Why I create my own quotes

No question that everyone has a lot experience to with the world. So, I wondered what the best way is to share my experience in an effective and efficient way for the reader and for myself. That’s how I came up with quotes.

Quotes can inspire. Good quotes resonate instantaneously with the human mind in such a way that a person might discover new perspectives, values and directions, that were invisible before. That’s why, any good quote is somehow inspirational.

But it’s not only about discovering new perspectives. It’s is also about taking action. Reflecting upon a particular quote in a certain situation in life has the potential to fundamentally change one’s direction in life. The change might be in lifestyle, values, how we treat others and ourselves or change of the career path. It is actually striking to me how often quotes pop up in our minds, when we have a conversation on something of great importance impacting our lives. That is what I call a “good quote”. A good quote has a measureable or visible impact on the reader.

Good quotes are often counterintuitive, and on the surface, they sound not rational. But when we reflect upon them, we might find a lot of rationality. Good quotes are the expression of our human experience in a very condensed form.The less, the better. The simpler, the stronger.

There are two reasons why you should also create your own quotes.

#1 It’s great to express yourself in an authentic way. You express your experience and your personality in a very condensed form. It’s much easier for others to understand why you care about something and what you care about most. The signal cannot be overheard or overseen.

#2 By posting your own quotes you can expand and develop the expression of yourselfbecause personal quotes, that you post publicly, are also commitments. If you don’t follow your principles, people won’t believe your truths. It’s important to have our own truths and our own “Why”s. Posting one’s quotes is a commitment-test for yourself.

Of course, you could also post other quotes. But hiding behind someone else’s quotes makes you as a person invisible. If you want to become more visible, here are some principles I follow when I create quotes:

Don’t overthink. It’s about expression of yourself and your values. First expression, then reflection.

Find the Why.If you get inspired by particular quote, ask yourself why you like it and write it down. Play with the words and you will discover a deeper meaning of the quote for yourself. It’s this deeper meaning that touches you and resonates with your experience.

Reframe a quote.Find a quote that really moves you, inspires you and try to reframe it. Pour your own and unique experience into this quote.

Spontaneous quote.When I go through a particular experience in life, words just pop up in my mind that sum up the lessons I am currently going through. I made it a habit to note them immediately and not reflect at all. When it’s noted I start to reflect and make it simpler but stickier.

Quotes are about expression of ourselves, inspiration and giving the value of your experience to others. So, play with these three variables. You are unique and there is not a single reason to hide behind someone else’s quotes.

The-Figure-It-Out-Skill – Part 1

Are you a big fan of How-To advice? If so, don’t read this post because you will not like it. But if you want to learn why we fail to apply the how-to advice, then go on.

My biggest problem with all the how-to advice by books or people, even successful ones, is that they forget the key to the how-to. There is an implicit expectation that by knowing the “how-to”, the magic will happen. But it most likely won’t.

First of all, one question must be raised: “Will I?”. And this question shouldn’t be answered too fast. It’s not “Do I want?”, “Can I?” or “Do I have to?”. The question is “Will I?”. Before you say yes, think about all the consequences. Well, at least the most important ones.

The product of the question “Will I?” creates commitment. It’s the personal commitment that creates the magic. Commitment is never a result of an existing solution. It’s the condensed form of the initiative to solve a problem. Now, the search process for the right tools begins. And if you still want to answer the question “Will I?” with a “yes”, now it’s the right time for the search process for the how-to-tools.

Someone, who has already done or is currently in this process, will know that there are many tools and many solutions. For many problems in startups, solutions do not even exist. And the problem of too many solutions or no solutions only one skill can manage. I call it the figure-it-out-skill.

The figure-it-out-skill must be perfected every day. It is our personal response to problems and difficulties. This skill demands to learn and is highly dynamic. Otherwise, solutions would not exist at all. This skill fully requires consideration of the current context, which is rapidly changing.

Knowing that, please do me a favor and don’t rely on the startup or some life advice recipes. Just take a step back and answer the question “will I?” Will I accept the challenges, the work, the punches, the failures, the responsibility for progress? Will I accept happiness in work? Or even happiness in failure?

You have 5 minutes to figure it out!

Serghei