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I often quote people on this blog. I’ve pulled together eleven inspirational favourites here.

  1. “Fail fast, learn fast, fix fast.” – Tom Peters, exuberant business author and speaker.
  2. “If you do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got.” – Mark Twain, American author and humourist.
  3. “Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, lecturer and poet.
  4. “Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.” – Andy Warhol, American artist.
  5. “A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.” – John Barrymore, American actor.
  6. “Curiosity is the cure for boredom. There is no cure for curiosity.” – Dorothy Parker, American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist.
  7. “Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play it safers, the creatures of the common place, the slaves of the ordinary.” – Cecil Beaton, English photographer
  8. “I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.” – Kurt Vonnegut, American writer.
  9. “There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.” – Malcolm X, African-American Muslim minister and a human rights activist.
  10. “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” – Albert Einstein, German-born theoretical physicist and philosopher of science.
  11. “Start with the answer and work back.” – one of my personal favourites from my colleague Bob Seelert, Chairman, partner and mentor.

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Kevin Roberts

Kevin Roberts is founder of Red Rose Consulting; business leader and educator; author and speaker; adviser on marketing, creative thinking and leadership.


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