Motivational quote pt3



They don’t want you to be yourself, they want a filtered self.

I have already made it clear why I hate the typical motivational quotes. When you hear BE YOURSELF, as useful as it is people usually take it in many different ways. 

For me being yourself is not being against or being ignorant of the opinions others have  of you. It means being aware of your influences and keep a healthy detachment from them, whether they are your friends, literature, the people you consider mentors, etc. 

Because technically it’s impossible to be yourself because to be yourself you need to have complete free will, but we don’t. We are constrained by wherever we were meant to belong or wherever we choose to belong.  

I am not going to blame it on the system, I am aware of the system, I am just trying to make it in it. Because succeeding within a constrained environment is intelligence. 

For your information here are some definitions of intelligence:

Google: The ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills (1) The ability to learn or understand or to deal with new or trying situations. (2) The ability to apply knowledge to manipulate one’s environment or to think abstractly as measured by objective criteria. The ability to learn, understand, and make judgments or have opinions that are based on reason. intelligence is the ability to think, reason, and understand instead of doing things automatically or by instinct. 

Cartoon blog day 27: Motivatonal quotes


Why don’t I like motivational quotes when I myself cite quotes from artists and philosophers?

In my opinion, the road to knowledge, wisdom and ultimately meaning is a difficult one.

Although the intention of a naive motivational quote may be well placed, it removes the mystery, and most importantly it removes the process.

As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, if you are purely result oriented you may be a suitable candidate in a corporate environment. But the laws of the universe in which we live are more blurred and are not as clear as the borders of a spreadsheet.

So I should fall in the post-modern thought process of : there is no one way to interpret life events therefore there is no one meaning I should strive for?

There are differences between meaning and results just like there are differences between vision and objectives.

“Do something you love, so that you can be someone everybody admires” – Me.

Confusing isn’t it? Yes, be confused, confusion should lead to curiosity to find your WHY.

Then you won’t look for guidance in motivational quotes for which you don’t know the origin, but you will look for guidance in people. I don’t mind quoting Dwayne THE ROCK Johnson because I know the quote comes from him and I know he works hard even though he is not an artist nor a philosopher.

Bonne journée.