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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Money, influence, and position are nothing compared with brains, principles, energy, and perseverance.

— Orison Swett Marden

Managers say yes to innovation only if doing nothing is a bigger risk.

— Gijs van Wulfen

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

— Wayne Gretzky

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

Mastery is a pursuit, not a destination, and, throughout its unfolding, is a reoccurring cycle of losing who we think we are in order to make room for who we are becoming.

— Daryl Conner

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

— Robert F Kennedy

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.

— Charles Swindoll

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

— Charles D. Gill

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

— Albert Einstein

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

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

— Luis Noboa Naranjo

Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.

— Sir Cecil Beaton

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

— Accenture

A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.

— Richard Branson

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

— John Wooden

Everyone has a plan… until they get hit.

— Mike Tyson

The typical North American attention span is 6 minutes.

— Unknown

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.

— Mark Twain

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

— Dorothy Parker

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)

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

— Leo Tolstoy

Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Practice hard. Wellness. Play with Abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Continue to learn. Appreciate your friends. Do what you love. Love as if this is all there is.

— Unknown

If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.

— Lewis Carroll

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

Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds.

— SEAL Team Saying

Some disappointment is always the price of brave dreaming.

— Robin Sharma

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

A fish doesn’t know it’s wet.

— Bob McKim

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)

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

— Maya Angelou
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