These are some of our favourite quotes and passages that we’ve collected over the years that we find inspiring or remind us of the types of challenges we need to keep for ourselves to continue to strive for greatness.

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On presenting to a crowd: It’s not about killing the butterflies in your stomach, it’s about getting them to fly in formation.

— Unknown

If you can clearly articulate the dream or the goal, start.

— Simon Sinek

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

— Aristotle

I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.

— Rita Mae Brown

When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.

— Ellen DeGeneres

Dream big by setting yourself seemingly impossible challenges. You will then have to catch up with them.

— Richard Branson

Someday isn’t a real day like Monday or Tuesday, it’s just another word for ‘never’.

— Robert Herjavec

Who in the rainbow can draw the line where the violet tint ends and the orange tint begins? Distinctly we see the difference of the colors, but where exactly does the one first blendingly enter into the other? So with sanity and insanity.

— Herman Melville, Billy Budd

Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

— Will Rogers

The first instinct in responding to this sudden economic crisis is to hunker down and wait for the storm to pass. That is the instinct, but acting on it would be a grave mistake. Our challenge today is radical transformation. Change at the margins will not do. The choice, it seems to me, is this: Reinvention or extinction. If we think it cannot happen to us, we ought to recall the fate of the Swiss watchmakers. Fabulous craftsmen, certainly, but the world has moved on, technologies have advanced, habits have shifted.

— Gordon Gee (Ohio State University)

Could you have a soccer team if all were goalkeepers? How would it be an orchestra if all were French horns?

— Desmond Tutu

A fish doesn’t know it’s wet.

— Bob McKim

One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.

— Tony Robbins

One has to passionately believe it is possible to change the industry, to turn it on its head, to make sure that it will never be the same again.

— Richard Branson

It is not how many ideas you have. It’s how many you make happen.

— Accenture

If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.

— Jim Rohn

In a world of change, the learners shall inherit the earth, while the learned shall find themselves perfectly suited for a world that no longer exists.

— Eric Hoffer

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.

— Walt Disney

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

— Mark Twain

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

— Thomas Edison

In a business world of nonstop change, there’s only one way to win the game: transform it entirely. This requires a revolution in thinking—a steady stream of disruptive strategies and unexpected solutions.

— Luke Williams,Disrupt

I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.

— Bill Cosby

Good questions outrank easy answers.

— Paul Samuelson

Happiness is like a skill to be learned and practiced, not a character trait.

— Christine Carter

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.

— Dorothy Parker

Design thinking can be described as a discipline that uses the designer’s sensibility and methods to match people’s needs with what is technologically feasible and what a viable business strategy can convert into customer value and market opportunity.

— Tim Brown

There is no age attached to a student, that quest is without a number.

— Derrick Milligan

Everything looks impossible for the people who never try anything.

— Jean-Louis Etienne

The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

— Walter Bagehot

In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that, I learn from him.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson
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