Earlier, we featured a few quotes on The Porch from the American writer, philosopher, and humorist, Mark Twain (or Samuel Clemens). Twain’s words were primarily intended to inject humor into matters of everyday life. However, much of what he said also applies to us and what we go through in our everyday lives. Take a read below and see if you agree:
- “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – We are all aging, like it or not. And, as we age, our body parts begin wearing out. Trust me, I know first-hand. I think it is important for us to ensure that we treat everyone equally, though, despite their age. I have seen situations in another company where an individual was completely discounted for an opportunity because he was “past his prime.” But we need to be careful about even subtle references to age. For example, we need to avoid tendencies to “assume” we know whether an individual will retire in 3 years or whether that individual might not want to relocate away from her children or grandchildren. Let’s do our best to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to serve.
- “Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” – Have you ever heard anyone say something like, “I expected you would do the right thing, but it still surprises me when I see it these days.” Yes, others are watching you, but the real value in “doing the right thing” comes to you internally… just knowing that you maintained your integrity in the face of a temptation to cut a corner. Yes, it may astonish some, but I am gratified knowing that most people will always do the right thing and for the right reasons.
- “Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today.” – Anything can still happen today! There is still a chance! We need to believe that we can do amazing this. If you feel defeated, you are defeated. If you believe you can do more than anyone expects, there is a good chance you will do it. Don’t give up on today too quickly. There is still time to finish that big project, make that important decision, or make an impact on someone that is experiencing a challenging time in their life. Give it a try!
- “A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.” – Experience is certainly the best teacher we could ever have. I have often said, “Unless you have worked in one of our manufacturing plants, you have no idea what it takes to accomplish what seems to be simple. And, unless you have worked in a corporate environment, you have no idea what it takes to reach a consensus on seemingly simple initiatives.” It is important to remember that only by carrying the cat by the tail, can you speak from experience of what that is like. And, you probably have the scars to prove it!
Consider Twain’s comments as you go about business today. Put yourself in the shoes of others. Keep your integrity. Believe that today could be an amazing day! And, rely upon those around you with experience. Thanks for all you do. Have a super day!