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.

“You Cannot Defeat Me”

“There’s no way to excite or motivate or inspire people that’s not grounded in their own perceived self-interest. That’s the way it should be.

So if you want to effectively influence others, the process is simple:  You’ve got to talk about what they want (their future) and you’ve got to show them how to get it (the path).  Then get out of their way and let nature take its course.  If they’re engaged and excited about their prospects, their projects and their futures, they will create far more compelling and comprehensive justifications for working their butts off than you ever could. Each of them knows exactly what’s important to them.  You’d have to be a mind reader to even try to guess.”    (Howard A. Tullman, ‘Trying to Motivate Your Employees?  Forget It.”, Inc. Magazine)



“The shortcut that’s sure to work, every time:

Take the long way.

Do the hard work, consistently and with generosity and transparency.

And then you won’t waste time doing it over.”     (Seth Godin)



“Live, so you do not have to look back and say: ‘God, how I have wasted my life.’”    (Elisabeth Kubler-Ross)



“If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and when it comes, hold you head high, look it squarely in eye and say, ‘I will be bigger than you.  You cannot defeat me.’”    (Ann Landers)



“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.”    (Henry David Thoreau)



“Forget past mistakes.  Forget failures.  Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.”      (William Durant)      


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