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Simon Sinek Quotes

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Simon Sinek quotes: here’s some great business advice from popular speaker, author, and consultant, Simon Sinek.

“If we think of everything we have to do, we feel overwhelmed.  If we do the one thing we need to do, we make progress.”

“Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress; working hard for something we love is called passion.”

“Don’t quit.  Never give up trying to build the world you can see, even if others can’t see it.”

“Be the leader you wished you had.”

“A team is not a group of people that work together.  A team is a group of people that trust each other.”

“Humility, I have learned, must never be confused with meekness.  Humility is being open to the ideas of others.”

“Most people ignore opportunities because they see only danger.  Entrepreneurs ignore danger because they see only opportunities.”

“Every manager of metrics has an opportunity to become a leader of people.”

“Avoid those who don’t and surround yourself with those who do.”

“The best ideas are the honest ones.  Ones born out of personal experience.  Ones that originated to help a few but ended up helping many.”

“Focus on long term success, but be willing to make short term adjustments to get there.”

“Make it about them, not about you.”

“The struggles we overcome as children become our strengths as adults.”

“Life is beautiful not because of the things we see or do.  Life is beautiful because of the people we meet.”

“Confidence is believing in yourself.  Arrogance is telling others you’’re better than they are.  Confidence inspires.  Arrogance destroys.”

“Spending too much time focused on others’ strengths leaves us feeling weak.  Focusing on our own strengths is what, in fact, makes us strong.”

“Words may inspire but only action creates change.”

“Customers will never love a company until the employees love it first.”

“If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money.  But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood, sweat, and tears.”

“The challenge of the unknown future is so much more exciting than the stories of the accomplished past.”

“We can teach only if we are willing to learn.”

“If you want to achieve anything in this world, you have to get used to the idea that not everyone will like you.”

“No one knows everything.  But together, we know a whole lot.”

“Panic causes tunnel vision.  Calm acceptance of danger allows us to more easily assess the situation and see the options.”

“Leaders don’t look for recognition from others; leaders look for others to recognize.”

“Progress is more important than perfection.”

“Always plan for the fact that nothing ever goes according to plan.”

“If you can clearly articulate the dream or the goal, start.”

“When we break eye contact to check our phones we degrade trust.  Let’s keep our phones away from meals and meetings.”

“Simple ideas are easier to understand.  Ideas that are easier to understand are repeated.  Ideas that are repeated change the world.”

“Value is a feeling, not a calculation.”

“Vision is the ability to talk about the future with such clarity it is as if we are talking about the past.”

“Bad leaders care about who is right; good leaders care about what is right.”

“We must all try to empathize before we criticize.  Ask someone what’s wrong before telling them they are wrong.”

“No matter when or where, always bring your A-game, because you never know when it will open doors for you.”

“The great leaders are not the strongest; they are the ones who are honest about their weaknesses.  The great leaders are not the smartest; they are the ones who admit how much they don’t know.  The great leaders can’t do everything; they are the ones who look to others to help them.  Great leaders don’t see themselves as great; they see themselves as human.”

“It is better to disappoint people with the truth than to appease them with a lie.”

“Too many people confuse being rich or famous with being a leader.  Wealth and fame are byproducts, not qualifications to lead.”

“Achievement happens when we pursue and attain what we want.  Success comes when we are in clear pursuit of why we want it.”

“There are only two ways to influence human behavior: you can manipulate it, or you can inspire it.”

“At well led companies, people talk about the strength of the values.  At poorly led companies, people complain about the pay and benefits.”

“People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it.  And what you do simply proves what you believe.”

“I find, when you’re an optimist, life has a funny way of looking after you.”

“Some see risk as a reason not to try.  Some see it as an obstacle to overcome.  The risk is the same; to try or not depends on your perspective.”

“Emails get reactions.  Phone calls start conversations.”

“Returning from work feeling inspired, safe, fulfilled, and grateful is a natural human right to which we are all entitled, and not a modern luxury that only a few lucky ones are able to find.”

“A leader’s job is not to do the work for others, it’s to help others figure out how to do it themselves, to get things done, and to succeed beyond what they thought possible.”

“What you do is proof of what you believe.”

“The only way to defeat pessimism is with optimism.”

“Communication is not about speaking what we think.  Communication is about ensuring others hear what we mean.”

“The goal is not to be perfect by the end; the goal is to be better today.”

“One hundred percent of customers are people.  One hundred percent of employees are people.  If you don’t understand people?  You don’t understand business.”

“Hire people inspired to achieve something big over people who demand something big before they feel inspired.”

“Trust has two dimensions: competence and integrity.  We will forgive mistakes of competence.  Mistakes of integrity are harder to overcome.”

“We can sell without selling out.”

“Profit isn’t a purpose, it’s a result.  To have purpose means the things we do are of real value to others.”

“Safe is good for sidewalks and swimming pools, but life requires risk if we are to get anywhere.”

“The future is only scary if we try to avoid it.”

“When we help ourselves, we find moments of happiness.  When we help others, we find lasting fulfillment.”

“Dream big.  Start small.  But most of all, start.”

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