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"Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody seems to do anything about it."
- Charles Dudley Warner

"When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Most business men generally are so busy 
coping with immediate and piecemeal matters

that there is a lamentable tendency to

let the long run or future take care of itself.

We often are so busy putting out fires,

so to speak, that we find it difficult 
to do the planning that would prevent those fires

from occurring in the first place... 
Americans generally spend so much time on things 
that are urgent that we have none left to spend 
on those that are important."

- Gustav Metzman

History is much fuller of the loyalty of dogs
than of loyalty to retail loyalty programs.
- Gene Hoffman  
 "Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."- Teddy Roosevelt

“We face magnificent opportunities throughout our lives …

each of which  is brilliantly disguised as an impossible situation"

- Chuck Swindoll

“Don’t fight forces, use them.”
-Buckminster Fuller
 “It’s not enough to provide merely serviceable
restrooms or merely adequate parking. 
Customer love demands more.” - Elizabeth Barrow 
"When you are through changing, you are through."  -  Bruce Barton

"Despite the fact that acute anonymity is a real and lethal enemy, we're all so scared of what might happen if we reveal our true selves that we take cover inside the perceived safety of the pack." - Michael Katz “Opportunity lies in the middle of problems.”
– Einstein 

"No Pressure, No Diamonds" - unknown 

"Incremental improvement is better than procrastinated perfection."
- unknown 

"Don't judge a man by his opinions,
but what his opinions have made of him." -George Christoph Lichtenberg 

"When your heart speaks, take good notes." -Susan Campbell 

"Education should be a daily phenomenon as welcome and customary as morning coffee."
- Pat Lawrence 

"The economy isn't tough its different. And it may stay different.
It is going to require us to operate differently." - unknown 

"It's not the price they don't like,
but what they understand they are (or are not)
getting for that price." - Chris Hopf 

“Good Judgment Comes from Experience,
but Experience Comes from Bad Judgment.”
- Bruce Dunlevie 

"You start out with an empty bag of experience and a full bag of luck.
You end up with an empty bag of luck and a full bag of experience." -Peter Shankman   "Systems have a greater impact on behavior than mission statements." ~ Andy Stanley "A good system shortens the road to the goal." ~ Orison Swett Marden "Management works in the system; Leadership works on the system." ~ Stephen Covey  I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man's; I will not reason and compare, my business is to create. ~ William Blake 

"For every person seeking greatness, there are hundreds more charged with safeguarding mediocrity." -- Randy Gage 

"Wake up and smell the economy." 

"It is good to practice conventional wisdom, but it is still just conventional.
Sometimes you have to go beyond conventional wisdom and and get the correct information. -- Sid Raisch 

"Advertising is the tax you pay for being unremarkable." -- Robert Stephens, founder of Geek Squad "Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals." -- Jim Rohn "Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning." ~ Thomas Edison  "Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now." ~ Alan Lakein  

"In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless,
but planning is indispensable." --Dwight D. Eisenhower 

"Let us have no more croaking as to what cannot be done;
let us see what can be done, and above all see that it is done." --Alice McLellan Birney 

"To be better you must be different." --Dr. Amar G. Bose 

"The secret of a good memory is attention,
and attention to a subject depends upon our interest in it.
We rarely forget that which has made a deep impression on our minds." --Tryon Edwards 

"The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react." 
–George Bernard Shaw
“One hundred years ago retailers ran their stores by watching
their customers closely. During the last hundred years,
spread sheets,slotting allowances, and quarterly performance
replaced the basic principles of the business.” --Norm Myhr

"No problem can stand the assault of sustained thinking."
-- Voltaire
 The biggest mistake you can make is to do nothing when you can do a little. If you can do just a little something today, do it. -Karen Duffy
"Shoppers don't love a store because
they love the merchandise they carry.
They love a store because it touches them
personally and emotionally." -- Pamela Danziger

“Those who survive and later prosper in tough times

are those who don’t wait for things to return to the way they were,

but those who learn how to adjust to the way things are.”

– Dan Mulhall

“Most people fail rather than succeed

because they give up what they want most

for what they want at the moment.”


“If I’d have given my customers what they wanted,

I’d have given them a faster horse.”

– Henry Ford

“We have a philosophy and a strategy.

When times are tough, you build share.”

— AG Lafley, CEO, Procter & Gamble

“A designer knows he has achieved perfection

not when there is nothing left to add,

but when there is nothing left to take away.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“I can’t understand why people are frightened
of new ideas. I am frightened of old ones.”
– John Cage
“It is possible to store the mind with a million facts
and still be entirely uneducated.”
– Alec Bourne
“Education is not the answer to the question.
Education is the means to the answer to all questions.”
– William Allin
“Experience is a hard teacher
because she gives the test first,
the lesson afterward.”
– Vernon Law

“Anyone can steer the ship
when the sea is calm.”
– Publilius Syrus
Teachers open the door,
but you must enter by yourself.”
– Chinese Proverb”An education isn’t how much
you have committed to memory,
or even how much you know.
It’s being able to differentiate between
what you know and what you don’t.”
– Anatole France
“Education costs money,
but then so does ignorance.”
-Sir Claus Moser
“The future belongs to those
who learn new things the fastest.”
– Paul Pilzer

“In our rapidly changing world,
it’s not our ‘know-how’
but our ‘learn-how’
that will ensure our success.”

For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost,
I am willing to know the whole truth;
to know the worst, and provide for it.”
-Patrick Henry
“Vision without action is a daydream
but action without vision is a nightmare.”
-Japanese Proverb
“Education is what remains
after one has forgotten everything
he learned in school.
-Albert Einstein
“Different is not always better.
But if you think about it, better is always different.”
– unknown
“I’m not an optimist, I’m an opportunist!”
– Ellen Wells
“You can either take action,
or you can hang back and hope for a miracle.
Miracles are great, but they are so unpredictable.”
– Peter Drucker
“You are no longer protecting your brand
when you are prudish and overly careful, he says.
‘You just seem out of touch.”
– Cenk Uygur
“Act on your ideas. Now.
‘Money likes speed’ is my favorite mantra.”
– Joe Vitale

“You can help, you can leave, but you can’t watch.”
-Ed Ellingsworth

“As our case is new, so we must think anew.”
Abraham Lincoln

“Let us never negotiate out of fear.
But let us never fear to negotiate.”
-John F. Kennedy
“Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Willing is not enough; we must do.”
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Bread and butter,
devoid of charm in the drawing room,
is ambrosia eaten under a tree.”
– Elizabeth Von Arnim
“Nurture your mind with great thoughts,
for you will never go any higher than you think.”
– Benjamin Disraeli
“He who throws mud only loses ground.”
– Fat Albert

“The shortest route to top quartile performance
is to be in the bottom quartile of expenses.”
John Bogle, founder of Vanguard

“There is a time when we must firmly choose
the course we will follow or the relentless drift
of events will make the decision.”
-Herbert Prochnow
“Never hire someone who knows less than you do
about what he or she is hired to do.”
– Malcolm Forbes

“I don’t know whether nice people tend to grow roses

or growing roses makes people nice.”

– Roland A Beowne

“It is not necessary to change.

Survival is not mandatory.

– W. Edwards Deming

“Business has only two functions —

marketing and innovation.”

– Peter F. Drucker

“If your legacy can be accomplished in your lifetime

it is not big enough.”

– Wes Brown

“Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.”

-Washington Irving

“An addiction to gardening is not all bad

when you consider all the other choices in life.”

– unknown

“What we obtain too cheap, we esteem to lightly.”

– Thomas Paine

If there is anything I would like to be remembered for it is that I helped
people understand that leadership is helping other people grow and succeed.
To repeat myself, leadership is not just about you. It’s about them.

–Jack Welch

“Work is more fun when we know more customers.”

-Sid Raisch

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2 Responses

  1. “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”
    Theodore Roosevelt

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