Peter Drucker

You have to focus on success, especially unexpected success, and run with it. Most problems cannot be solved—most problems can only be survived. And one survives problems by making them irrelevant because of success. This is a matter, above all, of placing people. What I have learned to do is to take a sheet and list our opportunities and the risks. And then I make … [ Read more ]

Phillip Cox

Everybody should be extraordinary to succeed, but nobody should have to be extraordinary to have the opportunity to succeed.

David Packard

A company is more likely to die of indigestion from too much opportunity than starvation from too little.

Alfred Armand Montapert

We see problems, not as they are, but as we are. That’s why attitude plays such a crucial role in separating those who lead from those who follow. Alfred Armand Montapert said, “The majority see the obstacles; the few see the objectives; history records the successes of the latter, while oblivion is the reward of the former.”

Venkatesh Rao

Opportunists are humble enough to realize that the random forces of nature are more powerful than themselves. That these random forces often conspire to make things ridiculously easy just as often as they conspire to create hurricanes and earthquakes. Most people realize that a lot depends on being in the right place at the right time. Very few realize that this situation is not the … [ Read more ]

George S. Clason

Luck waits to come to that man who accepts opportunity.

George S. Clason

We mortals are changeable. Alas, I must say more apt to change our minds when right than wrong. Wrong, we are stubborn indeed. Right, we are prone to vacillate and let opportunity escape.

Peter Drucker

Most organizations staff their problems and starve their opportunities. When people begin to start talking about problems, I say, ‘No, wait a minute. Let’s first look at the opportunities.’

Richard Rumelt

Strategic thinking is essentially a substitute for having clear connections between the positions we take and their economic outcomes.

Strategic thinking helps us take positions in a world that is confusing and uncertain. You can’t get rid of ambiguity and uncertainty-they are the flip side of opportunity. If you want certainty and clarity, wait for others to take a position and see how they do. Then … [ Read more ]

Jeff Citron

Lazy orthodoxies can allow new entrants to thrive in niches that seem full of capable incumbents.

Robert Frost

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

John A. Shedd

A ship in harbor is safe — but that is not what ships are built for.

Deepak Chopra

Never ignore a coincidence. Ever. It is a message that breaks through the same old patterns and often is a golden opportunity. You just need to figure out what kind. The important part is letting go of the idea of how things should be and trusting that you don’t know the big picture.

…I use coincidences as a way of thinking creatively…The universe is radically ambiguous. … [ Read more ]

Jim Collins don’t search for an idea. You search for questions. Every single major piece of work I have been involved with came because some great student asked me a question that I could only stare at and say, “that’s a great question. I will have to get back to you.”

Werner von Braun

I have learned to use the word “impossible” with the greatest caution.

Dale Carnegie

Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The ‘sure thing’ boat never gets far from shore.

Will Rogers

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

Lyndon B. Johnson

We must open the doors of opportunity. But we must also equip our people to walk through those doors.


A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.


Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.