There are few things we love more here at ROI (ή) than a good quote from someone who inspires us! Here are a few of my very favourites at the moment. These are some fantastic sentiments, social good quotes that inspire me and my social good work.
"Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value” – Albert Einstein
Sure, we all want to be successful but I think it’s interesting to see if that notion of ‘success’ will fall into place more organically if we instead focus on ‘value’, as this very insightful quote by no other than Albert Einstein suggests. I think this is particularly pertinent to those of us working in the social good field as ‘value’ is really at the core of everything we do. Our campaigns, programmes, projects and everyday work processes truly bring value to the most vulnerable residents in our communities and that in itself, in my opinion, is a success that brings much more personal contentment than promotions, salaries and status.
“Either you run the day, or the day runs you” – Jim Rohn
In today’s #workingfromhome and #remoteworking context, this quote couldn’t be more relevant. Working in makeshift offices away from colleagues and all the usual professional structures most of us are used to can be really distracting. As such, I can’t stress the importance of planning your days in manageable chunks focused on completing two or three core goals enough. Scheduling in ‘you’ time is equally important. Exercise and ‘doing nothing’ wherein I left myself just relax and reflect (often when I have my best ideas!) are two parts of my working day essential to my productivity.
"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall" - Nelson Mandella
A grand quote but a sentiment we can learn from on many levels. I am really passionate about working authentically. By this, I mean being truthful about project, programme and campaign results, properly reporting upon them and utilising analytics, discussing both successes and failures as well as the little things we could do better next time and using this knowledge to inform future campaigns. This. is. so. Important. Falsifying stats gets us nowhere. Honestly does.
“The future belongs to those who prepare for it today” - Malcolm X
None of us could’ve been prepared for what the past year and a half has brought us. Now though, we are! We have learnt to truly be prepared for the unexpected. Contingency planning is vital, period. This is a fact project and programme managers have long known. We all know it now.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Christos Pishias, Director
A true leader in social good, Christos is an influential and energetic project manager. Hyper-commuting between his island home in Cyprus and business headquarters in London, Christos has always done things a little differently.