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.

“Make Big Plans – Choose Your Response – Be Response Able”


“Every project we undertake starts with the same question:

‘How can we do what has never been done before?’”   (Stuart Hornery, Lend Lease)



“Make big plans … that’s the best way to make big things happen.

Write down your plans.  Share them with trusted colleagues.  Seek out team members and accomplices.

Shun the non-believers.  They won’t be easily convinced, but they can be ignored.

Is there any doubt that making big plans increases the chances that something great will happen?

Is there any doubt that we need your contribution?

Why then, are you hesitating to make big plans?”   (Seth Godin)



“The worst moments are your best opportunity.  That’s how we judge you and how we remember you.  You are presumed to be showing us your real self when you are on deadline, have a headache, are facing a customer service meltdown, haven’t had a good night’s sleep, are facing an ethical dilemma, are momentarily in power, are caught doing something when you thought no one else was looking, are irritable, have the opportunity to extract revenge, are losing a competition or are truly overwhelmed.

What a great opportunity to tell the story you’d like us to hear about you.”   (Seth Godin)



To be proactive means you take the initiative to do whatever’s necessary to make good things happen.  The best way to predict your future is to create it.

The opposite of this is to be reactive; which basically means that your life is a function of your feelings, your moods, your impulses, or how other people treat you.  You feel you have ample justification to say that you are what other people have made you.  You are what your past has made you.  You are what is happening to you.  And so you don’t take responsibility.

The underlying principle of being proactive is to take responsibility.  You and I have the capacity to choose our response.

I am responsible. 

I am response able.”   (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey)



“Strive for excellence, not perfection, because we don’t live in a perfect world.”   (Joyce Meyer)



“When [what you are deeply passionate about, what you can be best in the world at and what drives your economic engine] come together, not only does your work move toward greatness, but so does your life.  For, in the end, it is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life.  And it is very difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work. Perhaps, then, you might gain that rare tranquility that comes from knowing that you’ve had a hand in creating something of intrinsic excellence that makes a contribution.  Indeed, you might even gain that deepest of all satisfactions:  knowing that your short time here on this earth has been well spent, and that it mattered.”   (Jim Collins, Good to Great:  Why Some Companies Make the Leap … and Others Don’t)



“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.  Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”   (Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching)

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