English Listening World

× About me Podcast Blog login
☰ menu


2023-04-29 00:00:00 / episode: 103



Mottos. Do you have a motto? I used to have a motto. I can't remember what it is anymore. Then we can think of companies that have mottos. Mottos are just phrases or short sentences that give us guidance in how to act or behave. Nike has a very famous motto. Just do it. I heard the story that the just do it. Motto came from a rock climber. I was a rock climber and the story was, people would always make mis um excuses. Oh, I can't because of this. Oh, I can't because of that. And one friend said to another one day just do it and it stuck and it became a motto. There's lots of mottos out there and they can guide us, but they're not the same as Proverbs. Proverbs try to say something that is generally true. OK. Some ex examples of English Proverbs, look before you leap or strike while the iron is hot. I find the English Proverbs are really useful but they're difficult to use. What I mean is, it's hard to tell when we should use this Proverb or that sometimes they give conflicting advice. On the other hand, a motto usually is useful in many many situations. Another motto would be live and let live or always live every day as if it's your last. Those types of mottos generally give us good guidance in how to live our lives, regardless of the circumstances. So I like to use mottos from other people. Uh One motto that came to me from a corporate executive for Henry Ford. He said, if you think you can or if you think you can't, you're right. And in a way that's a motto. And the motto is basically saying, believe in yourself because then you'll be able to do it. That's kind of my motto these days. Do you have a motto?