I create when I am inspired.  Where do I seek inspiration?  I detach myself from the minutia of everyday business and indulge in reading about the great leaders and visionaries who have changed the business landscape and who challenge me to think bigger.  I absorb their wisdom, reflect on it, and dream about it.  I tweak it, make it my own, and then embark on the journey of creating a new venture or tackle what seems to be an insurmountable challenge. 

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Here are some of the quotes which inspire me, spark innovative thinking, and help me to maintain the right mind-set to both “create” new ventures and overcome the challenges I face in everyday business:

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
— John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the USA

Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.
— Winston Churchill, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.
— Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States

Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
— Unknown

The best way to predict the future is to create it.
— Peter Drucker, management consultant and author

If at first the idea is not absurd, then there will be no hope for it.
— Albert Einstein theoretical physicist

The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.
— Apple's "Think Different" commercial, 1997

My favourite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.
— Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder

Either you run the day or the day runs you.
— Jim Rohn, author and motivational speaker

There are always two parties — the party of the past and the party of the future, the establishment and the movement.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet

A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind.
— Lewis Mumford, historian and literary critic

You have to be silly about the goals you are going to set. Have a healthy disregard for the impossible.
— Larry Page, Google Co-Founder

Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music.
— Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher, poet and composer

And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.
— Paulo Coelho, author

Because I didn’t know it couldn’t be done, I was enabled to do it. I got a feeling of the empowering aspect of naïveté.
— early Apple employee

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