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"If you want to build a ship... teach [people] to long for the endless immensity of the sea."

"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea." ~ Antoine de Saint Exupéry
10:37 AM Aug 07 2011

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"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."

~ Antoine de Saint Exupéry

I've seen two variations on this quote:

if you want to build a ship quote Antoine de Saint-Exupery

yearn for the vast and endless sea quote Antoine de Saint-Exupery

ship in harbor is safe but that is not what ships are built for QUOTE John A Shedd

Joyce Park I think we're gonna need a bigger boat.

I know, right? The actual wood stuff will be handled by Foxconn.

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Brilliantly said...

brilliant!

You are responsible for your ties: those you grasp, those you strengthen, those you weaken, and those you let go.

That's so beautiful and NTM (new to me)... thank you! :-)

Great quote. I like that it focuses on the longer term, and prioritizes motivation and passion instead of tasks. It also aligns perfectly with a lot of the research on motivation.

Is longing for immensity a type of motivation?

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