#CareerSpark from the 18th & 19th Century White House: Embrace #WisdomWednesday

By Liz daRosa @lizdaRosa

Mount Rushmore - National Parks

Picture Courtesy of The National Parks

Have you ever visited Mount Rushmore? I made the trek in a subcompact car in the summer of 1981, with my parents and younger brother. Memories of a cramped backseat and arguments with my brother while we listened to our mom giving direction from a fold-out map (remember those days before GPS?) as my dad drove to the monument.

We can glean a lot of wisdom from the leaders etched in granite on Mount Rushmore. Let’s look at a few of their quotes and how they give a #CareerSpark.

1st President, George Washington (Feb. 22, 1732-Dec.14, 1799): It is far better to be alone than in bad company.

All I am I owe to my Mother.

#CareerSpark: Avoid participating in water cooler (or email) office gossip! Treasure the person (if not your mother) who spent her/his blood-sweat-tears raising you.

3rd President, Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743-July 4, 1826):

Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask, Act! Action will delineate and define you!

When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on!

#CareerSpark: Take action and persevere with a focused purpose.

16th President, Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12, 1809-April 15, 1865): Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.

The best thing about the future is it comes one day at a time.

#CareerSpark: Take action and move ‘it’ forward. Focus on deliberate actions to bring your ideas to fruition.

26th President, Theodore Roosevelt (Oct. 27, 1858-Jan. 6, 1919): Believe you can and you are halfway there.

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

#CareerSpark: Be self-empowered! Believe in yourself as you are right now!

Although these men lived in a vastly different time, their words are timeless and inspirational to our life and career journey. Let me know if any of these resonate with you or if there are others.

Your Career Coach, Liz

About the Author: Liz daRosa is a coach who works with highly motivated individuals to enjoy more success in their career. She blogs at Your Career Coach, Liz and tweets here.

18 thoughts on “#CareerSpark from the 18th & 19th Century White House: Embrace #WisdomWednesday

  1. Thanks Liz! I spent this week at a corporate retreat where our focus was on Goal setting. The quote “Action will delineate and define you!” really resonated with me because at the end of the day, plans and goals are only as good as your actions to achieve them..


    • Thanks so much for stopping by Roz – history was one of my favorite subjects in high school; I wish my history teachers would have used some quotes to show us how to apply to life/success!


    • Appreciate you stopping by Michael! The taking action is the hardest but most rewarding part – even if it doesn’t turn out ‘exactly’ as you think.


  2. Great job… and I remember a similar trip.. but ours was to the Grand Canyon.. don’t recall having much of AC, but my brother, mother and I and going through the petrified forest, 4 corners and the canyon.. amazing and something I will always remember.

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