We have just finished the commencement season with many graduates listening to many speeches offering sage advice for their futures.

          Several years ago I gave such a speech and used words attributed to Winston Churchill saying "Change is the master key."

          My understanding of those words was literal as I personally changed my path over a dozen times before starting Valu-Line - the Long Distance Company in 1981 at age 35.

          Point being: if your job or life situation isn't working for you do not be afraid to make a change. Life is too short to not enjoy what we do.

          Funny thing - though - when Googling "Change is the master key," I can't find it attributed to Churchill or anyone!

          What I have found are some interesting quotes from the former highly respected British statesman.

Churchill did say these things about change and planning:

  • There is nothing wrong with change if it is in the right direction.
  • To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
  • Plans are worthless, but planning is everything.

On courage and success he said:

  • It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we must do what is required.
  • Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
  • Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
  • Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

Churchill was not a fan of socialism having said!

  • Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.

He was also an optimist:

  • The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.

Churchill had a wonderful sense of humor:

  • Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way they look forward to the trip.
  • If you are going through hell, keep going.
  • You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.

And maybe Winston Churchill's most prolific quotation:

  • We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. I think that’s worth repeating: Churchill said, We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.

          History treats Churchill with great respect and his words illustrate he is deserving.

          I'm Steve Sauder

 

Rate this item
(0 votes)

alexa bottom ad gif

Joomla Extensions