John Cusack Practical Quotes on Strong Digital Leadership

Every once and a while, I draw inspiration from movies and actors/actresses. I have a post paying tribute to the great movie. What about Bob? Baby Steps - A Guide to Digital Transformation. I have another post comparing executive meetings with a classic Darth Vadar scene from The Empire Strike's Back. My two personal favorite movie posts are product management advice from the Tom Hanks movie Big and using a great quote from The Hunt for Red October on challenging sacred cows and leaving the past behind.

So, for my last post of 2019, I'm going to share with you some of my favorite quotes from John Cusack and his movies. If you haven't see Better off Dead, Say Anything, or Grosse Pointe Blank, then you're missing some classic places to pull witty bits of wisdom that can be applied in many leadership settings.


On Product Development and Innovation


  • "I think all you need is a small taste of success, and you will find it suits you."
  • "Go that way, really fast. If something gets in your way, turn."
  • “I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don't want to do that.”
  • "I'm not making any plans. I'm just going to let the universe surprise me."

On Communications and Relationships


  • “I force people to have coffee with me, just because I don't trust that a friendship can be maintained without any other senses besides a computer or cellphone screen.” 
  • “My job is to just express something that I want to express. And if I'm ahead or behind the curve, that's for others to decide.” 
  • "Look, I don't want to get into a semantic argument, I just want the protein."

On Leadership


  • "If I show up at your door, chances are you did something to bring me there." 
  • "Don't buy into the corporate mythology that's been rammed down our throats for all these years." 
  • "You must chill. You must chill."

Sources: Inspiring Quotes, Tampa Bay Times, AZ Quotes, quotetab, Quotes

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