Even when things around the ol’ IT service desk are hectic, the redundancy and monotony can get boring. But you can always uplift the spirits of your staff with a few words of tongue-in-cheek wisdom. These “de-motivational” quotes, when delivered at the right time in the right way, can really serve to motivate your workers and help them see the humorous side of getting things accomplished.
If the inventor of the light bulb had to work for his opportunities, everyone else should expect to do the same.
1. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison
Does the task at hand seem daunting? According to inventor, businessman, and all-around genius Thomas Edison, that means it’s time to roll up the shirtsleeves and get to work. Opportunities often come masked as problems, that when solved, generate creative ways to get things done better, faster, and hopefully, cheaper.
2. “Change is not a four letter word … but often your reaction to it is!” – Jeffrey Gitomer
Few people truly embrace change. Change is scary, especially when people don’t see anything wrong with the way things are now. But the only constant in life is change, and when you can have a positive attitude about change, you’re in a better position to capitalize on the new situation. It’s okay if workers moan and groan a little about change, as long as they embrace it and make the most of it when the time comes.
3. If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done? – George Carlin
Testing and debugging is often the bane of IT’s existence. This is a fun quote to inspire workers when you’re actually trying to get the system to fail to uncover bugs. George Carlin inspired the masses with his witty ironies, and this quote is bound to resonate with workers who are literally trying to cause a failure.
4. You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. – Jack London
People often wait for ages for inspiration to strike, but true creatives don’t wait around for inspiration. They chase it, club it over the head, and drag it back to the cave. When a problem needs to be addressed, it isn’t good enough to hope the solution strolls along. Encourage your IT service desk staff to go after that inspiration and beat it into submission with this funny quote.
5. If you’re going to be thinking, you may as well think big. – Donald Trump
Do your meetings and brainstorming sessions yield little more than little ideas? Encourage your staff to think bigger with this quote by one of the world’s most wealthy and powerful businessmen.
6. People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day. – A.A. Milne
When things get boring and it seems like nothing will ever happen, this is a nifty quote to toss to your workers. Often, people think they aren’t accomplishing anything, when the truth is, they’re doing things that others thought were impossible. Don’t your users think what you do is magic? To them, you’re accomplishing the impossible just by getting their quirky system to behave or managing to get their old keyboard to work with their new computer. Embrace the power of accomplishing the impossible — even when it feels to you like you’re doing nothing at all.