I have the habit of investing 15 minutes to an hour everyday to learn something new that could sharpen my skills, knowledge and attitudes. The Bible is the first source of my inspiration as I always start the day with Bible reading and meditation with prayers.
I also acknowledge what I call ” words of wisdom” concerning secular things because the Bible will not, for example tell you how to brush your teeth or cook a meal or search for a job.
LinkedIn is my best source of secular knowledge, then comes quality books and learning from successful models.
I crafted these 10 motivational speeches that could unleash your full potential and make you a better professional. These 10 declarations are the summary of the most common and challenging situations faced by people and organizations around the world currently.
Don’t just read them, reflect on them and develop an action plan to apply them on you, your business or your job.
1.“Contrary to the Romantic myth of the genius’s need for freedom and the absence of any pressure to produce, experience shows that being subject to a deadline, and even limited resources, can sharpen our invention and creativity.” (President Santiago Iniguez)
2. “Let your mind be open to what is possible. Imagine that things are within reach by just learning and putting one foot in front of the other. Where others see impossible, see work, a path and blue skies.” (Cheddar CEO Jon Steinberg )
3. “Luck is what catches you off guard, and that can only happen when you give other people a chance to surprise you.” (Karla Starr)
4 . “Being indirect at work is like keeping your feelings bottled up in a relationship. Eventually, they’re going to spill over and poison everything… Let’s talk, I always say, and come up with a solution.” ( BPN CEO Lori Gaffney)
5. “We can’t create time. Or bend time. And until they invent one of those Hermione Granger time-turners we can’t make it run backwards either. But we can change our relationship with it.” ( Ogilvy chief strategy officer Kevin Chesters)
6. “Pay attention. Listen. Communicate. That is the key to making sure your team and clients feel valued and empowered to make the right decisions. Not only will those you lead start to perform at their natural best, but you will too.”( Former Bank of America vice chairman John Thiel)
7. “No good idea grows in a vacuum. If we have a good idea, chances are, it’s built on other existing good ideas. So if we want to see our idea become even better, why don’t we invite others to build on top of it.” (CEO coach Sanyin Siang)
8. “Companies crave individuals that work outside the lines of their job description because they want their organization to succeed. We need more people that identify problems as opportunities to learn and progress, and less of people that notice a problem and finger point to the person in charge because it’s “not their job.” ( Go By Truck co-founder Dawn Strobel)
9. “The idea today that anyone would need to be pitched on why software is a legitimate investment is laughable, but a lot has changed since 1986. It’s time the way we think about the economy does, too.” ( Bill Gates notes in a review of “Capitalism Without Capital”)
10. “When our work feels like a gift to others instead of an obligation, it gives us something to look forward to every day. It inspires us as much as it does the audience we create it for.”( Author and podcast host Srinivasan Rao)
I would like to hear your words of wisdom to help grow others or organizations.
I would like to know which of these motivational declarations matches the most with your current personal and professional challenges.
For me, the number 10 was a powerful driving force to decide to keep helping people and groups around the world to become what God made them to be.
Hervé Ngaté, Author/Writer/ Cross-Cultural Psychologist and Communications Trainer