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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 true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

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

Almost anyone can start a community, but it takes real talent and commitment to get people to show up and keep coming back.”

– Andy Sernovitz

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

– Goldie Hawn

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

– General Omar Bradley

You’ve got to be willing to crash and burn. If you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far.”

– Steve Jobs

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

– Victor Kiam

The best hobbies are the ones that take us furthest from our primary occupation.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

The only dream worth having is to live while you’re alive and die only when you’re dead.”

– Arundhati Roy

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

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 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"

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

– Leonard Cohen

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

– Steven Schussler

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

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

– Thomas Edison

We are all of us born with a letter inside us, and that only if we are true to ourselves, may we be allowed to read it before we die.”

– Douglas Coupland

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

– Michelle Sedas

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

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

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.”

– Robert H. Schuller

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

– Groucho Marx

No longer talk at all about the kind of man a good man ought to be, but be such.”

– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

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

– Maureen Cook

By your stumbling the world is perfected.”

– Sri Aurobindo

To follow, without halt, one aim: There’s the secret of success.”

– Anna Pavlova

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

– J.G. Holland, novelist

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

– Charles Dickens

Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you.”

– Annie Dillard

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.”

– Steve Jobs, Apple, Inc.

An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.“


– Roy Ash, co-founder of Litton Industries

If it isn’t good, let it die. If it doesn’t die, make it good.”

– Ajahn Chah

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

– Woodrow Wilson

Traveling is one way of lengthening life, at least in appearance.”

– Benjamin Franklin

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

– Carl Rogers

If you want to be busy, keep trying to be perfect. If you want to be happy, focus on making a difference.”

– Lisa Earle McLeod

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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

– Muhammad Yunus

Find somebody to be successful for. Raise their hopes. Think of their needs.”

– Barack Obama

There are children playing in the street who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.”

– J. Robert Oppenheimer

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

– Albert Einstein

He who knows he has enough is rich.”

– Tao Te Ching

We are perfectionists. We are hungry to work all the time. We are entertained by every aspect of business and we never want to stop working.”

– Suzy Welch

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

– Mae West

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

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

– Charles Brower, Advertising Hall of Fame

You must have chaos within you, to create a dancing star.”

– Frederic Nietzsche

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

– Muhammad Yunus

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

– Robert Frost

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