The Wisdom of Self Help Quotes

At last night’s Las Vegas Library event using Don’t Die With Vacation Time, I facilitated one simple, yet powerful, exercise.

The book is printed in a way that quotes relating to a particular lesson are paired with the story. In the back of the book all of the quotes used are repeated. The intent is to have the reader think of their own life, and tell a story of overcoming adversity using the quotes as guiding lessons.

I took all the quotes, put them in a bag, and had the seminar participants choose just one. They then had to think of a life challenge in any area they were attempting to heal or recover from. They then discussed the challenge from the perspective of the quote’s wisdom.

Some of the randomly quotes chosen:

A promise made is a debt unpaid.” Robert Service
Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.” Confucius

Participants who chose these quotes were initially confused and rejected that these quotes had any wisdom that applied to their particular challenge. Be the end of the evening, as they told their story – or challenge – they began to see what they could learn for themselves.

Here is what I know: What those participants learned from those quotes would not be the same thing you would learn if you applied those quotes to your situation.

That is the beauty of ‘words of wisdom’ – the words are spoken or written, and you create the wisdom.

Happy Spring,
Andrea T. Goeglein, PhD

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About the author

Andrea Goeglein is part organizational psychologist, part entrepreneur, and all about success—your success. She understands both the pressures you face and the dreams that inspire you. Andrea merges her experience as a business owner with her training in Positive Psychology to provide effective, efficient and challenging personal development products and services. She combines an emphasis on objective assessment with an approach that is always powered by your spirit and guided by your goals. Her professional development offerings are based in theory and backed by direct business knowledge.

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