10 Quotes for Getting Where You Want To Get

By: www.BusinessClassInc.com

10 by 10 on Tuesdays

This week’s Quick List* is a companion to our Quote of the Week which is a picture.  See below.

Many quotes could accompany this picture – quotes about  vision, goals, plans, alignment, teamwork, etc.  But because of the picture’s power and possible meanings, , we let it stand alone.  In the commentary though,  we promised to share a few quotes that could go along with the image.

Here they are.

Not getting where you want to get?


1.  “If you cry ‘Forward’ you must be sure to make clear the direction in which to go. Don’t you see that if you fail to do that and simply call out the word to a monk and a revolutionary, they will go in precisely opposite directions?”  Anton Chekhov

Comment:  A great quote.  Just a bit long to fit in our special blue box.

2.  “All successful people have a goal. No one can get anywhere unless he knows where he wants to go and what he wants to be or do.”   Norman Vincent Peale

Comment:  And unless he tells others so that they can help in go in that direction instead of working against him.

3.  “A major reason capable people fail to advance is that they don’t work well (or bike well) with their colleagues.”  Lee Iacocca

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4.  “The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand (or bike), as in what direction we are moving.”  Oliver Wendell Holmes

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5.  “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”   Lao Tzu

Comment:  Or may end up staying still.

6. “It’s not about the bike.”  Lance Armstrong

Comment:  How easy it would be to blame the bike.

7.  “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”   Henry David Thoreau

Comment:  And make sure those on your team (or bike) are headed in the same direction.

8.  I will go anywhere as long as it is forward.”  John Atkinson

Comment:  Go back to #1 for important reminder about the word “forward”.

9.  Performance = Potential – Interference

Comment:  A favorite formula of  mine.  A person pedaling in the opposite direction would certainly qualify as “interference” and would certainly decrease potential and performance.

10.  Studies have shown that:  The #1 killer of productivity (or progress) is unclear expectations (or direction).  Make yours clear.


* This weekly feature is for managers who don’t have time or don’t want to make time to read lengthy articles or even short paragraphs. We call it a Quick List. AKA – 10 by 10 on Tuesday. 10 ( ideas or tips or questions or steps or ways to Get 2 Goal or Be a Better Manager, etc) by 10 (AM – EST) on Tuesdays. Click here if you’d like to see all Quick Lists created to date.

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