If you kill it you got to eat it

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My grandfather had a rule “If you kill it you got to it eat”. You see to him hunting wasn’t a sport it was a resource. This rule kept me from wasting lots of animal meat just for fun.

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?

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12 thoughts on “If you kill it you got to eat it

  1. Hi Justin,

    I fully agree that this obsession on the internet to mindlessly quote famous people and wear it as a personal badge of honor is utterly bizarre.

    As Oscar Wilde once said:

    “Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”

    Seriously folks. Be yourselves. Live your own lives. Find your own passions. Form your own thoughts.

    Patrick.
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  2. Hi Justin,

    This is a great post… A lot of people are searching for the next great inspiration but forget about yesterdays “life changing” quote. I think it’s the same mentality that causes some people to jump to a new program when they haven’t followed thru on the last program.

    This is a big hurdle for alot of people and I’m glad you guys never give up on trying to help us all.

    That being said, here’s my quote for today:

    Keep shining a light on it, eventually people will see it! -Shane Bost

  3. Very good observation Justin. Here’s another one for you, “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks!” Does that apply to the keyboard as well? Not hardly. Any one can copy and paste but “taking action and having the audacity to stick your neck out and do” is where as my dear Dad would say, “Separates the men from the boys.” Quote of the Day: “What you do, speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say!” We agree on this and wow Shane, We shall keep shining the light!
    Sam and Deb Burgess
    Mabank, Texas
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  4. Oh my Justin…

    I think you just connected a double home run on this one.

    I used to like quotes in the beginning, I even threw a few ones myself on twitter but then I started seeing quotes everywhere I went.

    It got so ridiculous annoying that I just stopped doing it myself.

    If any of these people did actually practice at least 5% of what those quotes implied… we wouldn’t even be having this conversation.

    To honor Patrick’s comment:

    “Be Yourself: Everyone else is already taken”.

    And the one that made me push through:

    “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” ~Zig Ziglar.

    Ironic to leave not one but TWO quotes here, but I can say I AM actually doing what they imply.

    Hope everyone else did the same.

    Great article Justin!

    Sergio

    PS. Loved your new header!!
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  5. Thanks Justin
    The truth is, when my step-dad taught us kids to hunt, that was his philosophy. The other thing I learned was if you don’t know the consequences DON’T TAKE THE SHOT. I myself have have felt those consequences on and off line. The point is don’t shoot yourself in the foot before you get started. As for being “yourself” that I have always been and never been ashamed to be. Truth alone can be the biggest inspiration for most. Truth is, quotes only mimics inspirations effects (for me anyway)
    Justin

  6. Great post Justin! The reality of the matter is it is easy to quote a famous comment… but taking action requires you to actually do something… If you have a dream… you commit to it… you have a plan… you need to take massive action… if you don’t you just have a pipe dream!

    Thank you,
    Paul

  7. Hi Justin,

    I also believe that if you kill it you should eat it (so I ate the fish that I caught sportfishing even though I don’t usually like fish). I also collect quotes that reflect my philosophy (but I don’t usually share/tweet them).

    I read through my collection of quotes often. It helps to keep me focused on where I want to go and who I want to be, and this motivates me to take action.

    A good quote can be a mantra to inspire action or to make me think about issues that I have been avoiding.

    Four years ago, one of the quotes in my collection stuck in my head and inspired me to quit my soul-sucking job before I had a new one. Even in an economy that was starting to go south, I found a better job within 3 months (and my savings were going to last about 6).

    As an impetus to action, quotes can be very useful, but they are only a tool to inspire action.

    As for being anyone other than myself–that has never worked. I have always been me. Nothing in this post was written by anyone else!

    Best Regards,

    Karen (klkuty)

    • That’s how I was brought up as well Karen. Now, I hate fish. lol

      What I found when I got to Buffalo though, was that everyone threw the fish back in after they caught them.

      (Un)Fortunately, I have psyched myself out so much that I never catch them on the rare occasions that I breakdown and fish.

      On the subject of quotes, I agree with you. I am also a collector of quotes and find they can provide great inspiration. I may not always be living the quote, but if I use one, I am at least striving to.

  8. Thanks for all the great comments. I appreciate the support and encouragement to keep writing. Did I mention I hate writing? :-)

    • You made some great points Justin.

      I can’t guarantee that if you keep writing you will learn to love it, but there is a very good chance that it will get easier with each article.

      Marian