Reaction

Between stimulus and response lies a space. In that space lie our freedom and power to choose a response. In our response lies our growth and our happiness.

attributed to Viktor E. Frankl – Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist (1905-1997)

Problems

Every problem you master helps you on in future – and gives you fresh strength.

Stefanie Graf – German former tennis player (b. 1969)

Wise

The way of the sage is to act but not to compete.

from the Tao Te Ching – most significant proverb collection of Daoism (chapter 81, 4th century BC), according to a legend written by Lao Tzu (Chinese philosopher, c. 3rd to 5th century BC)

Ultimative aim

The ultimate aim of the quest must be neither release nor ecstasy for oneself, but the wisdom and the power to serve others.

Joseph J. Campbell – American writer, Professor of Literature at Sarah Lawrence College (1904-1987), from “Myths to Live By” (1972)

Main

The work can wait while you show the child the rainbow, but the rainbow won’t wait while you do the work.

Mary “Patricia”(Wise) Clafford – amerikanische Schriftstellerin (1900-1998)

Everything starts small

The beginnings of all things are small.

Omnium enim rerum principia parva sunt.

Marcus Tullius Cicero – Roman politician (106-43 B.C.), from “On the ends of good and evil”, book V, chapter XXI (“De finibus bonorum et malorum”, 45 B.C.)

Truth

Truth is stronger than fiction.

Mark Twain – born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American writer (1835-1910), from “Following the Equator” (“Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar”, chapter XV, 1897)

Value of joy

To get full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.

Mark Twain – born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American writer (1835-1910), from “Following the Equator” (“Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar”, chapter XLVIII, 1897)

Work together

If you want to make peace with an enemy, one must work with that enemy and that enemy becomes your partner.

Nelson Mandela – South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, 1994-99 president, Nobel Peace Prize (1918-2013), froms his autobiography “Long Walk to Freedom” (1994)

Vision

Action without vision is only passing time, vision without action is merely day dreaming, but vision with action can change the world.

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Constructive debate

Dispute supports insight and that is worth a lot.

Daniel Libeskind – American architect, artist and designer (b. 1946), from the interview “Der gebaute Horror” with Susanne von Beyer (Der Spiegel, 18. January 1999)

Role-model

We must become what we wish to teach.

Nathaniel Branden – born Nathan Blumenthal, American psychotherapist and author (1930-2014), from “The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem” (1994)

Try and error

You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over.

Sir Richard Branson – British company founder (Virgin) and adventurer (b. 1950), from “Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur” (2008)

Truth

If there were only one truth, you couldn’t paint a hundred canvases on the same theme.

Pablo Picasso – Spanish artist (1881-1973), quoted by Daniel J. Robbins (American art historian, art critic, and curator,, 1932-1995) in “Picasso’s Vollard suite” (1979)

Aunque sólo existiera una verdad única, no se podrían pintar cien cuadros sobre el mismo tema.

Pablo Picasso – Artista español (1881-1973), citado por Daniel J. Robbins (historiador del arte estadounidense, crítico de arte y curador, 1932-1995) en “Picasso’s Vollard suite” (1979)

Sue or die

What good is figuring out a better way to sell beach towels if you aren’t going to tell everybody in your company about it?

Samuel M. “Sam” Walton – American entrepreneur, founder of Walmart (1918-1992), from “Sam Walton, Made in America: My story” (1992)

Success

Success is more about your imagination than anything else.

Paul Orfalea – American company founder (“Kinko’s”), author, speaker and philanthropist (b. 1947)

Six principles

1. Think one Store at a time.
2. Communicate, communicate, communicate.
3. Keep your ear to the ground.
4. Push responsibility – and authority – down.
5. Force ideas to bubble up.
6. Stay lean, fight bureaucracy.

Samuel M. “Sam” Walton – American entrepreneur, founder of Walmart (1918-1992), from “Sam Walton, Made in America: My story” (1992)

Vocation

But at the heart of his personality was the boldness of his ideas.
Zalman didn’t do little things. Zalman was here to change the world.

Roger Hertog – American businessman, financier, and philanthropist, co-founder of Sanford C. Bernstein & Company (b. 1941), in his obituary on Zalman Chaim Bernstein (born Sanford Bernstein, American businessman and philanthropist, co-founder of Sanford C. Bernstein & Company, 1926-1999)

Ten maxims

1. Commit to your business. Believe in it more than anyone else.
2. Share your profits with all your associates, and treat them as partners.
3. Motivate your partners. Money and ownership alone aren’t enough. […] Set high goals, encourage competition, and then keep store.
4. Communicate everything you possibly can to your partners. […] Information is power, and the gain you get from empowering your associates more than offsets the risk of informing your competitors.
5. Appreciate everything your associates do for the business. […] We like to hear it often. […] Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well timed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free – and worth a fortune.
6. Celebrate your successes. Find some humor in your failures. Don`t take yourself so seriously.
7. Listen to everyone in your company. And figure out ways to get them talking.
8. Exceed your customer’s expectations. […] Give them what they want – and a little more. […] Make good on all your mistakes, and don’t make excuses – apologize. […] The two most important words I ever wrote were on that first Wal-Mart sign: SATISFACTION GUARANTEED.
9. Control your expenses better than your competition. This is where you can always find the competitive advantage.
10. Swim upstream. Go the other way. Ignore conventional wisdom. If everybody else is doing it one way, there’s a good chance you can find your nice by going in exactly the opposite direction.

Samuel M. “Sam” Walton – American entrepreneur, founder of Walmart (1918-1992), from “Sam Walton, Made in America: My story” (1992)

Look forward

It is one of life’s laws that as soon as one door closes, another one opens. But the tragedy is that we look at the closed door and disregard the open one.

attributed to André Gide – French writer, Nobel Prize in literatue 1947 (1869-1951)

Give away

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to pass it on.

proverb, often falsely attributed to William Shakespeare (English writer, 1564-1616) or Pablo Picasso (Spanish artist, 1881-1973)

Entrepreneur

An entrepreneur isn’t someone who owns a business, it’s someone who makes things happen.

Timothy “Tim” Ferriss – American entrepreneur and author (b. 1977)

Successfull

What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.

Bob Dylan – born Robert Allen Zimmerman, American singer-songwriter, author and musician, Nobel Prize in literature 2016 (b. 1941)

Timing

The time of maximum pessimism is the best time to buy, and the time of maximum optimism is the best time to sell.

Sir John Marks Templeton – value investor and philanthropist (1912-2008)

Right investment choice

1. Pick winners by a research process that reflects your values and beliefs.
2. Back them with conviction.
3. Avoid behavioral biases that lead to poor selling like lazy trades (not thought through).
4. Make sure your long-term positions are not past their sell date.

Rick di Mascio – British portfolio manager, CEO: Inalytics (b. 1957)

Perseverance

But know that before attaining the Promised Land you’ll have to cross the Red Sea and the desert.

Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – Italian Catholic priest and pedagogue (1815-1888), to Michele Rua (3.10.1852), quoted in “Don Bosco: New Biography” (1979)

Ma sappi che prima di entrare nella Terra Promessa avrai da attraversare il Mar Rosso e il deserto.

Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – sacerdote cattolici e pedagogo italiano (1815-1888), a Michele Rua (3.10.1852), citati in “Don Bosco: Una biografia nuova” (1979)

What you can do today…

Do not put off to tomorrow the good you can do today, because maybe tomorrow you will not have time.

Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – Italian Catholic priest and pedagogue (1815-1888), from “Memorie Biografiche”, book IV, chapter XXXVII, 439 (1904)

Non mandate al domani il bene che potete fare oggi, perché forse domani non avrete più tempo.

Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – sacerdote cattolici e pedagogo italiano (1815-1888), de “Memorie Biografiche”, benda IV, capitolo XXXVII, 4439 (1904)

Strain

Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.

Jim Rohn – American entrepreneur, author and motivational trainer (1930-2009), from “The Art of Exceptional Living” (1993)

Self-education

Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune.

attributed to Jim Rohn – American entrepreneur, author and motivational trainer (1930-2009)

Miracles

In the realist, faith is not born from miracles, but miracles from faith.

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsk – Russian writer (1821-1881), from “The Brothers Karamazov”, part I, book one, chapter 5 (1880)

В реалисте вера не от чуда рождается, а чудо от веры.

Федор Достоевский – русский писатель (1821-1881), из “Бра́тья Карама́зовы”,
часть I, книга первая, глава 5 (1880)

Dwarfs on giants’ shoulders

If I have seen further it is by standing on ye shoulders of giants.

Sir Isaac Newton – English mathematician, physicist and astronomer (1643-1727), from a letter to Robert Hooke (5.2.1676)

Difference

The world is as it is – we make the difference.

Dr. Jagdish Parikh – Indian manager, author and speaker (b. 1940)

Do good

No-one would remember the good Samaritan if he’d only had good intentions. He had money as well.

Dame Margaret Thatcher – British politician, 1979-90 Prime Minister (1925-2013), from a tv interview with Brian Walden for “London Weekend Television” (“Weekend World”, January 6th, 1980)

Seed

For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.

Cynthia Occelli, JD – American author and entrepreneur

Implement

I am Honest.
I am Dependable.
I am Diligent.
I am Responsible.
I am Disciplined.
I am Loving.
I am Faithful.
I am an Implementer.

Tom Ziglar – American entrepreneur, CEO Ziglar Inc. (b. 1965)

Repeat, repeat, repeat

You need to repeat yourself so often, you get sick of hearing yourself say it, and only then will people begin to internalize what you’re saying.

Jeffrey “”eff” Weiner – American businessman, CEO LinkedIn (b. 1970), from an interview with “Time” (April 28th, 2014)

Future

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

Dr. Alan C. Kay – American computer scientist (b. 1940), at a “Xerox Palo Alto Research Center” meeting (1971)

Using resources more fruitfully

The entrepreneur shifts economic resources out of an area of lower and into an area of higher productivity and greater yield.

based on Jean-Baptiste Say – French economist and businessman (1767-1832), quoted by Peter F. Drucker (Austrian-born American management thinker, 1909-2005) in “Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Practice and Principles” (1985)

Character

Ability takes you to the top. Character keeps you there.

wisdom

Calm

Content and peace of mind are valuable things.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – German poet (1749-1832), from “The Sorrows of Young Werther”, Second book (1774)

Crisis as chance

Never waste the opportunity offered by a good crisis.

attributed to Niccolò Machiavelli – Italian politician, philosopher, historian and poet (1469-1527)

Why not?

The common question that gets asked in business is, “why?” That’s a good question, but an equally valid question is, “why not?”

Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964), in an interview with Steven Levy for wired.com (November 13th, 2011)

Test, test, test

If you double the number of experiments you do per year you’re going to double your inventiveness.

Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964)

Independence

Like Warren [Buffett], I had a considerable passion to get rich, not because I wanted Ferraris — I wanted the independence. I desperately wanted it.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924)

Long-term invest

The big money is not in the buying and selling but in the waiting.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924)

Self-pity

Generally speaking, envy, resentment, revenge and self-pity are disastrous modes of thought. […] You do not want to drift into self-pity. … Self-pity will not improve the situation.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), from his USC School of Law Commencement speech (May 13th, 2007)

Self-assessment

Knowing what you don’t know is more useful than being brilliant.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), from “A Fireside Chat With Charlie Munger” (“Wall Street Journal”, September 12th, 2014)

Loving silence

A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.

Rachel Naomi Remen, MD – American author (b. 1938), from “Kitchen Table Wisdom” (1994)

Vision

Chase the vision, not the money. The money will end up following you.

Tony Hsieh – American internet entrepreneur and venture capitalist, CEO Zappos (b. 1973)

Portfolio management

Research your existing portfolio with the same energy and passion as new ideas

Rick di Mascio – British portfolio manager, CEO: Inalytics (b. 1957)

Big

Big results require big ideas.

Mike Clum American entrepreneur (b. 1993)

You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs

Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.

The Bible, Proverbs 14:4 (NLT)

Challenge

Difficulties break some men but make others.

Nelson Mandela – South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, 1994-99 president, Nobel Peace Prize (1918-2013), from a letter to Winnie Mandela from Robben Island (February 1st, 1975)

Przyszłośc

Przyszłości się nie poznaje, lecz się ją tworzy.

Stanisław Brzozowski – polski filozof i pisarz (1878 – 1911), z “Legenda Młodej Polski. Studia o strukturze duszy kulturalnej” (1910)

You don’t recognize the future, but you create it.

Stanisław Brzozowski – Polisch philosopher and writer (1878-1911), from “The Legend of Young Poland. Studies on the Structure of the Cultural Spirit” (“Legenda Młodej Polski. Studia o strukturze duszy kulturalnej”, 1910)

Brand sharpening

You’re lucky to get 5 minutes with your consumer a year, so make sure you know what you want to say.

marketing wisdom

Elegance

Elegance is not to be noticed, it’s to be remembered.

attributed to Giorgio Armani – Italian fashion designer (b. 1934)

L’eleganza non è farsi notare, ma farsi ricordare.

attribuita a Giorgio Armani – stilista italiano (*1934)

Meaning of life

The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life.

attributed to Rabindranath Tagore – born Robindronath Thakur, Bengali poet, Nobel Prize in literature 1913 (1861-1941)

Gauge risks

The probability of being struck by lightning is tiny, but many people are excessively terrified when they hear thunder.

Peter L. Bernstein – American financial historian, economist and educator (1919-2009), from “Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk” (1996), inspired by “Logic, Or, the Art of Thinking: Being the Port-Royal Logic” (“La logique, ou l’art de penser”, 1662)

Dance

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.

Vivian Greene – British writer, expert for doll’s houses (1904-2003)

Hope and faith

Hope is the ability to hear the music of the future. Faith is the courage to dance to it in the present.

Prof. Dr. sc. Dr. h. c. Peter Kuzmič– Slovenian-born Croatian evangelical theologian and scholar (b. 1946), in a twitter message from June 3rd, 2015

Win or learn

I never lose. I either win or learn.

motivation

Never follow the crowd

What you’ve got to do in politics is be sure that what you say can be justified by principle, by argument, and to put it across. As I always say, never follow the crowd. Make up your own mind and get the crowd to follow you.

Dame Margaret Thatcher – British politician, 1979-90 Prime Minister (1925-2013)

Together

Everyone sees a piece of the world, together we see the whole.

wisdom

Passion

Do it with passion, or not at all.

wisdom, attributed to Rosa Nouchette Carey – English children’s writer (1840-1909)

Start early

Plan the difficult when it is easy;
Handle the big where it is small.
The world’s hardest work begins when it is easy;
The world’s largest effort begins where it is small.

from the Tao Te Ching – most significant proverb collection of Daoism (chapter 63, 4th century BC), according to a legend written by Lao Tzu (Chinese philosopher, c. 3rd to 5th century BC)

Бог

God is not in power, but in truth.

Alexander Yaroslavich Nevsky – Russian military leader and nobleman, between 1236 and 1259 Prince of Novgorod, 1249-63 Grand Prince of Kiev, 1252-1263 Grand Prince of Vladimir (1221-1263)

Не в силе Бог, а в правде.

Алекса́ндр Яросла́вич Не́вский – Русский армейский лидер и дворянин, между 1236 и 1259 князь новгородский, 1249-1263 великий князь киевский, 1252-1263 великий князь владимирский (1221-1263)

Friend

The only way to have a friend is to be one.

Ralph Waldo Emerson – American writer (1803-1882), from his essay “Friendship” (1841)

Everyone starts small!

Every artist was first an amateur.

Ralph Waldo Emerson – American writer (1803-1882), from “Letters and Social Aims”, chapter 7: “Progress of Culture” (1875)

Intelligent investor

The intelligent investor is a realist who sells to optimists and buys from pessimists.

Jason Zweig – American journalist (b. 1959), in his “Note about Benjamin Graham” in the revised edition of “The Intelligent Investor” (2003)

Motivation

The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.

Richard Bach – American writer (b. 1936), from “Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah” (1977)

Help others

The more you do for others, the better shape you’re in.

Walter Breuning – American railroader and supercentenarian, 2009-2011 world’s oldest known man (1896-2011)

Vivere

How long I might live is beyond my control; how long I will live, in the sense of truly living, is mine.

Quamdiu sim alienum est: quamdiu ero, (vere) ut sim, meum est.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca – Roman philosopher (4 B.C.-65 A.C.), from “Epistulae morales ad Lucilium”, Liber XV, letter 93 (written 64)

Leisure

To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual.

Oscar Wilde – Irish writer (1854-1900), from “The Critic As Artist”, scene 2 (1891)

Winner

A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.

wisdom

The way to the stars

There is no easy way from the earth to the stars.

Non est ad astra mollis e terris via.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca – Roman philosopher (4 B.C.-65 A.C.), from his comedy “Hercules Furens”, line 437 “Megara” (c. 54)

Optimist

For the optimist life is not the problem but already the solution.

attributed to Marcel Pagnol – French writer, playwrigt and director (1895-1974)

Pour l’optimiste, la vie n’est pas un problème, mais une solution.

attribué à Marcel Pagnol – écrivain, dramaturge et cinéaste français (895-1974)

Learn from mistakes

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.

Henry Ford – American engineer and industrialist (1863-1947), from “My Life and Work” (1922)

Innovation

Innovation distinguishes a leader from a follower.

attributed to Steve Jobs – American company founder, Apple (1955-2011)

Love

It is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment.

The Bible, Philippians 1:9 (ESV)

God’s thoughts

To understand God’s thoughts we must study statistics, for these are the measure of His purpose.

Florence Nightingale- English nurse, founder of modern nursing (1820-1910), quoted by Karl Pearson in “The Life, Letters and Labours of Francis Galton”, Volume II (1924)

Example

Example would avail ten times more than precept.

Charles James Fox – British politician (1749-1806), from his speech on expenditure of public money in barracks (April 8th, 1796)

Working

No work is worse than overwork.

Samuel Smiles – Scottish author and government reformer (1812-1904), from “Character” (1871)

Liberal

The liberal position is based on courage and confidence.

Friedrich August von Hayek – Austrian economist and social philosopher, Nobel Memorial Prize in economic sciences 1974 (1899-1992), from “The Constitution of Liberty” (“Die Verfassung der Freiheit”, 1960)

Succès et objectifs

On ne fait jamais attention à ce qui a été fait; on ne voit que ce qui reste à faire.

Marie Curie – aussi Marie Skłodowska-Curie, physicienne et chimiste française d’origine polonaise, prix Nobel de physique en 1903 et prix Nobel de chimie en 1911 (1867-1934), d’une lettre à son frère Józef Skłodowski (18/03/1894)

One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.

Marie Curie – also Marie Skłodowska-Curie, Polish-born French physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize in Physics 1903 and Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1911 (1867-1934), from a letter to her brother Józef Skłodowski (3/18/1894)

Успеть

Успех – это успеть.

Мари́на Ива́новна Цвета́ева – Русский Люрикер (1892-1941)

Success is to be in time.

Marina Ivanovna Tsvetaeva – Russian poet (1892-1941)

Do good

We must never miss an opportunity that God gives us to do good.

Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – Italian Catholic priest and pedagogue (1815-1888), from “Memorie Biografiche”, book VI, chapter XXXV, 493 (1907)

Non dobbiamo mai lasciarci sfuggire un’occasione che il Signore ci presenta per fare del bene.

Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – sacerdote cattolici e pedagogo italiano (1815-1888), de “Memorie Biografiche”, benda VI, capitolo XXXV, 493 (1907)

See the reward

Everyone can tell you the risk. An entrepreneur can see the reward.

Robert T. Kiyosaki – American businessman and author (b. 1947), in a facebook message (January 15th, 2013)

Excellent

Excellence can be obtained if you:
care more than others think is wise;
risk more than others think is safe;
dream more than others think is practical;
expect more than others think is possible.

wisdom

Complete, do nots top

Entrepreneurs don’t finish when we are tired. We finish when we are done.

Robert T. Kiyosaki – American businessman and author (b. 1947), in a facebook message (March 19th, 2013)

Staff

Hire character. Train skill.

Peter W. Schutz – German-born American industrial manager (1930-2017)

Love

God does not love us because we are valuable; we are valuable because He loves us.

Fulton J. Sheen – American Catholic cleric, 1966-69 Bishop of Rochester, 1969-79 Titular Archbishop of Newport, Wales (1895-1979), from “Remade for Happiness: Achieving Life’s Purpose through Spiritual Transformation” (1946)

Faith

The connecting link between God’s promise and His fulfillment is our faith.

Andrew Murray – South African priest and writer (1828-1917), from “How to Raise Your Children for Christ” (1887)

Aanpakken

What would life be if we didn’t dare to take things in hand?

Vincent van Gogh – Dutch painter (1853-1890), in a letter to his brother Theo (December 29th, 1881)

Wat zou het leven zijn als we niet wat durfden aanpakken?

Vincent van Gogh – Nederlands kunstschilder (1853-1890), in een brief aan zijn broer Theo (29 december 1881)

Daviate

Progress is not possible without deviation (from the norm).

Frank Zappa – American rock musician (1940-1993), from an interview with VPRO (February 11th, 1971)

Good conversation

A good conversation is like a miniskirt, short enough to retain interest, but long enough to cover the subject.

American wisdom

Measure

Measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not so.

Galileo Galilei – Italian astronomist und physicist (1564-1642)

Misura ciò che è misurabile e rendi misurabile ciò che non lo è.

Galileo Galilei – astronomo e fisico italiano (1564-1642)

Hero

It is much easier to be a hero than a gentleman. Heroes you can be once in a while; gentlemen, you must always be.

Luigi Pirandello – Italian writer, Nobel Prize in literature 1934 (1867-1936), from his comedy “The Pleasure of Honesty”, Act one, Scene three (1917)

È molto più facile […] essere un eroe che un galantuomo. Eroi si può essere una volta tanto; galantuomini, si dev’esser sempre.

Luigi Pirandello – scrittore italiano, Premio Nobel per la letteratura 1934 (1867-1936), dalla sua commedia “Il piacere dell’onestà”, Atto Primo, Scena Terza (1917)

Work partition

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.

Henry Ford – American engineer and industrialist (1963-1947), quoted in “Reader’s Digest” (March 1934)

Kæmpe

Den rette Bedende strider i Bønnen og seirer – derved, at Gud seirer.

One who prays aright struggles in prayer and is victorious – in that God is victorious.

Søren Aabye Kierkegaard – Danish Protestant theologian an philosopher (1813-1855), known as one of the most important academics in Denmark, from a speech with the same title, in “Four Upbuilding Discourses” (1844)

Give

Having, first, gained all you can, and, secondly saved all you can, then give all you can.

John Wesley – English preacher (1703-1791), from his sermon “The Use of Money” (1760)

Prayer

Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks.

Phillips Brooks – American Episcopal clergyman, 1891-1893 Bishop of Massachusetts (1835-1893), from his sermon “Going up to Jerusalem”, in “Twenty Sermons” (1886)

Hør

Han meente at det at bede er at tale; han lærte at det at bede ikke blot er at tie, men er at høre. Og saaledes er det; at bede er ikke at høre sig selv tale, men er at komme til at tie, og at blive ved at tie, at bie, til den bedende hører Gud.

He thought that to pray is to speak; he learned that to pray is not only to be silent but is to listen. And so it is; to pray is not to listen to oneself speak but is to become silent and to remain silent, to wait until the one praying hears God.

Søren Aabye Kierkegaard – Danish Protestant theologian an philosopher (1813-1855), known as one of the most important academics in Denmark, from “The Lily of the Field and the Bird of the Air: Three Godly Discourses” (“Lilien paa Marken og Fuglen under Himlen. Tre gudelige Taler”, 1849)

Gratitude

La reconnaissance est la mémoire du cœur.

Jean Massieu – pionnier français de l’éducation des sourds (1772-1846)

Gratitude is the memory of the heart.

Jean Massieu – French pioneer in deaf educating (1772-1846)

Watchword 2021

Jesus Christ said: Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

The Bible, Lucas 6:36 (NIV)

The Protestant pastor and song writer Otto Riethmüller (1889-1939) – he belonged to the Confessing Church – decided in 1930 under the impression of the Nacional Socialism’s propaganda, to give henceforth every calendar year a headline with a Bible verse. An act of civil courage! He has established a tradition that still exists today. Meanwhile, the annual solution is set by the Ecumenical Association for Bible Reading (Ökumenische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Bibellesen) three years in advance.

Enthusiasm

Look for the activity, that gives you the energy you put into it back to you in the form of enthusiasm.

William “Bill” Hybels – American Evangelical minister, founding and former senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church (b. 1951), in his notes to the “Global Leadership Summit 2017”

New paths

It would be absurd and self-contradictory to expect to achieve things, which have never yet been done can be done, other than through means that have never yet been tried.

Insanum quiddam esset, et in se contrarium, existimare ea, quae adhuc nunquam facta sunt, fieri posse, nisi per modos adhuc nunquam tentatos.

Sir Francis Bacon – English philosopher, politician and writer (1561-1626), from “New organon, or true directions concerning the interpretation of nature”, aphorism VI. (“Novum Organum, sive indicia vera de Interpretatione Naturae”, 1620)

Significant

What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.

Nelson Mandela – South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, 1994-99 president, Nobel Peace Prize (1918-2013), from his speech on the 90th birthday of Walter Sisulu (South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, 1912-2003, May 18th, 2002)

Treat people right

If you want the cooperation of humans around you, you must make them feel they are important, and you do that by being genuine and humble.

Nelson Mandela – South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, 1994-99 president, Nobel Peace Prize (1918-2013), from an interview with Oprah Winfrey for the “O magazine” (April 2001)

Determination

Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.

Nelson Mandela – South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, 1994-99 president, Nobel Peace Prize (1918-2013), from a letter to Makhaya Ntini on his 100th cricket test (17 December 2009)

Design

It is like it is. But it will be what you make of it.

proverb

Decisions

Your capacity to say “No” determines your capacity to
say “Yeas”. You have to say “No” to lesser things in order
to say “Yeas” to greater things.

E. Stanley Jones – American Methodist Christian missionary and seminarist (1894-1973), in “Abundant Living” (1942)

Crisis as chance

I have always believed that the only way to cope with a cash crisis is not to contract but to try to expand out of it.

Sir Richard Branson – British company founder (Virgin) and adventurer (b. 1950), from “Losing My Virginity: How I’ve Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way” (1998)

Courage

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. I felt fear myself more times than I can remember, but I hid it behind a mask of boldness. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.

Nelson Mandela – South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, 1994-99 president, Nobel Peace Prize (1918-2013), from his autobiography “Long Walk to Freedom” (1994)

Better fast than perfect

Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.

wisdom, falsely attributed to Mark Twain – born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American writer (1835-1910), could not be verified by the Mark Twain Museum

Constante e sublime

Walk with your feet on the ground and your heart in the sky.

Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – Italian Catholic priest and pedagogue (1815-1888)

Camminate con i piedi per terra e con il cuore abitate in cielo.

Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – sacerdote cattolici e pedagogo italiano (1815-1888)

Love

Aimer un être, c’est accepter de vieillir avec lui.

Albert Camus – écrivain et philosophe français, prix Nobel de littérature en 1957 (1913-1960), de “Caligula”, Acte IV, Scène XIII (1945)

To love someone is to accept to grow old with them.

Albert Camus – Frech philosopher and writer, Nobel Prize in literature 1957 (1913-1960), from “Caligula”, Act IV, Scene XIII (1945)

Civility code

1. We will greet and acknowledge each other.
2. We will say please and thank you.
3. We will treat each other equally and with respect.
4. We will be direct, sensitive and honest.
5. We will address incivility whenever it occurs.

William “Bill” Hybels – American Evangelical minister, founding and former senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church (b. 1951), in his notes to the “Global Leadership Summit 2017”

Church

The church does not satisfy expectations; it celebrates mysteries.

Carlo Maria Cardinal Martini – Italian Catholic clergyman, Archbishop of Milan from 1979 to 2002 (1927-2012), from the dialogue with Umberto Eco “Belief Or Nonbelief – A Confrontation” (1996, engl. 2000)

La Chiesa non soddisfa attese, celebra misteri.

Carlo Maria Cardinale Martini – Sacerdote cattolico italiano, arcivescovo di Milano dal 1979 al 2002 (1927-2012), dal dialogo con Umberto Eco “In cosa crede chi non crede?” (1996, inglese 2000)

Change

You can’t go back and make a new start, but you can start right now and make a brand new ending.

James R. Sherman, Ph. D. – American writer (1928-2005), from “Rejection” (1982), often falsely attributed to C.S. Lewis (British writer, 1898-1963)

Bøn

Bønnen forandrer ikke Gud, men den forandrer den bedende.

Prayer does not change God, but changes him who prays.

Søren Aabye Kierkegaard – Danish Protestant theologian an philosopher (1813-1855), known as one of the most important academics in Denmark, from his preface to “Edifying Discourses in Diverse Spirits”, part I (1847)

Lift your voice

Fools multiply when wise men are silent.

Saying

Act

Do what you can and leave the rest to God.

Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – Italian Catholic priest and pedagogue (1815-1888), from “Memorie Biografiche”, book XIII, chapter XXVI, 832 (1932)

Fa’ quello che puoi, e Dio farà il resto.

Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – sacerdote cattolici e pedagogo italiano (1815-1888), de “Memorie Biografiche”, benda XIII, capitolo XXVI, 4832 (1932)

Kindnes

One day you will figure out, that it is harder to be kind than to be clever.

Lawrence Preston Gise – American admin assistant (1915-1995), to his then ten-year-old grandson Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos (American company founder: Amazon, b. 1964), after the younger has calculated to his grandmother Mattie Strait Gise (1915-1977),
how much she shortens her life through smoking

Passion

If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about it, … you don’t have to have some master plan for how things are going to play out.

Mark Zuckerberg – American company founder: facebook (b. 1984), from an interview with Jessica Livingston for “Startup School” (October 16th, 2020)

Successful life

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you lived. This is to have succeeded.

attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson – American writer (1803-1882), had been on the fridge of Amazon founder Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos (American company founder, b. 1964) for years, who calls it the most inspirational quote

Big ideas

We’ve had three big ideas at Amazon that we’ve stuck with for 18 years, and they’re the reason we’re successful: Put the customer first. Invent. And be patient.

Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964), from an interview with the “Washington Post” (September 3rd, 2013)

Passion

I strongly believe that missionaries make better products. They care more. For a missionary, it’s not just about the business. There has to be a business, and the business has to make sense, but that’s not why you do it. You do it because you have something meaningful that motivates you.

Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964),in an interview with “Fortune” (June 10th, 2010)

Facts

The great thing about fact-based decisions is that they overrule the hierarchy.

Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964), quoted in “Jeff Bezos: Definitive Guide to PR and Marketing For Founders and Entrepreneurs — Pressfarm” (2018)

Emotional return

I want to see good financial returns, but also to me there’s the extra psychic return of having my creativity and technological vision bear fruit and change the world in a positive way.

Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964)

Brand

Your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room!

Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964), in a talk from TEDGlobal 2012 University (May 2012)

Labour

The labour we delight in physics pain.

William Shakespeare – English writer (1564-1616), in “Macbeth” 2nd act, scene 2 “Macbeth” (1623)

Fokus

Charlie and I will limit ourselves to allocating capital, controlling enterprise risk, choosing managers and setting their compensation.

Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), from the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Report 2009

Investment oppurtunity

A great investment opportunity occurs when a marvelous business encounters a one-time huge, but solvable problem.

Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), from “Warren Buffett on Business: Principles from the Sage of Omaha” (2009)

Begin

Never is done tomorrow what is not done today.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – German poet (1749-18329, from “Faust: Part One”, “Prelude on the Stage” (1808)

Marriage

Marriage is the beginning and the pinnacle of culture.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – German poet (1749-1832), from “Elective Affinities”, part one, chapter nine (1809)

Give

The only things we can keep are the things we freely give to God. What we try to keep for ourselves is just what we are sure to lose.

C. S. Lewis – British writer (1898-1963), from “Mere Christianity” (1952)

Arbitrarity

For the power of Man to make himself what he pleases means […] the power of some men to make other men what they please.

C. S. Lewis – British writer (1898-1963), from “The Abolition of Man” (1943)

Learn

Those who keep learning will keep rising in life.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), from his USC School of Law Commencement speech (May 13th, 2007)

Keep it simple

One of the greatest ways to avoid trouble is to keep it simple.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), at the “Wesco Financial” Annual meeting (2008)

Determined

Success means being very patient, but aggressive when it’s time.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), at Berkshire annual meeting (2004)

Challenge

You must force yourself to consider opposing arguments. Especially when they challenge your best loved ideas.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924)

Constant progress

Spend each day trying to be a little wiser than you were when you woke up. Discharge your duties faithfully and well. Systematically you get ahead, but not necessarily in fast spurts. Nevertheless, you build discipline by preparing for fast spurts. Slug it out one inch at a time, day by day. At the end of the day – if you live long enough – most people get what they deserve.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924)

Estimate

Never underestimate the man who overestimates himself.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), at the Daily Journal annual meeting (February 12th, 2020)

Patience

The big money is not in the buying and selling, but in the waiting.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924)

Long-term invest

A great business at a fair price is superior to a fair business at a great price.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924)

Baskets of investing

We have three baskets for investing: yes, no and too tough to understand.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924)

Get smarter

Learning from the success and failure of others is the fastest way to get smarter and wiser without a lot of pain.

Tren Griffin – American author and entrepreneur, Senior Director at Microsoft, from “Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor” (2015)

Soultion

Fix it, sell it or close it.

Jack Welch – born John Francis Welch jr., legendary American manager: General Electric (1935-2020), Fortune 1999: Manager of the Century

Integrity

Excellence and competitiveness are totally compatible with honesty and integrity. The A student, the four minute miler, the high jump record holder – all strong winners – can achieve those results without resorting to cheating. People who cheat are simply weak.

Jack Welch – born John Francis Welch jr., legendary American manager: General Electric (1935-2020), Fortune 1999: Manager of the Century

Unity

Unity increases power.

Joyce Meyer – American evangelist (b. 1943)

Capital allocation

Capital allocation is the CEO’s most important job.

William N. Thorndike, Jr. – American writer (*1963), from “The Outsiders – Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success” (2012)

Persistence

I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.

Steve Jobs – American company founder, Apple (1955-2011), from an interview with Daniel Morrow for the “Smithsonian Institute” (April 20th, 1995)

Attitude

It’s a big difference whether you play to not lose or whether you play to win.

Daniel S. “Dan” Peña, Sr.– American businessman (b. 1945)

Act

Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy.

James “Jimmy” Spithill – Australian yachtsman, 2010 and 2013 Americas Cup winner (b. 1979)

Better

When you see a good investment, look for a better investment.

Guy Spier – South African investor (b. 1966), from “The Education of a Value Investor” (2014)

Life

We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

Joseph J. Campbell – American writer, Professor of Literature at Sarah Lawrence College (1904-1987), quoted by Diane K. Osbon in “Reflections on the Art of Living: A Joseph Campbell Companion” (New York: Harper Perennial, 1991. pg. 18.)

Great

If you can’t do great things, do small things in a great way.

Napoleon Hill – American writer: “Think And Grow Rich” (1883-1970)

Optimist

An optimist always finds a way – A pessimist always finds a dead end.

Napoleon Hill – American writer: “Think And Grow Rich” (1883-1970)

Recipe for success

It’s not about money or connections. It’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone.

Mark Cuban – American multiple company founder, owner of Dallas Mavericks (b. 1958)

Be good

Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that.

Anthony Volodkin – American entrepreneur (b. 1985)

Perfect

It is incredible how rich you can get by not being perfect.

Larry Hite – America investor (b. 1941)

Innovation

Innovation happens at the intersections.

Emilie Wapnick – Canadian career coach and author (b. 1984), in a post at “Puttylike.com” (October 6th, 2010)

Christ

Christ with me, as I do business for Him and people.
Christ before me, as I plan my business.
Christ behind me, as I review my business.
Christ in me; my guiding light in business.
Christ beneath me; He is the foundation.
Christ above me, He is the owner of my business.
Christ on my right, Christ on my left, He is the Lord of the marketplace.
Christ when I lie down, and rest from my work.
Christ when I sit down, in my office chair.
Christ when I arise, enthusiastic or weary.
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, and my business.
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, and my business.
Christ in every eye that sees me, my staff, customers, suppliers, and competitors.
Christ in every ear that hears me speak about my products and services.

Mats Tunehag – Swedish speaker, writer and consultant, developer of “Business as Mission” (b. 1959)

Investment in Christ

Christ with me, as I invest for the common good and God’s glory.
Christ before me, as I steward the wealth entrusted to me.
Christ behind me, as I evaluate opportunities near and afar.
Christ in me, as I invest time, treasure and talents in others.
Christ beneath me; He is the foundation.
Christ above me, He is the owner of it all.
Christ on my right, Christ on my left, He is the Lord of the marketplace.
Christ when I lie down, and rest from my work.
Christ when I sit down, in my office chair.
Christ when I arise, enthusiastic or weary.
Christ in the heart of every person who thinks of us, and our vision.
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of us, and our work.
Christ in every eye that sees us, young and old, rich and poor, countrymen and foreigners.
Christ in every ear that hears me speak about our products and services.

Mats Tunehag – Swedish speaker, writer and consultant, developer of “Business as Mission” (b. 1959)

Democracy

No democracy has ever been inflicted by a famine,
and no two democracies have ever made war on each other.

Johan Norberg – Swedish writer (b. 1973), from his film “Globalisation Is Good” (2003)

Utomordentlig

Extraordinary people need extraordinary conditions.

Melker Schörling – Swedish businessman and investor (Securitas AB, Assa Abloy, b. 1947)

Utomordentliga personer behöver utomordentliga förutsättningar.

Melker Schörling – svensk affärsman och investerare (Securitas AB, Assa Abloy, f. 1947)

Overnight success

Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.

Christopher Isaac “Biz” Stone – American entrepreneur, co-founder of “Twitter” (b.1974)

Success

Success is making those who believed in you look brilliant.

Dharmesh Shah – Indian software engineer and entrepreneur, founder and CTO HubSpot, Inc. (b. 1967)

Metric

I’ve concluded that the metric by which God will assess my life isn’t dollars but the individual people whose lives I’ve touched.

Prof. Clayton M. Christensen – American American academic and business consultant, bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1952-2020), from “How Will You Measure Your Life?” (“Harvard Business Review”, 07/08 2010)

Optimist

To be a successful investor, you’ve got to be an optimist.

Charles R. Schwab – American company founder (b. 1937)

Are you ready?

When you dream of success, are you ready for endurance?
You are ambitious to lead, but are you ready to serve?
We all want to get, do we know how to give?
We all want to be heard, but are we prepared to listen?
We all want to be happy, but do we feel for the sad?
We all want to standout, but do we know how to be supportive?
We all know what we want, but do you know what you need?
You want to change others, but would you change for them?
We all know how to condemn, but do we know how to reflect?
We all want to have face, but do you know honor?
We all want to have wealth, but do you know the real value of wealth?
We know passion, but do you know love?

Li Ka-shing – Hong Kong business magnate, investor and philanthropist (b. 1928), from his speech to graduates from Shantou University, Guangdong (April 29th, 2004)

Laugh

We don’t laugh because we’re happy – we’re happy because we laugh.

solgan of the laughter yoga movement, attributed to William James – American philosopher and psychologist (1842-1910)

10 Rules for Success

​1. Have a dream.
2. Think as a champion.
3. Be committed.
4. Do it right now!
5. Be prepared.
6. Keep your word.
7. Set goals.
8. Evaluate where you are.
9. Have integrity.
10. Don’t quit​.

motivational speakers’ wisdom

Start

The most powerful step that anyone can take to turn their dreams into reality is a simple one: You just need to start.

Marc B. Randolph – co-founder of Netflix (b. 1958), from “That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life of an Idea” (2019)

Think more

People calculate too much and think too little.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), at the annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholder’s meeting (2002)

Three rules for a career

1) Don’t sell anything you wouldn’t buy yourself;
2) Don’t work for anyone you don’t respect and admire;
3) Work only with people you enjoy.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924)

Back the big edge

Fold early when the odds are against you, or if you have a big edge, back it heavily because you don’t get a big edge often.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), from “Damn Right: Behind the Scenes with Berkshire Hathaway Billionaire Charlie Munger” (2000)

Customer satisfaction

If there’s one reason we have done better than all of our peers in the Internet space over the last six years, it is because we have focused like a laser on customer experience, and that really does matter, I think, in any business. It certainly matters online, where word-of-mouth is so very, very powerful.

Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964)

New paths

Never walk on the traveled path because it only leads where others have been.

attributed to Alexander Graham Bell – Scottish-born American inventor, scientist and engineer (1847-1922)

Strike

Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening.

advice

Learn from Mistakes

Your failures are your stepping-stones to success.

Hanford Lennox Gordon – American lawyer and poet (1836-1920), from “Laconics” (1910)