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.
The biggest obstacle to learning something is the belief that you already know it.
Dialogue is a process of genuine interaction through which human beings listen to each other deeply enough to be changed by what they learn.
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
There are no old roads to new directions.
In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.
There is no age attached to a student, that quest is without a number.
There are many wonderful things that will never be done if you do not do them.
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.
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
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.
Accepting oneself does not preclude an attempt to become better.
It’s only when you drop yesterday’s assumptions that you can glimpse tomorrow’s patterns and possibilities. To see deeper, unsee first.
The absence of conflict is apathy, not harmony.
The typical North American attention span is 6 minutes.
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.
If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.
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.
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.
We cannot solve a problem by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
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.
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.
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.
Most use technology to define the function. We use function to drive the technology.
Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.
Someday isn’t a real day like Monday or Tuesday, it’s just another word for ‘never’.
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.