Leadership/Life Maxims

This is my list of Leadership Maxims.  This is a dynamic list.   I will constantly be adding, deleting and updating.

  •  Don’t be afraid to challenge or question the boss.
  •  Always have your resume up to date.
  • Always drink upstream from the herd.
  • Friends are important.  You can’t do it by yourself.
  • God is important.  You can’t do it by yourself.
  • If in a wrestling match, keep your head up.  You can’t score (win) with your head on the mat.
  • Never stop learning.
  • Be a risk taker.
  • Don’t take stupid risk.
  • Don’t be afraid to show your emotions.
  • Control your emotions, especially anger.
  • Out kick the coverage.
  • If you’re going through hell, keep going.  – Winston Churchill
  • Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. Winston Churchill
  • One day, you will be just a memory for some people.  Do your best to be a good one.
  • You can’t lead if you don’t follow.  Jesus was a follower.
  • Deliver more than you promise.
  • Children are not a distraction from more important work.   They are the most important work.  -  John Trainer, MD
  • Being cool is overrated.
  • Don’t compare yourself to others.  No one in the entire world can do a better job of being you than you.
  • A lie will go around the world while a truth is pulling its boots on.  – CH Spurgeon
  • Expect the best and plan for the worst.  (The Wright brothers took extra lumber assuming their first flight would crash.)
  • Become an expert in ONE thing.   Learn how to do lots of things, but make one thing your go-to-thing.   The thing that when people say “I need _____”  they think of you.   Later, you can expand that to a circle of expertise.
  • In the first ten years of your career, never say “That’s not my job”. After that, learn to say “No.”
  • If you are alive, you mission on earth is not finished.  Don’t stop.
  • Happiness, like unhappiness is a proactive choice.  -  Stephen Covey
  • Take time to deliberate: but when the time comes for action, stop thinking and go in. – Andrew Jackson.
  • Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out. – John Wooden
  • If you don’t like something,  change it.  If you can’t change it, change your attitude. – Dr. Maya Angelou.
  • Ability is what you are capable of doing.  Motivation determines what you do.  Attitude determines how well you do it.  -  Harvey Mackay
  • Always forgive your enemies;  nothing annoys them so much.  – Oscar Wilde
  • Quality means doing it right when no one is looking – Henry Ford
  • Don’t wait until your dying to start living.
  • Never be down.  Either be up or getting up.
  • You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.  -  Babe Ruth
  • The real measure of our wealth is how much we would be worth if we lost all our money. – Jowett
  • Once the game is over the king and pawn go back in the same box.  – Italian Proverb
  • Don’t waste time putting out fires.  Spend most of your time blazing new trails.
  • There is nothing more fun than doing what “they” say can’t be done.
  • In life, God is the pilot.  You are either the Co-Pilot or a passenger.  It’s your choice.
  • Someone will always find a way to be cheaper.  Don’t race to the bottom, race to the top! – Seth Godin
  • Live, work, worship, lead knowing that everything is a miracle.
  • Don't ever let them fit you in a box. - Christian Gideon
  • Never live on a one way street. - David Troyer
  • Discipline is important.  Discipline is not just what you do, but what you don't do. - Jim Collins
  • When you have more than you need, build a bigger table and not a taller fence.
  • You can't control bad calls but you can control how they affect you. 
  • Do not use the stairwell to smoke, drink, eat or have sex. 
  • Walk your talk.  Do something good everyday.
  • Never camp at the fork in the road.
  • Never under any circumstances take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night. - Dave Barry




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