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.
Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion; you must set yourself on fire.
You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
In a world of change, the learners shall inherit the earth, while the learned shall find themselves perfectly suited for a world that no longer exists.
I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.
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.
There are no old roads to new directions.
Everyone loves innovation until it affects them.
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.
If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.
Managers say yes to innovation only if doing nothing is a bigger risk.
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.
The typical North American attention span is 6 minutes.
A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.
It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.
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.
The absence of conflict is apathy, not harmony.
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.
Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.
Do not attempt to walk through life without a dream, without a hope, without a goal to achieve success.
Progress always involves risk. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.
The biggest risk in innovation lies in sticking too closely to your plans.
Good questions outrank easy answers.
The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
Could you have a soccer team if all were goalkeepers? How would it be an orchestra if all were French horns?
Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.
Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds.
Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.
If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.
There is no age attached to a student, that quest is without a number.
Dream big by setting yourself seemingly impossible challenges. You will then have to catch up with them.