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"We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us."
Joseph Campbell
"True leaders understand that leadership is not about them but about those they serve. It is not about exalting themselves but about lifting others up."
Sheri L. Dew
"If you live your life within the boundaries circumscribed by others, you'll never know the full scope of your potential -- nor will anyone else."
Lois P. Frankel
"Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and the goal of a good intention was never reached through its opposite, laziness."
Miguel De Cervantes
"Presenting leadership as a list of carefully defined qualities (like strategic, analytical and performance-oriented) no longer holds. Instead, true leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed… Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection."
Sheryl Sandberg
"What other people label or might try to call failure I have learned is just God's way of pointing you in a new direction."
Oprah Winfrey
"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them."
Bruce Lee
"Having success today doesn’t mean having success tomorrow. It’s like your footprints in the sand at the beach. When a wave comes, it gently erases all your steps from the past."
Zhang Ruimin
"If you’re trying to create a company, it’s like baking a cake. You have to have all the ingredients in the right proportion."
Elon Musk – On putting the right people in the right role
"Don't hang on to humiliations - learn and move on. Churchill once said, A young man cannot expect to get very far in life without getting some good smacks in the eye."
Kristin Scott Thomas
"I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women."
Nora Ephron
"The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny."
Albert Ellis
"Don't wait. The time will never be just right."
Napoleon Hill
"I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough."
Marissa Mayer
"I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."
Michael Jordan
"Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
H. Jackson Brown’s mother
"Confidence is when you believe in yourself and your abilities, arrogance is when you think you are better than others and act accordingly."
Stewart Stafford
"Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible."
Frank Zappa
"Which animal the ruler should impersonate depends strongly on what animals the followers are."
Geert Hofstede
"Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness."
Oprah Winfrey
"I think every working mom probably feels the same: You go through big chunks of time where you’re just thinking, ‘This is impossible — oh, this is impossible.’ And then you just keep going and keep going, and you sort of do the impossible."
Tina Fey
"Usually when people are sad, they don’t do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change."
Malcolm X
"If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person's point of view and see things from that person's angle as well as from your own."
Henry Ford
"Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got."
Janis Joplin
"Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose."
Helen Keller
"Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
Eleanor Roosevelt
""The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.""
Gloria Steinem
"If one wanted to crush and destroy a man entirely, to mete out to him the most terrible punishment, all one would have to do would be to make him do work that was completely and utterly devoid of usefulness and meaning."
Fyodor Dostoevsky
""We've chosen the path to equality, don't let them turn us around." "
Geraldine Ferraro
"We hire smart people so they can tell us what to do."
Steve Jobs
"Every morning you have two choices: continue to sleep with your dreams, or wake up and chase them."
Unknown
"This became a credo of mine: attempt the impossible in order to improve your work."
Bette Davis
"Well-placed humor that is clever and apropos to a business situation always enhances an employee's career."
Lynn Taylor
"Always be smarter than the people who hire you."
Lena Horne
"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us."
Helen Keller
"If you are willing to give up being right and come face-to-face with the reality of not having all the answers, you are on your way to building a quality that only extraordinary leaders have - tremendous flexibility in how they think, behave and speak."
John Ryan
"I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist."
Ginni Rometty
"We treat our people like royalty. If you honor and serve the people who work for you, they will honor and serve you."
Mary Kay Ash
"I work really hard at trying to see the big picture and not getting stuck in ego. I believe we’re all put on this planet for a purpose, and we all have a different purpose… When you connect with that love and that compassion, that’s when everything unfolds."
Ellen DeGeneres
"What holds most people back isn’t the quality of their ideas, but their lack of faith in themselves. You have to live your life as if you are already where you want to be."
Russell Simmons
"If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it."
Elon Musk
"It's equally important to take the time to have pointless or no-action-item conversations with people about how they are doing and what's going on in their lives ... knowing what makes them tick will make you a more successful manager.  "
Tomer Bar-Zeev
"The mind is not a vessel that needs filling, but wood that needs igniting."
Plutarch
"Most of the reason we don’t do things is because we’re afraid to fail. I just made a decision one day that I was not going to do things in my life because of fear."
Sara Blakely
"'Casting out fear' ought to be the motto over every school door."
A.S. Neill
"How you fill your mind determines very largely how you will fill your pocket."
B.C. Forbes
"... what each of us calls our 'necessary expenses' will always grow to equal our incomes unless we protest to the contrary. Confuse not the necessary expenses with thy desires."
George S. Clason
"Those people who think only of themselves are hopelessly uneducated. They are not educated. ... no matter how instructed they may be."
Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler
"If you are going through hell, keep going."
Winston Churchill
"Crawl, walk, run can be a very effective approach, even during times of rapid and radical technological change."
Jim Collins
"When hiring, if forced to choose between virtue and talent, choose virtue. Talented people with bad values will do far more damage than virtuous people with lesser talents."
Charles Koch
"There is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women."
Madeleine K. Albright
"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."
Leo Buscaglia
"Failures are life’s way of nudging you and letting you know you are off course. Trying new things and not being afraid to fail along the way are more important than what you learn in school."
Sara Blakely
"You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength."
Marcus Aurelius
"Everybody in the world is seeking happiness -- and there is one sure way to find it. That is by controlling your thoughts. Happiness doesn't depend on outward conditions. It depends on inner conditions."
Dale Carnegie
"The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it."
Roseanne Barr
"I do not wish them [women] to have power over men; but over themselves."
Mary Wollstonecraft
"So how good do you want to be?...Talent helps, but it won't take you as far as ambition."
Paul Arden
"True leaders don't create followers... they create more leaders!"
J. Sakiya Sandifer
"What matters most is not how brilliant your models or solutions are, but how you treat people."
Dr. Beatrix Dart
"Competition makes you better, always, always makes you better, even if the competititor wins."
Carlos Slim Helu
"Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen."
Michael Jordan
"The biggest risk is not taking any risk... In a world that's changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks."
Mark Zuckerberg
"Compared to what we ought to be, we are only half awake. We are making use of only a small part of our physical and mental resources. Stating the thing broadly, the human individual thus lives far within his limits."
William James
"'Stop doing' lists are more important than 'to-do' lists."
Jim Collins
"If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old."
Peter Drucker
"Remember that a person's name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language."
Dale Carnegie
"Nothing limits achievement like small thinking; Nothing expands possibilities like unleashed thinking."
William Arthur Ward
"An object in possession rarely retains the same charm it had in pursuit."
Pliny The Younger
"It's good to rediscover your inner self and those around you. Disconnect from your phone, even if it's just for an evening. Trust me, it's liberating!"
Alberta Ferretti
"Progress for women shouldn’t and can’t always be defined in comparison to men. We look too much at positions that used to be held by men. In any social justice movement, any change creates new positions [at the top] ... Oprah is a phenomenon unto herself."
Gloria Steinem
"None of us is as smart as all of us."
Ken Blanchard
"If there is no struggle, there is no progress."
Frederick Douglass
"The research is clear: when we choose humble, unassuming people as our leaders, the world around us becomes a better place."
Margarita Mayo
"Dare to collaborate. If we could have done it alone, we would have by now. There is power in the pack. When you share your challenges and ideas with like-minded women, you no longer feel like a minority. It’s empowering and you act like a majority."
Shelley Zalis
"Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning."
Gloria Steinem
"The difference between winning and losing is most often not quitting."
Walt Disney
"You've got to think about 'big things' while you're doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction."
Alvin Toffler about big-picture thinking
"Sometimes you can't see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others."
Ellen DeGeneres
"People who smile tend to manage, teach and sell more effectively, and to raise happier children. There's far more information in a smile than a frown. That's why encouragement is a much more effective device than punishment."
Professor James V. McConnell
"Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish."
Sam Walton
"If you're not stubborn, you'll give up on experiments too soon. And if you're not flexible, you'll pound your head against the wall and you won't see a different solution to a problem you're trying to solve."
Jeff Bezos
"It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently."
Warren Buffett
"I don't have the highest IQ in any room, but I have a high EQ and, as it turns out, that's a good skill to have in life."
Megyn Kelly
"You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them."
Michael Jordan
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit."
Aristotle
"We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own 'to do' list."
Michelle Obama
"Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone."
Robert G. Allen
"For success, attitude is equally as important as ability."
Harry F. Banks
"Act the way you want to feel."
Gretchen Rubin
"I never dreamed about success. I worked for it."
Estée Lauder
"It takes a good dose of humility and maturity to understand that surrounding yourself with smarter and more skilled people turns out to be the key to success."
Alexandre Taillefer
"Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you're wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn't love you anymore."
Lady Gaga
"The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of a mistake."
Meg Whitman
"It must become culturally acceptable for men to subjugate their career propects to allow women to succeed."
Peter Mathieson
"We can communicate through clothing and, because of that, clothing can be a type of armour, not in terms of being hard and physically protecting, but more emotionally and mentally."
Roksanda Ilincic
"When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new."
Dalai Lama
"Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it's often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis."
Brené Brown
"True leadership is only when people follow when they would have the option not to follow."
Jim Collins
"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength."
Corrie ten Boom
"Risks are a measure of people. People who won't take them are trying to preserve what they have. People who do take them often end up by having more."
Paul Arden
"A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That's why they don't get what they want."
Madonna
"For fast-acting relief, try slowing down."
Lily Tomlin
"Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition."
Timothy Leary
"Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice."
Wayne Dyer
"Corporate culture matters.  How management chooses to treat its people impacts everything - for better or for worse."
Simon Sinek
"Dear optimist, pessimist, and realist -- while you guys were busy arguing about the glass of wine, I drank it! Sincerely, the opportunist!"
Lori Greiner
"Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently."
Henry Ford
"Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best."
Theodore Isaac Rubin

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