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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Rules are for the guidance of wise men and the obedience of fools.

— Douglas Bader

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

— Accenture

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.

— Walt Disney

Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.

— William Pollard

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

— Neale Donald Walsh

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)

If you can clearly articulate the dream or the goal, start.

— Simon Sinek

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.

— Albert Einstein

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

— Maya Angelou

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

The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

— Walter Bagehot

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

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

— A. Clarke

Who in the rainbow can draw the line where the violet tint ends and the orange tint begins? Distinctly we see the difference of the colors, but where exactly does the one first blendingly enter into the other? So with sanity and insanity.

— Herman Melville, Billy Budd

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

— Theodore Levitt

Everyone has a plan… until they get hit.

— Mike Tyson

The biggest risk in innovation lies in sticking too closely to your plans.

— D. Hills (Walt Disney Company)

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

— Albert Einstein

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

— John Quincy Adams

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

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

If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.

— Jim Rohn

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

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

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

— Derrick Milligan

Everything looks impossible for the people who never try anything.

— Jean-Louis Etienne

I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.

— Larry King

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

— Orison Swett Marden

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
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