This is the very first quote I ever remember collecting back when I was 14 years old. I remember seeing it and thinking, “Wow, I should save that.” Over time, my collection of quotes and stories has gone from scraps of paper that my 14-year-old self saved to a 455-page Word document filled with quotes that I draw upon for the daily First Quotes that I share through my personal social media and through Southwest Michigan First’s social media.
Collecting quotes for me is collecting wisdom. I do it completely for selfish reasons because it inspires me. These quotes help me to be appreciative. They cast responsibility for my day. They help me to be conscientious of the world around me. They serve as a muse. If I experience writer’s block, I randomly pick a page of quotes and start reading. Invariably, after a few minutes, my mind is freed up and I can move forward with expressing with my ideas again.
I collect quotes to learn, grow and be mentored by other great leaders. I think there is a common belief that in order to be mentored by someone you have to have a personal relationship with that person. I am guilty of thinking this way at times too, but what many people do not realize is that great leaders make mentoring scalable. They write books or blogs or share inspirational thoughts on social media; that is how you can learn from them without sitting in the same room.
I collect quotes for selfish reasons, but I share quotes because I want others to be exposed to great thought-leaders. I love that transfer of knowledge. With today’s technology, you no longer have to travel to the mountains of India to gain wisdom. In most cases, you can simply turn on your iPad.
Question: What is your all-time favorite quote? Who are the thought-leaders that inspire you?