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From hologram musicians to $35,000 live auction paddle raises, to meeting some of my speaking heroes, to learning about speaking bureaus, to content so good it makes your head swell and to friendships started that will last a lifetime, the 2014 NSA Convention was an event everyone should have attended (speakers and non-speakers a like).

As we move forward in growing the brand of NSA to now be referred to as Platform, I wanted to share with you quotes that if you read and implement will change your life and those you serve. They are taken from speakers I met this weekend who impacted my life. Please read these, digest these and revisit these as they are not meant to inspire you for brief moments but to light a fire in you that will help take your skills to the next level.

9 quotes you should pay attention to…

Are you trying to be perfect?
“The greatest damage to excellence is the pursuit of perfection.” – Alan Weiss (click to tweet)

Feel like you are not motivated to accomplish more?
“Always be happy, never be satisfied.” – Jim Jacobus (click to tweet)

Are you taking enough risks today?
“It pays to be risky.” – Eric Whal (click to tweet)

Are you being good, great or working to become the best?
“Everyone should ask themselves everyday… “What am I doing today, to make my craft better?” – Eric Chester (click to tweet)

What are you doing to build a loyal following?
“Give away everything you know, one bite at a time.” – Jay Baer (click to tweet)

Are you being a thought leader or someone who just passes though life?
“Create goals that don’t exist.” – Mike Rayburn (click to tweet)

What does it mean to really listen?
“When you rearrange the word LISTEN you end up with SILENT. Are you really listening?” – Freddie Ravel (click to tweet)

How are you interacting with your fans on a regular bases? 
“Content is king but engagement is queen and she rules the house.” – Mari Smith (click to tweet)

What are you doing everyday to get used to change? 
“If you don’t like change, you won’t like being irrelevant even more.” – Adam Witty (click to tweet)

Take one of the quotes today, write it down and put it next to your computer. You are capable of so much and sometimes all you need is a quick reminder!

Take time to consider being part of Platform (formally known as National Speakers Association) and learn how to grow your business, expand your network and provide value to those you serve in today’s changing world. As always…

Dream BIG,


Question: Which one is your favorite and why? If you liked one of the quotes, please share this article with your friends by pressing one of the social media buttons below and let’s help them get inspired! 

Ryan Avery

Author Ryan Avery

Hi, my name is Ryan Avery! Every Sunday I share the "notes" I use to build my keynotes. They are personal stories and tangible strategies we can use to improve the way we communicate at work, at home and with ourselves.

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Join the discussion 6 Comments

  • Cynthia Lay says:

    Great post, Ryan. Admittedly, I haven’t taken the time to poke around your website lately. (Sorry.) Love your articles! I will continue to poke. 🙂

  • Paul Sohn says:

    Great quotes Ryan! I love Freddie Ravel’s quote: “When you rearrange the word LISTEN you end up with SILENT. Are you really listening?” Here’s a list of more great quotes that I thought you’d appreciate:

  • Ryan Avery says:

    Thanks for sharing your quotes Paul, they are great!

  • Ryan Avery says:

    Hey Cynthia, glad you stopped by and good to hear from you! Glad to hear you like the articles and hope to see you in person soon! 🙂

  • Jon Hammond says:

    Love the Listen/SILENT quote. To me, this not only means STOP TALKING and listen, stop the noise in your brain and really listening by “being with” the person who is speaking. Stop the voice in your head that is rehearsing the next thing you want to say which is often “louder” than the person who is speaking to you.

  • Alexis says:

    Lovely quotes, and I loved the one about change. It’s true, whether we change or not, things around us keep swirling in the ever flowing river of life. If we don’t ‘ go with the flow’, life is still changed and we are left alone on the bank of life.

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