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.

“Hot Dogs and Attitude”


“There was a man who lived by the side of the road and sold hot dogs.   He was hard of hearing so he had no radio.   He had trouble with his eyes so he read no newspapers.

 But he sold good hot dogs.

He put up signs on the highway telling how good they were.   He stood on the side of the road and cried out:  ‘Buy a hot dog, mister?’

 And people bought.

He increased his meat and bun orders.   He bought a bigger stove to take care of his trade.   His son came to help him out.

 But then something happened.

His son said, ‘Father, haven’t you been listening to the radio?   Haven’t you been reading the newspapers?   There are problems with the economy.  The war in Afghanistan is bad.   The domestic situation is not too good.’   Whereupon his father thought, ‘Well, my son’s been to college, he reads the papers and he listens to the radio, and he ought to know.’

So the father cut down on the meat and bun orders, took down his advertising signs, and no longer bothered to stand out on the highway to sell his hot dogs. 

 And his hot dog sales fell almost overnight.

‘You’re right, son,’ the father said to the boy.  ‘We certainly are in an economic slump.’”     (Author Unknown)


“Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself:   I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.   I can choose which it shall be.  Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrive yet.   I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”    (Groucho Marx)


“There is a little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference.   The little difference is attitude.   The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.”     (W. Clement Stone)


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