Today I was in a colleague’s office and saw the following inspirational wording inscribed in white text (mixed fonts obviously) on a black square:
“Shoot for the Moon. Even if you miss you’ll land in the stars.”
Me being me, I couldn’t help but add in my mind: “eventually… as a corpse.” which somewhat devalues the wording, but then that’s the way it is with me 😉
Then I started thinking about the value of this as an inspirational business quote. Surely, if the target is the moon, then missing it would be abject failure. Also, considering our nearest star, Proxima Centauri, is 4.24 light years distant (40,113,000,000,000 km) it would be a bloody long time before we’d reach a single one.
So, a quick analysis suggests it’s hardly inspiring at all really, and I am guessing it was not on the walls of NASA Mission Control during the Apollo Program!
Anyhow, I got to thinking about what useful inspirational quote I could develop for the day and I decided on the following adaptation of a well-known cliché, as it still appears meaningful, yet lofty without losing its practical value:
“IF a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing adequately”*
* and I would add that there’s a big emphasis on the word IF at the beginning of this statement that is usually ignored in the original!