Not all quotes are created equal

"You know, you will miss 100% of the shots you do not take. Besides, life is about having an impact, not an income. You should strive to be of value, not to be succesful." We talked some more, finished our coffee's and went back to work. I was none the wiser. The words came out of his mouth, flying past me and into the distance, completely missing their target. It felt like one of those Hollywood movies where an over-excited coach peptalks his losing team in the final quarter of the game to a magical victory in the very last second.

Quotes, those inspirational nuggets of wisdom everybody needs to get through life. Those (often) single sentences that make you feel inadequate. Strings of words that are so powerful that many of us cannot resist putting them at the end of an e-mail, on a bumpersticker or paint them on the walls of that fabulous open space design kitchen.

Are you kidding me?

Are you kidding me?


That discussion above happened years ago when I was discussing an idea I was having to start a business with a co-worker. And somehow it came to mind today when I overheard someone quote Steve Jobs' "Time is limited, don't waste it living someone else's life", or at least some dutch take on it anyway. Made me laugh. Ironically, the more the quotee takes such sage advice when making life decisions, the more he or she lives the life of the quoter. If you really want to harness the power of that sentence, take a few minutes and watch the whole commencement speech Steve Jobs gave, of which that sentence is a part.

Now, I like a good quote as much as the next guy, but since there are so many of them and they seem to be plastered everywhere, their power is diluted. And it is a matter of taste, I know. But like ads, I hardly pay attention anymore. 

But to show you I am not totally ignorant to a good bite-sized chunk of brainy goodness, here is one I do like:

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.
— Zig Ziglar

Oh, and more recently, Shia LeBoef put in his two cents *wink*