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Quotes on Encouragement

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What kind of impact do you want to make in this world? Most of us desire to do something that matters, something important. I believe that people are more important than anything else on this earth. So impacting the lives of other people is one of the most significant things any one of us can do.

How can we positively impact the life of another person? Through encouragement! I believe it is one of the greatest gifts you or I can give someone else. These are some of my favorite quotes on the topic. I hope they inspire you to make a difference in the life of someone else this week.

 “You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life.” ~Zig Ziglar

“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” ~Mother Teresa

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” ~Mark Twain

“Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you.” ~William Arthur Ward

“There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.” ~Booker T. Washington

“There are high spots in all of our lives and most of them have come about through encouragement from someone else.” ~George M. Adams

“I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth a greater effort under a spirit of approval then under a spirit of criticism.” ~Charles Schwab

“The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to him his own.” ~Benjamin Disraeli

“Treat a man as he appears to be and you make him worse. But treat a man as if he already were what he potentially could be, and you make him what he should be.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“An automobile goes nowhere efficiently unless it has a quick, hot spark to ignite things, to set the cogs of the machine in motion. So I try to make every player on my team feel he’s the spark keeping our machine in motion.” ~Coach Knute Rockne

“How do you identify someone who needs encouragement? That person is breathing.” ~Truett Cathy

“You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world’s happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.” ~Dale Carnegie

Well, Spring has officially arrived here in the United States. Although from what I hear, that’s not always apparent in some areas of the country. I love the feeling of new beginnings that comes with the arrival of this season, and I hope you do, too.

Reading is something I make time for every day of my life, because it’s so valuable to my personal growth. Today I want to share some of what I’ve been reading lately. As usual, I’ve captured great quotes and passages with my system described here.

I hope this list gives you something to read that will inspire and encourage you in your personal growth.

The Leadership GPS, by Denis McLaughlin

The Trouble With Jesus, by Joseph M. Stowell

Altar Ego, by Craig Groeschel

The Catalyst Leader, by Brad Lomenick

Start, by Jon Acuff


Quotes on Teamwork

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Two weeks ago, I shared some of my favorite quotes on service. If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you already know that I love to share quotes. But on Twitter in particular, I’m limited by the 140-character restriction. So I often enjoy sharing the longer quotes here. I hope today’s selection of quotes on teamwork inspires and challenges you .

On Teamwork

Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishment toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results. ~Andrew Carnegie

 No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it. ~Halford E. Luccock

 We should not only use all the brains we have, but all that we can borrow. ~Woodrow Wilson

Each of us must make the effort to contribute to the best of our ability according to our individual talents. And then we put all the individual talents together for the highest good of the group. … Understanding that the good of the group comes first is fundamental to being a highly productive member of a team. ~John Wooden

 There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves. ~Lyndon B. Johnson

 Good teams always have common goals. When you find that goals of certain members differ from the team’s, then the team will usually do poorly. ~Red Auerbach

 No one of us is more important than the rest of us. ~Ray Kroc

 The most important measure of how good a game I played was how much better I’d made my teammates play. ~Bill Russell

 I can do what you can’t do, and you can do what I can’t do; together we can do great things. ~Mother Teresa

 Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.  ~Vince Lombardi

 The key elements in the art of working together are how to deal with change, how to deal with conflict, and how to reach our potential…the needs of the team are best met when we meet the needs of individual persons. ~Max De Pree

 No member of a crew is praised for the rugged individuality of his rowing.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half sorrow. ~Swedish Proverb

 A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history. ~Mohandas K. Gandhi

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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Quotes on Service

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“The purpose of life is not to win. The purpose of life is to grow and to share. When you come to look back on all that you have done in life, you will get more satisfaction from the pleasure you have brought into other people’s lives than you will from the times that you outdid and defeated them.” ~ Harold Kushner

“Everybody can be great… because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Show me a man who cannot be bothered to do little things and I’ll show you a man who cannot be trusted to do big things.” ~ Lawrence D. Bell

“Doing nothing for others is the undoing of one’s self. We must be purposely kind and generous, or we miss the best part of existence. The heart that goes out of itself gets large and full of joy. This is the great secret of the inner life. We do ourselves the most good doing something for others.” ~ Horace Mann

“If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a months, get married. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, serve others.” ~ Chinese proverb

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“All of us are born for a reason, but all of us don’t discover why. Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.” ~ Danny Thomas

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ~ Mohandas K. Gandhi

“Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.” Therese de Lisieux

“Service is the measure of greatness; it always has been true; it is true today, and it always will be true, that he is greatest who does the most of good. Nearly all of our controversies and combats grow out of the fact that we are trying to get something from each other–there will be peace when our aim is to do something for each other. The human measure of a human life is its income; the divine measure of a life is its outgo, its overflow–its contribution to the welfare of all.” ~ William Jennings Bryan


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From my Files: Priorities

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If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I try to post a quote for every day on something related to leadership or personal growth. I love sharing those quotes from my personal files, but I don’t always like the 140-character limit. Lately I’ve been sharing about priorities on Twitter. But I’ve had to skip some of my favorite quotes because they’re too long. Because I think they’re still very valuable, I’m sharing them here:

You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage – pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically – to say “no” to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger “yes” burning inside. The enemy of the “best” is often the “good.”
~ Stephen Covey

Concentration is the key to economic results. No other principle of effectiveness is violated as constantly today as the basic principle of concentration…. Our motto seems to be, “Let’s do a little bit of everything.”
~ Peter Drucker

I soon learned how to scent out that which was able to lead to fundamentals and to turn aside everything else, from the multitude of things that clutter up the mind and divert it from the essential.
~ Albert Einstein

Most of us lead busy, but undisciplined lives. We have ever expanding “to do” lists, trying to build momentum by doing, doing, and doing more. And it rarely works. Those who build the good-to-great companies, however, made as much use of “stop doing” lists as the “to do” lists. They displayed a remarkable amount of discipline to unplug all sorts of extraneous junk… they displayed remarkable courage to channel their resources into only one or a few arenas.
~ Jim Collins, Good to Great

It’s important not to run on the fast track, but on YOUR track. Pretend you have only six months to live, and make three lists: the things you HAVE to do, WANT to do, and neither have to do nor want to do. Then, for the rest of your life, forget everything on the third list.
~ Robert Eliot

The difference between leaders and managers: Managers have as their goal to do things right. Leaders have as their goal to do the right thing.
~ Warren Buffett

Control your own time. Don’t let it be done for you. If you are working off the in-box that is fed to you, you are probably working on the priority of others.
~ Donald Rumsfeld

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