Catalyst Quotes

Compiled by Alex Pena ~ ‘Catalyst’: “to spark, to ignite, energize, mobilize; something that accelerates a reaction (DDI)." Thought-provoking & motivational quotes and stories for you to read, reflect on and move forward in making creative and positive changes in your life.

Nothing is Ordinary

“There is an interesting story about an English artist named William Wolcott who went to New York in 1924 to record his impressions of that great city.  One morning he was visiting in the office of a former colleague when the urge to sketch came over him.  Seeing some paper on his friend’s desk, he asked, “May I have that?”

His friend answered, “That’s not sketching paper.  That’s ordinary wrapping paper.”

Not wanting to lose that spark of inspiration, Wolcott took the wrapping paper and said, “Nothing is ordinary if you know how to use it.”  On that ordinary paper Wolcott made two sketches.  Later that same year, one of those sketches sold for $500 and the other for $1,000, quite a sum for 1924.

People under the influence of an empowering person are like paper in the hands of a great artist.  No matter what they’re made of, they can become treasures.”     (John C. Maxwell, Becoming a Person of Influence)

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