner, TED – Jaime Lerner reinvented urban space in his native Curitiba, Brazil

Being genuine is discovering and then acting on the meaning of life for yourself and for others. — Bill Craig

I wanted the reward and not the struggle. I wanted the result and not the process. I was in love not with the fight but only the victory. And life doesn’t work that way. … This is the most simple and basic component of life: our struggles determine our successes. So choose your struggles wisely, my friend. — Mark Manson,

People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents. — Andrew Carnegie

If I ask you, “What do you want out of life?” and you say something like, “I want to be happy and have a great family and a job I like,” it’s so ubiquitous that it doesn’t even mean anything. — Mark Manson,

If we believe that “love is not enough,” then we understand that healthy relationships require more than pure emotion or lofty passions. We understand that there are things more important in our lives and our relationships than simply being in love. And the success of our relationships hinges on these deeper and more important values. — Mark Manson,

When people feel like they have no sense of direction, no purpose in their life, it’s because they don’t know what’s important to them, they don’t know what their values are. And when you don’t know what your values are, then you’re essentially taking on other people’s values and living other people’s priorities instead of your own. This is a one-way ticket to unhealthy relationships and eventual misery. — Mark Manson,

What most people don’t understand is that passion is the result of action, not the cause of it — Wrzesniewski, A., McCauley, C., Rozin, P., & Schwartz, B. (1997) orNewport, C. (2012)

When we’re connected to others, we become better people. — Randy Pausch

The way to be nothing is to do nothing. — Nathaniel Howe

In reality, hope is the worst of all evils, because it prolongs man’s torments. — Friedrich Nietzsche

Character isn’t something you were born with and can’t change, like your fingerprints. It’s something you weren’t born with and must take responsibility for forming. — Jim Rohn

If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? When the answer is no for too many days in a row, [you know you need to change something]. — Steve Jobs

Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about wine. — Fran Lebowitz

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. — Mark Twain

When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive: to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. — Marcus Aurelius

…when we see ourselves in the Other, we can indeed find a communion that transcends origin, geography, race and societal place. — Satya Das, Chapter from upcoming book

People give up their dignity and equality to survive. — Shulameth Koenig, in conversation

To be genuine is to act on ideas and opportunities to truly create positive change and impact. — Bill Craig

A real democracy is a delivery system of the holistic vision and practical mission
of human rights as a way of life.
— Shulamith Koenig, Recipient of the 2003 UN Human Rights Award

How we meet our needs is what united us as humanity; and how we meet our wants is what separates us — Sarah French

An era of electronic communication leads to an illusion of knowledge rather than to knowledge itself. — Robert D. Kaplan

Chance favours the prepared mind — Louis Pasteur

My experience is what I agree to attend to. — William James

Unless you start with the ideal you’ll get something far less. — Unknown

The good life’…[is] better lived by doing things than by having things — Leaf Van Boven and Thomas Gilovich, To Do or to Have? That Is the Question’, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 85, no. 6 (2003): 1193

The best way to unite an idea with an emotion is by telling a compelling story. In a story, you not only weave a lot of information into the telling but you also arouse your listener’s emotions and energy. Persuading with a story is hard. Any intelligent person can sit down and make lists. It takes rationality but little creativity to design an argument using conventional rhetoric. But it demands vivid insight and storytelling skill to present an idea that packs enough emotional power to be memorable. If you can harness imagination and the principles of a well-told story, then you get people rising to their feet amid thunderous applause instead of yawning and ignoring you. — Robert McKee

Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today — Robert McAfee Brown

the key to sustained employment will be to concentrate on the people skills that machines can’t copy — George Anders, Facebook’s Hiring Surprise

while racking up the hours requires only discipline and stamina, creativity and insight demand hearts-and-minds commitment. — Sally Helgesen, Strategy+business

It’s now common to say that purpose is at the heart of leadership, and people should find their purpose and passion. I’d like to go a step further and urge that everyone regardless of their work situation, have a sense of responsibility for at least one aspect of changing the world. It’s as though we all have two jobs: our immediate tasks and the chance to make a difference. — Rosabeth Moss Kanter, HBR Blog

If you trade in your authenticity for safety, you may experience the following: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, rage, blame, resentment and inexplicable grief. — Brene Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

Mindfully practice authenticity and worthiness — Brene Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

If the goal is authentic and they don’t like me, I’m okay. If the goal is being liked and they don’t like me, I’m in trouble. — Brene Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

You have to be brave with your life so that others can be brave with theirs — Katherine Center, The Gift of Imperfection, Brene Brown

Fame is fleeting. Consistent impact over the course of your life on a body of work you care about deeply is legacy — Pamela SLim, Body of Work

Every member of humanity has the potential to become members of the success story of a creative economy. — Park Geun-hye, President of the Republic of Korea, World Economic Forum 2014

I ask you to ensure that humanity is served by wealth and not ruled by it. — Pope Francis, in a statement read by Cardinal Turkson, World Economic Forum 2014

Philanthropy can take the risks that others cannot or will not. — Judith Rodin, President, Rockefeller Foundation; Davos Co-Chair, World Economic Forum 2014

The challenge of authenticity: To be nobody-but-yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody but yourself—means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight—and never stop fighting.” “Staying real” is one of the most courageous battles that we’ll ever fight. — E.E. Cummings

If there’s one constant among addicts of all types, it’s shame. It’s what makes us lie and hide. It’s what keeps
us from asking for help – though we don’t think we need it, since we’re also good at lying to ourselves.
— Leslie Garrett, Why were a culture of addicts, Spirituality &Health Magazine – Gabor Mate

Our judgments of others are really all about us — Gabor Mate, Why were a culture of addicts, Spirituality & Health Magazine

Technology + Human Passion × (True Ideas + Good Values) = Global Stability and Sustainable Prosperity
(a formula for an interconnected and interdependent world)
— Dov Seidman, (2011-09-19). How: Why How We Do Anything Means Everything (Kindle Locations 273-274). Wiley. Kindle Edition.

The eulogy is the foundational document of our legacy, of how people remember us, of how we live on in the minds and hearts of others. — Huffington Post

A perfect vocation is the thing that you’re willing to be stubborn enough to stick with. — Jennifer Egan

Live as if you were living already for the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now! — viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual. — Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

Define a sustainable society as one where people “live together in community, with dignity, free of fear and free of want, in harmony with one another and with the natural world.” — Satya Das, email

…train and empower citizens to know their human rights in order to claim their human rights. — Satya Das

Assets are a lot more than an accounting gimmick, they’re the DNA of capitalism and the foundation stone to modern prosperity — Robert McGarvey, Upcoming book – Asset Revolution

Prudence implies a transformation of the knowledge of truth into decisions corresponding to reality — E.F. Schumacher

Chance favors only the prepared mind. — Louis Pasteur

There are simply too many fools to avoid. Don’t engage or sink to their level — took from book “Mastery” by Robert Green, Article: Business Insider, August 1, 2013, Max Nisen Business Insider

It’s now common to say that purpose is at the heart of leadership, and people should find their purpose and passion. I’d like to go a step further and urge that everyone regardless of their work situation, have a sense of responsibility for at least one aspect of changing the world — Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business Review Blog

Happiness, in my humble opinion, is the Holy Grail, “the meaning and the purpose of life,” as Aristotle famously said, “the whole aim and end of human existence.” — Sonja Lyubomirsky, The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want

If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success — Judith Rodin, Innovation for a complex world, Standford Social Innovation Review, Summer 2013

Watch your thoughts, they become words
Watch your words, they become actions
Watch your actions, they become habits
Watch your habits, they become character
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny
— Lao Tse

An honorable human relationship — that is, one in which two people have the right to use the word “love” — is a process, delicate, violent, often terrifying to both persons involved, a process of refining the truths they can tell each other.
It is important to do this because it breaks down human self-delusion and isolation.
It is important to do this because in doing so we do justice to our own complexity.
It is important to do this because we can count on so few people to go that hard way with us.
— Adrienne Rich, Poem

Communicate or Die/Lose/Fail (you choose the word)! — Bill Craig

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems. — Gandhi

I had thought the destination was what was important, but it turned out it was the journey — Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, Karen Dillon, How Will You Measure Your Life?

Change boils down to three things: 1. Listening 2. Learning 3. Adapting — Brian Solis, What’s the Future of Business: Changing the Way Businesses Create Experiences

Our continuing addiction to consumption and work is due, above all, to the disappearance from public discussion of any idea of the good life. — R & E Skidelsky, Book – How Much is Enough

Rich societies prepare the minority for the good life, and the majority for a life of drudgery — R & E Skidelsky, Book – How Much is Enough

Our way of life feeds our insatiability and our insatiability feeds our way of life — R & E Skidelsky, Book – How Much is Enough

Modern capitalism overproduces work and underproduces leisure and the things that go with it-friendship,hobbies,volunteer work — R & E Skidelsky, Book – How Much is Enough

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete — Buckminster Fuller

“We have never been aware of the actual economic potential of our Company: our enthusiasm and passion have been sufficient in our business plan to sweep away any doubts and shadows of uncertainty. Suddenly Massimago from a warm country home is becoming an artist’s studio, a creative workshop, my real workroom for my thoughts. It is also strange from me to call it a Company. Massimago and I are tightly holding our hands, step by step, sooner or later we shall arrive, but please do not hurry us, time in nature is slow and unstoppable.” — Camilla Rossi Chauvenet,

It’s not the love of a single person that matters, it is the love of life that matters — Unknown, from a 2013 movie

About differences of basic value – “men can ultimately only fight” — Milton Friedman

Cultures that do not recognize that human life and the natural world have a sacred dimension, an intrinsic value beyond a monetary value, cannibalize themselves until they die. They ruthlessly exploit the natural world and the members of their society in the name of progress or collapse, blind to the fury of their own self-destruction.” — Chris Hedges

All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone — Blaise Pascal, Pensées

[your] social network is really the elixir of life — Esther Koch, Esther Koch: Exercise and Friends Are the Key to Successful Aging | Stanford Graduate School of Business

To have a friend you must be a friend. — Esther Koch, Esther Koch: Exercise and Friends Are the Key to Successful Aging | Stanford Graduate School of Business

Successful aging is not just adding years to life but putting life into those years. — Esther Koch, Esther Koch: Exercise and Friends Are the Key to Successful Aging | Stanford Graduate School of Business

It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so — Mark Twain

The planet does not need more successful people. The planet needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kind. — Dalai Lama

The safest road to Hell is the gradual one— the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts. — C. S. Lewis

Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful! — George E.P. Box

Deliverance from ignorance lies in good concepts—inference fountains that geyser out insights that organize and increase the scope of our understanding. We are drawn to them by the fascination of the discoveries they afford, but we resist using them well and freely, because they would reveal too many of our apparent achievements to be embarrassing or tragic failures. — John Tooby, This Will Make You Smarter: 150 New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking

Old ideas can sometimes use new buildings. New ideas must use old buildings. — Jane Jacobs

Reinvention of productivity starts at the top of the organization. — Unknown

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. — Margaret Mead

Happiness happens now – its in the moment, it’s not in the past, nor in the future. — Bill Craig

Awareness of self, of household, of community, of city or town, of province or state, of country, of the world are the prerequisites for understanding place. Understanding of place, leads to understanding of purpose. Understanding of purpose leads to a good life. — Bill Craig

Everyone I chat with these days wants to change the world; change is hard & takes a long time. The first thing we need to change is the way we do change. — Bill Craig

Life is too rich an experience to sit and watch TV. — Bill Craig

One can resist the invasion of an army but one cannot resist the invasion of ideas. — Victor Hugo

Serious people have serious enemies — Maude Barlow

When OIL goes — WE (most of us) will go with it! — and everything that we have, that we are, that we’ve created, that is uniquely ‘human’ goes too — Unknown

Never underestimate peoples\’ ability to overestimate themselves. — Unknown

The future is not someplace we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths to it are not found but created, and the activity of creating them changes both the maker and the destination. — John Schaar

Never believe that a few caring people can\’t change the world. For, indeed, that\’s all who ever have — Margaret Mead

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us — Joseph Campbell

In times of rapid change, experience could be your worst enemy — J. Paul Getty

If you want to make enemies, try to change something — Woodrow Wilson

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves — Victor Frankl

When you’re finished changing, you’re finished — Benjamin Franklin

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete — Buckminster Fuller

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. — Leo Tolstoy

If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original. — Ken Robinson, Book: The Element

People who understand “the whole” are rare. Those who understand a “piece” are abundant. — Introduction to Systems Thinking, ithink

We’re pretty good at Knowledge Management (collecting, storing and retrieving knowledge), but we’re very poor at Understanding Management (collecting, storing and retrieving understanding). — Introduction to Systems Thinking, ithink

The differential speed of evolution has produced a human species whose cognitive machinery is pretty much what it always was, and an operating reality that has become vastly more complex and interdependent. It’s this mismatch that’s the root of the problem. — Introduction to Systems Thinking, ithink

it has been said that time is money. That proverb understates the casse. Time is a great deal more than money. — Arnold Bennett, Book: How to live on 24 Hours a Day

You have to live on this twenty-four hours of daily time. Out of it you have to spin health, pleasure,money,content,respect, and the evolution of your immortal soul. — Arnold Bennett, Book: How to live on 24 Hours a Day

Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure. — Thomas Edison

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work — Thomas Edison

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up — Thomas Edison

But I\’ve come to believe that a better way to respond to uncertainty is with small gestures that send big signals about what you care about and stand for. In a world defined by crisis, acts of generosity and reassurance take on outsized importance. — William C. Taylor, HBR Blog Network

Every man is guilty of all the good he didn\’t do — Voltaire

Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers — Voltaire

No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible — Voltaire

Everyone within your walls must be aware of you company\’s purpose. What it is, and how it is expressed, can profoundly influence your culture and how you are perceived. — Steve Williams, Alberta Venture magazine, Sept. 2011

Any organization can determine its purpose. When you do, you\’ll gain a competitive advantage. — Steve Williams, Alberta Venture magazine, Sept. 2011

People cannot be free unless they are willing to sacrifice some of their interests to guarantee the freedom of others. The price of democracy is the ongoing pursuit of the common good by all of the people. — Saul Alinsky, Book: Rules for Radicals

Great dangers always accompany great opportunities. The possibility of destruction is always implicit in the act of creation. Thus the greatest enemy of individual freedom is the individual himself. — Saul Alinsky, Book: Rules for Radicals

Its not enough just to elect your candidates. You must keep the pressure on. Action comes from keeping the heat on. No politician can sit on a hot issue if you make it hot enough — Saul Alinsky, Book: Rules for Radicals

Never make someone a priority when they make you an option — Unknown

Weapons of Mass Compassion — Carlos Santana, August 30th concert in Edmonton

In 1933, Eistein had a 17 foot boat called Tinef. This is a Yiddish term for a piece of junk. — Time Magazine devoted to Albert Einstein, August 2011

In a world where we are all interlinked, intolerance or disrespect is no longer a viable option. — Howard Gardner, Five Minds of the Future

Thinking and planning are great but it is action that leads to success. It is only by doing things that you change the world. — Paul Sloane

No great improvements in the lot of mankind are possible, until a great change takes place in the fundamental constitution of their modes of thought. — J.S. Mills

The universe is not hostile, nor yet is it friendly. It is simple indifferent. — J.H. Holmes

We have more power to choose – more so than most people believe or understand. — Rollin McCraty, The Cresting Wave

The equation for success : Talent + Effort + Luck = Success — Simon Sinek

Bi-Polar disease is know as the CEO disease – think Ted Turner, the Google guys… — unknown

People don\’t buy what you do, but they do buy why you do it. — Simon Sinek, TEDxPuget Sound

People get used to being a player without being a winner — Alan Lafley, CEO of Proctor & Gamble

Innovation is a three part process – idea generation, idea selection and execution, and idea diffusion — Tim Kastelle & John Steen, Blog post – Our Job is to Invent the Future, revisited

Don’t aim at success – the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue…as the unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a course greater than oneself. — Viktor Frankl, Man\’s Search for Meaning

Happiness is not something that happens. It is not the result of good fortune or random chance. It is not something that money can buy or power command. It does not depend on outside events, but rather, on how we interpret them. Happiness in fact, is a condition that must be prepared for, cultivated, and defended privately by each person. — Kihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow

You should be as careful about what you put into your mind as about what you put into your mouth. Your mind is a machine. When you ingest a piece of information, your mind goes to work, chewing on it, digesting it, and then converting it into a thought. When good stuff goes into your mind, good thoughts emerge. People who maintain purposeful mind diets of positive stimuli think health thoughts — Tim Sanders, Today we are Rich

When it comes to mind food, he piles it on like rock candy and double cheeseburgers. — Good analogy for how we consume garbage information — Tim Sanders, Today we are Rich

“Listen, there’s no such thing as the self-made man. It’s just not true, it’s arrogance. You can neither do this by yourself nor enjoy this by yourself. The other thing you have to remember is your dream is bigger than you, so don’t go down alone. Swallow your pride, and go get help.” — Stan Woodward, In Tim Sanders\\\’s book Today We Are Rich

Confidence is the underlying foundation for everything: generosity, the willingness to take risks, clarity of thought, being persuasive and charismatic to others—it all comes down to confidence. — Tim Sanders

Success isn’t really a destination, because you’ll never get there. Talk to anyone with millions or billions, they’re always thinking of the next thing. Success is a direction, and that direction is forward — Tim Sanders

“If you create a reputation for excellence…you’ll be amazed at the doors that open up for you. — GameStop CEO Paul Raines

“sideways years”—that is, years when you make no forward progress in your career. — Tim Sanders

Do something. Do something to that, and then do something to that. Pretty soon you\’ve got something. — Jasper Johns, painter

Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character — T. Alan Armstrong

Wisdom is a love affair with questions, knowledge a love affair with answers … we are so attracted by knowledge that we have lost concern for wisdom. — JULIO OLALLA,

Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value. — Einstein

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

Human beings are particularly good at rearranging and restructuring our thoughts to create the most positive experience possible in any situation. The psychological immune system protects us, to some extent, from the negative consequences of our choices–because after all, almost every choice has a downside. The key to happiness is to dwell as little as possible on that downside. — Heidi Grant Halvorson, Fast Company

Life in the world of sustainable globalization is a permanent negotiation. — John Ruggie, Harvard University

Positive Deviants – the small set of players who are mired in the same environmental conditions as everyone else but stubbornly refuse to allow themselves to be constrained by conventional wisdoms, and as a consequence are able to identify fresh and often counter-traditional ways to address seemingly intractable problems — Youngme Moon, Book – Different – Escaping the Competitve Herd

The secret to cheating old age is to stay a moving target — Youngme Moon, Book – Different – Escaping the Competitve Herd

When we are overwhelmed by change, a small token of familiarity can be comfort food for the soul. On the other hand, when our lives are saturated with sameness, the overall effect can be desensitizing; too much familiarity has an odd way of rendering things invisible. — Youngme Moon, Book – Different – Escaping the Competitve Herd

Success is easy, relevance is hard — Unknown

Luck is the meeting of preparation with opportunity — Unknown

Being consciously competent produces more effective results than unconscious expertise — Unknown

Complexity is a symptom of confusion, not a cause. — Unknown

“If you are not scared, your dreams are not big enough.\” — Tom Lambert

Trying to see the world through the junk we produce everyday. — Jackson Browne, Song – If I Could be Anywhere

We have to leave oil, before it leaves us — Satya Das, GreenOil

Money should be a tool, not an end goal! — Michael Port, The Think Big Manifesto

They want us to be tame and predictable, hooked up to the IV of television and shopping, living in our comfortable-life comas. — Michael Port, The Think Big Manifesto

Create like a god. Command like a king. Work like a slave. — Constatine Brancusi

When change is at a revolutionary level, you can’t be aggressive enough in confronting the issues. — Tom Curley, HBR – April 2004, The Ambidextrous Organization

When you read — what matters less is what’s on the page, but what’s in your head as you read it. — Youngme Moon, Book – Different – Escaping the Competitve Herd

Heterogeneous homogeneity – The differences are there (mostly meaningless differentiation), but they are lost in a sea of sameness — Youngme Moon, Book – Different – Escaping the Competitve Herd

Where a connoisseur sees the differences, a novice sees the similarities. — Youngme Moon, Book – Different – Escaping the Competitve Herd

Once we over-learn something, we cease to know it anymore at all. — Youngme Moon, Book – Different – Escaping the Competitve Herd

Schedule Real Time for High Priority Initiatives —

Sometimes we need to push the human race forward — Unknown

The people that are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that do! — Steve Jobs

“eat the meat and spit out the bones”.

Applied to taking what you need from a book; Don’t waste time on parts not required. Don’t need to read cover to cover.
— Unknown

You can either choose to hyper-specialize and become the best in the world (top 1%) at doing one very specific thing, or you can try to become very good (top 25%) in as many different areas as possible, which you then can use in combination — Scott Adams, creator of the popular comic strip Dilbert

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, and die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” — Robert A. Heinlein

It seems like we no longer solve problems – we only manage dilemmas — Unknown senior executive, Innovative Intelligence

Build a culture of brainstorming, and you’ve got a great start toward nuturing a culture of innovation. — Tom Kelly, The Ten Faces of Innovation

The definition of insanity: Coasting through life. — Unknown

You’re entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts. — Unknown

The skill of management is achieving your objectives through the efforts of others. — Harold Geneen

The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think. — Edwin Schlossberg

To be a professional was not merely to master a set of technical skills but also to practice like an artist — Donald Schon, The Reflective Practitioner

Definition of Innovation – “Making Meaning” — Guy Kawasaki

Progress does not happen in straight lines. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We tell stories, that when told with humor, verve and humanity, we pass on to the future the true meaning of our being here. — Dana Atchley

There is a great big wide world out there full of life, vitality, energy, experience, drive, excitement. Get involved means get out there and be part of it. — Richard Templar, The Rules of Life

Asking what could be true—and jumping into the unknown—is critical to innovation. — Roger Martin, Innovations Accidental Enemies, Bloomberg BusinessWeek

Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home. — Bill Cosby

It is never too late to be what you might have been. — Maria Craik, A Life for a life

Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory.
Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.
— Sun Tzu

Thinking is the starting point of change — Nikos Mourkogiannis, Book – Purpose – The starting point of great companies

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. — Anne Frank

Let others play with “strategy” and “tactics” and “management”. Purpose is the game of champions — Nikos Mourkogiannis, Book – Purpose – The starting point of great companies

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