A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.
Growth demands a temporary surrender of security. It may mean giving up familiar but limiting patterns, safe but unrewarding work, values no longer believed in, and relationships that have lost their meaning.
Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.
Success is due to our stretching to the challenges of life. Failure comes when we shrink from them.
If you are a leader, you should never forget that everyone needs encouragement. And everyone who receives it - young or old, successful or less-than-successful, unknown or famous - is changed by it.
The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one.
The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That's the day we truly grow up.
Learn to say 'no' to the good so you can say 'yes' to the best.
A word of encouragement from a teacher to a child can change a life. A word of encouragement from a spouse can save a marriage. A word of encouragement from a leader can inspire a person to reach her potential.
Every person has a longing to be significant; to make a contribution; to be a part of something noble and purposeful.
The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.
Failed plans should not be interpreted as a failed vision. Visions don't change, they are only refined.
Plans rarely stay the same, and are scrapped or adjusted as needed. Be stubborn about the vision, but flexible with your plan.
Growth is the great separator between those who succeed and those who do not. When I see a person beginning to separate themselves from the pack, it's almost always due to personal growth.
To add value to others, one must first value others.
Have the humility to learn from those around you.
Everyone has the potential to become an encourager. You don't have to be rich. You don't have to be a genius. You don't have to have it all together. All you have to do is care about people and initiate.
Good thinkers always prime the pump of ideas. They always look for things to get the thinking process started, because what you put in always impacts what comes out.
We choose what attitudes we have right now. And it's a continuing choice.
Most people don't like change. They revolt against it unless they can clearly see the advantage it brings. For that reason, when good leaders prepare to take action or make changes, they take people through a process to get them ready for it.
People who add value to others do so intentionally. I say that because to add value, leaders must give of themselves, and that rarely occurs by accident.