Great performers are preparing and practicing for a winning day while everyone else is still asleep
Vacation is the key to ideation
Today could be the beginning of a whole new way to lead-and live. Make the choice. Start small. Dream big.
Doing what you've been resisting is how you become even better
"Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality." -Warren G. Bennis
"Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there." -Josh Billings
"Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are." -Malcolm Forbes
"Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way." -Abraham Lincoln
"Constant effort and frequent mistakes are the stepping stones to genius." -Elbert Hubbard
Victims make excuses. Leaders drive results.
"If you do build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful." -Jeff Bezos
"I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity." -John D. Rockefeller
"Your chances of success are directly proportional to the degree of pleasure you derive from what you do." -Michael Korda
Making others feel really good about themselves begins with feeling really good about yourself
"Actions are seeds of fate. Seeds grow into destiny." -Harry Truman
How can you cross new bridges if you're not willing to burn old ones?
Seemingly obvious yet every so "un-practiced" advice from fashion celeb Andre Leon Talley: "Never give up your dream."
@FrancisAdams14 we all have fears to face and mountains to climb, don't we?
View your work as a craft and your life as an art
"I have a lot of things to prove to myself. One is that I can live my life fearlessly." -Oprah Winfrey
"If you're interested in balancing work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable."-Donald Trump
"I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse."
If you try to be all things to everyone you'll end up nothing to anyone
"You must do the thing you think you cannot do." -Eleanor Roosevelt
There is no passion to be found in playing small - in settling for a life that is less than what you are capable of living. –Nelson Mandela
"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant." -Robert Louis Stevenson
I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed. -Michael Jordan
Your reputation should be your most respected asset. Build it with care and manage it with devotion.
"I want to put a ding in the universe." -Steve Jobs
"Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body." -Seneca
No great person survived without great dreams.
"Congratulate yourself if you have done something strange, extravagant and broken the monotony." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Nurture your mind with great thoughts for you will never go any higher than you think." -Benjamin Disraeli
success is a dangerous place to be. why? because there it becomes easy to stop doing the very things that got you there
"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." -Benjamin Franklin
"My heroes are the ones who survived doing it wrong, who made mistakes, but recovered from them." -Bono
"You can't be a writer...you've got to go to school," Jackie Collins was advised by "pundits". She wrote. And sold 400,000,000 copies.
shedding any addiction to excuse-making is the first step to legacy-building...and breaking out into leadership
The longer you tolerate any form of mediocrity, the more it becomes acceptable to you
"First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do." -Epictetus
"To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first." -Shakespeare
"Discontent is the first necessity of progress." -Thomas Edison
"Success is sweet: the sweeter if long delayed and attained through manifold struggles and defeats." A. Branson Alcott
“Your premium brand had better be delivering something special, or it's not going to get the business.” -Warren Buffett
"The greatest pleasure in life is in doing what people say you cannot do". -Walther Bageholt
"Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes." -Peter Drucker
"Along with success comes a reputation for wisdom." -Euripides
"It's not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity." -Francis Bacon
There are no ordinary people. Just people choosing to play at ordinary.
Also thinking "if you drive a taxi, be the Mozart of taxi driving so you become ICONIC in your field."
Sunny Spring day in my hometown. Thinking "few things feel as good as getting great things done"
"Great works are performed, not by strength, but perseverance" -Samuel Johnson
"Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve" -Napoleon Hill
"My father was the best person i've ever known." Warren Buffett
"There is no 'try'. there is only do and not to do." paraphrase of leadership guru Yoda ;)
@zakidaud i wouldn't invest too much time and energy in the 'chattering voices of critics'. just do your dreams
@tom_peters 2 types of power my friend. the power of a title...and the power of a human...to lead without one
Life's just too short to play small. LWT (Lead Without a Title!)
Real leaders elegantly balance being fiercely courageous with being deeply compassionate
People who need to tell everyone how great they are don't know how great they truly are
"The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph" -Thomas Paine
"You need to overcome the tug of people against you as you reach for high goals." -George Patton
"Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you." -Aldous Huxley
"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." -John F. Kennedy
"Leadership is having a point of view." -Roger Enrico
One of the best leadership moves I've ever made? Learning the value of getting up at 5 am. Changes the Game.
You don't own the things that you fear you can't live without. They own you.
"To be prepared is half the victory." -Miguel de Cervantes
"Failure is the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently." -Henry Ford
@ultimate_life find a cause larger than oneself and then donate yourself to it
"Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The guys that improve every year are those that are always adding something to their game." NBA star Steve Nash
Watching an interview with NBA star Steve Nash: "I practiced my butt off every day". Success isn't "lucky". Success is BUILT!
"A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done." –Ralph Nader
"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Nelson Mandela
"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing." -Albert Einstein
"I would rather lose in a cause that will some day win, than win in a cause that will some day lose!" -Woodrow Wilson
"Spotting talent is one of the essential elements of great leadership." -David McCullough
"It's hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse." -Adlai Stevenson
"Disintegration of the old must happen before there can be integration of the new." From "The Leader Who Had No Title"
you're faced with a choice today: play the victim or become a virtuoso
"There are two ways of meeting difficulties; you alter the difficulties or you alter yourself to meet them." -Phyllis Bottome
"Watch, listen, and learn. You can't know it all yourself.. anyone who thinks they do is destined for mediocrity." -Donald Trump
The real secret of the best leaders? Value generation vs. Ego gratification.
Your title/net worth/position doesn't matter! Anyone can show leadership-and influence by a brilliant example
"If one is lucky, a solitary fantasty can transform one million realities." Maya Angelou
"The winner is the chef who takes the same ingredients as everyone else and produces the best results." -Edward de Bono
"The successful person makes a habit of doing what the failing person doesn't like to do." -Thomas Edison
often "I Can't" is just a defense mechanism is just a lie we've sold ourselves to avoid getting hurt
some of the best investment advice i've ever heard: read excellent books (massive ROI)/brilliant investment of your time
"Try to learn something about everything and everything about something." -Thomas Huxley
"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." -John F. Kennedy
One of the simplest of all human phenomema: take good care of others and they'll take good care of you
@dralain exactly. "He who serves the best profits the most" Ted Turner
"Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it." -Marian Anderson
"Sometimes leadership is planting trees under whose shade you'll never sit." -Jennifer Granholm
"Character is the foundation of all worthwhile success." -John Hays Hammond
"All things are difficult before they are easy." -Thomas Fuller
"The only justification for ever looking down on someone is to lift them up." -Jesse Jackson
"It is in changing that things find purpose." -Heraclitus
"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and help them become what they are capable of being." -Goethe
"If you're doing something a certain way because it's always been done that way, then you're probably doing it wrong." –Colin Baden
"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying." -Michael Jordan
That Emerson quote I just tweeted is one of the most important quotes I'll ever share. Go deep into it, and all it's layers
"The great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude." Emerson
@RazaLucknow my goal is to inspire/develop/en-COURAGE more leaders, not get more followers
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." -Winston Churchill
"When you are through changing, you are through." -Bruce Barton
"I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers." -Ralph Nader
"Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes... but no plans." -Peter Drucker
My #1 dream in my life? Easy...help people awaken their "inner leader" so they can Lead Without a Title (LWAT). The other/ego stuff bores me
"I don't look to jump over 7-foot bars: I look around for 1-foot bars that I can step over." -Warren Buffett
Life is a beautiful journey. Do not be so busy rushing to the mountaintop that you miss out on the glorious views along the way.
Leadership is about closing the gap between where you now are and where you've always dreamed of being
Take care of people and they'll take care of you (common sense yet not common practice)
"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Learn from it... tomorrow is a new day." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Your fears are nothing more than your growth coming to get you.
"Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure." -William Saroyan
RT @FastSelfHelp: "The worst prison would be a closed heart." - Pope John Paul II
Lots of us know how to work hard. Few know how to play hard. Learn to "deeply detach" so you come back to work even stronger/fresher
"When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that is in itself a choice." -William James
Elite performers consistently work towards physical mastery. When you feel good, you can do good.
The danger of success is that it becomes easy to fall in love with the winning formula that made you successful-so you stop innovating.
"True grit is making a decision and standing by it, doing what must be done." -John Wayne
"A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds." -Francis Bacon
Latest science: Genius isn't the domain of "the gifted few". We all can be Everyday Mozarts. Genes DO NOT pre-destin your fate.
Be the Warren Buffett of Bookkeeping or the Picasso of IT or the Mick Jagger of the Mailroom. LWAT!
People who feel good about the work they do, do great work.
"You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do." -Henry Ford
Life is short and the time to walk out into the world and be your highest self is now.
"If everyone was satisfied with themselves, there would be no heroes." Mark Twain
Great leaders are great dreamers.
"You have to be willing to make a fool of yourself to make art." Bono
"A determined person doesn't find it hard to succeed; they find it hard to stop trying." -Allen Steble
"For every disadvantage there is a corresponding advantage." -W. Clement Stone
Self investment is where a life of personal and professional mastery all begins. Success on the outside begins with success on the inside.
"The world is changing very fast. Big will not beat small anymore. It will be the fast beating the slow." -Rupert Murdoch
RT @WarrenBuffetquo: I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity. John D. Rockefeller
RT @zappos: "World peace begins with inner peace." -Dalai Lama
The most effective performers in business know that an essential part of their job is to elevating the people around them.
"A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd." -James Crooks
One of the most simple yet simply profound lines from Warren Buffett: "I stick with things." that's a lot deeper an insight than it appears
It's the negative feedback that we don't hear that most limits us.
Interesting how we see more of what we most wish to learn about. And how life sends us what we most seek out
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." -Theodore Roosevelt
The words you use are gateways into your best life.
"Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory." -George Patton
The secret of passion? A breathtaking mission.
The more you read in your life, the more you will lead in your life.
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." -Winston Churchill
"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." -Harry Truman
"The man who dies rich dies disgraced." Andrew Carnegie, one of the richest men of the world
"Complacency is the enemy of victory" (from the forthcoming "The Leader Who Had No Title")
One of the greatest enemies of peak performance? Distractions.
"The smallest of actions is better than the noblest of intentions" (from "Who Will Cry When You Die?")
To dis-honor your commitments is to dishonor yourself
Personal greatness is your birthright. You will find it on the other side of your resistances.
"A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping stone to the optimist." -Eleanor Roosevelt
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." -Thomas Edison
"To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you're not, pretend you are." -Muhammad Ali
"Success is the good fortune that comes from aspiration, desperation, perspiration and inspiration." -Evan Esar
NSI. Never stop improving. Please remember that nothing fails like success. And the top of one mountain reveals other peaks to scale.
The first step to change is taking the first step
"Success is achieved and maintained by those who try and keep trying." -W. Clement Stone
Don't run away from your fears. Run towards your fears. An extraordinary life will follow.
"High expectations are the key to everything." -Sam Walton
"The difference in winning and losing is most often... not quitting." -Walt Disney
Those who criticize and ridicule you can serve to strengthen and ignite you. Bless your critics.
There can be no deep innovation without an initial period of deep disruption (applies to us as people too). Your thoughts?
Leadership isn't a popularity contest
To live greatly, you must risk greatly. If you only take small risks, you are only entitled to a small life.
The person who experiences the most wins.
"The boss inspires fear; the leader inspires enthusiasm. The boss says 'I'; The leader says 'We'." -H. Gordon Selfridge
The best way to influence another human being is by example.
The best way to summit your outer mountains is to conquer your inner ones first
"The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender." -Vince Lombardi
The true value of life lives not in the achieving but in the becoming
Good Q to ask: "who do I choose to become today?"
RT @FastSelfHelp: "Persistence of the champions comes after surrender to purpose." - George Zalucki
"People with goals succeed because they know where they're going." -Earl Nightingale
The better your awareness, the better your choices. As you make better choices, you will see better results.
It's not that we can't have most of all we want. It's just that we don't want it bad enough to do what it takes to have it
"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." - Leo Tolstoy
Leadership isn't so much about position as it's about passion-and the obsessive pursuit of possibility
Life is a mirror. Your outer struggles reflect your inner ones.
Each day when you go to work, you get a choice: play the victim...or be a virtuoso
"Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success." -Joyce Brothers
Without a passion for discipline, the most beautiful of dreams have zero value
Warren Buffett said his primary success tactic was focus. At the meeting Bill Gates agreed that that too was his best move.Don't discount.
The secret of world-class innovation? Incremental and daily iteration. (I explain this winning formula in "The Leader Who Had No Title")
The only competition worth focusing on is against what you were yesterday
"An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought." –Picasso
The place where your greatest fears live is also the place where your greatest growth lies.
“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” -Steve Jobs
"Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success." -Napoleon Hill
Be the master of your will but the servant of your conscience.
"The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves." -Ray Kroc
"Failure is success if we learn from it." -Malcolm Forbes
"You'll always miss 100% of the shots you don't take." - Wayne Gretzky
"It is useless to desire more time if you are already wasting what little you have." -James Allen
The person who strives to do everything accomplishes nothing.
"Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things." -Peter Drucker
Brave leadership involves the attraction of ridicule. Why? Because you see a future that no one else can see
"Having a goal in your mind helps you manifest it in some way." Steve Nash, NBA Superstar
Hardening of the attitudes is more deadly than hardening of the arteries
"when you go to your limits, your limits will expand." from the forthcoming "The Leader Who Had No Title"
"No life is so hard that one can't make it easier by the way you take it." -Ellen Glasgow
"A friend of mine characterizes leaders simply like this: Leaders don't inflict pain. They bear pain." -Max DePree
a commitment to excellence without a devotion to ethics is a waste of time
i was listening to Charlie Rose interview Warren Buffett: "I spend 95% of my day reading" he said. we all can learn from that line
"A successful man is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him." -David Brinkley
i LOVe this quote: "Life happened because i turned the pages." Alberto Manguel
to innovate and create something better, you must first leave the safety of your old ways of thinking and being
the things that dis-courage you are the very things that can serve to build greater courage
Creativity is all about seeing what everybody else is seeing and thinking what nobody else is thinking.
"We first make our habits, and then our habits make us." -John Dryden
No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated and disciplined.
"The valuable person in any business is the individual who can and will cooperate with others." -Elber Hubbard
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