I once read this definition of Architecture:
“By the simplest definition, architecture is the design of buildings, executed by architects. However, it is more. It is the expression of thought in building. It is not simply construction, the piling of stones or the spanning of spaces with steel girders. It is the intelligent creation of forms and spaces that in themselves express an idea.”
As an Architect by vocation, this quote beautifully captures what an architect is. Ultimately though, before any piling of stones or spanning of girders, a tremendous amount of decisions and problem solving must occur. In both architecture and in life, I believe to be successful, these skills are paramount.
And that leads us to, what are you the Architect of? Life is a series of decisions that we have to make, so….what choices are you making in your career and in your personal life?
On A Minute with Maxwell, the Word was “Choices.” John Maxwell quoted one of my favorite John Wooden quotes….
“In the end, the choice you make makes you.” I love that so much! That goes far deeper than just what career direction to go in or where you spend your 40+ hours a week….it really speaks of the level of integrity that you will walk out in your everyday life. And it puts the responsibility right where it belongs…on me. And on you. What choices are you making today that down the road you will be thankful for? Are there choices you are making that will become regrets, or areas that you are compromising in? I think that for many people this quote is unfortunately all to true…
I would like to flip it around and look at it this way…that “I’m the Architect of my own success”….Each one of us has the power to choose a life marked by integrity and honesty, but of course just like in Architecture, you have to be intelligent in what decisions you make. Nothing changes if nothing changes. I will close with final quote…
“The choices we make, almost always determine the level of success we have.” John Maxwell