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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Change is inevitable; growth is optional!

— Walt Disney

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

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)

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

— Albert Einstein

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

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.

— Albert Einstein

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

— Desmond Tutu

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

— Accenture

If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.

— Jim Rohn

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

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.

— Dorothy Parker

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

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.

— Eric Hoffer

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.

— Walt Disney

It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.

— James Thurber

A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.

— Richard Branson

Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

— Will Rogers

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

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

— Unknown

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

— John Wooden

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

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

— Thomas Edison

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

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

— Beverly Sills

The absence of conflict is apathy, not harmony.

— Unknown

If you can clearly articulate the dream or the goal, start.

— Simon Sinek

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

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.

— Robert F Kennedy

Happiness is like a skill to be learned and practiced, not a character trait.

— Christine Carter

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

— Thomas Edison
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