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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 may ask me for anything you like except time.”

– Napoleon

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

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

– Albert Schweitzer

He who knows he has enough is rich.”

– Tao Te Ching

Never never never never give up.”

– Winston Churchill

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

– Woodrow Wilson

A truly forgiving person is someone who experiences all the anger merited by injustice and still acts with fairness and compassion.”

– Martha Beck

We are not meant to resolve all contradictions, but to live with them and rise above them.”

– William Blake

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

– Gandi

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"

The best reason to start an organization is to create a product or service to make the world a better place.”

– Guy Kawasaki

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

– Carlos Castaneda

They who give have all things. They who withhold have nothing.”

– Hindu Proverb

A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.”

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

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

– Norwegian proverb

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

I have spent a good part of my life convincing people that a blank sheet of paper is the greatest opportunity in the world, and not frightening at all.”

– Marty Skler, executive vp, Walt Disney Imagineering

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

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

– A wisdomism

Don’t follow, lead. Don’t copy, create. Don’t start, finish. Don’t sit still, move. Don’t fit in, stand out. Don’t sit quietly, speak up. (Not all the time, sure, but more often.)”

– Seth Godin

The quality of your life is directly related to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably live with.”

– Tony Robbins

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity.”

– Ray Bradbury

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 true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

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

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"

There is little success where there is little laughter.”

– Andrew Carnegie

A people who mean to be their Governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

– James Madison

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

– J.G. Holland, novelist

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

– Andrew Carnegie

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

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”

– Winston Churchill

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

– T.S. Eliot

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

– Anna Pavlova

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

– Thomas Dunn

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

– Albert Einstein

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

– Noela Evans

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly,
 what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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

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

– Henry Miller

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

– Peter F. Drucker

Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.”

– Lord Chesterfield

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

– African Proverb

Look at everything as though you were
seeing it either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.”

– Betty Smith

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

– J.K. Rowling

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.
 If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”

– Oprah Winfrey

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

– Jesse Jackson

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

– Chinese proverb

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

– Muhammad Yunus