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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Get a Better Dream

One of the reasons we seek out quotations is to find inspiration--to discover little nuggets of wisdom to restore your spirit or to "screw your courage to the sticking place." (Thanks Shakespeare.) So, this week, I was continually thinking about The Quotables as I attended a professional conference where this year's theme was "Inspire." They continually asked us what inspired us. What music. What teacher. What professional moment. And, each day, they drew us into one big session, showed us an inspirational video and then gave us an inspirational speaker. I learned a few things from retired Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz, who advised us to never be afraid to fail, and from emerging motivational speaker and recovered stutterer Joseph Washington II, who said you must be prepared to participate in your own rescue.

But, the moment I will remember most is this little boy, The Kid President, who is offering the entire world this pep talk:

"Like that dude Journey said, 'Don't stop believing in your dream," unless your dream is stupid. Then, get a better dream." --Kid President.