Dr. Seuss Day: A Leadership Lesson for Every Hour

Yes, this is a recycled post. Let’s say it’s in honour of Earth Hour tonight. I realized that I forgot to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday earlier this month and thought I’d dust off this classic post from my early blogging days. Please feel free to submit your own favourite quotes. I love to learn.

The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more places you’ll go.

from I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!


7:00 AM Be optimistic & set the tone: “Great day, today! Great day for UP” RT@DTORourke

8:00 AM Set ambitious goals: “You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!”

Dr. Seuss: Childrens' author or leadership guru?
Dr. Seuss: Childrens’ author or leadership guru?


9:00 AM Set direction: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

10:00 AM Think! “Think left & think right & think low & think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try!”~ RT@DTORourke

11:00 AM Embrace diversity: “There are so many houses you’ll meet on your way. And wherever you go you will hear someone say…’Come over to my house! Come over & play!” RT@DTORourke

12:00 AM Challenge assumptions (or Try something new at lunch): “Green eggs and ham! Just b/c you’ve never tried it doesn’t mean it’s bad”~ RT@lisaw33  Take the opportunity to eat with your team or someone new ,too!

1:00 PM Celebrate our common humanity: “Some houses are marble and some are just tin. But they’re all alike when a friend asks you in.”

2:00 PM Navigate uncertainty: “You will come to a place where the streets are not marked. Some windows are lighted but mostly they’re darked.”

3:00 PM Persevere (that 3 o’clock slump): “On and on you will hike. And I know you’ll hike far & face up to your problems whatever they are.”

4:00 PM Be authentic: “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.” RT@VGonzee

5:00 PM Be true to yourself: “Be who you are & say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter & those who matter don’t mind” ~ RT@rachelshaps

6:00 PM Be honest & consistent: “I meant what I said and I said what I meant.” RT@momstownca

7:00 PM Care! “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” RT@tylertinytot

8:00 PM Have fun! “If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.” RT@momstownca

9:00 PM: Rest: “Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.” ~RT@wallismark

10:00 PM Reflect & Be grateful: “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams” ~RT@TrueBlissCoach

Thank You! Dr. Seuss, for reminding young and young-at-heart the importance of having fun, respecting others and not taking ourselves so seriously. To my readers, may all your dreams come true!

If you have a moment, I’d like to know what’s your favourite Dr. Seuss quote? Book? Do you think Dr. Seuss was a transformational leader?



Published by Dominique O'Rourke

Public Affairs professional, City Councillor, MA Leadership graduate, problem solver and lifelong learner.

3 thoughts on “Dr. Seuss Day: A Leadership Lesson for Every Hour

  1. Great post. I took my kids to see the Lorax movie a couple of weeks ago and there were a few quotes that I liked.

    If a guy does something stupid once, it’s because he’s a guy. If he does the same stupid thing twice it must be because of a girl.

    A tree falls in the direction it leans, be careful which way you lean.

    Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not.

    I read these books for years and never noticed until just recently that Dr. Seuss had so much to say about leadership!

  2. Hi Frank,

    Thanks for your feedback.Our family saw The Lorax just yesterday. I love those last two as well. The first one, I think people do stupid things repeatedly for lots of reasons but most of them emotional – love, greed, fear. I like how the Lorax looks at challenging the status quo and is a story of redemption for the Once-ler.

    My favourite Dr. Seuss book is Oh the Places You’ll Go which, I believe, was originally delivered as a commencement address. There’s a lot of wisdom in the simplicity and, isn’t that often the case?

    Thanks again

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