How to Read Quotes for Maximum Impact

Quotes are a great way to learn from the people who have done something bigger with their lives. Their ability of storing valuable lessons within a couple of words makes them insanely powerful learning resources. The most part of what I’ve learnt comes from quotes. I like them a lot and read them in my spare time to build the foundation of my future.

If you search for quotes on the web, you’ll find a whole lot of them. There are several websites dedicated to quotes and several books too, which are available on Amazon. But do you know that there’s a proper way of reading them? Yes, if you want to truly understand the meanings hidden in those little “word groups” then you should read them in a proper way. And in this article I’m going to explain what that “proper way” is.

You’ll be able to get most out of quotes that you read if you follow the tips given below while reading them:

  1. Read a quote multiple times. That’s right. If a particular quote resonates with your life in any way, read it everyday. Instead of reading once and forgetting the next day keep reading it everyday to stay motivated. If you repeat it often then it can act like affirmation to affect your behavior and mind in a positive way.
  2. Think about it. Once you’ve read a quote, think twice about it to understand its hidden meaning. Think how its meaning resonates with your real life and how you can use it. Smart people often leave a lot of meaning in quotes, so it’s a good idea to search for it.
  3. Print on a piece of paper and keep with you. A few years ago I made a chart of my most favorite quotes, which is hanging on a wall in my room today. You can do the same for you too. If you read quotes on a regular basis like me, chances are higher that sometimes you encounter quotes that strike the chord of your mind. They seem to have more meaning in comparison to others. It’s a great idea to take a look on such quotes daily, and the easiest way to get that ‘daily look’ is to print them on a paper and keep on a place where your eyes go daily. It may be your work desk, or a wall in your room.
  4. Use for inspiration. Some quotes which truly inspire you can be used as a source of inspiration whenever you feel bad in your life. So keep them in an easily reachable place and use them as a source of inspiration in bad times.

Inspiring Business Quotes and Sayings: Their Impact and How to Use Them

To the casual observer, business practice can seem bound by rigid rules, and in some cases it is. But in others, it’s an evolving approach to new opportunities and the evolving roles of businesspeople. Unlike the values of traditional business practice, the values of evolving practice often channel the humanities as much as they do the sciences, resulting in aphorisms-also referred to as maxims, quotations, sayings, and quotes-that have value beyond literary appeal. The following quote by Bill Gates is a good example: “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”

The value of quotations to business practice

Unlike some types of quotes, the most inspiring business quotes are usually experiential. They don’t come from CEOs or professors who speak from academic degrees. Rather, they come from people who make mistakes and learn from them, or who learn from others’ mistakes. Unlike sayings that aspire to be platitudes or academic dictums, experiential sayings have daily value to emerging businesses and businesspeople, and to seasoned businesses embarking on new ventures.

When company leaders discover the value of inspiring business quotes and sayings, they look for ways to impart them to employees. Below are four scenarios for making the power of quotations impact a company’s daily operations, beginning with the most familiar one: motivational posters.

Motivational posters

Can motivational posters really work, or do they belong in the supply closet? According to Kenneth G. Brown, an associate professor of management and organizations at the University of Iowa, motivational posters can achieve their intended effect. But only if “they’re part of a broader campaign, with clearly outlined goals and a commitment from management.” For company leaders, this means replacing posters whose platitudes are Utopian, philosophically vague, or evocative of powdered wigs with posters whose wisdom applies to a campaign at hand.

A compilation of quotes

A book of business quotes is a great way to keep employees from stagnating in their tasks, especially if it’s part of a company reading program where employees meet and discuss favorite sayings from the book. Company reading programs are nothing new. But they often focus on books that employees skim through instead of reading in full. Unlike a standard prose work, which could take some employees days to read, a book of quotations lets employees invest only a few minutes of time.

Motivational speeches

Some motivational speakers serve up aphorisms like McDonald’s serve up hamburgers. But good speakers know that too many aphorisms can overwhelm the audience, preventing them from remembering even one. As with motivational posters, the key to using aphorisms in motivational speeches is to associate them with a particular campaign, or a company philosophy.

Quotations via email

One of the first things professionals do as they start their workday is check their email. This makes email an ideal way to deliver inspiring business quotes for employees to keep in mind as they go through the day. Over time, emailing quotations can do more than entertain employees with unique perspectives; it can help them incorporate new perspectives on daily business practice.