What inspires you?
Groundbreaking business ventures begin when creative people have moments of clarity and vision, when they execute a business plan with the confidence and intelligence that come from experience.
The entire process requires staying inspired.
I’m writing this series called “Killer Quotes for Inspirational Leadership” to help you find your inspiration. I can’t help with your vision or give you experience, but these quotes can motivate you and remind you what your goals are.
So read on. Hopefully one of these quotes will bring you inspiration!
“Success isn’t permanent and failure isn’t fatal; it’s the courage to continue that counts.”–Mike Ditka
Ditka coached the Chicago Bears and the New Orleans Saints, and he knows about leadership. He knows that stumbling blocks and obstacles are going to happen. But if you’re able to learn from them and overcome them, you’ll find opportunities for growth.
A leader moves past his or her mistakes and failures. A leader finds a way to keep going.
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”–Steve Jobs
When he gave the Stanford Commencement Address in 2005, Jobs reminded the audience that planning our lives will only take us so far. Unpredictability and failure are inevitable, but the lessons they bring us can equip us with the tools we need to succeed in the future. Don’t get stuck on your plan for your life.
Let the dots connect so you can find your destiny.
“Control your own destiny or someone else will.”—Jack Welch
When Jack Welch became the youngest CEO in GE’s history, his leadership style quickly became legendary. This famous quote of his is about how taking control of your vision means making tough decisions.
Figure out what steps you have to take to reach your end goal. Find success on your own terms … If your goals and milestones are being set by your boss at work, by your family, or by anyone other than YOU, then you don’t have control of your vision. True, you have responsibilities to your employer or to your family, but your definition of success is yours and yours alone. Go find it.
“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”—Vince Lombardi
The head coach of the Green Bay Packers told his team “I am not remotely interested in just being good.” Do we run the risk of setting ourselves up for failure when we set an unattainable goal (perfection)?
No, of course not. There are varying degrees of success. And only when we aim for the highest peak will we find out how far we can truly climb.
“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.”—Les Brown
Motivational speaker Les Brown knows that it doesn’t take a therapist to prove that an emotional block can stand in the way of a better life.
Whether this obstacle is relationship problems, childhood trauma, or grief, it’s important to address it in a healthy manner. It all comes down to overcoming one’s fears.
What are you afraid of? Often fear is based in the unknown, the “worst case scenario,” and when you apply logic you start to see that your fears are exaggerated or maybe completely unfounded.
“Stay calm and carry on” is a popular slogan for a reason! Don’t let “what if” scenarios paralyze you with fear. Be rational, be calm, and start living your dreams.
I hope these quotes give you some inspiration today. Watch for the next installment in the next few weeks, and be sure to give me some feedback if you know of some inspirational leadership quotations that have helped you.
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