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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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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

— Charles Mingus

Mastery is a pursuit, not a destination, and, throughout its unfolding, is a reoccurring cycle of losing who we think we are in order to make room for who we are becoming.

— Daryl Conner

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

— Unknown

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

— Winston Churchill

Pain is temporary. Glory is forever.

— Unknown

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)

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

— Robert Herjavec

It’s only when you drop yesterday’s assumptions that you can glimpse tomorrow’s patterns and possibilities. To see deeper, unsee first.

— Umair Haq

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

Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.

— Anon, seen in the Main Street Brewery in Cortez, CO and related by Neil Peart in Ghost Rider

In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.

— Unknown

The task of Leadership is not to put greatness into people but to elicit it. For the greatness is there already.

— John Buchan

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

— Wayne Gretzky

If you tell me, it’s an essay. If you show me, it’s a story.

— Barbara Greene

We cannot solve a problem by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

— A. Einstein

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.

— Walt Disney

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

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

— Maya Angelou

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

Do not attempt to walk through life without a dream, without a hope, without a goal to achieve success.

— Luis Noboa Naranjo

Change is inevitable; growth is optional!

— Walt Disney

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

— Maya Angelou

Success comes in cans, not can’t’s.

— Unknown

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

— Charles D. Gill
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