Maya Angelou gave us many words in her life. She died last week at the age of 86.
She will be often recalled as a writer and poet. Unfortunately, the great pain she endured in her life, fueled her best work. There are many tributes to her life online so I prefer to share just some of her content. I knew her through her words but would have been blessed to hang out with her and just listen.
In a “song Flung Up To Heaven” she wrote,
We had come so far from where we started, and weren’t nearly approaching where we had to be, but we were on the road to becoming better.
Ms. Angelou was obviously a teacher because she used words to teach. She wrote “when you learn, you teach. When you give, you get.”
She inspired young men and women to become educated and to develop a love of learning. She knew the way to change a generation was to change their knowledge intake.
The most powerful weapon a teacher will ever have is words. That’s why teachers make great company. Their switch is always on.
We should always treat our customers and prospects as Ms. Angelou treated her readers. She rewarded readers with content that bore deeply into the soul. Advertising words mean little because most ad-words are regurgitated.
Create and curate words that matter. Content must endure.
What follows are just a few of her words that will surely endure forever.
If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be
We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.