The following quotations have been selected because they inspire me and reflect my values and leadership style
“In the end, it is impossible to have a great life unless it is a
meaningful life. And it is very difficult to have a meaningful life without
meaningful work. Perhaps, then you might gain that great tranquility that comes
from knowing that you’ve had a hand in creating something of intrinsic
excellence that makes a contribution. Indeed, you might even gain that deepest
of all satisfactions: knowing that your short time on this earth has been well
spent, and that it mattered.”
–Jim Collins, Good to Great
“You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get
caught up in either one.”
“Control your own destiny or someone else will.”
“Change before you have to.”
“An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into
action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.”
“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain, and most fools do.”
“Diligence is the mother of good luck.”
“Either write something worth reading or do something worth
“He who never makes mistakes never did anything that’s worthy”
“If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete.”
“People are buying only one thing from you: the way the engagement (hiring
you, working with you, dating you, using your product or service, learning from
you) makes them feel.”
“The very thing you fear could be the best thing to ever happen to you” –Michael Dell , Direct from Dell
“The womb of perseverance gives birth to hope and the passion to act”
“Don’t allow your talent to take you where your character can’t keep you”
“Every organization is the product of the way its members think”
“Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks.”
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without
“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off
“You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.”
“The only way to predict the future is to invent it.”
–Jim Walker, CEO Priceline.com
“How do you achieve excellence?…Stop doing non-excellent stuff!”
“We cannot solve the problems by thinking at the level at which we’ve
“The secret to life is to have a task… Something you bring everything
to… And the most important thing is - It must be something you cannot
“We get distracted by what is outside our control…[Success] begins by
trying to make each day count …If you sincerely try to make each day a
masterpiece, angels can do no better.”
“You are your Rolodex”
“I am my clients. I am defined by who I do business with.”
“Knowledge isn’t power until it’s applied.”
“All art is autobiographical. You can only create what you are.”
“It does not take great intelligence to capitalize on success. However, it
takes great ingenuity to transform failure into success. Profit from your
–William Belitho (paraphrased)
Strict adherence to a moral code, steadfast. The quality of being whole or undivided, completeness\
The center of interest or activity, close attention, concentration\
Responsive to change, adaptable\
Free from hypocrisy or dishonesty; sincere, actual, real, authentic\
“Vulgar people take huge delight in the faults and follies of great
Manage themselves and the people the work with so that both the organization and the people profit from their presence
–The One Minute Manager
“Always do right. That will gratify some people and astonish the
“If you don’t know where you’re going - You could wind up somewhere
“Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.”
“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important
than any other one thing.”
“Act as though it is impossible to fail.”
“You cannot have something you don’t currently have without doing something you are not currently doing.”\
“Put everything you have into everything you do and excellence will define
“Be willing to do the little things because it is the little things done
daily that lead to big accomplishments.”
“A problem is nothing but an opportunity in disguise.”
“Success has many fathers while defeat is an orphan child”
Eternal vigilance is the price of mastery
“Vision without Strategy is little more than a daydream.”
–John Maxwell , 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork
“Persistence is nothing more than Concentrated Effort mixed with
Determination and Faith.”
–Napoleon Hill , Selling Yourself
“Success is never final”
“The devil is in the details, but success is in the systems.”
–JW Marriott Jr. , The Spirit to serve - Marriot’s Way
“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them
become what they are capable of being.”
–Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve
change amid order.”
–Alfred North Whitehead
“Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also
believes to be true.”
“It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it
frankly and try another. But above all, try something.”
–Franklin Delano Roosevelt
“It is not the position that makes the leader; it’s the leader that makes
“Integrity is the value we place on ourselves.”
“When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty but when I have
finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.”
–R. Buckminster Fuller
“Put all your eggs in one basket –and watch that basket!”
–MARK TWAIN , The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson
“Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by
stupidity, but don’t rule out malice.”
What you get by reaching your destination isn’t nearly as important as what
you become by reaching that destination
I’m no miracle worker. I’m just a guy who rolls up his sleeves and goes to
Anybody who thinks that they are a leader and doesn’t have anyone following
them is just out for a walk.
As long as a person doesn’t admit he is defeated, he is not defeated - he’s
just a little behind and isn’t through fighting.
If anything is worth trying at all, it’s worth trying at least ten
Remember you will not always win. But there is always tomorrow - after you
have done your best to achieve success today.
There’s always room at the top.
The atmosphere of expectancy is the breeding ground for miracles.
–Rodney L. Parsley
The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer everyone else up.
The important thing to remember is that if you don’t have that inspired
enthusiasm that is contagious - whatever you do have is also
The best way to escape a problem is to solve it.
Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is?
When you’re green, you’re growing. When you’re ripe, you rot.
Life is not a dress rehearsal - every day is opening night.
The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment
to excellence regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.
Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.
Motivate them, train them, care about them and make winners out of
–J.W. Marriott, Jr.
Don’t wrestle with pigs; you get dirty and they enjoy it.
There is only one boss: the customer. And he can fire everybody in the
company, from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere
You’re not finished when you’re defeated…you’re finished when you
Don’t ever talk until you know what you are talking about.
Dreams are the touchstones of our character.
Any man who selects a goal in life which can be fully achieved has already
defined his own limitations.
–Oliver Wendell Holmes
I do not fear failure. I only fear the “slowing up” of the engine inside of
me which is pounding, saying, ‘Keep going, someone must be on top, why not
–George S. Patton
Predictability can lead to failure.
–T. Boone Pickens
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
If you ain’t the lead dog, the scenery never changes.