Famous Optimal Thinkers
Optimal Thinking, the language of our best self, empowers us to be our best, pursue the best ends by the best means, and gives us the best chance of achieving everything we want.
History books are crammed with famous Optimal Thinkers from every walk of life. Albert Einstein encouraged us to live according to an Optimal standard. He said: “We have to do the best we can. This is our sacred human responsibility.” Benjamin Franklin put Optimal Thinking to work when he said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Below is a selection of Optimal Thinking quotes from well-known people and businesses.
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
"Above all, I believe in God. I believe also, that I must live with myself. I must be able to face myself each morning and say: 'I did my best yesterday. I will do my best again today.'"
"There is no passion to be found in playing small - in settling for a life that is less than what you are capable of living."
"Never be satisfied with less than your very best effort. If you strive for the top and miss, you'll still 'beat the pack.'"
"I come to the office each morning and stay for long hours doing what has to be done to the best of my ability. And when you've done the best you can you can't do any better."
"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing."
"A leader is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind."
"If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress."
Performers and Sports People
"Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming."
"When she (my mother) passed away, I kind of understood the commitment that she made to make sure that I could stay in skating. And I wanted to live up to whatever I could. Not so much win everything, but just to be the best that I could possibly be, to honor her memory and everything she went through to make sure that I was given the opportunities to be the best that I can be. Not to be a world champion or an Olympic gold medalist, but to be the best that I could be. And that was the most important thing that ever happened in my career."
“My greatest point is my persistence. I never give up in a match. However down I am, I fight until the last ball. My list of matches shows that I have turned a great many so-called irretrievable defeats into victories.”
"We simply wanted to do the best we could for a movie.... All we could do is show our best hand and wait for the results."
“You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy.”
Business People and Corporations
"To the thousands of Disney cast members and employees past and present: My pride in you and appreciation of you is boundless."
“The person who can understand data, explain it to the business and make it actionable will become the most valuable employee of the future.”
"Next to the right thing, the most important thing is to let people know you are doing the right thing."
"I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among men the greatest asset I possess. The way to develop the best that is in a man is by appreciation and encouragement."
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