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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.

Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.”

– Basil King

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

– Mae West

Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth. Tame the dragon and the gift is yours.”

– Noela Evans

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

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

– Carl Rogers

My task is really not to change myself but to become familiar with who I am.”

– Maureen Cook

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

– General Omar Bradley

Don’t follow your dreams. Chase them.”

– Richard Dumb

The world I believed in, back in my most innocent, uninformed, childish mind—is real.”

– Martha Beck

Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do.
 Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”

– Ella Fitzgerald

Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”

– Helen Keller

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

– August Rush

Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.”

– Benjamin Disraeli

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams, for when dreams go, life is a barren field frozen with snow.”

– Langston Hughes

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

– Corita Kent

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

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

This is the age when magical technologies make more and more radically fun ideas plausible, even easy. You’re only limited by your creativity.”

– Martha Beck

You don’t love someone because of their looks or their clothes or their car. You love them because they sing a song only your heart can understand.”

– L.J. Smith

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

– Ecclesiastes, 7:10

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try going to sleep with a mosquito in your room.”

– A wisdomism

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing.”

– Maya Angelou

Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.”

– Jack Kerouac

A lot of people have ideas, but few decide to do something about them now. Not next week. But today.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Atari

Do not be afraid of mistakes, providing you do not make the same one twice.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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

– J.R. Ward, Lover Mine

What is the point of having free will if one cannot occasionally spit in the eye of destiny?”

– Jim Butcher, White Night

Letting go of expectations is a ticket to peace. It allows us to ride over every crisis—small or large—like a beach ball on water.”

– Martha Beck

I was taught at a very young age that you can do whatever you want to, but you have to make it happen — not just talk about it.”

– Kathleen Jo Ryan

Never never never never give up.”

– Winston Churchill

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

– Victor Kiam

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which obstacles vanish.”

– John Quincy Adams

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

– Groucho Marx

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

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

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

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"

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.”

– Jalaluddin Rumi

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”

– Abraham Lincoln

You often meet your fate on the road you take to avoid it.”

– Goldie Hawn

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

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

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

– Joseph Campbell

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

– Anthony Trollope

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.”

– Robert Fritz

A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.”

– Albert Schweitzer

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

– Albert Einstein

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.”

– Thomas Dunn

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

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

– Chinese Proverb

With ordinary talents and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.”

– Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton