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Inspiration for Your Worldview

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Channeling the wisdom of others, I’ve incorporated the following seven quotes into my everyday worldview.  I hope you enjoy each one, and that they inspire you as well.

To frame this blogpost, I honor my Mom who used to say to me, “Learn something new everyday.”  To which I would irreverently reply, “…so that I’m really smart when I die?”  Mom would simply smile, and say, “yes.”

Here we go:

I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection.  Excellence I can reach for; perfection is God’s business.” – Michael J. Fox

I am fixated on excellence. Think Excellence, Not Difference continues to serve as my foundation philosophy for building an enterprise. We all want excellence, in all aspects of our lives. That’s what we should expect, of most people and most actions, most of the time. Leave your standards of perfection to the almighty, but always reach for excellence.

“None of us is as smart as all of us.” – Phil Condit

If you and I always agree, one of us isn’t needed. Together, we’ll accomplish much more than any of us on our own. Life is a team sport; get on board.

Do, or do not…there is no try.” – Yoda

I do not believe in giving every child a “participation” trophy. There are winners, and there are losers. Winners need to learn humility; losers need to learn to work harder to become winners. In the real world, effort alone isn’t enough. Never confuse activity for productivity. Get it done.

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“You can’t build your reputation on what you’re going to do.” – Henry Ford

I wish all of our elected leaders truly embraced this fundamental concept. We all build our personal brands through our rearview mirror…it’s a reflection of what you’ve already accomplished, not a promise of the future. Do it now. We frequently say, “do good, and get caught.”

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“People have been misnamed. We’re called ‘human beings.’ But aren’t we almost always ‘human doings?’” We need more time just to ‘be.’” – Rabbi Mark Levin

This is so true.  How much time in your day is spent simply “being” and absorbing everything around you? If we turn down life’s noise, we can hear and see so much. Try to be a “being” for 15 minutes everyday. Find a place, and go there. To be or not to be…yup, ol’ Bill Shakespeare had it right.

“If you think you can do a thing, or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

I’m always amazed at the downhill skiers at the Olympics. They train for most of their lives for a one-minute run on the brink of disaster. Watch them before they start…you can see in their faces how they are visualizing their run. Each turn. Every dip. We are all our own worst enemy…or best friend. The only thing we can ever truly control is our attitude. Make it a good one, with a positive inclination. Nobody wants to be around Negative Nancy or Downer David. Envision success, and you’ll achieve it.

“Many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point-of-view.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi

The person I call a terrorist, others call a freedom fighter. Was Darth Vadar a good or bad guy? Is Obama a good president? Is the economy “good” right now? Was that meal worth the cost? All of our “truths” are rooted in our point-of-view. As a communications professional, I’ve learned one of the most important aspects of effective communication is focusing on the recipient, not the sender. Essentially, it’s not what I WANT you to know; it’s what you NEED to hear. Everyone owns their own point-of-view.

What are your favorite quotes, and why?   What inspires your worldview?

Here’s to “ever better” as we all move through the journey we call life.  Onward and upward.

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2 Responses to Inspiration for Your Worldview

  1. Gary M. Jones says:

    Nice post, Eric. All of these are good but you saved the best for last. I don’t remember Obi-Wan saying it but, as a fellow communicator, the point is well made.

    Keeping your audience’s perspective in mind is Job One as you craft your message.


  2. Jacob Wayman says:

    Great insight Eric. Very much appreciate the quotes you so perfectly described. I am a bit of a quotes individual myself (I have a folder just for quotes).

    You pose the question… “What are your favorite quotes, and why?” For me, I have many, but the one I utilize on a daily basis comes from the great Walt Disney.

    “It’s kinda fun to do the impossible.”

    This quote implies multiple ideas, but I see it more as a challenge to do the unexpected, set goals that far exceed everyone’s expectations. It is a chance to challenge yourself and enjoy the ride. The excitement comes from the process of reaching your goal and once you accomplish it the feeling is unexplainable. Of course there will be ups and downs, but that is why we challenge ourselves. Shoot for the moon, what do you have to lose?!

    Thanks again for this post. Love reading the insights of great leaders.

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