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

— Barbara Greene

The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.

— Albert Einstein

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

— Frank A. Clark

Design thinking can be described as a discipline that uses the designer’s sensibility and methods to match people’s needs with what is technologically feasible and what a viable business strategy can convert into customer value and market opportunity.

— Tim Brown

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

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

— Thomas Edison

Accepting oneself does not preclude an attempt to become better.

— Flannery O’Connor

Success comes in cans, not can’t’s.

— Unknown

Success is measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.

— Booker T Washington

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

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

— Charles D. Gill

Everything looks impossible for the people who never try anything.

— Jean-Louis Etienne

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

There are no old roads to new directions.

— The Boston Consulting Group

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)

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

Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.

— Jerry Rice

Most use technology to define the function. We use function to drive the technology.

— Unknown

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

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

— John Wooden

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

If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.

— Woody Allen

Rules are for the guidance of wise men and the obedience of fools.

— Douglas Bader

People don’t want a quarter-inch drill, they want a quarter-inch hole.

— Theodore Levitt

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

— Jim Rohn

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.

— Walt Disney

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

— Will Rogers

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

— John Quincy Adams

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

The absence of conflict is apathy, not harmony.

— Unknown
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