I have always been a fan of “good and wise quotes.” There’s something about them. You can draw inspiration and get motivated by the wise words of wise people.
I love quotes. I love to decorate my writings with them. Good and wise quotes beautify writing, they bring out the color of your writing and give more power and force to your message.
Whenever I need a little nudge to move forward, I always resort to going back to the powerful words of great people. And I must confess, I have never been let down — not once.
As writers, creators, leaders, entrepreneurs, and everyday people, there will always be times and seasons when you will feel dry and dull. These times and seasons are normal. You may need to get some rest and get refreshed or you may need to grow bigger and dig deeper.
The right words from the right people can make a lot of difference in your creative journey.
Words are powerful, there’s life in them.
So, here are some of my favorite quotes on leadership, innovation, and creativity from some very amazing human beings.
I believe these words full of grace and energy will also inspire and motivate you to do more.
I also made little comments on some of the quotes.
Show early and show often. That’s it. That’s just it. Some people think they have to wait to have a perfect product or service before they launch! They are missing the whole point. You don’t have to figure it all out before you lurch forward. What you need is to keep showing up. Show up, be ready to learn the right things that will help you; change, where needed, and see how you grow to become a force people, will find difficult to resist.
Early in my little experience with leadership, I began to understand that it’s not just about your ideas. Your ideas are just a small part of the whole circle. The mistake a lot of young and talented folks make early in their innovative and creative careers is that they hold on tightly to their own ideas refusing to consider the ideas of others. Your ideas are not perfect. Your ideas have weaknesses. The ability to understand this truth will take you far. When you want to start anything at all, make sure you do it with the help of others. And always have it at the front of your heart that whatever platform you are building as a leader must fulfill the primary goal of helping others nurture their own ideas.
Why do you desperately want to lead? Why do you want to be in front? Why do you want to start a company? Why, Why, Why?
Well, it’s all about people [it should be all about people].
Leadership is all about people. It’s not about you. It’s about them. Leadership is the greatest form of sacrifice one can ever show. I mean, true leadership because the kind of leadership we see today in the world is highly self-centered, only a few people are out there working to see that those they lead become better in life. Leadership is not management — two entirely different things. Very different.
Herein lies why many of us find it difficult to build teams that work. For people to give their all to any cause, they must be excited about it. They must understand what it’s all about. They must be lost in it. When they don’t love and understand the journey, it will be difficult to capture their commitment.
Take risks. Calculated ones. Not foolish ones [though, sometimes, some foolish risks tend to produce magnificent results]. Life is all about taking the right kind of risk. Leaving your comfort zone is a risk. You have got no solid guarantees. You just have to take the step! And on research. Uhm, do your research, properly, that’s extremely important. However, sometimes, research may not be able to see beyond a certain corridor. Look at Tesla for example. No one thought that it was going to become a success. Even research could not do anything to help. It was the heart of risk, the heart that dares — made it all happen.
Right from when I was a young boy studying the sciences, I had fallen in love with Einstein [who doesn’t love Einstein, especially the science folks]. And when Einstein explains how he enjoys science, he talks about imagination, creativity, and innovation. If you can imagine, create and innovate, you will make a great scientist or artist, or leader. It all depends on how you view the world.
I bet you have heard about Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, an Italian polymath of the 15th century, a very high renaissance fellow who dabbled into a lot of creative realms, as a painter [painted the famous Mona Lisa], architect, engineer, scientist, and philosopher — just one man. How was he so creative? Simple, he mastered the art of looking around him. We become too busy as human beings that we forget to look around us. That’s where the magic is, around you. If you are looking for a great story, look around you. If you are looking for an engineering problem, look around you. Nature seems to have provided all we need, hidden around us, it’s just left for us to open our hearts and look closely. You will find things there.
There’s no innovation in isolation. The innovator has learned to take interaction seriously. They know how to connect, they know how to mix, and they know how to weave information and experiences together. If you think you can stay in your self-made prison and create anything useful, you must be joking. Jump all out! Create connections, and build relationships. This was why schools were designed so that human beings can learn from others through interaction. Great books we read today did not fall from the sky. Someone somewhere picked up a wave of inspiration when they were interacting with other people. That’s it.
Magical… just soooo magical…
This is especially true for writers. You can write every day. If you want to. You may not experience the same levels of inspiration every day [some days are higher, some lower and some days are relatively empty of inspiration]. If you want to just sit down and wait for the wind of inspiration to cruise by your doorstep, you will end up creating very little. You go after it with all that you have, with all your might. And I tell you, if you run after it enough, you will catch it.
This is here is just so beautiful and true. Whatever you have created or designed as an innovator can be improved on. No matter how perfect you feel it is. There’s always room for improvement. When we thought we had seen it all, a man comes on the scene and announces that he wants to send men to Mars. What a dream.
This isn’t an exhaustive list. I still have a lot to share with you. And if you have quotes that inspire you, why not share them with us in the comment section below.