Quote #18 – Keeping a Positive Outlook

On living with good humor –

“My doctor gave me two weeks to live.  I hope they’re in August.”
– Ronnie Shakes

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Quote #17

I appreciate people who realize we all have the chance to improve ourselves and who our straightforward –

“It is never too late to give up your prejudices.”
– Henry David Thoreau

Quote #16 – Mitch Albom

My friend posted this on her blog and I wanted to share it with you as well:

“When someone is in your heart, they are never truly gone. They can come back to you, even at unlikely times.”
– Mitch Albom, in his book For One More Day

How true this is…

Quote #15

My English friend on an experience after a group of us picked him up at the airport:

“This is a taste sensation!  Give that man a medal!”
– Jack Caine

The place of this occurrence was John D. McGurk’s Irish Pub & Garden in the Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis.

Quote #14

This quote is very true and applicable in so many situations – for better or for worse.

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
– Maya Angelou

Hopefully, I have used my time to better the world and those around me.  I hope that everyone takes this saying to heart.

Quote #13

Another quality saying from Build-A-Bear Workshop.  I like inspirational things such as this.  Clearly life involves commitment and effort.  And I tend to feel tired way too often…

“Nunca llegará muy lejos, de seguro, quien nunca sienta cansancio”
– Miguel de Unamuno

And that means: “He who has never felt tired, will never get very far”.

Quote #12 – Advice from Build-A-Bear

Corey, the International Marketing Intern, and I have had meetings with a lot of people at Build-A-Bear Workshop over the past two weeks (I cannot believe my internship is now 20% over!) in an effort to learn more about who works at the company, how Build-A-Bear operates, how the international team fits together, our own career paths, etc.  It’s really a great opportunity.  One of the questions we have asked is for advice or wisdom, based on personal experience or working at Build-A-Bear.  Today, the following quote was offered, which I found particularly meaningful as I struggle with letting go of my past summers and moving forward – a.k.a. “growing up”.

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
– Soren Kierkegaard

Soren Kierkegaard was a Danish Philosopher and Theologian, generally recognized as the first existentialist philosopher.  He lived 1813-1855.

Of course, general advice has also consisted of find your passion, don’t just work for money – actually enjoy what you do and who you work with, etc.  The standard “work smart” and “work hard” that I got through Boy Scout experiences has continued at Build-A-Bear as well.

My internship has been great so far and I love the work that I am doing.  Unlike the stereotypical stories of interns filing papers all day, I believe that the projects I am working on are actually affecting the operations of the company.  Build-A-Bear really does believe in its people as key to the company’s success and I have been amazed at how much they seek to develop the interns.  I could not be luckier this summer.

Quote #11 – Disney!

I like Disney a lot.  Walt Disney also has some great business advice.  Check out this quote relating to customer service.  I definitely think it is true.

“Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and bring their friends.”
– Walt Disney

Walt Disney and (early) Mickey Mouse

Quote #10

I received a graduation card from the Mortar Board Senior Honor Society, of which I am a member.  It contained the following quote.  I’ve seen it/heard it before and I like it a lot.

“Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and make a trail.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emerson seems to be a master of inspiration.

Quote #9

I like this.  From a Hallmark card:

“May simple pleasures walk with you and great joy smile upon you.”