Over the years, I’ve captured and compiled quotes – about business, work, purpose, courage, and many other topics. In just a few concise words scribbled onto a piece of paper, captured in a book or spoken aloud, these quotes have provided a guiding light of inspiration and motivation for myself and others. Most of these quotes have stood the test of time and have offered a solid launching pad for many of our adventures or explorations. Recent quotes that surface include:
“Desire is Spirits way of tapping at the door of your mind. The sooner you open the door, the greater the reward.” By Catherine Ponder
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.” By Eleanor Roosevelt
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” By Ambrose Redmoon in Making a Living by Mark Albion
“I do not exist to impress the world; I exist to live my life In a way that will make me happy.” By J.S. Bach, Illusions
“To have courage you must believe in yourself!” By James Van Praagh, Reaching for Heaven
Last Sunday – in one single 60 Minutes broadcast segment – all of these words and quotes melded as a living, breathing example of true motivation and inspiration filled the screen.
Members of our household sat – enthralled and enlivened. We watched in awe – at times even cheering and sobbing along – as the powerful, worthwhile personal story of Jack Andraka unfolded. (a rarity for the 60 Minutes folks – who mostly seems motivated to demonstrate in pictures and monologue the gloom and doom of war, political drama or other human psychosis and dysfunctionality).
Filling my blog with words such as amazing or thrilling seemed inadequate – and clearly did not do justice to this young man. Jack condensed and demonstrated in just one single moment every inspirational and motivational quote I’d ever recorded – and that single moment was heart-warmingly captured on camera and in the simplicity of his responses to the interviewer.
Regardless of online opinions shared about Jack or comments about the work he is undertaking, one would be in denial if unable or unwilling to concur that Jack exudes and is the living manifestation of what many only dream. When asked about his intelligence (or “smarts), he calmly and humbly replied:
“You can be a genius; but, if you don’t have the creativity to put that knowledge to use…then you just have a bunch of knowledge and nothing else.”
In a recent Forbes magazine article, when asked if he had any advice to give children (and their parents) who were trying to figure out what to do with their creativity and imagination, he shared:
“Make sure to be passionate about whatever it is you get into, because otherwise you won’t put the right amount of work into it.”
“No one will be excited about your work if you’re not excited about it.”
Note: Andraka was rejected by almost 200 researchers in his search for a lab to do his nanotube strip work until one scientist at Johns Hopkins gave him the space to work.
I hope Jack and his message stir something within you – whether you’re a child or an adult.
© 2013 EM Carlock
The Write Resources, LLC™