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In honor of graduation this month, Linda Ginzel, clinical professor of managerial psychology, shares words of inspiration with the class of 2022 as they embark on the next chapter of their personal and professional lives and apply what they’ve learned at Booth to make an impact in the world.

This year’s graduating class selected Professor Ginzel as the Emory Williams Teaching Award winner. The annual award honors one faculty member who demonstrates excellence in teaching through exceptional communication with students, accessibility, enthusiasm, and innovation in the classroom. 

To the class of 2022, 

I am honored to be selected by you as the recipient of this year’s Emory Williams Teaching Award. For more than three decades, it continues to be my privilege to be part of this amazing journey of lifelong learning at Booth and beyond.

In my own journey, one of my lifelong learning habits is to collect bits of wisdom that I learn from others.  And, as I say, “if you don’t write it down it doesn’t exist,” I tend to capture these nuggets of “gist” on sticky notes placed so that like my students, I can also “be wiser, younger.”

For the first time ever, in honor of the graduating class of 2022, I have gathered a collection of my sticky notes which I present to you with hope that my habit might be of benefit to your future self. Sources are named for the quotes, if known to me. 

“Courage is the measure of our heartfelt participation with life, with another, with a community, a work, a future.” –David Whyte

“You can get a lot done if you build relationships with people.”

“People want to say yes. If you don’t ask, we can’t say yes.”

“There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.” –Madeleine Albright

“A good friend tells the truth.”

“Autonomy is being who you want to be and knowing who you are.”

“There are so many ways to be valuable in this world; you have value wherever you are.”

“It’s not about having the answers; it’s about the work you put in to get them.”

“Courage is the measure of our heartfelt participation with life, with another, with a community, a work, a future.”

— David Whyte
Sticky notes on a window in Professor Linda Ginzel's office
Professor Linda Ginzel’s wall of inspirational sticky notes in her office.

“Family and friends are the backbone of what makes change possible.”

“Wanting to keep our family intact has always been our priority in deciding which projects to take.” –Julia Roberts

“Having children is like watching your heart walk outside your body.”

“ Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” –Simone Weil

“Act as though what you do makes a difference.” –William James

“Well-done is better than well-said.” –Benjamin Franklin

“If something isn’t working, do something different.”

“We are the only species on earth capable of preventing our own flowering.” –David Whyte

“I recommend biting off more than you can chew.”

“Don’t aim for perfection, aim for growth.”

“You are a disciple of a better you.” –Sam Yo

“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.”

— Simone Weil

“Be yourself, full stop.” –Advice given to a young Susan Stamberg 

“Why be flat when you can sparkle?”

“Gratitude will protect you from anger and hate.” –Alex Tousaint

“People are more than the worst thing they’ve ever done.”

“There is evidence that forgetting can be adaptive.”

“Invest in joy.”

“You can make money; you can’t make time.” –Sam Yo

“In a race you can’t win, just slow it down.”

“Money doesn’t buy happiness, but it does upgrade despair.” –Richard Greenberg

“Ephemera are things that are only enjoyed for a short period of time.”

“Enjoy your success; you’ve earned it.”


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