Not every work day can be met with unbridled enthusiasm. We all have days when our mental status is just not in the “right place” as we enter the office. Personally, I’m never sure about the root of my malaise. It could be linked to anything — an annoying interaction that has lingered, a bad dream or the cheesecake I had last night for dessert. However, it spells trouble for my day.
Changing the dynamic, pronto, becomes the first order of business.
Sometimes, I opt to read New Yorker cartoons. Sometimes I call a trusted colleague or friend. If all else fails, I re-read my all-time favorite quotes about work, career and inspiration.
Here are some of my favorite “mood changing” quotes. I hope they offer you what you might need to impact your day for the better.
- Choose a job you love and you’ll never have to work…
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When new leaders begin their journey into their role, they often times worry about the technical aspects of their job. They wonder, “Do I have enough business knowledge?”, “Can we make profits?” Sometimes they overlook the people power into their leadership journey.
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Leadership involves influencing people to cooperate through positive relationships to achieve a meaningful goal together. If you are going to leave a legacy or anything of significance, you need people. Lao Tzu said it best, “When the best leader’s work is done the people say, we did it ourselves!”
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Today I am thinking about the legacy that we leave behind. Walter Lippmann told us that “The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men, the conviction and the will to carry on.”
Throughout history, many men and women have left powerful legacies. Martin Luther King, Jr. is one individual who left behind him a conviction and will to carry on that is still alive today.
What is required of me today in order to leave a meaningful legacy when I am gone? Purposeful action.
I wonder what will my legacy be? That is up to me.