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by Miki Saxon

Benjamin MaysFrom the day you are promoted your professional life is measured not by your own efforts and successes, but by your team’s, whether “your” team is made up of five people or five thousand.

The best bosses are aware of what they say and put time and effort into phrasing things in ways that inspire and motivate.

Bosses frequently use words and phrases they’ve read or heard because they do a better job expressing their thoughts than they can themselves and that’s OK.

In fact, it’s better than OK, because some people have a knack for capturing a thought or meaning in unforgettable ways.

The following is one of the most powerful building blocks for life I’ve come across, so I thought I’d share it with you.

The words of Benjamin E. Mayes (it may be ‘Mays’, I found one spelling where the quote was and the other in Wikipedia, but I’m pretty sure it’s the same person) provide an unforgettable piece of inspiration/motivation that you should share with your team.

“It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream. It is not a disaster to be unable to capture your ideal, but it is a disaster to have no ideal to capture…”

Not a bad thought to share with your kids, either.

Image credit: Wikipedia

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