I recently read this quote by Maya Angelou that caught my attention.
It made me think.
In our culture here in the US, we tend to celebrate the greatness of people. Of accomplishments. Of a job well done.
There's nothing inherently wrong with this.
Unless we compare our weaknesses to someone else's strengths. To see what "they've" done, compare, and then knock ourselves down a few pegs in the process. To lose hope or figure we'll never be that good.
Which is why this quote caught me off guard.
It became quite a challenge to me personally.
Anyone who stands out or is great at something has put the hours in.
Has been willing to give up good for great.
Has been passionate.
It hit me.
What am I willing to work at while no one is watching?
To work hard at...
To become great at...
For me, I love photography, writing, and teaching.
Can I become great?
I don't know. I can't answer that.
But I can be willing to give up good for great.
To be passionate.
To be better at what I do.
To put in the hours behind the scenes.
So, thank you Maya, for the profound words that survive you.
For the inspiration to work at change.
Share your thoughts about this quote.
To strive for greatness?
TWEETABLE: A #MayaAngelou Quote to Ponder via @MaryDenman (click to Tweet)
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