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40 Powerful Productivity Quotes From Highly Successful People

40 Powerful Productivity Quotes From Highly Successful People

Looking for motivation to stay productive and achieve your goals and dreams? Get inspired by the words from these highly successful people!

Here are 40 powerful productivity quotes from some of the highly successful people. Learn from the words and work on your mind:

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. – Francis Of Assisi

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    Start with good people, lay out the rules, communicate with your employees, motivate them and reward them. If you do all those things effectively, you can’t miss. – Lee Iacocca

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      All things will be produced in superior quantity and quality, and with greater ease, when each man works at a single occupation, in accordance with his natural gifts, and at the right moment, without meddling with anything else. – Plato

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        The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. – Walt Disney

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          Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. – Steve Jobs

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            People often remark that I’m pretty lucky. Luck is only important in so far as getting the change to sell yourself at the right moment. After that, you’ve got to have talent and know how to use it. – Frank Sinatra

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              Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not. – Oprah Winfrey

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                Infinite striving to be the best is man’s duty; It is its own reward. Everything else is in god’s hands.

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                  It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. – Albert Einstein

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                    You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win. – Zig Ziglar

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                      Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night. – Michael Jordan

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                        Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. – Norman Vincent Peale

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                          How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees? – William Shakespeare

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                            The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself. – Oscar Wilde

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                              He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. – Muhammad Ali

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                                Plans are nothing; planning is everything. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

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                                  There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction. – John F. Kennedy

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                                    If you’re going through hell, keep going. – Winston Churchill

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                                      It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. – Mark Twain

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                                        You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want. – Zig Ziglar

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                                          Learning never exhausts the mind. – Leonardo da Vinci

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                                            Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people. – John D. Rockefeller

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                                              Our incomes are like our shoes; if too small, they gall and pinch us; but if too large, they cause us to stumble and to trip. – John Locke

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                                                Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness. – Sigmund Freud

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                                                  Rule No.1: Never lose money. Rule No.2: Never forget rule No.1. – Warren Buffett

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                                                    Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. – Henry Ford

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                                                      Gentleness doesn’t get work done unless you happen to be a hen laying eggs. – Coco Chanel

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                                                        Never neglect details. When everyone’s mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly vigilant. – Colin Powell

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                                                          Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate. – Bertrand Russell

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                                                            He who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year. – Leonardo da Vinci

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                                                              Remember that failure is an event, not a person. – Zig Ziglar

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                                                                Confidence… thrives on honesty, on honhonor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

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                                                                  Discussion is an exchange of knowledge an argument an exchange of ignorance. – Robert Quillen

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                                                                      Luck is not chance, it’s toil; Fortune’s expensive smile is earned. – Emily Dickinson

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                                                                        Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. – Stephen hawking

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                                                                          Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. – Pablo Picasso

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                                                                            The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away. – Ronald Reagan

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                                                                              When you combine ignorance and leverage, you get some pretty interesting results. – Warren Buffett

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                                                                                Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday. – John Wayne

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                                                                                  How To Write Effective Meeting Minutes (with Examples)

                                                                                  How To Write Effective Meeting Minutes (with Examples)

                                                                                  Minutes are a written record of a board, company, or organizational meeting. Meeting minutes are considered a legal document, so when writing them, strive for clarity and consistency of tone.

                                                                                  Because minutes are a permanent record of the meeting, be sure to proofread them well before sending. It is a good idea to run them by a supervisor or seasoned attendee to make sure statements and information are accurately captured.

                                                                                  The best meeting minutes takers are careful listeners, quick typists, and are adequately familiar with the meeting topics and attendees. The note taker must have a firm enough grasp of the subject matter to be able to separate the important points from the noise in what can be long, drawn-out discussions. And, importantly, the note taker should not simultaneously lead and take notes. (If you’re ever asked to do so, decline.)

                                                                                  Following, are some step-by-step hints to effectively write meeting minutes:

                                                                                  1. Develop an Agenda

                                                                                  Work with the Chairperson or Board President to develop a detailed agenda.

                                                                                  Meetings occur for a reason, and the issues to be addressed and decided upon need to be listed to alert attendees. Work with the convener to draft an agenda that assigns times to each topic to keep the meeting moving and to make sure the group has enough time to consider all items.

                                                                                  The agenda will serve as your outline for the meeting minutes. Keep the minutes’ headings consistent with the agenda topics for continuity.

                                                                                  2. Follow a Template from Former Minutes Taken

                                                                                  If you are new to a Board or organization, and are writing minutes for the first time, ask to see the past meeting minutes so that you can maintain the same format.

                                                                                  Generally, the organization name or the name of the group that is meeting goes at the top: “Meeting of the Board of Directors of XYZ,” with the date on the next line. After the date, include both the time the meeting came to order and the time the meeting ended.

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                                                                                  Most groups who meet do so regularly, with set agenda items at each meeting. Some groups include a Next Steps heading at the end of the minutes that lists projects to follow up on and assigns responsibility.

                                                                                  A template from a former meeting will also help determine whether or not the group records if a quorum was met, and other items specific to the organization’s meeting minutes.

                                                                                  3. Record Attendance

                                                                                  On most boards, the Board Secretary is the person responsible for taking the meeting minutes. In organizational meetings, the minutes taker may be a project coordinator or assistant to a manager or CEO. She or he should arrive a few minutes before the meeting begins and pass around an attendance sheet with all members’ names and contact information.

                                                                                  Meeting attendees will need to check off their names and make edits to any changes in their information. This will help as both a back-up document of attendees and ensure that information goes out to the most up-to-date email addresses.

                                                                                  All attendees’ names should be listed directly below the meeting name and date, under a subheading that says “Present.” List first and last names of all attendees, along with title or affiliation, separated by a comma or semi-colon.

                                                                                  If a member of the Board could not attend the meeting, cite his or her name after the phrase: “Copied To:” There may be other designations in the participants’ list. For example, if several of the meeting attendees are members of the staff while everyone else is a volunteer, you may want to write (Staff) after each staff member.

                                                                                  As a general rule, attendees are listed alphabetically by their last names. However, in some organizations, it’s a best practice to list the leadership of the Board first. In that case, the President or Co-Presidents would be listed first, followed by the Vice President, followed by the Secretary, and then by the Treasurer. Then all other names of attendees would be alphabetized by last name.

                                                                                  It is also common practice to note if a participant joined the meeting via conference call. This can be indicated by writing: “By Phone” and listing the participants who called in.

                                                                                  4. Naming Convention

                                                                                  Generally, the first time someone speaks in the meeting will include his or her name and often the title.

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                                                                                  For example, “President of the XYZ Board, Roger McGowan, called the meeting to order.” The next time Roger McGowan speaks, though, you can simply refer to him as “Roger.” If there are two Rogers in the meeting, use an initial for their last names to separate the two. “Roger M. called for a vote. Roger T. abstained.”

                                                                                  5. What, and What Not, to Include

                                                                                  Depending on the nature of the meeting, it could last from one to several hours. The attendees will be asked to review and then approve the meeting minutes. Therefore, you don’t want the minutes to extend into a lengthy document.

                                                                                  Capturing everything that people say verbatim is not only unnecessary, but annoying to reviewers.

                                                                                  For each agenda item, you ultimately want to summarize only the relevant points of the discussion along with any decisions made. After the meeting, cull through your notes, making sure to edit out any circular or repetitive arguments and only leave in the relevant points made.

                                                                                  6. Maintain a Neutral Tone

                                                                                  Minutes are a legal document. They are used to establish an organization’s historical record of activity. It is essential to maintain an even, professional tone. Never put inflammatory language in the minutes, even if the language of the meeting becomes heated.

                                                                                  You want to record the gist of the discussion objectively, which means mentioning the key points covered without assigning blame. For example, “The staff addressed board members’ questions regarding the vendor’s professionalism.”

                                                                                  Picture a lawyer ten years down the road reading the minutes to find evidence of potential wrongdoing. You wouldn’t want an embellishment in the form of a colorful adverb or a quip to cloud any account of what took place. Here’s a list of neutral sounding words to get started with.

                                                                                  7. Record Votes

                                                                                  The primary purpose of minutes is to record any votes a board or organization takes. Solid record-keeping requires mentioning which participant makes a motion — and what the motion states verbatim — and which participant seconds the motion.

                                                                                  For example, “Vice President Cindy Jacobsen made a motion to dedicate 50 percent, or $50,000, of the proceeds from the ZZZ Foundation gift to the CCC scholarship fund. President Roger McGowan seconded the motion.”

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                                                                                  This vote tabulation should be expressed in neutral language as well. “The Board voted unanimously to amend the charter in the following way,” or “The decision to provide $1,000 to the tree-planting effort passed 4 to 1, with Board President McGowan opposing.”

                                                                                  Most Boards try to get a vote passed unanimously. Sometimes in order to help the Board attain a more cohesive outcome, a Board member may abstain from voting. “The motion passed 17 to 1 with one absension.”

                                                                                  8. Pare down Notes Post-Meeting

                                                                                  Following the meeting, read through your notes while all the discussions remain fresh in your mind, and make any needed revisions. Then, pare the meeting minutes down to their essentials, providing a brief account of the discussion that summarizes arguments made for and against a decision.

                                                                                  People often speak colloquially or in idioms, as in: “This isn’t even in the ballpark” or “You’re beginning to sound like a broken record.” While you may be tempted to keep the exact language in the minutes to add color, resist.

                                                                                  Additionally, if any presentations are part of the meeting, do not include information from the Powerpoint in the minutes. However, you will want to record the key points from the post-presentation discussion.

                                                                                  9. Proofread with Care

                                                                                  Make sure that you spelled all names correctly, inserted the correct date of the meeting, and that your minutes read clearly.

                                                                                  Spell out acronyms the first time they’re used. Remember that the notes may be reviewed by others for whom the acronyms are unfamiliar. Stay consistent in headings, punctuation, and formatting. The minutes should be polished and professional.

                                                                                  10. Distribute Broadly

                                                                                  Once approved, email minutes to the full board — not just the attendees — for review. Your minutes will help keep those who were absent apprised of important actions and decisions.

                                                                                  At the start of the next meeting, call for the approval of the minutes. Note any revisions. Try to work out the agreed-upon changes in the meeting, so that you don’t spend a huge amount of time on revisions.

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                                                                                  Ask for a motion to approve the minutes with the agreed-upon changes. Once an attendee offers a motion, ask for another person in the meeting to “second” the motion. They say, “All approved.” Always ask if there is anyone who does not approve. Assuming not, then say: “The minutes from our last meeting are approved once the agreed-upon changes have been made.”

                                                                                  11. File Meticulously

                                                                                  Since minutes are a legal document, take care when filing them. Make sure the file name of the document is consistent with the file names of previously filed minutes.

                                                                                  Occasionally, members of the organization may want to review past minutes. Know where the minutes are filed!

                                                                                  One Caveat

                                                                                  In this day and age of high technology, you may ask yourself: Wouldn’t it be simpler to record the meeting? This depends on the protocols of the organization, but probably not.

                                                                                  Be sure to ask what the rules are at the organization where you are taking minutes. Remember that the minutes are a record of what was done at the meeting, not what was said at the meeting.

                                                                                  The minutes reflect decisions not discussions. In spite of their name, “minutes,” the minutes are not a minute-by-minute transcript.

                                                                                  Bottom Line

                                                                                  Becoming an expert minutes-taker requires a keen ear, a willingness to learn, and some practice, but by following these tips you will soon become proficient.

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