[Since I haven’t done this in awhile, a quick explanation. I collect quotes from a variety of places, but don’t have a good way of sharing or processing them. This series is my way of sharing what inspires and challenges me with others.]
It’s easy to pretend that the dominant narrative is insightful, based in reality and in sync with what we wish it was. Denying it doesn’t make it go away, though.
We can’t easily change the dominant narrative that people have about us, we certainly can’t do it by insisting that our customers or colleagues bring more nuance to the table.
Instead, we can do it through action. Vivid, memorable interactions are what people remember. Surprises and vivid action matter far more than we imagine, and we regularly underinvest in them.
Many are inspired by your dreams.
Few care about your problems.
Honestly, this is a super depressing quote to me. And I’m not sure I agree with it. In some ways, it’s certainly true–people don’t like negativity. But does it mean we can only talk about our dreams? I’m not sure.
Primarily because I think it’s scary to think This Is It. This is what I got. Changing the numbers on my bank account or the size of TV or the make of the car in the garage or the zip code isn’t going to complete me. I have to figure that out on my own. —DHH
The guy who wrote this is talking about becoming a millionaire and how little it actually changes life [article linked on his name]. I’m guilty of chasing experiences, accomplishments, and accolades for fulfillment. This is a reminder that I need daily.
Satisfied needs do not motivate.
How do you stay motivated?
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
Remembering this makes it so much easier to focus on what I want long-term instead of settling for daily entertainment or procrastination. How do you stayed focused on your goals?
Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.
Creativity is my job. Change is life. Innovation is success. And all of it is vulnerability, which goes against the grain of every single person.
Stressing and complaining will change nothing. Take action, make a change, and never look back.
(source unknown, this quote is all over pinterest)
My older sister once scolded me about complaining and said almost exactly this. I’ve remembered the concept the entire time since. Do you struggle with complaining? How do you fight it?
The very strength of the relationship is in having another point of view.
Sadly, not sure of the author. I didn’t mark it down in my notes and can’t find it on Google. If you know, please tell me!
This quote is my marriage mantra. What quotes/concepts help you understand relationships?
Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. -Voltaire
This is one of Gretchen Rubin’s favorite quotes, which I have now adopted. So often, we delay starting projects or habits until we can get everything perfect. But “good enough” is almost always better than “not at all” (which is what happens when we wait for perfect).
What quotes inspire your habits?
The patterns of our lives reveal us. Our habits measure us. Our battles with our habits speak of dreams yet to become real. – Mary Oliver
Which habits do you battle? I currently fight with/for exercise, sleep, healthy food, time to read, and to rid myself of procrastination.