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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Success comes in cans, not can’t’s.

— Unknown

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

— John Buchan

Everyone has a plan… until they get hit.

— Mike Tyson

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.

— Abraham Lincoln

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

— Neale Donald Walsh

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

— John F. Kennedy

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

— Walter Bagehot

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

The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.

— Albert Einstein

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

— Unknown

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

— Thomas Edison

No worries + no fear + no defeats = no life

— Unknown

It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.

— James Thurber

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

— Charles Mingus

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

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

— Jim Rohn

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

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

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)

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

— Bill Cosby

A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.

— Richard Branson

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

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

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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
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