Today’s business tip from …
Walter “Walt” Whitman May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist, and journalist. A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse. His work was very controversial in its time, particularly his poetry collection Leaves of Grass, which was described as obscene for its overt sexuality.
“The genius of the United States is not best or most in its executives or legislatures, nor in its ambassadors or authors or colleges, or churches, or parlors, nor even in its newspapers or inventors, but always most in the common people.”
I notice that we, as a society, look up to the elected, hired or appointed leaders to guide our country and those in it. After all, aren’t these people smarter than the rest of us?
According to Walt, the geniuses or the best people in our country is the common people. I take that to mean you and me!!
What a refreshing take on life! But how does that apply to life and business?
Sometimes, the lowliest employee can come up with the greatest idea for a new product or for a business system.
Listen to those around you and see what you can learn.
I will leave you with one last quote from Walt:
“Re-examine all that you have been told… dismiss that which insults your soul.”