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.
Change is inevitable; growth is optional!
Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.
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.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
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.
Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
Could you have a soccer team if all were goalkeepers? How would it be an orchestra if all were French horns?
It is not how many ideas you have. It’s how many you make happen.
If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.
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.
The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
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.
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.
It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.
It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.
A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.
Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
Children think not of what is past, nor what is to come, but enjoy the present time, which few of us do.
The biggest obstacle to learning something is the belief that you already know it.
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
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.
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that, I learn from him.
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.
The absence of conflict is apathy, not harmony.
If you can clearly articulate the dream or the goal, start.
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.
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
Happiness is like a skill to be learned and practiced, not a character trait.
I have not failed, I’ve just found ten thousand ways that won’t work.