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.

“So How Good Do You Want to Be?”


“Do you deserve it?

Do you deserve the luck you’ve been handed?  

The place you were born, the education you were given, the job you’ve got?  

Do you deserve your tribe, your customer base, your brand?

Not at all.  ‘Deserve’ is such a loaded word.  

The question shouldn’t be, ‘do you deserve it.’  

I think it should be, ‘what are you going to do with it now that you’ve got it?’”   (Seth Godin)



“Many people are eager to have soothsayers predict their future.  

Fewer are willing to take responsibility for writing their own fortune.  

Your future is a blank sheet of paper waiting for you to create what is to come.”   (Jim Clemmer)



“So how good do you want to be?  All of us want to be good at our jobs, but how good do we really want to be?  Quite good.  Good.  Very good.  The best in the field.  Or the best in the world?  Talent helps, but it won’t take you as far as ambition.  … Everybody wants to be good, but not many are prepared to make the sacrifices it takes to be great.  Most people are looking for a solution, a way to become good.  There is no instant solution, the only way to learn is through experience and mistakes.  You will become whoever you want to be.

You can achieve the unachievable.  Firstly you need to aim beyond what you are capable of.

You must develop a complete disregard for where you abilities end.  Try to do the things that you’re incapable of.  If you think you’re unable to work for the best company in its sphere, make that your aim.  If you think you’re incapable of running a company, make that your aim. If you think you’re unable to be on the cover of Time magazine, make it your business to be there.  Make your vision of where you want to be a reality.  Nothing is impossible.”   (Paul Arden, It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be)



“Vision without execution is hallucination.”   (Thomas Edison)



“No one’s life should be rooted in fear.  We are born for wonder, for joy, for hope, for love, to marvel at the mystery of existence, to be ravished by the beauty of the world, to seek truth and meaning, to acquire wisdom, and by our treatment of others to brighten the corner where we are.”   (Dean Koontz, Life Expectancy)

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