A collection of some of my favorite quotes. These are quotes that strongly resonate with me – they reflect my values, work ethic, and general mindset. They help to explain things and everyday challenges. I hope you gain insight and find value in them…they are in no particular order.

The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.

Theodore Roosevelt

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.

Lao Tzu

A leader, like a shepherd, stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.

Nelson Mandela

Energy and persistence conquer all things.

Albert Einstein

Your value will be not what you know; it will be what you share.

Ginni Rometty

You can have everything you want in life if you just help enough people get what they want in life.

Zig Ziglar

It ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new. This coolness arises partly from fear of the opponents, who have the laws on their side, and partly from the incredulity of men, who do not readily believe in new things until they have had a long experience of them.

Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Albert Einstein

Often it isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you out, it’s the little pebble in your shoe.

Muhammad Ali

I’ve got a theory that if you give 100 percent all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.

Larry Bird

Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

Lao Tzu

Remember, the struggles along the way, are only meant to shape you for your purpose.

Chadwick Boseman

Nothing so liberalizes a man and expands the kindly instincts that nature put in him as travel and contact with many kinds of people.

Mark Twain

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.

Albert Einstein

The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.

Steven Spielberg

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

Albert Einstein

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.

Mark Twain

Design is not just what it looks like. Design is how it works. 

Steve Jobs

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.

Bill Gates

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.

Albert Einstein