Whenever I come across a good quote from anything…a book, interview, podcast, magazine, TV show etc…I write it down either in a notepad, my Google Desktop bar or my iPhone.
Here is my quote bank:
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
Constraint inspires creativity.
Whoever feels pain in hearing a good character of a neighbor, will feel pleasure in the reverse.
The best things in life make you sweaty.
–Edgar Allen Poe
“….we looked at a human life up close and saw that it was just an ordinary Wednesday, again and again and again—and that achieving life happiness was all about learning to be happy on a routine weekday.”
You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
Man is made for bustle and movement. A ship in motion, a fine woman dancing.
People have everything we want.
Money makes people just more of what they were before.
Eating with utensils is like making love with your clothes on.
–Placemat in Indian restaraunt in South Africa from Diana Nightingale book
When asked if one should marry or not, Socrates responded, “You will repent it either way.”
The great majority of people do not achieve unusual success; why would we expect that getting in the same line as them in any endeavor would result in any sort of remarkable success?
–Earl Nightingale’s Greatest Discovery page 118
When asked what it was like as a comedian to perform in front of 80,000 people, Steve Wright answered:
“It’s like swimming in the ocean. It doesn’t matter how deep the water is. All you can do is swim.”
“The business of life is the acquisition of memories”
Climb mountains not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world.
Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.
“If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.”
“Sometimes I want to ask God why He allows poverty, famine, and injustice when He could do something about it, but I’m afraid he might just ask me the same question.”
Good looks help and constitute an asset if the rest of the person is in balance.
The only thing about a man that is a man is his thinker. Everything else you can find in a pig or a horse.
Your stomach should be filled 1/3rd with food, 1/3rd with water and 1/3rd empty to be at your most productive.
If you can’t poke fun at yourself, you’re not much.
He who has health, has hope, and he who has hope, has everything.
–old Arabian proverb
The atitude must preceed the accomplishment.
When a man doesn’t know which harbor he’s sailing to, no wind is the right wind.
You can’t have your Kate and Edith too.
If it feels right, smells right and tastes right, it’s almost surely the right thing to do. It really is as simple as that.
–Captain Michael Abrashoff
Talking about men in their forties experiencing a mid-life crisis:
“Suddenly the past seems a humiliating reminder of risks untaken, women unconquered, and chances ignored.”
If someone says a particular person spoke critically of you, just smile and reply, “I guess they don’t know about all my other faults. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have mentioned only these”
Books are the training weights of the mind.
Man cannot remake himself without suffering. For he is both the marble and the sculptor.
Bill Gates and Warren Buffet attested their wealth stems in part from being born in America where “innovation and risk are rewarded”
Aristotle said, “Happiness is a byproduct of healthful and successful activity.”
Everytime you do something, you throw a boomerang. Eventually the result will come back to you.
It’s true some of the best things in life a free, but it’s funny….have you ever tried getting them without money?
To get a great idea, come up with lots of them.
Write as well as you can and finish what you start.
When asked for the formula of success, Andrew Carnegie said, “Put all your eggs in one basket, then watch that basket.”
The purpose of ANY organization is to help man enjoy a more meaningful existence.
–Direct Line 18B towards end
I cannot become who I want to be by remaining who I am.
The bedrock values instilled by Sam Walton and his early lieutenants were all-american values: Hard Work, frugality, discipline, loyalty, a restless effort at constant self-improvement.
–The Wal-Mart Effect
Sam was no genius…he was a workaholic. He was not driven by money, but by competition. He could be playing tennis with a one-legged man in a wheelchair and would show no mercy.
–The Wal-Mart Effect
Any business needs to concentrate on two things: order volume and avg order value.
Like an hourglass, only one grain at a time can pass through. If we go one grain at a time, slowly buy surely we can get an enormous quantity done.
Willis H. Carrier:
I have bee using this same anti-worry technique for 30 years:
Step 1.) Analyze the situation fearlessly and honestly and figure out what’s the worst that could possibly happen.
Step 2.) after figuring out the worst outcome, I reconciled myself into accepting it if necessary.
Step 3.) from that time on I devoted my time and energy to trying to improve upon the worst which I had already accepted mentally.
Two men looked out from prison bars. One saw the mud, the other saw the stars.
Greek proverb: The best things are the most difficult.
To make things more pleasant for others is a reason for being.
The best laid schemes o’ mice and men often go astray.
Wise men ne’er sit and wait their loss, but cheerily seek how to redress their harms.
“Only hurt people, hurt people.”
A man is what he thinks about all day long.
Our life is what our thoughts make of it.
I had the blue because I had no shoes,
Until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet.
Find a problem, then ask the opposite.
Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.
It’s nice to be part of something that will last a little longer than you will.
Doctors give up a year of life to specialize, but they reap the rewards for decades to come.
–The Dip – Seth Godin
Scarcity creates value.
Never retreat. Never explain. Get it done and let them howl.
We could be playing cards right now and I’d want to kick your ass. Not win, but kick your ass. There’s a difference.
When asked, “What is your idea of happiness?”…Alfred Hitchcock replied, “A clear horizon.”
People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.
Don’t write about what your readers want you to write about. Write about what you’re passionate about.
–Mark Cuban/Tim Ferris
If you don’t know what to write about, write about what makes you angry, but don’t attack people.
Excellence is not an act, but a habit.
Talent is the desire to practice. You love something so much, you’re willing to make a large sacrifice for it.
It doesn’t take any more time or effort to dream a big dream than a small dream.
I’m a great believer in saying yes and not no.”
It HAS to be something you like, or you WILL bail.
The first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell.
You don’t go in the studio and think, “Ok, what would people want to hear me sing about.” I go in there and think, “Ok, what just happened this weekend? You just gotta keep it real with yourself”
-T-pain interview (Yes, I just included a quote by T-pain…you can learn something from everyone)!
If you could put a silver bullet in one competitor, which one would it be? You’ll quickly find out who the best is
If you risk something that is important to you, for something that is not important to you, it’s just foolish.
Build a moat around your business. When I invest in a company, the only guidance I give the managers is to continue building that moat. Make it bigger, make it deeper, throw crocodiles in it.
The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage.
If you stay ready, you never have to GET ready
Take what you love to do and apply it to something profitable.
Almost everything you do should be building upon somthing which you can look back at in its entirety and be proud, or sell.
If your competitor is so dull they can’t come up with something original about their own products or services and have to steal things you create, they won’t be competition for long.
X = Work
Y = Play
Z = Keep your mouth shut
The best people in any field are those who devote the most hours to what the researchers call “deliberate practice.” It’s activity that’s explicitly intended to improve performance, that reaches for objectives just beyond one’s level of competence, provides feedback on results and involves high levels of repetition.
Rules prevent disaster, but they ensure medicrity
There is only one goodness, it is knowledge. There is only one evil, it is negligence.
It may be that taking the focus off your own happiness is what makes happiness possible.
–From a satire article in Cracked
We tend to play things ridiculously safe…it seems as if some people think they’re going to live forever.
When asked where all his success comes from, Ted Turned simply replied, “Thinking. I read and I thought.”
Stanger, if we pass each other and you desire to speak to me, why should you not? And why should I not speak to you?
If you’re just a distributor, where will you be in 5 years when the major suppliers begin vertically integrating?
In chess, a 1 or 2 ahead player always gets beat by someone who looks 7 or 8 moves ahead. I always wanted to think a few moves ahead of the competition.
When asked about the secret to longevity in show business, George Carlin replied, “Productivity.”
Lasting a long time is a function of pleasing a wide range of people.
To make more money: Motivate yourself by trying to solve peoples problems, not looking to sell them something.
If you give a child too many gifts, he will take them for granted. However we have been given a gift beyond measure (power of the mind), and we do much the same.
Beauty without intelligence is like a masterpiece painted on a napkin.
The man who has least fear for his carcass, has much time to consider others.
Conform to their style and they’ll remember you a day. Create your own style and they’ll remember you forever.
Humans must always have a carrot on a stick
Everybody is creative, and everybody is talented. I just don’t think everybody is discipined.
Nice people with common sense do not make interesting characters. They only make good former spouses.
It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.” –W. Somerset Maugham
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.
Creativity starts when you cut a zero from your budget.”
At the age of 24 I began setting clear, written goals for each area of my life. I accomplished more in the following year than I had in the previous 24.
The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.
If you sleep you can have sweet dreams…if you work hard you make dreams come true.
Train yourself to let go of the things you fear to lose.
In the words of William Arthur Ward, “Study while others are sleeping, work while others are loafing, prepare while others are playing, and dream while others are wishing.”
When investing, pessimism is your friend, euphoria the enemy.
–Warren Buffet 2008 shareholder letter
People don’t like gadgets, they like experiences. iPhone ads never highlight the technology or show the charger.
Stop thinking about how to get from people, and start thinking how to create value for them. Massive amounts for them.
If you will take your best ideas, give them away, then people will presume what you’re selling is worth more.
Strong men are honest about their desires.
Our capitalistic society ensures there will be competition.
I have told so many of my students that when you’re 1% unhappy it’s time to get out. Now it’s time to follow my own advice.
Loving the twitter spam messages promoting worthless MLM and easy money systems. Whatever happened to hard work and a killer product?
Everybody says my website is a little like McDonald’s…it may not be healthy for you, but everyone likes it.
The way we manage her brand is plan it out like a lawyer would create a case plan, then follow that plan.
–Paris Hilton Inc. Movie
Living with a woman is like working backstage.
–Ray Croc biography
If you want to conduct an orchestra, you must turn your back on the crowd.
I work with many CEO’s and celebrities and one common trait among these patients is they all imagined themselves attaining success before realizing their goals.
–Excerpt from a self-hypnosis book
Success leaves clues. Study people you admire or want to be like.
If merely looking up past financial data would tell you what the future holds, the Forbes 400 would consist of librarians.
–Warren Buffet 2008 shareholders letter