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Lisa Earle McLeod, Author, Sales, and Leadership Expert, McLeod & More, Inc.

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Business strategist Lisa Earle McLeod is an expert in sales force and leadership development. An author, consultant, syndicated columnist, media commentator, and keynote speaker, she is recognized as a thought-leader whose latest book, “The Triangle of Truth,” was named a Washington Post Top 5 Business Book for Leaders.

A bottom-line oriented business advisor whose firm, McLeod & More, Inc. was featured in Fortune Magazine, she is also a problem-solving expert whose conflict resolution handbook was delivered to every member of the House and Senate. And she’s a leadership contributor for Forbes.com and the author of more than 500 articles.

This high-energy keynote speaker who has rocked the house everywhere from Apple to Pfizer to The United Way, is a repeat guest on “Good Morning America” who has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows.

Lisa’s clients range from pharmaceutical to financial services, including Ann Taylor, Capital G, West Pharmaceutical, Black & McDonald, Kimberly-Clark, CMIT, and numerous franchises and entrepreneur organizations. She is also a personal development expert whose first book “Forget Perfect,” was featured in The New York Times, and continues to sell a full decade after the original printing. And her essay collection, “Finding Grace When You Can’t Even Find Clean Underwear,” was featured on Oprah.com.

Lisa and her husband Bob live in Atlanta. They are the parents of two fabulous teenage daughters.

‎The biggest flaw in our existing theory of capitalism lies in its misrepresentation of human nature.”

– Muhammad Yunus

There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.”

– Christopher Morley

If people like you they’ll listen to you; if they trust you, they’ll do business with you.”

– Zig Ziglar

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

– Nelson Mandela

Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.”

– J.K. Rowling

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

– William Butler Yeats

No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth.”

– Martha Beck, from "Leaving the Saints"

Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what nurtures creative thinking.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

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

– Thomas Edison

Friendship is the only cement that will hold the world together.”

– Woodrow Wilson

Part of your destiny is to live in the zone of maximum satisfaction.”

– Martha Beck

Don’t wait for someone else to lead you to your right life; that privilege—and responsibility—is yours alone.”

– Martha Beck

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

If you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.”

– Oprah Winfrey

He who wants to tear down a house must be prepared to rebuild it.”

– African Proverb

I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent.”

– Thomas Edison

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

– Mark Twain

The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. The greatest failure is to not try.”

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

The goal of Life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with nature.”

– Joseph Cambell

The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”

– Buddha

Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.”

– Anthony Trollope

‎Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”

– Booker T. Washington

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S. Eliot

Entrepreneurs willingly assume responsibility for the success or failure of a venture and are answerable for all its facets.”

– Victor Kiam

I may not be able to change what takes place, but I can always choose to change my thinking.”

– Michelle Sedas

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.

– Robert Frost

Success is about finding a livelihood that brings joy, self-sufficiency, and a sense of contributing.”

– Anita Roddick

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

– Seneca

Ripeness is all.”

– William Shakespeare

The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.”

– Andrew Carnegie

As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”

– Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Destiny is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

– William Jennings Bryan

Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make.”

– Corita Kent

The awakening to the mystery of life is a revolutionary event; in it an old world is destroyed so that a new and better one may take its place.”

– J.J. Van Der Leeuw, The Conquest of Illusion

My job is my hobby. I come to work to play.”

– Uli Becker, president, Reebok International

Entrepreneurs need to search purposefully for the sources of innovation that indicate opportunities for success.”

– Peter F. Drucker

The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Chuck E. Cheese's

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

– Robert Frost

There is little success where there is little laughter.”

– Andrew Carnegie

The biggest flaw in our existing theory of capitalism lies in its misrepresentation of human nature.”

– Muhammad Yunus

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein

It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way.”

– Aristotle

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.”

– Jesse Jackson

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

– Carl Rogers

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”

– Leo Jozef Suenens

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”

– Henry Miller

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.”

– President Calvin Coolidge

Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.”

– Gandi

Are you willing to help other people succeed even when it’s not a requirement of your job to be of assistance?”

– Steven Schussler