The internet is thick with memorable quotes from wise, successful and recognizable business leaders. They’re easy to find too. For a quick look, Google search:
- 5 quotes from Mark Cuban to inspire entrepreneurs
- 25 business lessons from Jack Welch
- Warren Buffett’s 15 most memorable quotes
- Jeff Bozos’ 7 secrets of success
Much of this wisdom is a bit too obvious and not very original. But one business quote recently captured my attention…
It’s harder to be kind than clever. Cleverness is a gift, but kindness is a choice.”
As an entrepreneur who never received the gift of cleverness, I was relieved to find out I wasn’t to blame. Simply put, my gene pool came up short.
More importantly, this quote gave me an opportunity to see kindness in a new light, as a choice. Just imagine all the choices we make every day.
Kindness doesn’t require a high IQ, an exceptional work ethic or a quick wit. Neither does it reside only with the high-achievers and creative thinkers. It doesn’t care about our race, our residence, who we know, how much we know or what car we drive. Kindness doesn’t discriminate in any way.
No matter our birth, our circumstances, or our fortunes and misfortunes, we can choose to be kind, or not. It’s up to us. There are no excuses.
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