Catalyst Quotes

Compiled by Alex Pena ~ ‘Catalyst’: “to spark, to ignite, energize, mobilize; something that accelerates a reaction (DDI)." Thought-provoking & motivational quotes and stories for you to read, reflect on and move forward in making creative and positive changes in your life.

“Do You Deserve It?”


“There are three kinds of people:

1)  the ones that learn by reading,

2) the few who learn by observation,

3) the rest who have to pee on the electric fence.”    

(Will Rogers, American humorist)


“Choose your glasses very carefully.   A few years ago I ran into an old acquaintance that I hadn’t seen for awhile.   Our short conversation confirmed just why I hadn’t seen him in awhile – and wouldn’t see him again soon if I could help it.   I started off with, “Hey Phil.  How’s it going?”  His response was, “Oh, you know; same crap, different day.”   His expletive-laced language was much spicier than that, but you get the picture.   He then proceeded to proudly pile up the most recent crap in his life and invited me to wallow in it with him. 

Our world does have an abundance of crap.   There’s lots of injustice, inequality, and unfairness.  The crap that hits the fan in life is often not evenly distributed.   But we get to decide whether to stand in it or not.   We decide if we want today to be crappy or happy.   If we walk around with our “crap glasses” on, we’ll see lots of it.   The more crap we look for, the more crap we see.   The more crap we see, the more we look for.   My friend, fellow performance improvement author/speaker, and psychologist, Peter Jensen calls this ‘opticalrectumitis,’ which he loosely translates as ‘having a shi… (crappy) outlook on life.’ ”    (Jim Clemmer)


“Do you deserve it?   Do you deserve the luck you’ve been handed?   The place you were born, the education you were given, the job you’ve got?   Do you deserve your tribe, your customer base, your brand?   Not at all.   “Deserve” is such a loaded word.   The question shouldn’t be, “do you deserve it.”   I think it should be, “what are you going to do with it now that you’ve got it?”     (Seth Godin)


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