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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Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

— John F. Kennedy

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

— Maya Angelou

People don’t want a quarter-inch drill, they want a quarter-inch hole.

— Theodore Levitt

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

— Maya Angelou

Success comes in cans, not can’t’s.

— Unknown

Dialogue is a process of genuine interaction through which human beings listen to each other deeply enough to be changed by what they learn.

— Hal Saunders

Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds.

— SEAL Team Saying

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

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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.

— Liv Mueller (Musician from Milwaukee)

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

— Charles D. Gill

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

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

— Charles Swindoll

Everything looks impossible for the people who never try anything.

— Jean-Louis Etienne

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

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

— Wayne Gretzky

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 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

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.

— Robert Brault

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.

— John Burroughs

Money, influence, and position are nothing compared with brains, principles, energy, and perseverance.

— Orison Swett Marden

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

— Andy Warhol

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

— Bill Cosby

Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.

— Sophia Loren

Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

— Winston Churchill

Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion; you must set yourself on fire.

— Reggie Leach

She drank from a bottle called DRINK ME and up she grew so tall. She ate from a plate called TASTE ME and down she shrank so small. And so she changed, while other folks Never tried nothin’ at all.

— Shel Silverstein,Alice

The biggest obstacle to learning something is the belief that you already know it.

— Unknown

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

— Thomas Edison

Less isn’t more; just enough is more.

— Milton Glaser
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