Ahh Seth Godin! Marketer, influencer and word magician. He is a crowd favourite in our office and we have recently got our hands on his newest limited edition 800 page book, “What does it sound like when you change your mind”? It has become like a bible at Data Nerds. Every morning at our standup meeting we choose one post from the book to read aloud. If you don’t know Seth Godin, you should. Check out his blog and read our favourite Godin quotes below:
Positive thinking is widely known to reduce stress, increase health and promote a more productive workplace culture. In fact, there is psychological research that confirms each of these points. We’ve compiled a list of some tips and tricks to help you combat negativity so you can reap the benefits! All it takes is a little repetition and the will to shift your thinking habits. Everyone can’t be a beam of positive energy all the time, but these tricks should help you get on the right path to positive success!
At Data Nerds we aren’t just inspired by our peers in tech and entrepreneurship. We leave our minds open to bring in knowledge and lessons from any unique or brilliant minds around the world. This week we’re featuring our favourite quotes from acclaimed novelist J.K. Rowling.
Rowling was the creator of the Harry Potter series which shot her into the spotlight in 1997. Rowling’s life story is heartwarming one, she started the Harry Potter series writing in local cafes on an old typewriter. At the time she had been living on welfare. Harry Potter has now become of the most beloved children’s novels of all time and Rowling gained abundant success from the books. Her rags to riches story and devotion of personal time to social justice issues is nothing short of inspirational.
Ada Lovelace is remembered as being a technological and mathematical badass of the 1800’s. Her brilliance is so recognized that she even has a day named after her. We can thank Lovelace for being a technological pioneer who helped build the worlds first general computer, known as the Analytical Engine. She has been named one of the worlds first computer programmers. If you would like to take a look into her brilliant mind here are our favourite Ada Lovelace Quotes.
Lao Tzu (also known as Laozi “old master”) was a Chinese philosopher with an extraordinary mind. Tzu was a distinguished writer and author of the Tao Te Ching, the basis for many Chinese philosophers. Our 20 quotes from this legendary figure will no doubt give you a different outlook on life. Take a moment from your busy day and use these wise words to put a positive spin on your vision.
Quotes To Inspire Your Business From A Tech Expert
Who doesn’t know Bill Gates? You know, the co-creator of Microsoft and the richest man on earth! As a business man he was criticized for being distant and sometimes downright rude to his colleagues. However, his knowledge in tech and forward vision skyrocketed him to success early in life. Since January 2000, Gates has stepped down as CEO of Microsoft and now devotes most of his time to his charity, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Here are 13 quotes from the now author, investor and philanthropist to inspire your life and business:
George Washington, known as the “father of his country,” was the first elected president of the United States Of America. Washington was of strong character and deeply respected by others for his leadership skills. For more than 200 years his legacy lives on and here are some of our favourite quotes to inspire success by George himself:
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Often known as ‘Seneca the Younger’, Lucius was a Roman philosopher and statesman. During his lifetime he was a spirited essayist and an advisor to Roman emperor Nero. Although his life was controversial and his death a popular subject for historians and artists alike, he left us with some great knowledge. Here are 15 inspirational quotes from Lucius Annaeus Seneca:
Sir John A. Macdonald (1867 – 1873)
Sir John A. Macdonald was Canada’s first Prime Minister. A leader who’s political career spanned most of his lifetime. Serving 19 years as Prime Minister he achieved great accomplishments such as formulating a strong national government and building the Canadian Pacific Railway. Macdonald was a charming and clever character who lead his country with a sense of community. Here are 12 intelligent quotes we enjoy from Sir John A. Macdonald.
“Politics is a game requiring great coolness and an utter abnegation of prejudice and personal feeling.”
“There were, unfortunately, no great principles on which parties were divided – politics became a mere struggle for office.”
“Anybody may support me when I am right. What I want is someone that will support me when I am wrong.”
“There may be obstructions, local differences may intervene, but it matters not — the wheel is now revolving, and we are only the fly on the wheel, we cannot delay it. The union of the colonies of British America under one sovereign is a fixed fact.”
“I don’t care for office for the sake of money, but for the sake of power, and for the sake of carrying out my own views of what is best for the country.”
“When fortune empties her chamber pot on your head, smile and say, ‘We are going to have a summer shower.’”
“If you would know the depth of meanness of human nature, you have got to be a Prime Minister running a general election.”
Macdonald was well known for his wit and also for his love of drink. He is known to have been drunk for many of his debates in Parliament. Here is a story from an election debate in which Macdonald was so drunk he began vomiting while on stage. [His opponent quickly pointed this out.] The opposing candidate said: “Is this the man you want running your country? A drunk!” Collecting himself, Macdonald replied “I get sick … not because of drink [but because] I am forced to listen to the ranting of my honourable opponent.”
“My sins of omission and commission I do not deny; but I trust that it may be said of me in the ultimate issue, ‘Much is forgiven because he loved much,’ for I have loved my country with a passionate love.”
“If I had influence over the minds of the people of Canada, any power over their intellect, I would leave them this legacy: ‘Whatever you do, adhere to the Union. We are a great country, and shall become one of the greatest in the universe if we preserve it; we shall sink into insignificance and adversity if we suffer it to be broken.’”
“Let us be English or let us be French… but above all let us be Canadians.”
“A public man should have no resentments.”
“Elections are a lot like horse races, in that you know a lot more about them the next day.”