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Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Friday, October 31, 2014 – Amos Alonzo Stagg

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Friday, October 31, 2014 – Amos Alonzo Stagg

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“I pray not for victory, but to do my best.”

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“To me, the coaching profession is one of the noblest and most far-reaching in building manhood. No man is too good to be the athletic coach for youth”

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“All football comes from Stagg.” Knute Rockne

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“Winning isn’t worthwhile unless one has something finer and nobler behind it.”

Wikipedia: Amos Alonzo Stagg

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Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Thursday, October 30, 2014 – Ernest Shackleton

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Thursday, October 30, 2014 – Ernest Shackleton

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“By endurance we conquer.”

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“Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all.”

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“Superhuman effort isn’t worth a damn unless it achieves results.”

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“We had seen God in His splendors, heard the text that Nature renders. We had reached the naked soul of man.”

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“Optimism is true moral courage.”

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“Leadership is a fine thing, but it has its penalties. And the greatest penalty is loneliness.”

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“A man must shape himself to a new mark directly the old one goes to ground.”

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“I have often marveled at the thin line which separates success from failure.”

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“You often have to hide from them not only the truth, but your feelings about the truth. You may know that the facts are dead against you, but you mustn’t say so.”

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“If you’re a leader, a fellow that other fellows look to, you’ve got to keep going.”

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Shackleton’s Leadership of the Endurance Expedition, Charles Chappell, Wharton Exeutive MBS Program (pdf)

Lessons in Leadership

1. Put your people first
2. Be flexible in tactics
3. Choose your people carefully – for character, not just competence
4. Sustain optimism in the face of adversity
5. Lead by example
6. Strive for equal treatment
7. Exercise caution in pursuit of the goal
8. Balance optimism with realism

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Leadership Lessons From the Shackleton Expedition, Nancy F. Koehin, New York Times

Wikipedia: Ernest Shackleton

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Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, October 29, 2014 – Francis Ford Coppola

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, October 29, 2014 – Francis Ford Coppola

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“A number of images put together a certain way become something quite above and beyond what any of them are individually.”

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“Anything you build on a large scale or with intense passion invites chaos.”

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“Art depends on luck and talent.”

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“I became quite successful very young, and it was mainly because I was so enthusiastic and I just worked so hard at it.”

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“It’s ironic that at age 32, at probably the greatest moment of my career, with The Godfather having such an enormous success, I wasn’t even aware of it, because I was somewhere else under the deadline again.”

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“The stuff that I got in trouble for, the casting for The Godfather or the flag scene in Patton, was the stuff that was remembered, and was considered the good work.”

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“You have to really be courageous about your instincts and your ideas. Otherwise you’ll just knuckle under, and things that might have been memorable will be lost.”

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“You ought to love what you’re doing because, especially in a movie, over time you really will start to hate it.”

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“I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made film were magicians.”

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“I believe that filmmaking – as, probably, is everything – is a game you should play with all your cards, and all your dice, and whatever else you’ve got. So, each time I make a movie, I give it everything I have. I think everyone should, and I think everyone should do everything they do that way.”

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“I associate my motion picture career more with being unhappy and scared, or being under the gun, than with anything pleasant.”

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“The essence of cinema is editing. It’s the combination of what can be extraordinary images of people during emotional moments, or images in a general sense, put together in a kind of alchemy.”

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On his film, “Apocalypse Now”, at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival: “My movie is not about Vietnam… my movie is Vietnam.”

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“Anything you build on a large scale or with intense passion invites chaos.”

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“Lots of people have criticized my movies, but nobody has ever identified the real problem: I’m a sloppy filmmaker.”

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“The Godfather changed my life, for better or worse. It definitely made me have an older man’s film career when I was 29. So now I say, ‘If I had my older career when I was young, as an older man, maybe I can have a young film-maker’s career.'”

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“Brando wants to do what you want, but he wants people to be honest and not try to manipulate him.”

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“Marlon was never hard to work with. His behaviour was a little eccentric on the set. He was like a bad boy and did what he wanted. But as an actor he was never hard to work with.”

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“I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor, dumb bastard die for his country.

Men, all this stuff you’ve heard about America not wanting to fight, wanting to stay out of the war, is a lot of horse dung. Americans, traditionally, love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle. When you were kids, you all admired the champion marble shooters, the fastest runners, big league ball players, the toughest boxers. Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time. I wouldn’t give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That’s why Americans have never lost and will never lose a war, because the very thought of losing is hateful to Americans.

Now, an army is a team. It lives, eats, sleeps, fights as a team. This individuality stuff is a bunch of crap. The bilious bastards who wrote that stuff about individuality for the Saturday

Evening Post don’t know anything more about real battle than they do about fornicating.

Now, we have the finest food and equipment, the best spirit, and the best men in the world. You know, by God I, I actually pity those poor bastards we’re going up against, by God, I do.

We’re not just going to shoot the bastards; we’re going to cut out their living guts and use them to grease the treads of our tanks. We’re going to murder those lousy Hun bastards by the bushel.

Now, some of you boys, I know, are wondering whether or not you’ll chicken out under fire. Don’t worry about it. I can assure you that you will all do your duty.

The Nazis are the enemy. Wade into them. Spill their blood. Shoot them in the belly. When you put your hand into a bunch of goo that a moment before was your best friend’s face, you’ll know what to do.

Now there’s another thing I want you to remember: I don’t want to get any messages saying that we are holding our position. We’re not holding anything. Let the Hun do that. We are advancing constantly and we’re not interested in holding onto anything except the enemy. We’re going to hold onto him by the nose and we’re going to kick him in the ass. We’re going to kick the hell out of him all the time and we’re going to go through him like crap through a goose.

Now, there’s one thing that you men will be able to say when you get back home. And you may thank God for it. Thirty years from now when you’re sitting around your fireside with your grandson on your knee, and he asks you: “What did you do in the great World War II?” You won’t have to say, “Well, I shoveled shit in Louisiana.”

Alright, now, you sons-of-bitches, you know how I feel. Oh… I will be proud to lead you wonderful guys into battle anytime, anywhere.

That’s all.” Opening Speech by George C. Scott playing General Patton in move Patton

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“It was here. The battlefield was here. The Carthaginians defending the city were attacked by three Roman Legions. The Carthaginians were proud and brave but they couldn’t hold. They were massacred. The Arab women stripped them of the tunics and swords, and lances. And the soldiers lay naked in the sun. 2000 years ago. I was here. (Looking at Bradley) You don’t believe me, do you Brad?

You know what the poet said:
‘Through the travail of ages,
Midst the pomp and toils of war,
Have I fought and strove and perished
Countless times upon a star.
As if through a glass, and darkly
The age-old strife I see—
Where I fought in many guises, many names—
but always me.’
Do you know who the poet was? Me.” Battle of Carthage Scene, movie Patton

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“All Mighty and most merciful Father, We humbly beseech Thee, of thy great goodness to restrain this immoderate weather with which we have had to contend. Grant us fair weather for battle. Graciously hearken to us as soldiers who call upon Thee that, armed with Thy power, we may advance from victory to victory, and crush the oppression and wickedness of our enemies and establish Thy justice among men and nations. Amen.” Weather Prayer, move Patton

Wikipedia: Francis Ford Coppola

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Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, October 28, 2014 – Thomas Edison

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, October 28, 2014 – Thomas Edison

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“Be courageous. I have seen many depressions in business. Always America has emerged from these stronger and more prosperous. Be brave as your fathers before you. Have faith! Go forward!”

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“Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.”

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“Discontent is the first necessity of progress.”

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“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”

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“His genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define; Of inspiration one percent, of perspiration, ninety nine.”

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“One might think that the money value of an invention constitutes its reward to the man who loves his work. But… I continue to find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.”

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“I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun.”

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“I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.”

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“If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.”

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“It is astonishing what an effort it seems to be for many people to put their brains definitely and systematically to work.”

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“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

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“Nearly every man who develops an idea works it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then he gets discouraged. That’s not the place to become discouraged.”

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“The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work.”

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“The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.”

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“The value of an idea lies in the using of it.”

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“There is no substitute for hard work.”

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“There’s a way to do it better – find it.”

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“What you are will show in what you do.”

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“Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have.”

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“Anything that won’t sell, I don’t want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.”

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“I know this world is ruled by infinite intelligence. Everything that surrounds us- everything that exists – proves that there are infinite laws behind it. There can be no denying this fact. It is mathematical in its precision.”

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“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

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“Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.”

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“During all those years of experimentation and research, I never once made a discovery. All my work was deductive, and the results I achieved were those of invention, pure and simple. I would construct a theory and work on its lines until I found it was untenable. Then it would be discarded at once and another theory evolved. This was the only possible way for me to work out the problem. … I speak without exaggeration when I say that I have constructed 3,000 different theories in connection with the electric light, each one of them reasonable and apparently likely to be true. Yet only in two cases did my experiments prove the truth of my theory. My chief difficulty was in constructing the carbon filament. . . . Every quarter of the globe was ransacked by my agents, and all sorts of the queerest materials used, until finally the shred of bamboo, now utilized by us, was settled upon.” On his years of research in developing the electric light bulb

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“Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.”

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“If our nation can issue a dollar bond, it can issue a dollar bill. The element that makes the bond good, makes the bill good, also. The difference between the bond and the bill is the bond lets money brokers collect twice the amount of the bond and an additional 20%, whereas the currency pays nobody but those who contribute directly in some useful way. … It is absurd to say our country can issue $30 million in bonds and not $30 million in currency. Both are promises to pay, but one promise fattens the usurers and the other helps the people.”

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“I believe in the existence of a Supreme Intelligence pervading the Universe.”‘

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“We don’t know a millionth of one percent about anything.”

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“I find out what the world needs. Then, I go ahead and invent it.”

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“I owe my success to the fact that I never had a clock in my workroom. Seventy-five of us worked twenty hours every day and slept only four hours — and thrived on it.”

Wikipedia: Thomas Edison

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Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Monday, October 27, 2014 – Jack Welch

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Monday, October 27, 2014 – Jack Welch

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“An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.”

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“Be candid with everyone.”

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“Control your own destiny or someone else will.”

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“Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be.”

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“Willingness to change is a strength, even if it means plunging part of the company into total confusion for a while.”

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“Giving people self-confidence is by far the most important thing that I can do. Because then they will act.”

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“I’ve learned that mistakes can often be as good a teacher as success.”

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“Don’t manage – lead change before you have to.”

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“Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.”

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“If you pick the right people and give them the opportunity to spread their wings and put compensation as a carrier behind it you almost don’t have to manage them.”

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“The team with the best players wins.”

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“Change before you have to.”

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“You got to be rigorous in your appraisal system. The biggest cowards are managers who don’t let people know where they stand.”

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“Management is all about managing in the short term, while developing the plans for the long term.”

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“The productivity now at universities is terrible. Tenure is a terrible idea. It keeps them around forever and they don’t have to work hard.”

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“Number one, cash is king… number two, communicate… number three, buy or bury the competition.”

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“Strong managers who make tough decisions to cut jobs provide the only true job security in today’s world. Weak managers are the problem. Weak managers destroy jobs.”

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“There’s no such thing as work-life balance. There are work-life choices, and you make them, and they have consequences.”

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“You’ve got to eat while you dream. You’ve got to deliver on short-range commitments, while you develop a long-range strategy and vision and implement it. The success of doing both. Walking and chewing gum if you will. Getting it done in the short-range, and delivering a long-range plan, and executing on that.”

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“Culture drives great results.”

Wikipedia: Jack Welch

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