The marksman hitteth the target partly by pulling, partly by letting go. The boatsman reached the landing partly by pulling, partly by letting go.
I emphasize self-esteem, self-confidence, and dignity, not as an ideal, but as a real test of community organization. Without leadership development, community organizations do not have staying power.
But the person who scored well on an SAT will not necessarily be the best doctor or the best lawyer or the best businessman. These tests do not measure character, leadership, creativity, perseverance.
William J. Wilson
Nothing that I can do will change the structure of the universe. But maybe, by raising my voice I can help the greatest of all causes — goodwill among men and peace on earth.
The spirited horse, which will try to win the race of its own accord, will run even faster if encouraged.
Only undertake what you can do in an excellent fashion. There are no prizes for average performance.
How we think shows through in how we act. Attitudes are mirrors of the mind. They reflect thinking.
David Joseph Schwartz
Often, the greatest challenge facing an organization is recognizing and acting on opportunity rather than solving a problem.
The school made it very clear that women were entitled to positions of authority. That sense of entitlement allowed us to feel that we have a natural place in leadership in the world. That gave me a mental and emotional confidence.
Into the hands of every individual is given a marvelous power for good or evil – the silent, unconscious, unseen influence of his life. This is simply the constant radiation of what man really is, not what he pretends to be.
William George Jordan
The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between the two, the leader must become a servant and a debtor. That sums up the progress of an artful leader.
That’s the risk you take if you change: that people you’ve been involved with won’t like the new you. But other people who do will come along.
The human mind is as driven to understand as the body is driven to survive.
I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure: which is: Try to please everybody.
Herbert B. Swope
The great successful men of the world have used their imagination… they think ahead and create their mental picture in all it details, filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit and that a bit, but steadily building – steadily building.
The great accomplishments of man have resulted from the transmission of ideas of enthusiasm.
Thomas J. Watson
Do, or do not. There is no try.
The new source of power is not money in the hands of a few, but information in the hands of many.
Sinn Fein has demonstrated the ability to play a leadership role as part of a popular movement towards peace, equality and justice.
The message of the free world to any potential Palestinian leadership should be a simple one: Embrace democratic reform and we will embrace you.
One simple way to keep organizations from becoming cancerous might be to rotate all jobs on a regular, frequent and mandatory basis, including the leadership positions.
Put yourself in a state of mind where you say to yourself, “Here is an opportunity for me to celebrate like never before, my own power, my own ability to get myself to do whatever is necessary.”
Aren’t we at the point where the closer we get to chaos, the more concern that there should be about coming to the table and compromising with Democrats? This is not leadership. This is almost like dictatorship.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
I have missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot… and missed. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why… I succeed.
The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious.
Preparing our city to achieve its destiny will require strong leadership.
A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
Rely on your own strength of body and soul. Take for your star self-reliance, faith, honesty and industry. Don’t take too much advice — keep at the helm and steer your own ship, and remember that the great art of commanding is to take a fair share of the work. Fire above the mark you intend to hit. Energy, invincible determination with the right motive, are the levers that move the world.
Realize that true happiness lies within you.
Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them.
W. Clement Stone
Persistent people begin their success where others end in failure.
The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn
Ralph Waldo Emerson
A tale is told of a man in Paris during the upheaval in 1948, who saw a friend marching after a crowd toward the barricades. Warning him that these could not be held against the troops, that he had better keep way, he received this reply, ” I must follow them. I am their leader.
A. Lawrence Lowell
Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.
High expectations are the key to everything.
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
Never do things others can do and will do if there are things others cannot do or will not do.
Moral courage and character go hand in hand… a man of real character is consistently courageous, being imbued with a basic integrity and a firm sense of principle.
Your position never gives you the right to command. It only imposes on you the duty of so living your life that others may receive your orders without being humiliated.
Your most dangerous competitors are those that are most like you.
Strong beliefs win strong men, and then make them stronger.
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
My responsibility, our responsibility as lucky Americans, is to try to give back to this country as much as it has given us, as we continue our American journey together.
No person who has not spent a period of his life in those ‘stark and sullen solitudes that sentinel the Pole’ will understand fully what trees and flowers, sun-flecked turf and running streams mean to the soul of a man.
The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability that he has.
Perseverance is not a long race it is many short races one after another.
One of the most common ways to overcome resistance to change is to educate people about it beforehand. Communication of ideas helps people see the need for and the logic of a change. The education process can involve one-on-one discussions, presentations to groups, or memos and reports.
John P. Kotter
When enthusiasm is inspired by reason; controlled by caution; sound in theory; practical in application; reflects confidence; spreads good cheer; raises morale; inspires associates, arouses loyalty; and laughs at adversity, it is beyond price.
There are no dumb questions?only dumb answers.
One man scorned and covered with scars still strove with his last ounce of courage to reach the unreachable stars; and the world was better for this.
Plodding wins the race.
Luck is not something you can mention in the presence of self-made men.
E. B. White
A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible.
Every man who takes office… either grows or swells, and when I give a man an office, I watch him carefully to see whether he is swelling or growing.
Thomas Woodrow Wilson
Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
He who reins within himself and rules passions, desires, and fears is more than a king.
John Milton (Paradise Lost)
Every silver lining has a cloud.
Mary Kay Ash
The only way around is through.
Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.