The Top 7 Quotes of the Year from 2014 to inspire us in 2015

img-thingLast year I had 17,770 “Likes” to my Facebook posts. Interesting—Yes? Meaningful—I hope so.

I am always delighted when people on the street thank me for the inspirational quotes posted to social media. I am convinced that with all of the dreary news in the world, people are looking to be uplifted and inspired. 

When I saw this overall number of nearly 18,000 likes, I got to thinking, which of all of the posts were most “Liked?” Did the quotes really help others? Why were some quotes favored so much over others? The average likes per quote were 17 but some had over 100.

So without further ado, here is the list of the top 7 most “liked” quotes, listed from #7 to #1.

7-  “The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men (and women) to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” Teddy Roosevelt

I once heard someone say that we work our entire lives not to make a bunch of money but to eventually control our own schedule. People’s enjoyment of this quotation comes from this fact—people feel like they can do their best work if left alone and not micromanaged. 

6 – “I am a great believer in the Principle of FOLLOW UP. Extending an invitation without following it up is like beginning a journey without finishing it or buying ticket to a concert without going to the theatre. Without the completed action, the commitment is hollow.” Elder Russell M. Ballard

I especially enjoyed this quote from Ballard, a noted business and spiritual leader. It is also Principle #3 from the book I published this past year, Up Your Game – 6 timeless Principles for Networking Your Way to the Top.  In that book I emphasize the importance of my Six UP Principles—Start UP, Show UP, Follow UP, Link UP, Stand UP, and Scale UP.  I believe Follow Up is a lost art today. When you make an acquaintance, live by the rule of following up and cementing the new relationship within 24 HOURS.

5 – “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr. 

I was talking with my Grandkids the other day and shared with them this quote. I made mention of the fact that 20 years from now, they WON’T BE SAYING TO themselves:  “I wish I would have played more video games as a youth.” Instead, they will regret not having perfected skills that would be meaningful in helping them in life. The enjoyment of this quote also comes from people’s innate desire to explore the world and not always play it safe.

4-  “Trust Me, I never Lose; I either win or learn!”  Unknown

The Truth is, in every encounter we have in life, if viewed correctly, we can experience a Win. Those that lose the SuperBowl each year actually achieved a great amount by just getting there. If they were paying attention, they learned what they had to improve upon to help them in the future. This is true in all aspects of our lives.

3 – “In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.” – Warren Buffett

People respect those who display true character and integrity in their lives. They like to work with them in the marketplace. I am fond of saying in my speeches that you can adhere to every principle in life like showing up and following up, but if you are not a Stand UP person—one full of good character—the other principles will all be for naught.

2 – “I come to you tonight with a plea that we stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight. I am suggesting that as we go through life we try to “accentuate the positive.” I am asking that we look a little deeper for the good, that we still our voices of insult and sarcasm, that we more generously compliment virtue and effort.” -Gordon B. Hinckley

Gordon Hinckley was President of the LDS Church. He was known for his cheerful attitude and positive demeanor. It was infectious.

1 – The #1 quote from the year comes from Kay Bradford Age 91 – my oldest Facebook friend who happens to be my Mother. 


People feel inspired by people who feel gratitude. In this case, that someone has lived nearly a century. The truth is, not everything is perfect in my Mother’s life but she chooses to face each day with an attitude of gratitude.

I am grateful for all of those who made these statements originally. They inspire me to be a better business leader, family man, and societal contributor. On occasion someone would write, as it happened just yesterday and say: “Thanks for that quote, David. I needed that today.”

An interesting note—My most “commented” on post was when I asked:

“When you think of the word Entrepreneur, what comes to mind?”  That question generated over 50 comments. Among my top ten words that appeared in my FB posts were Great, Love, good, life, and people

Some of the data shared with you in this Blog comes from Wolfram/Alpha – a website that provides analytics on your Facebook friends and posts.

May these quotes inspire you as they have inspired me. May the year 2015 be truly sensational for all of you!

Posted in Posted in Lessons Learned  |  11 Comments

11 thoughts on “The Top 7 Quotes of the Year from 2014 to inspire us in 2015”

  1. Dave,
    Thanks, and Happy New Year!
    Your own comments helped me this morning as you wrote “they will regret not having perfected skills that would be meaningful in helping them in life.”
    Lately, once again, concerned about the vast numbers of YSA’s who leave the values of their parents/families. We do not teach/learn LIFE SKILLS.

  2. Nice post. One quick question: can you advise where Teddy Roosevelt said “The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men (and women) to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it”?

  3. I never lose, I either win or I learn… author unknown??? Really??? That’s a very well known Nelson Mandela quote! It takes only a teeny tiny bit of research to give credit where it’s due!

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