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Motivational Messages


Inspiration can come from anywhere at anytime.  Words have power.  Power to cause action.  Action that causes change.  Change that helps us transition to a preferred future state.  This ripple effect takes place every day yet we know being the change begins with something between your ears.

Have your words caused this chain reaction?

Have others' words had a profound effect that caused you to act?

While you ponder those questions, ponder the action that was inspired by these messages.

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."  -John Quincy Adams

"The art of life is a constant readjustment to our surroundings." -Kakuzo Okakura

"You can't build an adaptable organization without adaptable people, and individuals change only when they have to, or when they want to."  -Gary Hamel

"You do not lead by hitting people over the head.  That's assault, not leadership."  -Dwight Eisenhower

"Do you want to know who you are?  Don't ask.  Act!  Action will delineate and define you."  -Thomas Jefferson

"There is little success where there is little laughter."  -Andrew Carnegie

"You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do."  -Henry Ford

"Remember the difference between a boss and a leader; a boss says "Go!" - a leader says "Let's go!" "  -E.M. Kelly

"The man who has anticipated the coming of trouble takes away their power when they arrive."  -Seneca

"What a man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him."  -Victor Frankl

"The man on top of the mountain didn't fall there."  -Unknown

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle."  -Erin Majors

"Always do everything you ask of those you command."  -General George S. Patton

"A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others.  He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the quality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.  In the end, leaders are much like eagles...they don't flock, you find them one at a time."  -Unknown

"Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be.  Be one."  -Marcus Aurelius

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."  -John Quincy Adams

"We rise by lifting others."  -Robert Ingersoll

"He who exercises leadership by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn toward it."     -Confucius

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It's not."  -The Lorax (Dr. Seuss)

"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary."  -Vince Lombardi

"Don't let yesterday take up too much of today."  -Cherokee Proverb

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?"  -Martin Luther King Jr.

"There are three essentials to leadership; humility, clarity and courage."          -Fuchan Yuan

"The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything."  -Unknown

"Three hardest things to say; I need help.  I'm sorry.  Worcestershire sauce."  -Woody Paige

"The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly." -Jim Rohn

"I'm not  a teacher, I'm an awakener."  -Robert Frost

"If you see a turtle on a fencepost you know he didn't get there by himself."     -Fisher DeBerry

"Comparison is the thief of joy."  -Teddy Roosevelt

"Don't count the days make the days count!"  -Muhammad Ali

"People don't buy what you do they buy why you do it."  -Simon Sinek

"You're never wrong to do the right thing!" -Mark Twain

"The Four Agreements" from Don Miguel Ruiz says to Be Impeccable With Your Word.  "Speak with integrity.  Say only what you mean.  Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others.  Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love."

"Be the change you wish to see in the world."  -Gandhi

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