Most of you know I love quotes. Here are a few I was thinking over this past week.
It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. Harry Truman
I try to live by this as much as possible. It goes along with Jim Collins’ idea of level 5 leadership. Give credit and praise to others. Take blame on your own shoulders. In other words, act exactly contrary to human nature!
You must be the change you wish to see in the world. Gandhi
Although Gandhi does not say how you can be or become the change you wish to see, still he is right, at least from an integrity point of view. Practice what you preach. Live what you believe. Model the way.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. Theodore Roosevelt
I love this. Don’t waste time complaining about what you don’t have. Just start to do something good with what you do have. Don’t worry about what you can’t do. Do what you can do. Don’t focus on some other place where you’d rather be. Attend to where you are.
It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. Thoreau
And, of course, what you see depends a very great deal on who you are.
Bureaucracy is the art of making the possible impossible. Bertrand Russell
Yes, this reflects my views on government, especially at tax time.
There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. Peter Drucker
Leaders must first know what to do before they can ask how to do it efficiently. Effectiveness is doing the right things. Efficiency is doing things right. Doing what is right must come first.
How about you? Any good quotes you’ve been pondering lately?