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’s kind of fun to do the impossible.

— Walt Disney

The typical North American attention span is 6 minutes.

— Unknown

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

— Bill Cosby

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

Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.

— Charles Mingus

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

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

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

— Theodore Levitt

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

No worries + no fear + no defeats = no life

— Unknown

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

Good questions outrank easy answers.

— Paul Samuelson

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

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 you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.

— Albert Einstein

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

— Thomas Edison

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

— Beverly Sills

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

Could you have a soccer team if all were goalkeepers? How would it be an orchestra if all were French horns?

— Desmond Tutu

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

— Aristotle

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

— Dorothy Parker

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

— John Buchan

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

— Jerry Rice

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

— Maya Angelou

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

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

— Sophia Loren

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

— Maya Angelou

Everyone has a plan… until they get hit.

— Mike Tyson

Change is inevitable; growth is optional!

— Walt Disney
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