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Books by Mike Hawkins
By reading Activating Your Ambition, you will discover how easy it can be to learn new skills, overcome bad habits, and improve performance. You will find out how to conquer the primary obstacles to improvement, how to move outside of your comfort zone, and how to turn your ambitions into realities.
The eight principles of Activating Your Ambition show you how to build confidence, be more successful at work, improve your health, and enhance your relationships. You will have clarity in your goals and be well on your way to focused improvement and long-term success.
Execution: Delivering Excellence describes the capabilities that leaders need to create competitive differentiation and deliver extraordinary value. Great leaders build a culture that achieves operational excellence as well as adapts to change and seizes new opportunities. By learning the competencies of making smart decisions, fostering innovation, enabling speed, and taking action, you are able to equip your team to sustain great performance for years to come.
Partnerships: Leveraging Teamwork illustrates how to build high-performing teams and work effectively with others across organizational boundaries. Great leaders do not lead a collection of individuals but rather a unified team of people who work for the good of the organization. By learning the competencies of internal and external partnering, you will gain synergy, establish a spirit of community, and leverage the value of collaboration.
Others: Developing People guides you in building the skills of others and developing top performers. Great leaders build teams of competent people who are able and willing to take ownership for the work that needs to be performed. By learning the competencies of coaching, enabling, and holding people accountable, you multiply your abilities, transfer your knowledge, and leave an enduring legacy.
Communications: Inspiring Performance describes how to influence people through positive and trustworthy interpersonal communications. Great leaders speak, write, and listen in a manner that connects with people and moves them to action. By learning the competencies of creating compelling content, engaging the audience, and maintaining communication flow, you are able to capture people’s minds and hearts as well as foster the healthy exchange of ideas and information.
Self: Setting the Example sets the foundation for the ability to lead others by developing the competencies of great self-leadership. Effective leaders possess intrinsic passion, character, courage, and confidence that others respect and want to follow. When you lead yourself well, operate productively, and think strategically, others notice and are motivated to attain the higher standards you demonstrate.
Leadership: Competencies That Enable Results explores the essentials of great leadership and establishes the principles that underpin the ability to coach, lead, and achieve high levels of organizational performance. Laying the groundwork for the competencies introduced over the course of the series, this book guides you in building a leadership roadmap for yourself and others to follow on the journey to enabling great results.
Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
A positive attitude from you tends to produce a positive attitude toward you.
Experience is a jewel, and it had need be so, for it is often purchased at an infinite rate.
The essential pain is the downside, the risk, the reality of the human condition you must face to follow through with your reasonable expectation. The earned reward is the upside, the advantage, the blessing of life you will receive if you follow through. Experiencing them over and over is how we retrain our feeling brain and grow ourselves up from the inside out.
Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.
Man is only truly great when he acts from the passions.
Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.
I think there is something more important than believing: Action! The world is full of dreamers, there aren’t enough who will move ahead and begin to take concrete steps to actualize their vision.
The only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.
The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.
If you think you can, you’re right. If you think you can’t, you’re right.
A leader is best when people barely know that he exists. … When his work is done, his aims fulfilled, they will all say, ‘We did this ourselves.”
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
You’ve got to go out on a limb sometimes because that’s where the fruit is.
Education … is a process of living and not a preparation for future living.
The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.
Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.
Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.
Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it’s the only one you have.
I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.
There can be no courage unless you’re scared.
The world is changed not by the self-regarding, but by men and women prepared to make fools of themselves.
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: It is character.
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.
In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves. … Self-discipline with all of them came first.
There is nothing which we receive with so much reluctance as advice.
Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body, calling attention to an unhealthy state of things.
Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.
The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.
An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field.
Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.
My strength lies solely in my tenacity.
For as children tremble and fear everything in the blind darkness, so we in the light sometimes fear what is no more to be feared than the things children in the dark hold in terror and imagine will come true.
Don’t put limitations on yourself. Other people will do that for you.
Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.
We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.
No man should judge unless he asks himself in absolute honesty whether in a similar situation he might not have done the same.
No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.
There is only one boss: the customer. And he can fire everybody in the company, from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.
You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity.
Attach yourself to those who advise you rather than praise you.
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.
The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.
Too much rest is rust.
The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity.
A man is known by the company he keeps. A company is known by the men it keeps.
Patience is also a form of action.
It’s not so much that we’re afraid of change or so in love with the old ways, but it’s that place in between that we fear …. It’s like being between trapezes. It’s Linus when his blanket is in the dryer. There’s nothing to hold on to.
A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.
In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.
It’s easy to have faith in people who have already proved themselves. It’s much tougher to believe in people before they have proved themselves. But that is the key to motivating people to reach their potential.
You are who you are and what you are because of what has gone into your mind. You can change who you are and what you are by changing what goes into your mind.
The starting point of all achievement is desire.
I believe that whatever your chosen profession, if you make a strong commitment and have a burning desire in your heart–combined with the conviction that you can make a difference–dogged persistence provides you the best insurance for success.
Talent is God-given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be thankful. Conceit is self-given; be careful.
The truth is, we’re products of everything – genes, environment, family, friends, trade winds, earthquakes, sunspots, schools, accidents, serendipity, anything you can think of, and more. What distinguishes the leader from everyone else is that he or she takes all of that and creates a new, unique self.
A pessimistic attitude may seem so deeply rooted as to be permanent. I have found, however, that pessimism is escapable. Pessimists can in fact learn to be optimists, and not through mindless devices like whistling a happy tune or mouthing platitudes, but by learning a new set of cognitive skills.
The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.
People forget years and remember moments.
Doubt whom you will, but never yourself.
Every child is an artist until he is told he’s not an artist.
There is no such thing as a ‘self-made’ man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts.
We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause.
I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the unsuccessful ones is pure perseverance. It is so hard.
Nothing is ever lost by courtesy. It is the cheapest of pleasures, costs nothing, and conveys much.
Care about people’s approval and you will be their prisoner.
We are so vain that we even care for the opinion of those we don’t care for.
Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.
You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
Genes and family may determine the foundation of the house, but time and place determine its form.
Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.
It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.
The moment you accept yourself, you become beautiful.
Eloquence is the power to translate a truth into language perfectly intelligible to the person to whom you speak.
Life is a blank canvas, and you need to throw all the paint on it you can.
Care about people’s approval and you will be their prisoner.
Opportunity is missed by most because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.
People admire your strengths, but they love your vulnerability.
Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.
Nothing so soon the drooping spirits can raise, as praises from the men, whom all men praise.
Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.
If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.
There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.
Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except the best.
The man who can make others laugh secures more votes for a measure than the man who forces them to think.
You are what you do. If you do boring, stupid, monotonous work, chances are you’ll end up boring, stupid, and monotonous.
The higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk.
People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.
If you must play, decide on three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time.
If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.
True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own.
Money doesn’t change men. It merely unmasks them.
Confidence is contagious; so is lack of confidence.
I’d rather regret the things I have done than regret the things I have not done.
What is morally wrong can never be advantageous, even when it enables you to make some gain that you believe to be to your advantage. The mere act of believing that some wrongful course of action constitutes an advantage is pernicious.
Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.
If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction. Remember also that you are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped.
The lesson will always repeat itself, unless you see yourself as the problem — not others.
Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise.
Manage yourself, so others won’t have to.
Our life is what our thoughts make it.
Business is all about solving people’s problems — at a profit.
Instruction does much, but encouragement everything.
In time, the people with desire will always rise to the top.
To be nobody but myself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.
Selfless service has always been one of the most powerful methods of influence.
Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
With confidence, you have won even before you have started.
I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure–which is: Try to please everybody.
If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong.
I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.
Discontent is the source of all trouble, but also of all progress, in individuals and nations.
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.
I can accept failure; everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.
The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.
Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.
Whenever you commend, add your reasons for doing so; it is this which distinguishes the approbation of a man of sense from the flattery of sycophants and admiration of fools.
The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.
Take your work seriously but yourself lightly.
It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
You can tell you’re on the road to success; it’s uphill all the way.
Fortune favors the audacious.
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 safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.
Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.
Don’t expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
It is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.
The only thing I know that truly heals people is unconditional love.
We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
People with humility don’t think less of themselves; they just think of themselves less.
I was obliged to be industrious. Whoever is equally industrious will succeed equally well.
The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.
There is no education like adversity.
Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try.
Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.
Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.
In a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.
Ambition is like hunger; it obeys no law but its appetite.
A key skill for all successful leaders is the ability to continuously improve themselves.
Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.
Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.
A failure is a man who has blundered but is not able to cash in on the experience.
People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.
Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.
It is not in the still calm of life or the repose of a pacific station that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.
New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.
Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do..
Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant. There is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks.
In any project the important factor is your belief. Without belief, there can be no successful outcome.
The most perfect technique is that which is not noticed at all.
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
You are never a loser until you quit trying.
Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.
The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.
Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. I like fun.
In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends.
The illiterate of the future are not those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone … and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something.
A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator, the smaller the fraction.
That sorrow which is the harbinger of joy is preferable to the joy which is followed by sorrow.
It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all — in which case, you fail by default.
There is always an easy solution to every human problem–neat, plausible, and wrong.
We all have ability. The difference is how we use it.
Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is the knack of getting along with people.
Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.
In all things that you do, consider the end.
Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; argument is an exchange of ignorance.
Fortune favors the brave.
Making people feel important is precisely what a leader is paid for — because making people feel important motivates them to do better work.
Our [delusions of achievement, status and contributions] become a serious liability when we need to change. We sit there with the same godlike feelings, and when someone tries to make us change our ways we regard them with unadulterated bafflement.
What you befriend, you’ll transcend.
Patience is also a form of action.
We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
Many of us are more capable than some of us, but none of us is as capable as all of us.
A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.
They envy the distinction I have won; let them therefore, envy my toils, my honesty, and the methods by which I gained it.
To have what we want is riches, but to be able to do without is power.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions.
I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
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.
Most people have to get to a point where they don’t have a choice before they’ll change something.
The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret.
If you aren’t feeling pain, there is rarely enough motivation or humility to change.
The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.
We are not creatures of circumstance; we are creators of circumstance.
Managers are people who do things right, and leaders are people who do the right thing.
If you would escape moral and physical assassination, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing — court obscurity, for only in oblivion does safety lie.
The most important thing in any relationship is not what you get but what you give.
When all else is lost, the future still remains.
If you do something with your whole heart and it’s a mistake, you can live with that.
The goal is not always meant to be reached, but to serve as a mark for our aim.
If we do not plant knowledge when young, it will give us no shade when we are old.
The greatest crime in the world is not developing your potential. When you do what you do best, you are helping not only yourself, but the world.
Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.
Get comfortable being uncomfortable. That’s when you see the most growth.
One must learn by doing the thing; though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try.
If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful after all.
Valor withers without adversity.
A poor idea well written is more likely to be accepted than a good idea poorly written.
Our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.
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.
There are undeniably bad bosses, toxic work environments, difficult relationships and real life crises. Nonetheless, we have far more control over our energy than we ordinarily realize. The number of hours in a day is fixed, but the quantity and quality of energy available to us is not. It is our most precious resource.
If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.
It is the capacity to develop and improve their skills that distinguishes leaders from followers.
For training and learning purposes, it’s important to create meaningful chunks that condense several pieces of information into one. This facilitates perception, learning and retention. By creating a single chunk, we reduce the short-term memory load.
There are always two choices. Two paths to take. One is easy. And its only reward is that it’s easy
We are all failures, at least all the best of us.
The test of a vocation is the love of the drudgery it involves.
A teacher who is attempting to teach, without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn, is hammering on a cold iron.
I have always supported measures and principles and not men. I have acted fearless and independent and I never will regret my course. I would rather be politically buried than to be hypocritically immortalized.
You can make more friends in two months by becoming genuinely interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.
Do not be too timid and squeamish about your reactions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
The crucible is an essential element in the process of becoming a leader. No matter how cruel the testing, they become more optimistic and more open to experience.
If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him.
You are surrounded by hundreds of people more timid than you are.
We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.
You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies, for the hardest victory is over self.
If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we are not really living. Growth demands a temporary surrender of security. It may mean a giving up of familiar but limiting patterns, safe but unrewarding work, values no longer believed in, relationships that have lost their meaning. As Dostoevsky put it, ‘taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.’ The real fear should be the opposite course.
We are social creatures to the inmost centre of our being. The notion that one can begin anything at all from scratch, free from the past, or unindebted to others, could not conceivably be more wrong.
The most important person is the one you are with in this moment.
The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.
Do not be concerned that no one recognizes your merits; be concerned that you may not recognize others’.
He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty.
Mistakes should be examined, learned from, and discarded; not dwelled upon and stored.
To reason with poorly chosen words is like using a pair of scales with inaccurate weights.
I do not live for what the world thinks of me, but for what I think of myself..
A satisfied customer is the best business strategy of all.
By leadership we mean the art of getting someone else to do something that you want done because he wants to do it.
Ultimately, we know deeply that the other side of every fear is a freedom.
The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.
Victory is much more meaningful when it comes not just from one person, but from the joint achievements of many.
Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.
What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.
We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.
The chances are that you have already come to believe that happiness is unattainable. But men have attained it. And they have attained it by realizing that happiness does not spring from the procuring of physical or mental pleasure, but from the development of reason and the adjustment of conduct to principles.
It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.
Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.
Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.
What you resist persists.
Only 10% of people actually succeed at what they set out to accomplish. Another 10% accept defeat and try to resolve their feelings of anger and desperation by turning to drugs, alcohol and other obsessions. Finally, 80% of the population simply endures their frustration and blame their lack of success on circumstances.
They can because they think they can.
Plans are worthless, but planning is everything.
The basis of insincerity is the idealized image we hold of ourselves and wish to impose on others.
The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.
Your task is not to foresee the future, but to enable it.
I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come indirectly through accident, except the phonograph. No, when I have fully decided that a result is worth getting, I go about it, and make trial after trial, until it comes.
If you are not fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.
One who fears failure limits his activities. Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again.
Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.
Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not, nothing is more common than unsuccessful people 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. The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
It is the familiar that usually eludes us in life. What is before our noses is what we see last.
Our business in life is not to get ahead of other people, but to get ahead of ourselves.
To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to have changed often.
Time is the most precious element of human existence. The successful person knows how to put energy into time and how to draw success from time.
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
If people lack the previous experiences that allow them to master a given leadership competence, however, it is still not too late – but it requires motivation. The brain’s ability to sprout fresh connections continues throughout life. It just takes more effort and energy to learn in adulthood lessons that would have come more readily in our early years.
The mind that is anxious about future events is miserable.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
Anxiety is practicing failure in advance. Anxiety is needless and imaginary. It’s fear about fear, fear that means nothing.
Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
A problem well stated is a problem half solved.
What you dislike in another take care to correct in yourself.
An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive business advantage.
Life is mostly froth and bubble, / Two things stand like stone, / Kindness in another’s trouble, / Courage in your own.
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
Every gain made by individuals or societies is almost instantly taken for granted.
You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.
Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.
This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.
The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself — the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us — that’s where it’s at.
Failure has to be an option. … No important endeavor that required innovation was done without risk.
Our life is what our thoughts make it.
We become what we think about.
Misfortunes often sharpen the genius.
It is a true saying, that what you fear you find.
A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying … that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.
I am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day you bet on people, not on strategies.