I love words to live by. When a short set of words makes me laugh, think or smile, I immediately nerd out and get inspired and share it on Facebook and Tweet it and then WHERE THE HELL DID 45 MINUTES GO. The motto is an opportunity for a person or company to set themselves apart with a bold statement about who they and what they stand for. Some of my favorites…
The state motto of Connecticut is “Qui Transtulit Sustinet,” (He Who Transplanted Still Sustains). That actually took me aback when I first read it, it suits me so well. I left New England for college and my first job, and now I’m back, transplanted, and have found myself happy as ever, with a new appreciation for all the region has to offer (not kidding: Phillips Phillips’ “Home” just started playing on Spotify as I’m typing this. I may or may not be getting a little emotional). Speaking of music…
YOLO. As cheesy as you may think the word itself is, it could not be more true. You only live once encapsulates the attitude so many want to embrace…living with abandon, without regret, vibrant with stories and relationships. Sure, it might be dangerous and used in awful context. But it’s also the answer anytime you ask yourself if you should do something that could dramatically improve your state of mind, simple or spectacular. Should I book the trip to Italy with my friends? Of course, because YOLO. Should I call my brother and sister just to tell them I love them? Duh, because YOLO. Should I order the cocktail I’ve never heard of? Yes, because YOLO.
Humble and hungry. This one is a staple among the Syracuse basketball team and other athletes on Twitter, often shortened to H&H. It expresses both dedication to craft and an aura of, well, humility. It’s motivating and refreshing to see so many athletes referring to themselves as “humble,” while at the same time deliciously ironic. I’ve convinced myself that even the most humble athletes still have enormous egos, they’re just very adept at hiding them.
Here at the blog, the tagline is “Everything Fabulous About Sports and Life.” I think it’s fun, unique and encompasses most of what I write, whether it be about football or one of the best weekends ever. I’m still trying to figure out exactly what I want this blog to be and do, but for now, I think that works just fine
The harder you work, the luckier you get. If I had to choose something for a bumper sticker, this is it. Not sure where it came from or where I first saw it, but I immediately identified with it. I firmly believe all of my hustle up to now, big and small, has played a role in how successful and happy I am. Whether it was finishing college a semester early almost four years ago, or staying at work until 3:30a now (not because I have to, but want to), I take pride my work ethic. I may not be the most talented, but I’ll be damned if I didn’t give life and work my best shot. Every single day.
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