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10 Mark Sanborn Quotes that Inspire

“Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate, and to humble.” – Yehuda Berg [Tweet this] | [Share on Facebook]

The words we say to ourselves, speak to others and hear from others create the world in which we live.

Words have the power to elevate, encourage, inspire and ignite hope. And they have the capacity to belittle, disparage, depress and incite anger. With so much vitriol in many of the conversations taking place in the media, in politics, and around our community: I wanted to share a few life-affirming, encouraging quotes that inspire me.

These 10 quotes are from one of my dear friends, Mark Sanborn.

Mark is a legendary speaker, the author of the wildly popular The Fred Factor, and he released his book The Potential Principle earlier this month. He’s also an expert in equipping others to become better leaders by harnessing the power of their words, actions and lives:

    1. “There is a massive difference between fame and greatness.”
    2. “People love to take credit, but place blame.”
    3. “Good leaders make heroes of others.”
    4. “We are responsible for living in a way that shows others who we truly are and what we believe.”
    5. “It’s not the job you have, it’s how you do the job you have.”
    6. “The only thing better than acknowledgment is action.”
    7. “You are the spark that sets others on fire when you initiate.”
    8. “It takes just about the same amount of time to be a nice guy as it does to be a jerk.”
    9. “The test of leadership is this: Is anything or anyone better because of you?”
    10. “Managers maintain. But leaders improve, grow and inspire.”


  1. (On my most recent Live Inspired podcast, Mark joined me and shared context for these quotes. He also shared his life story – the amazing challenge that ultimately led him to be a speaker – the backstory to his most successful books and how we can each grow into better versions of ourselves. Listen to the interview here. You’ll be glad you did…and so will those with whom you work and live!)

My friends, in a marketplace that too frequently uses words as weapons, let’s choose to use ours to help those in need, heal those who are discouraged and remind others that the best is yet to come.

This is your day. Live (and speak) Inspired.

What’s your favorite quote? Do you have a quote you love, hang on your mirror or have on your heart to stay inspired? Share in the comments below and one lucky winner will receive a special gift.

14 replies on “Harness the Power of Words”

“If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it. Lord, I love you and I need you. Come into my heart today for without you I can do nothing.” I am not sure where I first saw this but I have it printed and displayed in several places in my home and at work.

The quote that came to mind for me today hangs on the wall next to my husband’s side of the bed. He put it there after he suffered a stroke.
“The ultimate test of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge and controversy.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

My favorite quote: “I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.” ~Roald Dahl

A quote from Martin Luther King Jr…
“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets as Michelangelo painted. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
This quote hangs in my office as a reminder to myself as well as all employees who enter.

One of my favorite quotes:
“To be happy, you must:
let go of what’s gone;
be grateful for what remains;
look forward to what’s coming next.”
~~~Karl Reiland

I worked at a residential treatment center for severe behavior youth and this quote hung in our training room among other places around the campus. It was centered around kids but can easily be changed to reflect people in general.
“Kids/people don’t care what you know until they know you care”
I still work in the education field and have used that quote many times when teaching kids and adults.

I have many favorite quotes…Here are 2.
2. “I can love completely without complete understanding.” (Pastor in the movie, “And a River Runs Through it.”
1. “Celebrate your siblings’ success. Do not see it as a reflection of your own.” (My own quote after being raised as one of 6 children and now raising my own 6 children.)

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