“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at changes.”
– Dr. Fry
“Never tell the people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”
– General Patton
“Dig the well before you are thirsty.”
– Chinese proverb
“To be successful you must decide exactly what you want to accomplish, then resolve to pay the price to get it.”
– Bunker Hunt
“In Switzerland they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace and what did they produce? The Cuckoo Clock.”
– Orson Welles
Wyman’s note: I love this quote. The reality is that necessity is the mother of invention, you need a problem to solve in order to motivate innovation. Also we should produce a work environment where it is okay to disagree and sort of our different ideas on the path to take to reach our goals; that friction, if fostered appropriately will produce the best ideas from the group.
“Some succeed because they are destined too, but most succeed because they are determined too.”
“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes face adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”
“More people would learn from their mistakes if they were not so busy denying that they made them.”
– John Hayes
Wyman’s note: When you make a mistake, own it, that way you can learn from it and keep it from happening again. Trying to cover up mistakes will only make it worse and make it more likely to repeat the same mistake again.
“Almost all of our misfortunes in life come from the wrong notions we have about the things that happen to us.”
“People are often led to causes and often become committed to great ideas through persons who personify those ideas. They have to find the embodiment of the idea in flesh and blood in order to commit themselves to it.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“Thoughts lead to purpose, purpose goes forth to action, actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.”
“How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg?… 4… calling the tail a leg does not make it a leg.”
– Abraham Lincoln
Wyman’s note: This is so true both in work and in politics. People try to spin the truth but the reality is no matter what direction you try and spin things it does not change the facts. Focus on finding the facts when sorting through issues that come up.
“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principle difference between dogs and man.”
– Abraham Lincoln
“Do not follow where the path may go, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
“It is not the oath that makes us believe the man, but the main the oath.”
Wyman Note: Your reputation is so important; make sure you protect it and do things to continually build a positive reputation.
“An army of deer led by a lion is more to be feared than an army of lions led by a deer.”
– King Phillip II
“One of the marks of excellent people is that they never compare themselves with others, they only compare themselves with themselves and with their past accomplishments and future potential.”
– Brian Tracy
Wyman’s note: Avoid comparing yourself to others; instead work every day to make yourself better than you were yesterday.
“Management is doing things the right way; leadership is doing the right things.”
– Peter Drucker
“If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.”
Wyman’s note: This is so true, many times when diving into the back story behind successful leaders you learn all that they sacrificed in order to get there and it seems far less glamorous.
“When you see someone putting on his big boots, you can be pretty sure that an adventure is going to happen.”