“Courage is grace under pressure.” – Ernest Hemingway
We all need “white space” in our lives. White space allows us to think, be creative, be strategic, focus on what counts, do something fun, laugh, cry or a combination of all these things.
I usually factor “white space” into a project because it provides you or the project manager the opportunity to pause, reflect and tailor actions before things go too far in the wrong direction.
White space is not only reflection. White space is planning, thinking, future looking, story building time that allows us as human beings to remember we are human. Check for mistakes, celebrate a success, write that thank you letter or start that side project you have always wanted to do.
Don’t be a “copy cat”. We want to hear your voice, your ideas, your work. Be authentic and true. Write with mistakes and correct them later. Go with the flow of your ideas and you will see that it leads you to somewhere that no one else could have imagined or written down. You cannot copy inspiration. Intelligence. Wit. Yourself.
If you do copy. Do so gracefully. State where you took the information. Hat tip your source. Thank someone who inspired you.
If you copy and take praise, remember that it is not professional and you lose moral authority as a person or entity or project you are associated with. Although the source may never find out, you will know that you did and that’s what matters.
Today’s Savvy Saturday quote comes from Emily Dickinson and it’s about courage; courage to stand up, say your opinion, launch your product/service/business, go after a new market or take action. Courage marks the difference between action and inaction and, not surprisingly, success or failure.
Happy first day of August!
THE MAN IN THE ARENA
Excerpt from Theodore Roosevelt’s speech “Citizenship In A Republic”
delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
I was reminded of this wonderful quote while watching Brene Brown’s excellent presentation Why Your Critics Aren’t The Ones Who Count. Here it is:
Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts. — Albert Einstein.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover. –Mark Twain
Photo courtesy Rachel Clark. I (Esther Clark) am seated on the right beside the man with the camera. Offshore voyage aboard the Pacific Swift from Victoria, BC to Brisbane, Australia and back.