What’s the most beautiful words you’ve ever read?

A couple of weeks ago, I read a post on A Cup of Jo about the most beautiful words she’s ever read.  I loved the post so much that I wanted to do one of my own!  And, yes, it was excruciatingly hard to pick out these TEN quotes :) If you want to check out more words that I love, take a look at my pinterest page for word inspiration (of course).

What’s the most beautiful words you’ve ever read?

i love this one because of its reminder to do what makes you happy, not what someone else thinks will make you happy

so simple and pure

my friend and i were just chatting on pinterest about how this is one of the best passages we’ve ever read so i figured it was only appropriate to include it!

oh my! *heart thump* i love Pablo Neruda.. he is by far my favorite poet and every piece of his makes me swoon

isn’t this just lovely?

i love the fun imagery in this one

i’m always surprised by how Bukowski’s writing comes across as deep yet playful

so true

ugh, so simple. i love it!

why yes, Shakespeare

 

A Simple Trick for Achieving Success

I’ve only been in the working world for a handful of years, and I don’t quite consider myself truly successful.  I’ve definitely participated in my fair share of mistakes, lack of confidence and awkward conversations near the water cooler.  Nevertheless, I’ve noticed something different about people who I consider successful versus those that I don’t or the ones that I find just pretending.

Often, in the consulting world, we are taught little tricks to help us act more like a ‘consultant.’. If we’re not acting differently then why should our clients pay us the big bucks?  One of the tricks that I learned in one of my first years was to prevent giving away all of my candy too soon.  In the case of a consultant, the candy equaled our knowledge and experience from past projects.  If we taught the client everything we know in the first week then why would they continue to hire us in the weeks to come?

In the consulting industry, there is a pertinent reason for following this advice and, in many cases, it is certainly a valid approach.  However, if we follow this rationale and, essentially, covet all of our ideas, aren’t we really just giving into our fear of losing them?

I’ve come across many secrets and tips throughout my six years post-college life, but the most simple and important one is actually this: share your knowledge with people.  All of it.  I know that it’s a scary thought – perhaps one of the scariest ones in the working world – if I give away all of my candy, why would a company pay me?  But, my answer to that question is this: because they need you to make more.

If you give away all of your ideas, naturally your mind will want to find more, discover more, learn more.  Isn’t this practice what makes us more well-rounded and knowledgeable people?  When something in our lives is empty, we need to find a way to fill it up.  So, give away your secrets, tips and knowledge and then fill yourself up with more theories, more research, more talents.  The world needs you as an idea giver, not a hoarder.

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