Quotes To Help You Adapt, Adjust and Achieve In Today’s Marketplace

Business leaders come in all types, of course. But most of them share one important asset: resilience.

That’s because business isn’t an airport runway, it’s more like a rutted country two-track. The only way around is through. Hang on, and brace for the bumps.

But that need for resilience doesn’t just live in the corner office these days.

Today, more of your people interact with more potential customers in more ways than ever. No time for a carefully considered  “strategic” reaction to everything that happens. No time to wait for help from the IT department, or an answer from a co-worker who’s out today.

These days, things happen in real-time—real fast. And everyone has to be ready.

A Moment of Pride

That’s why I’m so proud of Superior and our people these days. We recently claimed our fifth consecutive Best of Print and Digital award, which is based totally on objective reviews provided by our customers.

It’s a great feeling every time, of course. But when I think back on the past year, and the way our company and every person in our organization stepped up, I get almost emotional. As a company, we pivoted to deliver critical PPE to our home state, our customers, and a whole lot of businesses who needed it to stay in business.

But as for our people? Wow. Based on the comments our customers made about them to the company gathering the reviews, they were just incredible.


Instead of feeling sorry for themselves, whining about what they couldn’t do, they got out there and did more. Did it well. And did it with a positive attitude.

That, my friends, is resilience.

I can’t thank them enough.

Words to Gain Resilience By

But I can encourage you to make sure you have the resilience you need to keep moving forward.

I’ve gathered a big batch of quotes that somehow “spoke to me” on this subject. They’re a strange mix of deep, thoughtful, funny, and quirky, in no particular order. But they all make me want to hitch up my pants and press forward.

I’ve collected them from too many places to remember; you can find plenty if you look. But just so you don’t have to, here are 23…okay 23 ½….of my very favorites.

  1. ‘Maybe life isn’t about avoiding the bruises. Maybe it’s about collecting the scars to prove we showed up for it.” —  Unknown

  2. “Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” — Margaret Mead

  3. “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”—Winston Churchill

  4. “The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun.” — Napoleon Hill

  5. The person who is not hungry says that the coconut has a hard shell.” — African Tribal Saying

  6. “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” — Ambrose Redmoon

  7. “When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.”  — Thomas Edison

  8. “Chin up, princess, or the crown slips.”  — Unknown

  9. “No one escapes pain, fear, and suffering. Yet from pain can come wisdom, from fear can come courage, from suffering can come strength—if we have the virtue of resilience.” — Eric Greitens

  10. “I wouldn’t be where I am now if I didn’t fail….a lot. The good, the bad, it’s all part of the success equation.” — Mark Cuban

  11. “When a child learns to walk and falls down 50 times, he never thinks to himself “maybe this isn’t for me.” —  Unknown

  12. “Cracked up by life with a laugh that’s known bitter but, past it, got better.” —Jane Relaford Brown

  13. “Women are like teabags. We don’t know our true strength until we are in hot water!” — Eleanor Roosevelt

  14. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’”  — Mary Anne Radmacher

  15. “Toughness is in the sole and spirit, not in muscles.” — Alex Karras

  16. “God has apparently designed us to grow from the unexpected struggles that inevitably show up. But like the butterfly struggling to get out of the cocoon, our struggles are part of what make us fully alive. And like the butterfly, those struggles are not intended to limit or cripple us, but to allow us to develop our resilience, fortitude, compassion, and personal excellence.” —  Aaron Walker

  17. “No rain, no flowers.” —  Unknown

  18. “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”  — Charles Darwin

  19. “It’s okay to be crazy, scared, and brave at the same time.” — Kelly Epperson

  20. “A comeback is a setback that did its homework, learned the lesson, and then moved forward.” —  Eleanor Brownn

  21. “Find a survivor who can be a role model for you. For me it is Lassie: whenever I run into difficulties I ask myself, “What would Lassie do now?”— Bernie Siegel

  22. “A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every little pebble on the road.” —  Henry Ward Beecher

  23. “So far, you’ve survived 100% of your worst days. You’re doing great! — Unknown

What About That Extra “1/2”, Tim?

Right. I want to build on that last one with a quote YOU have to complete. I’m sure every one of you has survived some pretty stressful times. (If not, maybe you’re charmed and didn’t need these quotes.)  Anyway, you fill in this last one—and remember it!

     23 ½. “Hey, I survived that time when ___________. I can deal with anything.” — YOU!

Don’t Just SAVE The List—USE It

I hope a few on this list resonated with you. (Feel free to tell me in the comments, or add a couple of your own.) But I hope you’ll keep it handy throughout the year, and share it with co-workers and your social networks by using the special sharing buttons on the side of this post.

Contact Superior, or your award-winning-even-LAST-year Superior sales rep.

I’m confident they can help you stay strong and move forward by uncovering hidden opportunities in your print supply chain and promotional item management.

I’ve seen what they can do.

You can quote me on it.


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