You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. –Wayne Gretzky
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. –Mahatma Gandhi
Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity. –Oprah Winfrey
Just do it.™ -Nike
It can take a lot to get out of bed in the morning. The bed is warm, the air is cold, your eyes are heavy, the light too bright. At times like these a special quote comes to mind, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started”, attributed to Mark Twain.
Actually what comes to mind is “bugger this, I am going back to sleep“. Seriously, other than phrases such as “the bed is on fire”, “you wet the bed” and “there is bacon cooking”, does anyone really jump out of bed because of words? We do it because we have things to do, be it work, be it play or just for the hell of it.
Why is it then that people see to believe that posting such motivational words on Facebook, notice boards and forwarding through email is anything but down right annoying. Nevermind that most quotes have already been read, considered and discarded by your. It’s the tought that counts! No it isn’t. If Fred from accounting is forwarding me quotes of Gandhi, I am not going to think that I should take heed of the advice, I am going to simply move all of Fred’s emails into the Spam folder without reading them.
I personally like to read things that famous people have said, some of them make sense, some of them make me laugh, some even make me think once in a while, but to motivate me to do something? Not really going to happen. Sorry Gandhi, Gretzky, Oprah and all those other famous people who may or may not have said these words of wisdom. If a famous person came up to me and said these words, they may have an effect but seeing them in an email or on Facebook has the opposite effect. That is if the person the words are attributed to actually said them.
A popular quote that was appearing everywhere last year was “The problem with quotes on the Internet is that it is hard to verify their authenticity”. That is completely true. Especially when the quote is attributed to Abraham Lincoln. Humphrey Bogart never utters “Play it again, Sam” in Casablanca but it doesn’t stop people believing that he does. It is the same with internet quotes, someone may have thought of a clever saying and then someone else believed it was said by someone famous and off it goes.
But back to the issue of motivating someone’s lazy arse. If you post motivational quotes and sayings, do you ask yourself why? Is it because you think that by posting them you are making a positive impact in people’s lives or perhaps simply sharing a quote that you believe people may not know? Surely anyone can say something but to actually do it and live it should be motivating to others, not just empty words. If you have to rely on these words to get through life, perhaps motivation isn’t your only issue?
There are quotes that I like to tell my kids, stuff that they should be able to both relate to and understand. Do I think they are going to live their lives by them? Doubtful but at least I have fun saying them!
“Do or do not, there is no try” – Yoda – Empire Strikes Back
“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means” – Inigo Montoya – The Princess Bride
“No wire hangers…..” OK maybe not that one.