Quotes can be powerful tools to drive great change and achieve peak performance. They make us think, motivate us, inspire us, give us courage, and sometimes transform our lives. They are reminders of strength, perseverance, positivity, and meaningful action – a small timely piece of information that can push us one step further when we need it most. And who originated the quote can deeply impact how we internalize their message.
Many of us tend to collect or capture a few quotes that resonated with us at any given point in time. We may have inspiration boards full of them, refrigerator doors covered with them, or notebooks haphazardly filled with random passages. In any case, these words moved us for a reason.
I ended my year by reviewing my own notebooks and decided to capture the top quotes I had scribbled about into one stimulating collection that I hope will motivate and inspire you in 2015.
“Life is a marathon, not a sprint.” – Anonymous
This Sunday is the 37th running of the Chicago Marathon. Every year, this inspiring event runs right by my building on Michigan Avenue, very near the home stretch. As 45,000 participants grace our city streets, I join the 1.7 million spectators cheering them on in pure awe as they fight every obstacle to make it to the finish line.
Like many, I try to get out early so I can witness the winners in all categories pass by with full press, helicopters, and police escorts. Each time I see them passing by, I get incredibly choked up as the crowd goes nuts witnessing their amazing inner strength and perseverance as we all share in their great accomplishment.
Over the past six months, I’ve been attending numerous events and conferences to re-engage with my professional community. Last week I attended an event I had never heard of before called STORY hosted here in Chicago. In its sixth year, the event took place at the beautiful Harris Theater located in Millennium Park. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect as I hadn’t found anyone in my circles who had heard of it before, but I went with an open mind and a strong desire for creative inspiration.
With the 2014 theme focused on “Creators, Dreamers, and Storytellers,” STORY Chicago is a conference combining music, performance, digital, discussions, presentations, labs, and much more, all focused on creative storytelling and drawing more than 1,500+ creative professionals nationwide.
The speaker line-up included writers, filmmakers, an Emmy-winning actor, photographers, digital creatives, a tattoo artist, an illusionist, college professors, a spoken word artist, musicians, and so many more. With this much creative power in one room, you can’t help but walk away inspired, enlightened, and enthused.