"No great thing is created suddenly"
-Greatness requires thought and time, effort and sacrifice. Especially sacrifice. Great careers are built upon hundreds of thousands of small efforts, undertaken daily, that eventually grow into a series of satisfying wins. "Nothing good happens fast." because at the end you will have it..
"Well done is better than well said"
This is a variation on "Actions speak louder than words" and on Shakespeare's superb quote, "Talkers are no good doers." An executive search consultant who recruited 500 bank presidents told me, "There are two kinds of candidates: tap dancers and superstars. Tap dancers go through the motions and superstars get the work done. I recruit the superstars."
"Sometimes even to live is an act of courage"
-I like Churchill's words, "Never give in, never, never, never, never; in nothing, great or small—never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense." And I especially like the quote by Edmund Burke, who said: "Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair."
"Do first things first, and second things not at all"
-When you're flooded with career possibilities, it’s good to spend time answering questions like, "What is the best and highest use of my talents?" and, "How can I make a bigger impact?"Because it's so easy to do what's familiar, comfortable, or fun. It's so difficult, sometimes, to tackle the highest priority. And sometimes it's difficult to even know your top priorities