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Greg Brown’s Advice
for My Students
Part 2

Here is more advice from Motorola Solutions Chairman and CEO, Greg Brown, that isn’t in Why It Matters: Reflections on Practical Leadership.

  • “When you hit bumps in the road, ask for help.”
  • “The place to succeed is where you are, not where you want to be.”
  • “How you think determines how you feel. How you feel determines your actions. Your actions determine your choices.”
  • “The bad times define you more than the good times.”
  • “Take your role and job seriously, but don’t take yourself so seriously.”
  • “Your life is determined by your perspectives. You always find what you look for.”
  • “Inspect what you expect.”
  • “You receive what you believe.”
  • “Energy and attitude are as important as knowledge.”
  • “When assembling a team, look for quality and look for fit.”
  • “Wishing for what you don’t have is a waste of time. Appreciate what you do have.”
  • “Watch how people treat others.”
  • “The best leaders are authentic.”
  • “Never have a bad day.”
  • “Motivate different people differently.”
  • “When you see a fire, run toward it.”
  • “Don’t try to be everywhere or you’ll end up nowhere.”
  • “Good leaders inspire others. The best leaders inspire confidence.”
  • “You are who you hang out with.”
  • “If you aren’t faced with uncertainty or don’t have doubts, then you aren’t doing as much as you can.”
  • “Have an insatiable appetite for learning.”
  • “Not knowing is okay.”
  • “People decide how good you are, not you.”
  • “There can be small differences in success and failure.”
  • “Meeting challenges of adversity is tonic for the soul.”
  • “Fear is when you have no plan.”
  • “It’s okay to be proud of your accomplishments, but never be defined by them.”
  • “Live in the moment, get in the game, and don’t be afraid.”
  • “Don’t think about yourself. Think about where you can make a difference.”
  • “Surround yourself with people who know you, love you, and have no agenda other than helping you.”
  • “Know the difference in motivating and inspiring. Motivating means getting people to do something needing to be done. Inspiring means having people do things on their own because they already know what needs to be done.”
  • “Don’t focus on the actions of others toward you. Instead, focus on their intentions. Don’t judge the words or actions. Judge the intent.”

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