A leadership lesson for every hour from Dr. Seuss #DrSeussDay

Originally posted in 2012

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!

It’s #DrSeussDay AND #WorldBookDay how serendipitous! Here’s a leadership lesson for every one of your waking hours today submitted by some of my Twitter friends. What would you add?

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!” ~ RT@VGonzee

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 PM 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.

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