11 Little-Known Quotes That Give BIG Inspiration for Your Workday

by Tim English - VP Superior Business Solutions on September 3, 2020

Little-Known Quotes That Give BIG Inspiration for Your Workday
These Quotes Just Might Improve Your “View” from Wherever You’re Working Now

Okay, it’s time for a time out. I thought we could all use a little break from all the talk about COVID-19 and the PPE your business needs to fight it.

So, as we gain a little steam and make progress getting our businesses back up to speed, some inspiration could come in a little handy.

I’ve pulled out some quotes you probably haven’t heard before. But I find them uplifting, especially with all we’ve been dealing with lately.

Hope you enjoy them and find a little something to help boost your attitude and give your business the best of YOU in the weeks ahead.

Quotes That Refresh and Inspire in the Times of Covid-19

Okay, there may be nothing dramatic here.

But I think as we continue to feel like we’re doing business off-balance in a strange new world, a few thoughtful phrases might provide a break from the routine, and just maybe strike a chord that will help us approach things with a fresh eye.

  1. “Those who plan do better than those who do not plan, even though they rarely stick to their plan.” –  Winston Churchill

We’ve all learned that plans often must change, and the real strength lies in being able to adapt.

A plan empowers you, giving you a sense of control.

Without a roadmap, you’d never know when you were lost (and couldn’t take corrective action).

  1. “Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.” – Erol Ozan

I love this one. Increasingly, analytics and analysis lock us into rigid, predictable patterns. But we have to be open to a little variety, creativity, and maybe just “dumb luck” from time to time.

Enjoy it and profit from it, emotionally if not economically.

  1. “A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.” Proverb

I don’t know who said it, but his or her instincts would be very useful today.

In business, we often wring our hands and overthink things trying to make the complete and perfect decision before we do anything.

Many times that results in us watching the opportunity—not to mention the competition—pass us by while we’re over-planning.

  1. “Just because your version of normal isn’t the same as someone else’s version doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong with you.” – from The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket, by John Boyne

The message here is simple: embrace your uniqueness. That goes for you, your company, and your people. We might all need to be on “the same page” but who wants to read a page where all the words are the same?

  1. “Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.” – Edward Abbey

Sometimes it seems like every square inch of the earth is destined for development.

It had better not, for our own good.

Enjoying the wilderness, and the comfort of knowing it is there provides a great respite for all of us in these congested, busy days.

  1. “Marketing is too important to be left to the marketing department.” – David Packard

Another good one. In many ways, marketing is a full-time job for everyone in your organization. Your employees all represent your company whether it’s in their job title or not.

Don’t leave it up to ads and commercials.

Engage your employees to make them ambassadors for your brand. (By the way, promotional items work on the inside, too, especially now. That’s why I talked about the best promotional gifts for remote workers on Tuesday!)

  1. “Collaboration is the best way to work. It’s the only way to work, really. Everyone’s there because they have a set of skills to offer across the board.” – Antony Starr

Okay, this one doesn’t roll off the tongue, but you can’t argue with its wisdom.

Working from home as so many are today can be isolating.

But collaborating with other employees is critical.

Hey, your car can have the finest engine made, and the absolute best transmission, but if they aren’t connected, you aren’t going anywhere.

  1. “Martin Luther King did not say ‘I have a mission statement.’” – Simon Sinek

Your brand has a soul, and especially when working from home, you need to find it.

It’s not about forms, and papers, and procedures, and it’s about more than profit. Find the “WHY” behind your company, and you’ll be able to live your brand wherever you happen to be.

  1. “Impossible is for the unwilling.” – John Keats

Five words from this classic poet say plenty. Every year remarkable new products, services, and technologies emerge that would have been considered unthinkable a few years ago.

Chances are, it’s not because the people who created them were smarter than others. They were simply more willing to invest the time, the trouble, even the risk, in order to come up with them.

A hard look at our companies and ourselves might reveal that things we “can’t” do are really things we “won’t” do, either because we’re afraid, unimaginative, or just plain lazy.

  1. “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” – Michael Jordan.

Of course you’re good at what you do, but if you want to “Be Like Mike” during these chaotic times, you need to display those other skills, too.

Working from home with kids in the house attending virtual school? Make a plan. Schedule check-ins with your student, break times, and even some fun.

Structure is key, so do it.

As for “teamwork” remember that you have work teams you can and should call upon to work more efficiently and with less stress. You’re all in it together, so DEAL with it together.

  1. “Positive anything is better than negative nothing.” — Elbert Hubbard (Writer)

To me, this one is about attitude more than anything else. Let’s resist the urge to join the negative humor about how bad 2020 has been. Of course, it’s true, but why dwell on that? If you’ve navigated the year safely thus far, you’re stronger and more adaptable than you were before.

You’ve probably picked up some skills you wouldn’t have otherwise and can use to your advantage going forward.

Celebrate that your employees pulled together and got you through it when nothing was guaranteed.

Positive thoughts can be built upon. Negative ones drag you backward.

We’re Positive You’ll Like Superior

We have thrived as a company for nearly 100 years now, and we’ve done it by making a positive difference for many other businesses.

We’ve made them more efficient thanks to our products and technologies. (And we carry ISO certification, which ensures that we live up to high customer service standards.

That’s one reason our customers are very positive about us. Their positive feedback on our performance has earned us Best of Print and Digital awards for four straight years.

Contact Superior or ask your Superior sales consultant for new and inspiring ways to promote your brand during COVID-19 and beyond.”

Now those suggestions might not make some future list of “words to live by.”  But based on our experience, they could well be words for your business to grow by.

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