A few years back a friend of mine told me a quote by Henry Ford, “One who fears failure limits his activities“. This came at a time in my career that I felt I had a million things that had to be done to take the business to the next step. But I wasn’t confident on where to start and I couldn’t see the forest through the trees. But this quote rang loud and clear with me and at that time helped me get focused on the priorities and a plan.
I consider that my office is decorated quite simple. There are whiteboards that cover whole walls, my Mad Men wall calendar, a roll-up putting green, a baseball bat from the 2006 Detroit Tigers, drawings from my kids and photos of my family. But in front of me is a wall of inspirational quotes that I have heard or I have read. The quotes don’t look too fancy on my wall but are simply cut outs from Microsoft word documents. “One who fears failure limits his activities” has been on my wall since 2006 and it’s right at eye level for me to see everyday. As individuals it’s easier for us to do nothing but each of us have a drive and passion for something important. If we don’t do anything nothing will happen. But if we are able to clear the clutter, stay focused and continue to push ourselves great things will happen.