How inspirational quotes CAN make us feel better

November 21, 2014 1:01 pm Published by

This morning I read this…

Read this and feel better – how inspirational guff invaded our lives

It’s a good article, discussing how ‘inspirational quotes’ are now everywhere and posing the question – ‘do they really help?’ In it Paula Cocozza makes a number of interesting points about our ever-increasing appetite for these seemingly meaningful one-liners, including how they are becoming an extremely effective tool for attracting followers on Twitter.

It seems to me that we have always been susceptible to a good quote or one liner. Remember the mind-boggling success of The Little Book of Calm? We like this stuff because it reminds us of inherent truths, things we can lose sight of in the overwhelming bustle of the day-to-day.

This is why I think that inspirational quotes can make us feel better. Okay, there is a lot of guff out there, but sometimes every once in a while, things hit home. The trick, maybe, if we are going to make sure that some of this actually ‘helps’, is making sure that when we are inspired, we turn this inspiration into action.

All of this has been particularly prescient for me this week as my head (and twitter feed) has been buzzing with inspirational quotes. This is because on Tuesday I attended Meaning at Brighton’s Corn Exchange.  The conference, produced by NixonMcInnes, is designed to ‘help connect and inspire the people who believe in better business’. And it worked. I left it inspired by, and connected with, people who have tried to find better ways of doing things.

So here are a few of the quotes and ideas that inspired me this week – action pending.

Bob Doak (W.L.Gore) said: “Leadership is about followers – when you’re just a ‘manager’ – you’re gone.” I love that…  it shows how credibility is earned.

Remaining agile must not be underestimated. As Mark Stevenson said at the start of the day: “It’s not the fittest that survive but the most agile.”

“It’s all about the people” was repeated on several occasions, most memorably from Bob from W.L.Gore where good people have the opportunity to take risks and develop, to self-direct – I wholeheartedly agree.

And finally, as Neil Mullarkey demonstrated at the end of the day through his improvisation and audience games “We can create something much stronger together” but to do so we must “listen with intent.”

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