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On Commitment...


The most commonly quoted cause for the failure of change in companies is insufficient commitment of senior managers, which leads to everyone else hedging their bets and sitting things out. The winner in many situations is the person who has the greatest commitment.

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belief*, certainty, confidence*, courage, daring, enthusiasm, knowledge, openness, passion, persistence*, vision


‘The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly.’

Cecil B. De Mille

‘Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.’

Charles de Gaulle

‘One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.’

André Gide

‘Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.’

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

‘Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.’

Abraham Lincoln

‘If you have men who will only come if they know there is a good road, I don’t want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all.’

— Dr. David Livingston

‘The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavour.’

Vincent Lombardi

‘We cannot will to have insights. We cannot will to have creativity, But we can will to give ourselves to the creative experience with intensity of dedication and commitment.’

Rollo May

‘Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.’

Margaret Mead



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