These are some of our favourite quotes and passages that we’ve collected over the years that we find inspiring or remind us of the types of challenges we need to keep for ourselves to continue to strive for greatness.

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When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.

— Ellen DeGeneres

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

— Wayne Gretzky

Everyone has a plan… until they get hit.

— Mike Tyson

If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.

— Thomas Jefferson

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.

— John Burroughs

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.

— Charles Swindoll

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

— John F. Kennedy

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something. So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

— Neil Gaiman

The typical North American attention span is 6 minutes.

— Unknown

Dream big by setting yourself seemingly impossible challenges. You will then have to catch up with them.

— Richard Branson

The biggest obstacle to learning something is the belief that you already know it.

— Unknown

Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Practice hard. Wellness. Play with Abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Continue to learn. Appreciate your friends. Do what you love. Love as if this is all there is.

— Unknown

There are no old roads to new directions.

— The Boston Consulting Group

No worries + no fear + no defeats = no life

— Unknown

Everyone loves innovation until it affects them.

— Saul Kaplan

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

— John Wooden

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

— Dr. Seuss

Do not attempt to walk through life without a dream, without a hope, without a goal to achieve success.

— Luis Noboa Naranjo

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

— Leo Tolstoy

Mastery is a pursuit, not a destination, and, throughout its unfolding, is a reoccurring cycle of losing who we think we are in order to make room for who we are becoming.

— Daryl Conner

Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.

— Jerry Rice

A fish doesn’t know it’s wet.

— Bob McKim

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.

— Albert Einstein

The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.

— Abraham Lincoln

Could you have a soccer team if all were goalkeepers? How would it be an orchestra if all were French horns?

— Desmond Tutu

Happiness is like a skill to be learned and practiced, not a character trait.

— Christine Carter

Change is inevitable; growth is optional!

— Walt Disney

If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.

— Woody Allen

To clarify, add detail. Imagine that, to clarify, add detail. Clutter and overload are not attributes of information, they are failures of design. If the information is in chaos, don’t start throwing out information, instead fix the design.

— Edward Tufte
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