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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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

The absence of conflict is apathy, not harmony.

— Unknown

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

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

— Charles Mingus

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

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

— Charles Swindoll

Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

— Winston Churchill

Progress always involves risk. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.

— Frederick Wilcox

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

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

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination can take you anywhere.

— Albert Einstein

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.

— John Burroughs

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

— Charles D. Gill

If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.

— Thomas Jefferson

A fish doesn’t know it’s wet.

— Bob McKim

Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion; you must set yourself on fire.

— Reggie Leach

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

— Albert Einstein

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

— John Quincy Adams

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)

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

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

— Theodore Levitt

Everything looks impossible for the people who never try anything.

— Jean-Louis Etienne

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

— A. Einstein

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

— Albert Einstein

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

— Robert Herjavec

Pain is temporary. Glory is forever.

— Unknown

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

— Beverly Sills

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

— Orison Swett Marden

I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.

— Rita Mae Brown
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