Notable Quotes

Here are some of David’s words that fans have said they enjoy…

– The Power of Vision –

If you wanted to go to Dallas but didn’t have a car, you could probably still find a way to get there if you wanted it bad enough – because you would innovate options to reach your desired destination and just keep moving towards that goal. However, if you have a car and the ability to drive it, but you have no idea where you want to go, that car just sits there. You’re going nowhere! Welcome to life and glimpse the power of having a vision. Your ability to drive is far less important than your desire to actually go somewhere. Purpose and vision. Start there.

– Words to Live By –

Think of your life, relationships, and conversations like you are cooking a meal. When you go overboard with the bitters, sour, and salt, nobody wants to swallow it.

– Job versus Career –

Getting a job is like getting a boat: the first and last days of having it are usually the best. Choose a career you love instead. The time spent in the middle will be much more enjoyable.

– Learning –

It would be hard to deny the fact that intelligence wins wars. So imagine how successful you could be when you accept that earth is just a battlefield.

– Leadership –

The discipline of leadership is a science, but it’s implementation is definitely an art.

– Reflection –

Time invested in learning is wasted without time invested in critical reflection.

– Examination –

An angry rejection of information without examination is nothing more than a demonstration of ignorance masked as fear.

– Teaching –

Teachers and professors are a dime a dozen and a teacher isn’t “awesome” or special simply because they teach. Anyone can get up and stifle thought and creativity by demanding conformity and reciting something out of a book. True teaching is an art form. It’s the difference between learning and simple education. An awesome teacher helps the student connect with the material, they inspire thought and creativity, they motivate critical reflection, and they help to foster an intrinsic desire to question everything. Awesome teachers and professors are rare.

– Examination –

Understand that you cannot address a problem unless you identify the problem, and you will rarely get the right answers if you’re not asking the right questions.

– Effort –

Heroic tales don’t come from those who dared to dream. They come from those who dared to try.

– Leadership –

Management is not Leadership. Leadership is not management. We must know the difference if we want to be the difference.

– Change –

Change is constant and forever. We can choose to accept it and lead it or fight it and lose.

– Failure –

It’s a mindset. Embrace failure, lean towards risk and embrace change. If you’re doing it right, there is nothing to fear but success itself.

– Personal Growth –

It seems to me that the level at which someone complains often mirrors their level of resistance to personal development.

– Equality –

You cannot advocate for equality while claiming or demanding special status or benefit for yourself.

– Writing –

Actions may speak louder than words but words provide lasting perceptions of those actions.

– Race and Gender –

There are those who define themselves by what’s between their legs and by the color of their skin, and then there are those who define themselves by what they’ve placed between their ears and what kind of character they have made for themselves. So ask yourself: would you rather be defined by something you inherited or something you earned? Pareto was right; not everyone gets to be great. Choose carefully.

– Friendship – 

We should be careful about who we call friend. I think that by calling those who are not, that which is cherished most, we dilute the meaning and its impact

– Communication –

Never underestimate the destructive power that a lack of context or a simple misunderstanding can really have.

– Teaching

WOW” moments invite the student to connect with the lesson.

– Opportunity

Opportunity only happens when you give opportunity an opportunity.

– Social Divide – 

We don’t have to agree to get along. I believe that most racial, social or even theological divisions are fabricated by those that benefit from such divisions, and that this is easily recognized by those that can critically think. I’m not divided from anyone on the planet that can actually think for themselves and is willing to exchange ideas. I contend that the only REAL social divisions that exist for thinking people are between themselves against the willfully ignorant and the leaders that perpetuate that ignorance.

– Learning

One of the dumbest things we can do is to deny ourselves the opportunity of being wrong. We should desire the acquisition of new information and perspective. We should crave that growth if we truly want to be better people or have greater understanding. We should never let a preconceived notion dictate the information we will examine and we should never be so stubborn as to ignore even the most remote of possibilities. Unfortunately, this is almost the definition of the modern standard and we are clearly living its repercussions. If you want real change, be different; question everything.

– History – 

Theodore Roosevelt once said that “The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future“. Perhaps, but I think that really depends on which version of the past you choose to believe.

– Integrity – 

It seems like the most effective way to right a wrong anymore is by merely saying “I understand your position and I’ll try to remain as objective as possible in my review.

– History –

You can celebrate history by actually knowing it.

– Being Prepared

Don’t question why the town fool sits on his hands… ask why the scholars are packing boxes.

– Natural Health

True health is not found… it is created.

– Leadership

Leadership is having the courage to do the right thing; by seizing the moment and affecting positive change; especially when others either cannot or do not.

– Theology

May you never be shackled by the thoughts of another, but instead, be set free by your own.

– Leadership

Technically, there’s no such thing as a Fortune 500 person. They are called Fortune 500 companies for a reason. These companies are comprised of teams all working towards a common goal and led by someone willing make tough decisions precisely when those tough decisions need to be made.

– Sales

We’ve become a nation of order takers and customer service reps uninterested in the people we serve.

– Rights

Another person’s rights are not contingent on your comfort.

– The Constitution

You cannot support, love, exercise, or defend a Constitution you have never read.

– Personal Growth –

You wouldn’t expect something to grow when you refuse to feed it. So if you seek to grow and develop as a person; if you want better outcomes in your life, then you need to give your mind something good to digest.

– Government

I used to think that there was no such thing as a stupid question, but I was forced to reconsider that when I discovered just how many considered Socialism the answer.

– Leadership

Always note the difference between a real leader and someone in a leadership position.

– Decision Making –

You can make great decisions based on good-negative information but you’ll only make terrible decisions based on bad-positive information.

– Teaching

The best lessons are usually the ones we don’t realize we are having in the moment.

– Knowledge

You’ve probably heard that knowledge is power. However, power isn’t created; it’s transferred. So, if you seek that power, you need to relentlessly pursue knowledge and information.

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