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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Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

— John Wooden

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

— Desmond Tutu

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

— Neale Donald Walsh

Most use technology to define the function. We use function to drive the technology.

— Unknown

The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.

— Abraham Lincoln

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

A fish doesn’t know it’s wet.

— Bob McKim

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing, success will be yours.

— Ray Kroc

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)

No worries + no fear + no defeats = no life

— Unknown

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

— Maya Angelou

To clarify, add detail. Imagine that, to clarify, add detail. Clutter and overload are not attributes of information, they are failures of design. If the information is in chaos, don’t start throwing out information, instead fix the design.

— Edward Tufte

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

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

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

— Leo Tolstoy

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

Some disappointment is always the price of brave dreaming.

— Robin Sharma

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

— Winston Churchill

Change is inevitable; growth is optional!

— Walt Disney

Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.

— Charles Mingus

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

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

— Unknown

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

— Wayne Gretzky

Managers say yes to innovation only if doing nothing is a bigger risk.

— Gijs van Wulfen
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