A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example.
— Joe DiMaggio
A leader leads by example not by force.
— Sun Tzu
Be sure that you first preach by the way you live. If you do not, people will notice that you say one thing but live otherwise, and your words will bring only cynical laughter and a derisive shake of the head.
— Charles Borromeo
Model good emotional and mental stability. All eyes are on you, particularly in times of stress or crisis. Be a role model your children will remember – how strong you were, how resilient you were, how you held things together when life seemed like it was breaking apart.
— Phillip McGraw
The vision of things to be done may come a long time before the way of doing them becomes clear, but woe to him who distrusts the vision.
— Jenkin Jones
Winners bring reality up to their vision. Losers bring their vision down to reality.
— Chuck Knox
A clear vision, along with the courage to follow through, dramatically increases your chances of coming to the end of your life, looking back with a deep abiding satisfaction, and thinking, I did it. I succeeded. I finished well. My life counted.
— Andy Stanley
Develop a vision. People want to follow someone who knows where he or she is going.
— Kenneth Labich
I noticed an almost universal trait among Super Achievers. These people knew what they wanted out of life, and they could sense it multidimensionally before they ever had it. They could not only see it, but also taste it, smell it and imagine the sounds and emotions associated with it. They prelived it before they had it. And that sharp sensory vision became a powerful driving force in their lives.
— Steve DeVore
When you have read the Bible, you will know it is the word of God, because you will have found it the key to your own heart, your own happiness and your duty.
— Woodrow Wilson
You’re my place of quiet retreat; I wait for your Word to renew me . . . therefore I lovingly embrace everything you say.
— Psalm 119:114, 119 (The Message)
It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.
— George Washington
The studious perusal of the sacred volume will make better citizens, better fathers and better husbands.
— Thomas Jefferson
I have always read the Bible. I did so as a youth. In college, I started virtually every day with a Bible reading. Nellie and I read the Scriptures together most evenings of our married lives. We read with our children when they were younger.
— John Wooden
The small man flies into a rage over the slightest criticism, but the wise man is eager to learn from those who censure and reprove him.
— Dale Carnegie
Many times during auditions, I was told that I couldn’t carry a note with a bucket, and that I sure couldn’t play the piano.
— Ray Charles
Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized. In the first it is ridiculed; in the second it is opposed; in the third it is regarded as self-evident.
— Arthur Schopenhauer
If I sought to answer all of the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would be engaged in little else.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
I wasn’t supposed to reach my dream of being a baseball player. If I had listened to all those people who muttered, “Good luck, kid,” when they heard me say when I was young that I wanted to be a Yankee, I would have given up a long time ago.
— Derek Jeter
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that has.
— Margaret Mead
To the world, you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.
— Joseph Billings
Respectable men and women content with the good and easy living are missing some of the most important things in life. Unless you give yourself to some great cause you haven’t even begun to live.
— William Merrill
I learned in my four decades in Washington that one person can make a difference.
— Liz Carpenter
Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth or power. Those rewards create almost as many problems as they solve. Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter, so that the world will at least be a little bit different for our having passed through it.
— Harold Kushner
Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.
— Alexander Graham Bell
The difference in men does not lie in the size of their hands, nor in the perfection of their bodies, but in this one sublime ability of concentration: to throw the weight with the blow, to live an eternity in an hour.
— Elbert Hubbard
Concentration is a fine antidote to anxiety.
— Jack Nicklaus
It is those who concentrate on but one thing at a time who advance in this world.
— Og Mandino
If there is any one “secret” of effectiveness, it is concentration. Effective executives do first things first and they do one thing at a time. Concentration – that is, the courage to impose on time and events one’s own decision as to what really matters and comes first – is the executive’s only hope of becoming the master of time and events.
— Peter Drucker
There is no remedy so easy as books, which if they do not give cheerfulness, at least restore quiet to the most troubled mind.
— Lady Mary Montagu
The only things that are going to change you from where you are today to where you are going to be five years from now are the people you meet and the books you read.
— Lou Holtz
Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourse of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.
— Helen Keller
Men of power have no time to read; yet the men who do not read are unfit for power.
— Michael Foot
I try to make time for reading each night. In addition to the usual newspapers and magazines, I make it a priority to read at least one newsweekly from cover to cover. If I were to read only what intrigues me – say, the science and business sections – then I would finish the magazine the same person I was when I started. So I read it all.
— Bill Gates