Every now and then I like to take a quote and look at what it really means in our lives, our businesses, and our quest to be more effective leaders. Quotes can be valuable tools for us to think about things differently. Recently, I came across a quote from Thomas Jefferson and thought it would make for a good discussion. “If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”

As I think about some of the best leaders I’ve worked with, they’ve been followers of this way of thinking. One of the challenges we all face is change, even when it’s clear that it’s necessary. We wish others around us would change, but fail to see that if we change first, it can often start the movement we are looking for. Almost everyone is familiar with the old adage that doing the same thing and expecting different results is the definition of insanity. Similarly, we may know a lot of people that have been operating this way their entire lives. We may even meet that person in the mirror.

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  • This post was incredibly inspiring! I admit I sometimes get frustrated waiting for things to change when I am not taking action to change them. The article made me think about the things I can do to jump start changes I want to make. Like taking an hour each evening to study so that I feel more prepared each day of clinics. I will definitely be using this advice to implement some small changes for the better.

  • Thanks for the thoughts Lauren. I think we all get stuck as a spectator sometimes, hoping change happens for us. There’s usually a flood of things we could figure out if we viewed ourselves as a player instead and just wrote down some ideas and got moving. Every day we either win or learn if we are moving. I really appreciate you stopping by to share your perspective. Thanks also to my dad for teaching me the value of action.

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