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.
Pain is temporary. Glory is forever.
If you tell me, it’s an essay. If you show me, it’s a story.
You’re only given a small spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.
The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.
If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing, success will be yours.
I have not failed, I’ve just found ten thousand ways that won’t work.
If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.
If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.
Never try to be better than someone else. Learn from others, and try to be the best you can be. Success is the by product of that preparation.
There is no age attached to a student, that quest is without a number.
Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion; you must set yourself on fire.
Some disappointment is always the price of brave dreaming.
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.
We’re just in experimental phase right now. As long as we’re in that type of phase, it’s a crazy time. You know we’ll get there (profitability) and get there fast. But the ideas that are not out there yet, and the companies that will be behind them, might be the real winners.
Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.
I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
Money, influence, and position are nothing compared with brains, principles, energy, and perseverance.
I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.
Happiness is like a skill to be learned and practiced, not a character trait.
All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
An optimist is someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it’s a cha-cha.
On presenting to a crowd: It’s not about killing the butterflies in your stomach, it’s about getting them to fly in formation.
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.
A fish doesn’t know it’s wet.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
There’s nothing like setting a goal and accomplishing it. The road to achieve that goal is never straight. It has twists and turns, and at times you feel like you can’t pull it off. When you finally accomplish that goal, you feel a sense of accomplishment and self-worth that really can’t be beat.