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

— Unknown

Dialogue is a process of genuine interaction through which human beings listen to each other deeply enough to be changed by what they learn.

— Hal Saunders

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

— John Quincy Adams

There are no old roads to new directions.

— The Boston Consulting Group

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

— Unknown

There is no age attached to a student, that quest is without a number.

— Derrick Milligan

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

— Charles D. Gill

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

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

— Beverly Sills

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

— Wayne Gretzky

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

— Aristotle

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

Accepting oneself does not preclude an attempt to become better.

— Flannery O’Connor

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

The absence of conflict is apathy, not harmony.

— Unknown

The typical North American attention span is 6 minutes.

— Unknown

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

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

— Frank A. Clark

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

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

We cannot solve a problem by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

— A. Einstein

Never try to be better than someone else. Learn from others, and try to be the best you can be. Success is the by product of that preparation.

— John Wooden

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

— John F. Kennedy

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

— Albert Einstein

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

— Charles Swindoll

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

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

— Unknown

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

— Dr. Seuss

Someday isn’t a real day like Monday or Tuesday, it’s just another word for ‘never’.

— Robert Herjavec

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)
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