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 Can Do This”


“It occurs to me that the peculiarity of most things we think of as fragile is how tough they truly are.  There were tricks we did with eggs, as children, to show how they were, in reality, tiny load – bearing marble halls; while the beat of the wings of a butterfly in the right place, we are told, can create a hurricane across an ocean.  Hearts may break, but hearts are the toughest of muscles, able to pump for a lifetime, seventy times a minute, and scarcely falter along the way.  Even dreams, the most delicate and intangible of things, can prove remarkable difficult to kill.”   (Fragile Things, Neil Gaiman)



The Problem with Problems –

We have limits.  There are challenges, limited resources, people or organizations working against you.  Your knee hurts, the boss is a jerk, the systems are down.

We have opportunities.  There are opportunities, new sources of leverage and ideas just waiting to be embraced.  You can share something, give something, make something better. There are always limits, and there are always opportunities.  The ones we rehearse and focus on are the ones that shape our attitude and our actions.  How many times a day do you think about or announce the limits you face, the people who cannot be trusted, the problems that are weighing you down?

The problem with problems is that they always keep us from focusing on opportunities, on a chance to contribute and to make something better.  Focus on our opportunities doesn’t mean the problems don’t exist, it merely means that we are far more likely to do something that matters.

Gratitude and opportunity create more of the same.”   (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog, 11.27.14)



“I don’t believe in circumstances.  The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for circumstances they want.”    (George B. Shaw)



“The main reason someone moves mountains, wins friends, influences people, amasses a fortune, or anything else, Alex … is because they thought they would.

You can do this.  Shall we ‘Veni, Vedi, Vici!’”   (Mike Dooley, Notes from the Universe)



“It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.”   (Unknown Author)


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