In Honor of 12/12/12 – 12 Quotes about Digital Age Life, Learning and Leadership – to Challenge & Inspire

In honor of 12/12/12, I pulled together twelve quotes from books that challenged and inspired me in 2012. Perhaps you will find a little value in them as well.

  1. “The businesses that are getting ahead are the ones that connect with their customers and make the world a better place.” from The New Relationship Marketing
  2. “Literature and philosophy have changed the world, but parents all over the world are more likely to fret if their children are financially illiterate than if their training in the humanities is” from M. Nussbaum in Not for Profit
  3. “Education is that process by which thought is opened out of the soul, and, associated with outward things, is reflected back upon itself, and thus made conscious of their reality and shape.” – from M. Nussbaum in Not for Profit
  4. “What people resist is not change per se, but loss. When change involves real or potential loss, people hold on to what they have and resist the change.” from The Practice of Adaptive Leadership
  5. “What are we so afraid of? If we make the wrong decision, so be it. Will we die? Probably not. We’ll recover, stronger, but to make no decision is to guarantee our eventual demise.” from Read this Before our Next Meeting
  6. “Love blinds us.  Don’t love anything – an idea, a tool, a graphic, a technique, a technology, a client, or a colleague – too much.”  from Little Black Book of Design
  7. “A few modern philosophers … assert that an individual’s intelligence is a fixed quantity, a quantity which cannot be increased. We must protest and react against this brutal pessimism.… With practice, training, and above all, method, we manage to increase our attention, our memory, our…” from C. Dwek in Mindset
  8. “This growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts. Although people may differ in every which way—in their initial talents and aptitudes, interests, or temperaments—everyone can change and grow through application and experience.” from C. Dwek in Mindset
  9. “Rather than view play as something we do only outside of work time, we should instead live a life that is consistently infused with the myriad transformational dimensions of play.” from The Naked Presenter
  10. “Teaching is an act of love. There is not only a mentor relationship in class but professors become hiking companions, intramural teammates, dinner companions, and friends. Learning is collaborative rather than competitive; values are central; there is a strong sense of community. They are places of great synergy, where the whole becomes greater than the sum of the parts. Aspirations are raised, young people are empowered.” from Colleges That Change Lives; 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges
  11. “In the future, the buildings housing those who will create well-paying, sustainable jobs, and provide the United States with a sustainable competitive advantage in the global economy, are not courthouses or government offices but research labs, classrooms, and innovation centers where big ideas are hatched and subsequently translated into reality.” from Engines of Innovation: The Entrepreneurial University in the Twenty-First Century
  12. “A professional knows not only what to do but why she is doing it and how she might adjust techniques to accommodate different learners or diverse learning outcomes. Professionals can summarize the research behind their recommendations to their stakeholders.” from R. Clark in Building Expertise
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About Bernard Bull

Dr. Bernard Bull is a President of Goddard College, author, podcast host, and blogger. Some of his books include Missional Moonshots: Insights and Inspiration for Educational Innovation, What Really Matters: Ten Critical Issues in Contemporary Education, and Adventures in Self-Directed Learning. He is passionate about futures in education; leaner agency, educational innovation, and social entrepreneurship in education.