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Guess Who Said It

Walk the path and check out what’s behind those trees.

People get confused when they hear something they agree with from someone they dislike. Likewise, people are often blind to bad ideas when they come from someone they admire.

Can you guess who said the above quote? Do you like the quote? Do you agree with the quote? As the words in the quote reference, do you need to know who said it before you decide to like it or not? Would it matter?

I put that quote up before, and it was said by Mike Rowe. You know, the velvety-voiced commentator and host of Dirty Jobs. How do you feel about the quote now? Any different?

I can’t help but wonder if what he says is true. Would I, or anyone else, reject something positive or helpful because it was from someone we dislike? Are we that close minded? Or, with all the nonstop media these days, would we even recognize something positive from a source we’ve already been conditioned not to like?

Check out the quote below the photo.

Down the path beyond the tree. Climbers! Nothing’s impossible. 👇

Treat the word impossible as nothing more than motivation. The more people that tell you it’s not possible, that it can’t be done, the more you should be absolutely determined to prove them wrong.

Do you find that quote as inspirational as I do? Do you just think it’s, “meh.” 🤷‍♀️ Or, do you not like it at all? Would it matter to you if you liked it and then it turned out to be from someone you dislike? Or vice versa?

I’m going to leave that one right there. If you’d like to guess the person who said it, you can email me at I’ll tell you if you guessed right. If you’re interested, the first person who emails me with the correct answer, I can ship you a hard copy of my book, Whit’s End.

Hope everyone has an inspirational day.


2 thoughts on “Guess Who Said It”

  1. I agree that we can become unduly influenced by our negative or positive opinions of others. Parents are a good example; they are often in denial about their children. Your post also reminded me of a thought that flitted through my head a few days ago. I am doing some hiring and saw a resume from someone with a name that very negatively reminds me of someone else. I had an almost automatic reaction to set aside the application. I stopped myself, and reminded myself not to be ridiculous, but I noted what happened!

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    1. Wow. That’s very self-aware of you to admit, Lynette. I think I’d be able to recognize a positive comment from someone I didn’t care for, but because of my bias, I probably wouldn’t trust the comment. 😕
      Thanks for sharing your experience.

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