An inspirational quote will never transfer wisdom…
I enjoy this challenge, and maybe you will too…
The next time you are tempted to use an inspirational quote to make a point, resist.
Instead, try to express that same point in your own words…through your own thinking.
It’s not so much that you might be able to say it better, or that quotes are necessarily bad or wrong (those that know me well know that I love an inspirational quote). But that’s all quotes will ever be – inspirational.
A quote will never transfer wisdom, which is something you have to create for yourself.
Using other people’s quotes short circuit the thinking process. It’s means we don’t have to think for ourselves.
I’ve found that I end up disagreeing with quotes, or that they don’t really mean what I think they mean, or that I can say it better in my own words, or that I don’t really have an opinion on that thing.
But at the end of the day, I feel more confident and clear because I took the time to think it through for myself.
It might not be as cool, or as succinct, or as catchy…you may even arrive at the same conclusion as others. But the important thing is that we don’t get complacent in our thinking, and that we continue to challenge ourselves.
Up for the challenge?