(Last updated August 2010)
Often when I find a video or a quote that interests or inspires me, I’ll drop it on this page so I can quickly reference it when in need of inspiration. (One of these days I’ll go back and re-size the video’s so they are all the same.
I’ll continually post Yvon Chouinard video’s, as well as others from Patagonia, on this page. For me, Chouinard and Patagonia seem to continually and effectively represent True North in so many ways.
“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”
— Marie Curie
The Amazing Bobby McFerrin guides us towards a Common Chorus….
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
— Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
John P. Milton on the value of solo time in nature.
“Go beyond sustainable to make our company restorative to the earth – putting back more than we take….I say to you, dream big, work hard, keep hustling, do good, and have fun along the way.”
– Ray Anderson, Founder, Interface
“There would be no accumulation of strength inside if the choices that you make did not require discipline and intention.”
– Gary Zukav
Ken Wilber – Introduction to the Integral Operating System
Storm Cunningham on how to Restore the World for a living.
“Among the first teachings of the Buddha is the understanding that ‘mind is the forerunner of all things.” If we believe it is impossible to make the world a better place, we will create a self-fulfilling prophecy. If we believe we can make a difference and set about doing so with a clear-eyed vision, passionate focus, persistence, and courage, then we can achieve extraordinary things.”
— Michael Strong from his book Be the Solution – How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World’s Problems
“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. We must learn to see the world anew.”
“I look for what needs to be done. After all, that’s how the universe designs itself.”
R. Buckminster Fuller
“When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.”
– R. Buckminster Fuller
“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.”
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
“There is no secret to success, it is simply deciding what you love to do and dedicating your life to it.”
— Bob Proctor quoting Earl Nightingale
“In times of rapid change, experience could be your worst enemy.”
— Jean Paul Getty
“Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.”
– Tony Robbins
“What we do is always going to be a consequence of who it is we intend to become.”
– Max dePree
“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.”
“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power.”
– Lao Tzu
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
– Howard Thurman
“In 1974 I would walk by people dying from famine to my economics class at the university… And I said: ‘What is this? I felt completely empty’…The theories I was teaching were useless for these dying people. I realized I could help people as a human being, not as an economist. So I decided to become a basic human being…I no longer carried any pre-conceived notions.”
– Muhammud Yunus
“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
– Henry David Thoreau
“That at each man’s birth there comes into being an eternal vocation for him, expressly for him. To be true to himself in relation to this eternal vocation is the highest thing a man can practice.”
“I don’t think life is absurd. I think we are here for a huge purpose. I think we shrink from immensity of the purpose we are here for.”
– Norman Mailer
“You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
– Will Rogers
“It’s not what you are that holds you back, it’s what you think you are not.”
– Denis Waitley
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step”
– Martin Luther King Jr.
“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it”
– Chinese Proverb
“You can shear a sheep many times but you can skin him only once.”
– Vermont proverb
“When the winds of change blow, some seek shelter, others build windmills”
– Chinese Proverb
“Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation”
– Henry Ward Beecher
“Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket-safe, dark, motionless, airless – it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.”
– C S Lews
“Reverence is an attitude of honoring life.
Reverence automatically brings forth patience.
Reverence permits non-judgemental justice.
Reverence is a perception of the soul.”
– Gary Zukav
“The most immediate fact of (human) consciousness is the assertion ‘I am life that wills to live in the midst of life that wills to live.”
“Affirmation of life is the spiritual act by which man ceases to live thoughtlessly and begins to devote himself to his life with reverence in order to give it true value. To affirm life is to deepen, to make more inward, and to exalt the will to live.”
— Albert Schweitzer