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If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster.

If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster. – Stephen Covey What does that mean? This quote comes from the difference between management and leadership. A leader has the vision to see the ladder is leaned up against the wrong wall. […]

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Life is a succession of crises and moments when we have to rediscover who we are and what we really want.

Life is a succession of crises and moments when we have to rediscover who we are and what we really want. – Jean Vanier What does that mean? This is an interesting quote to consider for a control freak. You want to believe that you have some control in your life, and to an extent […]

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Improvement begins with I.

Improvement begins with I. – Arnold H. Glasgow also seen spelled as Glasow What does that mean? This is just one of those obvious quotes, isn’t it? How are you going to improve? Will random chance cause a spontaneous improve-ment? Or will you have to do some work on it? Change happens, you don’t need […]

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Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat.

Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat. – Jean-Paul Sartre What does that mean? If you have ever rowed a boat, you know it’s a pretty intense job. Even something as simple as paddling a canoe keeps you busy most of the time. To ‘rock the boat’ is both a literal […]

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There aren’t shortcuts. Merely direct paths. Most people don’t take them, because they frighten us.

There aren’t shortcuts. Merely direct paths. Most people don’t take them, because they frighten us. – Seth Godin What does that mean? Here is a more complete version of the quote: “There aren’t many actual shortcuts. There are merely direct paths… Most people don’t take them, because they frighten us–too direct, I guess. It’s easy to […]

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We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.

We are shaped and fashioned by what we love. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe What does that mean? While some might state that we are shaped by what we hate, I believe that not everyone is motivated primarily by hate. Hate is an ‘away’ emotion. You don’t choose to have burgers because you hate tacos. It’s […]

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The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. – Mark Twain What does that mean? While this has not been definitively sourced to the late, great Mark Twain, I believe that it is a great thought. Until we are born, there isn’t much to […]

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As the twig is bent the tree inclines.

As the twig is bent the tree inclines. – Virgil What does that mean? This quote is about the path one takes in life. Lessons learned early, when we are but twigs, will impact our future, or how the tree inclines. Another way to look at it is in terms of trajectory. Absent any wind, once […]

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Don’t fall into the trap of prioritizing a busy life over a truly fulfilled one! Make the choices that have deeper meaning and life is sweet.

Don’t fall into the trap of prioritizing a busy life over a truly fulfilled one! Make the choices that have deeper meaning and life is sweet. – Tony Robbins and here What does that mean? Quick! What do you need to get done? Are you filling your schedule with a list of things which you “need to do” or […]

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The best way to predict the future is to create it.

The best way to predict the future is to create it. – Peter Drucker What does that mean? The Future… Kind of scary sounding. Full of unknowns. Full of twists and turns. How can you possibly predict it? This quote says that the best way to know what is coming is to be an active participant. By […]

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You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.

You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight. – Jim Rohn What does that mean? This quote is about the power of time. If you’re going in an undesired direction, you’re going to end up where you don’t want to be. While changing where you are isn’t going to be instant, […]

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True Friendship is the least jealous of loves. Two friends delight to be joined by a third, and three by a fourth.

True Friendship is the least jealous of loves. Two friends delight to be joined by a third, and three by a fourth. – C.S. Lewis What does that mean? This quote is taken from a longer quote on the differences between romantic love and friendship. In it the larger quote (see the confirmed link at the bottom […]

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The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.

The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails. – John Maxwell, also attributed to William Arthur Ward What does that mean? This is a fun quote, because it breaks the usual dichotomy of the glass is half full, glass is half empty paradigm. It adds a third […]

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You simply have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Put blinders on and plow right ahead.

You simply have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Put blinders on and plow right ahead. –  George Lucas What does that mean? Life is an interesting thing. By that, I mean that there is always something interesting going on. Plenty of distractions. “Ooooh! Something Shiny!” and “Squirrel!” they are all around […]

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No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.

No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying. – Tony Robbins and here What does that mean? How true is that! The person who isn’t trying is going nowhere, by definition. They aren’t doing what it takes to plan the task, they aren’t getting […]

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