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.

“I Wish I Could Have Known Earlier”


“A man approached JP Morgan, held up an envelope, and said, ‘Sir, in my hand I hold a guaranteed formula for success, which I will gladly sell you for $25,000.’  ‘Sir,’ JP Morgan replied, ‘I do not know what is in the envelope, however if you show me, and I like it, I give you my word as a gentleman that I will pay you what you ask.’  The man agreed to the terms, and handed over the envelope.  JP Morgan opened it, and extracted a single sheet of paper.  He gave it one look, a mere glance, and then handed the piece of paper back to the gent.  And paid him the agreed – upon $25,000.    Contents of the paper:     

1)  Every morning, write a list of the things that need to be done that day.    

2)  Do them.”                      (Unknown Author)



“Do not say, ‘It is morning,’ and dismiss it with a name of yesterday.  See it for the first time as a new-born child that has no name.”         (Rabindranath Tagore)



“You are now at a crossroads.  This is your opportunity to make the most important decision you will ever make.  Forget your past.  Who are you now?  Who have you decided you really are now? Don’t think about who you have been.  Who are you now?  Who have you decided to become? Make this decision consciously.  Make it carefully.  Make it powerfully.”        (Anthony Robbins)



“I wish I could have known earlier that you have all the time you’ll need right up to the day you die.”        (William Wiley)


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3 thoughts on ““I Wish I Could Have Known Earlier”

  1. Love that JP story. Such truth!

  2. Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting on the JP Morgan story. The story has a simple, common sense message that many of us tend to forget.

    Love your blog!

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