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Famous Quotes That Almost, but Not Quite, Work for Us

We recently shared some quotes that we found useful in keeping our forward-thinking, action-oriented mindset in gear. We come across a lot of other quotes that almost make our list, and could with some revision. Here are a few, and our thoughts about them.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

~Albert Einstein

We see where Albert is going with this, but it is hard to envision imagination taking flight productively without a foundation of knowledge to inform its flight path. You need both to innovate productively! This is why we make Pursuit of Truth a core element of our development philosophy. Looking at our own industry as an example, employee development is universally good for companies, so we work in a wide range of industries, but we always take the time to deeply internalize the issues, talents and resources each company has because “off-the-shelf solutions,” even highly effective ones, perform less well than a custom-built development plan that marries knowledge with imagination.

“If your philosophy doesn’t grow corn, I don’t want to hear about it.”

~Sun Bear

This again, has a kernel of truth in it: Flights of fancy must have grounding in practicality (knowledge) to make the best use of energy and time. However, closing off crazy ideas can be limiting, too. Our emphasis on the Pursuit of Truth means being open to new “philosophies” that may or may not grow corn right now, but could.

This sort of mental exercise is great for keeping your mind engaged and focused. Any idea that brings you back to your core passions and principles has value, even when the exact quote isn’t a “keeper!”

Here’s another quote. Why is it insightful, and where might it need adjustment to make it a “keeper?”

“There is no reality except the one contained within us. That is why so many people live such an unreal life. They take images outside them for reality and never allow the world within to assert itself.”

~Hermann Hesse

Let us know your perspective in the comments section!


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