Inspirational Quotes for an Empowered 2019!

Inspirational Quotes for an Amazing 2019

Happy New Year!

As we step into the New Year, we offer you our favorite quotes of inspiration. This month, find your own favorite quote that aligns with your authentic brand and values. It may boost your confidence, your passions, your engagement with others, and be a new call to action. We encourage you to periodically revisit your inspirational quote. Here are ours:

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
― Howard Thurman


Clyde Lowstuter
President & CEO, Robertson Lowstuter, Inc.
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Carolyn Lowstuter Robertson Lowstuter Executive Coach

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Maya Angelou


Carolyn Lowstuter
Executive Vice President, Robertson Lowstuter, Inc.
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When was the last time you said to yourself, “I’m not perfect… But I’m enough.”
― Carl R. Rogers


Ron Hirasawa
Vice President, Robertson Lowstuter, Inc.
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“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”
― Anne Lamott


Kathryn Hartrick
VP & General Counsel, Robertson Lowstuter, Inc.
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“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”
― Leonardo da Vinci


Dave Dallam
Vice President, Robertson Lowstuter, Inc.
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“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
― Nelson Mandela


Susan Snowden
Vice President, Robertson Lowstuter, Inc.
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“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”
― Colin Powell


Matt Gonring
Vice President, Robertson Lowstuter, Inc.
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“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.”
― Pope John XXIII


Pat Mater
Vice President, Robertson Lowstuter, Inc.
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“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
― Nelson Mandela


David Filkin
Vice President, Robertson Lowstuter, Inc.
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“An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.”
― Jack Welch


Anil Shah
Vice President, Robertson Lowstuter, Inc.
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“The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.”
― Thomas A. Edison


Laurie Powles
EA/Office Manager, Robertson Lowstuter, Inc.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
― Mark Twain


Sharon Noha
Senior Vice President, Robertson Lowstuter, Inc.
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“I don’t believe you have to do better than everybody else. I believe you have to do better than you ever thought you could be.”
― Ken Venturi


Paul Duski
Senior Vice President, Robertson Lowstuter, Inc.
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“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt


Bert Allen
Vice President, Robertson Lowstuter, Inc.
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“Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.”
― W. Clement Stone


Rick Canada
Vice President, Robertson Lowstuter, Inc.
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“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson


Christy Glick
Director of Communications and Projects, Robertson Lowstuter, Inc.
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“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”
― Tony Robbins


Stefany Alvear
EA Client Services & Marketing Manager, Robertson Lowstuter, Inc.
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Kenna Washington Robertson Lowstuter

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
― Walt Disney


Kenna Washington
Vice President of Finance and IT, Robertson Lowstuter, Inc.

Best wishes for an empowered New Year in 2019 and may you always…
“Create Uncommon Results”®


The R|L Team

Avoiding Flame Outs

By Clyde C. Lowstuter

Fighter JetA flame out is when the engine of an airplane stops in mid-flight. The pilot’s job (and life) depend on his ability to restart the plane. Being zapped is a lot like this.  Everything is fine with your career one moment until – BAM! – you are unexpectedly falling.  Like a skilled pilot you need to restart you engines quickly and efficiently or you will not be nearly as effective in career transition as you’d like and need to be.

What’s the difference between a career transition that’s red hot and one that has flamed out? It’s usually not about capabilities or experience; rather, it’s about the meaning you have attached to the career transition process that generates a quick or slow land into your next role.

Reluctant job seekers are often paralyzed by the belief that they are somehow flawed and the idea of networking (or asking for help) is tantamount to begging or imposing on others.  No wonder they feel ashamed and embarrassed; they are not in their most powerful and confident state.  The reality of the shame factor is that it is an illusion. It is of your own making. You might feel real shame, but if you look below the surface of your job search, you will find its source is something else.  You are human and vulnerable; you’re not invincible and all-knowing, contrary to what you might like others to think.  Being embarrassed is real, but it is a waste of time and a major derailer to forward momentum. Plus, there is zero power in feeling victimized.  So, what to do?


Similar to pilots who go through a checklist to restart their stalled planes, here are some ideas to restart a stalled search campaign.

Get Grounded In Your Powerful Self:

Revisit a number of your notable successes and identify the things that you did and how you operated to achieve what you did.  Competent people that show up – boldly, authentically, and passionately – pay for themselves within an organization tenfold. You are an incredibly valuable commodity for your next company. It is easy to forget that fact when faced with crushing uncertainty.

Update Your Credentials:  

The most powerful exercise for reminding yourself of what you have to offer is to update your resume. Yes, the resume is a tool to give a company an idea of your skills, but it is also a tool to help boost your confidence and self-worth by forcing you to quantify your past work and experience.  Don’t just slap your activities together; rather think deeply about your achievements from multiple perspectives, so you might portray the breadth and depth of your towering strengths, capabilities, and accomplishments.  By doing so, you will reclaim your personal power, focus, and courageousness.

Dig Deeper:   

Before looking at what roles you have held, look more broadly and think deeper. Ask yourself:

  • What do I want my future to look like?  Now?  In 10 years?  In 20 years?
  • What kind of role or organization will bring out my best self?
  • Who do I know that could help me network into this role?
  • How well are my current job search strategies generating viable leads?
  • What fear-induced roadblocks might I be erecting in my career transition that I need to obliterate to achieve what I need and want?

Don’t forget:  boldness, confidence, and enthusiasm are all contagious. If you allow your genuine, authentic self to emerge, people will naturally gravitate to you like bees to honey.

Don’t just look for a job. Look for the job that will unleash your capabilities and ignite your passion.

Howard Thurman said:

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it.
Because what the world needs, is people who have come alive!”

So, I say to you – Best wishes for your continued success and  . . . Flame On!

People Hate Their Jobs

by Clyde C. Lowstuter

A recent New York Times article (6/1/14) reported startling statistics about how many people hate their jobs.  The article revealed that only 30% of American workers surveyed feel engaged in their jobs; globally it’s worse – only 13% of employees polled in 142 countries feel connected and affirmed.

Overloaded with WorkAccordingly, people are miserable for any number of factors.  They struggle in jobs that are mind numbing, interact with bosses or co-workers who are mean-spirited bullies, or operate in a culture which is oppressive and dangerous, etc.  When people are disengaged and miserable, it is easy for them to fall into the mindset that they are stuck in their current role and have limited employment options.  Ironically, the time when a person needs to be most powerful, is often the time when they are feeling powerless.  To that end, executives often feel trapped, even though they are prisoners of their making.  Instead of limitless possibilities, people are often resigned to limited thinking.

Having experienced a bit of the above myself, I believe that employment misery is more about negative thinking and a lack of resourcefulness than anything else.  Chances are, your upset is more about feeling powerless, and less about your circumstances.

To that end, I’d like to share with you some of R|L’s empowering operating tenets that will help you regain the love and excitement of your job, as well as enhance your belief that your choices are infinite.

  • Kill your entitlement mentality by immediately taking complete accountability for your condition.  If you don’t like how your life or career looks, determine what you do want and, then do something differently.
  • Ask yourself – how might you be generating the upset.  For instance, how wide is the gap between what others expect and what are you delivering?
  • If you are uninspired, what could you do to be more emboldened, confident, and passionate?  Do that thing today!
  • Every one of us was born with greater potential and capabilities far beyond what we access.  Stop working on low priority stuff that is safe and inconsequential.  Devote yourself to life / career changing activities.
  • By saying, “Yes, And!” not “Yes, But,” you’ll become more focused on what you can do versus what you can’t do.
  • Remember, all obstacles are opportunities for learning and problem-solving.  Whining robs you of your initiative and doesn’t lead you positively forward in your career.
  • Failure is not final and does not exist if you learn from it.

Howard Thurman noted philosopher, teacher, and theologian once said:

“Don’t ask what the world needs.  Ask what makes you come alive and go do it.  Because what the world needs, is people who have come alive!”

Warmest wishes for your unbridled success!  May you live an inspired life and unleash more of the greatness that is within you.