My friend Dave gave me a great book the other day… It is a collection of Elbert Hubbard’s epigrams titled “A Thousand and One Epigrams.”
I had given Dave a pre-release copy of Michael Port’s latest book “The Think Big Manifesto” for his recent plane trip… he found the “Manifesto” inspiring and returned the favor with an inspiring book for my trip. I began reading “1001” on the flight to Philly, I love how this book turns a phrase even when it is not an epigram. Elbert defines epigram as “a condensed nugget of wisdom and wit, flavored with a surprise…” How cool is that definition?
I will be tweeting many of them soon, but two of my favorites from Elbert are:
—”Do unto others as though you were the other.”
—”You are what you think, and not what you think you are.”
Elbert was Dave’s great uncle. He was quite an ad man, PR guy and writer in his day until his death on the S.S. Lusitania on May 7, 1915. Thanks, Dave… you do know how I love a gifted wordsmith.
Another favorite is, “An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.” I might add “or big or bold” after dangerous. “An idea that is not dangerous or big or bold is unworthy of being called an idea at all.”
As I was reading that epigram, I thought of why I was headed to Philly… I’m here with Michael Port, because today, he just released his 4th and absolutely best book by far: “The Think Big Manifesto: Think You Can’t Change Your Life (and the World)? Think Again.”
Big, bold ideas that create action are needed today.
Since I met Michael several years ago, I have heard about his passion to write this book. With his “Book Yourself Solid” series and now “The Think Big Manifesto” he has challenged me to think bigger about who I am and what I offer the world. His passion is now out in print and it’s inspiring, compelling and challenging!
Once you read it, let me know what you think? What are the bigger, bolder things you will offer the world? Signing off than with this epigram from Elbert about taking action: “An ounce of performance is worth a pound of preachment.”