Business Lessons Learned from Dr. Seuss

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
(Oh, the Places You’ll Go!)Dr. Seuss
Whether you are starting your own business or you are working your way up the corporate ladder, it is important to remain focused on your goals. During our careers we are all sure to encounter many people that will enrich your experience in various ways. At times we are faced with difficulty and those acquaintances can challenge our goals and beliefs. Other times we meet extraordinary people who inspire us to better ourselves and remind us why we pursue each of our paths. Regardless of those you find yourself working amongst currently, Dr. Seuss reminds us here of an essential point. We must remain true to who we are and allow each new experience to enrich our lives and create a better future each day. Everyone you meet has a lesson to be shared and sometimes the real trick is discovering what it means for you.
“So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains.”
(Oh, the Places You’ll Go!) Dr. Seuss
Balance may be one of the hardest areas of life to conquer, and personally speaking, I’m not sure one ever truly can. Learning where to step as you move along in life can prove to be considerably more challenging than we all expected. Whether we are juggling professional requirements, social obligations, and personal interests, we are constantly looking to achieve a level of balance that can adequately please all of these areas. It’s possible that this ‘great balancing act’ brings out the best within all of us. The pressure to accomplish each of these commitments in our lives forces us to remain focused, sharp, and determined. Maybe the true lesson here is that we should not be afraid of the pressure of commitment, but instead embrace them as opportunities to better ourselves.
‘‘The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
(I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!) Dr. Seuss
This may be the most simple, yet most important of all lessons that a business professional could learn from the great Dr. Seuss. Life is in constant evolution and even more so within the marketplace. In today’s ever-changing landscape, it is never a bad idea to take a step in a different direction and learn something new and different, outside your typical daily routine. Spring is right around the corner, and as plants start to sprout, we encourage you to follow their lead and expand your repertoire.
What are your favorite lessons learned from Dr. Seuss?