“The real differences around the world today are not between Jews and Arabs; Protestants and Catholics; Muslims, Croats, and Serbs. The real differences are between those who embrace peace and those who would destroy it; between those who look to the future and those who cling to the past; between those who open their arms and those who are determined to clench their fists”
Bill Clinton, 42nd US President
"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.
“It’s not about service - it’s about the experience”
This quote is from Nicholas’ book ‘Instant MBA: Think, Perform and Earn Like a Top Business School Graduate’ which I’m about a 3rd the way through. Nicholas is a master of distilling the essence of an idea down to something you can use, usually quickly. At first pass when I read this I thought it was an obvious point, but I don’t think it is – customer service is just one element of the experience.
Nicholas has a series of related blog posts on the differentiators for the new world of work that’s worth a read.
“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary”
I’ve heard many motivational speakers and business people describe success as ‘easy’… and by easy I’m pretty sure they don’t mean ‘sitting about doing very little’ easy – I think they mean that once you find something you are passionate to the point of being fanatical then doing the work becomes easy because you’re highly motivated. Anyone falling for the easy sell will soon realise that Vidal was spot on.
“You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want”
Zig is certainly a great motivator and success coach. I’m not sure when he first came up with this quote, but I’ve heard him use it in all the speeches I’ve heard… and its a corker.
“If you think you can do a thing or you can’t, you’re right”
Henry Ford (1863 – 1947)
There are lots of great success quotes and in this series I’ll include some of my favourites… starting with this one from Henry Ford.