Bill Green

You sacrifice and you’re a victim, or you sacrifice because it’s the right thing to do and you have pride in it. Huge difference. Simple thing. Huge difference.

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.

Mel Ziegler

By seeing the seed of failure in every success, we remain humble. By seeing the seed of success in every failure we remain hopeful.

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.

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 ]

Daniel Pink

A lot of the power of positive thinking was not built on any evidence. It was built on beliefs, some of which turned out to be right. But it wasn’t guidance from an empirical perspective. [University of North Carolina professor] Barbara Fredrickson has shown that positivity enhances well-being when it’s in the right balance. She has a three-to-one ratio: Your positive emotions should outnumber your … [ Read more ]

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.

John Mariotti

Here are two words you should never forget: attitude and gratitude. If you have the right attitude, life will be much better for you; but if you’ll show gratitude when someone is good to you, it will be even better. And if you don’t, life won’t be very nice at all. So always say ‘please’ and ‘thank you,’ and do it with a smile, not … [ Read more ]

John Wooden

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.

Seth Godin

Some people read business books looking for confirmation. I read them in search of disquiet. Confirmation is cheap, easy and ineffective. Restlessness and the scientific method, on the other hand, create a culture of testing and inquiry that can’t help but push you forward.

E. L. Kersten

Gratitude has received little serious attention in the literature on job attitudes. This may be because most people see it as a spontaneous emotional response to an external event. But University of California psychologist Robert Emmons makes a compelling argument that gratitude is better thought of as a discipline or a skill, more akin to goal-setting or time management, rather than simply another dimension of … [ Read more ]

Victor Frankl

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances – to choose one’s own way.

Antoine de Saint Exupery

The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves, but in our attitude towards them.

Yesbutters and Whynotters

Yesbutters don�t just kill ideas.
They kill companies, even entire industries.
The yesbutters have all the answers. Yesbut we�re different.
Yesbut we can�t afford it.
Yesbut our business doesn�t need it.
Yesbut we couldn�t sell it to our workforce.
Yesbut we can�t explain it to our shareholders.
Yesbut let�s wait and see.
All the answers. All the wrong answers.

Whynotters move Companies.

The next time you�re in a meeting, look around and identify
the yesbutters, the … [ Read more ]

Sigal Barsade

Positive people tend to do better in the workplace, and it isn’t just because people like them more than naysayers. Positive people cognitively process more efficiently and more appropriately. If you’re in a negative mood, a fair amount of processing is going to that mood. When you’re in a positive mood, you’re more open to taking in information and handling it effectively.

Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.

Lou Holtz

Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.

Herb Kelleher

I constantly have warned our people over the years that, as we became bigger and more successful, our primary potential enemy was ourselves, not our competitors. Getting cocky, getting complacent, thinking that the world was our oyster, disregarding our competitors, both new and old. I think humility is very important in keeping your eye on the carrot, keeping focused outwardly instead of inwardly, and knowing … [ Read more ]

John Wooden

It’s what you learn after you know everything that counts.

W. Somerset Maugham

It is a funny thing about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the best you very often get it.