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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.

Destiny is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

– William Jennings Bryan

Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!”

– Madam C.J. Walker

Do you believe it is important to give back some portion of your wealth to support charitable causes?”

– Steven Schussler

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

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Atari

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

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

– Joseph Cambell

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

– Anthony Trollope

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

– Albert Schweitzer

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

– Peter F. Drucker

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

– Ajahn Chah

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

– Mary Oliver

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”

– Charles R. Swindoll

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

It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way.”

– Aristotle

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

– Martha Beck

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

– Henry Miller

Our deepest wishes are whispers of our authentic selves. We must learn to respect them. We must learn to listen.”

– Sarah Ban Breathnach

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

– Charles Dickens

I can’t go back to yesterday—because I was a different person then.”

– Lewis Carroll

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

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

– Arundhati Roy

Women once had the goal of being Superwoman; I think most of us now simply strive to have a super day.”

– Author, Activist Lee Woodruff

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

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

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

– J.K. Rowling

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

– Guy Kawasaki

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

– Ray Bradbury

When you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. 
Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.”

– Mary Jean Irion

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

– Michelle Sedas

Everyone is a mirror image of yourself—your own thinking coming back at you.”

– Byron Katie

Entrepreneurs willingly assume responsibility for the success or failure of a venture and are answerable for all its facets.”

– Victor Kiam

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

– William Shakespeare

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

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

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

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”

– Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

I will pay more for the ability to deal with people than any other ability under the sun.”

– John D. Rockefeller

Many people prefer to play it safe when it comes to business matters. Are you willing to take risks in the pursuit of entrepreneurial success?”

– Steven Schussler

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

“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.

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

– Goldie Hawn

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

– Chinese proverb

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

– Tony Robbins

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

– Carlos Castaneda

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

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

– Anna Pavlova

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

– Winston Churchill

When a dog runs at you, whistle for him.”

– Henry David Thoreau

But all the while I was alone, the past was close behind, I seen a lot of women, but she never escaped my mind, and I just grew, tangled up in blue.”

– Bob Dylan