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52 Inspiring Quotes for Aspiring Leaders

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52 Inspiring Quotes for Aspiring Leaders

Whether you’re looking to grow your library of quotes or looking to push that last hour of work in the office, these quotes will help. I have hand-picked them in order to give you the best possible impact. These have inspired the masses over the years, and I wish you the best in reaching your goal of being part of the next generation of aspiring leaders.

1. “Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.”

—George Patton, General

2. “A leader is a dealer in hope.”

—Napolean Bonaparte

3. “You don’t need a title to be a leader.”

—Mark Sanborn

4. “To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.”

—Andre Malraux

5. “The greatest artists like Dylan, Picasso and Newton risked failure. And if we want to be great, we’ve got to risk it too.”

—Steve Jobs

6. “A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward.”

—Ovid

7. “Leadership is influence.”

—John C. Maxwell

8. “To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult.”

—Friedrich Nietzsche

9. “Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.”

—Bill Bradley

10. “Earn your leadership every day”

—Michael Jordan

11. “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

—John F. Kennedy

12. “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.”

—Eleanor Roosevelt

13. “He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader.”

—Aristotle

14. “Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.”

—Stephen Covey

15. “No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.”

—Andrew Carnegie

16. “You do not lead by hitting people over the head—that’s assault, not leadership.”

—Dwight D. Eisenhower

17. “Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.”

—Margaret Thatcher

18. “I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself.”

—Robert E. Lee

19. “Some leaders are born women.”

—Geraldine Ferraro

20. “In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.”

—Sheryl Sandberg

21. “Be with a leader when he is right, stay with him when he is still right, but, leave him when he is wrong.”

—Abraham Lincoln

22. “We’re here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark.”

—Whoopi Goldberg

23.“The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.”

—Tony Blair

24. “Together we are better.”

—John Paul Warren

25. “The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been. ”

—Henry Kissinger 

26. “I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?”

—Benjamin Disraeli

27. “Every great leader can take you back to a defining moment when they decided to lead.”

—John Paul Warren

28. “When you accept a leadership role, you take on extra responsibility for your actions toward others.”

—Kelley Armstrong

29. “Sheep are always looking for a new shepherd when the terrain gets rocky.”

—Karen Marie Moning

30. “I would not be a Moses to lead you into the Promised Land, because if I could lead you into it, someone else could lead you out of it.”

—Eugene V. Debs 

31. “Too many kings can ruin an army.”

—Homer

32. “There are two kinds of leaders, cowboys and Shepherds. Cowboys drive and Shepherds lead.”

—John Paul Warren

33. “When eagles are silent, parrots begin to chatter.”

—Winston Churchill

34. “Stories are the single most powerful weapon in a leader’s arsenal.”

—Howard Gardner

35. “Leadership is a two-way street, loyalty up and loyalty down.”

—Grace Murray Hopper  

36. “The power to lead is the power to mislead, and the power to mislead is the power to destroy.”

—Thomas Monson

37. “It’s not about you. It’s about them.”

—Clint Eastwood

38. “Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.”

—Seth Godin

39. “Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.”

—Norman Schwarzkopf

40. “Successful leaders see the opportunities in every difficulty rather than the difficulty in every opportunity.”

—Reed Markham 

41. “If you want people to to think, give them intent, not instruction.”

—David Marquet

42. “How was your day? If your answer was ‘fine,’ then I don’t think you were leading.”

—Seth Godin

43. “Dominate in your domain; You can do it.”

—Jaachynma Agu

44. “Our greatest limitation isn’t the leader of the lives; it is the spirit within us.”

—John MacArthur

45. “Winners see the dream and develop plans while the rest see the obstacles and develop justifications.”

—Orrin Woodward 

46. “One mark of a good officer, he remembered, was the ability to make quick decisions. If they happen to be right, so much the better.”

—Larry Niven

47. “Some are born leaders, some achieve leadership, and some have leadership thrust upon them. Which of these are you, or would you rather not bother?”

—Maurice Flanagan

48. “Any man who has ever led an army, an expedition, or a group of Boy Scouts has sadism in his bones.”

—Tahir Shah

49. “Engage the enemy more closely.”

—Charles Faddis

50. “One of the fundamental aspects of leadership, I realized more and more, is the ability to instill confidence in others when you yourself are feeling insecure.”

—Howard Schultz 

51. “Finally, the president added, ‘The American people are idealists, but they also want their leaders to be realistic…’”

—Bob Woodward

52. “There’s no such thing as a superhero, but together we can world in a new direction.”

—Biz Stone

I hope these help and support your missions to success!

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Last Updated on October 21, 2021

How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

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How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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Program Your Own Algorithms

Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

How to Form a Ritual

I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

Ways to Use a Ritual

Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

1. Waking Up

Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

2. Web Usage

How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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3. Reading

How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

4. Friendliness

Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

5. Working

One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

6. Going to the gym

If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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7. Exercise

Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

8. Sleeping

Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

8. Weekly Reviews

The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

Final Thoughts

We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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