Good to Great

 “Some people may have greatness thrust upon them. Very few have excellence thrust upon them. They achieve it. They do not achieve it unwittingly, by ‘doing what comes naturally’; and they don’t stumble into it in the course of amusing themselves. All excellence involves discipline and tenacity of purpose.”
 
― John William Gardner

Good to Great

“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.”

—Albert Einstein

Good to Great

“The key to pursuing excellence is to embrace an organic, long-term learning process, and not to live in a shell of static, safe mediocrity. Usually, growth comes at the expense of previous comfort or safety.”

— Josh Waitzkin

Good to Great

“Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them.”

Jack Canfield

 

Good to Great

“The purpose of bureaucracy is to compensate for incompetence and lack of discipline.” 

― James C. Collins

Good to Great

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”

 

– Marcus Aurelius

Good to Great

“Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. We don’t have great schools, principally because we have good schools. We don’t have great government, principally because we have good government. Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so easy to settle for a good life.” 

― James C. Collins

Good to Great

“Why do they always teach us that it’s easy and evil to do what we want and that we need discipline to restrain ourselves? It’s the hardest thing in the world–to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kind of courage. I mean, what we really want.”

 

Ayn Rand

Good to Great

“Dream and act HUGE my friends; for to do less is to deny who you are. And live with BOLD conviction – as you move forcefully into the certainty of your great success!”

 

Christopher Babson

Good to Great

“Optimization’ means moving toward peak performance.”

 

Steven J. Bowen, Total Value Optimization: Transforming Your Global Supply Chain Into a Competitive Weapon

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