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Best Simon Sinek Quotes on the Infinite Game, Start with Why, and Leadership

Quotes from the author of The Infinite Game - Simon Sinek - TED Talk sensation

Simon Sinek's book “The Infinite Game” published late 2019 is the first new book from the thought leadership guru and Start with Why author since Find Your Why in 2017, and comes ahead of his tour Down Under in 2020

Here, a preview of some of the best Simon Sinek quotes from “The Infinite Game”, The Growth Faculty's own interview with Simon, and other interviews and promotions.
As well, quotes from Sinek’s TED Talk, the third most popular TED Talk of all time, his New York Times  and Wall Street Journal bestsellers Leaders Eat Last and Together is Better, the Simon Sinek website, and online interviews with Sinek himself.  

“What good is it having a belly if there's no fire in it? Wake up, drink your passion, light a match and get to work.”
 “Finite players play to beat the people around them. Infinite players play to be better than themselves.”

“No matter how successful we are in life, when we die, none of us will be declared the winner of life.”

[Work-life balance] has nothing to do with the hours we work or the stress we suffer. It has to do with where we feel safe. If we feel safe at home, but we don't feel safe at work, then we will suffer what we perceive to be a work-life imbalance."

“Great leaders are the ones who think beyond “short term” versus “long term.” They are the ones who know that it is not about the next quarter or the next election; it is about the next generation.”

"When we lead with an infinite mindset in an infinite game, it leads to all kinds of problems, the most common of which include the decline of trust, cooperation and innovation." 

"The game of business fits the very definition of an infinite game."  

 “We achieve more when we chase the dream instead of the competition.”

“When I discovered this concept of finite and infinite games, I realised that I wasn’t the one who didn’t understand how business works, they [business leaders] are the ones who don’t understand how business works.” 

"Despite the fact that companies are playing in a game that cannot be won, too many business leaders keep playing as if they can." 

"Players with an infinite mindset want to leave their organisations in better shape than they found them."

"An infinite perspective frees us from fixating on what other companies are doing, which allows us to focus on a larger vision." 

"Great products fail all the time. It's how a company is led that determines the long-term success of an organisation."  

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

"Admitting that I didn’t know something and asking for help was perhaps the single best lesson I ever learnt."

"People don’t buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it."

“There are only two ways to influence human behaviour: you can manipulate it or you can inspire it.”

"Happy employees ensure happy customers. And happy customers ensure happy shareholders—in that order."

“Leadership is always about people.”

“Leadership is an education. And the best leaders think of themselves as the students, not the teachers.”

“If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears.”

 “Great companies don't hire skilled people and motivate them, they hire already motivated people and inspire them.”

“It’s embarrassing I have a career. I talk about trust and co-operation: I shouldn’t have any work!”

“A star wants to see himself rise to the top. A leader wants to see those around him rise to the top.”

“Success is when reality looks like what’s in our imagination.”

“Leadership is not about being in charge. Leadership is about taking care of those in your charge.”

“Leadership is a daily practice.”

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

“True strength is the courage to admit weakness.”

 “Making all the right decisions is not what engenders trust between people or between people and organisations. Being honest does.”

“It good people are asked to work in a bad culture, one in which leaders do not relinquish control, then the odds of something bad happening go up.”

“There is so much talk about awareness or driving the conversation that we’ve failed to notice that talk doesn’t solve problem; the investment  of time and energy by real human beings does.”

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