Our words are powerful enough to change a course, open a path, give a nudge, or inspire a bigger idea.
If you don’t believe this, think of one of the most famous examples – John Kennedy announcing to the world that the United States was going to the moon.
Did he have any idea what his words set in motion?
He might have hoped for his statement to create some curiosity and perhaps a bit of action. But he couldn’t have imagined the massive scale of change he unleashed at that moment. It landed like seeds in the brains of engineers who dreamed of what might be possible and agitated action toward that goal. It created a massive jump for the semiconductor industry, which, in turn, has given us so many of the technologies we use today.
Those words landed in the ears of talented engineers and others who saw a sudden glimpse of possibility. They then let those words lead them to invent, develop, and pursue dreams that may have been tiny inklings thought impossible before that day.
Each one of us has had people who told us something that changed us significantly for both good and bad.
It may have been one sentence that woke you up to a strength you never considered you owned. It might have been a conversation that ignited a bigger dream and set you on a road that created the career you work in today.
I invite you to think back on those words and the people who said them – whether it was one sentence or someone who stuck around to mentor you. I think, as you look back, there were more than a few. Please share a story and the words that mattered.
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