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Taking Action and
Getting Things Done

Inspiration and Vision

Courage, Fear, and Confidence

The Art of Thinking and
The Power of Thoughts

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and Going Against the Crowd

Innovation, Creativity,
and Imagination


Planning, Setting Goals,
and Making Decisions

The Value of Hard Work


Talent, Skills, and Character

Knowledge and Experience


Marketing, Advertising,
and Making Sales

Solving Problems and
Overcoming Obstacles


Handling Criticism

Risks and Rewards

Success and Failure

Happiness, Satisfaction,
and Enjoying Your Work

Money and Wealth

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Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt
26th U.S. president

There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long-range risks of comfortable inaction.
John F. Kennedy
35th U.S. President

Life has no romance without risk.
Sarah Doherty
Mountain climber

As you go the way of life you will see a great chasm. Jump. It is not as wide as you think.
Native American proverb

Statistically, 100 percent of the shots you don’t take, don’t go in.
Wayne Gretzky
Hockey player


I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon … if I can. I seek opportunity, not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the company look after me. I want to take the calculated risk, to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for a dole.
   I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence, the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficence, nor dignity for a handout. It is my heritage to think and act for myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations, and to face the world boldly and say, “This I have done.”
Herbert Hoover
31st U.S. president


In the long run, we get no more than we have been willing to risk giving.
Sheldon Kopp
Psychoanalyst and writer

You don’t concentrate on risks. You concentrate on results. No risk is too great to prevent the necessary job from getting done.
Chuck Yeager
Test pilot

The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it but what they become by it.
John Ruskin
Art critic and historian

The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.
Dr. Jonas Salk
Physician and microbiologist

Daring ideas are like chessmen moving forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Poet and dramatist

Businesses are successful because someone makes the sacrifices others are unwilling to.
Ki-Jung Kim


It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcomings, who knows the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows in the end the high achievement of triumph and who, at worst, if he fails while daring greatly, knows his place shall never be with those timid and cold souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt
26th U.S. president


Today, loving change, tumult, even chaos is a prerequisite for survival, let alone success.
Thomas J. Peters
Business writer

Without the element of uncertainty, the bringing off of even the greatest business triumph would be a dull, routine, and eminently unsatisfying affair.
J. Paul Getty
Oil magnate and philanthropist

The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.
Alfred Adler
Psychologist and psychiatrist

There is no fun in guaranteed success.
Dave Weinbaum

In order to conquer, what we need is to dare, still to dare, and always to dare.
Georges Danton
French revolutionary politician

An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.
Roy Ash
Businessman, CEO of AM International

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
Anaïs Nin

I’d rather attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed.
Robert H. Schuller
American evangelist

The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Philosopher, essayist, poet

Our lives improve only when we take chances — and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.
Walter Anderson

Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.
Warren Buffett
Billionaire investor

Never try to walk across a river just because it has an average depth of four feet.
Milton Friedman
American economist

If you play it safe in life, you’ve decided that you don’t want to grow anymore.
Shirley Hufstedler
American jurist, secretary of education

Do you want to be safe and good, or do you want to take a chance and be great?
Jimmy Johnson
Football Coach 

Never tell me the odds.
Han Solo
The Empire Strikes Back

Take calculated risks. This is quite different from being rash.
George S. Patton
U.S. Army general

If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.
Jim Rohn
Motivational speaker

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