Monday Motivator: Start with Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.–Ralph Waldo Emerson

A colleague and friend of mine emailed this morning asking a question about a student she was advising over email. Now this doesn’t sound terribly amazing except not only is she on semester break, she is also on medical leave. Still, when the student emailed her, she did more than respond; she went the extra mile to get the answers she needed from others here on campus.

If you knew this person, you wouldn’t be surprised. She attacks everything with enthusiasm. Students love her class because she is passionate about her subject and cares about them. More than once, former students have run up to her in the library to give her a hug or update her on their lives.

So as we begin this new year, let’s take my friend as an example of how to proceed through the days. Let’s not just show up; let’s be enthusiastic about our tasks. Let’s not just help people but show them that we are eager to do so.

A great enthusiasm makes all our days better.

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