Orison Swett Marden

Genius, that power which dazzles mortal eyes, is oft but perseverance in disguise.

Steven Levitt

No matter how expert you may be, well-designed checklists can improve outcomes.

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.

Thomas J. DeLong

The only way to do the right thing well is to do it poorly first.

Qamar Rizvi

Knowledge is a higher order of awareness that tells you why. Know-how is a higher order of knowledge that tells you how.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Everyone takes the limits of his own vision for the limits of the world.

Eduardo Alvarez and Srini Raghavan

A capability is the ability to reliably and consistently deliver a specified outcome relevant to your business. This capability is ensured through a combination of processes, tools, knowledge, skills, and organization that are all focused on meeting the desired result.

Albert Einstein

Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

Genius does what it must, and talent does what it can.

John Wooden

Ability is a poor man’s wealth.

Ed Smith

Talent only matures when harnessed within a personality that is capable of self-improvement. And talent, ironically, has a nasty knack of protecting the talented from the urge to self-improve.

Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.

Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine…it’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone.

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Russell Ackoff

The principal obstruction to what we want most is ourselves. Our tendency, when we stand where we are and look toward what we want, is to see all kinds of obstructions imposed from without. When we change our point of view and look backward at where we are from where we want to be, in many cases the obstructions disappear.

Marcus Buckingham

In terms of managing human capital to drive the bottom line, most companies operate on two false assumptions. One is that people can be anything they want to be if they try hard enough. The second is that each person’s greatest room for growth is in his or her areas of greatest weakness.


It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.

John Gardner

Most of us have potentialities that have never been developed simply because the circumstances of our lives never called them forth.

John Maxwell

Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.

John Ehrenfeld

Possibility is only a word about bringing forth out of nothingness something we desire to become present, but possibility may be the most powerful word in our language because it enables us to visualize and strive for a future that is not available to us in the present. Possibility is like a time warp, allowing one to escape from the limits our past into an … [ Read more ]

Arthur Schopenhauer

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.”


It is not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs.