Earlier this week, Susan Alvarado, an extremely capable government relations consultant, founder of Alvarado & Bennett, and as strong and vibrant a person as I know, offered a suggestion: that I ask my clients and other readers to share their favorite quotations, quotations that have a positive influence on how they lead their business lives.
Susan offered hers:
"Always be yourself. The people that matter don't mind and the ones that mind don't matter."
This is so true. And believe me, Susan is amazing, which influences me to think about what helps guide her.
Which quotations inspire and guide you?
to write a quick email to me with your favorite quotations so that I can share them with all of our readers.
Quotations can be very powerful. Starting your morning with inspiration can define the trajectory of your entire day. Reading a quote after a tough meeting can provide motivation. Memorizing favorites can keep you on track with your goals and provide confidence in times of stress.
I personally have a lot of quotations that I find meaningful. At the risk of mentioning too many, I cannot help but include these, as I really find each one of them helpful!
“God gives us the weather, what we do with it is up to us.”
This helps me focus on my attitude, and attitude is everything. How can I make the best of a given situation?
“Humility is the foundation of growth.”
A key to success in our business and personal lives is striving for continuous improvement. Having a sense of humility enables me to have the thought, “I may be pretty good at this, but I know I can be better, and will try to be.”
“A secret to success is always being 15 minutes early.”
Being early has served me very well over the years. It shows desire in business, and respect for others. Great story: last year I was meeting someone for the first time. I showed up 15 minutes early; she was also 15 minutes early and seemed to be impressed. In fact, early in our conversation, she asked how we could do business together. I am convinced that it was her first impression that helped.
My friend and associate Amanda Huffman is guided by Henry David Thoreau quote about doing justice to your own character while seeking your goals with humility:
“Be resolutely and faithfully what you are; be humbly what you aspire to be.”
Which quotes motivate you?
Again, please shoot me a quick email with a quote that inspires you and, if you like, why you like to keep the quote at the front of your mind. I will not attribute any quotes to you unless you ask me to.