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Motivation: The Difference Between Great, Average and Small Minds



Before the Notorious R.B.G. was a Supreme, Rosa Parks said no, and Maya Angelou picked up a pen, there was Eleanor Roosevelt. Her enduring legacy of brilliant and inspiring words have graduated to somewhat of an American paradigm with her most notable: You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

In a far less-recognized — but equally powerful — quote, Eleanor gracefully states the difference between a great, average and small mind:

"Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people."

There's no hidden meaning — no innuendos, puns, similes or metaphors for her message to get lost behind. It is a direct, matter-of-fact statement comparing the differences in character.

Whether you're an Eleanor fan or not, you cannot deny the cerebral accuracy of her words.

So, what are you: great, average or small?

– Niki

Niki Gruttadauria is the social media manager for LIVESTRONG.COM. A documentary-obsessed vegetarian, Niki stays in shape running, biking and playing sand volleyball--oh yeah, and avoiding cheese.

You can follow Niki on Twitter.

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