Does anybody have any good quotes relating work to success. I think an inspirational quote can be a good way to instill positive values. I found a good one the other day “The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.”― Vince Lombardi.
The spotlight post list is a good place to start.
Sometimes to innovate is to simplify - Me
“What are nationals? Sounds like a fun American party, can we Canadians come?” -Gregor Browning
“I like to quote myself a lot” - one of my friends
“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
ETA: And I love the Lombardi quote. Much better than his more famous quote about winning.
“We never even moved on Einstein, in 10 years!” - Chris P.
The inspiration is too much for me to handle
I don’t know that I understand the Einstein one. If you like the Lombardi one he also said “The only place success comes before work is the dictionary”.
“We are not building a robot, we are building a team that builds a robot.” -One of the mentors.
“It’s not enough”…Mark Leon , (It is now our team motto). Ask him why:D
First sentence of our chairman’s essay:
“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”
From our Chairman’s essay this year…
“To do more for the world than the world has done for you, that is success.”
118 made it to Einstein in 2002, 2005, 2012, and 2015. During their 2012 trip they never moved, so they haven’t “moved” on Einstein in 10 years.
It is during our darkest moments that we must focus on the light -Aristotle Onassis
One of my favorites:
Believe you can and you’re halfway there -Theodore Roosevelt
I live my life by this one:
“A ship is safe at harbor, but that is not what ships are for.” -William Shaw.
“The most dangerous phrase in any language is ‘We’ve always done it this way’” - Grace Hopper
“It seems perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away”
-Antoine de Saint Exupéry
One of my personal favorites from our lead mentor:
“Things don’t get done unless somebody does them.”
My personal favorite is from Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss). “Be who you are and say what you feel. Because those who mind don’t matter. And those who matter don’t mind.”
I would also point you out to one of my favorite Seuss books, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.” I won’t post the full text here, because it is too long for a thread post, but I’ll give you a link. http://denuccio.net/ohplaces.html
It’s not just for kids, it’s very, very meaningful for adults too.
I want to thank everybody contributing to this thread it’s kind of taken off.
I don’t know if these are inspirational or perhaps cynical, but a few of my auto-signature lines over the years:
If you ask six experts a question and get the same answer from all of them, it’s a question that you didn’t need experts to answer.
[My day job] - where the impossible is routine, and a routine is impossible.
All improvement is change. Change that is not an improvement is for the worse.
Faith is not about belief. Love is not about emotions. Both are about actions that benefit others.
And now, the opening for our team’s GP award that I wrote last week (I had to stop there, because the award ceremony is still in the future). And in case it isn’t obvious from context, Northshore High is Slidell High’s traditional rival.
Every large organization that seeks to make a difference in the world has core values that shape how it pursues its mission. The value at the core of FIRST is Gracious Professionalism. Professionalism is about hard work, striving for perfection, and respect for your fellows. Graciousness is about balancing pride and humility when dealing with the moments that really matter - victory, defeat, recognition, rejection, gain, and loss. Grace and Professionalism are both lofty standards, but like a team, Gracious Professionalism means so much more than the sum of its parts. Gracious Professionalism is about mentorship, cheering for your adversaries, and yes, even HELPING your adversaries. Gracious professionals share inspiration, ideas, and labor with their fellows - including the competition. Look in the pits at an FRC event, and you’ll see scouts looking at the other robots - and the pit crews explaining their mechanisms - in enough detail to recreate them. Look on Chief Delphi, the social medium of FRC, and you’ll see students and mentors swapping strategies and designs, and suggesting improvements for other teams. Look in the stands at an FRC event, and you’ll see teams cheering for each other - including Slidell cheering for Northshore and Northshore cheering for Slidell.
One of my favorites is from plaque I bought. It reads:
Innovation: The best way to predict the future is to create it.