Masaru Ibuka

The key to success for everything in business, science and technology is never to follow the others.

Charles Kettering

High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.

Nido Qubein

Winners compare their achievements with their goals, while losers compare their achievements with those of other people.

Samuel Johnson

Self-confidence is the first requisite for achieving great things.

Geoffrey Colvin

The best performers set goals that are not about the outcome but about the process of reaching the outcome.

Charles Garfield

Preference with a passion—intense commitment to what they do—is one of the single most dramatic differences between peak performers and their less productive colleagues […] many told me they can trace their performance more clearly to preference than to aptitude, more to how they feel about what they are doing than what they know.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every great and commanding moment in the annals of the world is the triumph of some enthusiasm.

Tom Morris

Our lives are made for success—and not just for enjoying it, but for seeking it as well. As a matter of fact, the people who are most likely to enjoy success are those who most enjoy seeking it. Those people are able to find satisfaction in the journey, not just at the end of the road.

Calvin Coolidge

No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.

Quincy Jones, Oprah Winfrey

The thing that Oprah Winfrey talks about all the time is that we do things either with love or fear. If you’re afraid, you can really mess up. If you just love what you’re doing, whatever happens you’re moving ahead.

Quincy Jones

To be successful, you have to put your time in and be centered and humbled enough to observe other people. Stravinsky used to say observation is the key responsibility for creative people. He thought it was important to watch the forces of nature… I think all the answers to our questions are out there in the universe if we just can slow down enough to … [ Read more ]

Kenneth Boulding

Nothing fails like success because we don’t learn from it. We learn only from failure.

Phil Rosenzweig, Peter Gollwitzer

Peter Gollwitzer, a psychologist at New York University, distinguishes between a deliberative mind-set and an implemental mind-set. The deliberative version suggests a detached and impartial attitude. We set aside emotions and focus on the facts. A deliberative attitude is appropriate when we assess the feasibility of a project, plan a strategic initiative, or decide on an appropriate course of action. By contrast, an implemental mind-set … [ Read more ]

Shunryu Suzuki

In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few. Always begin, again and again.

Ian Livingston

You can rise quite high in an organization by your own personal ability and by doing things better than other people. But as a CEO, you can’t do it all yourself. When you’re running a company with a presence in 170 different countries, you just can’t be there all the time. So it’s the most important part of your job to build the right team. … [ Read more ]

Thomas Edison

You do something all day long, don’t you? Everyone does. If you get up at seven o’clock and go to bed at eleven, you have put sixteen good hours, and it is certain that you have been doing something all that time. The only difference is that you do a great many things and I do one. If you took the time in question and … [ Read more ]

William J. Reilly

In a world marked by constant change, the only security is your ability to produce something of value for your fellow man, and your only guarantee of happiness is your joy in producing it.

James Champy

Every great leader begins with a great dream. Ambitious visions not only require a capacity for meaningful change, but also provide the energy and inspiration to engage others. These tasks — articulating a dream and rallying others around it — are the essence of leadership. The study of leaders in every field tells us that leadership is the residue of ambition… Great leaders have an … [ Read more ]

Frances Hesselbein

In the end it is the quality and character, a leader’s understanding of how to be, not how to do, that determines the performance, the results.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your objective. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.