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The 4 Best Ways to Influence Your Stakeholders

Posted on September 3rd, 2014 by Chris Gaborit

Everyone from general managers to system engineers is trying to influence stakeholders. Even the richest man in the world, Bill Gates spoke in a recent interview about having to influence stakeholders to complete his latest project. He said, “Helping convene global stakeholders to establish a set of measurable, actionable and consensus-built goals focused on extreme poverty is invaluable.”

Ultimately, all projects depend on the buy-in and ongoing support of stakeholders. Some are internal, such as managers and employees. Other are external, such as suppliers and shareholders.

If influencing stakeholders is going to help your project, as well as your performance review, bonus, salary, and future career, then it’s important to find out how you can become a better stakeholder influencer.

1.     Know your enemy

“Know your enemy, know yourself” is a quote from Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu’s book, The Art Of War. The 2500-year-old book is required reading for business people and is on’s list of 23 leadership books to read before you die.

One way to know your stakeholders – enemies or not – is to do a stakeholder analysis. There are many  analysis tools on Google, but here is a free template you can download from the Victorian government.

2.     Pass the dragon test

Though passion is important, it alone won’t influence your stakeholders; you need a good track record. On the TV show Dragons’ Den, people come to influence a panel of potential stakeholders to finance and support their project. What I have observed is that the most innovative product won’t be supported by the stakeholders unless the people have a positive track record. You also need a positive track record to influence your stakeholders to support your project.

3.     Possess the X-factor

Stakeholders are not fools. They are looking for one thing, the X factor. They know that if they back the person or team with the X factor, then they are more likely to get results and support from other stakeholders.

The X factor is a combination of charisma, optimism, confidence and emotional intelligence. It makes you stand out from the crowd and attracts people to you. For some people, the X factor is an innate skill. For others it is developed through determination, passion and grit.

4.     Check your foundation

Out of all the skills a leader requires, influencing skills are the number one. Fortunately, influencing is a skill that can be developed. Recently, I interviewed Australia’s former Olympic judo coach, Angela Deacon, who now works as Bankwest’s senior manager, organisational capability. I asked her whether Olympic champions ever had to go back to basics. She replied, “Olympic champions go back to basics when things aren’t working as well as they should. Basics are all about getting the technical aspects perfect.”

To elevate your influencing skills, go back to basics and look at the foundations of influencing and check whether you have been using all of these. Above all, keep using your influence and it will continue to grow. In the words of philosopher Andrew Yong, “Influence is like a savings account. The less you use it, the more you’ve got.”

515 Best Positive Quotes Ever

Posted on July 21st, 2014 by Chris Gaborit

Positive quotes have been a life saver so many times in my life. When you are negative, feeling down, or just need some motivation to lift your wings to new heights then read some of these to give you a boost. As Zig Ziglar says, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing that’s why we recommend it daily”

  • Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. Barack Obama
  • Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear not absense of fear. Mark Twain
  • Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change. Jim Rohn
  • I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. Maya Angelou
  • The only reason we don’t have what we want in life is the reasons we create why we can’t have them. Tony Robbins
  • A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. Ayn Rand, novelist, philosopher and playwright
  • Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. Theodore Roosevelt
  • When you don’t get what you want, you suffer. If you get it, you suffer too since you can’t hold on to it forever. Peaceful Warrior, on the fallacy of attachment
  • Adversity causes some men to break, and others to break records. ~ Unknown
  • I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. Benjamin Franklin
  • It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, Always do what you are afraid to do. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Losers visualize the penalties of failure. Winners visualize the rewards of success. Unknown
  • People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a selffulfilling prophecy. Tony Robbins
  • The successful warrior is the average man, with laserlike focus. Bruce Lee
  • The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of Hell, a hell of Heaven. John Milton
  • It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. Abraham Lincoln
  • No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt
  • You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face. Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.Victor Kiam
  • Expect problems and eat them for breakfast. Alfred A. Montapert
  • As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. Bill Gates
  • If you keep saying things are going to be bad, you have a chance of being a prophet. Isaac B. Singer
  • Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being. Kevin Kruse
  • God, grant me the serenity to accept things that I cannot change. Unknown
  • Knowledge is being aware of what you can do. Wisdom is knowing when not to do it. Anonymous
  • And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. Abraham Lincoln
  • People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. Unknown
  • The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. Chinese Proverb
  • The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands at times of comfort and convenience, but at times of challenge and adversity. Unknown
  • My life is my message. Gandhi
  • Make each day your masterpiece. John Wooden
  • Being realistic is the quickest path to mediocrity. Will Smith
  • People with clear, written goals accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them can ever imagine. Unknown
  • A goal is a dream with a deadline. Napoleon Hill
  • Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. Mark Twain
  • Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. Henry Ford
  • In matters of style, swim with the current; In matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson
  • Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. John F. Kennedy
  • Talent is formed in solitude, character in the bustle of the world. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • It is your attitude, not your aptitude, that determines your altitude. Zig Ziglar
  • You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. Wayne Gretzky
  • In the middle of a difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein
  • The only easy day was yesterday. U.S. Navy SEALS
  • Positive anything is better than negative thinking. Elbert Hubbard
  • You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can’t have it. Robert Anthony
  • That which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see. Confucius
  • The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it. Unknown
  • Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out. John Wooden
  • Who dares, wins. British SAS
  • Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. Christopher Reeve
  • Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything. Napoleon Hill
  • When I dare to be powerful to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid. Audre Lorde
  • Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. John R. Wooden
  • Rest but never quit. Even the sun has a sinking spell each evening. But it always rises the next morning. At sunrise, every soul is born again. Author Unknown
  • Suffer the pain of discipline or suffer the pain of regret! Unknown
  • There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them. Dr. Denis Waitley
  • You need a plan to build a house. To build a life, it is even more important to have a plan or goal. Zig Ziglar
  • Today I will do the things that other people won’t, so tomorrow I can do the things that other people can’t. Unknown
  • The things that hurt us teach us. Unknown
  • A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done. Vince Lombardi
  • Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. John Lennon
  • We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained. Marie Curie
  • Never, never, never give up. Winston Churchill
  • Mental toughness is to physical as four is to one. Bobby Knight
  • I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou
  • Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything George Bernard Shaw
  • The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it. Chinese Proverb
  • My mind is my biggest asset. I expect to win every tournament I play. Unknown
  • Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind. Leonardo Da Vinci
  • When someone tells me something is impossible, all i hear is that he or she in particular cannot do it. If it can be thought, it can be done. Brian Vaszily
  • Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better. Jim Rohn
  • Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. Henry Ford
  • Whenever you see a successful person you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them. Vaibhav Shah
  • Defeat is simply a signal to press onward. Helen Keller
  • If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author and everyday you have the opportunity to write a new page. Mark Houlahan
  • Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. W. Clement Stone
  • The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor. Vince Lombardi
  • In any situation, the best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing; the worst thing you can do is nothing. Theodore Roosevelt
  • We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. Aristotle
  • Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart. Ancient Indian Proverb
  • If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing lessthanexcellent work. Thomas J. Watson
  • You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. Steve Jobs
  • Gentlemen, we are going to relentlessly chase perfection, knowing full well we will not catch it, because nothing is perfect. But we are going to relentlessly chase it, because in the process we will catch excellence. I am not remotely interested in just being good. Vince Lombardi
  • You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. Christopher Columbus
  • It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle
  • Winning is not a sometime thing: it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do the right thing once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. Vince Lombardi
  • There is no education like adversity. Disraeli
  • Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination. Roy Goodman
  • You must be the change you wish to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi
  • You can do anything, but not everything. Anonymous
  • The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it. Henry Ford
  • Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity. Reduce selfishness, have few desires. Lao Tzu
  • Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true. Leon J. Suenes
  • In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on. Robert Frost
  • A man can be beaten in two ways, if he gives up or he dies. Richard Machowic
  • I find that when you have a real interest in life and a curious life, that sleep is not the most important thing. Martha Stewart
  • The courage to change the things I can; And the wisdom to know the difference. Dr. Reinhold Niebuhr
  • What the mind can conceive, it can achieve. Napoleon Hill
  • The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. Mark Twain
  • Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. Thomas Edison.
  • It’s easy enough to be pleasant, when life flows along like a song, but the man worthwhile is the man with a smile, when everything goes dead wrong. Author Unknown.
  • Give me a stock clerk with a goal, and I will give you a man who will make history. Give me a man without a goal, and I will give you a stock clerk. J.C. Penny
  • If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got. Anonymous
  • Sometimes even to live is an act of courage. Seneca
  • What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Those who wish to sing, always find a song. Swedish Proverb
  • What the thinker thinks, the prover proves Robert Anton Wilson
  • Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great. Machiavelli
  • Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down. Charles F. Kettering
  • Never give in never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. Winston Churchill
  • When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. Henry Ford
  • Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished. If you’re alive, it isn’t. Richard Bach
  • The oyster turns into pearl the sand which annoys it. Sidney Newton Bremer
  • Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. Charles Swindoll
  • In the beginning you will fall into the gaps in between thoughts after practicing for years, you become the gap. J.Kleykamp
  • There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. Bruce Lee
  • Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. Unknown
  • Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. Truman Capote
  • Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success. Swami Vivekananda
  • Carpe diem. (Seize the day.) Dr. Horace
  • When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success. Norman Vincent Peale
  • If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up. J.M. Power
  • Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter. Francis Chan
  • Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success. Dale Carnegie
  • Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. Robert Collier
  • The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself. Mark Caine
  • I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well. Diane Ackerman
  • Falling down is how we grow, Staying down is how we die. Brian Vaszily
  • Tough times never last, but tough people do. Dr. Robert Schuller
  • Sure I am this day we are masters of our fate, that the task which has been set before us is not above our strength; that its pangs and toils are not beyond our endurance. As long as we have faith in our own cause and an unconquerable will to win, victory will not be denied us. Winston Churchill
  • When you come to a roadblock, take a detour. Mary Kay Ash
  • There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed. Ray Goforth
  • The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain. Dolly Parton
  • Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. Steve Jobs
  • Get correct views of life, and learn to see the world in its true light. It will enable you to live pleasantly, to do good, and, when summoned away, to leave without regret. Robert E. Lee
  • If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money. Abigail Van Buren
  • Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. Mahatma Gandhi
  • Do what you can, where you are, with what you have. Teddy Roosevelt
  • This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God. Walt Whitman
  • It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get back up. Vince Lombardi
  • Adversity introduces a man to himself. Unknown
  • Dream big and dare to fail. Norman Vaughan
  • Eighty percent of success is showing up. Woody Allen
  • Celebrate your success and find humor in your failures. Don’t take yourself so seriously. Loosen up and everyone around you will loosen up. Have fun and always show enthusiasm. When all else fails, put on a costume and sing a silly song. Sam Walton
  • I want to be the best. So whatever comes with that, I have to accept it. Sidney Crosby
  • Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself the invisible battles inside all of us that’s where it’s at. Jesse Owens
  • Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become your character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny Unknown
  • Nobody ever drowned in sweat. US Marine saying
  • Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes but don’t quit. Conrad Hilton
  • Never think that God’s delays are God’s denials. Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius. Georges Louis Leclere De Buffon
  • Life has no smooth road for any of us; and in the bracing atmosphere of a high aim the very roughness stimulates the climber to steadier steps, till the legend, over steep ways to the stars, fulfills itself. W. C. Doane
  • Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. Babe Ruth
  • A good plan violently executed right now is far better than a perfect plan executed next week. George S. Patton
  • The world is more malleable than you think and it’s waiting for you to hammer it into shape. Bono
  • What this power is, I cannot say. All I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when you are in that state of mind in which you know exactly what you want and are fully determined not to quit until you get it. Alexander Graham Bell
  • What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise. Oscar Wilde
  • First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end. Aristotle
  • Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash. George S. Patton
  • Reach up as far as you can and God will help you reach the rest of the way. Greg Hickman
  • Intolerance of your present creates your future. Mike Murdock
  • It is defeat that turns bone to flint; it is defeat that turns gristle to muscle; it is defeat that makes men invincible. Henry Ward Beecher
  • Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, I’m possible! Audrey Hepburn
  • We become what we think about most of the time, and that’s the strangest secret. Earl Nightingale
  • Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. Henry David Thoreau
  • How does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar. Trina Paulus
  • To achieve success, whatever the job we have, we must pay a price Vince Lombardi
  • If you hear a voice within you saying, ‘You are not a painter,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. Vincent Van Gogh
  • The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved but a reality to be experienced. Art Van Der Leeuw
  • I hated every minute of training, but I said, Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion. Muhammad Ali
  • Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine. Buddha
  • Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was. Richard L. Evans
  • The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt
  • People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing. Dale Carnegie
  • In terms of instilling the values of mental toughness and work ethic, discipline is the gift that keeps on giving. William Baldwin
  • Teach thy tongue to say, I do not know, and thous shalt progress. Maimonides
  • If you wanna be the best, find the thing that sucks the most, then do it until it doesn’t suck, then repeat. Unknown
  • I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse. Florence Nightingale
  • Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. Dalai Lama
  • Whenever you find whole world against you just turn around and lead the world. Anonymous
  • Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect. Mark Twain
  • To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. Elbert Hubbard
  • Opportunities don’t happen, you create them. Chris Grosser
  • Success and rest don’t sleep together. Russian proverb
  • I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. Thomas Edison
  • Believe you can and you’re halfway there. Theodore Roosevelt
  • The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. Unknown
  • Many great ideas go unexecuted, and many great executioners are without ideas. One without the other is worthless. Tim Blixseth
  • Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on when others let go. Unknown
  • Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. Maryanne Williamson
  • Strength is the product of struggle. Unknown
  • I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply all my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy. Og Mandino
  • Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. Mark Twain
  • Either you run the day, or the day runs you. Jim Rohn
  • No masterpiece was ever created by a lazy artist. Anonymous
  • Sometimes you just got to give yourself what you wish someone else would give you. Dr Phil
  • Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable. Theodore N. Vail
  • We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. George Bernard Shaw
  • When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you. Lolly Daskal
  • Successful entrepreneurs are givers and not takers of positive energy. ~Anonymous
  • There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul. Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  • If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you! T. Harv Eker
  • The best revenge is massive success. Frank Sinatra
  • If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life. Abraham Maslow
  • Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s when you’ve had everything to do and you’ve done it. Margaret Thatcher
  • A ship is safe in harbor, but that is not what a ship was built for. William H Shedd
  • All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. Walt Disney
  • Success consists of doing the common things of life uncommonly well. Unknown
  • It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. Herman Melville
  • If you can dream it, you can achieve it. Zig Ziglar
  • When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece. John Ruskin
  • I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom. General George S. Patton
  • Thinking should become your capital asset, no matter whatever ups and downs you come across in your life. Dr. APJ Kalam
  • Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results. Albert Einstein
  • Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated. Unknown
  • A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. David Brinkley
  • The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity to know why this is so; but we ask the reason of all evil, of pain, and hunger, and mosquitoes and silly people. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster. Theodore Roosevelt
  • In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. Bill Cosby
  • Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. Wolfgang von Goethe
  • The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people. Randy Pausch
  • What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight it’s the size of the fight in the dog. Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you ready or not, to put this plan into action.Napoleon Hill
  • Life is either daring adventure or nothing. Helen Keller
  • Remember the storm is a good opportunity for the pine and the cypress to show their strength and their stability. Ho Chi Minh
  • Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength. Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. Farrah Gray
  • Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. George Addair
  • Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. Arthur Ashe
  • Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. Samuel Beckett
  • The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach. Benjamin Mays
  • Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. Benjamin Franklin
  • If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. Jim Rohn
  • The starting point of all achievement is desire. Napolean Hill
  • Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success. Dr. Joyce Brothers
  • It’s not about time, it’s about choices. How are you spending your choices? Beverly Adamo
  • You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try. Beverly Sills
  • There is no man living that can not do more than he thinks he can. Henry Ford
  • There will be sleeping enough in the Grave. Benjamin Franklin
  • Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. Joshua J. Marine
  • When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what? Sydney Harris
  • I can’t quit, I ain’t dead yet. Unknown
  • We must balance conspicuous consumption with conscious capitalism. Kevin Kruse
  • Success is…knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others. John C. Maxwell
  • There are only two rules for being successful. One, figure out exactly what you want to do, and two, do it. Mario Cuomo
  • Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better. Jim Rohn
  • You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger. Buddha
  • You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’ George Bernard Shaw
  • So long as there is breath in me, that long will I persist. For now I know one of the greatest principles of success; If I persist long enough I will win. Og Mandino
  • We judge of man’s wisdom by his hope. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. Pablo Picasso
  • We become what we think about. Earl Nightingale
  • Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. Grandma Moses
  • Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning. Robert Kiyosaki
  • It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. Confucius
  • You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction. George Lorimer
  • We do not sing because we are happy, we are happy because we sing. William James
  • Nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Anonymous
  • People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can. Richard Bach
  • You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you had to overcome to reach your goals. Booker T. Washington
  • I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. Stephen Covey
  • Every morning in Africa a Gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest Lion or it will be killed. Every morning a Lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest Gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a Lion or a Gazelle when the sun comes up you’d better be running. Charlotte Wrestling
  • Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.Michael Jordan
  • There’s no next time. It’s now or never. Celestine Chua
  • What’s the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable. Anonymous
  • Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. Albert Einstein
  • Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Helen Keller
  • If a man does not have an ideal and try to live up to it, then he becomes a mean, base and sordid creature, no matter how successful. Theodore Roosevelt
  • Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that all was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, and make it possible. T.E. Lawrence
  • The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up. Mark Twain
  • He who climbs above the cares of this world, and turns his face to his God, has found the sunny side of life. Spurgeon
  • Everything you need is already inside. Just do it. Bill Bowerman
  • The mind is everything. What you think you become. Buddha
  • The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights. Muhammad Ali
  • You have to stick out the toughness of the business and form relationships with the people in it. Rocco DiSpirito
  • If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission. Anonymous
  • The best way out is always through. Robert Frost
  • If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. Booker T. Washington
  • Nothing is likely to help a person overcome or endure troubles than the consciousness of having a task in life. Viktor Frankl
  • The best reason to start an organization is to make meaning; to create a product or service to make the world a better place. Guy Kawasaki
  • Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. William Feather
  • A real entrepreneur is somebody who has no safety net underneath them. Henry Kravis
  • Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Don’t count the days, make the days count. Muhammad Ali
  • People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing that’s why we recommend it daily. Zig Ziglar
  • Defeat is not bitter unless you swallow it. Joe Clark
  • I would rather die of passion than of boredom. Vincent van Gogh
  • Use what talents you possess; The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. Henry Van Dyke
  • If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. Latin Proverb
  • Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. Jesus
  • The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score. Bill Copeland
  • One person with a belief is equal to a force of who have only interests. John Stuart Mill
  • What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. Bob Dylan
  • Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. Pablo Picasso
  • If you don’t value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents start charging for it. Kim Garst
  • The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them. Denis Watiley
  • It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings. Ann Landers
  • There are no ordinary moments. There is always something going on. Peaceful Warrior
  • You may only succeed if you desire succeeding; you may only fail if you do not mind failing. Philippos
  • If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary. Jim Rohn
  • We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. Kenji Miyazawa
  • Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above it. Washington Irving
  • Realize that true happiness lies within you. Lucian
  • Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly. Proverb
  • Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats. Voltaire
  • A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds, and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides, and shrugs; an optimist doesn’t see the clouds at all he’s walking on them. Leonard Louis Levinson
  • The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. ~Vidal Sassoon
  • In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different. Coco Chanel, fashion designer
  • What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do. Tim Ferriss
  • The best way to predict the future is to create it. Unknown
  • Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want. Dan Stanford
  • Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. Gloria Steinem
  • The world has the habit of making room for the man whose words and actions show that he knows where he is going. Napoleon Hill
  • It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are. E.E. Cummings
  • Vision doesn’t usually come as a lightening bolt. Rather it comes as a slow crystallization of life challenges that we one day recognize as a beautiful diamond with great value to ourselves and others. Dr. Michael Norwood
  • The dreamers are the saviors of the world. James Allen
  • Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. Albert Einstein
  • If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on. Sheryl Sandberg
  • If you’re going to be able to look back on something and laugh about it, you might as well laugh about it now. Marie Osmond
  • A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead
  • Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time. George Bernard Shaw
  • If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough. Albert Einstein
  • Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
  • Vision without action is daydream. Action without vision is nightmare. Japanese Proverb
  • What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. Maya Angelou
  • The number one reason people fail in life is because they listen to their friends, family, and neighbors. Napoleon Hill
  • Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless. Jamie Paolinetti
  • Remember, if it was easy, everyone would do it. Champions are built brick by painful brick and that can take a lifetime. Sometimes it can happen without anyone even bothering to notice. Take heart. The mountains you climb can’t always be seen by an audience. Still, you must not stop climbing. For, in all their sophomoric hubris, whatever actions men take, or do not take, the mountain remains. Unknown
  • Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value. Albert Einstein
  • The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. William James
  • We were born to succeed, not to fail. Henry David Thoreau
  • When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. Mahatma Gandhi
  • Life is trying things to see if they work. Ray Bradbury
  • Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard at it. Unknown
  • Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. Robert F. Kennedy
  • If you worry about yesterday’s failures, then today’s successes will be few. Anonymous
  • The surest way not to fail is to determine to succeed. Richard B. Sheridan
  • The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. Ralph Nader
  • Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. Mark Twain
  • All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. Pablo Picasso
  • When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. Lao Tzu
  • You are what you think about all day long. Dr. Robert Schuller
  • If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today. E. Joseph Cossman
  • Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not: Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: The world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. Calvin Coolidge
  • God never sends us more than we can handle. Mother Theresa
  • Fortune sides with him who dares. Virgil
  • I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of a man is to live, not to exist. Jack London
  • Don’t hurry, don’t worry. You’re only here for a short visit. So be sure to stop and smell the flowers. Walter Hagen
  • I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else. Winston Churchill
  • You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. Margaret Thatcher
  • The Spartans say that any army may win while it still has legs under it; the real test comes when all strength is fled and the men must produce victory on will alone. Steven Pressfield
  • Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. Unknown
  • I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. Thomas Jefferson
  • Nothing on earth can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. Thomas Jefferson
  • Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory. Bill Russell
  • I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear. Rosa Parks
  • You must not only aim right, but draw the bow with all your might. Henry David Thoreau
  • Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. Albert Einstein.
  • Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. Vince Lombardi
  • To be successful you must accept all challenges that come your way. You can’t just accept the ones you like. Mike Gafka
  • Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict. William Ellery Channing
  • Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. Albert Einstein
  • Life has no limitations, except the ones you make. Les Brown
  • The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open. Chuck Palahniuk
  • An obstacle is often a stepping stone. Prescott
  • Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes. Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God. Mary Manin Morrissey
  • To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. Anonymous
  • If you cannot be a poet, be the poem. David Carradine
  • He who says he can and he who says he can’t are both usually right. Unknown
  • Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine. Mario Fernandez
  • Love all. Serve all. Help ever. Hurt never. Unknown
  • Opportunity is always knocking, the problem is that most people have the self doubt station in their head turned up way to loud to hear it. Brian Vaszily
  • Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. Dalai Lama
  • Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions. Albert Einstein
  • I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become. Oprah Winfrey
  • You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want. Zig Ziglar
  • The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same. Colin R. Davis
  • Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him. Booker T. Washington
  • Dance as though no one is watching you, Love as though you have never been hurt before, Sing as though no one can hear you, Live as though heaven is on earth. Souza.
  • Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations. George Bernard Shaw
  • When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me. Erma Bombeck
  • Fall seven times and stand up eight. Japanese Proverb
  • You become what you believe. Oprah Winfrey
  • I think and think for months and years. Ninety nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right. Albert Einstein
  • Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle. Plato
  • To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe. Anatole France
  • What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. Goethe
  • Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live. Jim Rohn
  • When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal. Napoleon Hill
  • That’s precisely the question everyone should be asking why the hell not? Why not you, why not now. Timothy Ferriss
  • Do one thing every day that scares you. Anonymous
  • Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt
  • The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. Leonardo da Vinci
  • Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right. Henry Ford
  • There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. Aristotle
  • Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all. Dale Carnegie
  • We must not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we began and to know the place for the first time. T. S. Eliot
  • There are no traffic jams along the extra mile. Roger Staubach
  • If life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Joan Collins
  • If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. Oprah Winfrey
  • 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. Mark Twain
  • We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. Les Brown
  • Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. John Wooden
  • Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow. Helen Keller
  • Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. Maya Angelou
  • Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow. Norman Vincent Peale
  • I would visualize things coming to me. It would just make me feel better. Visualization works if you work hard. That’s the thing. You can’t just visualize and go eat a sandwich. Jim Carrey
  • The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do. Anonymous
  • Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so. For glory gives herself only to those who have always dreamed of her. Charles De Gaulle
  • The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be. Horace Bushnell
  • In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. Albert Camus
  • If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be too cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down. Annie Dillard
  • If you genuinely want something, don’t wait for it teach yourself to be impatient. Gurbaksh Chahal
  • Change your thoughts and you change your world. Norman Vincent Peale
  • You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. Maya Angelou
  • The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. Ayn Rand
  • The best dreams happen when you’re awake. Cherie Gilderbloom
  • The only way to do great work is to love what you do. Steve Jobs
  • Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone’s task is as unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it. Viktor Frankl
  • In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it. Jane Smiley
  • Destiny is not a matter of chance; it’s a matter of choice. Anonymous
  • Light tomorrow with today. Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Make your life a mission not an intermission. Unknown
  • If you’re going through hell, keep going. Winston Churchill
  • Me personally, I believe that it’s only pain if you acknowledge it. If someone sees it as pain, I like to describe it as something that is unusual, out of place, or uncomfortable. You have to be all about being comfortable in uncomfortable situations. In the end, there’s work that has to be done. You don’t really have the time for self pity. Unknown
  • Two roads diverged in a wood, and II took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. Robert Frost
  • Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail. Charles Kettering
  • You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them. Michael Jordan
  • We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. Plato
  • Success is not to be measured by the position someone has reached in life, but the obstacles he has overcome while trying to succeed. Booker T. Washington
  • Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Napoleon Hill
  • When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. lexander Graham Bell
  • All progress takes place outside the comfort zone. Michael John Bobak
  • The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success. Bruce Feirstein
  • If your going through hell, keep going. Winston Churchill
  • If wrinkles must be written upon our brow, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should not grow old. James A. Garfield
  • To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield. Captain James Cook
  • It is not the critic that counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or the doer of deeds could have them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the Arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but he who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great devotion; who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails while daring greatly, knows that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls, who know neither victory nor defeat. Teddy Roosevelt
  • Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. Winston Churchill
  • Do first things first, and second things not at all. Peter Drucker.
  • To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are. Muhammad Ali
  • Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. Will Rogers
  • One man with courage makes a majority. Andrew Jackson
  • Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it. Tagore
  • He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Those who cannot bravely face danger are the slaves of their attackers. Unknown
  • A year from now you may wish you had started today. Karen Lamb
  • Someday, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love. Then, for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire. Teilhard de Chardin
  • Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. Anais Nin
  • Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking. William B. Sprague
  • You can’t fall if you don’t climb. But there’s no joy in living your whole life on the ground. Unknown
  • The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. Confucius
  • Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. Unknown
  • The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible. Arthur C. Clarke
  • I can’t understand why people are frightened by new ideas. I’m frightened by old ones. John Cage
  • It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. Anonymous
  • Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly. Stephen R. Covey
  • We will either find a way, or make one! Hannibal
  • Fortune favors the brave. Publius Terence
  • Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. Jim Ryun
  • The only people who find what they are looking for in life are the fault finders. Foster’s Law
  • In the end I didn’t get a top car any more. I had no toughness left. That was the reality. Jacky Ickx
  • In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you. Deepak Chopra
  • Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means. Albert Einstein
  • Why tip toe through life, to arrive safely at death? If you’re gonna be afraid to live, what’s the point? Unknown
  • Every great story on the planet happened when someone decided not to give up, but kept going no matter what. Spryte Loriano
  • We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
  • To change one’s life; Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions. William James
  • Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus. Alexander Graham Bell
  • Education costs money. But then so does ignorance. Sir Claus Moser
  • If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. Henry David Thoreau
  • It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live. Mae Jemison
  • You will find, as you look back upon your life, that the moments when you really lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love. Henry Drummond
  • Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself and be lenient to everybody else. Henry Ward Beecher
  • The best is yet to be. Robert Browning
  • If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. Vincent Van Gogh
  • Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. Mark Twain
  • We’ll operate with no excuses. There are no excuses. You succeed or you don’t. Unknown
  • Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. Steve Jobs
  • Trust because you are willing to accept the risk, not because it’s safe or certain. Anonymous
  • A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. Albert Einstein
  • It is never too late to be what you might have been. George Eliot
  • There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. Albert Einstein
  • When I was years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. John Lennon
  • Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that. Norman Vincent Peale
  • Some succeed because they are destined. Some succeed because they are determined. Unknown
  • No pressure, no diamonds. Mary Case
  • I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 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
  • The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. Amelia Earhart
  • Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. John D. Rockefeller
  • The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. Anonymous
  • The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. Alice Walker
  • There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction. John F. Kennedy
  • There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. Colin Powell
  • How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. Anne Frank
  • Waste no tears over the grieves of yesterday. Euripides
  • Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. Lolly Daskal
  • Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them. Anonymous
  • Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.
  • An unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates
  • Your work is to discover your work and then, with all your heart, to give yourself to it. Buddha
  • The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running. Unknown

3 Reasons Bill Gates Could get a Message to Garcia

Posted on June 26th, 2014 by Chris Gaborit

If the world depended on a man, who would you trust? If a message had to get through to save your country, who would you trust to take it?

Mission Impossible and Bill Gates don’t seem like a likely combination; however, when I discovered a Mission Impossible book called “A Message to Garcia,” it challenged me to think of who I would put my money on to get a letter to Garcia today. Who would I trust to do a job that would change the world? I could think of no greater person than Bill Gates.

Throughout history, “A Message to Garcia” has been one of the most powerful books ever written on leadership. It was written in one hour. It is only nine pages long, and yet there have been over 100,000,000 copies sold, and it has been translated into 37 languages and made into two movies. This book has been held up by US, Russian, and Japanese militaries and businesses for over 100 years as an example of the perfect leader.

We have all heard of Mission Impossible. It is something we have become familiar with seeing in movies. The hero, often a retired CIA agent, is given a secret mission, which would be impossible for mortal men. However, the hero is no mortal man. His influence overcomes mere men, the most beautiful women, and incredible obstacles. In the end, he saves the princess and the world from the evil dictator.

The truth is, there really was such a hero, and he did save a large part of the world…and that’s how this book originated.

Rowan was an American Army Officer from West Virginia. In 1899, the Civil war in Cuba took a major turn when unknown forces sank the American battleship Maine in Havana harbor. America entered the war, but to succeed, they required the support of the insurgent forces.

The leader of the insurgent forces was General Garcia. He was hiding in the Oriente Province in the most eastern region of Cuba. It stretches across 14,641 square miles (37,920 km2) and consists of various mountain ranges with the Sierra Maestra region having Cuba’s highest mountain peak and elevation in Pico Turquino. No mail nor telegraph message could reach him.

The US president must secure his cooperation, and quickly, but how? who? Someone said to the President, “There’s a fellow by the name of Rowan will find Garcia for you, if anybody can.”

Rowan was sent for and given a letter to be delivered to Garcia. “The fellow by the name of Rowan took the letter, sealed it up in an oil-skin pouch, strapped it over his heart, and in four days landed by night off the coast of Cuba from an open boat. He disappeared into the jungle and in three weeks came out on the other side of the island, having traversed a hostile country on foot, and delivered his letter to Garcia.”

The book became the stuff of legends.

  • After publication, reprint orders began trickling in, which wasn’t unusual. The trickle became a flood, prompting Hubbard to ask which article triggered the interest. It was “the stuff about Garcia,” he was told.
  • Then, a telegram arrived from George H. Daniels of the New York Central Railroad asking for a price on 1,000 copies of the Rowan article in pamphlet form. Hubbard didn’t have the capacity to fill the order, so he granted permission to reprint. Daniels eventually printed and distributed half a million copies under the title, “A Message to Garcia.”
  • One copy found its way into the hands of Prince Hilakoff, Director of Russian Railways, who had the booklet translated and given to every railroad employee in Russia.
  • The booklet spread to Germany, France, Spain, Turkey, India, and China.
  • Japanese soldiers found the booklet on Russian prisoners during the war and had it translated, distributing it to every Japanese government employee. Over 100 million copies of “A Message to Garcia” were sold, achieving a larger circulation than any other literary venture in the lifetime of the author.

The United States won the Spanish-American War. As a result, Spain ceded Puerto Rico, the Philippines, and Guam to the United States and abandoned all claims to Cuba (which became independent in 1902).

Rowan, by then Colonel Rowan, was decorated for his achievement by the commander of the United States Army, who said, “I regard this achievement as one of the most hazardous and heroic deeds in military warfare.”

The forward of the booklet says, “This was undoubtedly true, but it is for his fine moral character, rather than for his military prowess, that Lieutenant Andrew Summers Rowan will always be remembered.”

I believe in every generation there must be people who could deliver a letter to Garcia, people who can change the world, people who can make a difference, and one of those is Bill Gates.

Reason 1 – Bill Gates continually puts himself in the right place.

A number of years ago, Bill Gates was interviewed by Larry King. He said this: “I was in the right place, at the right time, and luck had a lot to do with it. However, there were many others in the same place as I was when computers began to gain popularity.”

If you want to be a world class actor you don’t go to Diomede, the most remote city in Alaska to live. You go to Hollywood. If you want to develop an App that will make a billion dollars you go to Silicon Valley to live. You put yourself in the right place.

People who want to be great leaders need to put themselves under a great leader. They need to be trained by great leaders and learn from great leaders.

Bill Gates wasn’t in the right place by luck alone. He was in the right place because he had been preparing himself since he was 13. His parents saw his potential and put him in a leading school, one of the first to have a computer. That’s where he began working on his first computer and developing programs for it. He became so good that the school asked him to write programs to schedule students in class. He then went to Harvard.

Captain Rowan had put himself in the right place. He had been trained in the best military college in the world at West Point. He had learned from the best leaders in the world.

Reason 2- Bill Gates sees the future and researches his subject with a passion

Great leaders not only put themselves in the best possible place to be trained, coached, and mentored, but they have vision. They see the future and then they learn all that is possible about their subject.

In the interview, he said, “I had a long-term vision of how the personal computer would revolutionize every facet of life. Once again, there were many others with the same vision I had.”

There may have been many others who also had a vision, but Bill Gates’ vision was bigger than building a computer or a software program. His vision was global—he had a vision to change the world.

Captain Rowan saw the future of Latin America. He served several frontier posts with military intelligence in Latin America and he co-authored a book on Cuba. Some believe that Rowan, as a trained spy, spoke Spanish. His vision had led him to research his subject with passion and learn the language.

Reason 3: Bill Gates is a man of massive and immediate action.

In the interview, Gates said, “I took massive, immediate action. This is where the rubber meets the road.”

In the book “A Letter to Garcia,” Hubbard says, “By the Eternal! There is a man whose form should be cast in deathless bronze and the statue placed in every college in the land. It is not book-learning young men need, nor instruction about this or that, but a stiffening of the vertebrae which will cause them to be loyal to a trust, to act promptly, concentrate their energies; do the thing—carry a message to Garcia!”

In this interview Bill Gates finished saying, “If you’re in the right place at the right time and have a vision to see where a new technology is going, but don’t take action … you’ll never be successful… Without all three components in place, you’re doomed.”

Rowan did not stay and ask questions; he did not delegate the task; he did not suggest that it was not his job. He took massive, immediate action.

He took the letter, sealed it up in an oil-skin pouch, strapped it over his heart, and in four days landed by night off the coast of Cuba from an open boat. He disappeared into the jungle, and in three weeks, he came out on the other side of the island, having traversed a hostile country on foot, and delivered his letter to Garcia.

The business world cries out for leaders who will put themselves in the right place, have a vision, and take immediate, decisive action.

In the book the author says, “Civilization is one long, anxious search for just such individuals. Anything such a man asks shall be granted. He is wanted in every city, town and village – in every office, shop, store and factory. The world cries out for such; he is needed and needed badly – the man who can carry a message to Garcia.”

Chris Gaborit, Managing Director, The Learning Factor – Australia and Asia’s Leader in Training Outsourcing.

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