It’s funny how time slips through our fingers. Just wrapping your head around the fact that it is 2018 can make you ask yourself, where does the time go and what have I done with that time? As the facilities maintenance industry continues to evolve, Century Building Maintenance continues to adapt to an ever-changing industry.
These are 10 quotes to help propel us forward and always, always, always remember to seize the day!
1. Patience: “The secret of patience is to do something else in the meantime.” -Croft M. Pentz
We all struggle with patience, whether it comes from co-workers, advancement at work or in your personal life. Everything requires time, so if you’ve done everything you can to advance in whatever you’re waiting for, be productive in something else.
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho
This is some real talk. No one wants to fail, but failure is part of the road to success. Embrace your failures and grow from them. Use fear as a challenge to conquer.
3. Success and failure:
“I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure–It is: Try to please everybody.”– Herbert Bayard Swope
Many businesses make the mistake of trying to please everybody. Stop doing that! Please! You can’t make everyone happy so work with the people you enjoy, with people who bring your business value and vice versa.
“I believe luck is preparation meeting opportunity. If you hadn’t been prepared when the opportunity came along, you wouldn’t have been lucky.” ― Oprah Winfrey
Anything Oprah says is gold and this quote is TRUTH. If you aren’t prepared when an opportunity comes your way, then you can’t get “lucky” from a situation. Always be prepared so you can grab onto opportunities knowing you’ve done your homework.
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” —Nelson Mandela.
We’re all guilty of fear. Whether at home or at work, there’s always something we can grow from and adapting is key. If we are afraid for the rest of our lives then we will never conquer anything.
“Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flow charts. It is about one life influencing another.” – John C. Maxwell
Some of the best companies have flourished from their ability to influence others to also become leaders.
7. When the going gets tough:
“The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow. For every challenge encountered, there is opportunity for growth.”—Unknown
Taking what happened yesterday is always an opportunity to reflect. The following quote is another great way to envision yourself as something that ALWAYS adapts to change.
“A wise man adapts himself to circumstances, as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it”. -Chinese Proverb
Every second of every day, the world changes. In the facility maintenance world, there is always some kind of evolution and it’s our job to continue molding ourselves for progress.
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, the just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while” – Steve Jobs
Sometimes we overthink the simple things because most of the time, creative ideas stem from the simplest of thoughts, so maybe we should change our way of thinking from “why?” to “why not?”
“Discovery is seeing what everybody else has seen and thinking what nobody else has thought.” -Dr. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi.
We often want to pick apart what others have done and apply to our own business methods or personal lives and there is nothing wrong with that. However, true innovation comes from doing the exact opposite of what everyone else has done.