Words of wisdom from the ages
One of my more popular keynote presentations of the past few years is where I share the wisdom from the ages and its impact on life and business today as we live it moment by moment. For each custom presentation, I select twelve words of wisdom (quotes) from my list of over 4000 accumulated one’s going back more than 3000 years that are relevant to current challenges and opportunities we all face today in some way.
After a brief discussion of the message from the author’s quote, I ask each member of the audience to consider each item in terms of their present-day business, relationship or life situations. Thought I would share one of the keynote’s messages to an audience several months ago.
Why not ask yourself the question for each quote – what does this mean to me and why and/or how?
“Self-trust is the first secret of success.” Emerson
“The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.” T. Merton
“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” Gandhi
“Face adversity promptly and without flinching, and you will reduce its impact.” Churchill
“If you are not ready today you will be even less so tomorrow.” Ovid
“I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as to what direction we are moving.” O.W. Holmes
“The important thing is to never stop questioning.” Einstein
“The road to triumph is built on adversity.” Ovid
“The wise will always reflect on the quality not the quantity of life.” Seneca
“Well done is better than well said.” Ben Franklin
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream and Discover while you still can.” Mark Twain
“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
Why not ask yourself – What did one of these (or several) mean to me? What do I need to change, start, let go of etc?