Leadership By Quotes

Here is a list of my favorite quotes.  I will keep revising this list periodically.

The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man’s foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher – Thomas Huxley

I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better – Elon Musk

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change – Charles Darwin

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth – Muhammad Ali

Habits are more powerful than fears.  Seth Godin.

Obvious to you is amazing to others.  Derek Sivers, CD Baby.

Progress always involves risks. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.  Frederick B. Wilcox.

If things seem under control, you are just not going fast enough.  Mario Andretti.

Keep your fears to yourself, share your courage with others – R.L.Stevenson

Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching – Clive S. Lewis

If you market to bodegas, consider taking an apartment upstairs from a bodega – Seth Godin

Measure twice, cut once – from Stephen Covey’s 7 habits of highly effective people

A customer is someone who puts food on our table – N.R. Narayana Murthy

Strategy is about ensuring sustained differentiation in a changing environment for better net income margins – N.R. Narayana Murthy

Ordinary things consistently done produce extraordinary results – Keith Cunningham

Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs

It is never too late to be what you might have been – George Eliot

When the going gets tough, the tough get going

Step out of your comfort zone

Path of least resistance

Habits die hard

Don’t sweat the petty things

In God we trust; all others must bring data – W. Edwards Deming

Good players play where the puck is.  Great players play where the puck is going to be – Wayne Gretzky

A customer is not an interruption of our work – he is the purpose of it – Mahatma Gandhi

If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail

Still waters run deep

The darkest hour is just before dawn

The harder I work, the luckier I get (I heard it from Craig McDermott, Australian fast bowler)

When you are asked to get on a rocket ship, don’t ask which seat (as told to Sheryl Sandberg by Eric Schmidt)

There is darkness just under the lamp (old Hindu saying)

People can love me or they can hate me; but they can never ignore me (Sir Ian Botham, English cricket all-rounder)

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit – Aristotle

The 20-min walk I take every day is much better than the 3-mile run I never start

Nothing grows under a banyan tree

If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got

It is ok to have different points of view, as long as the view is clear – Swami Dayananda Saraswati

If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there

If two people agree on everything, one of them is redundant

A winner never quits, and a quitter never wins

A bend in the road is not the end of the road ….. unless you fail to make the turn

Remember that failure is an event, not a person – Zig Ziglar

Trust yourself when all men doubt you, but make allowance for their doubting too – Rudyard Kipling

The magic number for true expertise: 10,000 hours – Malcolm Gladwell