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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Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.

— Maya Angelou

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

— Richard Branson

Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.

— Jerry Rice

Less isn’t more; just enough is more.

— Milton Glaser

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

If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.

— Maya Angelou

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

— Dr. Seuss

I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me as rich as I’ve become. If I had, I’d have done it a lot earlier.

— Oprah Winfrey

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)

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

— Simon Sinek

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.

— Walt Disney

There are many wonderful things that will never be done if you do not do them.

— Charles D. Gill

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

— Aristotle

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.

— David Cole

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something. So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

— Neil Gaiman

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.

— Larry King

I have not failed, I’ve just found ten thousand ways that won’t work.

— Thomas Edison

There are no old roads to new directions.

— The Boston Consulting Group

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

— Andy Warhol

Progress always involves risk. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.

— Frederick Wilcox

A fish doesn’t know it’s wet.

— Bob McKim

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

— Will Rogers

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.

— Charles Swindoll

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

You’re only given a small spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.

— Robin Williams

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

— Christine Carter

If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.

— Thomas Jefferson

Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.

— William Pollard

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Pain is temporary. Glory is forever.

— Unknown
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