A regular on this blog is Christopher Gavigan. BFellicious once started with a post about Christopher and since then it has been an inspiring journey to follow his work, his passion, his leadership. I celebrated the 5th birthday of BFellicious with a blog devoted to Christopher Gavigan with a lot of inspiring quotes , which you can read here . There have been quite some interviews this year (and the past few years) and anyone who knows Christopher a bit, knows he has a way with words. That is why I couldn’t let 2017 pass without a ‘quotes’ blog post. So here are about ’15’ quotes said by Christopher in 2017 that I think reflect who he is and what he stands for. At the end of the blog I also added some ‘classic’ Christopher quotes; that no matter who you are, where you’re from, what you do,… are definitely worth reading and memorising. So here we go…

“Each morning, I make a concerted effort to think about the following: finding gratitude—thankfulness is a habit and a reminder of the importance of each day, each moment. Connecting with a core purpose—everyone’s is different, but it’s a focus on what you’re here to ultimately do. Mine is to be in service to make the world happier, healthier, and better. Choosing happiness—your mindset is critical to how you approach everything in life.”

 

“Being positive, passionate, and happy attracts good things—trust me.”

 

“I’m continually inspired by the human element of business​. The more humanity present, the more humility I embrace. I’ve got this moral compass—for better or worse—that continually drives my thoughts and actions; an innate desire to be of service.”

 

“The environment is not out there. It’s actually in, on, and around us. So it’s what you put on your skin, it’s what you put in your mouth, it’s what you’re sleeping on….”

 

“It always comes back to relationships. I had to go through graduate school to understand that the most important thing — I mean, you could do anything in the world, but the most important thing that you can learn and better be good at is managing a relationship. My father used to echo that, and I heard and saw that time and time again in graduate school: One of the most important things you can do is to focus on people and relationships.”

 

“In my belief, you better stand for something higher than your product. What are you trying to solve? What is your purpose in the world?”

 

“Ultimately, brand can only achieve (unbridled) success if it clearly articulates and lives its core purpose. It’s that critically important asset that helps define the relationship you have with the world. It sets your north star. It defines your culture. It makes it so clear and easy to then create your standards, values, strategies and commitments. The core mission is the heartbeat of your brand — and it’s the foundation that everything else circles around.”

 

“If you do something that is true to your heart-center, then people will follow. You are in service to others; that is your one main goal in life,”

“Woman. The future is feminine. Can you embrace the feminine in you?”

 

“I think that is it our job to be candid and genuine. Some brands call themselves “authentic,” but I don’t like that word. To me, it is more about being consistent with your core values, consistent with your views and consistent with your core emotional expression over time.”

 

“You have to do the small stuff in the trenches that’s hard, right? Sometimes you’re not going to always get it right, but if you continue to beat that drumbeat of the mission, you’re going to make the right decision that’s based on the customer and the mission of the company.”

 

“Connection means alignment around a core purpose, grounded in humanity.”

I love the beauty of the word ‘honest’, the simplicity. To be honest is something that everyone wants to be. It’s an aspiration as well as a real life fulfillment. It’s an honor to hold that word. It’s a privilege and it’s a duty. It holds you to a standard and it drives us forward every single day. I wanted to challenge ourselves. To be honest. What does that mean? That’s a lot to live up to. I wanted to see if we could do it.

 

“Watching the people you work with channel the energy that you bring to something you believe in and grow it into something even bigger is such a rewarding process.”

 

You want to step back and ask, ‘What’s the impact I’m having on the world? What is the world that my children are inheriting?’ For me legacy is getting it right and being proud of what you’re doing day in and day out.”

10 quotes of Christopher Gavigan we should all take into account…

“No One Can Do Everything, Everyone Can Do Something.”

“Legacy is guardianship, and guardianship of your reputation and actions. That’s the promise we are offering the world. We are not going to compromise.”

“No parent is perfect. And I always say, ‘We are not the perfect company, we are The Honest Company.’ There are imperfections, challenges and strife for certain. And there’s improvement. If you’re really honest with yourself, I think innately everyone wants to continually lean into the day and get better. For me, it
is always about getting better.”

“Don’t get overwhelmed. Instead take a deep breath and know that you have more control over the situation than you think and it’s never too late to start!”

“With energy, passion and persistence, you will do all things.”

“Ultimately you have to create a platform of education & inspiration. And that is how you gonna create behaviour change.”

“Soft skills are the most important: Show up – Be Persistent – Have passion in your life – Bring energy & thoughtfulness – Lead with your heart first, that will get you a long way.”

“Although it often seems impossible to squeeze more out of the day, carve out personal time. It’s very important to take care of yourself physically, mentally and emotionally. By making health a priority, you can be present and available whether you are at work, or home with your family.”

“If you surround yourself with good, smart people, that rubs off.”

“I think there’s a sense of trusting in yourself in the sense that sometimes, as the John Burroughs quote goes, ‘Leap, and the net will appear.’ In a world where you have a lot of people trying to do a lot of cool things and there are a ton of great ideas, sometimes you just have to jump in with two feet and work a problem. For me, it’s remaining focused and knowing who you are and where you want to go, and just going for it. I feel like The Honest Company is exactly what I should be doing, and that feels really good.”

Have a wonderful end of the year Christopher! I’m very excited for what is to come and to keep supporting the work you and Honest do!