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Outside advice can only tell you how a decision looks.

Only you can know how it feels.

The best decisions look and feel right.

Work ethic is giving great effort to complete a task.

Passion is giving great energy to achieve an outcome.

Achievement comes when you pursue and reach what you want.
Success comes when you are in pursuit of why you want it.

Comparison is a shortcut to discouragement. You are here to fulfill a purpose that’s yours alone and nobody else can do it with your unique imprint. Form a mastermind group… model your habits after the successful people you admire the most… but don’t fall into the trap of trying to BE those people! The secret is to do what they do with consistency, not to pretend to be who they are. Adopt what works for you and then make it your own. You’ll achieve success much faster and experience it more fully when you bring your authentic self to the process. Be you. Be real. That’s what true abundance is really all about – living life on your own terms and enjoying success as YOU define it.

Admire those who admire others.

Great leaders give everyone something to believe in, not something to do.

Do what you can to give what you have to help those who want to help others.

The standard for your job should be, “I love what I do,” for the same reason that it is better to fall in love than to fall in like.

The reason to enjoy lots of life’s little pleasures is because when you add them up they equal life’s big pleasure.

Progress is vastly more important than perfection.  Make improvements as you go.

Some see risk as a reason not to try. Some see it as an obstacle to overcome. The risk is the same; to try or not depends on your perspective.

Good friends make you a better person. They cheer you on when you hit bottom and keep you humble when you reach the top.

Experiences are like spices added to a meal. They add taste and succulence to what would otherwise be the blandness of the biology of life.

Communication is not about saying what you think. It’s about ensuring others hear what you mean.

True love is when both people think they have the better half of the deal.

Optimists focus on the place they are going. Pessimists focus on the obstacles along the route. To become an optimist simply look ahead.

Even if you think nothing good can happen, remember to keep your head up so you will be sure to see the good that will happen.

Have you ever thought that once you achieved some goal you would have peace and happiness, but when you got there you didn’t? Or you met someone who had nothing, but yet was full of peace and happiness? If so, ponder this statement, “We were created for something more than this world has to offer.”

For all those times we think we just can’t, maybe we just should.

If you look for the good or if you look for the bad, you will be successful either way.

Trust is like love. Both parties have to feel it before it really exists.

“The gift of vision is greater than the gift of sight. Sight is a function of the eyes, but vision is a function of the heart. The power of vision is that your future is not just ahead of you – it also lies within you.”   -Dr. Myles Munroe

It’s not that we don’t know ourselves, it’s that we don’t always have opportunities to be ourselves. Friendship provides those opportunities.

You are authentic when everything you say and everything you do you ACTUALLY believe.

The mind can be convinced, but the heart must be won.

Compete against everyone else and no one will want to help you. Compete against yourself and everyone will want to help you.

Any great and inspiring leader or organization that ever existed set out to do something completely unrealistic.

To be innovative, you can’t look to what others have done. The whole idea of blazing a path is that there was no path there before.

Without great people even great ideas are useless.

Great leaders don’t try to be perfect. They try to be themselves. And that’s what makes them great.

If we imagine a better, more stable world, it is our collective responsibility to find those who inspire us and to inspire those around us.

People who think they are leading a company or a country aren’t leaders, they’re managers. Real leaders understand they lead other people.

Big ideas inspire and set direction. Setting specific tasks ensures things get done. Combine them and you ensure real progress is made.

We can learn about our future from our past because, regardless of technology or the speed of innovation, people are still people.

Tell people what to do and they’ll take responsibility for the task. Tell them Why they’re doing it and they’ll take responsibility for the solution.

If we were good at everything, we’d have no need for each other.

Knowledge is understanding based on what has been studied and learned. Wisdom is understanding based on what has been felt and experienced.

When we’re nice to people, it’s amazing how much they will go out of their way to help us. Such a simple idea so often forgotten.

The responsibility of leadership is not to come up with all the ideas but to create an environment in which great ideas can happen.

“Nobody can cross the finish line of your race but you”

Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.-Helen Adams Keller

Reject your own idiosyncrasies and you’ll be labeled “different.” Embrace what makes you different and you’ll be admired for being special.

Do what you need to in order to get where you’re going. Don’t go wherever you go because of what you’re doing.

Hindsight is clarity from looking back. Foresight is clarity on what happens next. Farsight is clarity beyond what most others can see.

If you choose a job because you’re good at it, you may not love to do it. But if you choose a job you love, you’ll also be very good at it.

Innovation is the ability to bring your cause to life in new ways, not simply looking for new ways to do what you’ve always done.

The annoying thing about success is you have to work for it.  So if you do the thing you love, success comes easy.

A group of followers has strength because of its numbers. A following has power because of its beliefs.

It’s the magical partnership of the person with their head in the clouds and the person with their feet on the ground that creates progress.

Good leaders have the ability to inspire us in their lifetime. Great leaders have the ability to inspire us beyond their lifetime.

Simple ideas are easier to understand. Ideas that are easier to understand are repeated. Ideas that are repeated change the world.

To get on a path to success you need a plan. To reach success you need to be flexible when the path is blocked.

Being comfortable to ask for help is important, but it’s more important to be comfortable to accept help when it is offered.

Our struggles are the short-term lessons we learn to achieve long-term success.

A leader without a title is better than a title without the ability to lead.

So much of starting a business or affecting change is the confidence and courage to simply try.

Drive advances a person. Passion advances a cause (or a company). Passion breeds patience. Drive breeds impatience.

Fight against something and you focus on the thing you hate. Fight for something and you focus on the thing you love.

lack of time + lack of resources + optimism = innovation

Follow those who follow something – an idea, a belief, a vision, a cause. Run away from those who tell you you need to follow them.

Avoid those who don’t and surround yourself with those who do.

Trust doesn’t develop from always doing the right thing. It comes from taking responsibility when you make a mistake.

Real work-life balance only happens when work and life cease to be opposing forces and become complementary ones.

We don’t have to like every moment of our jobs, but we should be able to go home every night loving what we do.

Giving doesn’t mean that you don’t ask for help. Giving means that you ask for help so that you can better give to others.

It doesn’t matter how much you know. It matters how clearly others can understand what you know.

A boss tells you what you can do to achieve a goal. A leader asks what you can do to advance a vision.

Work requires effort. Things we love to do feel effortless. Only do the things you love and you’ll never have to work again.

Preach what you know. Share when you have more than you need. Give when the opportunity presents itself.

Instead of showing up to let everyone know how great you are, show up to find out how great everyone else is.

Leaders who push, convince or coerce people to go. Leaders who pull, show people where they could go and inspire them to follow.

If perception is reality, then it follows that reality is perception. Which makes a good case for optimism.

Progress and innovation happen when you set unrealistic goals.

Bad leaders think they are better than those who serve them. Great leaders believe they are only half as good as those they serve.

If you push people away because of work, then when you’re finally free there will be no friends left…only plenty of time for more work.

We can be impressed by people who do something big, but we’re inspired when they can do it over and over and over. Be a person who cares to inspire rather than impress.

The difference between those who change the world and those who don’t is that those who do believe they can.

Too often we see only the things that stand in our way. Instead, we should look for all the ways we can go over or around.

Following a plan is good for progress, but opportunity usually exists off the plan.

As Socrates declared, “the shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what you would appear to be.”

We crave explanations for most everything, but innovation and progress happen when we allow ourselves to embrace uncertainty.

Show up to give.

Fantasies are when we imagine things we want. Dreams are when we imagine a world we want to live in. Leaders never fantasize…they dream.

Loyalty is the desire to defend someone when they are not there to defend themselves.

True leaders do not work to do better than anyone else. They work to do better than themselves. And that’s what makes them better leaders.

Bigger does not mean better. But better is how you get bigger.

The visionaries aren’t always the ones who have the ideas, they are the ones who can clearly communicate them to others.

Stories are attempts to share our values and beliefs. Story telling is worthwhile when it tells what you stand for, not what you do.

A star wants to see herself rise to the top. A leader wants to see those around her rise to the top.

Don’t show up to prove. Show up to improve.

People are always more important than numbers. Happy people make happy numbers…which make even more people happy.

Being an entrepreneur has nothing to do with owning a business. Entrepreneurs are problem solvers and they exist everywhere.

Pure pragmatism can’t imagine a bold future. Pure idealism can’t get anything done. It is the delicate blend of both that drives innovation.

Success can be dangerous. It has a tendency to shut our eyes to opportunity and cover our ears to the ideas of others.

Don’t talk about what you’re not. People are drawn to those who know who they are, where they’re going and what they believe.

Problems only exist for those who don’t look for solutions.

Leadership isn’t communicating what you need. Leadership is communicating what you can contribute.

Rally people and they will come together. Lead people and they will come together to achieve something great.

We can teach only if we are willing to learn.

The primary ingredient for progress is optimism. That unwavering belief that something can be better drives the human race forward.

Hire people inspired to achieve something big over those who demand something big before they feel inspired.

The ability to see order in chaos is called creativity.

Leadership is not the ability to organize, it is the ability to communicate. Organizing is what happens after people know why they showed up.

Profit comes as a result of being good at what you do. Trust comes as a result of being good at why you do it.

In times of uncertainty, the leaders who stand out are the ones who remain certain of their decisions.

I stopped looking for a course of action and instead became obsessed with understanding the cause of action. Then the course became clear.

When you delegate tasks you get things done. But when you delegate responsibility, others get done much more than you ever could.

Intelligence looks for what is known to solve problems. Creativity looks for what is unknown to discover possibilities.

Leaders are not just the ones who do. They are the ones who say Why, then they do it.

Don’t complain. Contribute.

Give people a reason to come to work, not just a place to go to work.

Life is not a competition, it’s a game. It’s not about winning or losing, it’s about all the fun you can have before it ends.

Real leadership, in nations or companies, comes from respect from the top to the bottom and bottom to the top of the organization.

A mentor is not someone who walks ahead of you to show you how they did it. A mentor walks alongside you to show you what you can do.

Don’t work FOR anyone. Work WITH someone. As an employee or a supplier. It feels better and the results are better too.

Leading is not the same as being a leader. Leading means others are willing to follow; not because they have to, but because they want to.

Progress starts by going in the wrong direction to the masses. Though it’s only the “wrong” direction according to the masses.

When those in charge give resources and guidance to those not in charge, then let go to allow them to take responsibility, that’s leadership.

A true friend is someone with whom protocol is no longer necessary.

To be a leader requires only one thing: followers. A follower is someone who volunteers to go in the direction of the leader who inspires them.

Sacrifice is willingness to suffer in the short term to advance the greater good. Be sure to know what the greater good is for the sacrifice to have value.

People will do as they are told by someone who outranks them, but they will only follow someone they believe in.

We can’t all be good at everything and shouldn’t pretend that we are. If we were, there would be no need for teams.

Great leaders are optimists. This is not the same as being positive. Positive is finding light in the now; optimists see light always.

Companies, like people, should never change who they are so others will like them. They should find those who like them for who they are.

If a leader gives people something to belong to and provides a clear direction, then those who believe will find amazing ways to get there.

Don’t give to get. Give to inspire others to give.

Look down from as high as possible. Look ahead as far as you can see. And then decide what to do.

New ideas need audiences like flowers need bees. No matter how bright and colorful, they will die unless others work to spread them.

Our goals should serve as markers, measurements of the progress we make in pursuit of something greater than ourselves.

No one is a leader of a company or organization. A leader is always a leader of people, not the structure that houses them.

Before we can build great companies, we have to imagine them. Great work always starts with a great vision of the future.

The best way to resolve a conflict is to shut down your email and get on the phone or make a personal visit.

It feels good to help people. So get out there and feel good.

Great leaders speak about the future with such clarity, it is as if they are talking about the past.

If you’re nice to people, people are nice back. It’s not a complicated formula.

Stand for people. Not a product or service or metric or number. Stand for real, living, breathing people and you will change the world.

Organically grown food is better for us than assembly line-produced food. The same is true for relationships. Organic ones are healthier.

Fulfillment is our right. We need to demand that our companies tell us Why they exist. What cause are we working to help them achieve?

A small team, committed to a cause bigger than themselves, can achieve absolutely anything.

A leader must listen to her supporters but need only hear her detractors.

He who trades liberty for security, deserves neither and will lose both.  Benjamin Franklin

A team’s job is to provide their leader more options. The leader’s job is to give his team the resources to do so.

The value of emotions comes from sharing them, not just having them.

To have a sense of why you do what you do is normal. The ability to put it into words others can understand makes you a leader.

The responsibility of leadership is not taken, it’s given. Only when others choose to follow us can we truly lead.

Leaders don’t convince people to follow them. Leaders walk forward alone and those who want to go down their path decide to follow.

What good is it having a belly if there’s no fire in it. Wake up, drink your passion, light a match and get to work.

Success is when reality catches up to your imagination.

Patience provides perspective.

Pushing yourself and those around you to be the best is unsustainable. Pushing yourself and those around you to be better is the only way to be the best.

It doesn’t matter if the path you start down and the path you end on are the same as long as you start down a path.

To lead means we take accountability for those who choose to follow.

Look forward…tell people what you believe and where you want to go and you’ll be amazed how well your positive words will inspire those around you.

Good marketing offers us a view of the world. Bad marketing offers us a product to buy.

If we value things that we are not prioritizing or prioritizing things we do not value as much, then perhaps it is time to realign our priorities.

Only you can take responsibility for your happiness…but you can’t do it alone. It’s the great paradox of being human.

If people like what you do it’s because you’re good at what you do. If they love what you do it’s because you know Why you do it.

Trust is not born out of what you do well. Trust is born out of what you believe.

Tactics are the things you do. Strategy is the thing you do together. One strategy always trumps lots of tactics.

If we say sorry too often, it won’t mean anything when it really matters. We should save them like we save anything of value.

It’s always other people who make us feel comfortable or uncomfortable with who we are…and we’re all other people.

When in doubt, be yourself.

Customer service is when a company works everyday to keep our business so that they never face the threat of losing it.  It is the difference between a company that acts proactively and a company that simply reacts.

The best companies don’t look out their side windows, focusing on the competition. They look out the front window, focused on where they are going.

When we help ourselves, we find moments of happiness. When we help others, we find lasting fulfillment.

Today’s revolutionaries look like you and me. They are in our companies. They are in our government. They start businesses. They run schools. They look ahead and say “I believe in a world way better than this one.”

Vulnerability is expressing ourselves in a manner that feels right to us even if it doesn’t sound right to the rest of society.

The strong bond of friendship is not always a balanced equation. Friendship is not about giving and taking in equal shares; it is about knowing, without any doubt, that that person will be there for you whenever you need them.

Those with a giving mindset take some comfort knowing that even though they didn’t get exactly what they wanted, they helped someone else get exactly what they wanted.

There must be a loyal few willing to stand next to us before we can inspire a great many others to follow us.

We can respect people even if we disagree with them. Feel free to disapprove of actions but show respect for what inspires them.

Instead of expending energy to fit into a group, it’s better to expend energy to find the group into which we fit.

If we work to make every day better than the day before, imagine what our days will be like at the end of our lives.

Success often obstructs change. When we have nothing we’re willing to risk everything. When we have something we’re afraid to risk anything.

Pulling back, physically and philosophically, is an amazing practice. We see things we can never see when in the middle of it. Instead we see solutions and opportunities.

We must be clear about where we’re going if we want anyone to help us get there.

A revolution starts with a clear vision of a world different than the one we live in today.

Optimism is the ability to focus on where we’re going, not where we’re coming from.

Don’t ignore the young. They may not have your experience, but you don’t have their ideas. Imagine what you could do if you worked together.

Any great and inspiring leader or organization that ever lived set out to do something completely unrealistic. Most of them probably never achieved what they set out to – and most of them also probably achieved more than anyone else thought possible.

Confidence is like the foundation of a house: It takes time to build, it’s best when hidden and it gives remarkable strength to any structure.

We all only see the world from our own perspectives, yet the truth cannot be revealed from a single perspective.

Work hard to seem infallible and others will work to find your flaws. Admit your shortcomings and others will work to help you be infallible.

Learning has greater value when we share what we learn.

Progress happens when those with experience work to guide the idealists forward.

If you want to feel happy, do something for yourself. If you want to feel fulfilled, do something for someone else.

It’s better to endure the discomfort of the truth now than suffer the discomfort of the lie later.

When we know why we do what we do, everything falls into place. When we don’t, we have to push things into place.

Say and do what you actually believe and everyone will know what you actually believe. It’s a handy little thing called integrity.

The responsibility of leadership is not to come up with all the ideas but to create an environment in which great ideas can happen.

The hardest part is starting. Once you get that out of the way, you’ll find the rest of the journey much easier.

The most important thing to remember about idealism is that it exists in reality.

Compare yourself to the average and you compete with the average. Compare yourself with the best and you compete with the best.

Changing the world takes more than everything any one person knows. But not more than we know together. So let’s work together.

The value of sacrifice is to advance a cause greater than ourselves. If we are unclear of the cause we are to advance, our sacrifice will become suffering.

Who we are is the sum total of why we do what we do, how we do it and what we do. If any piece is missing, others will struggle to know who we are.

“I would suggest people of affluence become a river, not a reservoir. God only gives to you what he knows will flow through you.” JM.

Before we can build the world we want to live in, we have to imagine it. Greatness starts with a clear vision of the future.
Great leaders don’t tell people what they need to do. They tell people what needs to be done.