Oftentimes I get my daily dose of inspiration (in addition to caffeine) from my Starbucks coffee cup. Seriously though. Their “The Way I See It” series is actually quite fun and often adds some feel-good encouragement that helps me get through the second half of my four hour night classes. My night can feel ruined when I get my coffee only to find that I have the same quote on my cup that I had the night before.
Tonight’s quote was one of my best yet: “There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstances permit. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, just results.”
-Art Turock (author of Invent Business Opportunities No One Else Can Imagine)
This quote explains to me why I’ve been staying up until 2 or 3 a.m. every night. I am not merely interested in what I’m doing, I’m strongly committed. And while right now I can think of a billion excuses as to why I don’t have time to get it done, I’m somehow doing it.
Thank you Starbucks for making my day a little brighter. I love the fact that they put a disclaimer on all of their cups: “Please note: The opinions put forth by contributors to ‘The Way I See It’ do not necessarily reflect the views of Starbucks.” But seriously, apparently some people have been getting upset about some of the cups’ quotes. I don’t understand why people can’t just take these sayings with a grain of salt. If you enjoy the quote, great. If not, grab one of those little recycled corrugated paper sleeves, slide it on the cup, and it will nicely cover up the text.
As a side note, the Starbucks series also got me listening to Tristan Prettyman after I read her quote, “There’s something so amazing about music; it can transform the dullest of environments into beautiful places. Put it on, hear it out, look around, revel in the moment. Here lie the beauty and clarity that get you through your day.” – Tristan Prettyman
I love that. Tristan is Jason Mraz’s girlfriend and their song together “Shy That Way” is beautiful. Actually, her whole album is good. OK, done with my Starbucks craziness and off to work on tomorrow night’s presentation.