I’m a sucker for quotes to get me through some days. Whatever I’m freaking out about, I can usually always find a quote to calm me down and get me thinking straight once again. I love it when the best advice comes from the oddest or most unusual places.
What comes to mind when you think of Dr. Seuss? Your favorite childhood book? A rhyme about red and blue fish you hadn’t thought about in years? Probably not advice for adults, right? As a kid I couldn’t get enough of this man’s books (my go-to was Green Eggs and Ham, and at one time I think I had it memorized). But as a six-year-old, I loved the rhymes and the crazy illustrations of his books, and that was about it.
It wasn’t until recently that I realized how much more I appreciate Dr. Seuss as an adult than I ever did as a child. If you don’t believe me, check out some of his quotes and see how seamlessly they fit into your life as an adult.
“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”
I have an amazing talent of overthinking and overanalyzing everything, so this one always hits close to home. Who hasn’t thought about a problem and asked all the tough questions, only to realize that the answer is sometimes the easiest and the one right in front you the whole time? This proves once again — don’t make a mountain out of a mole hill. Take a deep breath, go for a walk, clear your head, and do whatever you think is best. The right answer will always make itself known on its own schedule, not ours.
“Don’t give up! I believe in you all. A person’s a person, no matter how small! And you very small persons will not have to die if you make yourselves heard! So come on, now, and TRY!”
Okay, I will admit that seeing the word ‘die’ instantly makes this quote a bit morbid sounding, but the message of it far outweighs that. Don’t throw your hands up when things get tough or when your opinion isn’t being heard. Try again and try something new to get their attention, you’re valued just as much as they are no matter what they say! The smallest peon at the company can have the best ideas, so don’t be intimidated by the big wigs upstairs. Share your thoughts!
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Think that reading ends when you graduate? Think again. The world is changing each and every day, and it’s important to stay up to date on all the events — especially the ones within your industry. You can read this quote literally and argue that, by learning more, your knowledge increases and will move you up the corporate ladder to the position you’ve always dreamed of. Or, you can look at it as an excuse to read a good book just for the fun of it and to escape reality. Whether you’re walking in Middle Earth with Frodo or sitting in Elizabeth Leefolt’s kitchen with Aibileen Clark, your imagination is growing stronger and stronger with each sentence! So get going!
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
Feel free to read that one over again, it’s a bit of a tongue twister. Good now? Okay. For all those readers out there who keep things bottled up, don’t do it! Speak your mind! The people around you who genuinely care about you want to hear what you’re thinking or worrying about. Forget those who don’t, they aren’t worth your time or energy anyway. Have an awesome suggestion to make work better for everyone? Unless you’re forced to work at your company, your supervisor cares about you and your well-being, so you don’t have anything to lose in sharing.
“Today is your day, your mountain is waiting. So get on your way.”
How’s that for the ultimate ‘get up and get going’ quote? Yes, I know all too well that first thing in the morning is always when your bed feels the most comfortable. You’ve found the most amazing position ever known to man, and your pillow is just right; not too firm, not too squishy. However, that project waiting for you at work isn’t going to get done with drool still on your face. Go tackle it and get it done!
“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”
Is your puzzler a bit sore from thinking too much about a problem? Don’t give up! Whatever it is that’s going on and making you think or question is good for you. Try approaching the problem with a different way of thinking: write out a pros and cons list, make an outline of how you want to solve the problem, or throw darts at the wall to with different conclusions. Just mix it up and try something!
“You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.”
Great and amazing things don’t happen to the person too afraid to crawl out of bed in the morning. Embrace the fact that life sucks sometimes and it isn’t always filled with rainbows and puppy dogs. Open up your eyes to new experiences and new opportunities and you’ll find yourself growing into the person you’ve always wanted to be!
“Everything stinks till it’s finished.”
You are the harshest critic you will ever meet, so only relying on your own opinion isn’t the smartest idea. If everyone turned in every project they’ve worked on before revising it and finishing it completely imagine how terrible the world would be. Yikes! Instead of freaking out about a project when it’s only halfway done, just power through and get it finished and done and then go back and revise it. You’ll be a better mood and won’t be so concerned about getting it done.
“If things start happening, don’t worry, don’t stew, just go right along and you’ll start happening too.”
It seems like people’s lives shift every few years. We get done with high school and we’re looking at our friends going away to college while we’re going to the local community college. We get done with college and we start hearing about our friends’ amazing new jobs (while we’re still searching the ‘help wanted’ section). Even when we have a job we still hear about those friends who are getting promoted left and right. It’s enough to drive anyone nuts! Don’t fret or worry, things will happen for you, too. Everything happens when it’s supposed to, you can’t rush anything. So, sit back and enjoy the ride.
“Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regrets. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.”
This is a bonus quote because it’s like eleven quotes in one; how’s that for a deal?! This is probably the hardest one to practice, though. Sure, anyone can say I’m going to ‘play with abandon’ and ‘live as if this is all there is’, but actually doing it is a completely different ball game. It’ll take years to master it and quiet those inner voices that remind you of all the mistakes you made and keep you from taking risks, but eventually you can silence them. Every day is another opportunity to truly do what you love and put those regrets behind you. You can do it! Dr. Seuss believes in you!
Growing up is hard and stressful, and sometimes it makes everyone want to crawl back to bed for the next five years (or until things get easier). However, if this wonderful and amazing man thinks I can do great things if only I try, then I owe him that much. He helped me to read and opened up a whole new world to me through books, so I think I can take a deep breath and tackle whatever it is that’s stressing me out. And I know you can, too!
Do you have a favorite Dr. Seuss book? Was one of these quotes a new favorite of yours? Do you have another Dr. Seuss quote that you love? Please share and sound off below!