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Entrepreneurs and management can often revert into mindless routines which in time can lead to stagnation in a company. Many great companies (think Kodak and Research in Motion) have fallen by the wayside into a vicious circle of perennial decline by not heeding the winds of change.  This is not a situation that you want to find yourself or your company in. 

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Here are some quotes that spark my imagination and inspire me to break out of the herd mentality that is so commonplace in business today.  Once I break out, I challenge existing practices, spot new opportunities, and create new value. 

I have deliberately selected quotes from a mix of writers, philosophers, politicians, and inventors - people whose lives would not have ever crossed.  But I'm a firm believer that the greatest inspiration often is found in other disciplines, and the most powerful ideas come out of the blending of thinking from many different sectors.  I hope you enjoy my first instalment of Quotes for Creators:

 


Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.
— Socrates, classical Greek Athenian philosopher


Nothing is so embarrassing as watching someone do something that you said could not be done.
— Sam Ewing, baseball player 1960s-70s

Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.
— George Lois, American art director, designer, and author

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneering aviator


An artist is not paid for his labour but for his vision.
— James Whistler, 20th century artist

Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.
— Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist

Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.
— Salvador Dali, surrealist painter

There’s a way to do it better – find it.
— Thomas Edison, inventor and businessman

Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it.
— Dee Hock, founder and CEO of Visa


Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.
— Og Mandino, author

It’s the same each time with progress. First they ignore you, then they say you’re mad, then dangerous, then there’s a pause and then you can’t find anyone who disagrees with you.
— Tony Benn, British politician

Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference.
— Nolan Bushnell, engineer and entrepreneuer

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