Quotes and sayings can be a little “hokey” for some people, but I like them. I like it when I find new phrases that resonate, I like it when I come across a quote that makes me smile and I even like it when I re-discover older sayings that still have meaning for me.
I have a tattoo on my arm that says, Carpe Diem. I got it just before a 2011 charity boxing match that I participated in. It was a big commitment to do the training and get in that ring. I was about the same age at which my dad had died of a heart attack. I was doing something that not too many people do. Seizing the day, seemed like a good sentiment, and one of the ways that I live my life.
I have a card over my desk at work. It is a birthday card my mom sent me quite a few years ago, with a quote from James Dean. You will have heard it many times before, “Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.” That is how I try to live my life. There is a quote from the movie Braveheart with a similar sentiment, “Every man dies. Not every man truly lives.” I love it!
When asked about any personal success I might have enjoyed in my career I will often cite Time Management as an area that has been huge for me. To be able to maximize time, to be as productive as possible it takes a discipline and constantly finding new ways to manage time. Zig Ziglar said, “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty four hours a day”. A similar quote from H Jackson Brown says, “Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein”. Pretty powerful statement, IF you want to really hear it.
There are many others that have influenced me, affected me, supported my own ideas and helped me to achieve some success thus far in my life.
“Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.” Francesca Reigler
“I would rather regret the things I have done, than the things I haven’t done.” Lucille Ball
“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand and a determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” Vince Lombardi.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Martin Luther King.
I have always taken pride in my work ethic, believing, like Thomas Jefferson that “Some people dream of success, while others wake up and work hard at it.”
To some people these quotes are just words that may or may not resonate. To me they are much more than that, they inspire me, remind me of how I got here and what it will take to achieve those next goals.
As a motorbike rider and somebody who tries to squeeze as much as possible into life I particularly like this quote, which has not been attributed to any one person. “Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely, in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ‘What a ride!’’’
I have many more that I could post but I will finish with one of my own … Walk Fast and Smile! The walk fast meaning attack life ‘with purpose’, and the smile meaning enjoy life and let everyone around you know it!
What keeps you grounded?
What motivates you?
Kevin Dee is Chairman and founder of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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