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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.

  • Political Leaders

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    "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."

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    "My charge as prime minister is to take any decision that is in the best interest of the country."

    John Howard (Australia)

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    "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.'"

    King Hussein I (Jordan)

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    nelson mandela

    "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."

    Nelson Mandela (South Africa)

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    "Never be satisfied with less than your very best effort. If you strive for the top and miss, you'll still 'beat the pack.'"

    Gerald Ford

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    "I will do my best. That is all I can do. I ask for your help-and God's."

    Lyndon B. Johnson

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    "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."

    Harry S. Truman

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    "Our values are the best hope for the future of our world."

    Tony Blair (Great Britain)

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    theodore roosevelt

    "In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing."

    Theodore Roosevelt

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    nelson-mandela

    "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

    Nelson Mandela

    President, South Africa (1994 to 1999)

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    "My highest duty as president is the security of our people, the security of our nation."

    Donald J. Trump

    U.S. President, 2017 -

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    "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."

    Nelson Mandela

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    "If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress."

    Barack Obama

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    "Let us not seek the Republic answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer."

    John F. Kennedy

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    "The most practical kind of politics is the politics of decency."

    Theodore Roosevelt

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  • Performers and Sports People

    "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."

    Scott Hamilton

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    "Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out."

    Art Linkletter

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    "A problem is a chance for you to do your best."

    Duke Ellington

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    "Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment."

    Oprah Winfrey

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    Oprah Winfrey

    "Living your best life is your most important journey in life."

    Oprah Winfrey

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    "Life has taught me to just be the best I can be."

    Denzel Washington

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    “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.”

    Bjorn Borg

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    Jamie foxx

    "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."

    Jamie Foxx

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    "Go in there and do the best you can. That's all you can do."

    Tiger Woods

    Golf Champion

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    "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else."

    Judy Garland

    Entertainer

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    "The noblest art is that of making others happy."

    P.T. Barnum

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    "Do right. Do your best. Treat others as you want to be treated."

    Lou Holtz

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    “I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability.”

    Kaitlin Jenner

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    “Champions keep playing until they get it right.”

    Billie Jean King

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    “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.”

    Arthur Ashe

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    “Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.”

    George Halas

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  • Business People and Corporations

    alan greenspan

    "Our main objective is to achieve maximum sustainable economic growth."

    Alan Greenspan

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    "My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me."

    Henry Ford

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    "You get the best out of others when you give the best of yourself."

    Harvey Samuel Firestone

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    "We're always with you."

    AAA

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    air new zealand

    "The world's warmest welcome."

    Air New Zealand

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    "The best bankers in business."

    Barclays Bank

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    "Earth's biggest selection."

    Amazon.com

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    "The ultimate driving machine."

    BMW

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    "There are no limits on fun."

    Callaway Golf

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    CNBC

    "The world leader in business news."

    CNBC

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    "The best a man can get."

    Gillette

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    "Simply the best."

    Sharp

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    "The simple things in life are often the best."

    Kelloggs

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    "The team with the best players wins."

    Jack Welch

    Former CEO, GE

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    "You only have to be right once."

    Founder, Dropbox

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    "Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning."

    Bill Gates

    Founder, Microsoft

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    "Success is best when it's shared."

    Howard Schultz

    Former CEO, Starbucks

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    "Next to the right thing, the most important thing is to let people know you are doing the right thing."

    John D. Rockefeller

    Founder, Standard Oil

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    Rosalene Glickman, Ph.D.

    "If you want lead the best initiatives, be prepared to participate in the worst activities."

    Rosalene Glickman, Ph.D.

    Executive Coach

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    "Communication is the most important skill any leader can possess."

    Richard Branson

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    "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."

    Charles Schwab

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