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Best motivational quotes
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Best motivational quotes

Best motivational quotes

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Heard in team meeting this morning, when one of the managers assigned one more responsibility to an already overloaded team member:
"This doesn't take any time. It's just a state of mind." bow

Can anyone top that?

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Not quite a motivational quote, but when describing the lengths we had to go to to verify an existing steel structure to the Project Manager, and hence the fact it would take more than a day to review, his response was... "But steels strong stuff".

I was tempted to forgo any calculations and just write that across the top of the report, but I chickened out.

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I love those "Despair" posters...

Said to me in Saudi Arabia when code was complete but untested, and customer had a deadline to start:

"Done is better than complete"

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A quote on the futility of attempting to work with certain kinds of uncertain people:

"Never try to teach a pig to dance. You'll end up failing miserably and only annoy the pig."

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My personal favorites are from my time in the military and aren't safe for polite company so I'll refrain on those.

A "safe" one that has often comforted me in tough times came from a fictionalized account of Indy racing that I read as a teenager:
"One way or another, through bruises or books, in pain or in peace we pick up a fact or two and occasionally get a glimpse of the big picture. We bleed and toil, tear and sweat, and make awful fools of ourselves at times but God willing - we learn."

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One of my favorites is when waiting for management direction in the midst of design, fabrication or testing.
"Continue as if you have no direction."

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"Motion creates emotion"

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Said to me by my immediate manager type at my leaving drinks speeches (from a job many years ago). Safe to say I was leaving in part due to his management style which drove me insane and everyones work within the team generally making him look better than he really was at engineering.

"I can't work with you, and I can't work without you.".....

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"Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement."

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"Is it the only lesson of history that mankind is unteachable?"
--Winston S. Churchill

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Rule 1: The Boss is always right
Rule 2: When the Boss is wrong , Rule 1 applies.

Rule 1: The client is always right.
Rule 2: When the client is wrong, Rule 1 applies but charge them double for the rework.

Regards
Ashtree
"Any water can be made potable if you filter it through enough money"

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My first boss had a plaque above his desk that read "New Motivation Program - Work or Be Fired"

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The boss isn't always right, but (s)he's always the boss.

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"The beatings will continue until morality improves."

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TheTick beat me to it- I was going to post that same despair.com poster!

I also like most of the rest- but one comes to mind right away:

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DVWE, I think the wording is actually "The beatings will continue until moral improves."

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morale

batHonesty may be the best policy, but insanity is a better defense.bat
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The moral of the story is that morale is low and therefore we're going to beat you more.

--Scott
www.aerornd.com

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JohnRBaker,

Yes, I believe that is how the old saying goes. I saw that wording changed slightly a few years back by a corporate lawyer. It was a little more "ironical" smile

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From a Salada tea bag that my boss copied and enlarged and hung on his office wall, "The problem is not the problem. The problem is how you deal with the problem".

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No whining.
(You wimp)

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Claude Shannon supposedly said, "Don't try to solve a problem before its time."

An example of this is Einstein's futile attempt to solve the Grand Unified Theory that consumed the rest of his life.

Someone invented the JFET 13 yrs before even BJTs could be built. Yes, he got the patent and a place in history, but that's pretty much it.

TTFN (ta ta for now)
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This came up at a professional development session

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JHG

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Progress is made one retirement at a time.

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This one always makes me smile.




This one has a lot of truth. Thankfully the manager went before I did.

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I only quit two jobs in my life. The first when I was in high school and worked in a meat market (I still have the scars to prove it). My boss (the store owner), was a great guy. He used to work years ago as a draftsman for the Studebaker Automobile company down in Indiana, but after they closed he ended up buying this meat market/grocery store up in Northern Michigan. Anyway, I worked for him for almost 3 years until just after I graduated from high school. Like I said, he was a great boss, but he had one problem. He was a periodic alcoholic. By periodic, I mean he was stone cold sober 11 months out of the year, but each year his wife would go down to Indiana and spend a month with her family and during those 30 days he would drink himself stupid every day, and when he was drunk he was not a very good boss. He wouldn't show-up at the store, he'd miss the payroll, suppliers would come in and he wouldn't be there and they wouldn't leave the orders without him signing the invoices. We would get angry customers and they would take it out on the help. So about three weeks into his latest binge I quit and got a job across the street in the meat department of the big chain grocery store. Once I started college, my summer jobs were down-state, working as a draftsman at a manufacturing company.

The second job I quit was the job I took after college. After 14 years, and after being introduced to CAD (this was in the late 70's), I left for a much better job working for the company that developed and sold us the CAD system. It was great company to work for and the people, including my boss, were great, but this was an opportunity that I just couldn't pass up and it proved to be the right move.

Actually I did quit one other job, sort of. Two years ago (next week) I retired, after 35+ years, from that job with the CAD company.

Also note that I've never been fired or laid-off from a job, although I think I did come close a couple of time winky smile

John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
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"Hit the ground running".....i hate it

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"Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed."
Charles Schulz,cartoonist

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"Your failure to plan ahead is not my emergency"

... usually when someone calls asking if I can do something the next day and I'm already up to my ears ... or on a job site nowhere near home base, like right now ...

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I once worked at a place that threw great parties, and kept a stock of party supplies onsite.

So I'm at my desk trying to fix an errant spreadsheet and getting really tired of it, and I say to no one in particular, "I could sure use a beer right now."

The Big Boss was within earshot. A few seconds later, he slapped an ice cold bottle of Heineken in my hand and said, "Drink this, and then get back to work."

I loved that job.

Mike Halloran
Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

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Here a few items that I had on display in my office (before I retired):







And having to deal with engineering software for over 35 years, I occasionally provided my own words of wisdom:

John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
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"You can't make everyone happy, you're not beer"

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There is a problem with quotes just like with anything that is easy to abuse: they present a solution(a perspective) to a problem you do not have or currently is not of interest to you. It is like taking selfies, you just do it even if you do not really need it. So if you need a quote, get a quote or go ahead come up with one. If you do not need one, do not look for one. If you collect them, do so for future reference, say you are a writer or a speaker and you might need them later. Politicians do that all the time and it works. Otherwise it is just junk that falsely promises you that you have the best of perspectives.

ijr

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Quote (hendersdc)

"You can't make everyone happy, you're not beer"
I like that one!

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"For every expert there is an equal and opposite expert"
Arthur C. Clarke Profiles of the future

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Don't touch my RED STAPLER! or else......

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There are known knowns , Known unknowns, and unknown unknowns. But this...well its a whole new category!

Regards
Ashtree
"Any water can be made potable if you filter it through enough money"

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While none of the work we do is very important, it is important that we do a great deal of it

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Experience is what you get right after you needed it.

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Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgements.

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if you avoid failure, you also avoid success

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"You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks."
Churchill

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Learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to make them all yourself.

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"Competence is a rare and wonderful thing." - Eric Stromswold

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Confidence is what you have before you understand the problem.

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I have used this set in my Daily Status Reports to my bosses back at headquarters:

Have a plan.
Communicate the plan.
Execute the plan.
Have a backup plan.
Be ready to execute the standby replacement to your alternate backup plan.
When all else fails, and everything goes right the first time, always be ready to execute step 2 ahead of schedule.

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You forgot, "Buy the T-shirts."

John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
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"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; In practice, there is."

Not sure of the author.


It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all.

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“There is no demand for women engineers, as such, as there are for women doctors; but there's always a demand for anyone who can do a good piece of work.”
-- Edith Clarke

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Wisdom comes from experience - Experience comes from poor judgment

Don't find fault - Find a remedy - Henry Ford




John Joyce
Manufacturing Engineer
Senior Aerospace CT
NX 10 & 11.0.1 Vericut 8.0.3

If I asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses

- Henry Ford

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Good ones, John. Thanks!

STF

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I had one particularly uptight co-worker who seemed to lose it whenever somebody did something he thought was stupid. As he ranted and raved I would get his attention and say, "Hey Mark!". He'd say, "What?" I'd say, "Remember this - you get paid on Thursdays. Just think about that." Calmed him down every time.

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Quote:

A lot of people approach risk as if it`s the enemy when it`s really fortune`s accomplice. - Gordon Sumner

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Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.

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Someone just sent me this one:



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1. A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.
-Muhammad Ali

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Motivational quotes from Movies
2. Bruce Wayne: I wanted to save Gotham. I've failed.
Alfred: Why do we fall, sir? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up.

3. Blind Prisoner: You do not fear death. You think this makes you strong. It makes you weak.
Bruce Wayne: Why?
Blind Prisoner: How can you move faster than possible, fight longer than possible without the most powerful impulse of the spirit: the fear of death?
Bruce Wayne: I do fear death. I fear dying in here, while my city burns, and there’s no one there to save it.
Blind Prisoner: Then make the climb!
Bruce Wayne: How?
Blind Prisoner: As the child did. Without the rope. Then fear will find you again

4. “To make something special you just have to believe it’s special.”
– Mr Ping

5. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift… that’s why they call it the present”
― Master Oogway

6. “Your mind is like this water, my friend. When it gets agitated, it becomes difficult to see. But if you allow it to settle, the answer becomes clear.”
– Master Oogway

7. “If you only do what you can do, you’ll never be better than what you are.”
– Master Shifu
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8.Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Mark Twain

9. Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
Albert Eisenstein

10. Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.
Benjamin Franklin

11. Life is the most difficult exam. Many people fail because they try to copy others, not realizing that everyone has a different question paper.
Unknown

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JohnRBaker,

That saying is backwards is it not? Perhaps the tartar sauce is made from rotten eggs?

--
JHG

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Speaking of movie quote, I always liked the ones from the 'Bulletproof Monk', staring Yun-Fat Chow and Seann William Scott. Here are a few of the best:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0245803/quotes

John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
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Irvine, CA
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"When the chips are down, the buffalo is empty."

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"Is it the only lesson of history that mankind is unteachable?"
--Winston S. Churchill

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This is the best motivational quote for me as an engineer. I am sure you have heard of “moonshot thinking“. And how can this be applied by engineers and leaders to gain progress, not just with 10% impact but with 100% or even 1,000% improvement.

"Aim for the moon. Even if you miss, you will still land among the stars.”
Read the full article at

http://www.enginoy.com/moonshot-thinking/

Jomel

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I hate that quote because it gets people on ideas that don't have immediate returns, might not be successful or possible, and gets people offtrack from working on low hanging fruit. My friend had a 3d printing company that got "moonshotted" by a consulting partner into to never being profitable. The hardest thing for a lot of people is not recognizing you don't need a game changing idea. A slight spin on an existing idea usually is enough.

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If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.

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Plus the fact that if you are thinking like an engineer, "landing among the stars" means you will be dead.

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"Aim for the moon. Even if you miss, in space, nobody can hear you scream.”

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In the dulcet tones of Henry Rollins:

No such thing as spare time,
No such thing as free time,
No such thing as down time,
All you got is life time... go!
Rollins Band - Shine

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"We have to put all our ducks in a row"...

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I heard a derivation for 'ducks in a row' that I didn't quite believe. The weights the drafties used to keep the paper flat on the board were called ducks (were they? why didn't they use clips?) so if everything was neat and tidy all your ducks would be in a row.

http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-duc5.htm for other guesses.

Cheers

Greg Locock


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I always thought it was with shooting ducks with shot but I kind of like the suggestion that it was with lining up pool balls and just tapping them in one at a time.

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If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.

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Actually, the 'ducks' that were found in a drafting office were used to hold 'splines' in place when drawing loft-lines, as shown below:

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I knew John would have a picture glasses
Was also used when aircraft airfoils (wings) were drawn on drawing boards.

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Or both when they were laying out flying boats in the loft at Boeing's Red Barn.

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"Befuddled by deadlines, there's nothing like a good hanging to clear the senses"

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Reminds me of:

"The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair."

Douglas Adams

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I can remember when Edward Murphy retired from McDonnell Douglas, sometime around the mid-80's. His last job was working on the Apache Helicopter program in Mesa, AZ.

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"Don't worry that the horse is blind, just load the wagon."

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"I aim at the stars - but sometimes I hit London."

Werner Von Braun

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Wasn't that the title of his autobiography winky smile

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