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

– Joseph Cambell

Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!”

– Andrew Carnegie

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

– Thomas Edison

The music is all around us. All you have to do is listen.”

– August Rush

Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.”

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

– Groucho Marx

Entrepreneurs are willing to roll the dice with their money or reputation on the line in support of an idea or enterprise.”

– Victor Kiam

As each woman realizes her power, she transforms the world.”

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

– JFK

If you would create something,
 you must be something.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Let us seize the day and the opportunity and strive for that greatness of spirit that measures life not by its disappointments but by its possibilities.”

– W.E.B. Du Bois

By your stumbling the world is perfected.”

– Sri Aurobindo

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

– Thomas Edison

That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”

– E.B. White

Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make Me Feel Important.’ Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.”

– Mary Kay Ash

Do not say, ‘why were the former days better than these,’ for it is not from wisdom that you ask this.”

– Ecclesiastes, 7:10

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

– Gandi

Passion makes perfect.”

– Eugene Biro

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

‎No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”

– Charles Dickens

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

– Mary Oliver

Things don’t change. You change your way of looking, that’s all.”

– Carlos Castaneda

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”

– Bob Dylan

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.”

– Bruce Lee

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

– Buddha

I’m not afraid of storms,
for I’m learning to sail my ship.”

– Louisa May Alcott

It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.”

– Alfred Adler

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.”

– Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., U.S. Supreme Court justice

The person who makes a success of living is the one who see his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.”

– Cecil B. DeMille

Change is a math formula. Change happens when the cost of the status quo is greater than the risk of change.”

– Alan Webber, author, "Rules of Thumb"

Why am I whispering when I have something to say?”

– Eve Ensler

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

– Robert Frost

Do one thing every day that scares you.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

– Jimi Hendrix

History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.”

– John F. Kennedy

The good ideas are all hammered out in agony by individuals, not spewed out by groups.”

– Charles Brower, Advertising Hall of Fame

The journey is the reward.”

– Greg Norman

If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.”

– Anna Quindlen

Some things are destined to be—it just takes us a couple of tries
to get there.”

– J.R. Ward, Lover Mine

If you were independently wealthy and never had to work a day in your life, would you still choose to spend your time attempting to become a successful entrepreneur?”

– Steven Schussler

You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough.”

– Mae West

Do you have the desire to create something new; the strength of conviction to believe your creation will be successful, and the reservoir of energy necessary to thrust it into the marketplace?”

– Steven Schussler

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

– Uli Becker, president, Reebok International

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”

– Eckhart Tolle

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

– African Proverb

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

– Robert Frost

A man without a smiling face
 should not open a shop.”

– Chinese Proverb

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”

– Francesca Reigle

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson