You’ve seen quotes in the past, several from me, that emphasize being yourself. I’m reminded of it often and appreciate how others have expressed this notion.
Recently, I’ve been reading the Spenser novels from Robert B. Parker (1932-2010) who has long been acknowledged as the Dean of American Crime Fiction. As a lifelong aficionado of the Mystery-Thriller-Suspense genre, I’m finally digging into his Spenser series which started in the early 1980s. I have to say I love the Spenser character … witty, charming, tough, wise-cracking PI that he is. I’m long overdue to recognize Parker’s wizardry.
This sage wisdom appeared in Parker’s novel, Looking for Rachel Wallace.
You can also see the 6-word Commencement Speech I would deliver on this subject. Feel free to stick either of these images on your monitor, paste one into your journal or hang one on the wall.
BTW … if you’ve ever jotted down something on a napkin or a used envelope … something you were afraid you might forget … you’ll want to see the life lessons on the crumpled notes found in the wallets of these two people.
This quote captures the true essence of change, whether it’s for each of us, a group of us or society as a whole.
In the United States, and around the world, there’s been as much disruption as I’ve seen in my lifetime. From the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic to the most recent example of inexcusable racial injustice, the urge to change is palpable.
Whether the required commitment to change is present remains uncertain, but no matter the rhetoric or sentiment, you can be sure of this:
It won’t last if it doesn’t meet the test that today’s quote captures.
Are you ready?
Peter Drucker, a vigilant sage for the business community until his death in 2005 at the age of 96, wrote extensively and contributed mightily to the underlying philosophies of the modern business organization.
As each of us faces a new normal in an uncertain future, we need to embrace the notion of Destructive Enrichment, which I discuss in this article by sharing the wisdom of business executives like Andy Grove, (former CEO of Intel), Muhtar Kent (former CEO of Coca-Cola) and business insider and author, Jim Collins.
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