Grow or Die

  “Complacency is the worst. I never allow myself to be content with what I have done,
and I have always tried to instill this in everyone around me. Grow or die.
If you want to innovate, don’t focus on the results.”
~ Amancio Ortega Gaona,
Businessman, Co-Founder Inditex, Co-Founder – Zara Clothing
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This Gift of Love

“We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant.
You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or
just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep watering it.
You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.”
~ John Winston Lennon,
Musician, Singer, Songwriter,
Record Producer, Artist, Writer & Activist

He’s Been in My Corner from the Time We Met

 

“I married somebody who is very secure.
He’s been in my corner from the time we met,
and we grew in this together.”
~ Susan Lucci,
Actress, Television Host, Author, Entrepreneur,
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (2005), Broadcasting Hall of Fame (2006),
Founder – The Susan Lucci Collection, Disney Legend (2015)

Doing More

 “Do More… Do more than exist—live. Do more than hear—listen. Do more than agree—cooperate. Do more than talk—communicate. Do more than grow—bloom. Do more than spend—invest. Do more than think—create. Do more than work—excel. Do more than share—give. Do more than decide—discern. Do more than consider—commit. Do more than forgive—forget. Do more than help—serve. Do more than coexist—reconcile. Do more than sing—worship. Do more than think—plan. Do more than dream—do. Do more than see—perceive. Do more than read—apply. Do more than receive—reciprocate. Do more than choose—focus. Do more than wish—believe. Do more than advise—help. Do more than speak—impart. Do more than encourage—inspire. Do more than add—multiply. Do more than change—improve. Do more than reach—stretch. Do more than ponder—pray. Do more than just live—live for Jesus.” 
~ John Mason,
Author

I Actually Feel Younger!

“The older I get, the younger I feel.
Growing up, I was always the kid,
but I spoke like an adult and was in adult roles.
I didn’t feel like a kid.
The older I get, I actually feel younger!
Which is good. I always thought when you get older,
you’ll want to slow down, but I want to do even more.”
~ Brooke Shields,
Actress, Model, Author & Animal Activist

My Best Friend Growing Up

“When grandpa was ill and could’ve died,
I would have swapped all my record sales so he could get well.
He is the reason I am a singer.
He was my best friend growing up.”
~ Michael Buble
Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Record Producer,
American Music Award (2010), Grammy Awards (4X),
Juno Awards (13X) & BC Entertainment Hall of Fame (2009)

The Manic Pursuit

“The manic pursuit of success cost me everything I could love:
my wife, my three children, some friends I would have liked to grow old with.”
~ Sammy Davis, Jr.,
Singer, Actor, Dancer & Comedian

The Primary Motivation

“When your primary motivation is money, you tend to forget about things that are more important to your day-to-day satisfaction,
such as challenging projects, collaborative colleagues and opportunities for professional growth.”
~ Ian Siegel, ,
Co-Founder & CEO, ZipRecruiter

Daily Life vs. Dollars

“How much is enough? My co-founders at ZipRecruiter and I found ourselves in the unique situation
of running a profitable bootstrapped business. Every month was a choice between keeping the profit
or re-investing for growth. In a very specific way, we had to answer the question,
“What is enough money?”
Rather than argue over numbers in a spreadsheet, we instead each listed the lifestyle we wanted.
My list was simple: Eat dinner with my family every night, send my kids to good schools,
work out three times a week, and if everything fell just right, fly business class.
Clarifying success in terms of daily life vs. dollars made it easy to agree on how much was “enough.”
~ Ian Siegel, ,
Co-Founder & CEO, ZipRecruiter

Failing Forward

“When I first started trying to learn
real estate investing I wanted to quit.

I spent thousands and for the longest
time had 0 deals to show for it.

But I kept pushing through.

And now I’m a better investor and teacher
because of it. I’m glad that I failed!

If you’ve given real estate a try and haven’t
gotten the results you wanted…

Keep failing forward. You’re going to be
a better investor for it in the end!”

~ Cody Sperber ,
Real Estate Entrepreneur
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Growing Beyond a Mistake

“Mistakes grow your brain. … at least a small part of the fore-brain called the thalamus can appreciably grow after periods of the sort of cognitive stimulation involved in mistake-making. What matters for improving performance is that a person is challenged, which requires a mindset that is receptive to being challenged, if not actively seeking out challenge and failure. And that may be the most important thing a teacher can impart.”
~ Jo Boaler,
Professor of Mathematics Education
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It So Delights Them

Networking friends
“Fast growth comes from overwhelming the smallest possible audience
with a product or service that so delights that
they insist that their friends and colleagues use it.
And hyper-growth is a version of the same thing,
except those friends and colleagues quickly become
even bigger fans, and tell even more people.”
“Often, we get sidetracked when we forget about “smallest possible.”
If you make the audience you’re initially serving too big,
you will dilute the very thing you set out to make;
avoid critical mass, and compromising the magic of what you’re building.
You’ll make average stuff for average people instead of something powerful for the few.
By “smallest possible” I don’t mean, “too small.”
I mean the smallest number that, eventually,
leads to the kernel of conversation that enables you to grow.”
~ Seth Godin ,
Author, Entrepreneur, Marketer, and Public Speaker
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I Entrepreneur

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“I BELIEVE anything is possible.
I SEE opportunity when others see impossibility.
I TAKE risks.
I’m FOCUSED.
I HUSTLE.
I KNOW that nothing is unrealistic.
I FEEL overwhelming love.

I EMBRACE my childlike wonder & curiosity.
I TAKE flying leaps into the unknown.
I CONTRIBUTE to something bigger than myself.
I CREATE.
I LEARN.
I GROW.
I DO.

I BELIEVE it’s NEVER TOO LATE to START LIVING a DREAM.

I AM AN ENTREPRENEUR.
~ AUTHOR UNKNOWN