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Do a little bit more than average and from that point on our progress multiplies itself out of all proportion to the effort put in.

Author: Paul J. Meyer

Profession: American Businessman, Author, Motivator

The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he's always doing both.

Author: James A. Michener (1907)

Profession: American Writer

There is one plain rule of life. Try thyself unweariedly till thou findest the highest thing thou art capable of doing, faculties and outward circumstances being both duly considered, and then do it.

Author: John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)

Profession: British Philosopher, Economist

Determine to become one of the best. Sufficient money will almost automatically follow if you get to be one of the ''best'' in your chosen field, whatever it is.

Author: Don G. Mitchell


People forget how fast you did a job, but they remember how well you did it.

Author: Howard W. Newton


To do great things is difficult, but to command great things is more difficult.

Author: Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Profession: German Philosopher

There is no finish line.

Author: Nike Corporation

Profession: American Shoe Company

Set exorbitant standards, and give your people hell when they don't live up to them. There is nothing so demoralizing as a boss who tolerates second rate work.

Author: David Ogilvy (1911)

Profession: American Businessman, Advertising Expert

Don't waste your time striving for perfection, instead, strive for excellence -- doing your best.

Author: Sir Lawrence Olivier (1907-1989)

Profession: British Actor, Producer, Director

People come out to see you perform and you've got to give them the best you have within you. The lives of most men are patchwork quilts. Or at best one matching outfit with a closet and laundry bag full of incongruous accumulations. A lifetime of training for just ten seconds.

Author: Jesse Owens (1913-1980)

Profession: American Olympic Track Athlete

Excellent firms don't believe in excellence -- only in constant improvement and constant change.

Author: Thomas J. Peters (1942)

Profession: American Management Consultant, Author, Trainer

Great men are little men expanded; great lives are ordinary lives intensified.

Author: Wilferd A. Peterson


No matter how small and unimportant what we are doing may seem, if we do it well, it may soon become the step that will lead us to better things.

Author: Channing Pollock

Profession: American Actor

You must be resolutely determined that whatever you do shall always be the best of which you are capable.

Author: Charles E. Popplestone


The uncommon man is merely the common man thinking and dreaming of success in larger terms and in more fruitful areas.

Author: Melvin Powers

Profession: American Businessman, Author