Each week as we travel though our lives we read, hear and see things that make us consider our life’s purpose in some way. The following is a gathering of quotes borrowed from influential people that we may or may not always know. What’s for sure is that these individuals come from all walks of life and a varied background but more importantly have a mindset toward learning.
You will find the current week’s quote on the main page and below you will find a chronology of the year’s quotes.
Think back about the week that just past. What were you doing?
If you have, reflect on it for a minute and if you have not, get started today! We hope these quotes will inspire you to think differently, offer you some guidance toward your goals or just make you smile.
Making the simple complicated is commonplace. Making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, now that’s creativity. – Charles Mingus
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Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best. Genius must always have lapses proportionate to its triumphs. – Max Beerbohm
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When I was 5 years old my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up and I said happy. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment. I told them that they didn’t understand life. – John Lennon
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You can’t wait for inspiration. Yo have to go after it with a club. – Jack London
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When you change the way you look at things the things you look at change. – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
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A leader is at his best when people barely know he exists; when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, his team will say: We did it ourselves. – Lao-Tzu
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The minute a leader allows himself to become the primary reality people worry about, rather than reality being the primary reality, you have a recipe for mediocrity, or worse. – Jim Collins
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I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” – Maya Angelou
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I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures…..I divide the world into the learners and non-learners – Benjamin Barber
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You don’t have to get it perfect; you just have to get it going. Babies don’t walk the first time they try, but eventually they do. – Mark Victor Hansen
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When you’re engaged at work, fully engage, for defined periods of time. When you’re renewing, truly renew. Make waves. Stop living your life in the gray zone. – Tony Schwartz
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The next time you are in a meeting and folks are discussing how to wring another increment of performance out of your workforce, you might ask: “To what end, and to whose benefit, are our employees being asked to give of themselves? Have we committed ourselves to a purpose that is truly deserving of their initiative, imagination and passion?” – Gary Hamel
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Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. For the creative mind inspiration comes easily but what makes up the other 99% of making ideas happen? Hard work. – Scott Belsky (from Making Ideas Happen)
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Management isn’t about walking around the office checking if people are working. It’s about creating the conditions for people to be able to do their best work. – Jeff Gunther, Meddius
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