As Woman Thinketh

A Gender Block For many years I had read other leadership and success writers reference the book by James Allen, As A Man Thinketh. Many times I tried to read it, unsuccessfully. I could not filter out the use of the words man, men, him, his, etc. It didn’t seem to apply to me in […]

Ariana Huffington

You have to do what you dream of doing even while you’re afraid. Ariana Huffington

Angeles Arrien

Four Rules For Life: Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. Don’t be attached to the results. Angeles Arrien

3 Best Books to Improve Communication

There are many books about the art and practice of excellent communication, from the classic, How to Win Friends & Influence People, to the metaphorical, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus. I’ve chosen the 3 books in this post based on the effects they have had on my communication experiences. They are all […]

Excellent Communication Skills Start With Listening

The word, ‘communication’ is often thought of as getting your message across. The real definition of excellent communication is the successful exchange of ideas and perspectives. True communication requires powerful listening skills, as well as the ability to frame and share your thoughts coherently.

Cheryl Bachelder

Acknowledge your talents, and as quickly as possible gain confidence in yourself, so that you can be a genuine, authentic contributor and not all that worried about what other people think. Cheryl Bachelder, CEO Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen

Kristin Neff, Ph.D.

With self-compassion the most important step, actually, is to notice your own suffering. Dr. Kristin Neff

Tap Into Your Subconscious Mind

Dr. Candace Pert explores the nebulous subject of the subconscious mind in her talk and interview entitled Your Body Is Your Subconscious Mind. Her work as a neuroscientist has revealed that each of our individual cells are conscious and intelligent. They respond and interact according to our physical, emotional, mental, and even spiritual conditions. Consciousness […]

Candace Pert

We are all aware of the bias built into the Western idea that the mind is totally in the head, a function of the brain. But your body is not there just to carry around your head. Candace Pert

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams. Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A Review of The Element, How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

Too many people never connect with their true talents and therefore don’t know what they’re really capable of achieving. Sir Ken Robinson

Susan Jeffers

Feel the fear and do it anyway. Susan Jeffers

The Secret to Giving a Great Talk

The future isn’t a place that we’re gonna go to; it’s a place that you get to create. Nancy Duarte Make It A Good One

Coco Chanel

  The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud. Coco Chanel

Simon Sinek

Leadership is not a rank or a position to be held. Leadership is a service to be given. Simon Sinek

Joan Borysenko, Ph. D.

 When you become passionate toward yourself, you become passionate toward others – you’ve turned your eyes in a new direction. Dr. Joan Borysenko

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor

Unfortunately, as a society, we do not teach our children that they need to tend carefully the garden of their minds. Without structure, censorship, or discipline, our thoughts run rampant on automatic. Because we have not learned how to more carefully manage what goes on inside our brains, we remain vulnerable to not only what […]

Aimee Mullins: Strength, Self & Success

Maybe that’s what adversity gives us, a sense of self, a sense of our own power. Aimee Mullins

Aimee Mullins

Perhaps technology is revealing now, what has always been a truth, that everyone has something rare and powerful to offer our society. Aimee Mullins

Diana Nyad’s Other Shore

We all have dreams. We all suffer heartache. We all need to somehow find the courage, the endurance, to FIND A WAY to our respective, individual Other Shores. Diana Nyad

Sheryl Sandberg

There is no perfect fit when you’re looking for the next big thing to do. You have to take opportunities and make an opportunity fit for you, rather than the other way around. The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have. Sheryl Sandberg

Try Leaning In With Sheryl Sandberg

We cannot change what we are not aware of, and once we are aware, we cannot help but change. Sheryl Sandberg

Estella Pyfrom

You do whatever it takes to make things happen. That’s the only thing that works. Estella Pyfrom

Alice Walker

 In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful. Alice Walker

Gretchen Rubin

One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy. One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself. Gretchen Rubin   Gretchen Rubin is the author of NY Times Bestseller, The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in […]

Eleanor Roosevelt

She would rather light a candle than curse the darkness, and her glow has warmed the world. Adlai Stevenson Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the most influential women of modern history. As a child, the loss of her mother and brother to diptheria, and her father to alcoholism affected her deeply. Her attitude of […]

Martha Beck

  Try seeing your world and yourself this way, eyes open to whatever is before you, mind free of dichotomies. Are you good or bad, fragile or tough, wise or foolish? Yes. And so am I. Martha Beck

First Love Yourself If You Want to Succeed

In his Tedx Talk, The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working, Tony Schwartz lays out some radical ideas – radical for mainstream business, that is. One of these ideas is love yourself. I don’t imagine this is a required course at Harvard Business School, Stanford, or Wharton.

The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team

Patrick Lencioni has written a potent leadership fable that dramatically illustrates 5 dysfunctions of a team and the negative results this creates in a business. The lead protagonist is a newly hired CEO, Kathryn Peterson. Brought on board to revive a flagging startup, Kathryn must work with the recently demoted former CEO and a team […]

Oprah Winfrey

  Be authentic and the universe will rise up to meet you. Oprah Winfrey

Are There Health Benefits to Stress and Anxiety?

 When you change your mind about stress, you can change your body’s response to stress. Kelly McGonigal

Kelly McGonigal

  Chasing meaning is better for your health than trying to avoid discomfort. Kelly McGonigal

How to Read Body Language

Wonder If Body Language Makes A Difference?

Nora Ephron

If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place. Nora Ephron

Charlie Chaplin

You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down. Charlie Chaplin

Henry David Thoreau

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. Henry David Thoreau

Self-Knowledge Quotes

Choose What Defines You

Brave starts here. Lizzie Velasquez

Play the Game to Achieve Ultimate Success

We don’t get enough time to play. We don’t choose to play often enough. We have been taught that work is, well, work. It isn’t supposed to be fun. What if play and games were the secret to ultimate success?

Know Thyself – A Key to Ultimate Success

“The hardest thing of all is to realize that if you want to change someone else’s mind, you have to be prepared to have your own mind changed.” Scilla Elworthy

Steve Denning Leads With Story

“Leadership is not just about getting people to change, it’s about getting people to want to change, to inspire people to become champions of the change.” Steve Denning

Maya Angelou

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.

Mary Kay Ash

  So many people just don’t know how great they really are. They come to us all vogue on the outside and vague on the inside.  ~ Mary Kay Ash

Sara Blakely

Believe in your idea, trust your instincts, and don’t be afraid to fail. Sara Blakely My dad encouraged us to fail. Growing up, he would ask us what we failed at that week. If we didn’t have something, he would be disappointed. It changed my mindset at an early age that failure is not the […]

Jack Canfield

  Author, Jack Canfield It’s a good thing to have some goals that make you a little uncomfortable.  ~ Jack Canfield, The Success Principles

G.K. Chesterton

I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.  ~ G. K. Chesterton

Paulo Coelho

There is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on earth… And when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.  ~ […]

Joan Collins

Show me a person who has never made a mistake and I’ll show you someone who has never achieved much.  ~ Joan Collins

Dalai Lama

  Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.  ~ Dalai Lama

Steve Denning

“Leadership is not just about getting people to change, it’s about getting people to want to change, to inspire people to become champions of the change.” Steve Denning

Emily Deschanel

When you’re comfortable in your own skin, you look beautiful, regardless of any flaws.  ~ Emily Deschanel

Nancy Duarte

Being able to tell our stories well and in a very compelling way, will help us as women, to connect emotionally, viscerally, and analytically. Nancy Duarte

Albert Einstein

Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.  ~ Albert Einstein

Dwight Eisenhower

 The plan is nothing, planning is everything. ~ Dwight Eisenhower

T.Harv Eker

Harv, if you’re not doing as well as you’d like, all that means is there’s something you don’t know.  ~ T.Harv Eker, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind

Scilla Elworthy

  “The hardest thing of all is to realize that if you want to change someone else’s mind, you have to be prepared to have your own mind changed.” Scilla Elworthy “If all we do is spew anger and fear out onto other people, it’s completely ineffective.” Scilla Elworthy     * Some, but not […]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Concentration is the secret of strength. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Buckminster Fuller

You can never learn less; you can only learn more. The reason I know so much is because I have made so many mistakes.  ~ Buckminster Fuller

Anatole France

To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.  ~ Anatole France, Works of Anatole France

Viktor Frankl

Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. ~ Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search For Meaning

Bill Gates

As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. ~ Bill Gates

Malcolm Gladwell

For almost a generation, psychologists around the world have been engaged in a spirited debate over a question that most of us would consider to have been settled years ago. The question is this: is there such a thing as innate talent? The obvious answer is yes. ~ Malcolm Gladwell, The Outliers

Seth Godin

Tomorrow is too late, yesterday is over and now is exactly the right moment. So start.  ~ Seth Godin, This Might Work

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is not enough to have knowledge, one must also apply it. It is not enough to have wishes, one must also accomplish. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Robert K. Greenleaf

Not much happens without a dream. And for something great to happen, there must be a great dream. Behind every great achievement is a dreamer of great dreams. Much more than a dreamer is required to bring it to reality; but the dream must be there first. ~ Robert K. Greenleaf

Charles F. Haanel

We cannot express powers that we do not possess. The only way by which we may secure possession of power is to become conscious of power, and we can never become conscious of power until we learn that all power is within. ~ Charles F. Haanel, The Master Key System

Samuel Johnson

Nothing […] will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must be first overcome. ~ Samuel Johnson

Guy Kawasaki

Be a baker, not an eater. An eater sees a pie and says, ‘I want to eat as much of that pie as possible.’ A baker sees a pie and wants to make more pies. If you are a baker, not an eater, you will do things for people. And if you do things for […]

Robert F. Kennedy

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. ~ Robert F. Kennedy

Charlie Kim

The best thing we can do is make the right decision. The second best thing is make the wrong decision. But the worst thing we can do is make no decision at all. ~ Charlie Kim, CEO of NextJump

Martin Luther King, Jr.

You don’t have to see the whole staircase just to take the first step. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Cynthia Kersey

Commit to finding the gift in any setback. Not only will you gain from each experience, but the combination of your commitment, courage, and faith will be the greatest triumph of all. ~ Cynthia Kersey, Unstoppable Women

Abraham Lincoln

Achievement has no color. Abraham Lincoln

Nelson Mandela

Jane McGonigal

No object, no event, no outcome or life circumstance can deliver real happiness to us. We have to make our own happiness—by working hard at activities that provide their own reward. Jane McGonigal

William L. McKnight

If you put fences around people, you get sheep. Give people the room they need. ~ William L McKnight

Anaïs Nin

We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are. Anaïs Nin

Jennifer Pastiloff

The moon is never missing any of itself. We just can’t see it. We are like that too. Jennifer Pastiloff

Pablo Picasso

Action is the foundation of all success.  ~ Pablo Picasso

Tom Robbins

But why diminish your soul being run-of-the-mill at something? Mediocrity: now there is ugliness for you. Mediocrity’s a hairball coughed up on the Persian carpet of Creation. ~ Tom Robbins

Fred Rogers

There are three ways to ultimate success. The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind. ~ Fred Rogers

Jim Rohn

You want to set a goal that is big enough that in the process of achieving it you become someone worth becoming. ~ Jim Rohn

Walter Russell

Mediocrity is self-inflicted and genius is self-bestowed. ~ Walter Russell

May Sarton

We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be. May Sarton

Vidal Sassoon

The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. ~ Vidal Sassoon

Robert Schuller

Every achiever I have ever met says, ‘My life turned around when I began to believe in me.’ ~ Robert Schuller

Bruce D. Schneider

  Empowerment Principle #1 – Life offers neither problems or challenges, only opportunities. Bruce D. Schneider, Energy Leadership

Robin Sharma

All success in life, whether material or spiritual, starts with the thoughts that you put into your mind every second of every minute of every day. Your outer world reflects the state of your inner world. By controlling the thoughts that you think and the way you respond to the events of your life, you […]

George Bernard Shaw

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.  ~ George Bernard Shaw

Beverly Sills

  You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.

Guru Singh

If you attach to the negative energy of others, it brings you down to their level. ~ Guru Singh

Swami Sivananda

Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. ~ Swami Sivananda

Robert Louis Stevenson

Everyone who got where he is has had to begin where he was. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Stan Toler

The most effective leaders are those who believe their success can help others reach their goals also. ~ Stan Toler, Minute Motivators for Leaders

Lily Tomlin

You are what you think … geez, that’s frightening. ~ Lily Tomlin

Brian Tracy

The number one reason why some people get more work done faster is because they’re absolutely clear about their goals and objectives and they don’t deviate from them. ~ Brian Tracy

Mark Twain

Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. Mark Twain

Lynne Twist

We have the choice in any setting to step back and let go of the mind-set of scarcity. ~ Lynne Twist, The Soul of Money

Lizzie Velasquez

Brave starts here. Lizzie Velasquez

Denis Waitley, Deborah Waitley, Dayna Waitley

No one reaches her goal without hurdling a few roadblocks put in her path. Denis Waitley, Deborah Waitley, Dayna Waitley, The Psychology of Winning For Women

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