I also have a rule “If you quote it you got to be it”. Not as cool as my grandfather’s rule but it makes just as much sense. You see Twitter, Facebook and even our conferences have been a sport of who can drop the most quotes. A great quote doesn’t do anything unless the person saying it is living proof of it. Let me give you a great example of me using a quote that holds no weight because I’m telling it to you. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Does anyone believe I really eat an apple everyday or even 1 a week?
Here’s the thing anyone can drop great quotes making themselves sound awesome that’s the easy part. The objective isn’t to get 20 people to like your facebook posts or to retweet your quotes from some famous dead guy. The goal is to be that shining light for others to follow and this can only be done through ACTION! I’m not going to lie to you that message isn’t sexy and it’s a lot of hard work but the pay off is far greater then being the master of other people’s quotes.
Action does, and will always speak louder than words. Do not fall into the trap that you can just say great things and great things will happen. I challenge you to stop being the master of great quotes and become the master of great action. Become that beacon of light that shines so bright others are drawn toward you because of it. Challenge yourself to stop taking the easy way out and start taking the road less traveled. Don’t be afraid you won’t have to go it alone there are many of us that will walk with you.
Remember the next time you drop a quote ask yourself “Am I living what I’m saying?” if the answer is no print that quote out paste it next to your computer to remind yourself one day you’ll be able to say that quote with confidence. If you kill it you got to eat it!
Are you living what you teach? If not what can I do to help you move in that direction?