Words of Wisdom
last update 05/16/03

"Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds."

"The best way to predict the future ... is to create it."

"A good leader is always teaching their team, sometimes with words."

"Leadership is about capturing the imagination and enthusiasm of your people with clearly defined goals that cut through the fog like a beacon in the night."

"We become successful by helping others become successful."

"The challenge for every organization is to build a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another ... because the question is usually not how well each person works, but how well they work together."

"The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude."

"Attitude is a little thing that makes a BIG difference."

"Don't keep the credit, share it - people will work with you and for you if they are recognized; they will work against you if they are not."

"Spend some extra money to maintain your equipment - remember you don't have to brush all your teeth either, only the ones you want to keep"

"Perhaps once in a hundred years a person may be be ruined by excessive praise, but surely once every minute someone dies for a lack of it."

"Motivation is the fuel that gives you the 'want to' and gives you the strength, character and commitment to keep you going when the going gets tough."

"If you're in charge and you stop rowing, don't be surprised if the rest of your crew stop rowing as well."

"Business is like a pack of dogs, if you're not the leader, the view never changes."

"One of life's little ironies is that when you finally master a tough job, you make it look easy."

"Don't be afraid to say, I don't know - people will respect you much more and will always place more weight on what you do say, because they know you are right."

"If you believe something should change, then you must try to change it, no matter if there are risks"

"A professional is someone who can do his[/her] best work when he[/she] doesn't feel like it."

"It seems extraordinarily true that people who have direction in their lives go farther and faster and get more done in all areas of their lives."

"All of us perform better and more willingly when we know WHY we are doing what we have been told or asked to do."

"The greatest rewards come only from the greatest commitment."

"In business people take different roads to success - just because they are not on your road doesn't mean that they've got lost."

"Leaders must communicate the vision in a way that attracts and excites members of the organization"

"Share information so your employees can see how to help - and they'll improve the business"

"Its a very special person who wants to hear what he doesn't want to hear."

"A truly great discovery is when one learns we can alter our lives by altering our attitudes."

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed. It is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort." - Herm Albright

"When you find yourself stressed, ask yourself one question: Will this matter 5 years from now? If yes, then do something about the situation. If no, then let it go." - Catherine Pulsifer

"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." - Henry Ford

"What sets apart high-performance teams, is their degree of commitment, particularly how deeply committed the members are to one another." - Jon R. Katzenbach & Douglas K. Smith

"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it." - Lou Holtz

"The 10 Commandments of Workplace Motivation"

"Adventure isn't hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day to day obstacles of life - facing new challenges, seizing new opportunities, testing our resources against the unknown and in the process, discovering our own unique potential." - John Amatt

"You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you." - Brian Tracy

"Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open." - Sir James Dewar

"To be successful you must accept all challenges that come your way. You can't just accept the ones you like." - Mike Gafka

"No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you." - Althea Gibson

"You are in charge of your feelings, beliefs, and actions. And you teach others how to behave toward you. While you cannot change other people, you can influence them through your own behaviors and actions. By being a living role model of what you want to receive from others, you create more of what you want in your life."- Eric Allenbaugh

"Asking questions is one of the fundamental keys of learning. It is always better to ask a question than pretend you understand." - Catherine Pulsifer

"If you give me rice, Ill eat today; if you teach me how to grow rice, Ill eat every day." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant." - Horace

"For success, attitude is equally as important as ability." - Harry F. Banks

"Obstacles are like wild animals. They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can. If they see you are afraid of them... they are liable to spring upon you; but if you look them squarely in the eye, they will slink out of sight." - Orison Swett Marden

'The mind has exactly the same power as the hands; not merely to grasp the world, but to change it."- Colin Wilson

"In business, you don't get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate."

"We cannot think first and act afterward. From the moment of birth we are immersed in action, and can only fitfully guide it by taking thought."- Alfred North Whitehead

"Teaching allows you to share your wealth while at the same time increasing your own wealth." - Catherine Pulsifer

"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." - Albert Einstein

"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." -- William Jennings Bryan

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear." -- Ambrose Redmoon

"Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you're alive, it isn't." -- Richard Bach

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Men of genius are admired; men of wealth are envied; men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted."


"It's not so much that we're afraid of change or so in love with the old ways, but it's that place in between that we fear . . . It's like being between trapezes. It's Linus when his blanket is in the dryer. There's nothing to hold on to."- Marilyn Ferguson

"Change is inevitable . . . adapting to change is unavoidable, it's how you do it that sets you together or apart."- William Ngwako Maphoto

"You are building up or tearing down, no matter what you do. So choose to work with the construction gang, and not the wrecking crew."- Anonymous - motto from a 4th grade classroom

"He who asks is a fool for five minutes. He who doesn't ask is a fool forever." - Chinese proverb

"Asking questions is one of the fundamental keys of learning. It is always better to ask a question than pretend you understand." - Catherine Pulsifer

"Teams do not seek consensus; they seek the best answer." - Jon R. Katzenbach & Douglas K. Smith

"Change is the law of life, and those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future."

"Drop the idea that you are Atlas carrying the world on your shoulders. The world would go on even without you. Don't take yourself so seriously." Norman Vincent Peale

"Every time one man expresses an idea, he finds ten men who thought of it before--but they only thought.." - Anonymous

"In character, in manners, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Never fear shadows, they simply mean that a light is shining nearby." - Anonymous

"If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest." - Benjamin Franklin

"Working together, ordinary people can perform extraordinary feats. They can lift things a little higher, a little farther, towards excellence."

"A desire can overcome all objections and obstacles." - Gunderson

"Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find his right road." Dag Hammarskjold

"Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything."- George Bernard Shaw

The power to shape the future is earned through persistence. No other quality is as essential to success. It is the sandpaper that breaks down all resistance and sweeps away all obstacles. It is the ability to move mountains one grain of sand at a time. Author Unknown

A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the quality of his actions and the integrity of his intent. In the end, leaders are much like eagles ... they don't flock, you find them one at a time. Author Unknown

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