Hello to my fellow Tweeters, and welcome to the program. If you're a first time visitor to the show, drop me a tweet & I'll send you a special gift. No I won't, but I'll try to say something witty on my next post, and even give you props...as the kids say. I really don't give props, but I just wanted to segue into the topic for discussion here today---The overuse & abuse of quoting famous people.
I have from time to time, tossed out a quote on Twitter from a famous person, because it was said so eloquently, and it alligned with my philosophy. Peter Drucker has been a good source for me. He was a genius, and his words usually hammered home a point in eloquent brevity. I love it.
However, a lot of famous people may have said a lot of interesting things, but their observations have only been inscribed in granite (metaphorically speaking) because they once won a Super Bowl, or led the American League in Home Runs a few years ago. In other words, they have good hand eye coordination, and can run fast, jump high, or utilize their strength in ways to make them skilled at their professions (I won't even go into any debate about possible steroid use at this particular time; it's not relevent to the subject at hand).
I think the ordinary people (like you and me, but not that guy) should start using their own imagination to produce some noteworthy observations. Just think about a subject you're interested in, or have had some type of experience with. Then start brainstorming. You may surprise yourself with your brilliance. To me, the satisfaction of spouting off something profound---and totally original---is almost as good as winning a Super Bowl or World Series. When it gets retweeted on the worldwide stage of Twitter, there's nothing better; in my book, anyway. Or my next book.
Here's a sampling of some of my zany or even profound observations:
*Survival of the fittest often means having the loaded gun.
*I once said everyone should get married at least once, just to see what it's like. From my own experience, I have to retract that idea.
*The only thing Corporate America has to fear is the culture of fear Corporate America has created.
*Humorless corporate hierachies usually have a bunch of unhappy, unmotivated and unproductive employees running around collecting paychecks, but not really engaged in the process of "work".
*Survival of the fittest often means being able to display charisma & confidence to some of the scariest people you'll ever meet.
*Personal success is often measured by the success others achieve, aided by your support & guidance.
And so on, and so forth. I got a million of 'em. The next time you're on Twitter, try one of your own original thoughts. You'll surprise yourself with how smart you are. Now go on & get out of here.
Larry Underwood is the author of Life Under the Corporate Microscope---A Maverick's Irreverent Perspective (visit his website: http://www.outskirtspress.com/LarryUnderwood)