5 Pieces of Inspiration Archive

We end each meeting with either five inspirational quotes or a short inspirational video. For those of you who want to come back to these quotes later, we’re archiving them here.

Presentation Date: Jan 10, 2017

  • “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” – Lou Holtz
  • “Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • “For me, motivation is a person who has the capability to recruit the resources he needs to achieve a goal.” – Arsene Wenger
  • “Hope is the motivation that empowers the unemployed, enabling them to get out of bed every single morning with unbounded enthusiasm as they look for work.” – Emanuel Cleaver
  • “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

Presentation Date: Jan 3, 2017

  • “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” – Jim Rohn
  • “You get whatever accomplishment you are willing to declare.” – Georgia O’Keeffe
  • “What you do in this world is a matter of no consequence. The question is what can you make people believe you have done.” – Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet
  • “Accomplishment is socially judged by ill defined criteria so that one has to rely on others to find out how one is doing.” – Albert Bandura
  • “I look upon another’s insistence on the merits of his or her life – duties, intellect, accomplishment – and see that most of it is nonsense.” – Harold Brodkey

Presentation Date: Dec 27, 2016

  • “Too many people spend too much time trying to perfect something before they actually do it. Instead of waiting for perfection, run with what you got, and fix it along the way.” – Paul Arden
  • “It’s much easier to be convincing if you care about your topic. Figure out what’s important to you about your message and speak from the heart.” – Nicholas Boothman, Convince Them in 90 Seconds or Less: Make Instant Connections That Pay Off in Business and in Life
  • “Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents Poor Performance” – Stephen Keague, The Little Red Handbook of Public Speaking and Presenting
  • “If you don’t know what you want to achieve in your presentation your audience never will.” – Harvey Diamond
  • “All those iconic presenters of today were a shy little kid back then.” – Aayush Jain

Presentation Date: Dec 20, 2016

  • “The first step to getting what you want is having the courage to get rid of what you don’t.” – Unknown
  • “To invent you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” – Thomas Edison
  • “We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.” – Ray Bradbury
  • “Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.” – Lord Byron
  • “Avoid selling to dumb customers, there aren’t enough left!” – Jasleen Kaur Gumber

Presentation Date: Dec 13, 2016

  • “Naked lions are just as dangerous as elegantly dressed ones” – Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
  • “People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.” – Andrew Carnegie
  • “The crowning fortune of a man is to be born to some pursuit which finds him employment and happiness, whether it be to make baskets, or broadswords, or canals, or statues, or songs.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “Just because you can’t find them doesn’t mean they don’t exist. You’ve got to change the way you’re looking for them. Because there are always job vacancies out there.” – Richard N. Bolles, What Color Is Your Parachute?
  • “Desperation works in job search as well as it does in dating.” – Darrell Gurney, Never Apply for a Job Again!: Break the Rules, Cut the Line, Beat the Rest

Presentation Date: Dec 6, 2016

  • “A will can save one’s family from being put into a quagmired pit of legal conundrum, in case of death (which may even be untimely).” – Henrietta Newton Martin
  • “We rarely think people have good sense unless they agree with us.” – Francois de La Rochefoucauld
  • “The truth is more important than the facts.” – Frank Lloyd Wright
  • “If I have learnt anything, it is that life forms no logical patterns. It is haphazard and full of beauties which I try to catch as they fly by, for who knows whether any of them will ever return?” – Margot Fonteyn
  • “Lawyers are the foot soldiers of our Constitution.” – Rennard Strickland & Frank T. Read, The Lawyer Myth

Presentation Date: Nov 29, 2016

  • “Dispirited, unmotivated, unappreciated workers cannot compete in a highly competitive world.” – Francis Hesselbein
  • “I’m one of the great unemployed looking for the next job. I’m waiting for the right offer. Like anyone, I want something that turns me on inside.” – Francesca Annis
  • “Long-term unemployment can make any worker progressively less employable, even after the economy strengthens.” – Janet Yellen
  • “An ‘unemployed’ existence is a worse negation of life than death itself.” – Jose Ortega y Gasset
  • “What this country needs is more unemployed politicians.” – Angela Davis

Presentation Date: Nov 22, 2016

  • “The resume focuses on you and the past. The cover letter focuses on the employer and the future. Tell the hiring professional what you can do to benefit the organization in the future.” – Joyce Lain Kennedy, Cover Letters for Dummies
  • “When you make the decision to start something new, first figure out the jobs you want to do. Then position yourself to play where no one else is playing.” – Whitney Johnson, Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work
  • “Your CV is just a commodity, Package yourself.” – Bernard Kelvin Clive
  • “Finding a job that is a good fit is as much about you selecting the right company as it is about them selecting the right candidate.” – Miles Anthony Smith, Becoming Generation Flux: Why Traditional Career Planning is Dead: How to be Agile, Adapt to Ambiguity, and Develop Resilience
  • “I always find it more difficult to say the things I mean than the things I don’t.” – W. Somerset Maugham

Presentation Date: Nov 15, 2016

  • “Identity cannot be found or fabricated but emerges from within when one has the courage to let go.” – Doug Cooper
  • “Identity is the role you chose to play in the story of the Universe.” – Maria V Shall
  • “Define what your brand stands for, its core values and tone of voice, and then communicate consistently in those terms.” – Simon Mainwaring
  • “Most of the things I do brand wise are both missionary and mercenary in their position, and that’s really important to me; that’s one of the first things I look at when I say, ‘does it make sense to do a deal?'” – Mike Rowe
  • “A professional headshot in front of a bookshelf says you’re an intellectual. A professional headshot peeking though a bookshelf says you’re probably under a restraining order.” – Ryan Lilly

Presentation Date: Nov 8, 2016

  • “A gap in skills and abilities reveal a golden opportunity!” – Abhishek Ratna, No Parking. No Halt. Success Non Stop
  • “The skills you acquire can always be effectively redeployed. You will look back on setbacks and be grateful for the catalyst that came not a moment too soon.” – Tom Freston
  • “The five essential entrepreneurial skills for success: Concentration, Discrimination, Organization, Innovation and Communication.” – Harold S. Geneen
  • “As legal slavery passed, we entered into a permanent period of unemployment and underemployment from which we have yet to emerge.” – Julian Bond
  • “People often think that losing your job is one of the worst things that can happen to someone. And, in some cases, that might be true. But for me, unemployment can be the time and the motivation to finally go after my goals.” – Homaro Cantu

Presentation Date: Nov 1, 2016

  • “The secret of acing a job interview is to stop believing in luck and start believing in yourself.” – Unattributed
  • “Think of your job interview as a battle in which your work experience is your strategy, skills are your ammunition, nervousness is your enemy and confidence is your ally.” – Unattributed
  • “Every time you invite a candidate to interview, you should expect to be interviewed, too.” – Stacy Feiner, Talent Mindset
  • “One of the most common mistakes for an entry-level job interview is to take the position: ‘What is this job going to do for me?’ You should be saying ‘Here’s what I can do and here’s what I want to do to help you.'” – Norah O’Donnell
  • “I terminated the interview when I didn’t know what he was talking about and went upstairs to lunch.” – Graham Kennedy

Presentation Date: Oct 25, 2016

  • “Great people make others feel great. Small people make others feel small.” – Rick Warren
  • “You manage things; you lead people.” – Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper
  • “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.” – Max DePree
  • “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John Maxwell
  • “Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” – Peter Drucker

Presentation Date: Oct 18, 2016

  • “The most important thing is to be whatever you are without shame.” – Rod Steiger
  • “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” – Winston Churchill
  • “No one has ever had an idea in a dress suit.” – Sir Frederick G. Banting
  • “The only place where success comes before work is a dictionary.” – Vidal Sassoon
  • “Reality continues to ruin my life.” – Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes

Presentation Date: Oct 4, 2016

  • “Indeed, as I made my critique, the problem seemed to me not that there are differences but rather how we value these differences.” – Sue Monk Kidd, The Dance of the Dissident Daughter
  • “I’m not telling women to be like men. I’m telling us to evaluate what men and women do in the workforce and at home without the gender bias.” – Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook
  • “Instead of ignoring our differences, we need to accept and transcend them.” – Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
  • “I think we’re struggling with trying to redefine various positions at this point in history. To allow freedom for women, freedom for men, freedom from those sharply defined gender roles.” – Fred Ward
  • “The most important factor in determining whether you will succeed isn’t your gender – it’s you.” – Angela Braly, Healthcare Executive

Presentation Date: Sept 27, 2016
5 Pieces of Inspiration:

  • “Here in Silicon Valley, I have taken part in hundreds of conversations trying to convince people to dive in and become entrepreneurs. All too often, innovators with good, safe, jobs are unwilling to put their family’s access to health care at risk by walking away from company-backed medical insurance.” – Eric Ries (Author – The Lean Startup)
  • “Having insurance doesn’t guarantee good health outcomes, but it is a critical factor.” – Irwin Redlener (Pediatrician)
  • “Successful health reform must not just make health insurance affordable, affordable health insurance has to make health care affordable.” – Elizabeth Edwards (Health Care Activist)
  • “The U.S. government has been preoccupied with health care ‘reform,’ but this refers to improving access and insurance coverage and has little or nothing to do with innovation.” – Eric Topol (Medical Researcher)
  • “One of the major goals of health insurance reform is to bring down the cost.” – Valerie Jarrett (Presidential Advisor to Obama)

Presentation Date: Sept 20, 2016
5 Pieces of Inspiration:

  • “There is a difference between a job and the promise of jobs, there is a difference between economic development and the promise of economic development.” – Robert D Bullard
  • “Globalization and free trade do spur economic growth, and they lead to lower prices on many goods.” – Robert Reich
  • “Salvation from outside the area for economic development hasn’t worked. You’ve got to grow the companies and people you have here.” – Dick Skrinjar
  • “I was criticized at some level within the Republican Party by those who say government should not be in the economic development business at all. My response is that the only country I know that doesn’t have an economic development plan is Papa New Guinea.” – Jon Huntsman, Jr.
  • “World class communities come in all shapes and sizes, they are not determined by geography, and/or natural resources so much as by the mindset of their local leadership.” – Don A. Holbrook, The Little Black Book of Economic Development

Presentation Date: Sept 6, 2016
5 Pieces of Inspiration:

  • “In Business, you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate.” – Anonymous
  • “Negotiation is not a policy. It’s a technique. It’s something you use when it’s to your advantage, and something that you don’t use when it’s not to your advantage.” – John Bolton
  • “I think each negotiation should be based on what’s the best decision – taking everything into account, not taking one thing into account.” – Tony La Russa
  • “Everything is negotiable. Whether or not the negotiation is easy is another thing.” – Carrie Fisher
  • “All over the world when you test men and women for facial cue recognition, women test… better. It’s a negotiation tool.” – Michael Gurian

Bonus Quote:

  • “You have to persuade yourself that you absolutely don’t care what happens. If you don’t care, you’ve won. I absolutely promise you, in every serious negotiation, the man or woman who doesn’t care is going to win.” – Felix Dennis


Presentation Date: Aug 30, 2016
5 Pieces of Inspiration:

  • “Money is a tool. Used properly it makes something beautiful – used wrong, it makes a mess!” – Bradley Vinson
  • “When money realizes that it is in good hands, it wants to stay and multiply in those hands.” – Idowu Koyenikan, Wealth for All: Living a Life of Success at the Edge of Your Ability
  • “The amount of money that a person has in his bank account is not determined by his starting capital but by his knowledge about money and his ability to manage it properly.” – Sunday Adelaja
  • “The first rule of personal finance is that it’s not personal and it’s not financial. It’s about your ability to make ten changes and not get too depressed over it.” – James Altucher
  • “I finally know what distinguishes man from other beasts – financial worries.” – Jules Renard


Presentation Date: Aug 23, 2016
5 Pieces of Inspiration:

  • “Networking is not a part-time or occasional exercise. Everywhere we go, we haven an opportunity to network with others.” – Timothy M. Houston, No-Nonsense Networking: The Straightforward Guide to Making Productive, Profitable and Prosperous Contacts and Connections
  • “When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.” – Simon Sinek
  • “The best index to a person’s character is (a) how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can’t fight back.” – Abigail van Buren
  • “Becoming well known (at least among your prospects & connections) is the most valuable element in the connection process.” – Jeffrey Gitomer
  • “It’s not about who you think you know, but about who actually knows you.” – Akilnathan Logeswaran


Presentation Date: Aug 16, 2016
5 Pieces of Inspiration:

  • “The time has come to lay that baggage down and leave behind all the struggling and striving. You can be set free as you journey forward into a balanced healthy and rewarding future.” – Sue Augustine, When Your Past Is Hurting Your Present: Getting Beyond Fears That Hold You Back
  • “When we inhabit our own life—stop doing things based on the approval of others—we offload baggage and trade up to joy!” – Laurie Buchanan, PhD
  • “Clarity is the most important thing. I can compare clarity to pruning in gardening. You know, you need to be clear. If you are not clear, nothing is going to happen. You have to be clear. Then you have to be confident about your vision. And after that, you just have to put a lot of work in.” – Diane von Furstenberg
  • “It took the madmen of yesterday for us to be able to act with extreme clarity today. I want to be one of those madmen. We must dare to invent the future.” – Thomas Sankara
  • “During a negotiation, it would be wise not to take anything personally. If you leave personalities out of it, you will be able to see opportunities more objectively” -. Brian Koslow


Presentation Date: August 9, 2016
5 Pieces of Inspiration:

  • “If you know how to spend less than you get, you have the philosopher’s stone.” — Benjamin Franklin
  • “A budget tells us what we can’t afford, but it doesn’t keep us from buying it.” – William Feather
  • “The budget is not just a collection of numbers, but an expression of our values and aspirations.” – Jacob Lew
  • “If you want creativity, take a zero off your budget. If you want sustainability, take off two zeros.” – Jaime Lerner
  • “Life engenders life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.” – Sarah Bernhardt


Presentation Date: August 2, 2016
5 Pieces of Inspiration:

  • “Social media is an amazing tool, but it’s really the face-to-face interaction that makes a long-term impact.” – Felicia Day
  • “There’s a danger in the internet and social media. The notion that information is enough, that more and more information is enough, that you don’t have to think, you just have to get more information – gets very dangerous.” – Edward de Bono
  • “Social media is the ultimate equalizer. It gives a voice and a platform to anyone willing to engage.” – Amy Jo Martin
  • “Social media is not about the exploitation of technology but service to community.” – Simon Mainwaring
  • “We don’t have a choice on whether we do social media.  The question is how well we do it.” – Erik Qualman


Presentation Date: July 26, 2016
5 Pieces of Inspiration:

  • “It was a simple question any employee should ask: ‘Oh and by the way, how do I get my health insurance to be seamless?'” – Andrew P. Harris
  • “A lot of executives act like their time is worth more than anyone else’s. But I always respect an employee who guards his or her time, even from me.” – Eli Broad
  • “Employee loyalty begins with employer loyalty. Your employees should know that if they do the job they were hired to do with a reasonable amount of competence and efficiency, you will support them.” – Harvey Mackay
  • “We’re living in a different world now in terms of employee needs, and companies have to offer alternative methods for getting the work done. Even under the most difficult circumstances you can have creative flexibility.” – Anne M. Mulcahy
  • “In financing growing companies, we always looked for human value that didn’t appear on the balance sheet.. the quality of management, especially its entrepreneurial drive.” – Michael Milken


Presentation Date: July 19, 2016
5 Pieces of Inspiration:

  • “I shall fulfill my contract, no more nor less.” – Lillie Langtry
  • “Contract law is essentially a defensive scorched-earth battleground where the constant question is, ‘if my business partner was possessed by a brain-eating monster from beyond spacetime tomorrow, what is the worst thing they could do to me?'” – Charles Stross
  • “I had to get back to work. NBC has me under contract; the baby and I only have a verbal agreement.” – Tina Fey
  • “He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which.” – Douglas Adams
  • “We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.” – Marcel Proust


Presentation Date: July 12, 2016
5 Pieces of Inspiration:

  • “The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.” – Aung San Suu Kyi
  • “Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.” – W. Clement Stone
  • “Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another’s fear.”- Umberto Eco
  • “And the things that we fear are a weapon to be held against us.” – Ian Rush
  • “Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom.” – Marilyn Ferguson


Presentation Date: July 5, 2016
5 Pieces of Inspiration:

  • “I am confident that in order to restore access to the American Dream, it will take effort from across all boundaries.” – Monique Rizer (Executive Director of Opportunity Nation)
  • “Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.” – Albert Camus
  • “Language is a more recent technology. Your body language, your eyes, your energy will come through to your audience before you even start speaking.” – Peter Guber
  • “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” – Peter F. Drucker
  • “A great attitude toward your approach to an interview—demonstrated by your good posture—is everything.” – Cindy Ann Peterson, My Style, My Way: Top Experts Reveal How to Create Yours Today


Presentation Date: June 28, 2016
5 Pieces of Inspiration:

  • “Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” – Ronald Reagan
  • “The only things in my life that compatibly exist with this grand universe are the creative works of the human spirit.” – Ansel Adams
  • “Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.” – Orison Swett Marden
  • “I like nonsense — it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope…and that enables you to laugh at all of life’s realities.” – Theodor S. Geisel
  • “Work is good, but it’s not that important.” – Unknown


Presentation Date: June 21, 2016
5 Pieces of Inspiration:

  • “There is no security on this earth, there is only opportunity.” – General Douglas MacArthur
  • “Everything I did in my life that was worthwhile I caught hell for.” – Earl Warren
  • “Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.” – Eddie Cantor
  • “We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don’t know.” – W. H. Auden
  • “The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly – that is what each of us is here for.” – Oscar Wilde


Presentation Date: June 14, 2016
5 Pieces of Inspiration:

  • “If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.” – Oscar Wilde
  • It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.” – Arthur C. Clarke
  • “Don’t ever confuse the two, your life and your work. That’s what I have to say. The second is only a part of the first.” – Anna Quindlen
  • “You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.” – Vernon Howard
  • “Ask not what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive… then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman


Presentation Date: June 7, 2016
5 Pieces of Inspiration:

  • “Sometimes, you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” – Dr. Suess
  • “The mark of a good conversationalist is not that you can talk a lot. The mark is that you can get others to talk a lot. Thus, good schmoozer’s are good listeners, not good talkers.” – Guy Kawasaki
  • “If you don’t go after what you want, You’ll never have it.  If you don’t ask, the answer is always no.  If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” – Nora Roberts
  • “Most people sell their dreams to buy their excuses, but those who have long-term vision sell their excuses to buy their dreams.” – Orrin W.
  • “You are only as strong as your purpose, therefore let us choose reasons to act that are big bold righteous and eternal.” – Barry Munro


Presentation Date: May 31, 2016
5 Pieces of Inspiration:

  • “The biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” – George Bernard Shaw
  • “It’s all about people. It’s about networking and being nice to people and not burning any bridges. Your book is going to impress, but in the end it is people that are going to hire you.” – Mike Davidson
  • “Don’t waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “Networking is an essential part of building wealth.” – Armstrong Williams
  • “My Golden Rule of Networking is simple: Don’t keep score.” – Harvey Mackay


Presentation Date: May 24, 2016
5 Pieces of Inspiration:

  • “I don’t need to worry about identity theft because no one wants to be me.” – Jay London
  • “As problems like identity theft become more prevalent, now more than ever, Americans need to take their financial health seriously – and this information is of the utmost importance.” – Ruben Hinojosa
  • “In terms of dangers, such as viruses, fraud or identity theft, I don’t think we were thinking about that at all when we got started. If we had been worried about that, the net might have been better today, but we might not have even got there.” – Bob Kahn
  • “Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives. Man’s life is independent. He is born not for the development of the society alone, but for the development of his self.” – B. R. Ambedkar
  • “In the social jungle of human existence, there is no feeling of being alive without a sense of identity.” – Erik Erikson


Presentation Date: May 17, 2016
5 Pieces of Inspiration:

  • “Everything has changed. An interview has become such a confrontational thing. It makes you very defensive.” – Francesca Annis
  • “I can count on one hand the number of people who wrote me a thank you letter after having an interview, and I gave almost all of them a job.” – Kate Reardon
  • “Every black American is bilingual. All of them. We speak street vernacular and we speak ‘job interview.'” – Dave Chappelle
  • “I guess the best advice I ever got or anyone could get for doing a talk show, though it has not been easy very often, was from Jack Paar, who said, ‘Kid, don’t make it an interview. Interviews have clipboards, and you’re like David Frost. Make it a conversation.'” – Dick Cavett
  • “One of the most important things, especially when you’re leaving school, is to realize you’re going to be dealing with a lot of idiots. And a lot of those idiots are in charge of things, so if you’re in an interview and you really want to tell the person off, don’t do it.” – Lewis Black


Presentation Date: May 10, 2016
5 Pieces of Inspiration:

  • “Self-development is a higher duty than self-sacrifice.” – Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • “The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” – Flannery O’Connor
  • “It’s a shallow life that doesn’t give a person a few scars.” – Garrison Keillor
  • “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “Wit is so shining a quality that everybody admires it; most people aim at it, all people fear it, and few love it unless in themselves.” – Lord Chesterfield


Presentation Date: May 3, 2016
5 Pieces of Inspiration:

  • “It’s going to be interesting to watch presidential elections in around 2040, when voters can dig up candidates’ teenage angst pics and posts from old social media and discussion forum archives.” – Mikko Hypponen, Chief Research Officer for F-Secure
  • “Smart phones and social media expand our universe. We can connect with others or collect information easier and faster than ever.” – Daniel Goleman
  • “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas; what happens on Twitter stay on Google forever!” –  Jure Klepic, Tweet This!
  • “Getting fired is nature’s way of telling you that you had the wrong job in the first place.” – Hal Lancaster
  • “You’ll never please everyone, but you only have to please a few people to get an offer.” – Harvey MacKay


Presentation Date: April 26, 2016
5 Pieces of Inspiration:

  • “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” – Bruce Lee
  • “Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ’em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  • “My goal is no longer to get more done, but rather to have less to do.” – Francine Jay, Miss Minimalist: Inspiration to Downsize, Declutter, and Simplify
  • “Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” – Paul J. Meyer
  • “The productivity of work is not the responsibility of the worker but of the manager.” – Peter Drucker


Presentation Date: April 19, 2016
5 Pieces of Inspiration:

  • “Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.”- John F. Kennedy
  • “The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do. The bad news is that they do what you tell them to do.” – Ted Nelson
  • “The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.” – Sydney J. Harris
  • “I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We’ve created life in our own image.” – Stephen Hawking
  • “Never trust a computer you can’t throw out a window.” – Steve Wozniak


Presentation Date: April 12, 2016
5 Pieces of Inspiration:

  • “The highest result of education is tolerance.” – Hellen Keller
  • “Whatever your age, your upbringing, or your education, what you are made of is mostly unused potential.” – George Leonard
  • “The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.” – Carl Rogers
  • “A lot of people, including business leaders, think the future belongs to China. Globalization is not a zero-sum game, but we need to hone our skills to stay in play.” – Jon Meacham
  • “Individuals, too, who cultivate a variety of skills seem brighter, more energetic and more adaptable than those who know how to do one thing only.” – Robert Shea


Presentation Date: April 5, 2016
5 Pieces of Inspiration:

  • “If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.” — Isaac Asimov
  • “The best move you can make in negotiation is to think of an incentive the other person hasn’t even thought of – and then meet it.” – Eli Broad
  • “Don’t stay at the job for safe salary increases over time. That will never get you where you want – freedom from financial worry. Only free time, imagination, creativity, and an ability to disappear will help you deliver value that nobody ever delivered before in the history of mankind.” – James Altucher
  • “With confidence, you have won before you have started.” – Marcus Garvey
  • “Asking what I considered an impossible salary when I didn’t want to work for someone has boosted my pay again and again.” – Ethel Waters


Presentation Date: March 29, 2016
5 Pieces of Inspiration:

  • “Intuition isn’t the enemy, but the ally, of reason.” – John Kord Lagemann
  • “I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate.” – George Burns
  • “You can’t outwit fate by standing on the sidelines placing little side bets about the outcome of life… if you don’t play you can’t win.” – Judith McNaught
  • “Two monologues do not make a dialogue.” – Jeff Daly
  • “Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned.” – Milton Friedman


Presentation Date: March 22, 2016
5 Pieces of Inspiration:

  • “Whatever you think, be sure it is what you think; whatever you want, be sure that is what you want; whatever you feel, be sure that is what you feel.” – T. S. Eliot
  • “The most difficult thing in any negotiation, almost, is making sure that you strip it of the emotion and deal with the facts. And there was a considerable challenge to that here and understandably so.” – Howard Baker
  • “If you come to a negotiation table saying you have the final truth, that you know nothing but the truth and that is final, you will get nothing.” – Harri Holkeri
  • “In the real life-process, willing, feeling, and thinking are only different aspects.” – Wilhelm Dilthey
  • “Simple logic dictates that if you cannot even conceive the possibility of leaving a negotiation, then it is preferable never to enter one.” – Yanis Varoufakis


Presentation Date: March 15, 2016
5 Pieces of Inspiration:

  • “A sad soul can kill you quicker than a germ.” – John Steinbeck
  • “The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.” – Edwin Schlossberg
  • “Get happiness out of your work or you may never know what happiness is.” – Elbert Hubbard
  • “Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don’t.” – Pete Seeger
  • “No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank


Presentation Date: March 8, 2016
5 Pieces of Inspiration:

  • “There is precious little home to be got out of whatever keeps us industrious, but there is a chance for us when we become stargazers.” – H.M. Tomlinson
  • “You’re real lucky if you manage to have success in a profession that’s fun.” – Clint Eastwood
  • “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” – Henry David Thoreau
  • “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” – Henry Ford
  • “The secret of a good memory is attention, and attention to a subject depends upon our interest in it. We rarely forget that which has made a deep impression on our minds.” – Tryon Edwards


Presentation Date: February 23, 2016
5 Pieces of Inspiration:

  • “Be a fountain, not a drain.” – Rex Hudler
  • “A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him.” – Hunter S. Thompson
  • “You have to be going to a pretty awful place if getting there is half the fun.” – Miss Piggy
  • “I wish I could tell you it gets better, but it doesn’t get better. YOU get better!” – Joan Rivers
  • “I just ordered a Life Alert Bracelet … So, if I ever get a life, I’ll be notified immediately.” – Jeanette Karlik, The Westnews


Presentation Date: February 16, 2016
5 Pieces of Inspiration:

  • “The greatest wealth is health.” – Virgil
  • “The best and most efficient pharmacy is within your own system.” – Robert C. Peale
  • “Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” – John F. Kennedy
  • “Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness.” – Richard Carlson
  • “Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.” – Doug Larson


Presentation Date: February 9, 2016
5 Pieces of Inspiration:

  • “For gosh sakes, it’s not a horse race as to how many business cards you can fling out there! What a turn-off.” ― Beth Ramsay, #Networking is people looking for people looking for people
  • “You have to allow a certain amount of time in which you are doing nothing in order to have things occur to you, to let your mind think.” – Mortimer Adler
  • “Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” – Chinese Proverb 
  • “The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.” – Albert Einstein
  • “I went to a networking event once. I passed out before I passed out my business cards. My business was called Blacked Out, and I think it’s more effective to show than tell.” – Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE


Presentation Date: February 2, 2016
5 Pieces of Inspiration: Dale Carnegie Special Edition

  • “Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.”
  • “If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
  • “When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.”
  • “We all have possibilities we don’t know about. We can do things we don’t even dream we can do.”
  • “Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.”


Presentation Date: January 26, 2016
5 Pieces of Inspiration:

  • “When I look back now over my life and call to mind what I might have had simply for taking and did not take, my heart is like to break.” – William Hale White
  • If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won’t, you most assuredly won’t. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.” – Denis Waitley
  • “Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation. I have known talented people who procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure. Lost opportunities cause erosion of confidence, and the downward spiral begins.” – Charles Stanley
  • “To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.” – Voltaire
  • “It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.” ― The Bhagavad Gita