Take a Lesson From Dr Seuss And Oh All The Places You Shall Go

Posted on /by Natalie Sisson/ in Entrepreneurs / 17 comments

I’m a BIG fan of Dr Seuss. Come on who isn’t? The lessons I learned as a kid, and still do from his great poems and stories, will forever guide me on my personal and business path.

I always loved `One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish’ the most until my friend introduced me to `Oh the places we shall go’ at a time when I needed it most – several years back.

He turned to me one day and said `Oh Natalie, I think you’re in the waiting place’.

I was like `Huh?’ The next day he presented me with my own copy of this book and opened it to the appropriate pages on `unslumping myself’ and where I was `waiting’ for something to happen.

By gosh I thought, he’s totally right – Dr Seuss that is. I WAS in the waiting place. The most useless place to be.

I was waiting for someone to make the decision for me. For a yes or no to make my decision for me. Even worse I was leaving my life up to the hands of fate – or other people!

Well life doesn’t work like that. It’s up to you to take yourself where you want to go. And when you develop that clear roadmap of exactly what you want out of life, how your business will flourish, your health will skyrocket, your bank account will blossom and ……

Oh the places you shall go when you do!

Dr Seuss gives such wise advice:


Today is your day.

You’re off to Great Places!

You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

You’ll look up and down streets. Look’em over with care. About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.” With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down a not-so-good street.

And you may not find any you’ll want to go down. In that case, of course, you’ll head straight out of town. It’s opener there in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you.

And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too.

Oh! The Places You’ll Go!

You’ll be on your way up!

You’ll be seeing great sights!

You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.

Make sure to read the rest of the poem as it gets very interesting. What I love most about this poem is that he points out you’ll have times when you’re lonely. When you are in fact shit scared about walking down the road you’ve chosen. When you want to turn back but you’ll go on regardless.

That’s life, that’s all part of its rich tapestry. You’re not alone, other people are walking their own road right beside you. They too have these fears – am I good enough? Will I succeed? Am I making a huge mistake? Can I do this?

But here’s why you carry on:

You are off to great places.

Today is your day

Your mountain is waiting

So get on your way!

If you’ve never read the book then I advise you take less than 10 minutes to hear it read out loud – clear and simple by Naomi Dunford

Or watch this amazing rendition shot at Burning Man.

Share your favourite quote or book from Dr Seuss in the comments below!

  • CathyPurdyGoddard

    Love ‘Oh the Places You’ll Go!’ I have given it as a present to many new babies that have been born into my life….and the true gift is reacquainting the new mommies and daddies with the book too. Great blog Natalie.

    • NatalieSisson

      @CathyPurdyGoddard Thanks Cathy I think I’ve passed it on to people too – especially when they’re having a tough time of it. It’s just so perfectly written you can’t help but smile and go climb that mountain!

  • This is cute… I loved this Natalie!

    You are off to great places
    Today is your day
    Your mountain is waiting
    So get on your way!

    Life really can just be that simple : )

    • NatalieSisson

      @GACConsultants Exactamente my friend. It’s so simple it’s priceless!

  • shetakesontheworld

    It’s crazy how we operate on the same wavelength Natalie… I have a post in draft about Oh the Places You’ll Go. It is my favorite book and I just got around to unpacking it last week after my move to play front and center on my bookshelft. Every time I feel like I need some inspiration or I’m frustrated with my present situation I pull out this book and it always makes everything better 🙂

    • NatalieSisson

      @shetakesontheworld I tell you us Natalie’s have it going on 🙂
      – can’t wait to read your post and how it’s had a positive impact on you. I agree it’s a fantastic poem to pick me up too

  • Jeanne

    This is exactly…EXACTLY what I need to read this morning! Thank you!

    • NatalieSisson

      @Jeanne Glad to hear Jeanne – I take it that means you’re now off to climb a mountain!

  • TheHappypreneur

    My favorite:
    And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too.

    Thank you Natalie, this post was so cute and inspiring.

    Celene Harreson

  • Jeanie

    I had my brother (17yrs old) read this as a ‘reading’ at my wedding. I love it’s silliness, yet it’s all so darn true.

  • jstrocel

    This is one of my favourite bedtime stories, great for the whole family.

  • Wow! I love it I love it I LOVE IT!

    Excellent post Natalie. Oh the places we’ll all go and the places we’ll all see! The next part would be to help bring others with us on those places we’ll go to see those places we’ll see. : )

    Cheers Natalie!


    • Natalie

      Great idea Gil. I aim to do that every day here on the Suitcase Entrepreneur – short of packing people into my suitcase to come along with me.

  • I love this Natalie! What a wonderful way to start my morning, thanks a bunch!

  • Mark

    I am ashamed to say I had NEVER read this until about 5 minutes ago…and I am a DAD!!! I will be drilling this poem into the heads of my two wee men! Such a great post Natalie….VERY profound…take the rest of the day off!

  • great stuff Natalie, really has hit home x

  • Vanessa

    I love that you have burning man on here, have you been!? 🙂

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