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Power Thought: Wisdom from Doctor Who

John Hurt Doctor Who “Great men are forged in fire. It is the privilege of lesser men to light the flame, whatever the cost.”
~ John Hurt as The Doctor, Doctor Who 50th Anniversary episode, “The Day of the Doctor,” written by Steven Moffat

What this quote means in business:
Are you great? Or are you the “lesser” person? Or, perhaps … you are both?

Saturday, I (like so many fellow Whovians) eagerly watched the 59th Anniversary Special of Doctor Who, featuring the 10th (David Tenant) and 11th (Matt Smith) Doctors and introducing John Hurt as the original Doctor (Doctor prime?). This episode looked back to the darkest day of the Doctor, the one in which he destroyed his entire race … or did he.

And, in the moment where he is about to make that fateful decision and push the big red button, he said the quote above. I played it back several times because it was so pregnant with meaning.

On the one hand, it talks about how the challenges in our life are what make us who we are. They are what forge our steel. Challenges aren’t often fun when they are happening, but they usually make us better, stronger, faster (OK, I couldn’t resist the call back to the Six Million Dollar Man — I confess, I’m a geek).
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Power Thought: You are responsible

David Kekich, creator of the Credo “You are responsible for exactly who, what, and where you are in life. That will be just as true this time next year.”
~ Kekich Credo #58

What This Quote Means to Business:
This statement comes from a list of statements that David Kekich created to help him become successful. He was. And many business owners make reading and meditating upon the statements in the credo an integral part of their lives.

This particular statement struck me, in part, because when things aren’t going well, it is easy to blame others. But you need to keep in mind that you are responsible for where you are — always. You made decisions that led you to this place. No matter how much it may feel that you are the victim of outer circumstances, you are still responsible for where you are and how you respond.
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