“The next best thing to being clever is being able to quote someone who is.”
—Mary Pettibone Poole, 20th Century Author of aphorisms
In some ways, we are all in the entertainment business. Personally or professionally, it is our intention to bring attention to our important thoughts and ideas.
Over the years of The Quotable Coach series, I’ve encouraged our readers to focus on being interested rather than interesting.
Let’s face it: Sometimes we just want others to be interested in what we have to say. Unfortunately, our thinking is not always as attention-worthy as we think it is.
If we are reasonably well read and informed, we can utilize the originality and clever thinking of others to break through and make the point we deem relevant and important.
Where can you share the wisdom and cleverness of others to have the influence and impact you desire?
Please give credit (where credit is due) to the various sources of such cleverness, and they may reciprocate by using a quote from you at some point!
“No one agrees with other people’s opinion. They merely agree with their own opinions expressed by somebody else.”
—Sydney Tremayne, Canadian Stock Investment Strategist
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How would you like to be a more masterful leader and have far greater influence in your professional and personal relationships?
For this to occur, it requires less of you and more from others.
Have you noticed that virtually everyone is far more interested in what they are thinking than in what you may be saying? Being interested rather than interesting can be just the strategy to discover their opinions and leanings on any topic. Their perspective and beliefs can point you to the areas where they can be more easily led and influenced.
Where and with whom can you tap into the opinions and beliefs held by others, to significantly increase your current levels of leadership and influence?
“The influence of each human being on others in this life is a kind of immortality.”
—John Quincey Adams, 6th President of the United States
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We often hear comments about newborns having their mother’s eyes, or their father’s nose or smile.
Beyond our genetic code living on in our offspring, today’s quote points to the tremendous influence those outside our immediate family can have on us.
Take a few minutes to look at your past and current relationships to see how they have shaped the person you are today. Consider among these friends, teachers, mentors, coaches, neighbors, and religious leaders.
Where and with whom do or can you intentionally have a more positive influence within your various communities? Who are some of the individuals you may wish to thank again, or for the first time, for their contribution to your life?