Many friends and professionals opt to tweet quotes from inspirational leaders or famous people. Certainly sharing something that inspires you or moves you to want to share can be valuable. It’s a good way to start getting the flow of tweets and practice. I just don’t find them useful or interesting. What I’d rather read is a blog from the tweeter about why they find that quote meaningful. What I suspect is there isn’t a back story. Tweeted quotes that come all day long don’t tell me enough about the tweeter, what’s their take on life or business or family or whatever. You ever go to that party where the entertainer wanna-be quotes all the famous movie lines or the Shakespearean drivel and you look desperately for someone else to talk to? Yeah, tweeted quotes make me do that.
Three quotes influence me on a regular basis. Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, once said “Life has taught me we must put our convictions into action.” She’s right. Apathy allows others to control the situation. Whole movements whether for civil rights, women’s rights, environmental protection, homeopathic medicine–all require the individual to act on their convictions. As a small business owner or entrepreneur if you never act on the conviction that your product or service merits investment, whether by you or angels, then it doesn’t go anywhere.
My second favorite quote is from Dr. Seuss: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” Too often we think we have to be all things to all people and we can’t, neither personally nor professionally. My style of coaching isn’t going to work for everyone, and that’s okay. Great talent exists-I’m here to help those who can work my approach and expertise and will help those who need something different find what they need.
The third quote that influences my actions is an old Chinese proverb.“If your plan is for one year, sow rice; if your plan is for ten years, plant trees; if your plan is for a hundred years, educate all children.” Confucius. Educating all children changes the world. We know when girls are educated, their families thrive–this is especially true for eradicating poverty whether in Third World countries or American urban jungles. So I invest in women’s education, programs that uplift women from poverty, organizations that assure women own their self determination without slavery of religion, or racism, or cultural oppression.
By all means, share your philosophies and inspirations. Tweet the quote, but then follow up how you are adopting that philosophy, or the actions you took to achieve that lifestyle, or why you need to be motivated yourself. Expand, even in twitter land. Tell the back story.