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Favorite Inspirational Quotes for CFOs

CFO quotesI wanted to share my own favorite inspirational quote which I look to when I am at the crossroads of a major career decision:

Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other opinions drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”  Steve Jobs

What quote motivates you and helps you relight your "pilot light" when you face challenges in your career?


Gary Struzik
Title: CFO
Company: InScope Solutions
(CFO, InScope Solutions) |

Thanks for giving us a reminder to step back from the busyness of life to consider the crossroads. Three thoughts come to mind for our encouragement:
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will direct your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6

"Some see difficulty in every opportunity. Others see opportunity in every difficulty." Winston Churchill

“Focus on where you want to go, not on what you fear." - Anthony Robbins

Ernie Humphrey CTP
Title: VP, Thought Leadership
Company: Stampli
LinkedIn Profile
(VP, Thought Leadership, Stampli) |

I would like to a few of my new favorite quotes contributed by CFOs from a similar discussion I started on LnkedIn:

"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react."- Charles Swindol

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." -
Winston Churchill

From Steve Prefontaine: "To do anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift."

Those who have not made big mistakes, must have had a very boring and unproductive life."-Napoleon Bonaparte

"Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” - Will Rogers

Mark Matheny
Title: VP - FInancial Planning and Analysis
Company: Novolex (formerly Hilex Poly)
(VP - FInancial Planning and Analysis, Novolex (formerly Hilex Poly)) |

Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.”

― Christopher McDougall, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

Chad Gardner
Title: Vice President, Finance
Company: Sage
(Vice President, Finance, Sage) |

Whether you think you can or think you can't you are correct.
When you first get the news, wait for the sacrament of confirmation ~ Voltaire
Common sense is not so common ~ Voltaire
We are what we continuously do, excellence then is not an act, but a habit ~Aristotle
You may delay, but time will not and lost time is never found again ~ Benjamin Franklin

(principal partner) |

"If what you have is not what you need, it is not your harvest, it is your seed". Not sure of the source.

Jerry Dresel
Title: CFO
Company: Dejana Truck
(CFO, Dejana Truck ) |

My favorite is ... you can manage what you don't measure

Tarun Joshi
Title: Manager
Company: Deutsche Bank
(Manager, Deutsche Bank) |

"You are successful and creative if you find opportunity in every problem" Swami Chinmayananda

(Director of Finance and Admin) |

“Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I will remember. Involve me and I will understand. Step back and I will act.”
-Chinese Proverb

"Early to bed and early to rise make a man healthy, wealthy, and wise."
-Benjamin Franklin

Roger Singh
Title: Manager Finance
Company: National Training Agency
(Manager Finance, National Training Agency) |

A concentrated mind pays attention to THOUGHTS,WORDS,ACTIONS AND PLANS-If you permit your mind to roam aimlessly,you will not accomplish ANYTHING WORTHWHILE in your lifetime!
....Do nothing,then prepare to BE NOTHING!

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Mike Caruana
Title: Director of Financial Services
Company: Diamond Resorts International
(Director of Financial Services, Diamond Resorts International) |

I really like the quote "Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence."

Mary Boettcher
Title: HR/HRIS Specialist
Company: Marion County, Oregon
(HR/HRIS Specialist, Marion County, Oregon) |

I really like this quote. Do you know who said it?

(Manager) |

Mary, I don't know if he was the absolute first, but he was at least the most famous... Vince Lombardi

Kundan Lal
Title: Accounting & Finance Consultant
Company: Real Time Cloud Services, LLC
(Accounting & Finance Consultant, Real Time Cloud Services, LLC) |

Being CFO is the business that you run, not the business you work for. You are your own business. Your customer is the business you work for, you are compensated by the business you work for and have to deliver value for the business you work for. - The Guide To CFO Success

Ernie Humphrey CTP
Title: VP, Thought Leadership
Company: Stampli
LinkedIn Profile
(VP, Thought Leadership, Stampli) |

I have a new quote to add to my favorites courtesy of Richard Branson: "Train people well enough so they can leave; Treat them well enough so they don't want to."

Mary Boettcher
Title: HR/HRIS Specialist
Company: Marion County, Oregon
(HR/HRIS Specialist, Marion County, Oregon) |

Thank you :)

Dmitry Faybysh
Title: CEO
Company: Bankcard Analytics
(CEO, Bankcard Analytics) |

one of my favorites...

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. "Chinese Proverb"


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