The Quotidian Quote

Forget about ‘peak beard’ I’m declaring ‘peak quote‘ across Social Media timelines – and as frustrating as this can be on Facebook or Twitter the proliferation of ‘shiny, happy’ soundbites on LinkedIn has finally got too much (for me anyway)!


Quotidian (adj.)

  • usual or customary; everyday: quotidian needs.
  • ordinary; commonplace: quotidian drabness.

Now, and before we go on, the irony of me writing an article bemoaning the rise of motivational quotes (or quotivationals as I’m calling them from now) having named my company after one does not escape me! And my ongoing ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ of those that particularly resonate is unlikely to stop either, but I’ve never been one to let hypocrisy get in the way of a good grumble.

To be honest, I’m not even sure what it is that frustrates me most about the incessant list of positivity filling up my LinkedIn ‘Updates’ timeline; the fact that you have to scroll through at least five of them to find a genuine update or that the same ones appear every week?

Perhaps this is a downside of having so many connections but there are only so many times you can be told that “every journey starts with a single step” without reaching for the sick-bag! And maybe that is the heart of the problem – if we were only faced with 1 or 2 life-affirming citations a day then the intended outcome might actually be achieved, whereas seeing upwards of 200 an hour invariably has the opposite effect.

IMG_1470Another real bug-bear of mine is the misattribution of quotes. A particular favourite of mine is “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted” which I even have hanging in my office (don’t forget I’ve already admitted to being a hypocrite) and this is consistently attributed to veritable ‘quote-machine’ Albert Einstein. However, whilst preparing to use it on this new website, I discovered it was actually said by William Bruce Cameron (Sociologist).

Please don’t get me wrong, this isn’t the start of some campaign to end the sharing of quotivationals (I’m really starting to like this word now by the way) as clearly this would be extremely disingenuous given my own liberal use of them on the website.

That said it would be refreshing to see some actual comments on LinkedIn accompanying the quote being posted, if only to explain why it is of particular relevance/importance to the poster – so many seem to be posted without context and this can come across as trying to display some kind of ‘wisdom through association’! Additionally, it would be great to see a few unique and/or fun ones on occasion…

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