What Are Mike's Favourite Quotes?
“Delight in being easy to please. Why make it hard to be happy?”
“To experience the joy of giving, one has to give unconditionally.”
“Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life."
“People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be."
“The road to happiness lies in two simple principles; find what interests you and that you can do well, and put your whole soul into it - every bit of energy and ambition and natural ability you have.”
John D. Rockefeller
“Happiness comes only when we push our brains and hearts to the farthest reaches of which we are capable."
“The key to happiness is having dreams, the key to success is making dreams come true.”
“Happiness depends upon one’s self.”
“Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action."
“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”
“Exceptional leaders focus on and utilise their strengths whilst identifying and mitigating their weaknesses.”
“An inspired leader is inspiring only because of how they make other people feel.”
“Lead by example. Only then will others have a desire to follow.”
“Great leaders recognise and develop the strengths in others.”
“Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone feels that he or she makes a difference to the success of the organisation. When that happens people feel centered and that gives their work meaning."
“One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency."
“Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.”
“You can’t hold someone accountable for results if you supervise their methods.”
"Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out."
"Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him."
Booker T. Washington, Up from Slavery
"Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them."
"Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience."
Laurence J. Peter
“Don't wait for your ship to come in ... swim out to it.”
“Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.”
Henry J. Kaiser
"Things do not change, we change."
Henry David Thoreau
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
“If you're not riding the wave of change, you will find yourself beneath it.”
"They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself."
“Change before you have to.”
“If you do the same things you will get the same results. Therefore to get different results you must change.”
“Take a balanced approach: Enjoy your successes and learn from your mistakes.”
“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”
“Success is a journey, not a destination.”
“Some people dream of success, while others wake up and work hard at it.”
“Do it now. You become successful the moment you start moving toward a worthwhile goal.”
“Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.”
“Drive thy business or it will drive thee.”
Benjamin Franklin. Scientist, inventor, statesman, philosopher, economist.
“In the business world the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.”
“I now realize there are millions of self-made millionaires who started with nothing. They dug inside themselves to find the answers and they succeeded. There is nothing anyone else can do that I can't do."
“Capital isn’t scarce, vision is.”
“A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.”
John D. Rockefeller
“The only real training for leadership is leadership.”
“Success is relative, where you were, to where you are now.”
“A mind once stretched by new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”
"Nothing limits achievement like small thinking; nothing expands possibilities like unleashed imagination."
William Arthur Ward
“A great team is like the crew of a ship. It is most successful when everyone knows where they are going and their role in getting there.”
“A great team can achieve so much more than a bunch of individuals working together.”
“Teamwork divides the task and doubles success.”
“Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together.”
“Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.”
“Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is a success.”
“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organisational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”
“Every day is an opportunity to learn something new.”
“Mistakes are an opportunity to learn something new for the future. Welcome them.”
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
“Education is the best provision for the journey to old age.”
“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.”
“Learning by experience often is painful, and the more it hurts, the more you learn.”
“Learning takes place very quickly at the edge of chaos. When the roof is about to fall in everything is possible; old prejudices, rivalries and objections are forgotten and people embrace new ideas and work together as never before.”
“A clever man learns from his mistakes, a wise man learns from the mistakes of others.”
"The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing."
“Learning is a journey not a destination.”
“Theory without practice is empty; practice without theory is blind.”
“The person who does the work does the learning.”
“Learning is like opening a door, not filling a container.”
“Tell me and I’ll forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I’ll understand.”
“The most important single factor influencing learning is what the learner already knows.”
“The facilitator doesn’t need to steer the ship, just be the lighthouse.”
“When students cannot learn the way we teach, we have to teach the way they learn.”
“People who have attained things worth having in this world have worked whilst others have idled, have persevered when others gave up in despair, and have practised early in life the valuable habits of self-denial, industry and singleness of purpose. As a result, they enjoy in later life the success so often erroneously attributed to good luck.”
“Do enough of the right things often enough and you will succeed.”
“If you want something in a hurry or done well, give it to a busy man.”
“I will do today what others will not, so that I can do tomorrow what others can not.”
“The main thing, is to keep the main thing, the main thing.”
“We don’t have much money to do this so we are going to have to think.”
“We may not be able to choose the events that happen in our lives, but we can choose how we respond to them.”
“Anyone can embrace success. It’s how we embrace our failures that define us.”
“It’s not what’s in front of us that matters the most, but how we look at it.”
“Be grateful for all things in your life, good or bad. They all play a role in shaping who you are.”
“You only live once. You might as well do it your way instead of someone else’s.”
“It’s in our moments of challenge that our true character shines.”
“Growth comes through adversity. So rather than ducking it, face it head on.”
“You've got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference.”
"If you don't have confidence, you'll always find a way not to win."
"Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful."
Joshua J. Marine
“Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”
"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly."
Robert Francis Kennedy
“The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.”
“Attitudes are contagious is yours worth catching?”
“Be enthusiastic. Nothing of consequence was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
“If it is to be, it is up to me.”
“Our feelings are based on our actions. Our actions are determined by our thoughts. Our thoughts are developed by our attitude.”
“If its worth doing then its worth doing right. Do what ever it takes.”
“Last 10% of effort yields 90% of results.”
“Those saying it can’t be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.”
“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows.”
“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”
“Backbone. Not available in stores.”
“The pleasure you get from your life is equal to the attitude you put into it.”
“Avoiding the phrase “I don’t have time...”, will soon help you to realize that you do have the time needed for just about anything you choose to accomplish in life.”
Bo Bennett, "Year to Success"
“Determination is an essential ingredient in any recipe for success.”
“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful individuals with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
"Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit."
"Most people give up just when they're about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown."
H. Ross Perot
“Defeat is only a state of mind.”
“Never, never, never, never give up.”
“Winners never quit, and quitters never win.”
“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink … you can however make it thirsty!”
“Perseverance is failing 9 times and succeeding the 10th.”
“Tough times never last but tough people do.”
"Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right."
"Who has confidence in himself will gain the confidence of others."
“Life’s battles don’t always go to the strongest, fastest man, but sooner or later the man who wins is the man who thinks he can.”
“Nobody has the right to tell me what I can or cannot achieve.”
“Where there’s a will there’s a way. Think that it’s possible and it is.”
“Capacity is a state of mind. There is always room for more.”
“Rehearse the future as you want it to be. Visualise it, see it in your mind’s eye.”
“Winners create their own opportunities.”
“Quit waiting for the perfect moment or set of circumstances. Start now on your path to success.”
“We are all capable of greatness. It’s just a matter of deciding what we want to be great at then taking the action necessary to get there.”
“We will be remembered for our deeds and actions, and therefore to be remembered for the right things, we have to do the right things.”
“Until one is committed there is always hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans. The moment one commits oneself, then providence moves too. Multitudes of things occur to help that which otherwise could never occur. A stream of events issues from a decision, raising to ones favour all manner of unforeseen accidents, meetings and material assistance which no one could have dreamed would come their way.”
“Action cures fear, be decisive, act immediately.”
“Do not wait to strike until the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.”
William B. Sprague
“You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.”
“What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it, that's another matter.”
Peter F. Drucker
“It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again; who knows great enthusiasms, great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
“A little push in the right direction can make a big difference.”
“To begin, begin.”
Peter Nivio Zarlenga
“A good beginning makes a good end.”
“Nothing will work unless you do.”
“Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.”
George Herman "Babe" Ruth
“Begin, to begin is half the work, let half still remain; again begin this, and thou wilt have finished.”
Decimus Magnus Ausonius
“Some people dream of worthy of competence, while others stay awake and do them.”
"Practice is the best of all instructors."
“Courage is not the absence of fear; it is acting in the face of fear.”
“When the challenge is great and the stakes are high, perhaps you’re a little scared. That’s the time to trust yourself to get the job done.”
“Fall seven times, stand up eight.”
“Who bravely dares must sometimes risk a fall.”
Tobias George Smollett
“Success is never final and failure never fatal. It's courage that counts.”
George F. Tilton
“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
“Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination.”
“The trick to getting the important stuff done is to do it first.”
“Plan your jobs in advance to ensure each day is used wisely.”
“Small changes in what you do can make big changes in how well you do it.”
“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives."
“Our self-image and our habits tend to go together. Change one and you will automatically change the other."
Dr. Maxwell Maltz
"An amateur practices until he gets it right. A professional practices until he can't get it wrong."
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
"We first make our habits, and then our habits make us."
“Life is what you choose to make it. Dare to dream!”
“No one can predict to what heights you can soar, even you will not know until you spread your wings.”
“Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible.”
Frank L. Gaines
“Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.”
“It's a dream until you write it down, and then it’s a goal.”
"Obstacles are those frightening things that become visible when we take our eyes off our goals."
“Set your goals high and don't stop until you get there.”
“You must take action now that will move you towards your goals. Develop a sense of urgency in your life.”
"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal, nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong attitude."
"Superficial goals lead to superficial results."
Attila the Hun
"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."
“When you cease to dream you cease to live.”
"This one step, choosing a goal and sticking to it, changes everything."
"In order to do what really matters to you, you have to, first of all, know what really matters to you."
Dr. Edward Hallowell
"Hard training, easy combat; easy training, hard combat"
Marshal Suvorov, famous Russian General
"The pain of discipline is far less than the pain of regret"
Sarah Bombell, synchronized swimmer
"The truth is that running hurts. No one gets faster without meeting their personal pain barrier straight on. No amount of junk miles, fun runs or affirmations are going to get you over the hill at the five km mark in a 10 km race. However, what will pull you through is solid prep with hard hill runs and interval work."
Manciata's explanation of the Truth about Running
“Money is the most envied, but the least enjoyed. Health is the most enjoyed, but the least envied.”
Charles Caleb Colton
“The body of man is a machine which winds its own springs.”
J. O. De La Mettrie
“Fitness, if it came in a bottle, everybody would have a great body.”
“Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness.”
Earl of Derby
“True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are united.”
Alexander von Humboldt
“A man's health can be judged by which he takes two at a time, pills or stairs.”
“No rest is worth anything except the rest that is earned.”
“Our health always seems much more valuable after we lose it.”
“Rest is a good thing, but boredom is its brother.”
“Rest is the sweet sauce of labor.”
“Sometimes the most urgent and vital thing you can possibly do is to take a complete rest.”
“Tactics, fitness, stroke ability, adaptability, experience, and sportsmanship are all necessary for winning.”
“Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the
whole world is clouded.”
"Spirit has fifty times the strength and staying power of brawn and muscle."
"Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking our potential."
"If you train hard, you'll not only be hard, you'll be hard to beat."
"Train, don't strain."
"Number one is just to gain a passion for running. To love the morning, to love the trail, to love the pace on the track. And if some kid gets really good at it, that's cool too."
"Just remember this: No one ever won the olive wreath with an impressive training diary."
"The more I talk to athletes, the more convinced I become that the method of training is relatively unimportant. There are many ways to the top, and the training method you choose is just the one that suits you best. No, the important thing is the attitude of the athlete, the desire to get to the top."
"The five S's of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit."
"The power to question is the basis of all human progress."
"Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be."
Kahlil Gibran, "A Handful of Sand on the Shore"
"All progress occurs because people dare to be different."
“Be grateful for the past, live in the present and create the future.”
“You cannot save time; it can only be spent wisely.”
“A healthy body helps create a healthy mind. A healthy mind helps create a healthy body.”
“Mind and body are one system. Feed one to feed the other.”
“We are always influencing others. The only question is whether you are getting the results you desire.”
“To know thyself, be thyself.”
“Wealth and richness in life is not about money. A measure of true wealth takes into account our state of mind, friendships, health, etc. When we take a broader view, money becomes less important.”
“Reasons and excuses are no match for results. Truly being at cause means not more excuses EVER!”
“Inspiration cannot be willed, though it can be wooed.”
“Bad excuses are worse than none.”
“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going."
"It is only through work and strife that either nation or individual moves on to greatness. The great man is always the man of mighty effort, and usually the man whom grinding need has trained to mighty effort."
Theodore Roosevelt, in a speech about Grant, delivered at Galena, Illinois, April 27, 1900
"The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt."
"Restlessness is discontent, and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man, and I will show you a failure."
Thomas Alva Edison
“Wealth is attracted by the person you become.”
“The future belongs to those who prepare for it.”
“Success is not how you handle the top, but how you handle the bottom.”
“He who knows how, works for he who knows why.”
“Its not what you know, its who you know, or where to look.”
“You win if you refuse to fight with petty people. Think big, be big, get above triviality.”
“It can always be done better, find the way.”
“Put service first and the money will take care of itself.”
“Whoever is under a man’s power is also under his protection.”
“Don’t validate a problem, solve it.”
“Win the war, not necessarily the battle.”
“Have a conscience, do what is right.”
“Man is product of his thought; what he thinks, he becomes.”
“Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true."
"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it. Anything can be."
“There are two primary choices in life; to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them."
"Everyone's life is under someone's control - it might as well be under your own so that you can direct your destiny."
"And in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."
"If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded."
"Find a job you like and you add five days to every week."
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
“Each time you are honest and conduct yourself with honesty, a success force will drive you toward greater success. Each time you lie, even with a little white lie, there are strong forces pushing you toward failure."
"Recognition is the greatest motivator."
Gerard C. Eakedale
“Talent does what it can; genius does what it must."
Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
“Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have."
"It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself."
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself."
Henry Ward Beecher
“Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.”
“The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.”
“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”
“Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.”
“Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.”
“The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.”
“If we did the things we were capable of we would literally astound ourselves”.