By Cindy Venter
“It doesn’t matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius
“Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for it.” – Katharine Whitehorn
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle
“The future depends on what you do today.” – Mahatma Gandhi
The abovementioned slogans are typical slogans many of us use daily to motivate us, and they sometimes even are the guidelines on how to live.
In truth, no two people use the same approach when it comes to our daily tasks. For example, I am someone who prefer to work in a well-planned structure, and I prefer to follow procedures/process; I receive my task, plan and start.
Not one day in my job is the same as the previous one or the next one. There are new challenges to face and new tasks to be executed, therefore, I am of the opinion that you should not live your life according to the advice from someone who is not in your shoes.
However, we read the motivational slogans or articles sent to us by our friends, families and sometimes even our colleagues. We try to apply it somewhere during the day or we cling to the hope it provides at that moment.
Until recently, I have not paid much attention to one specific slogan or article or there is not a specific one that I can honestly say stuck with me and made a lasting impression. However, the following words from a speech by Tom Hanks, famous actor, came to my attention the other day:
“Show up on time, know the text and have a head full of ideas.”
To be on time shows that you not only respect your own time and other people’s time, it also helps you to become comfortable in your environment and to organise your thoughts. In this way you appear more prepared and you show your willingness to work hard. No idea is a bad idea, therefore bring any idea and try everything!