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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.

You must learn to be still in the midst of activity 
and to be vibrantly alive in repose.”

– Indira Ghandi

How do you stay resilient? It’s about momentum. Like riding a bicycle. If you stop you fall over. So I keep pedaling.”

– Diane Lane

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

– Gandi

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

A diamond is a lump of coal that stuck with it.”

– Norwegian proverb

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

– Jack Kerouac

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

– Michelle Sedas

A person who learns to juggle six balls will be more skilled than the person who never tries to juggle more than three.”

– Marilyn vos Savant

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

– Martha Beck

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

– Robert Louis Stevenson

4oz tequila + 1oz TripleSec + 2oz lime juice + 1oz simple syrup (sugar=water), 1 cup crushed ice. Shake + dance around the kitchen.

– Avenida Margarita

If you do not tell the truth about yourself
, you cannot tell it about other people.”

– Virginia Woolf

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

Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better.”

– Edgar W. Howe

If it really was a no-brainer to make it on your own in business there’d be millions of no-brained, harebrained individuals quitting their day jobs.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

The gem cannot be polished without friction; nor man perfected without trials.”

– Chinese proverb

Never cut what you can untie.”

– Joseph Joubert

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

– Louisa May Alcott

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.”

– Marcel Proust

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

– Thomas Edison

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

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

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

Inspiration and genius — one and the same.”

– Victor Hugo

The dove descending breaks the air / With flame of inkandescent terror.”

– T.S. Eliott

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

– Goldie Hawn

When I dare to be powerful—to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

– Audre Lorde

The follow-your-gut mentality of the entrepreneur has the potential to take you anywhere you want to go or run you right out of business.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

– Christopher Robin to Pooh

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

– Martha Beck

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

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

– Anais Nin

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

– Charles Darwin

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

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

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

– Mae West

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Atari

There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…”

– John Lennon

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

– Bruce Lee

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

– Helen Keller

There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”

– Leonard Cohen

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

– Muhammad Yunus

Who cares if my glass is half empty or half full; I still have something to drink.”

– Optimism rules

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

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

– Noela Evans

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

– Francesca Reigle

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

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Most people never pick up the phone and call. Most people never ask, and that’s what separates the people who do things from the people who just dream about them.”

– Steve Jobs

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

A man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.”

– Chinese Proverb

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

– Maureen Cook