Sunday, December 16, 2007

JWN: Dear Quote Lovers, Part II

Dear Quote Lovers, Part II

This is another Life and Times of JWN dedicated to the quote lovers. I was chatting with Louise Wadsworth, a VIP and VIP Profiles Enthusiast, the other day and she was commenting on how much she loves the quotes we feature. Thus, I felt it would be fitting to feature another collection of quotes that have recently graced my life. (Click here for Dear Quote Lovers, Part I)

Many of these quotes come from a few sources; Jeffrey Gitomer's Little Gold Book of YES! Attitude and William Sauer's Hip Pocket Guide to Offbeat Wisdom. Gitomer is one of my favorite sales, personal and professional development authors and Bill is a former co-worker of mine at Manning & Napier, Inc. Bill's book was generously given to me by my friend Rob Dunn, another former co-worker of mine at M & N.

Without further adieu:

"Ignore people who tell you, 'You can't'" - Gitomer

"The answer will not come to you. You need to look for it." - from a fortune cookie I got with my Sesame Chicken
Combo at the Main Moon Restaurant in Geneseo, NY.

"Make everyday as productive as the day before you go on vacation." - Gitomer

"Dress the part you want to play." - JWN

"Nobody holds a good opinion of a man who has a low opinion of himself." - Anthony Trollope

"Eighty percent of success is showing up." - Woody Allen

"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value." - Albert Einstein

"I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar." - Robert Brault

"Failure is impossible." - Susan B. Anthony

"Don't dwell on the problem; concentrate on the solution." - Gitomer

"Some succeed because they are destined to; most succeed because they are determined to." - Anatole France

"Proper preparation leads to powerful performance." - JWN

"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." - Mother Teresa

"A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one." - Mary Kay Ash

"It's not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you." - Gitomer

"To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. That is to have succeeded." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

My hope with these collections of quotes is to inspire in some way. Words have a profound effect on me because of their incredible (and often underestimated) power. I have found in my years that what we expose ourselves to, big or small, affects the way we think about the world. That thought process then molds our lives. I choose to keep great words and thoughts around me because I aspire to outstanding things. It just makes sense to me.

ACTION PLAN: Give it a try! Carry an inspirational quote in your pocket for one week. When a challenge or problem arises, read the quote and then brainstorm solutions. It works!

Don't forget to rinse and repeat. Try to use a new quote each week. Soon you'll be armed with positive thoughts and powerful words which can help you tackle anything this crazy (and wonderful) life throws at you.

To your success, ~JWN