The Rocket Company dispatched me to live blog from this year’s Catalyst Conference and I’m glad they did.  Day 2 of the conference was absolutely full of rich leadership content.  The following are the Top 99 Leadership Quotes of the day:

Reggie Joiner

  1. It’s just interesting that people who used to be known aren’t anymore…People come and go.
  2. You will die sooner than you think.
  3. You will be forgotten.
  4. You will only be remembered by the people who know you now.
  5. When you see how much time you have left, you get serious about the time you have now.
  6. When you see how much time you have left, you make what matters matter more.
  7. You can’t make a kid love God.  You can’t make a kid read the Bible.  At some point, they’re going to make their own decisions.
  8. You can talk a kid into believing what you believe but another person can talk them out of it.
  9. Leaving a legacy means you keep doing your part believing God is going to do His part.
  10. I’m not God.  I’m not the Holy Spirit.  I can’t change anyone but I can invest in a few.
  11. The reason you can’t see spiritual growth in a person’s life you’re working with is because it’s spiritual.
  12. The reason you can’t measure progress sometimes is because it’s so gradual.
  13. God proved love over time.  If you take love and lay it over time it’s believable.
  14. Love over time gives someone a sense of worth.  We’re living in a time with people who don’t understand their worth.
  15. Fun over time gives someone a different sense of connection.
  16. Churches that don’t have fun have a spiritual issue.
  17. Stories over time give us perspective.
  18. When you see how much time you have life you spend time with a few.
  19. Inheritance is something you leave for someone.  Legacy is what you leave in them.
  20. Leaving a legacy has less to be with being magnificent, but more to being ordinary.
  21. When a daughter is born, you start learning how to let go.

Priscilla Shirer

  1. There has never been a time in church history in which 15,000 young leaders could be called together to study God’s Word.
  2. If you think it’s a miracle you were born, think about how much more it is a miracle you were born again.  Since the beginning of time there has been a war for your soul.
  3. God has a patience that not only can He save you, He can change you.
  4. People get excited about treasure that is already yours.  This conference is not about getting more treasure but about opening the drawer and getting the treasure that is already yours.

Mary Landrieu – Democratic Senator from Louisiana

  1. There are many people in the world who don’t know that children belong in families.
  2. Children need families.  Government does some things well.  Raising children is not one of them.  Parents raise children.

Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze (Dave’s middle daughter) 

  1. I was that dad that screwed up. – DR
  2. I met God on the way up but I got to know Him on the way down. – DR
  3. When it comes to your money, your kids are going to do what you do, not what you say.  More is taught than caught. – DR
  4. Money makes you more of what you already are. – RC
  5. You can be a missionary, just don’t do it by missionary dating.  If a boy drives into the driveway and honks the horn, he better be delivering a pizza. – RC
  6. I stand here to prove to you that God’s grace is real.  I’m that dad. – DR

Uncle Si from Duck Dynasty 

  1. I’m like a fine-tuned race car.  After he goes 7-8 times around the track, you need a pit stop.  That’s why I drink tea.
  2. The book is written by a red neck for a red neck.
  3. I grew a long beard so people could not call me a bald-face liar.
  4. 95% of the book is true.  I put 5% in it to kick it up a notch.
  5. I’m like the 5th wheel on a good tractor trailer.  You can’t haul nothing without a good 5th wheel.
  6. The whole TV network are just pulling their hair out trying to figure out why Duck Dynasty is such a big hit.  They leave out the God factor.
  7. God has taken us and made us tv stars.
  8. The Almighty is directing this and He is going to take Duck Dynasty where He wants it to go and who He wants it to go to.
  9. When I get up and go duck hunting, I’m with the Creator enjoying His masterpiece.
  10. I don’t know what people do when they don’t believe in God.  If they are diagnosed with cancer, who do they turn to except the Creator?
  11. I’m amazed America has embraced the Robinson family and we appreciate it.

Cory Booker – Mayor Of Newark, NJ

  1. Purpose is more important than a position.
  2. It was hard to have the courage to confront fear.
  3. When you find purpose and pursue it courage and passion it’s amazing how the universe will conspire to help you.
  4. God has plans for you that you don’t even know about.  But it’s hard to be lead while you’re sitting there.
  5. This world will make you do a lot to conform and fit into boxes.
  6. “Everyone is born an original and most die copies.” – Abraham Lincoln
  7. The rewards in my life from daring to be different have been significant.
  8. Fear is the opposite of love.  It makes us small.
  9. We can’t stop being risk-takers.
  10. The awesomeness of God tells us we don’t have all the answers.
  11. Talent is important but values are even more important.
  12. Your values speak so loudly I can’t hear what you say.
  13. Your job is to never stop learning and growing.  You can always get better.
  14. Your emotions are choices.
  15. I am not a slave to circumstance.  I can always make a choice about my emotional response.
  16. You have the ability to change reality because of your response.
  17. Why would you take a second of your life and not treat as if it’s special.
  18. When I have a really bad day, my default position is what can I learn from this?
  19. The world you see outside of you is a reflection of what is inside of you.
  20. You cannot have great breakthroughs without great frustration.
  21. Expressing gratitude is one of the most healing things you can do.
  22. The potholes are just as valuable to me as the smooth roads.
  23. You can’t have extraordinary results without extraordinary efforts.

Jud Wilhite

  1. If you’re in leadership you know the weight of that prayer. – “Lord, take me out of the game.”
  2. Everybody likes you until you lead.
  3. No matter how tough your assignment is, it is probably not nearly as tough as Hosea’s.
  4. Love the calling you have.  Not the one you wish you have.
  5. Your calling doesn’t originate with you and end with you.
  6. When you’re worn out, don’t let anyone steal your calling.
  7. If you rejoice in the God who calls you then you will rejoice in what He called you to.
  8. I didn’t know I needed Jesus (as a teenager) but I knew I needed help.  I love the church.
  9. The church is the only community that changes individuals from the inside out.
  10. God didn’t call you to fruit.  He called you to faithfulness.
  11. If you love God then you need to love what God loves.  God loves the church.
  12. If you don’t love the church you forfeit the right to critique it and make it better.
  13. Focus on your church’s unique strengths.
  14. Stop comparing your church to others.  This needs to be said again, again, again, again, and again.
  15. Social media is a billboard, not a diary.  You don’t see all the challenges that are faced at that church.
  16. Ministry is hard.  Whether it’s 50 people, 500, or 5,000 it’s hard.
  17. Tell the stories of life-change.  It’s all about the story of what Jesus is doing in people’s lives.
  18. “You almost quit on this…This is the work I am doing and you are lucky enough to be a part of it.” – God to Jud

Andy Stanley

  1. Leaders don’t leave (conferences early).
  2. I have to make things simple for me to understand them.
  3. “Level 5 leaders have the humility to aspire to be the dumbest person in the room.” – Jim Collins
  4. “We are ladies and gentlemen serving ladies and gentlemen.” – Ritz Carlton mission statement
  5. “You are not a servant.  You are a lady.” – Ritz Carlton
  6. Most decisions are pre-decided when the mission is clear.
  7. A sign of good leadership is you are making fewer and fewer decisions.
  8. You will never be a great church if you haven’t decided what the church is there for.
  9. You will have a hard time convincing others to join you if you don’t know what you’re there for.
  10. Leaders love working for people who give them crystal clear instructions.
  11. If you want to be a great leader tell people, “If you come to work here you will do this and this only.”
  12. The reason you don’t have a sticky statement is because you haven’t taken the time to create one.
  13. I can’t make anyone fall in love with Jesus.  I just setup dates.
  14. Your personal calling is going to be where you find your passion.

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