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Simon Sinek explores how leaders can inspire action and change, starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” He is the author of three bestselling books. Simon Sinek’s talk “How great leaders inspire action” is one of the most popular TED talk of all time. Here are the top Simon Sinek Quotes that will inspire you.

Simon Sinek Quotes and Sayings

#1 Facebook, 8 September 2012

1. Dream big. Start small. But most of all, start.

#2 Ted Talk, How great leaders inspire action

2. People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it, and what you do simply serves as the proof of what you believe.

#3-8 Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action. by Simon Sinek

3. There are only two ways to influence human behavior: you can manipulate it or you can inspire it.

4. For values or guiding principles to be truly effective they have to be verbs. It’s not “integrity,” it’s “always do the right thing.” It’s not “innovation,” it’s “look at the problem from a different angle.” Articulating our values as verbs gives us a clear idea … we have a clear idea of how to act in any situation.

5. Leading is not the same as being the leader. Being the leader means you hold the highest rank, either by earning it, good fortune or navigating internal politics. Leading, however, means that others willingly follow you—not because they have to, not because they are paid to, but because they want to.

6. The role of a leader is not to come up with all the great ideas. The role of a leader is to create an environment in which great ideas can happen.

7. Regardless of WHAT we do in our lives, our WHY—our driving purpose, cause or belief—never changes.

8. That’s the problem with love; we only know when we’ve found it because it “just feels right.”

#9 Facebook, 22 March 2012

9. Self confidence is the ability to exercise restraint in the face of disrespect and still show respect in response.

#10 Twitter, 16 November 2011

10. Working hard for something we don’t care about it is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion.

#11 Twitter, 7 November 2011

11. Life is beautiful not because of the things we see or do, it is beautiful because of the people we meet.

#12 Twitter, 29 March 2016

12. It’s better to disappoint with the truth than please with a lie.

#13 Facebook, 4 November 2014

13. When we help ourselves, we find moments of happiness. When we help others, we find lasting fulfillment.

#14 Facebook, 28 July 2015

14. The goal is not to be perfect by the end. The goal is to be better today.

#15 Twitter, 31 March 2011

15. The primary ingredient for progress is optimism. That unwavering belief that something can be better, drives the human race forward.

#16 Twitter, 23 April 2013

16. Always plan for the fact that no plan ever goes according to plan.

#17 Twitter, 27 July 2017

17. Leadership is not a journey to rise in the ranks. Leadership is a journey to help those around us rise.

#18 Twitter, 27 January 2017

18. Fight against something and we focus on the thing we hate. Fight for something and we focus on the thing we love.

#19 Twitter, 5 January 2017

19. There’s an entire section in the bookshop called self-help. What we need is a section called help others.

#20 Twitter, 29 February 2016

20. The only way to find out if it will work is simple – do it.

#21 Twitter, 4 January 2016

21. Greatness is not born from one success. Greatness is born from persevering through the countless failed attempts that preceded.

#22 Twitter, 29 September 2015

22. We have to dream. How else will we make a future that does not yet exist?

#23 Twitter, 13 February 2015

23. Safe is good for sidewalks and swimming pools but life requires risk if we are to get anywhere.

#24 Twitter, 20 January 2015

24. Dr. King gave the “I have a dream” speech, not the “I have a plan” speech. Lets inspire people with our dreams, not bore them with our plans.

#25 Twitter, 18 November 2014

25. A team is not a group of people that work together. A team is a group of people that trust each other.

#26 Twitter, 27 August 2014

26. The mind can be convinced but the heart must be won.

#27 Twitter, 22 June 2013

27. If we want to achieve anything in this world, we have to get used to the idea that not everyone will like us.

#28 Twitter, 18 April 2013

28. Hearing is listening to what is said. Listening is hearing what isn’t said.

#29 Twitter, 14 February 2013

29. Don’t give to get. Give to inspire others to give.

#30 Twitter, 16 January 2013

30. Good friends make us better people. They cheer us on when we hit bottom and keep us humble when we reach the top.

#31 Twitter, 11 October 2012

31. What good is an good idea if it remains an idea? Try. Experiment. Iterate. Fail. Try again. Change the world.

#32 Twitter, 29 September 2017

32. If we be good we will do great. If we do good we will be great.

Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action