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.

Archive for the category “Trust”

“Trust Me”


“We are like sculptors, constantly carving out of others the image we long for, need, love or desire, often against reality, against their benefit, and always, in the end, a disappointment, because it does not fit them.”  (Anaїs Nin)



“Those of us who know not the secret of properly regulating our own existence on this tumultuous sea of foolish troubles which we call life are constantly in a state of misery while vainly trying to appear happy and contented.  We stagger in the attempt to keep our moral equilibrium, and see forerunners of the tempest in every cloud that floats on the horizon.  Yet there is joy and beauty in the roll of billows as they sweep outward toward eternity.  Why not enter into their spirit.”   (The Book of Tea, Okakura Kakuzō)



“You are someone who is different, but who wants to be the same as everyone else. nd that in my view is a serious illness.  God chose you to be different. Why are you disappointing God with this kind of attitude?”   (Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die)



“When it comes to being gentle, start with yourself.  Don’t get upset with your imperfections.  Being disappointed by failure is understandable, but it shouldn’t turn into bitterness or spite directed at yourself.  It’s a great mistake because it leads nowhere – to get angry because you are angry; upset at being upset; disappointed because you are disappointed.”  (St. Frances de Sales)



“For as long as a dream lives inside of you, there’s a plan for its time in space.  Trust me.   (signed) The Universe.”   (Notes from the Universe, Mike Dooley, May 20, 2013)



“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”   (William Shakespeare)


“Run, Congress Is In Session!”

In light of what is happening currently with our Government, I thought the following quotations would be appropriate.   (AP)

“Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.”   (James Bovard, Lost Rights:  The Destruction of American Liberty)



“This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.”   (Will Rogers)



“I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”    (Thomas Jefferson)



“Suppose you were an idiot.  And suppose you were a member of Congress.  But I repeat myself.”   (Mark Twain)  


“No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.”   (Judge Gideon Tucker)


“I went to the store the other day to buy a bolt for our front door, for as I told the storekeeper, the governor was coming here.  ‘Aye,’ said he, ‘and the Legislature too.’  ‘Then I will take two bolts,’ said I.  He said that there had been a steady demand for bolts and locks of late, for our protectors were coming.”   (Henry David Thoreau)


“When I see a congressman giving his opinion on something, I always wonder if it represents his real opinion or if it represents an opinion that he’s designed in order to be elected.  It seems to be a central problem for politicians.  So I often wonder: what is the relation of integrity to working in the government?”   (Richard Feynman)  



 “The most terrifying words in the English language are:  I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”   (Ronald Reagan)



“Example In Influencing Others Is The Only Thing”

“Stephen Covey, in his book The 8th Habit, describes a poll of 23,000 employees drawn from a number of companies and industries.  He reports the poll’s findings:

  • Only 37 percent said they have a clear understanding of what their organization is trying to achieve and why,
  • Only one in five was enthusiastic about their team’s and their organization’s goals,
  • Only one in five said they had a clear “line of sight” between their tasks and their team’s and organization’s goals,
  • Only 15 percent felt that their organization fully enables them to execute key goals,
  • Only 20 percent fully trusted the organization they work for

Then, Covey superimposes a very human metaphor over the statistics.  He says, ‘If, say, a soccer team had these same scores, only 4 of the 11 players on the field would know which goal is theirs.  Only 2 of the 11 would care.  Only 2 of the 11 would know what position they play and know exactly what they are supposed to do.  And all but 2 players would, in some way, be competing against their own team members rather than the opponent.”   (Chip Heath, Made to Stick:  Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die)



“The mismanagement of Human Resources is one of the main reasons that ‘good’ companies never become ‘great.’”    (Jim Collins, Good to Great)



“Most companies that are in life-or-death battles got into that kind of trouble because they didn’t pay enough attention to developing their leaders.”    (Wayne Calloway, former Chairman, PepsiCo)



“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.”    (Kenneth Blanchard)



“Set the tone.  You may think you can’t change the corporate culture, but you’re actually helping build it with everything you do and every word you utter.  Your people look to you as a model.

So pay attention to the signals you send about what you value and believe in.”    (Lost and Found: The Story of How One Man Discovered the Secrets of Leaderships . . . Where He Wasn’t Even Looking, Lyle Sussman, Sam Deep & Alex Stiber)



“Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing.”   (Albert Schweitzer)


“Who Has Made a Difference in Your Life?

Please note below the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip.   

   “1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

    2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

    3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America.

    4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

    5. Name the last six Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.

    6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.

 How did you do?

The point is:   none of us remember the headliners of yesterday.   These are no second-rate achievers.  They are the best in their fields.   But the applause dies.   Awards tarnish.   Achievements are forgotten.   Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here’s another quiz.   See how you do on this one:

    1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

    2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

    3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

    4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

    5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.


The lesson:  The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards.   They are the ones that care; they are the ones who have made a difference in your life.   And, one more thing  . . .  :

Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today.   It’s already tomorrow in Australia.”         (Charles Schultz)

**  Please take note of the other two posts for today, November 30, 2012.

“The Greatest Rule of All”

“There is one rule recognized in some form or other within every major human culture I have been able to investigate … the Golden Rule: ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Treat others the way you would want to be treated in their place.’

This is probably the most famous moral rule ever promulgated. And it’s found in culture after culture, every time and place. It’s expressed in many forms, but the main thrust is remarkably the same. Here are a few examples:

Confucianism: ‘Do not do unto others what you would not want them to do unto you.’

Buddhism: ‘Seek for others the happiness you desire for yourself. Hurt not others with that which pains you.’

Hinduism: ‘All your duties are included in this: Do nothing to others that would pain you if it were done to you.’

Judaism: ‘That which is hurtful to you, do not do to your fellow man.’

Islam: ‘Let none of you treat his brother in a way he himself would not like to be treated. No one of you is a believer until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.’

Taoism: ‘View your neighbor’s gain as your own gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.’

Christianity: ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ (If Aristotle Ran General Motors, Tom Morris)

One simple rule albeit said differently in others parts of the world. Whether it is in San Antonio, Texas, Australia, Canada, India, Europe, Mexico, China or the Middle East, people have a difficult time following these simple words.

Let’s try to follow this rule for the next thirty days and see what happens. I believe many of us will be amazed. Whether you are at home, at work or anywhere else where there are people, let’s try to follow this simple rule. Things would be so much better. ~ Alex Pena

“A Story”


A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package.  What food might this contain?” the mouse wondered.   He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.

Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed a warning:   “There is a mousetrap in the house!   There is a mousetrap in the house!”   The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, “Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me.   I cannot be bothered by it.”

The mouse turned to the pig and told him,  “There is a mousetrap in the house!   There is a mousetrap in the house!”    The pig sympathized, but said, I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray.   Be assured you are in my prayers.”

The mouse turned to the cow and said “There is a mousetrap in the house!  There is a mousetrap in the house!”   The cow said, “Wow, Mr. Mouse. I’m sorry for you, but it’s no skin off my nose.”

So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap alone.   

That very night a sound was heard throughout the house — like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey.   The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught.   In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught.   The snake bit the farmer’s wife.   The farmer rushed her to the hospital, and she returned home with a fever.

Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup’s main ingredient.

But his wife’s sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock.    To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.   Nonetheless, the farmer’s wife did not get well and she died.

Many people came for her funeral.   So the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.

The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness.

So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn’t concern you, remember — when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk.   We are all involved in this journey called life.   We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another whether it is at home or at work.

Remember … Each of us is a vital thread in another person’s tapestry; our lives are woven together for a reason.                (Source Unknown)


“Listen … Your Heart Whispers”


“We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch.   Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”        (e. e. cummings)


“Be who you are and say what you feel, because … those who mind don’t matter and those that matter don’t mind.”    (Dr. Seuss)


“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”     (Maya Angelou)


“Let your heart guide you.   It whispers, so listen closely.”     (“The Land Before Time”)


Leadership – “Is Anybody Better Because of You?”

“The ripple effect of a leader’s enthusiasm and optimism is awesome.   So is the impact of cynicism and pessimism.   Leaders who whine and blame engender those same behaviors among their colleagues.   I am not talking about stoically accepting organizational stupidity and performance incompetence with a ‘what, me worry?’ smile.   I am talking about a gung-ho attitude that says ‘we can change things here, we can achieve awesome goals, we can be the best!’”     (Colin Powell)


“You cannot build a team or organization that believes in different things from you.   You can’t make them into something you’re not.   Leadership isn’t just a job; it is a commitment to other people’s excellence.   As an illustration, think of the movie, ‘Remember the Titans.’   One of the highlights of that film was the heated exchange between the white captain and one of the black players, who had experienced firsthand the captain’s lack of acceptance and support.   When the captain confronted the player for deliberately missing a play, the player retorted, ‘attitude reflects leadership, captain.’    We must remember that, unfortunately, too many managers and supervisors who are responsible for developing others haven’t learned the basics of good leadership and development, even for themselves.  They are trying to build organizations or provide services based on a different value system.   It doesn’t work.   Employees quickly observe the disconnect between words and deeds.”     (Don Ritz)


“If you want to know whether or not you’re a leader, your title may or may not give some clues.   The real clue is in the answer to this question:  Is anybody better because of you?   Do the people you work with say, because of him or her, I’m a better person or I’ve been able to find skills and talents I didn’t know I had, or develop skills that were latent.”    (Mark Sanborn)


Come to the Edge, Trust Me

“Come to the edge,” he said.  

They said, “We are afraid.”

“Come to the edge,” he said.

They came.

He pushed them.

And they flew!”     (Guillaume Apollinaire)


“Everyone of us is where we are today because someone helped us, taught us, or pointed the way.”  (Terri Kabachnick, I Quit, But Forgot to Tell You)


 “Trust is the highest form of human motivation.   It brings out the very best in people.”    (Stephen R. Covey)

Make Me Feel Important

 “Every person you meet has a ‘sign’ around his or her neck that says, ‘Make me feel important.’   If you can do that, you’ll be a success, not only in business but in life as well.”     -Mary Kay Ash

“If you wish others to believe in you, you must first convince them that you believe in them.”                   – Harvey MacKay

How engaged are your employees?  Do they feel important?   How does this affect your customers?    

Research studies have shown that employee job satisfaction will impact customer service satisfaction.   In other words, “happy employees will get you happy customers” and if the employees are not happy, you can imagine how the customers will react. 

Successful companies create an environment where the employees feel important and are engaged in their work.  If a company does not create a positive environment, the employees will be going through the motions of being at work but not “really being at work.”  That reminds me of a book I read recently titled, “I Quit, But Forget to Tell You” by Terri Kabachnick.

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