Inspirational Quote from Walt Whitman

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Walt Whitman

WalterWaltWhitman 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.”

Inspirational Quote from Walt Whitman -- The Complete Poems of Walt WhitmanInteresting insight from a somewhat controversial man — at least during his lifetime.

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.”

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Inspirational Quote from Don Miguel Ruiz

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Don Miguel Ruiz

Miguel Ángel Ruiz Macías (born August 27, 1952), better known by his pseudonym as Don Miguel Ruiz, is a Mexican author of Toltec spiritualist and neoshamanistic texts. His work is best-received among members of the New Thought movement that focuses on ancient teachings as a means to achieve spiritual enlightenment. Ruiz is listed as one of the Watkins 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People in 2014.

“Don’t Make Assumptions. Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.”

Don Miguel wrote one of the most popular contemporary Spiritual books:  The Four Agreements.

The quote above is an explanation of his third agreement:  Don’t make assumptions.  Along with the obvious (and humorous definition), assumptions cause misunderstandings, false judgments and, ultimately, extra drama that we don’t need in our lives.

So how does this translate into life and business?  When a customer has a problem, listen to them first and don’t assume you know the answer to their problem before they tell you or that they are wrong before you know the complete story.

Like Don Miguel says, ask the questions that need to be asked and express what you want rather than making assumptions about a situation.

And I agree, not making assumptions can be life transforming!!

I will close with this thought from Don Miguel:

“When we believe in lies, we cannot see the truth, so we make thousands of assumptions and we take them as truth. One of the biggest assumptions we make is that the lies we believe are the truth!”

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Inspirational Quote from Joseph Pulitzer

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Joseph Pulitzer

Joseph J. Pulitzer (April 10, 1847 – October 29, 1911) was a newspaper publisher of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the New York World. Pulitzer introduced the techniques of yellow journalism (a type of journalism that presents little or no legitimate well-researched news) to the newspapers he acquired in the 1880s. He became a leading national figure in the Democratic Party and was elected congressman from New York. He crusaded against big business and corruption, and helped keep the Statue of Liberty in New York. Today, he is best known for the Pulitzer Prizes, which were established in 1917 as a result of his endowment of Columbia University.

“Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light.”

Beautiful words written by a gifted man!

Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and PowerI am not in the newspaper business, but I would think that this quote should be posted in every newspaper office!

Joseph’s words speak not only to journalism, but writing as a whole — including (and maybe especially) sales copy and product descriptions!

He emphasizes four attributes that constitute good writing:  brief, clear, picturesque and accurate.  An excellent measure for good copy!!

I want to close this section by one final quote:

“Principles, convictions and motives are neither sold nor bargained for!”

Inspirational Quote from Friedrick Nietzsche

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Friedrick Nietzsche

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (15 October 1844 – 25 August 1900) was a German philosopher, cultural critic, composer, poet, philologist, and a Latin and Greek scholar whose work has exerted a profound influence on Western philosophy and modern intellectual history.  He began his career as a classical philologist before turning to philosophy. He became the youngest ever to hold the Chair of Classical Philology at the University of Basel in 1869 at the age of 24. Nietzsche resigned in 1879 due to health problems that plagued him most of his life; he completed much of his core writing in the following decade.

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

Finally!  After 60 some years, I finally found the person who originally said that famous phrase!!

Seems to me that my mother quoted these words to me many, many times as I was growing up!  At the time, I found them cold and uncaring, but now that I am older I understand how this works.

Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrick NietzscheWe learn by enduring the fiery trials of life.  When we hang in there, the trials of life will teach us important lessons.  But if we give up or walk away, we learn nothing — or maybe we learn to just quit when the going gets tough.

This quote also reminds me of a Bible verse from I Corinthians 10:13:

“He (God) will not suffer you to be tempted beyond that which ye are able to bear”

Put those two quotes together, and you have an encouraging look at the trials of life.

What can you do today to implant in your mind that the rough times of life pass as you stand firm?

 

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Inspirational Quote from Mark Nepo

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Mark Nepo

Mark Nepo (born February 23, 1951, in Brooklyn, New York), is a poet and philosopher who has taught in the fields of poetry and spirituality for over 30 years. Nepo is best known for his New York Times #1 bestseller, The Book of Awakening. He has published 12 books and recorded six audio projects. A cancer survivor, Nepo writes and teaches about the journey of inner transformation and the life of relationship.

“There are many ways that we grow, but there are two major ways: We shed what no longer works, or we’re broken open. If we’re unwilling to shed, then we will be broken open. Through shedding, we are worn down, just as nature is eroded to its beauty. I think that through suffering, human beings are eroded to our beauty.”

We grow either by changing or being changed.

The universe is an ever growing and changing entity.  And, as part of the universe, we, too, must change with it!

According to Mark, either we move with the change, or we will be broken open, worn down or eroded.  Sounds harsh, but think about how many times we changed for the better because of a seeming misfortune in our lives.

Either we let go or we are broken open — very much like nature!  When the spring waters move through the swollen stream, the bank surrenders and moves with the river. It doesn’t fight, it doesn’t resist!

What can you do today to let go, move through change, and claim your true beauty?

 

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