“If everybody’s thinking the same thing, then nobody’s thinking.” – George S. Patton

Positive Quote: “If everybody’s thinking the same thing, then nobody’s thinking.” – George S. Patton

Have you ever been in a room with quite a few people and most were hesitant to give their opinions for varying reasons? I have, and I did not enjoy it. It becomes oppressive when people think they cannot voice their opinions. However, once those opinions and thought surface, what can be accomplished is much greater.

As a leader, I want people to find holes in things, those holes lead to opportunities.

What do you think of this quote?

Have a fantastic Friday and Happy Halloween.

The town I live in does trick or treating the night before and on Halloween night has a huge parade with over 100 floats and such. Last night, we had 221 children trick or treat at our house. It was amazing to see the wide range of costumes and enjoy the creativity that went into them. I think it helps make the point of the above quote; every child was different in some way based on their costumes. If they all thought the same, it would have been a line of only one type of costume. I don’t know about you, but I am glad there is variety.



“If you are coasting, you are backsliding.” – Taylor Swift

Positive Quote: “If you are coasting, you are backsliding.” – Taylor Swift

I can admit that my family is addicted to the Voice. It is one show we all watch together, dvr’ed of course. It is great to be able to fast forward through the never ending commercials. Anyway, this season Taylor Swift is one of the special coaches who is helping all four coaches with their teams. I have never really been a Taylor Swift fan. In fact, I have to admit I don’t feel strongly about her one way or another. However, watching how her mind thinks as she helps coach the singers, it makes me want to hear one of her songs.

She mentioned the above quote on the show earlier this week and it really resonated with me. Imagine, coasting could mean standing still or it could even mean progress at a relaxed pace….yet to truly grow and develop as an individual, it is backsliding. I like that image.

I believe this is going to be a quote I remember for a long time to come.

What do you think of this quote?

Have a wonderful Wednesday.


“Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.” – Margaret Mead

Positive Quote: “Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.” – Margaret Mead

This quote reminds me that everyone has something of value to add to the conversation. We each come to be who we are based on our background, experiences, and choices. No two people are the same. This reinforces to me to embrace uniqueness. It is ok that no one else is like you and it is ok that everyone has something that makes them unique. Lumping people together is stereotyping and stereotyping is the first step down the road to non-inclusiveness.

What do you think of this quote?

What makes you unique?

Have a tremendous Thursday.


“80% of success if showing up.” – Woody Allen

Positive Quote: “80% of success if showing up.” – Woody Allen

This quote reminds me that people may show up physically, yet not mentally or emotionally. Then they wonder why they were not successful. In my opinion, showing up means not just in a physical sense, yet in every sense.

My daughter got her first job this week; she applied on Tuesday, got a phone call to schedule an onsite interview on Thursday, interviewed on Monday and was offered the job. She had orientation yesterday. For a 16 year old, that is a huge milestone. I did my best to give her good advice. What reminded me of the quote is that I told her that if she is on time, she is late. I told her that to make a good impression, she should be early, and this would give her time to get mentally ready to start her shift. I also tried to reinforce that physically being present was not enough, if there were no customers, she should keep busy and do other things that needed doing; in other words, to be an engaged employee.

What do you think of this quote?

Are you engaged?

Are you showing up completely?

Have a wonderful Wednesday.

Kind regards,

“The journey, not the arrival, matters.” – Michel de Montaigne

Positive Quote: “The journey, not the arrival, matters.” – Michel de Montaigne

This quote reminds me that there are many paths to the same destination. Yet, it is in the individual journey that shapes us into who we are. Whether that journey is smooth, bumpy, treacherous, or any other kind… it is the journey we look back on and realize the lessons it taught us.

My journey in life is unique to me, not because no one else has done the things I have done; it is because my reactions and what I do while on the journey are unique to me. I am on a journey still, and will be for the remainder of my life. I smile when I think about what the next segment in my journey will be like.

Have a phenomenal Friday and enjoy your personal journey.