All growth is a leap in the dark, an act without the benefit of experience.
— Henry Miller
It is by extending oneself, by exercising some capacity previously unused that you come to a better knowledge of your own potential.
— Harold Bloom
God never puts anyone in a place too small to grow.
Undertake something that is difficult; it will do you good. Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
— Ronald Osborn
Intermediate goals are what keep you going toward your final goals. As you achieve them, they give you a reward, a sense of self-accomplishment.
— Gary Player
Most people make one of two mistakes. Either we set our goals too low, or we try to accomplish them too quickly.
— Rick Warren
To solve a problem or to reach a goal, you don’t need to know all the answers in advance. But you must have a clear idea of the problem or the goal you want to reach.
— W. Clement Stone
Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
— Ronald Osborn
When you set goals, put a time limit on them. Without it you are normally and naturally lazy and lethargic more often than you want to admit. It’s amazing how much you can accomplish in a short period of time if the pressure is on.
— Robert Schuller
A genius is a talented person who does his homework.
— Thomas Edison
Many a genius has been slow of growth. Oaks that flourish for a thousand years do not spring up into beauty like a reed.
— George Lewes
The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.
— Aldous Huxley
Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
— Thomas Edison
Risk-taking is not only a necessary part of life, but planned risk is closely associated with wealth – people who risk the most gain the most.
— Peter Daniels
All great reforms require one to dare a lot to win a little.
— William O’Neill
There are hazards in everything one does; but there are greater hazards in doing nothing.
— Shirley Williams
Growth happens within us when we face risk. Head-on. Faith and risk go hand in hand.
— Charles Swindoll
A lot of successful people are risk-takers. Unless you’re willing to do that, to have a go, to fail miserably, and have another go, success won’t happen.
— Phillip Adams
In any contest between patience and power, bet on patience.
— W.B. Prescott
Great things come slowly but they last.
— Henry Emerson Fosdick
If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention than to any other talent.
— Sir Isaac Newton
Where there is patience and humility there is neither anger nor worry.
— St. Francis of Assisi
Grass that is here today and gone tomorrow does not require much time to mature. A big oak tree that lasts for generations requires much more time to grow and mature. God is concerned about your life through eternity. Allow Him to take all the time He needs to shape you for His purposes. Larger assignments will require longer periods of preparation.
— Henry Blackaby
I made the decision long ago that to be afraid would be to diminish my life.
— Janet Reno
Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
— Babe Ruth
One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.
— Abraham Maslow
Once men are caught up in an event they cease to be afraid. Only the unknown frightens men.
— Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Everybody’s got fear. Everybody’s afraid something bad is going to happen sometime. That’s life. But what’s important is that you don’t let it stop you from doing things, taking risks. Every decision is a risk, every choice leaves a choice behind. You can’t let yourself get paralyzed by the fear of what might go wrong.
— Yogi Berra
A human being doesn’t know how far he can go until he’s pushed himself to the limit.
— Bob Mattick
The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
— Charles Du Boss
Let’s tell our young people that the best books are yet to be written; the best paintings have not yet been painted; the best governments are yet to be formed; the best is yet to be done by them.
— John Erskine
Look at me. I am more than what you see. Destiny is mine! If it is to be, it’s up to me.
— Anonymous, St. Phillips School (Dallas,TX) creed, recited by students 3-12 years
Most people have no idea how far below their potential they’re living. God has created us with almost limitless possibilities. If you look at your life and you aren’t just a little surprised by how far you’ve come, then you probably aren’t growing at the rate you should, and it’s time to try the impossible.
— John Maxwell