Quotes about Initiative -
Quotes on Taking Initiative

Initiative quotes point to a dormant power within - the power of conscious action. This power awaits until tapped by initiative. Without initiative we stay where we are. Taking initiative, we reach for something new. Taking initiative breaks the cycle of inertia and allows us to stretch.

Step Out-of-the-Mind with Initiative

"People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them."

~George Bernard Shaw

Initiative and conscious life change go hand-in-hand. If you're unhappy with a circumstance or situation it's going to take initiative on your part to change it. Without initiative the ball of inertia may very well just keep on rolling.

A part of us may want to wait for the forces of happenstance or fate to intervene. We wait for something to change - so that we don't have to.

But where is the control in that? Certainly not in our very own hands. By taking initiative we take back a measure of control over our lives. A measure of control we may have forgotten was possible.

Stepping out-of-the-mind is like throwing a boulder into a creek. The water gets redirected and the creek forges new pathways.

So go ahead and throw a boulder in that creek... divert the waters of life and redirect the flow of fate to reclaim a potential destiny. Initiative quotes can guide you...

Quotes about Initiative -
Quotes on Taking Initiative

"The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice."

~George Eliot

"There are many paths, but the only one that leads to the top of the mountain, is the one you make yourself."

~Ancient Chinese Saying

“Initiative is the agent which translates imagination into action.”

~General Lyman L. Lemnitzer

"Venture nothing, and life is less than it should be."

~Malcolm Forbes

“Do not lie in a ditch, and say God help me; use the lawful tools He hath lent thee.”

~English proverb

“Eagles don't flock.”

~Ross Perot

"What is life but a series of inspired follies? The difficulty is to find them to do. Never lose a chance; it doesn't come every day."

~George Bernard Shaw

“You have to recognize that every 'out front' maneuver you make is going to be lonely, but if you feel entirely comfortable, then you're not far enough ahead to do any good. That warm sense of everything going well is usually the body temperature at the centre of the herd.”

~John Masters

“If opportunity doesn't knock – build a door.”

~Milton Berle

“You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence.”

~Abrahan Lincoln

“Initiative is doing the right things without being told.”

~Elbert Hubbard

“Success comes to the person who does today what you were thinking about doing tomorrow.”


“Take stands, take risks, take responsibility.”

~Muriel Siebert

Quotes on Initiative -
Quotes about Initiative Contd...

"Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them."

~Orison Swett Marden

"Never be afraid to tread the path alone. Know which is your path and follow it wherever it may lead you. Do not feel you have to follow in someone else's footsteps."

~Eileen Caddy in "Footprints On The Path"

"I daresay one profits more by the mistakes one makes off one's own bat than by doing the right thing on somebody else's advice."

~W. Somerset Maugham

"Rash indeed is he who reckons on tomorrow, or happily on the days beyond it; for tomorrow is not, until today is past."


“A man who has to be convinced to act before he acts is not a man of action. You must act as you breathe.”

~Georges Clemmanceau

"A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be."

~Rosalynn Carter

"We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it."

~George Bernard Shaw

"A weak man has doubts before a decision, a strong man has them afterwards."

~Karl Kraus

"Well begun is half done."


"The wisest men follow their own direction."


"Your task is to stand straight; not to be held straight."

~Marcus Aurelius ("The Meditations")

"The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now."

~Chinese Proverb

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