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.

“If We Don’t Change, We Don’t Grow”


“A few people are afraid of good ideas, ideas that make a difference or contribute in some way.  Good ideas bring change, that’s frightening.  But many people are petrified of bad ideas.  Ideas that make us look stupid or waste time or money or create some sort of backlash.

The problem is that you can’t have good ideas unless you’re willing to generate a lot of bad ones.

Painters, musicians, entrepreneurs, writers, chiropractors, accountants — we all fail far more than we succeed.  We fail at closing a sale or playing a note.  We fail at an idea for a series of paintings or the theme for a trade show booth. 

But we succeed far more often than people who have no ideas at all.  Someone asked me where I get all my good ideas, explaining that it takes him a month or two to come up with one and I seem to have more than that.  I asked him how many bad ideas he has every month.  He paused and said, “none.”

And there, you see, is the problem.”   (Seth Godin)



“Give yourself an even greater challenge than the one you are trying to master and you will develop the powers necessary to overcome the original difficulty.”   (William Bennett)



“Trying to implant a goal that is incongruent with the self-image is like trying to plant grain by dropping seeds on rock hard bone-dry ground.

This happens when a person tries to make a goal that they are not.

No one can consistently out perform his or her self-image.

No one can long overcome it with willpower.

No one can sneak past it and perform in an incongruent manner.

The bottom line is that you cannot ‘do’ things without ‘being’ the kind of person who does those things.

You must ‘be’ to ‘do.’”   (Dr. Maxwell Maltz)



“The Victim curses the wind.

The Survivor waits for it to change.

The Navigator adjusts the sails.”

“You have to take it as it happens, but you should try to make it happen the way you want to take it.”   (German Proverb)



“If we don’t change, we don’t grow.  If we don’t grow, we aren’t actually living.”   (Gail Sheehy, Passages)

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2 thoughts on ““If We Don’t Change, We Don’t Grow”

  1. Awesome dude, loved this post! Very inspirational and filled with wisdom.

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