Listen to Your Elders

September 23, 2010

I grew up in the South where the idea of respecting your elders was basically branded into your brain from the moment you were born. Yes sir and yes ma'am are standard no matter the age of the participants. You always say it to those older than you, even if you feel old yourself. It's a matter of respect. Even if you don't agree, you keep your mouth shut and listen. There's always a lesson, story or idea that will stick with you, even if it takes years of living your own life to understand.

I have a chart of "Elder Sayings" up on the wall of my home office that I lovingly refer to when I am having a difficult time convincing myself to take a risk. The list helps me cowboy up and stop any doubts, fears, concerns, etc. It also helps me steer my creative juices into the unknown, areas that others may question or down a road I would never normally go.

Here are a few of my favorite "Elder sayings".

  Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. Albert Einstein
  In order to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe. Carl Sagan
  When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. Hunter S. Thompson

Given my upbringing, it's hard not to listen to them.

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