A beautiful collection of Inspirational quotes that are loved and highly shared throughout our Twitter & Facebook pages.
To me, inspirational quotes are like sitting someone down at the piano and shoving a Chopin etude at them without telling them how to approach it. (Doesn’t matter which etude, but let’s just say Op. 10, No. 12).
You can read all the inspiring quotes you want, but until you can actually DO something, that’s all they are–words on a page, and pretty worthless ones at that.
You may be able to tell that I’m not fond of “inspirational” quotes. Let me tell you why. Just this very morning, there was some guy on TV “inspiring” people to do more, live their best life, etc. Of course, he mentioned that he’d come from a broken home (with a teenage mother!), didn’t do well in school, and all the other crap that most inspirational speakers spout. Then he said the phrase that made me go “NIAGARA FALLS” with my breakfast Diet Coke:
“If I can do it, ANYONE can do it!”
So, you’re saying that all I have to do is practice, and I can become as good a basketball player as Lisa Leslie or Michael Jordan? I mean, I’ve got one of Jordan’s traits down–I can be a jerk at times, but the athletic ability…not so much.
If I want to become a ballet dancer, all I have to do is shell out $$$ for a teacher, practice my butt off, and in 10 years, I can be a halfway decent dancer? Yeah, no.
The problem isn’t so much “inspiration” as it is “expectation.” Telling your audience “If I can do it, ANYONE can do it!” is similar to telling them (insert equally implausible thing here.) There are things that make YOU YOU, and there are things that make THEM THEM, and sometimes, you’re not going to be the best (insert whatever you want to be the best at here), no matter how hard you try.
Am I saying give up, buy a carton of Pall Malls, Ben & Jerry’s and a jug o’ wine, plop down on the couch and watch YouTube videos for the rest of your life? No, of course not. But beware the inspirational speaker, for inspiration without clear teaching is a recipe for disaster.
Oh, and here’s a quote from Bill Cosby:
“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”
(Insert tasteless roofie/prison joke here.)