I’m a fan of inspirational quotes. You might have seen some of my favorites that I selected to appear on Moxie’s Facebook page — if so, you might notice I’m a huge pop culture nerd. While I enjoy the simple truth of Lao Tzu’s “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” I find that the self-deprecating words of modern-day entertainers (specifically women!) really strike a chord with me; these are the quotes that pull me out of ruts in my work and personal life.
I’m especially drawn to what comedians have to say, which is funny, because my work calls for a more professional tone. But as I was revisiting Tina Fey’s Bossypants the other day, I found this gem: Fey recommends that when you’re faced with pushback, you should ask yourself “‘Is this person in between me and what I want to do?’ If the answer is no, ignore it and move on. Your energy is better used doing your work, and outpacing people that way. Then, when you’re in charge, don’t hire the people who were jerky to you.”
This was advice from a groundbreaking sketch comedy writer, showrunner, and now fabulously accomplished producer — in short, someone who works in television, which I do not. But here’s what I realized: It all translates. It’s sort of like when people say “You’re a rockstar!” — your professional focus doesn’t have to involve going multi-platinum or selling out stadiums. It’s the vibe of being amazing and in-demand that we’re talking about — and that we bring into our own practices, consultancies, and businesses.
Fey’s words couldn’t have been more relevant to me and, I suspect, to the Moxie community. Most of us know it’s best to drown out the negative voices; for example, more than one woman in this group has told me they don’t believe in discussing their business with people who don’t get it and who seem determined to rain on the parade. But if you’re like me, there’s a slight nagging suspicion: ‘What if the naysayers are right, and I should actually take heed?’ This is why Fey’s words felt so important. It’s so nice to be reminded — in print! — that not only is ignoring the criticism a good idea, it’s essential. And assessing whether the person is standing between you and your goals helps eliminate 90% of that noise, right off the bat!
While we’re on the subject (and while I’m on a Tina Fey kick) here are a few more of this woman-with-moxie’s quotes which I have found useful, invigorating, and replenishing:
“Do your thing and don’t care if they like it.”
“Don’t waste your energy trying to educate or change opinions; go over, under, through, and opinions will change organically when you’re the boss. Or they won’t. Who cares?”
“Whatever the problem, be part of the solution. Don’t just sit around raising questions and pointing out obstacles.”
“You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.”
What do you think — is Tina Fey on to something? And what unlikely sources do you draw inspiration from? Tell us in the comments!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Saundra is the newest addition to the Moxie team. She’s excited to bring her background as a journalist, professional editor, and educator to support the Moxie community at events and behind the scenes!