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Friday Quotes

An archive of the Boretti, Inc. Friday Quotes

“Hope breeds effort”

Owning your own business: a dream to most and a reality to few. The hope from being a business owner are the positive trappings that come with success.

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“Do one thing every day that scares you.”

Success: it’s something we seek and it comes in many forms. To an entrepreneur, this quote is a challenge: a risk worth taking to achieve success. To a Safety Professional, this might be something to avoid.

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“Human Error Is A Symptom Of Trouble”

"Human error is a symptom of trouble deeper inside a system." -Dekker (2002) Successful businesses are successful because they focus on and improve the system. When a failure occurs, the focus is on the system to prevent it from happening again AND improve...

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“Stop The Symptom; Solve The Systematic Issue”

"Stop the symptom; solve the systematic issue." -James Boretti (in LinkedIn conversation with Ron Gantt, Operational Resilience, Safety, and Human Performance Professional) Businesses are always evolving, based upon their ability to recognize business risk and adapt...

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“The Real Focus Of Safety”

"Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully hidden. -Phaedrus Sometimes to get people interested in what you're offering takes time. Our organizations know this and understand...

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“For Safety Is Not A Gadget But A State Of Mind.”

“For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind.” – Eleanor Everet The lessons of business determine what you're made of: there is no emotional tie to anything specific, only the marketplace. It is said that nothing can change a business more quickly than a fatality;...

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“Opportunities Don’t Happen. You Create Them.”

“Opportunities don't happen. You create them.” – Chris Grosser Starting and building a business can be exciting and terrifying all at once. You have to know when to act and when not to as you traverse the little-known landscape; the risks are many. Safety is very much...

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“Be The Change You Wish To See In The World.”

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi Change in business is difficult. People are used to “the way things have always been done”; however, change is the constant with which we live. Safety professionals find that mentality challenging...

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Create A Marketplace For Safety

“It’s not about ideas, it’s about making them happen.” Marketing: say that to a safety professional and it becomes the bane of our existence. Slogans, posters, statements: this is what a safety professional thinks. However, marketing can be the reason why a business...

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“Success Comes From Passion”

"Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it." -Henry David Thoreau Motivation in business comes from an internal burning desire to do it better and the exhilaration of success. That association (desire for the exhilaration) happens with...

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“Stubborn, Yet Flexible”

If you're not stubborn, you'll give up on experiments too soon. And if you're not flexible, you'll pound your head against the wall and you won't see a different solution to a problem you're trying to solve." -Jeff Bezos Plan, look under every rock, and make sure all...

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“Being Good is Good Business”

"Being good is good business." -Anita Roddick Being good can have a number of meanings depending upon the context in which it's used. It can mean being competent or a recognized expert in what you do; it can mean being ethical in your practice; and it can mean doing...

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“Forget Not About Your Customers”

"Forget about your competitors, just focus on your customers." -Jack Ma, Founder of Alibaba Group Whether you're a safety professional in a company or a consultant, you have customers. Providing good service helps our customers own the safety process. Customer service...

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“Leadership is Action & Example”

"Leadership is not a position or a title, it is action and example." In business, leaders can be found throughout the organization regardless of their position in structure: they wear various hats. A successful business recognizes this and provides flexibility for...

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“Risk is Opportunity in Disguise”

"Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago." Starting a business, growing it and maturing it takes vision, time and water. What starts out as a dream, a desire, a passion; involves overcoming the "fear" of taking the risk to...

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“Is Your Only Tool, A Hammer?”

"If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail." -Abraham Maslow There are many things to complain about in the world, and for safety professionals we feel like we get more than our fair share. But complaining takes up energy that...

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“Safety Is Not Impossible”

“I believe things cannot make themselves impossible.” - Stephen Hawking While Stephen was speaking of the universe, his statement can apply to business and safety as a whole. Sometimes it feels like safety will be impossible as we traverse the myriad of barriers to...

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“You Get What You Pay For”

“The low bidder is usually someone who is wondering what s/he left out.” Business decisions made on low bidder rarely deliver to their expectations. The same can be said with safety: activities for the sake of checking a box does not make for a productive safety...

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“Stretch Your Creativity, Amplify Your Safety”

"A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts." -Sir Richard Branson Making a business involving, fun and creative involves engagement and the bravery of letting people stretch their talents beyond what they believe...

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“Sharing [Safety] is Caring”

"I try to treat people as human beings.... If they know you care, it brings out the best in them." -Sir Richard Branson Ever notice that when you're a customer and someone treats you with respect, you have a great customer experience? Ever notice that when you have a...

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“Do Your Employees Love Your Company?”

“Customers will never love a company until the employees love it first.” -Simon Sinek, Author, Start with Why Organizational identity is reflected in culture, and culture is experienced through the behaviors of employees. Safety systems can be the foundation and the...

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“Identity of Your Organization”

Organizations are people working toward a common, shared experience. The organizations we work for each have an identity of their own. It is a collection of the tone set by the understanding of the values and beliefs, reflected in the behaviors of the people within....

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