Can I Quote You On That?

21 09 2011

Top 30 Leadership Gurus and founders of LIFE Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady are forming the largest leadership community of interdependent learners ever. They are best selling authors of Launching A Leadership Revolution and Woodward is about ready to launch a new instant best-seller Resolved: 13 Resolutions For LIFE.

Through their years of writing several books each and speaking numerous times throughout the world, each of these men provided millions of readers and listeners quotable material to use as a path for motivation of an improved LIFE.  Here are some of my favorite Woodward/Brady quotes that have helped me grow:

“The best way to read a person’s mind is through his or her actions.”           – Woodward

“Most of us are playing it safe in life, even though none of us is getting out alive.”  – Woodward

Maybe we should be as wary of public officials as we are of public toilets.”  – Brady

“Winners play hurt.”  – Brady

What I appreciate about Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady is their humility in knowing that they can learn from anyone.  Every time I read or listen to these gentlemen teach they are quick to give credit by quoting other leadership authors/speakers and great minds throughout history. Here are some of my favorite quotes learned in my leadership journey through the Team leadership system:

“The only way for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing.”                       – Edmund Burke

“When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened” -Billy Grahm

“Do not live as though you have a thousand years.” -Marcus Aurelius

How about you?  What are some quotes that have helped motivate you to step forward in your leadership walk?  Orrin Woodward, Chris Brady, George Guzzardo, any of the founders of LIFE, quotes from history, or any of the great authors you have read, feel free to post some great ones that have helped you.

Enjoy, Steve




18 responses

28 09 2011
Heather Wright


I am reading your blog from afar and I must admit – IT IS QUITE THE INSPIRATION!!!! Thank you for all that you do. I am so greatful for the leaders that take their time to give to all of us. You are one that helps us keep the space between our ears in check.

Some of my favorite quotes:

“A person who is fundamentally honest doesn’t need a code of ethics. The Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount are all the ethical code anybody needs.” – Harry S. Truman

“As a leader, the first person I need to lead is me. The first person that I should try to change is me. My standards of excellence should be higher for myself than those I set for others. To remain a credible leader, I must always work first, hardest, and longest on changing myself. This is neither easy nor natural, but it is essential.” – Orrin Woodward

God Bless,
Heather Wright

28 09 2011

Love the Orrin Woodward quote! Thank you for your inspiration and leadership.

27 09 2011
Greg Streuly

These are the first six I saw when looking around my desk.
“The only thing constant, is change” ~Heraclitus

“The difference between a successful person and others is not lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but a lack of will” ~Vince Lombardi

“Through the power of the mind, we can control our destiny.” ~Homer Rice

“To be able to lead others, a man must be willing to go forward alone.” ~Harry Truman

“We must either find a way, or make one.” ~Hannibal

“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” ~Will Rodgers

27 09 2011

Hey Steve!
Great idea! I love a good quote! Here are a few that are really impacting me lately.

“Every opportunity is a gift from God, what you do with that opportunity is your gift back to him.” ~Mark Batterson, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day

“Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.” ~Leonardo Da Vinci

“When you worry you are telling God that you do not have time for Him.” Bill Lewis

“There are many different ways of bringing people into His kingdom. I have therefore learned to be cautious in my judgement.” ~ C.S. Lewis

27 09 2011

A good quote can turn someone’s day around. Thank you for posting a couple of your favorites.

25 09 2011
Clark Eikland

Study while others are sleeping, work while others are loafing, prepare while others are playing, and dream while others are wishing. -William A. Ward

27 09 2011

Thanks for the quote. One that many great leaders have lived by.

23 09 2011

“When you decide to win, you win. Period” -Orrin Woodward

23 09 2011
Matt Mielke

“Our greatest fear should not be that we won’t succeed, but that we will succeed at something that doesn’t matter.”

D.L. Moody

I’m proud to run along aside men like you Steve! Way to go for living a life that does matter and leading 1000’s in your wake. Proud of you!


23 09 2011

Thanks Matt. That is a great quote by Moody and well explained by best selling author Chris Brady in a leadership CD titled “Our Greatest Fear.”

22 09 2011
Steve Sager

Wow! Its hard to beat all these great quotes…. I will just add a few that come to mind. Great question Steve, keep them coming!!!

“I finally decided to quit negotiating with the price of success & just pay for it in full.” O. Woodward

“Reputation has an audience of many & matters little. Character has an audiance of one & matters greatly.” T. Marks

“The delusion of competence suppresses the hunger to improve.” C. Brady

“The only thing that stops your journey to success is refusing to change your thinking.” D. Hawkins

“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” A. Einstein

22 09 2011

Thank you for the inspirational quotes.

21 09 2011
Gary Severson

Steve, Now you did it! You know how I get when a good quote punches me in the face! Thanks again for leading the charge! Here’s a few off the top of my head that are near and dear to my heart……….

“Any generation of kids will only be as good as their parents decide to be” ~ Jonathon Edwards

-“Your significance is far greater than your excuses” ~ George Guzzardo

-“Anytime a person stands upon convictions, he will upset others who choose to sit upon conveniences” ~ Woodward

-‎”It’s really hard to be hungry when you’re “full” of yourself” ~ Dan Hawkins-

22 09 2011

Some great quotes from some great men.

21 09 2011

i loved your post and here are some of my favorite quotes that have helped me.
“Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.” – Johns wooden

22 09 2011

John Wooden has to be one of the best coaches of all time (even if its basketball :)). When a man stands on principle he is a good man, but when he teaches those principles to the next generation, hes is a great man.

21 09 2011
Leadership and LIFE

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”
Thomas Jefferson

Thank you Steve for your leadership in bringing leadership education back to the masses!


22 09 2011

Great quote Dan and how true it is!

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