If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error.
John Kenneth Galbraith
Spectacular errors can only happen if you take spectacular chances. I am not fond of irresponsible risk taking and decision-making, but I am fond of doing ‘the right thing’ even when it may appear to be going against the stream. Sometimes that means a spectacular success, sometimes a spectacular error. But always something spectacular. And what more could you want to say about your life but that you have done something spectacular?
… be as separate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress.
Whenever anyone asks me about “integration” this is the quote I use. Whenever someone asks me about what makes a great relationship this is the quote I use. I believe being one while remaining two is the greatest thing that can ever happen in any relationship – business or personal.
Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people.
George Bernard Shaw
In general I have always liked logical thinking (no matter how random the logic may be) and I always love it when someone combines some unexpected logic. This quote logically explains that change only occurs from thinking of the impossible and seeing possibilities. Love it. You could teach and entire class showcasing case studies of people who have lived this quote. I would tend to believe I like this because in general I am an unreasonable person.
“Be true to thineself.”
I use this in every branding exercise I have ever done. Heck, I believe it may be one of the most important lessons a person can learn in their personal life (and one of the most difficult lessons to actually implement, I may add). I believe branding, personal or business, doesn’t start with the ‘customer’ but in understanding yourself. And in understanding yourself … having the cajones to be true to thineself regardless of the repercussions.