Great Success Quotes #8

"It occurs to me, Jim, that you spend too much time trying to be interesting," he said. "Why don't you invest more time being interested."

The advice given to Jim Collins in 1988 by John Gardner

John Gardner, then professor at Stanford University and author or Self-Renewal gave Collins this advice during his first year on the Stanford faculty.  The simple summary “Stop trying to be interesting and become interested” for me connects directly to working on things you have passion for. Jim is of course author of ‘Good To Great - Why some companies make the leap... and others don't' and co-author with Jerry Porras of ‘Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies’, both research based exposes on successful leadership styles certainly seemed to find his passion.