Mark Goulston Quotes


Best 60 Quotes by Mark Goulston – Page 1 of 2

“A leader who is confused or confusing causes too much anxiety, and a leader who is too controlling is revealing more insecurity and a lack of leadership.”

“As safe and secure as you believe you are is as vulnerable as you can turn out to be.”

“Be it terrorists or 'blinded by greed' capitalists or 'deaf and dumb and siloed' officials, special interests will always tyrannize the common good.”

“Being alone with fear can rapidly turn into panic. Being alone with frustration can rapidly turn into anger. Being alone with disappointment can rapid turn into discouragement and, even worse, despair.”

“Braggarts are insecure and need attention, and bragging often has the opposite effect on most people when you're trying to gain their respect and increase your influence.”

“Connecting is always better than disconnecting.”

“Denial is not always a bad thing. Without it, you couldn't function.

For instance, if you were hyperaware and hypervigilant regarding all the dangers in the world – from driving your car to crossing the street to eating food that might have contaminants in it to taking medications that have many side effects, etc. – you would become frozen.”

“Despair – or as I like to call it, des-pair – means feeling unpaired in a world in which it feels like everyone else is paired with a good job, a happy marriage, loving family, caring, and hope – and you're not.”

“Do not go out first thing after signing a contract and buy assets that are huge compared to the contract signed. Just because you have money for the first time doesn't mean you have to spend it before you know all the ramifications of buying the assets.”

“Do something to help your community or people around you. That will help you feel more worthwhile and less alone.”

“Do what you say you're going to do. Follow through means never having to say you're sorry.”

“Every business needs to get out of their own mindset and into the aspirational mindsets of their customers and clients and create services and products that are beyond their customers' imagination but will be what they 'gotta have' in the future.”

“Feeling alone makes negative feelings worse. When you feel alone, frustration quickly can become anger, fear quickly can become panic.”

“Forget the empty platitudes; your star employee is not a 'godsend'. They are a person deserving of your not infrequent acknowledgment and worthy of appreciation and respect.”

“God only knows we need a great role model as a leader who is more leader than they are male or female, who is more about their mission that serves everyone than about ego and personal ambition that only serves them.”

“I am blessed to count among my friends and colleagues people who are very thoughtful and who deeply care about our country.”

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“If you do something to a patient that you would not do to your friends or children, consider whether you are unwittingly replicating a trauma from the patient’s past.”

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“I have heard it said that the measure of a civilization is how it treats those who have hurt it. I think a further measure is how it treats those who deeply disappoint it.”

“I know CEOs, and they get sick when they have to lay people off, especially around Christmas.”

“If, during childhood, you were fortunate to have a parent who drilled into you, 'You can be anything you want to be if you try hard enough at it,' and then supported you in actions, that is something you take with you all your life.”

“In my executive advising role, my persona, which seems to work very well with both women and men, is being 'the big brother you always wanted'.

I am fortunate to have two such big brothers, so this isn't just a theoretical construct.”

“In my life, I think I have had more than two hundred significant breakthroughs that exponentially accelerated my life forward.

However, each and every one of them was preceded by a breakdown that was not pretty, was often scary, and often felt like something I would not get past.”

“In my line of work, I frequently communicate with CEOs and their executive assistants, and nowhere is the need for gratitude more clear.”

“In the first 20 seconds of talking, your light is green: your listener is liking you as long as your statement is relevant to the conversation and, hopefully, in service of the other person.

But unless you are an extremely gifted raconteur, people who talk for more than roughly half a minute at a time are boring and often perceived as too chatty.”

“Is it possible that the collective global psyche of the world is like an overloaded modem and can no longer meaningfully communicate, comprehend, or listen to anything or anyone else?”

“Just like the athlete who has mapped out a plan to become one of the best athletes in the world by putting together a training program and executing it, he too should map out a financial plan from the beginning of his athletic career throughout every stage of his career.”

“Know what's important and what isn't. Have the wisdom to know the right thing to do, the integrity to do it, the character to stand up to those who don't, and the courage to stop those who won't.”

“Leadership is more about clarity than it is about control.”

“Lousy, ineffective actions lead to lousy outcomes. Terrific, effective actions lead to terrific outcomes.”

“Men such as President Bill Clinton don't have trouble showing a warmth which works for him, but women in power seem hesitant to use their feminine charm in a man's world out of concern for appearing lightweight, manipulative, or needing to use it to make up for something that is lacking.”

“One of the most important aspects of an athlete's financial life is that he needs to be personally responsible for his own finances.”

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“Normal is waking up at 6 a.m., fighting traffic, and working eight hours. Normal is to slave at a job Monday through Friday, save 10%, and repeat for 50 years.

Normal is to buy everything on credit. Normal is to believe the illusion that the stock market will make you rich. Normal is to believe that a faster car and a bigger house will make you happy.

You’re conditioned to accept normal based on society’s already corrupted definition of wealth, and because of it, normal itself is corrupted. Normal is modern-day slavery. Don’t be normal.”

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