My 3 Favorite Quotes
Have you ever found yourself repeating the same quotes over and over again? I was recently asked in an interview about my three favorite quotes that I live by, and I was astonished at the ease at which I recited them.

The first quote originated from a play I was honored to produce about Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, the former mayor of New York City. The Little Flower was written and directed and starred the great actor, Tony Lo Bianco. In the play, we used Fiorello La Guardia as a vehicle to relate to what was happening in the country in his day (1930’s and 1940’s) to current events in our country today.

In the play, Fiorello is holding a photograph of his two kids, Eric and Jean, and he looks at the photograph and says, “Don’t worry about people knowing you. Make yourself worth knowing.” That had a big impact on me, because in today’s digital and social media-driven, disconnected world, we’re so hyper focused on what the people see, who we are to the public, through filters and posts and all that kind of jazz, that we actually forget to focus in on who we authentically are. Surrounding yourself with good, hard working people is enough to attract a community.

The second quote is “focus equals growth.” I learned this in January, 2016 after returning from a sledding trip with my friends, Dave, Jess and Tripp. Upon returning, Dave asked me, “Chris, now that you’ve just left the production company you were working for, what are you going to do?” I said, “Oh, I don’t know, maybe I could do this, this, this, this, this, and that.” I had a hundred different opportunities and they were paralyzing me. Dave said, “No, no, no. You can’t chase two rabbits at the same time. They’ll both get away. Focus equals growth.”

I thought to myself, Wow. I was taught that in order to get a good job or attract successful or good people, you have to be a multi tasker. You have to do many things at once. But that’s not actually how you get good things done. You can be a mono tasker. Remove the noise. Pick something that you excel at and that you want to dedicate your life to and just grow it, with hyper focus. That’s how you become an expert.

The third quote, once again emerged from The Little Flower, and that’s “you are who you are when no one is watching.” That’s all about integrity. We hide behind our phones and we post on social media. We have our filters. Some people say, “If it’s not on social media, it never happened.” And that makes people lax on integrity. They may say, “Well, if no one caught it on social media, I can do this sneaky little thing over here.” No. I know you turn your lights off when you leave your home. Do it when you leave a hotel room. You are who you are when no one is watching. Thank you Papa Tony!

What does it all mean? Through my dinner parties, I have found my community. I have found my dedication to awakening the best in others and I’m going to stick with that, and maybe one day, when I am no longer around, someone may say, “He was the best in the world at that and just that.” If it’s convincing random strangers to cook me dinner, and that’s all I have, then I will be content with this. Slow and steady wins the rest.

I hope you all are having a phenomenal day on earth. Remember, it’s your world go explore.

It’s time for you…find something that you are passionate about and can wear on your sleeve, as I have done with my fanny pack, and go pursue it.

With Love and Pasta Sauce,

Chris Schembra
Chief Question Asker, 7:47 Club

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