Motivational Monday: Celebrating our Commanders-in-Chief


Hi, all! It’s President’s Day here in the US, so I decided on a Motivational Monday post featuring the words of wisdom of some of our past commanders-in-chief.

Without any ado whatsoever, here they are…

“The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.”

George Washington

This should be my potty training mantra.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, become more, you are leader.”

-John Quincy Adams

Leading by example is definitely the way to get people to give you their best.

“I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.”

Abraham Lincoln

Progress is progress, regardless of how slow. Baby steps are better than a backslide.

“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.”

Teddy Roosevelt

Ain’t it the truth, though? We all tend to create our problems or make them worse by not resolving the problem or just walking away.

“Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.”

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

You may have been born into or raised in certain circumstances, but that doesn’t mean you have keep yourself stuck in them.

“Pessimism never won any battle.”Dwight Eisenhower

If you go into something thinking you can’t win, you’ve already lost.

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to one another.”- JFK

This one is definitely a biggie for me lately. There is absolutely no shame in admitting you don’t know something, especially in a leadership position. No one knows everything about their job, sometimes it takes a particular kind of experience. If you’re a boss and an employee asks a question to which you do not know the answer, DON’T just make shit up. Check your pride and ask someone. There is nothing wrong with saying “I’m not sure, it’s never come up for me before. I’ll check it out and get back to you.” As an employee, I’d rather get an “I don’t know, let me check” than a lie. This also applies to kids by the way. If your toddler asks how something works, or the dreaded WHY… look it up. Finding out together is better than just making it up.

“We should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children’s expectations.”

– Barack Obama

Considering the consistent bickering going on in our government lately, this is right on the money. Should our kids live in a country where the people in power act like toddlers who throw tantrums and refuse to compromise to get what they want? Of course not. Our children (and one day, our children’s children) deserve better.

As always, thanks for reading, and until next time!