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Overcoming Challenges

We can’t solve problems using the same thinking that we used when we created them.
Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist: Developed the Theory of Relativity
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
Albert Schweitzer
Alsatian Theologian, Organist, Writer, Humanitarian, Philosopher and Physician
Design is an agent of change, which can help us to make sense of what is happening and to turn it to our advantage.
Alice Rawsthorn
Design Critic and Author
If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.
Anita Roddick
British Businesswoman, Human Rights Activist, Environmental Campaigner
Give me a place to stand, and I will move the earth.
Greek Mathematician, Physicist, Engineer, Inventor, Astronomer
The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
Arthur C. Clarke
Science Fiction Writer
Nothing is easy. If you want to do nothing, that’s easy.
Author Unknown
It’s so much easier to do something new than to do something well.
Author Unknown
When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.
Benjamin Franklin
American Polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the U.S.
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
Benjamin Franklin
American Polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the U.S.
Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.
Benjamin Franklin
American Polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the U.S.
Adversity doesn’t build character, it reveals it.
Bill Belichick
New England Patriots Head Coach
Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.
Bill Gates
American Businessman, Microsoft Founder
They say the secret of success is being at the right place at the right time, but since you never know when the right time is going to be, I figure the trick is to find the right place and just hang around.
Bill Watterson
American Cartoonist
I don’t try to reinvent the wheel. I just try to change the spokes.
Brian Granger
Associate Professor California Polytechnic
I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I’ve invented.
Buckminster Fuller
American Architect, Systems Theorist, Author, Designer, Investor and Futurist
About right now is better than exactly wrong later.
Charles (Red) Scott
American CEO and Business Coach
It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.
Charles Darwin
Success is easy if you think of it like rust: It’s inevitable if you keep at it.
Charles Shaw (Two Buck Chuck)
American Vintner
It does not matter how slow you go so long as you do not stop.
Chinese Philosopher
You have undertaken to cheat me. I won’t sue you, for the law is too slow. I will ruin you.
Cornelius Vanderbilt
American Business Magnate and Philanthropist
Make no little plans.
Daniel H. Burnham
American Architect and Urban Designer
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not to their own facts.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
American Politician, Sociologist and Diplomat
Humility is the most underrated aspect of being an entrepreneur. Once your head gets too big, you’re cooked.
Danny Meyer
New York City Restaurateur and CEO
Good enough never is.
Debbi Fields
Founder of Mrs. Fields Bakeries
An entrepreneur is someone who shoots an arrow and then runs to move the target, so the arrow hits it.
Dick Rennick
CEO of American Leak Detection
Storms make trees take deeper roots.
Dolly Parton
American Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Record Producer, Author
Never get angry. Never make a threat. Reason with people.
Don Corleone
Innovation is seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.
Dr. Albert Szent-Györgyi
Discoverer of Vitamin C
If a ruler’s anger rises against you, do not leave your post; calmness can lay great offenses to rest.
Ecclesiastes 10:4
Much good work is lost for the lack of a little more.
Edward H. Harriman
American Businessman
The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.
Edward John Phelps, Esq.
Founder of American Bar Association
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill
English Statesman
Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss in enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill
English Statesman
I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow.
Woodrow Wilson
28th U.S. President
He that can’t endure the bad will not live to see the good.
Yiddish Proverb
One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.
Walter Bagehot
British Journalist, Businessman and Essayist
It’s hard to teach a young dog old tricks.
Warren Buffet
American Investor
We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful.
Warren Buffet
American Investor
There is nothing like writing to force you to think and get your thoughts straight.
Warren Buffet
American Investor
It’s not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results.
Warren Buffett
American Investor
You miss 100% of the shots you never take.
Wayne Gretzky
Professional Hockey Player
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the entrepreneur adjusts the sails.
William Arthur Ward
Often Quoted Writer of Inspirational Maxims
The past is never dead. It’s not even past.
William Faulkner
Author, “Requiem for a Nun”
If this is a blessing, it is certainly very well disguised.
Winston Churchill
English Statesman
Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.
Winston Churchill
English Statesman
Strategy – is figuring out what is the most important thing for your company and deciding to focus on it and say no to everything else.
Anonymous Venture Capital Investor
There’s only one boss: the customer. He can fire everybody from the chairman on down simply by spending his money elsewhere.
Sam Walton
Retailer/Founder of Walmart
If you don’t listen to your customers, someone else will.
Sam Walton
Retailer/Founder of Walmart
If you presume, you are putting ‘P’ on your resume.
Stephen Colbert
American Comedian, Writer, Producer, Actor and TV Host
With Early Stage companies, it’s never one thing. It’s always one thing after another.
Tim Cartwright
CEO, Tamiami Angels
If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time – a tremendous whack.
Winston Churchill
English Statesman
Be ready to revise any system, scrap any method, and abandon any theory, if the success of the job requires it.
Henry Ford
Business Magnate, Founder of Ford Motor Company
To do a common thing, uncommonly well, brings success.
Henry John Heinz
Vegetable Processor (1876)
Choice is the enemy of decision.
Guy Kawasaki
Author, “The Art of the Start”
Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself.
Groucho Marx
American Comedian, Writer, Stage, Film, Radio and TV Star
As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it.
Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist: Developed the Theory of Relativity
The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.
Ayn Rand
Novelist, Philosopher “Atlas Shrugged”
There is great power in ignorance and naivete.
Chuck Lorre
Television Producer
There’s no fun like work.
Dr. Charles H. Mayo
I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory!
Dwight D. Eisenhower
American Army General, Statesman and 34th U.S. President
I believe that smart people working hard will eventually get lucky.
Erwin Kelen
Veteran Minneapolis Investor
If you have no idea how something is supposed to be done, I guarantee you’ll be disruptive. Let what you don’t know become your greatest asset.
Sara Blakely
Founder of Spanx
You want to learn from experience, but you want to learn from other people’s experience when you can.
Warren Buffett
American Investor
Entrepreneurship exists in the tiny space between madness and genius; and, its journey requires a few cross border violations across both madness and genius to get to the final destination.
The Herd Instinct
The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.
Sarah Ban Breathnach
Author, Philanthropist and Public Speaker