Appreciate everything your associates do for the business. Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free and worth a fortune.

Sam Walton

Research indicates that workers have three prime needs: Interesting work, recognition for doing a good job, and being let in on things that are going on in the company.

Zig Ziglar

If you can do a half-assed job of anything, you're a one-eyed man in a kingdom of the blind.

Kurt Vonnegut

I am, as I've said, merely competent. But in an age of incompetence, that makes me extraordinary.

Billy Joel

it is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didnt.

Martin Van Buren

They all have excellent resumes... So what I’m trying to find out is how they will behave under pressure.

Hyman G. Rickover

Schooling doesn't assure employment but skill does.

Amit Kalantri

There’s something about doing a job well that is akin to art.

Kiran Nagarkar

Don’t set your own goals by what other people make important.

Lolly Daskal

Our competence comes from God's grace.

Lailah Gifty Akita

It is the curse of the competent―not to be called upon.


One of the most important areas we can develop as professionals is competence in accessing and sharing knowledge.

Connie Malamed

When it comes to eLearning, content means everything. If eLearning content is not masterfully designed, all the rest will just go down the drain.

Christopher Pappas

eLearning doesn't just "happen"! It requires careful planning and implementation.


Making mistakes simply means you are learning faste.

Weston H. Agor

Don’t make up your mind. “Knowing” is the end of learning.

Naval Ravikant

If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost.

Zig Ziglar

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.

Chinese proverb

A man may learn wisdom even from a foe.


People expect to be bored by eLearning—let’s show them it doesn’t have to be like that.

Cammy Bean

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.


Anyone who isn’t embarrassed of who they were last year probably isn’t learning enough.

Alain de Botton

Explain what you learned to someone else. Teaching forces learning.

Naval Ravikant

You learn more feigning ignorance than signaling knowledgeability.


Failure and deprivation are the best educators and purifiers.

Albert Einstein

You learn, grow and form your character through struggle and restriction, not through ease and abundance.

Maxime Lagacé

Life is an open book test. Learning how to learn is your most valuable skill in the online world.

Marc Cuban

eLearning shouldn’t be a casual joy ride on a Sunday afternoon with the cruise control engaged. The sole purpose of eLearning is to teach.

Christopher Palm

Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.

Thomas Huxley

The most important principle for designing lively eLearning is to see eLearning design not as information design but as designing an experience.

Cathy Moore

What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing.


Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.

Auguste Rodin

You don’t understand anything until you learn it more than one way.

Marvin Minsky

I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.

Eartha Kitt

I never lose. I either win or learn.

Nelson Mandela

Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist.

Pablo Picasso

Liberty without learning is always in peril, and learning without liberty is always in vain.

John F. Kennedy

The day you stop learning is the day you start dying.

Robert T. Kiyosaki

A watched child never learns.

Robert Brault

If you let your learning lead to knowledge, you become a fool. If you let your learning lead to action, you become wealthy.

Jim Rohn

Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for she was born in another time.

Rabindranath Tagore

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

Benjamin Franklin

A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.

Brad Henry

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

Edith Wharton

A teacher who loves learning earns the right and the ability to help others learn.

Ruth Beechick

The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Teaching is demonstrating that it is possible. Learning is making it possible for yourself.

Paulo Coelho

Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way.

George Evans

It’s what we think we know that keeps us from learning.

Claude Bernard

With too much pride a man cannot learn a thing. In and of itself, learning teaches you how foolish you are.

Criss Jami

When it comes to the design of effective learning experiences, one provocative question is worth a hundred proclamations.

Bernard Bull

Let the improvement of yourself keep you so busy that you have no time to criticize others.

Roy T. Bennett

If you’re not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you’re determined to learn, no one can stop you.

Zig Ziglar

The doer alone learneth.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Once you learn patience, your options suddenly expand.

Robert Greene

There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.

Willa Cather

The best education consists in immunizing people against systematic attempts at education.

Paul Karl Feyerabend

Making mistakes is something everyone does. Learning from them is not.


One of the secrets to staying young is to always do things you don’t know how to do, to keep learning.

Ruth Reichl

Those who can embrace being a beginner will thrive.

The Stoic Emperor

Travel is still the most intense mode of learning.

Kevin Kelly

Learn to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Eric Thomas

The man who is too old to learn was probably always too old to learn.

Henry S. Haskins

You must learn to make the whole world your school.

Martin H. Fischer

The greatest way to learn is to listen to what others are saying. Most of what we need to know comes from other people’s lips, and not our own.

Marianne Williamson

I learned the value of hard work by working hard.

Margaret Mead

Learn as much as you can while you are young, since life becomes too busy later.

Dana Stewart Scott

No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire.

L. Frank Baum

There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.

Mahatma Gandhi

You yourself must learn to master your emotions, and never be influenced by anger.

Lou Holtz

Real learning comes about when the competitive spirit has ceased.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Education is what people do to you; learning is what you do to yourself.


Learning isn’t a passive activity. True learning requires active participation.

Robert T. Kiyosaki

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or self-confidence.

Robert Frost

Love of learning and ritual of study give you extreme power.

Robert T. Kiyosaki

The first half of my life I went to school, the second half of my life I got an education.

Mark Twain

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