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  • "Every organisation and every partnership should be carefully balanced to include both optimists and pessimists. A marriage also needs both … it's good to have an optimist to come up with endless wild schemes for picnics and outings and a pessimist to squash the maddest ones and temper the rest with paracetamol and umbrellas. Businesses need both even more to have just the right mix of daring and caution. Diversity of optimists and pessimists is the most important sort there is and should be actively sought at board level and every level below. Corporate pessimists should be de-stigmatised and beckoned out of the closet."
    Lucy Kellaway (1959–), British business journalist
    Source: Financial Times (London) (July 3, 2011)
  • "Optimism requires a touch of arrogance."
    Steven Pinker (1954–), Canadian-born US psychologist and author
    Source: The Better Angels of Our Nature (2011)
  • "Care—about your customers, about your employees, about your brand—with everything you've got."
    Gary Vaynerchuk (1975–), Russian-born US wine expert, author, and video blogger
    Source: The Thank You Economy (2011)
  • "Without the right attitude, a business with everything going for it will fail."
    Robert Heller (1932–), British management writer
    Referring to research into company growth carried out by consulting firm Binder Hamlyn.
    Source: Goldfinger (1998)
  • "Your attitude determines your altitude."
    Stephen Covey (1932–), US writer and psychologist
    Source: Quoted in Woodbury Reports Archives (October 1995)
  • "Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless—like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash! Be water my friend."
    Bruce Lee (19401973), US-born Hong Kong martial arts expert
    Source: Quoted in Bruce Lee: Fighting Spirit (Bruce Thomas, 1994)
  • "If you can't change your fate change your attitude."
    Amy Tan (1952–), US writer
    Source: The Joy Luck Club (1989)
  • "A professional is a man who can do his job when he doesn't feel like it. An amateur is a man who can't do his work when he does feel like it."
    James Agate (18771947), British critic and essayist
    Source: Diary (July 19, 1945)
  • "You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you."
    Brian Tracy (1944–), Canadian businessman, author, and motivational speaker
    Source: Attributed
  • "Attitudes are more important than facts."
    Karl Augustus Menninger (18931990), US psychiatrist
    Source: Attributed

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