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The best way to get people to think out of the box is not to create the box in the first place.
Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.
A leader's most powerful ally is his or her own example. Leaders don't just talk about doing something; they do it.
Commit to your job and your work, whatever it is. Believe in it more than anything else. If you love your work, you'll be out there every day trying to do the best you can, and pretty soon everybody around will catch the passion from you.
A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.
When you're in your nineties and looking back, it's not going to be how many awards you've won. It's really what did you stand for. Did you make a positive difference for people?
Immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your secret reveries that you were born to control affairs.
People have inside them a certain work ethic, and, if you appeal to them nicely, they'll respond and give all they can give.
Everyone has an opportunity to be great because everyone has an opportunity to serve.
One person who wants something is a hundred times stronger than a hundred who want to be left alone.
The real winners in life are the people who look at every situation with an expectation that they can make it work or make it better.
Be like the bird that, passing on her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings.
It is ours to win with--if we can shift gears from decades of controlling things to a decade of liberty-- turning people loose to dream, dare, and win.
There are all kinds of ways to learn to be a leader. The foolish way is to think that there is a type of ideal leader, and try to become that. The smart way is to . . . find out where and how you can be effective in making changes in the world.
I never felt there was any great risk in starting new ventures. The greater risk was missing an opportunity.
No longer forward nor behind I look in hope or fear; But, grateful, take the good I find, the best of now and here.
The great leaders are like the best conductors-- they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players.
The quality of your attention determines the quality of other people's thinking.
The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working. Beethoven, Wagner, Bach, and Mozart settled down day after day to the job in hand with as much regularity as an accountant settles down each day to his figures. They didn't waste time waiting for inspiration.
This nation was built by men who took risks--pioneers who were not afraid of the wilderness, business men who were not afraid of failure, scientists who were not afraid of progress, dreamers who were not afraid of action.
There is no such thing as a great talent without great will-power.
The most important attribute of successful people is not that they always succeed, but that they respond to failure by coming back and redoubling their efforts.
For changes to occur, we have to embrace them over and over. Take it step by step-- but keep moving forward--and a year from now, we'll find we've moved from here to there.
I'm slowly becoming a convert to the principle that you can't motivate people to do things, you can only demotivate them. The primary job of the manager is not to empower but to remove obstacles.
I define leadership as leaders inducing followers to act for certain goals that represent the values and motivations--the wants and needs, the aspirations and expectations--of both leaders and followers.
The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.
I expect a lot from people, but I expect no more of them than I expect from myself. I expect strong commitments. But I also reward people accordingly. That's how you keep people motivated.
There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn't mind who gets the credit.
No profit grows where is no pleasure taken . . . study what you most affect.
It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him.
Some men see things as they are and ask, "why?" I dream things that never were and ask, "why not?"
A great manager has a knack for making ballplayers think they are better than they think they are. He forces you to have a good opinion of yourself. He lets you know he believes in you . . . And once you learn how good you really are, you never settle for playing anything less than your very best.
I once heard a high school coach tell a kid that it was not his job to motivate players, that they should show up motivated . . . I could not disagree more with a statement like that. I believe the main job of a coach is to motivate. The main job of a leader is to inspire.
Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life . . . Don't let the noise of others' 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.
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