Occassionally I hear original statements or original reactions worth quoting. My saved list of these gems is far longer than the few I’m about to share; nevertheless… Lately, I’ve been contemplating how to effectively influence (i.e. re-ignite) resources behind a product line vision of mine–whose initial incarnation is in the market today–and this thought process caused me to recall the following quotes:

  • “Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible.” -M.C. Escher
  • “The early word may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.” -John Klassen (coworker)
  • “Today’s ceiling is tomorrow’s floor.” -Unknown (memory fails me)

Just because a vision of the future is crystal clear to me, doesn’t mean that it’s clear or as clear to my stakeholders. Just because it may have been a mountain stream yesterday doesn’t guarantee that tomorrow won’t bring unforeseen business to muddy up waters.

The same is true in reverse as well, fortunately. Tomorrow may yield events that bring clarity, urgency and interest to bear on vision.

Note to self: Influencing is hard business, but certainly worthwhile if your vision is greater than your own limited capabilities no matter how bright or skilled you might be.