Drew’s Weekly Inspiration

Week of May 9, 2022

“As long as there is one upright man, as long as there is one compassionate woman, the contagion may spread and the scene is not desolate.” -E.B. White in a letter to a man who had lost faith in humanity

Week of April 25, 2022

“Finish every day and be done with it. For manners and for wise living it is a vice to remember. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it well and serenely, and with

Week of April 18, 2022

“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” – Charles Swindoll

Week of April 11, 2022

“At the heart of leadership lies persuasion. At the heart of persuasion lies storytelling,” -Esther Choy

Week of April 4, 2022

“No, life has not disappointed me. Rather, I find it truer, more desirable and mysterious every year—ever since the day the great liberator overcame me: the thought that life could be an experiment for the knowledge-seeker—not a duty, not a disaster, not a deception! And knowledge itself: let it be something else to others, like

Week of March 28, 2022

“If you’re not working hard, ideas don’t matter. The best idea is worthless without execution.If you’re already working hard, ideas are crucial. Most effort is wasted on mediocre ideas.” -James Clear

Week of March 21, 2022

“The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night’s sleep.” -American entrepreneur E. Joseph Cossman

Week of March 14, 2022

“We need red blood cells to live the same way a business needs profits to live, but the purpose of life is more than to make red blood cells; the same way the purpose of business is more than simply to generate profits.” -Edward Freeman, University of Virginia Darden School of Business professor

Week of March 7, 2022

“I believe in anger. Anger’s like fire, it can burn out all the dross and leave some positive things. But what I don’t believe in is bitterness. Forgiveness is imperative because you don’t want to carry that weight around, who needs to? And it will throw you down. It doesn’t help you to live life.

Week of February 21, 2022

“At home we have lost the capacity to see what is before us. Travel shakes us out of our apathy, and we regain an attentiveness that heightens every experience. The exhilaration of travel has many sources, but surely one of them is that we recapture in some measure the unspoiled awareness of children.” -John W.

Week of February 7, 2022

“You have power over your mind — not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” -Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius

Week of January 31, 2022

“To relax is, of course, the first thing a dancer has to learn. It is the first thing anyone has to learn in order to live. It is extremely difficult, because it means surrender, full surrender.” –Henry Miller

Week of January 24, 2022

Who works with their hands is a laborer.Who works with their hands & head is a craftsman.Who works with their hands & head & heart is an artist.– St. Francis of Assisi

Week of January 17, 2022

“Don’t over-improve your weaknesses. If you’re not good at something, work on it until it no longer prevents your progress, but the bulk of your time is better spent maximizing your strengths.” -James Clear

Week of January 10, 2022

If your everyday life appears to be an unworthy subject matter, do not complain to life.Complain to yourself. Lament that you are not poet enough to call up its wealth.For the creative artist there is no poverty – nothing is insignificant or unimportant.– Rainer Maria Rilke

Week of January 3, 2022

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will

Week of December 27, 2021

Everything, at this crucial point, lies in the attitude which we assume towards the moment. Indeed, this act of orienting ourselves — to the moment, to the world, to our own selves — is perhaps the most elusive art of all, and our attempts to master it often leave us fumbling, frustrated, discombobulated. And yet

Week of December 20, 2021

“Someone who views the world at 50 the same as they did at 20 has wasted 30 years of their life.” – Muhammad Ali

Week of December 13, 2021

‘The world is a bridge. Cross it, but build no house upon it. The world endures for but an hour. Spend it in devotion. The rest is unseen.” -The Mughal Emperor Akbar

Week of December 6, 2021

“We choose to suffer when we strive for permanence in a fleeting and transient existence.” – Ed Batista

Week of November 29, 2021

“Every transition begins with an ending. We have to let go of the old thing before we can pick up with the new one–not just outwardly, but inwardly, where we keep our connections to people and places that act as definitions of who we are… First there is an ending, then a beginning, and important

Week of November 22, 2021

“The power of stories is their ability to not only inform and challenge but also inspire and create change in the world.” -Richard Branson

Week of November 15, 2021

“The larger changes in our lives require time and exploration. They require living with questions. They require listening to our intuition at a much deeper level. In our world of wanting instant answers, living with questions can be challenging, frustrating, and anxiety producing. But if we begin to think of this stage as “discovery,” we

Week of November 8, 2021

“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need

Week of November 1, 2021

“The stories we tell literally make the world. If you want to change the world, you need to change your story. This truth applies both to individuals and institutions.”-Michael Margolis

Week of October 25, 2021

“Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.” -Margaret Wheatley

Week of October 18, 2021

“The Arc of the Moral Universe is Long, But it Bends Toward Justice.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Week of October 11, 2021

“For the hero the meaning of life is honor. For the saint the meaning of life is love. For the hero the goal of living is self-fulfillment, the achievement of personal excellence, and the recognition and admiration that making a signal contribution to one’s society through one’s achievements carries with it. For the saint, life

Week of September 27, 2021

“What I need to do, in effect, is stop seeing my life as a canvas to fill, and start seeing it more as a block of marble to chip away at and shape something out of. I need a reverse bucket list. My goal for each year of the rest of my life should be

Week of September 20, 2021

“It is not the amount of knowledge that makes a brain. It is not even the distribution of knowledge. It is the interconnectedness.”— Howard Bloom

Week of September 13, 2021

“The most reliable way to change your life is by not changing your entire life.If you try to change everything all at once, you will quickly find yourself pulled back into the same patterns as before. But if you merely focus on changing one specific habit and work on it until it becomes part of

Week of September 6, 2021

“Stories constitute the single most powerful weapon in a leader’s arsenal.”-Dr. Howard Gardner, professor Harvard University

Week of August 30, 2021

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, for all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” – John Wesley

Week of August 23, 2021

“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” -Benjamin Franklin

Week of August 16, 2021

“All our life, so far as it has definite form, is but a mass of habits,” -William James in 1892.

Week of August 9, 2021

“Had I not created my whole world, I would certainly have died in other people’s.”  -Anais Nin

Week of July 26, 2021

“I believe our philosophy of conscious capitalism will eventually be widely adopted primarily because it is a better way to do business, and it creates more total value in the world for all of its stakeholders.”  -John Mackey, founder Whole Foods, author Conscious Capitalism

Week of July 19, 2021

“Life isn’t about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.”  —George Bernard Shaw

Week of July 12, 2021

“To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to change often.” -Winston Churchill

Week of July 5, 2021

“The world is more magical, less predictable, more autonomous, less controllable, more varied, less simple, more infinite, less knowable, more wonderfully troubling than we could have imagined being able to tolerate when we were young.” -James Hollis

Week of June 28, 2021

“If you had to choose one moment in history in which you could be born, and you didn’t know ahead of time who you were going to be–what nationality, what gender, what race, whether you’d be rich or poor, gay or straight, what faith you’d be born into–you wouldn’t choose 100 years ago. You wouldn’t

Week of June 21, 2021

 “Service, in short, is not what you do, but who you are. It’s a way of living that you need to bring to everything you do if you’re to bring it to your customer interactions.” -Betsy Sanders, Nordstrom

Week of June 14, 2021

“Marketing is about values. It’s a complicated and noisy world, and we’re not going to get a chance to get people to remember much about us. No company is. So we have to be really clear about what we want them to know about us.” -Steve Jobs

Week of May 31, 2021

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” —Marcel Proust

Week of May 24, 2021

What do storytellers do? According to Walt Disney, they “instill hope again, and again, and again.”