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.

“Specialize in the Impossible”


“Too often, we’re presented with choices that don’t please us.   We can pick one lousy alternative or the other.   And too often, we pick one.

I was struck by Apple’s choice to put a glass screen on the original iPhone.  Just six weeks before it was announced, Steve Jobs decided he wanted a scratchproof glass screen.   The thing is, this wasn’t an option.   It wasn’t possible, reliable, feasible or appropriately priced.   It couldn’t be done with certainty, and almost any other organization would have taken it off the list of appropriate choices.

It was unreasonable.

And that’s the key.   Remarkable work is always not on the list, because if it was, it would be commonplace, not remarkable.”      (Seth Godin)



“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it.  Impossible is not a fact.   It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration.   It’s a dare.   Impossible is potential.   Impossible is temporary.   Impossible is nothing.”      (Muhammed Ali)



“What we need are more people who specialize in the impossible.”      (Theodore Roethke)


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