Simon McKeon quotes

  • I embrace the concept of enlightened self-interest - that in doing something for others, people also reap profound benefits for themselves. It might involve a little bit of sacrifice and discipline, but, and this is so crucial to understand, that participation has given me back so, so much more than I have given it.
    -- Simon McKeon

    #Leadership #Sacrifice #Self

  • Investing intelligently in those of us who are marginalised means fewer people in jail, fewer homeless, fewer unemployed, fewer of us who are forlorn and depressed, fewer people addicted to things that drag us down... Because as we invest in those that do it tough, we will see more Australians taking pride in themselves, having realisable dreams and aspirations and making their own positive contribution to the world's greatest nation.
    -- Simon McKeon

    #Leadership #Dream #Mean

  • I need a dose of the natural environment on a regular basis. It balances the bitumen and high rises of Collins Street.
    -- Simon McKeon

    #Balance #Needs #Environment

  • I am confident there is a cause for everyone. Think of how you can contribute; we all have different skills.
    -- Simon McKeon

    #Thinking #Skills #Community

  • If your body is crying out for a change, or crying out that it's unhappy, for goodness sake listen to it. Our bodies aren't machines that get by with a grease and oil change every 50,000 kilometres. Stress is part of life but if prolonged stress is in our life, we have to ask ourselves if we are in the right place, right frame of mind, or doing the right job.
    -- Simon McKeon

    #Jobs #Stress #Men

  • Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.

  • Defeat in itself was part and parcel of the great gambling game of politics. A man who could not accept it and try again was not of the stuff of which leaders are made.

  • I believe in a business boarding up early. If you make a mistake, you put the boards in the window of the store and say, "Hey, I made a mistake." Let me take two shots in the arm and a punch on the nose and let me get on to the next thing. I don't believe in worrying over failures. I worry about successes. This is opposite from most people. Most people zero in on their failures. I try to keep all my attention on a pyramid type philosophy rather than the averaging-down philosophy.

  • I don't want to abandon one work for the other, and I don't think I need to sacrifice anything to put my all into either one of them.

  • I don't feel I made any sacrifices at all. I'm doing my best to juggle.

  • Become strong again in spirit, strong in will, strong in endurance, strong to bear all sacrifices

  • ...we understand only the individual's capacity to make sacrifices for the community, for his fellow men.

  • The sacrifice of personal existence is necessary to secure the preservation of the species.

  • One bright and thankful look at the cross is worth a thousand morbid, self-condemning reflections.

  • Write. No amount of self-inflicted misery, altered states, black pullovers or being publicly obnoxious will ever add up to your being a writer. Writers write. On you go.