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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An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.

— Oscar Wilde

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

It is not how many ideas you have. It’s how many you make happen.

— Accenture

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

— Wayne Gretzky

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

— Leo Tolstoy

On presenting to a crowd: It’s not about killing the butterflies in your stomach, it’s about getting them to fly in formation.

— Unknown

Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Practice hard. Wellness. Play with Abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Continue to learn. Appreciate your friends. Do what you love. Love as if this is all there is.

— Unknown

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

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.

— John Wooden

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

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

Everyone has a plan… until they get hit.

— Mike Tyson

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

— Thomas Edison

If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.

— Frank A. Clark

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

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

— A. Einstein

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

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

— Desmond Tutu

Change is inevitable; growth is optional!

— Walt Disney

The typical North American attention span is 6 minutes.

— Unknown

In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that, I learn from him.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Success comes in cans, not can’t’s.

— Unknown

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

— Unknown

In a business world of nonstop change, there’s only one way to win the game: transform it entirely. This requires a revolution in thinking—a steady stream of disruptive strategies and unexpected solutions.

— Luke Williams, Disrupt

A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.

— Richard Branson

Children think not of what is past, nor what is to come, but enjoy the present time, which few of us do.

— Jean de La Bruyère

You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

— Andre Gide

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)

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

— John F. Kennedy

The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.

— A. Clarke
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