Here are some quotes that I’ve come across through various mediums that have inspired me, impacted me in some way, and/or things I’ve found profound.
This list is unordered – mostly centered around Business and Creativity.
I tried to get attribution correct, but mistakes can be made.
If available I provide the source, typically in book form in quotations.
Check back periodically as this is a living list and I’ll be adding quotes.
If you don’t already, I recommend recording in a journal or notebook quotes that you find inspirational. (A pic of my journal below)
Creativity thinks up new things, innovation does new things – Theodore LevittFor the
Innovation to be meaningful it must always take the customer’s point of view. At the same time Innovation simplifies your business to its critical essentials. It should make things easier for you and your people in the operation of your business; otherwise it’s not Innovation but complication – Michael E Gerber “The E-Myth Revisited”
Discretion is the enemy of order, standardization, and quality – Theodore Levitt “Marketing for Business Growth”
You want your people to fail early, fast, and cheap – and then learn from it. – A.G Lafley (former CEO of Procter and Gamble) quote take from “Multipliers”
The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera – Dorothea Lange
You can do a lot of unimportant or meaningless things extremely quickly well, but it doesn’t make them important. It will never make them important – Timothy Ferris
If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea – Antoine De St Exupery quote taken from “Multipliers”
No mission, no margin – author unknown (or at least I can’t find one for attribution)
If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, you don’t know what you are doing – W. Edwards Deming
Amateurs have a goal. Professionals have a process – excerpt from Fs.blog – Shane Parrish
First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit is persistence in practice. – Octavia Butler
Habit is the intersection of knowledge (what to do), skill (how to do), and desire (want to do). – Stephen Covey
First we make our habits, then our habits make us – Charles Nobel (but maybe misattributed and could be John Dryden)
Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients – Richard Branson
Consistency reduces complexity and overhead – founders of Scrum
Systems serve you, not the other way around – Todd Henry “Accidental Creative”
You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending – C.S. Lewis
Good decisions can lead to bad outcomes and vice versa – Peter Bevelin
If you skipped some chapters in a book,it wouldn’t make much sense would it? – Brittany Burgunder
Never go to sleep without a request to your subconscious – Thomas Edison
We suffer more often in imagination than in reality – Seneca
In a world of decay, everything we create requires maintenance. Without sustaining, any success we have will eventually fade away – Jason Scott Montoya “The Jump”
Private victory always precedes public victory – Stephen Covey
If you have more than three priorities in life, you have none – Jim Collins
It’s said that a wise person learns from his mistakes. A wiser one learns from others’ mistakes. But the wisest person of all learns from others’ successes. – John C Maxwell