Little Known (But Darn Good) Mantras To Live By

Here are some of my favorite “little known” mantras to live by:

—Excellence is where passion meets precision.

—Originality is concealing your source.

—Rising tides lifts all ships.

—Give your team room to make progress.

—Fail quickly!

—There are no mistakes.

—We are not called to change the world, we’re called to create culture.

—Dream more while you are awake.

—Spend more time with people over the age of 70 and those under the age of 6.

—Solitude breeds creativity.

—Leaders are readers.

—Be restless but confident.

—Believe in magic.

Question: What is YOUR favorite mantra?

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38 Responses to “Little Known (But Darn Good) Mantras To Live By”

  1. My personal life and artistic mantra is, “See the familiar in unfamiliar ways.”

    I also like:

    “Fail forward fast”

    “If it’s to be, it’s up to me”

    “To be The Shit, you must attract the flies”

    (Okay, I made that last one up. But it’s true!)

  2. This saying has helped me get through a major body, mind and spirit renewal the past few years.

    “Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.” Theodore Roosevelt.

  3. our family mantra:

    “If you are strong then I am strong”

  4. test fast, fail fast, adjust fast. (just adding to yours)
    quantity breeds quality (a brainstorming manifesto)
    wherever you are … there you go. (a zen retake of a classic)

  5. Don’t just stand there – Do Something!

  6. “Be as good as some, but better than most” – Frank Ferrara (my pop)

  7. There is a God and I’m not him. – S.B. one of my mentors.

    This is one event in a lifetime of events. – Jan Silvious.

    I love both of these. They help me keep myself, God, and life in proper perspective.

  8. “Sometimes you cannot believe what you see; you have to believe what you feel.” (from ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’)

  9. Wonderful … I’ve quoted many of these myself … that I heard from you!

    One of my faves that I don’t follow so well:

    THINK before you SPEAK.

  10. I had this on my desk for years…it came to me and stuck:

    “Atrophy form Apathy”

    I wither when I do not have a cause, care or love.

  11. 2 of my favorites are: Teamwork makes the dream work, and hiring nobody is better than hiring the wrong body.

  12. * “The risk of insult is the price of clarity!” Roy Williams

    * “Comparison is the thief of joy!” J. Edwards

    * People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care

    * Respecting the dignity of others

    * It is not God I have a problem with but the problem I have is with His fan club!

    * Good Decisions come from Experience which comes from Bad Decisions!

    * People buy it with their eyes first as well as they eat it with their eyes first!


    * There ain’t no new wheels invented anymore!

    * Lots of people can tell ya’ what to do BUT VERY FEW CAN TELL YA’ WHY

    * “To not do it to do. To not speak is to speak!” Bonheoffer

    * Definition of quality: the more you spend the better it gets!

  13. thanks for the list Randy. I have always used this wording for the 2nd one on your list: “originality is forgetting where you heard it the first time.”

    and another one:
    ‘finding God’s will is the continual search for His will’

  14. I used to tell the high school girls that I mentored “When in doubt, don’t.”
    Good thing they never countered with “When in doubt, try it out!”

    That’s about all I’ve got for today…

  15. Not sure if it counts as a mantra, but my Senior Pastor always encourages us after a failure that we only sit with it for 24 hours. Then, shake it off and get on. Don’t dwell, instead examine, learn, and move on.

  16. Love the originality quote!

  17. “live together, die alone”… & “Go big, or go home”


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