“A mediocre person tells. A good person explains. A superior person demonstrates. A great person inspires others to see for themselves.” – Harvey Mackay

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Positive Quote: “A mediocre person tells. A good person explains. A superior person demonstrates. A great person inspires others to see for themselves.” – Harvey Mackay

 

 

This quote reminds me of the saying on how you can give a person a fish or teach them how to fish.

 

When we are the person learning how to fish versus the person teaching someone how to fish and inspiring them to fish, it is hard to realize in the moment that the future is brighter.

 

I think it is in ‘knowing’ that someone other than ourselves is there rooting us on, wanting us to succeed, and providing the inspiration to be better than ourselves.

 

You never know who is watching your actions and looking up to you as a mentor or role model.

 

Which person are you?

 

Have a wonderful Monday y’all.

Priscilla

“Breakthrough requires stretch and challenge.” – Peter Fisk

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Positive Quote: “Breakthrough requires stretch and challenge.” – Peter Fisk

 

What does stretch mean? I think it means doing something and pushing yourself past your comfort zone. Trying something in an area, subject, or field that you are not 100% familiar with. Leveraging your other skills and knowledge and applying them to something new. Stretch can be scary. Yet, one you have succeeded it feels extra special to know you have done something new and really pushed yourself.

 

What does this quote make you think of?

 

Have a great Friday!

Priscilla

“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.” – Steve Jobs

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Positive Quote: “Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.” – Steve Jobs

  

I realize people don’t go around throwing bricks at each other and that bricks don’t normally fall from the sky and hit you on the head. However, words, actions, and experiences (life) can be those bricks; they can even be what may lift the bricks off of us.

 

This quote brings out the questions in me. I want to understand why something is a brick to me. Why is it a hot button or something that impacts me greatly? I guess I think that if I can understand why, then I can perhaps make things less bricky in the future. You never know.

 

What does this quote make you think of?

 

Have a great Thursday.

 

P.S. I am hoping for a calm Thursday. I experienced my first fire drill in the St. Louis downtown tower and going down 16 flights of stairs was not fun. My legs feel it today.

Priscilla

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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Positive Quote: “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” – Theodore Roosevelt

 

I chose two pictures for today. I couldn’t decide between the two, as they both resonated the meaning of the quote for me.

 

Which picture do you think reflects the meaning of the quote more?

 

Failing or not succeeding is a huge punch to the ego. No one likes to not succeed. Yet, isn’t it considered failing if we don’t at least try?

 

This quote reminds me of my children. A few years ago I was getting frustrated with hearing the words “I Can’t” coming from them. It seemed nothing that I said made a difference. So, I started charging them for the words. It started out small, I charged a quarter. We all know that quarters can add up quickly. Well, anytime they said “I can’t” they had to pay me a quarter or try to do the thing they said they couldn’t do. At first they paid me, my son more than my daughter, but they were pretty close. After awhile of them running out of quarters and having to break dollar bills, the times they said the words grew less and less. I think it only lasted about 3 months or so. I don’t charge them now, all it takes is a look and they remember and try. The times are so few and far between; it is more like a reminder than anything else.

 

Some of the things that my kids learned they can do are: their own laundry, vacuum, wash dishes (including knives), open up a brand new gallon of milk and pour it themselves, cook, check the mailbox at the front of the driveway, take the cans to the curb on pickup day, and the list goes on and on.

 

The funny thing is, doing this with my children helped me to not say “I can’t” because they sure do let me know very clearly how those are not the words I should be using. I think that if it is mutually respectful a family can help each other be accountable, grow, and try new things without using the word can’t.

 

What do you think of when you read this quote?

 

Have a wonderful Wednesday and let’s see what we can do.

Priscilla

“Success isn’t permanent and failure isn’t fatal; it’s the courage to continue that counts.” – Mike Ditka

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Positive Quote: “Success isn’t permanent and failure isn’t fatal; it’s the courage to continue that counts.” – Mike Ditka

 

This quote reminds me of lots of things.

 

Have you ever been driving (before GPS) and you know where you are going, you looked at a map and think you know how to get there. Yet, after awhile has passed you haven’t seen the sign for the turn you are looking for and you start second guessing yourself? You start asking yourself if you passed it already, or maybe your on the wrong road, or you tell yourself you’ll give it another ½ mile or so and then turn around and see if you can find it or find someone to help you. To me this is like the quote, it is not having the courage or the trust in yourself to continue. Who knows, that turn may have been just a few hundred feet away.

 

Or… do you know someone who has succeeded at something; maybe a big project and they stop and rest. Then for several months they talk of nothing else but their past success.  You want to be positive for them, yet you also want to nudge them to the next project. Are they experiencing fear of future failure?

 

Or… the person who fails at something they really tried at and now they are hesitant to get back and try again. How many times should they keep trying? Is this fear of repeated failure?

 

How does a person define success? How does a person define courage?

 

I think it depends on the person. For each person the definitions are different and unique to them.

 

For example: for me courage was leaving Texas in my early, early twenties and moving across country to North Carolina alone and to a place where I knew no one. For others, courage can mean getting out of bed and facing the day. For others, courage can be that firefighter going into a burning building over and over again to help people. Courage takes all shapes and forms… we just have to keep going.

 

What does this quote mean for you?

 

Have a terrific Tuesday and let’s enjoy the fall weather.

Priscilla

“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Positive Quote: “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

  

How do you know when you have come to the end of your rope? How do you know you even brought your rope with you?

 

I’ve heard the saying over and over again about giving someone enough rope to hang themselves. I have found that saying pretty negative. I prefer this quote over that one because it is more constructive. What could be better than being able to have an impact on what life has thrown your way? Being able to tie a knot and holding on is much better to me than hanging from a rope.

 

Hopefully, as we hang on to the knot in our rope we know that we have friends, family, mentors, and others who will come by and help us. They will give us encouragement and may at times put us on the shoulders so we can let go of the rope without getting hurt. No one can accomplish things alone. It takes others to help us along the way.

 

What does this quote say to you?

 

Have a great Monday as we start to see the fall weather emerging. I know here in St. Louis, it was in the mid-50’s this morning with a high in the mid-70’s this afternoon.

Priscilla

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

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Positive Quote: “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

 

 

This quote reminds me of the Narnia series. In the series there is a mouse named Reepicheep and to me he is the bravest animal outside of Aslan himself.

 

Courage can be seen in the tiny things (that have a not so tiny impact). Not everyone can save people from a burning building or rescue a person trapped in a car about to explode.

  • It is seen in the person who sees someone being bullied and either tells someone or tries to help.

 

  • It is seen in the person who fails a test in school, yet doesn’t give up and accept a poor grade overall… they work harder to improve.

 

  • It is seen in the person who witnesses someone doing something wrong and tells someone about it.

 

  • It is seen in the parent who gets on the roller coaster ride with their child to see their face light up.

 

  • It is seen in the person who goes into a strange neighborhood in a different part of town to help someone rebuild their lives (Red Cross, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity).

 

  • It is seen in your friend who tells you that you are not being nice and helps keep you accountable for your actions.

 

  • It is seen in the stranger who notices you dropped something and gets your attention to give it to you.

 

  • It is seen in your co-worker who hears you complaining about your workload and instead of commiserating with you, gives you advice to talk to your supervisor.

 

  • It is seen in your spouse who sees you working up into a tizzy over something and they say something to get you more centered and calm.

 

  • It is seen in the child going to school for the first time and they ask their parent to let them walk in on their own.

 

  • It is seen in the parent who has a child learning how to drive and they not only let them get behind the wheel, they get in the car with them while they learn how to drive.

 

  • It is seen in the person on the bus, who notices someone coming when the bus is starting to pull away and calls out to the bus driver to wait.

 

  • It is seen in the person who works to make themselves a better them and is open minded to change.

 

As you can see…. there are so many ways to witness courage if we take the time to look around us. Those small acts of courage grow and blossom into something larger than themselves and then, then you can really see the change.

 

Where do you see courage?

 

Have a fabulous Friday and let’s all lift our voices for those small acts of courage.

Priscilla