Here are some of my favorite quotes read in 2022. In no particular order.
If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.
If you want to know your past look into your present conditions.
If you want to know your future look into your present actions.
One who makes no mistakes makes nothing al all.
No matter how bad or slow things go, you’re still way ahead of everyone who isn’t even trying.
Your level of success will seldom exceed your level of personal development.
When you create a difference in someone’s life, you not only impact their life, you impact everyone influenced by them throughout their entire lifetime.
No act is ever too small. One by one, this is how to make an ocean rise.
Busy is a decision. We do the things we want to do, period. If we say we are too busy, it is just shorthand for the thing being “not important enough” or “not a priority.” Busy is not a badge.
You don’t find the time to make things, you make the time to do things.
To what are you committed? What cause, what mission, what purpose?
What are you doing?
And more important, why are you doing it?
How does what you do every day reflect, in some way, the values you claim to care about?
Whether or not something is deemed a “failure” is dependent on when performance is measured.
I signed the book deal for Atomic Habits in November 2015 and it was published in October 2018. If you were to measure the performance of the book at any point during those three years, the project would have been deemed a failure. In January 2016? It was incomplete. A failure. In August 2017? Still unfinished. A failure. In February 2018? Again, a failure.
But after October 2018, it looked like a success. Same project. Different time when the outcome was measured.
This idea applies in many areas of life. You’re not failing. You’re just in the middle of succeeding.
In your actions, don’t procrastinate.
In your conversations, don’t confuse.
In your thoughts, don’t wander.
In your soul, don’t be passive aggressive.
In your life, don’t be all about business.
No matter the lesson, you can teach it only by instilling a sense of pride, not shame, in the pupil.
Teaching is successful only as it causes people to think for themselves. What the teacher thinks matters little; what he makes the child think matters much.
-Alice Moore Hubbard
The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.
-Alexandra K. Trenfor
A mentor is not someone who walks ahead of us to show us how they did it.
A mentor walks alongside us to show us what we can do.
Leadership: the capacity to identify a useful goal and enable its achievement.
Leadership emerges at the convergence of passion and responsibility.
Great leaders know that people respond much more favorably to appreciation than to criticism. Appreciation inspires a person to excel, so as to receive more appreciation. Criticism tears people down, and people who don’t feel worthwhile don’t feel they can do a good job.
Leadership can be a daunting task. The use of criticism is an indication of a leader who lacks the resources to truly lead.
A leader’s job is the careful balancing of inspiration and direction.
For anyone who is considering growing old, I remind you that although physical abilities diminish with age, many mental capacities continue to improve, especially those dependent upon an expert accumulation of experience, deep reflection, and enhanced knowledge.
Forgiveness is accepting the apology you will never receive.
If you don’t like something change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.