Catalyst Quotes

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Archive for the month “February, 2015”

“Walk Through the Fire”


“The trolls inside.

The worst troll is in your head.

Internet trolls are the commenters begging for a fight, the anonymous critics eager to tear you down, the hateful packs of roving evil dwarves, out for amusement.

But the one in your head, that voice of insecurity and self-criticism, that’s the one you need to be the most vigilant about.

Do not feed the troll.

Do not reason with the troll.

Do not argue with the troll.

Most of all, don’t litigate.  Don’t make your case, call your witnesses, prove you are right. Because the troll knows how to sway a jury even better than you do.

Get off the troll train.  Turn your back, walk away, ship the work.”   (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog, 2.22.15)



“Imperfection also makes growth possible.  Like it or not, the main way we learn is by falling flat on our face, just as we did when we first learned to walk.  Our parents may tell us a million times not to touch that hot stove, but it’s only after we actually burn ourselves that we really understand why it’s not such a great idea.  The learning opportunities provided by failure can actually help us to achieve our dreams.  In the words of restaurateur Wolfgang Puck, ‘I learned more from the one restaurant that didn’t work than from all the ones that were successes.’  Yes, failure is frustrating.  But it’s also temporary and eventually yields wisdom.  We can think of failure as part of life’s apprenticeship.  If we were perfect and had all the answers, we’d never get to ask questions, and we wouldn’t be able to discover anything new.”   (Kristen Neff, Self-Compassion)



“The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, became a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong.”   (Thomas Carlyle)



“What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.”   (Charles Bukowski)



“Choose Your Glasses Very Carefully; Attitude is Everything”


“A few years ago I ran into an old acquaintance that I hadn’t seen for awhile.  Our short conversation confirmed just why I hadn’t seen him in awhile – and wouldn’t see him again soon if I could help it.  I started off with, “Hey Phil. How’s it going?”  His response was, “Oh, you know; same crap, different day.”  His expletive-laced language was much spicier than that, but you get the picture.   He then proceeded to proudly pile up the most recent crap in his life and invited me to wallow in it with him. 

Our world does have an abundance of crap.  There’s lots of injustice, inequality, and unfairness.  The crap that hits the fan in life is often not evenly distributed.  But we get to decide whether to stand in it or not.  We decide if we want today to be crappy or happy.  If we walk around with our “crap glasses” on, we’ll see lots of it.  The more crap we look for, the more crap we see.  The more crap we see, the more we look for.  My friend, fellow performance improvement author/speaker, and psychologist, Peter Jensen calls this ‘opticalrectumitis,’ which he loosely translates as ‘having a shi…(crappy) outlook on life.’”   (Jim Clemmer)



“My father-in-law uses an expression, ‘Attitude is everything.’  It’s his non-confrontational way of saying, ‘Stop complaining.’  When my father-in-law says, ‘Attitude is everything,’ it isn’t just an admonition — it’s a prescription.  Right now, we are experiencing a massive explosion of creativity  (and change) … . 

Businesses (and businesspeople) that can find the excitement in that have a fighting chance of surviving the transition and thriving.  Those who choose to fight the future and pretend the old ways are coming back, well, you may be the subject of your own TV series one day.  But it’s likely to be on the History Channel.”   (Robert Safian, Fast Company Magazine)



“I used to say, “I sure hope things will change.

Then I learned that the only way things are going to change for me is when I change.”    (Jim Rohn)


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