Jase Stevens didn’t start lifting weights until he was twenty-one. After playing a variety of sports throughout high school, he felt it was time to improve his physique. He headed to the local rec center and began his journey. A year later he had transferred to a hardcore gym. There, the bigger guys and pro bodybuilders lit a fire inside him. He wanted what they had.
Little Richard quotes: the influential music figure’s finest words.
“If at first you don’t succeed, you get back up and you try… and you try… and you try it again.”
“It’s not the size of the ship; it’s the size of the waves.”
“Some situations you cause yourself.”
Anne Wojcicki quotes: the biotech businesswoman speaks her mind.
“Believe in your work. When life hits you in the face it is going to be your belief in your work that keeps you going at it every single day. You have to have a deep love for what you do because life will hand you a variety of struggles that will test your conviction.”
“If you are in love with your work and believe in it fully then you will wake up every day to mine away on it no matter what setbacks are handed your way. Find the things in life you 100% believe in and you will find your motivation in hard times unwavering.”
Penny Pritzker quotes: the billionaire’s most helpful ideas.
“It’s a continual evolution, which means we need a different mindset. We have to accept the fact that people may change jobs 10 to 15 times over their lifetime. This is the new reality.”
“I wanted to build businesses from the time I was little.”
William Wang quotes: the TV titan takes us to school.
“I was born and raised in Taiwan. I came to California with my parents when I was 14. It was a difficult adjustment because of language problems, cultural problems. I came to the U.S. without any knowledge of English.”
Sally Grimes quotes: insights from the Clif Bar CEO.
“‘You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself any direction you choose.’ This Dr. Seuss line from Oh the Places You’ll Go! is a good reminder that life is more about how we choose to respond and lead, and less about what happens to us.”
“Purpose is the greatest motivator: I have learned that people are motivated so much more by purpose than just profit. Clearly articulating ‘why we exist’—in creative ways, multiple times—goes such a long way in bringing out the best in people, and that brings out the best in business.”
Mary Dillon quotes: beautiful biz and life advice by the Ulta CEO.
“I didn’t know much about business when I was a kid and never imagined I would grow up to be a CEO.”
“I had all sorts of jobs. That gives you a sense of being humble. What I try to hold on to is really what I learned at those times.”
Gail Blanke quotes: on letting go of baggage, evolving, how to do the tough stuff when you don’t feel like it, and more.
“As English writer, George Elliott, quoted: ‘It’s never too late to become… what you might have been.'”
“Nothing really big, really bold, or really beautiful was ever created in a country, in a company, in a family, or in a life without a vision: a clear picture of what good would look like, of how, if anything were possible, it would be.”
Weili Dai quotes: on how to be successful in business and life.
“Believe in yourself.”
“Follow your passion in order to succeed. Most of the time, at best, I find that people follow their enthusiasm—until they run out. To me, following your passion means a willingness to give everything you have every day. Anything you aren’t truly committed to—night and day—is not really your passion, so don’t do it.”
Abby Wambach quotes: the soccer star sounds off.
“Be grateful. But do not just be grateful. Be grateful and brave. Be grateful and ambitious. Be grateful and righteous. Be grateful and persistent. Be grateful and loud. Be grateful for what you have and demand what you deserve.”
“Claim your power, and bring along your full humanity. Clear the way for others to do the same. Because what our families, our companies, and the world needs is nothing more—and nothing less—than exactly who we are.”
Rita Dove quotes: the American poet and essayist sounds off.
“The American Dream is a phrase we’ll have to wrestle with all of our lives. It means a lot of things to different people. I think we’re redefining it now.”
“Nothing is too small. Nothing is too, quote-unquote, ordinary or insignificant. Those are the things that make up the measure of our days, and they’re the things that sustain us.”
Sandra Day O’Connor quotes: the attorney turned politician’s most popular quotes.
“It is the individual who can and does make a difference even in this increasingly populous, complex world of ours. The individual can make things happen.”
“It is the individual who has acted or tried to act who will not only force a decision but also have a hand in shaping it.”
Ellen J. Kullman quotes: excellent advice by the business executive.
“The core of who you are will get you where you need to go. To try and make it something else is just going to make you miserable. It’s just too hard not to have your gut working for you, and you need both your head and gut to get it right.”
“Focus on what you can control. Figure those out—things we can do something about, and get about doing them.”