Willie Spears

Quality or Quantity

June 12, 2019

The summer is a great time to sit on the porch in a rocking chair and drink lemonade while you people watch. If I sat in a rocking chair and rocked for five hours I would not go anywhere. Movement and progress are not the same. Just because there is activity does not mean there is progress. In business, in education, and in life, we tend to think bigger is better, and that more is more meaningful.

We assume the church with the most people is the better church, the library with the most books has the best books, and the grocery store with the most aisles has the better groceries.

However, when you think about it, the better the quality is, the less available the product usually is. High quality food is hard to find, but fast food is on every corner. High quality cars are almost impossible to find, while regular cars are easy to come by. When it comes to products, we understand this principle; but for some reason, when it comes to our everyday lives, we think more is better.

It is possible to get a quality education at most universities. I believe when it comes to education, you get out what you put it. Nonetheless, most students would rather go to a big college than a small college. Most performers want a big audience, regardless of the impact of their performance.

In our social media driven society many people are chasing their 15 minutes of fame. Some quality poets, actors, magicians, and athletes can get caught up in seeking fame and neglect their art or gift in the pursuit of pleasing the masses.

Do you have a purpose or mission statement for your life, your business, or your family? This statement could help you keep the main thing, the main thing. Why do you do what you do? How did you get to where you are? How will you get where you’re going?

While starring as Troy Maxson in the August Wilson play Fences, Academy Award winning actor Denzel Washington revealed that he prefers acting on stage over acting on screen. In the interview with the New York Times and City Television, Denzel said, “We do what we have to do so we can do what we want to do.” He went on to say that movies pay the bills, but his true love is the stage. He enjoys the true art of acting, the energy of the audience, and the opportunity to add depth to the character night after night.

Denzel makes twenty million dollars a movie, yet he gets more joy out of acting on stage for much less money. He admits that he enjoys the quality of acting in theater over the quantity or the big time of traditional movies. He said sometimes characters in film get watered down, the budgets get bigger, and sometimes the depth of the character is lost.

Have you lost something? Have you lost your hunger? Have you lost your passion for teaching? What made you put the guitar down? Why did you give up cooking? Why did you stop using your camera? Why didn’t you start that business? Have you lost your passion? Have you lost sight of why you started down this path in the first place?

Sometimes life happens and we forget why we are where we are. You have to get that fire back. You must rekindle that flame. Don’t worry about what others think. Don’t worry about making it big. Return to your roots. Get that old feeling back.

I challenge you to find one thing that gave you goose bumps, the thing that made your heart beat faster. What is it you love to do? Find a way to choose quality over quantity in different areas of your life.

Quality is not always popular. Quantity is. Be true to yourself. Life is too short to just be good. Be great. Don’t just survive. Thrive.

Willie Spears is a teacher, coach, author, minister and motivational speaker. He has been awarded teacher and coach of the year. He speaks to thousands each year through his business The Willie Spears Experience. Willie may be reached at www.williespears.com.

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