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

— Accenture

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

— A. Clarke

The task of Leadership is not to put greatness into people but to elicit it. For the greatness is there already.

— John Buchan

If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.

— Maya Angelou

Success comes in cans, not can’t’s.

— Unknown

Progress always involves risk. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.

— Frederick Wilcox

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

— Will Rogers

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

I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.

— Bill Cosby

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

— Oscar Wilde

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.

— Robert Brault

Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

— Winston Churchill

A fish doesn’t know it’s wet.

— Bob McKim

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

Do not attempt to walk through life without a dream, without a hope, without a goal to achieve success.

— Luis Noboa Naranjo

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.

— Maya Angelou

Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.

— Sophia Loren

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

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)

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)

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

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

— Unknown

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

I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.

— Rita Mae Brown

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.

— David Cole

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

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

— Frank A. Clark

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.

— Tony Robbins

A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.

— Richard Branson

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.

— Walt Disney
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