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My Best Motivational Quotes!

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”

“What lies behind us and what lies in front of us pales in comparison to what lies within us.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whether you need to defeat procrastination or inspire your inner fire, motivational quotes can help you get your inner mojo going again.

Motivational quotes move us.  

As a son who has just recently buried my father, I’ve had to master motivation.  Mastering motivation is a journey.  I’ve learned that motivational quotes are your best friends for the journey.   This is my collection of the best motivational quotes ever.

Use these quotes to inspire your lifefire you up right now, and inspire you every day.  And use these quotes to build a better mindset, skillset, and toolset so you can motivate yourself and others with skill.

Motivation is a skill you can practice.

To change your motivation, change your language, and to change your language learn the best motivational quotes of all time.  I’ve included motivational quotes by some of the world’s best motivational masters including Brian Tracy, Bruce Lee, Tony Robbins, Zig Zigglar and more.

Top 10 Motivational Quotes

Let’s start this list off right, with the 10 best motivational quotes:

  1. “Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.” – William B. Sprague
  2. “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” — Howard Thurman
  3. “I get knocked down. But I get up again. You’re never going to keep me down.” – Chumbawamba
  4. “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” — Winston Churchill
  5. “Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose– a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.” — Mary Shelley
  6. “There is no such thing as failure. There are only results.” — Tony Robbins
  7. “Time is the coin of life. Only you can determine how it will be spent.” — Carl Sandburg
  8. “To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  9. “To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.” — Bruce Lee
  10. “When it’s time to die, let us not discover that we have never lived.” — Henry David Thoreau

Short Motivational Quotes

  1. “Begin anywhere.” — John Cage
  2. “Dreams don’t work unless you do.” — John Maxwell
  3. “Go the extra mile. It’s never crowded there.” — Dr. Wayne Dyer
  4. “H.O.P.E. = Hold On. Pain Ends.” — Anonymous
  5. “Make each day your masterpiece.” — John Wooden
  6. “Keep your face always toward the sunshine? And shadows will fall behind you.” — Walt Whitman
  7. “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey
  8. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” — Confucius
  9. “We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.” — Helen Keller
  10. “What defines us is how well we rise after falling.” — Lionel Bloch, Maid in Manhattan

Deep Motivational Quotes

  1. “As long as you live, keep learning how to live.” — Seneca
  2. “At any given moment you have the power to say: this is not how the story is going to end.” — Unknown
  3. “Be a voice, not an echo.” — Albert Einstein
  4. “Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  5. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” — Robert Louis Stevenson
  6. “Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.” — Jim Rohn
  7. “I want to be all used up when I die.” — George Bernard Shaw
  8. “I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy- I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.” — Art Williams
  9. “Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman
  10. “Let him who would move the world, first move himself.” – Socrates
  11. “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” — Maya Angelou
  12. “Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.” — Stephen R. Covey
  13. “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” — Earl Nightingale
  14. “Remember that failure is an event, not a person.” — Zig Ziglar
  15. “Smile, breathe and go slowly.” — Thich Nhat Hanh
  16. “Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” — Saint Francis
  17. “The big lesson in life is never be scared of anyone or anything.” — Frank Sinatra
  18. “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” — Dorothy Parker
  19. “What we believe will always be more powerful than what’s real.” – Sean Aeon
  20. “When someone says you can’t do it, do it twice and take pictures.” — Unknown
  21. “When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” — Paulo Coelho
  22. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” — Confucius
  23. “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.” — Albert Einstein
  24. “Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” — Jim Rohn

Best Motivational Quotes for Getting Started

  1. “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” — John R. Wooden
  2. “Just do it.” — Nike
  3. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” — Arthur Ashe
  4. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” — Mark Twain
  5. “The wise does at once what the fool does at last.” — Baltasar Gracian
  6. “What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.” — Ralph Marston
  7. “You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.” — Henry Ford

Monday Motivational Quotes

  1. “All Motivation Mondays need are a little more coffee and a lot more mascara.” — Unknown
  2. “Goodbye, blue Monday.” — Kurt Vonnegut
  3. “I’m alive, motivated and ready to slay the day #MONSLAY.” — Unknown
  4. “It was a Monday and they walked on a tightrope to the sun.” — Marcus Zusak
  5. “It’s Monday … time to motivate and make dreams and goals happen. Let’s go!” — Heather Stillufsen
  6. “Monday c’est Mon Day.” — Unknown
  7. “One day or day one. You decide.” — Unknown
  8. “So. Monday. We meet again. We will never be friends—but maybe we can move past our mutual enmity toward a more positive partnership.” — Julio-Alexi Genao
  9. “When life gives you Monday, dip it in glitter and sparkle all day.” — Ella Woodword

Friday Motivational Quotes

  1. “Don’t worry about letting the dogs out. It’s Friday! Let them have a great weekend, too.” — Anthony Hincks
  2. “Every Friday, I like to high five myself for getting through another week on little more than caffeine, willpower, and inappropriate humor.” — Nanea Hoffman
  3. “Fridays are the hardest in some ways: you’re so close to freedom.” — Lauren Oliver
  4. “Friday sees more smiles than any other day of the workweek!” — Kate Summers
  5. “I challenge you to let every day be a Friday. Permit yourself to be happy every day.” — Joel Osteen
  6. “It’s Friday morning, mankind! Good vibe, don’t frown and let the monster see you smile!” — Napz Cherub Pellazo
  7. “Make Friday a day to celebrate work well done that you can be proud of knowing that you just didn’t put in time to the next paycheck.” — Byron Pulsifer
  8. “Oh! It’s Friday again. Share the love that was missing during the week. In a worthy moment of peace and bliss.” — S. O’Sade
  9. “This Friday, finish your work and be done. Look forward to the weekend and have some fun!” — Kate Summers
  10. “When you leave work on Friday, leave work. Don’t let technology follow you throughout your weekend (answering text messages and emails). Take a break. You will be more refreshed to begin the workweek if you have had a break.” — Catherine Pulsifer

Best Motivational Quotes for Entrepreneurship

  1. “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” — Walt Disney
  2. “Chase the vision, not the money, the money will end up following you.” — Tony Hsieh
  3. “Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” — Mary Kay Ash
  4. “Embrace what you don’t know, especially in the beginning, because what you don’t know can become your greatest asset. It ensures that you will absolutely be doing things different from everybody else.” — Sara Blakely
  5. “Everyone has an idea, but it’s really about executing the idea and attracting other people to help you with the idea.” — Jack Dorsey
  6. “I wake up every morning and think to myself, ‘How far can I push this company in the next 24 hours.’” — Leah Busque
  7. “If people are doubting how far you can go, go so far that you can’t hear them anymore.” — Michele Ruiz
  8. “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” — Tony Robbins
  9. “If you think that you are going to love something, give it a try. You’re going to kick yourself in the butt for the rest of your life if you don’t.” — Joe Penna
  10. “In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunities.” — Albert Einstein
  11. “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” — Babe Ruth
  12. “It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” — Scott Belsky
  13. “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life, and that is why I succeed.” — Michael Jordan
  14. “Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.” — Napoleon Hill
  15. “Only the paranoid survive.” — Andy Grove
  16. “Openly share and talk to people about your idea. Use their lack of interest or doubt to fuel your motivation to make it happen.” — Todd Garland
  17. “Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.” — Howard Schultz
  18. “The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.” — Tony Blair
  19. “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.” — Chinese Proverb
  20. “The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” — Mark Zuckerberg
  21. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”  — Mark Twain
  22. “The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing.” — Walt Disney
  23. “There’s lots of bad reasons to start a company. But there’s only one good, legitimate reason, and I think you know what it is: it’s to change the world.” — Phil Libin
  24. “Waiting for perfect is never as smart as making progress.” — Seth Godin
  25. “We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes?understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” — Arianna Huffington
  26. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” — Henry Ford
  27. “When I’m old and dying, I plan to look back on my life and say ‘wow, that was an adventure,’ not ‘wow, I sure felt safe.” — Tom Preston-Werner
  28. “Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it. Sauté it. Whatever. MAKE.” — Joss Whedon
  29. “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates
  30. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” — Steve Jobs

Best Motivational Quotes for Students

  1. “Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” — Bill Nye
  2. “Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back.” — Chinese proverb
  3. “Learning is never done without errors and defeat.” — Vladimir Lenin
  4. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi
  5. “Life itself is your teacher, and you are in a state of constant learning.” — Bruce Lee
  6. “Success is a poor teacher.” — Robert Kiyosaki
  7. “Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.” — Leonardo da Vinci
  8. “That is never too often repeated, which is never sufficiently learned.” — Seneca
  9. “The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.” — Baruch Spinoza
  10. “The learned man knows that he is ignorant.” –– Victor Hugo
  11. “They cannot stop me. I will get my education, if it is in the home, school, or anyplace.” — Malala Yousafzai
  12. “To accuse others for one’s own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one’s education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one’s education is complete.” – Epictetus
  13. “We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.” – Lloyd Alexander
  14. “Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” — Albert Einstein
  15. “Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.” – Francis Bacon
  16. “You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backward into safety.” – Abraham Maslow

Best Motivational Quotes for Work

  1. “A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men.” — Plato
  2. “Achievement results from work realizing ambition.” — Adam Ant
  3. “Amateurs sit around and wait for inspiration. The rest of us just get up and go to work.” — Stephen King
  4. “Big thinking precedes great achievement.” — Wilferd A. Peterson
  5. “Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” — Alexander Graham Bell
  6. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” — Mary Anne Radmacher
  7. “Either you run the day or the day runs you.” — Jim Rohn
  8. “Go the extra mile. It’s never crowded there.” — Dr. Wayne Dyer
  9. “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” — Tim Notke
  10. “High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.” — Charles Kettering
  11. “I didn’t get there by wishing for it, but by working for it.” — Estee Lauder
  12. “I want to be all used up when I die.” — George Bernard Shaw
  13. “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” — Napoleon Hill
  14. “If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.” — Olin Miller
  15. “If you’ll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives.” — Vince Lombardi
  16. “Never stop doing your best just because someone doesn’t give you credit.” — Kamari aka Lyrikal
  17. “Nothing will work unless you do.” — Maya Angelou
  18. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” — Thomas Edison
  19. “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” — Dale Carnegie
  20. “Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” — Dwayne Johnson
  21. “The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.” — Oscar Wilde
  22. “The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.” — Mother Teresa
  23. “The only difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” — Jimmy Johnson
  24. “The price of discipline is always less than the pain of regret.” — Nido Qubein
  25. “This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” — Alan Wilson Watts
  26. “Well done is better than well said.” — Benjamin Franklin
  27. “Winners compare their achievements with their goals, while losers compare their achievements with those of other people.” — Nido Qubein
  28. Work hard for what you want because it won’t come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. If somebody puts you down or criticizes you, just keep on believing in yourself and turn it into something positive.” — Leah LaBelle
  29. “You can control two things: your work ethic and your attitude about anything.” — Ali Krieger
  30. “You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour.” — Jim Rohn
  31. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”  — Steve Jobs

Best Motivational Quotes on Taking Action

  1. “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” — William James
  2. “Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.” — Albert Schweitzer
  3. “Either you run the day or the day runs you.” — Jim Rohn
  4. “Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action.” — Benjamin Disraeli
  5. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” — Anne Frank
  6. “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost. That is where they should be. Now put the foundation under them.” — Henry David Thoreau
  7. “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  8. “Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.” — Peter Marshall
  9. “Step by step and the thing is done.” — Charles Atlas
  10. “The more we do the more we can do.” — William Hazlitt
  11. “Time is the coin of life. Only you can determine how it will be spent.” — Carl Sandburg
  12. “To talk goodness is not good… only to do it is.” — Chinese proverb
  13. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” — Will Durant
  14. “Well done is better than well said.” — Benjamin Franklin
  15. “Words are plentiful; deeds are precious.” – – Lech Walesa
  16. “Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need.” — Voltaire

Best Motivational Quotes on Attitude

  1. “A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.” — Oscar Wilde
  2. “A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change.” – – Earl Nightingale
  3. “Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.” ? Roy Bennett, The Light in the Heart
  4. “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” — Lou Holtz
  5. “Attitude is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill.” – – Charles Swindoll
  6. “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” — Wayne Dyer
  7. “Character is the result of two things: mental attitude and the way we spend our time.” — Elbert Green Hubbard
  8. “Don’t take yourself too seriously. And don’t be too serious about not taking yourself too seriously.” — Howard Ogden
  9. “Eagles come in all shapes and sizes, but you will recognize them chiefly by their attitudes.” — Charles Prestwich Scott
  10. “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
  11. “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” — Victor E. Frankl
  12. “Funny is an attitude.” — Flip Wilson
  13. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.” — Maya Angelou
  14. “It is not the position, but the disposition.”  J. E. Dinger
  15. “Mental attitude is more important than mental capacity.” — Walter Dill Scott
  16. “Minds are like parachutes – they only function when open.” — Thomas Dewar
  17. “Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude towards us.” — Earl Nightingale
  18. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in making new landscapes but in having new eyes.” — Marcel Proust
  19. “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” — Plato

Best Motivational Quotes on Boldness

  1. “Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.” — W. Clement Stone
  2. “Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.” — William James
  3. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” — Theodore Roosevelt
  4. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day, saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” — Mary Anne Radmacher
  5. “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  6. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” — George Adair
  7. “Fortune favors the brave.” — Publius Terence
  8. “Fortune sides with him who dares.” — Virgil
  9. “Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.” — Wayne Dyer
  10. “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” — Albert Einstein
  11. “He who hesitates is lost.”  Proverb
  12. “If you can dream it, you can do it.” — Walt Disney
  13. “Leap, and the net will appear.”  — John Burroughs
  14. “Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.” — Chris Grosser
  15. “Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.” — George S. Patton
  16. “We are still masters of our fate.  We are still captains of our souls.” — Winston Churchill
  17. “When it’s time to die, let us not discover that we have never lived.” Henry David Thoreau
  18. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” — Wayne Gretzky

Best Motivational Quotes on Challenges and Changes

  1. “Change is not merely necessary to life – it is life.” — Alvin Toffler
  2. “Expect problems and eat them for breakfast.” — Alfred A. Montapert
  3. “Kites rise highest against the wind; not with it.” — Winston Churchill
  4. “Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.” — Samuel Johnson
  5. “Only I can change my life. No one else can do it for me.” — Carol Burnett
  6. “The optimist sees opportunity in every danger; the pessimist sees danger in every opportunity.” — Winston Churchill
  7. “Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” — George Bernard Shaw

Best Motivational Quotes on Determination and Persistence

  1. “Always look at what you have left.  Never look at what you have lost.” — Robert H. Schuller
  2. “Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” — Thomas Jefferson
  3. “Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” — Sam Levenson
  4. “Either I will find a way, or I will make one.” — Philip Sidney
  5. “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” — Samuel Beckett
  6. “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” — Og Mandino
  7. “I’ve failed over and over and over again. And that is why I succeed.” — Michael Jordan
  8. “If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.” — H. G. Wells
  9. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” — Confucius
  10. “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” — Jim Ryun
  11. “Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” — Harriet Beecher Stowe
  12. “Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose– a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.” — Mary Shelley
  13. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.” — Confucius
  14. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” — Thomas A. Edison
  15. “Pursue one great decisive aim with force and determination.” — Carl von Clausewitz
  16. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” — Robert Collier
  17. “The best way out is always through.” — Robert Frost
  18. “You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.” — Babe Ruth
  19. “Your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” — Abraham Lincoln

Best Motivational Quotes on Fear

  1. “Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.” — Helen Keller
  2. “Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.”  — Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
  3. “Don’t let the fear of striking out hold you back.” —Babe Ruth
  4. “Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.” — Judy Blume
  5. “Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.” — Yoda
  6. “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” —Dale Carnegie
  7. “Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones.” — Thich Nhat Hanh
  8. “Have no fear of perfection–you’ll never reach it.” — Salvador Dali
  9. “He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  10. “I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.” — Louisa May Alcott
  11. “Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” — Marie Curie
  12. “One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.”
    Henry Ford
  13. “The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” — Nelson Mandela
  14. “The key to change… is to let go of fear.” — Roseanne Cash
  15. “We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets.” — Marilyn Monroe
  16. “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

Best Motivational Quotes on Greatness

  1. “Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” — Og Mandino
  2. “Don’t put a limit on what can be accomplished.” — Christopher Reeve
  3. “I’d rather attempt to do something great and fail, than to attempt nothing and succeed.” — Robert H. Schuller
  4. “It’s great to be great, but its greater to be human.” — Will Rogers
  5. “Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” — Theodore Roosevelt
  6. “The first key to greatness is to be in reality what we appear to be.” — Socrates
  7. “The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.” — William James
  8. “The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.” — Arthur C. Clarke
  9. “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”— Confucius
  10. “To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are.” — Muhammad Ali
  11. “Try not to be a person of success, but rather a person of virtue.”  Albert Einstein
  12. “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”— Albert Einstein

Best Motivational Quotes on Optimism

  1. “A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.” — Herm Albright
  2. “Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.” — Hans Selye
  3. “An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere. The pessimist sees only the red light. But the truly wise person is color blind.” — Dr. Albert Schweitzer
  4. “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.” — Helen Adams Keller
  5. “Optimism means expecting the best, but confidence means knowing how to handle the worst. Never make a move if you are merely optimistic.” — The Zurich Axioms
  6. “The best way to cheer yourself up: Cheer everybody else up.” — Mark Twain
  7. “The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind.” — Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
  8. “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” — John Wooden
  9. “To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Anonymous Motivational Quotes

  1. “Sometimes we are limited more by attitude than by opportunities.” — Anonymous
  2. “A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.” — Anonymous
  3. “Although fate presents the circumstances, how you react depends on your character.” — Anonymous
  4. “Attitude determines altitude.” — Anonymous
  5. “Take charge of your attitude. Don’t let someone else choose it for you.” — Anonymous
  6. “Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching?” — Anonymous
  7. “People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.” — Anonymous

Brian Tracy Best Motivational Quotes

  1. “Your attitude is an expression of your values, beliefs and expectations.” — Brain Tracy
  2. “Optimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other.” — Brain Tracy
  3. “If you did not care at all what anyone else thought about you, what would you do differently or change in your life?” — Brain Tracy
  4. “Make a game of finding something positive in every situation. Ninety-five percent of your emotions are determined by how you interpret events to yourself.” — Brain Tracy
  5. “Whatever is expressed is impressed. Whatever you say to yourself, with emotion, generates thoughts, ideas and behaviors consistent with those words.”— Brain Tracy

Bruce Lee Best Motivational Quotes

  1. “To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.” — Bruce Lee
  2. “As you think, so shall you become.” — Bruce Lee
  3. “Ever since I was a child, I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one’s potential.” — Bruce Lee
  4. “A goal is not always meant to be reached; it often serves simply as something to aim at.” — Bruce Lee
  5. “All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.” — Bruce Lee
  6. “Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.” — Bruce Lee
  7. “I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.” — Bruce Lee
  8. “If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” — Bruce Lee
  9. “If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.” — Bruce Lee
  10. “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” — Bruce Lee
  11. “It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.” — Bruce Lee
  12. “Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.” — Bruce Lee
  13. “Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” — Bruce Lee
  14. “Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.” — Bruce Lee
  15. “Real living is living for others.” — Bruce Lee
  16. “Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick.” — Bruce Lee
  17. “The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.” — Bruce Lee

Jim Rohn Best Motivational Quotes

  1. “Happiness is not by chance, but by choice.” — Jim Rohn
  2. “Humans have the remarkable ability to get exactly what they must have. But there is a difference between a ‘must’ and ‘want.’” — Jim Rohn
  3. “Motivation alone is not enough. If you have an idiot and you motivate him, now you have a motivated idiot.” — Jim Rohn
  4. “My suggestion would be to walk away from the 90% who don’t and join the 10% who do.” — Jim Rohn
  5. “The best motivating is self-motivating. The guy says, “I wish someone would come by and turn me on. “What if they don’t show up? You’ve got to have a better plan for your life.” — Jim Rohn
  6. “When you know what you want, and you want it badly enough, you’ll find a way to get it.” — Jim Rohn
  7. “Without a sense of urgency, desire loses its value.” — Jim Rohn

Ralph Waldo Emerson Best Motivational Quotes

  1. “Do the thing we fear, and death of fear is certain.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  2. “A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  3. “We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  4. “A good indignation brings out all one’s powers.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  5. “A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  6. “A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  7. “A man is what he thinks about all day long.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  8. “A man’s growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  9. “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  10. “All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  11. “Always do what you are afraid to do.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  12. “As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  13. “As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  14. “An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  15. “As soon as there is life there is danger.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  16. “Beauty without expression is boring.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  17. “Before we acquire great power, we must acquire wisdom to use it well.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  18. “Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  19. “Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  20. “Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  21. “Each age, it is found, must write its own books; or rather, each generation for the next succeeding.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  22. “Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great ever achieved.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  23. “Ever artist was first an amateur.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  24. “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tony Robbins Best Motivational Quotes

  1. “Live with passion.” — Tony Robbins
  2. “Stay committed to your decisions but stay flexible in your approach.” — Tony Robbins
  3. “It not knowing what to do, it’s doing what you know.” — Tony Robbins
  4. “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” — Tony Robbins
  5. “Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.” — Tony Robbins
  6. “There is no such thing as failure. There are only results.” — Tony Robbins
  7. “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” — Tony Robbins

Zig Ziglar Best Motivational Quotes

  1. “Of all the ‘attitudes’ we can acquire, surely the attitude of gratitude is the most important and by far the most life-changing.” — Zig Ziglar
  2. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” — Zig Ziglar
  3. “Positive thinking won’t let you do anything, but it will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” — Zig Ziglar
  4. “To respond is positive, to react is negative.” — Zig Ziglar
  5. “When you choose to be pleasant and positive in the way you treat others, you have also chosen, in most cases, how you are going to be treated by others.” — Zig Ziglar
  6. “You can disagree without being disagreeable.” — Zig Ziglar
  7. “I’ve got to say ‘no’ to the good to say, ‘yes’ to the best.” — Zig Ziglar
  8. “You cannot tailor make the situations in life, but you can tailor make the attitudes to fit those situations before they arise.” — Zig Ziglar

“Smile Because It Happened”– Best Motivational Quote Ever

I’ve found I can use this quote to reflect on the past– or to inspire myself to give my all for the future.

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”
— Dr. Seuss

Sometimes, the best thing you can do to find your greatest motivation, is to dig deep, practice your attitude of gratitude, and appreciate all you can:

“Dare to Be”–Best Motivational Quote for Greatness

Dare to Be is one of the greatest motivational quotes of all time that reminds you to dare to do what’s hard:

“Dare to Be
When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.
When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.
When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.

When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.
When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.
When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.
When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.
When times are tough, dare to be tougher.
When love hurts you, dare to love again.
When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.
When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.
When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.
When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.
When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.
When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.
Dare to be the best you can –
At all times, Dare to be!”

“Live Without the Fear of Death in Your Heart”–Best Motivational Quote for Living and Loving Life

“So, live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.

Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours.
Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life.

Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people.
Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.

Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place.
Show respect to all people and grovel to none.

When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living.
If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.

Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.

When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes, they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way.

Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”
— Chief Tecumseh

“It’s Not the Critic Who Counts”–Best Motivational Quote for Standing Strong When Tested

Here is one of the most inspiring motivational quotes of all time to help you back up when you get knocked down:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
— Theodore Roosevelt

When critics try to knock you down, remember you are the one in the arena.

The Veblen Effect – Control the context and you control the mind.

At 23, Julius Caesar was a junior politician on the way up. But he had an advantage: confidence and brain.

While sailing across the Aegean Sea, he was captured by Sicilian pirates. They demanded a ransom: 20 talents of silver – That’s about 620kg, worth about $600,000 in today’s value.

Caesar told them they were being ridiculous. He couldn’t possibly allow himself to be ransomed so cheaply. The pirates hesitated, they were confused. Caesar insisted the ransom must be raised to 50 talents of silver – that’s around 1,550kg, worth about $1.5 million.

Now, the pirates didn’t know what to make of this. Normally, their captives tried to escape as cheaply as possible. They didn’t understand what was going on. But if he said he would double the ransom, why argue?

They let Caesar’s men go back to Rome to raise the money. And in Rome, in his absence, Caesar suddenly became very famous and well known. No-one had ever been ransomed for such an enormous sum ever before.

He must be very special, he must be incredibly important. Consequently, the demand for such amount of silver for ransom put Caesar on the political map and made him famous.

He had just invented the Veblen Effect. Although Thorstein Veblen wouldn’t give it that name for another 2,000 years.

Interestingly, the Veblen Effect is an effective psychological strategy that has being in use for thousands of years and generations. The best part is that despite the availability of so much of knowledge, technological advancement and information, The Veblen Effect refuses to let go.

The Veblen Effect is when consumers perceive higher-priced goods to be worth much more, simply because they cost more.

Like Rolex, Cartier, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin, Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin, Harrods, Cristal Champagne.

None of them may be actually any better than their cheaper alternatives, but the price alone makes them seem more desirable.

Caesar effectively made himself a Veblen brand. He placed a much higher value on himself than anyone in Rome. But, as far as anyone in Rome knew, it wasn’t him who had done it. It was an independent valuation. So it must be true. And because Caesar was now so highly valued, his men had little trouble raising the ransom. They returned to the island and freed him.

But Caesar wasn’t going to allow the pirates to keep that sort of money at all. As an important and famous man he had become, it was easy to raise a huge force which he used to hunt down the pirates and took back all the money, plus everything else they had pillaged, then executed all of them.

Thus, Caesar became both very rich and very famous.

And in time, with that same combination of confidence and brains, he became ruler of all Rome. And he presided over the golden age of the Roman Empire.

Expanding it from Spain to Germany, from Britain to the Middle East. Because Caesar knew that reality begins in the mind.

So the most important piece of real estate in which to stake a claim is the human mind.

How you stake a claim in the mind is by creating a perception. And how you create that perception is by controlling the context.

Control the context and you control the mind.

Control the mind and you control reality.

A good example of Veblen effect is Johny Walker Double Black!

JW Black is labelled at least 12 years aged scotch. But JW Double Black has no age statement!

JW Double Black is sold at a higher price than JW Black with a perceived notion that ‘double black’ should be much better than just ‘black’, especially since Double Black is pricier than Black! That is how the human mind works.

In reality, no one knows what is so special in Double Black, except that the label claims it to be very smooth, without actually saying it is smoother than Black!

Many believe that this is simply a marketing strategy to pass off un-aged scotch at a much higher price, through the Veblen Effect!

That’s how the Veblen Effect is a highly successful marketing strategy when correctly done.

Be Informed

Be Inspired.

The Sweet Spot: Passion, Profit, and Value!

The Sweet Spot – The Intersection of Passion, Profit, and Value

Passion, profit, and value is the key to sustainable results:

  • Passion.  Your passion is your fuel for making things happen.  In today’s skill-for-hire economy, one of your most important assets is your passion.  It’s you’re staying power, and your get up and go, especially when you get knocked down.  It’s how you get up again.  Passion is also a proxy for your values, strengths, and purpose.  Strengths can be skills, but in this case, I’m also thinking about your natural strengths … the stuff that comes easy for you, but might be tough for others.   We tend to love what we’re awesome at, and, our passion tends to help us get awesome to begin with.
  • Profit.  This is about how much you can make.  Just because you create tons of value, doesn’t mean you can make a profit, especially in an economy where free is the new price, and your competition gives away what you try to sell.  How do you know what’s making a profit?  You ask.  This is where your network comes in.  Also, your friendly neighborhood accountant might be the perfect source for knowing what’s making money, and what’s not.
  • Value.  The idea here is that if you’re creating value, you have a better chance of getting rewarded.  Value is in the eye of the beholder.  This means staying aware of what the market values and knowing that the market doesn’t always drive the right thing.  This also means being aware of intrinsic vs. market value. Intrinsic value is what something is really worth, while market value is what people are willing to pay, which could be wildly inflated.  Personally, I like to optimize around providing value for basic needs, and I’m cautious when market value and intrinsic value are out of whack … market corrections can be painful.

To give you an example of the passion, profit and value intersection, I have a passion for making others great.  There’s a certain market value to that.  I already do it for free, but if I wanted to profit from it, I would take on certain clients.  For example, if the President wanted me for his results coach, I’d give him my special presidential discount, but I would still expect to profit from the value I create.

OK, fine, I’d do it for free, so it’s not a great example.

Cutting Questions to Find Your Path

Here are some cutting questions to help find and test your paths …

  • What would you do for free?
  • What’s the minimum you need to make?
  • What’s your minimum and ideal life style?
  • How much do you need to fund your ideal life style?
  • Who has the job that you want that you can model from?

Guideline for Getting Results

Some guidelines for results …

  • Find the intersections of your passion, profit, and value.
  • Passion, profit and value are sliding scales … this gives you a lot of flexibility as well as trade-offs.
  • If you’re creating all value, and no profit, that’s a charity, and that won’t pay your bills.
  • If you’re playing to your passion, but creating no value, that’s a hobby.
  • If you do what you hate, you’ll suck your life force dry.
  • Find the job you love, or love the job your with.
  • You can love the job you’re with, by by changing your why or changing your how. 
  • Some hobbies can be turned into profit, if they create value.
  • Sometimes the key to unleashing your profit potential, is simply finding the right channel or platform.
  • Be careful what you get paid for, because if you externalize your reward, you can kill your passion.
  • Knowing the market demand and the profit potential can help you follow the money.
  • Money is a means, not an end.   When you’re below the line, it means everything.  Once you’re above the line, happiness is doing what you love and service to others … you know, the stuff Maslow taught us.

One important point here is that life’s not static and neither is the market.

One strategy is to follow the growth.  This includes following the growth in the market (think biotech, green, … etc.) as well as following paths that lead to your own personal growth.

It’s one way to keep the skills that pay the bills.

THE LEADER WITHIN US

Sooner or later we will discover the Leader within us. A good leader is someone who is in Control, gives Directions, Guidance, Headship, is an excellent Listener and has good management skills.

L – Listener

E – Effective

A – Ability

D – Direction

E – Extraordinary

R – Responsibility

Endurance

The vitality of thought is in adventure. Ideas won’t keep. Something must be done about them. When the idea is new, its custodians have fervour, live for it, and if need be, die for it – Alfred North

Educators take something simple and make it complicated. Communicators take something complicated and make it simple – John Maxwell

The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example – Benjamin Disraeli

Perseverance is not a long race it is many short races one after another – Walter Elliot

Persistent people begin their success where others end in failure – Edward Eggleston

Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all – Dwight Eisenhower

Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting –Johann Von

Rule your mind or it will rule you – Horace

Slump, and the world slumps with you. Push and you push alone – Laurence Peter

To win without risk is to triumph without glory – Pierre Corneille

Tough times never last, but tough people do –Robert Schuller

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being – Von Goethe

Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan – John Kennedy

Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit – Conrad Hilton

Successful leaders have the courage to take action while others hesitate – John Maxwell

The best job goes to the person who can get it done without passing the buck or coming back with excuses – Napoleon Hill

The best leaders are those most interested in surrounding themselves with assistants and associated smarter than they are. They are frank in admitting thins and are willing to pay for such talents – Amos Parrish

The best leaders of all, the people know not they exist. They turn to each other and say, we did it ourselves – Zen Saying

Of all the properties which belong to honourable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character – Henry Clay

The spirited horse, which will try to win the race of its own accord, will run even faster if encouraged – Ovid

The same hammer that shatters the glass forges the steel – Proverb

One man with courage makes a majority – Andrew Jackson

Nurture you mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes – Benjamin

One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life – Edward Butler

One man scorned and covered with scars still strove with his last ounce of courage to reach the unreachable stars; and the world was better for this – Don

One of the strongest characteristics of genius is the power of lighting its own fire – John Foster

One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency – Arnold Glasgow

You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down – Mary Pickford

You must be the change you wish to see in the world – Mahatma Gandhi

You must not only aim right, but draw the bow with all your might – Henry Thoreau

You must play boldly to win- Arnold

Your opinions are limited only by your fears – Joseph Jambu

You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor – James

It is no use for a leader to surround himself with ten yes-men – Nelson Mandela

Goals

When the solution is simple, God is answering – Albert

It is the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative actin, that man finds his supreme joys – Antoine

Whenever I get to a low point, I go back to the basics. I ask myself, “Why am I doing this?” It comes down to passion – St. James

If you follow you bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else – Campbell

Leadership is the capacity and will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence – Bernard

There are one hundred and ninety nine ways to get beat, but only one way to win; get there first – Willie

There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience – Joseph Jambu

Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission – ZigZiglar

The immature mind hops from one thing to another; the mature mind seeks to follow through – Harry

The Jack of all trades seldom is good at any. Concentrate all of your efforts on one definite chief aim – Napoleon

There is no use whatever trying to help people who do don help themselves. You cannot push anyone up a ladder unless he is willing to climb himself – Andrew

There is only one way……to get anybody to do anything. And that is by making the other person want to do it – Dale

The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing their inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives – William

Rather fall with honor than succeed by fraud – Sophocles

Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal – Ralph

The great thing in the wold is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving – Oliver

Leaders establish the vision for the future and set the strategy for getting there; they cause change. They motivate and inspire others to go in the right direction and they, along with everyone else, sacrifice to get there – John

Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them – John

Leadership is the ability of a single individual through his or her actions to motivate others to higher levels of achievement – Rodgers

Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions – Harold

Management is nothing more than motivating other people – Lee

Management works in the system; leadership works on the system – Covey

Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it – Lou

Ethics must begin at the top of an organization. It is a leadership issue and the chief executive must set the example – Edward

Moral courage and character go hand in hand…..a man of real character is consistently courageous, being imbued with a basic integrity and a firm sense of principle – Martha

Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it – Dwight

Never give in! Never give in! Never, never, never, never – in nothing great or small, large or petty. Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense – Churchill

When you are in a valley, keep your goal firmly in view and you will get the renewed energy to continue the climb – Denis

You are the person who has to decide. Whether you’ll do it or toss it aside; you are the person who makes up your mind. Whether you’ll lead or will linger behind. Whether you’ll try for the goal that’s afar. Or just be contented to stay where you are – Edgar

The successful men of today are men of one overmastering idea, one unwavering aim, men of single and intense purpose – Orison

Honesty and Humility

Cherish your human connections: your relationship with friends and family – Bush

Business is not just doing deals; business is having great products, doing great engineering, and providing tremendous service to customer. Finally, business is a cobweb of human relationships – Ross

How can you have charisma? Be more concerned about making others feel good about themselves than you are making them feel good about you – Dan

Developing excellent communication skill is absolutely essential to effective leadership. The leader must be able to share knowledge and ideas to transmit a sense of urgency and enthusiasm to others. If a leader can’t get a massage across clearly and motivate others to act on it, then having a message doesn’t even matter –Amelio

It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself – Anna

A big man is one who makes us feel bigger when we are with him – John

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honourable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing – George

You can’t do everything at once, but you can do something at one – Calvin

A real leader faces the music, even when he doesn’t like the tune – Joseph Jambu

You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too – Sam

I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occassions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot… and missed. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why…. I succeed – Michael Jordan

You can’t lead anyone else further than you have gone yourself – Gene

No executive has ever suffered because his subordinates’ were strong and effective – Peter

No man is capable of self-improvement if he sees no other model but himself – Conrado

No man is truly great who is great only in his lifetime. The test of greatness is the page of history – William

The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability that he has – Confucius

The cynic says, “One man can’t do anything”. I say, “Only one man can do anything” – John

The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people – Woodrow

The tallest trees are most in the power of the winds, and ambitious men of the blasts of fortune – William

We have the high salaries and we are living in luxury: that destroys our capacity to speak in a forthright manner and tell people to tighten their belts – Nelson Mandela

Leaders

Leaders are problem solvers by talent and temperament by choice – Harlan

Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal – Vince

A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be – Carter

You do not lead by hitting people over the head – that’s assault, not leadership – Dwight

There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things – Niccolo

Show me the leader and I will know his men. Show me the men and I will know their leader – Newcomb

Remember, what you get by reaching your destination isn’t nearly as important as what you become by reaching your goals – what you will become is the winner you were born to be! – ZigZiglar

The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant – Max

The first task of a leader is to keep hope alive – Joe

The function of the leader is to produce more leaders, not more followers – Ralph

The great leaders are like the best conductors – they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players – Lee

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it – Dwight

A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd – Max

Example is not the main thing in influencing others; it is the only thing – Albert

Men make history, and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skilful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better – Harry

No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair – George

The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self – restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it – Theodore

Warriors take chances. Like everyone else, they fear failing, but they refuse to let fear control them – Ancient

If people are coming to work excited… if they are making mistakes freely and fearlessly… if they are having fun… if they are concentrating doing things, rather than preparing reports and going to meetings – then somewhere you have leaders – Townsend

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity – George

The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself – Edward

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn – Waldo

When leaders have the honesty to criticize their own mistakes and their own organization, then they can criticize others – Nelson Mandela

It is important to surround yourself with strong and independent personalities, who will tell you when you are getting old – Nelson Mandela

You have to play the mother chicken which provides refuge for everybody. You must be a tower of hope, a model and a motivator. It also takes patience as one has to take all the insult and intimidation because a lot of people will say that you are too assertive – Sarah

Women must rise above being good managers – of the man, the home, the children and all things spicy and sweet – and boldly step out into the visionary leadership – Lucy

Born or made we all have the leader within us, no matter you colour, race, or gender – Delno

Positive thinking

There is no power on earth that can neutralize the influence of a high, simple and useful life – Booker

He who has done his best for his time has lived for all times – Von

The first rule of holes; when you’re in one, stop digging – Molly

What people say, what people do, and what they say they do are entirely different things – Mead

There is in true beauty, as in courage, somewhat which narrow soul cannot dare to admire – William

There is no substitute for victory – Douglas

Hot heads and cold hearts never solved anything – Billy

It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him – John

Knowledge is the most democratic source of power – Alvin

You can’t measure the heart of a champion – Joseph Jambu

A brave man thinks no one superior who does him injury; for make himself superior to the other by forgiveness – Pope

A leader is a dealer in hope – Napoleon

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices – William

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way – John

You have within you, right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you – Brian

You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through – Rosalynn

You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give – Joseph Jambu

The influence of each human being on others in this life is a kind of immortality – Quincy

Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish – Sam

Part of being a champ is acting like a champ. You have to learn how to win and not run away when you lose. Everyone has bad stretches and real successes. Either way, you have to be careful not to lose your confidence or get to confident – Nancy

The mind, ever the willing servant, will respond to boldness, for boldness, in effect, is a command to deliver mental resources – Norman

There is no substitute for guts – Paul

There is something that is much more scarce, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability – Robert

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them – Shaw

There is nothing noble about being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self – Joseph Jambu

Practice hope. As hopefulness becomes a habit, you can achieve permanently happy spirit – Norman

Quality begins in the inside… and then works its way out – Bob

Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so – Charles

Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises – Demosthenes

Realize that true happiness lies within you – Lucian

Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader – Tacitus

The first step is to fill your life with a positive faith that will help you through anything. The second is to begin where you are – Norman

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around – Leo

Strong lives are motivated by dynamic purposes – Kenneth

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man – Elbert

You will find that the mere resolve not to be useless, and the honest desire to help other people, will, in the quickest and delicatest ways, improve yourself – John

Your aspirations are you possibilities – Samuel L. Jackson

Those who wish to sing, always find a song – Joseph Jambu

Valor

 

The following excerpt is from one of my favorite movies “Act of Valor”

at the very end of the movie are the timeless words of wisdom which if we abide  by, would make our world a better place to live in.

But first let’s go back to the ABC’s and get the definition of this symbolic noun.

Valor by definition means: courage, fearlessness, courageousness, braveness, heroism, boldness, gallantry, daring, fortitude.

“Live your life such that the fear of death can never enter your heart

trouble no one about his/her religion

respect others and their views and demand they respect yours

love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life

seek to make you life long and of service to your people

when your turn comes to die,

be not like those whose hearts who are filled with fear of death

so that when the time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way

sing your death song

and die like a hero going home.”

My favorite definition of Valor is Fortitude which in simple terms means Strength of mind that allows one to endure pain or adversity with courage.

May you have that mental toughness to live your life with Valor.

TIMELESS LOVE QUOTES

 

Love is so many things: gentle, liberating, warm, and timeless. Love is the binding that seals our very existence. Love keeps us whole and encourages us to share the adoration we feel for others, and even to cherish ourselves. It you feel love is hiding from your surroundings, know that you can always find it within, because it is never out of reach.

  • ‘To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life.’
  • ‘Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.’
  • ‘Love is like wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it.’
  • ‘A loving heart is the truest wisdom.’
  • ‘There is no remedy of love than to love more.’
  • ‘Love is the greatest refreshment in life.’
  • ‘Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.’
  • ‘Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.”
  • ‘Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged cupid painted blind.’
  • ‘Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.’
  • ‘Nobody has ever measured, not even poet, how much the heart can hold.’
  • ‘Love is the voice under all silence, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun more last than stars…’
  • ‘Love having no geography knows no boundaries.’
  • ‘When you are loved, you can do anything in creation. When you are loved, there’s no need at all to understand what’s happening, because everything happens within you.’
  • ‘Love is of all passions that strongest for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart, and the sense.’
  • ‘When there is love there is life.’
  • ‘Who, being loved, is poor?’

 

 

 

D’is Thursday

Smell the roses!
Smell the roses!

I just don wanna fuss
just 4 today
4 no reason but just becoz
lift my hands in D’ air
smell the wind blowing thru
careless, carefree
stupid, aimless, foolish
call it what U may

I just don wanna fuss
impulsive, spontaneous
liberty, freedom,
no limit, no restrictions
crazy, breaking D’ norm
living the dream, raising D’ bar

I just don wanna fuss
arising 2 D’ occasion
feeling myself, loving thyself
impersonating thee, celebrating thy own
indulging thy pleasures
enjoying the present, ignoring the worries
no more wishing, wondering, waiting
its now or never

I just don wanna fuss
grateful for this beautiful life
it’s all how U see it i guess
choose hope, choose to dare
live simply, indulge more
a toast 4 U achieving beyond UR wildest dreams!

love
Jambu

An Inspirational Short Story

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How I Made My Millions

I was working all day and took a break for my supper. I was flipping through the channels and just happened to come across a local TV program, How I Made My Millions. I snickered when I saw the title of the program thinking, oh this must be one of those info commercials that promises to make you millions and most of the time you end up spending lots of money and making nothing.

The program came on and I was truly motivated by watching and listening. These were ordinary people, like you and me, with good ideas. They not only talked about their idea, they took action and persevered even though many people laughed at their idea. The last laugh is, of course, on those who originally laughed. The people featured on this show are now millionaires, and they persevered and took the steps necessary to achieve their success. Yes, they had setbacks, and rejection, but that did not deter them from continuing. And, it truly paid off for them.

So often we have a good idea but we don’t take action. Or, we are discouraged at the challenges that face us. We give up far too easily, we don’t persevere.

 I can’t tell you how many times I read the saying on my desk – “persistence prevails when all else fails:. I am now generating a good income – I am not a millionaire – yet – but I continually learn and push the envelope.

The purpose in sharing this story with you is to encourage you to take action on your ideas, and to persist! Learn from your failures, overcome the challenges; and, as Walt Disney once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

 

Exuberating Confidence

My Mentor
My Mentor

Top 10 Confidence Quotes

  1. “A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” – William Shedd
  2. “Knock the ‘t’ off the ‘can’t.’” — Samuel Johnson
  3. “Life marks us all down, so it’s just as well that we start out by overpricing ourselves.” — Mignon McLaughlin
  4. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” — Anaïs Nin
  5. “Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
  6. “The man of genius inspires us with a boundless confidence in our own powers.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  7. “They can do all because they think they can.” – Vergil
  8. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”— Henry S. Haskins
  9. “When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.” — Joe Namath
  10. “Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you are right.” — Henry Ford

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspiring Shipments by Ivana

this is a post from a special person i hold dear for the depth of knowledge that she has shared to the masses and on a personal level because she inspired me to start blogging some two years ago.
thanks Ivana.

Inspiring Shipments (#IS) by Ivana Sendecka

Hi hi hi my dear SCG,

believe it or not, on 17th September 2012  this blog reached another milestone on its journey. Three years ago was the first time I have posted a blog post in this digital space. Naive,   enthusiastic , fearless, driven,  a bit “I know it all”,   “let me save the world” Ivana  posted a video about quitting my job and with title “End, which got me to begin.” Indeed in 2009, closed a door on security, on predictability, on the beaten path of a 9 to 5 job  walked by too many before me.  I have jumped with a bliss of  ignorant  beginner into the world where those who really do the work  meet,  create and collaborate. I have learned how little I know about myself , about human nature and about the world out there.  It is three  years since I set…

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How To Think Like Bill Gates

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10 Ways to Think Like Bill Gates
While I don’t think Bill will lend you his brain, you can do the next best thing. You can take some of this thought patterns and practices for a test-drive. Here are ten patterns to get you started:

  1. Prioritize. “What’s the next best thing you should be thinking about?” It starts here. Time is your most limited and precious resource. This is about asking whether the problem is even worth your time. Before you throw cycles at it, figure out whether it’s worth it. Is it significant? How much time should you spend on it? For an example of how Bill Gates figures out how to prioritize.
  2. Ask smarter questions. If you want better answers, ask better questions. Rather than getting stuck in one line of questioning, such as “what’s wrong with this?” or “what’s right with this?”, you can explore your thinking more deeply, by asking a range of questions. One of the skills we learn at Microsoft is Precision Questions / Precision Answers. In this approach, there are 7 categories of precise questions: 1) Go / NoGo – Do we need to talk about this? 2) Clarification – What do you mean? 3) Assumptions – What are we assuming? 4) Basic Critical Question – How do we know this is true? 5) Causes – What’s causing this? 6) Effects – What will be the effects? 7) Action – What should be done?
  3. Make data-driven decisions. This is one of the toughest switches to make. By default, most people make emotional decisions and then find data to support the decision. This means asking questions like, “what’s the data say?” This means getting informed, before you make your decision. This means evaluating the sources of data. It’s an extreme exercise in emotional intelligence to pause your emotional response, while you check your logic and critical thinking.
  4. Divorce your ego. This is where you separate yourself from the problem. This is also about separating yourself from the solution. Instead, you hold the problem or solution out in your hands and inspect it from different angles. Rather than focus on whether you’re right, it’s about whether the solution is right. It’s about being able to beat up the thinking, without taking it personally.
  5. Frame the problem. Framing a problem is simply how you look at a problem, just like how you frame a picture. It’s about choosing what to focus on, what’s in and what’s out. When you frame the problem, you bound it. Framing also helps you get a better perspective on the problem, as well as share the problem more effectively with others. Some questions to help frame a problem include: Who’s the customer? What are their needs and priorities? What’s happening in the market? What are competitors doing? What are our options for responding? How do we differentiate? How is technology changing and what possibilities does it offer our customers? What are the priorities for our business?
  6. Get perspectives on the problem. This means being able to switch your perspectives. Rather than see the glass half-full or the glass half-empty, you should see both. Challenge yourself to switch back and forth from finding flaws to finding opportunities. If you only know how to play the Devil’s advocate, you have a limited view. Like a mulch-faceted diamond, you should be able to look at the problem from different angles. This also means being able to broker in experts and get other people’s perspective on the problem. Problem solving is a team sport. It’s also about leveraging smart people without domain expertise. For example, you can take a dev manager in consumer devices and have him/her move into the enterprise or business applications.
  7. Model the problem. By abstracting the problem into a model, you can think about it in simpler ways, without being bogged down by the implementation details. One of Bill Gate’s favorite tools is his whiteboard. A whiteboard makes it easy to sketch out ideas and visualize them. A whiteboard can help whether you’re trying to map out the problem or draw a solution. Keep in mind that George Box taught us that, “all models are wrong, but some are useful.”
  8. Think of the system and the ecosystem. Bill Gates has an engineering mind. He can see the problem as a system. You can map out the system by asking yourself questions along the line of, what are the bits and pieces? … How does it work? … How do the bits and pieces work together? … what’s the flow through the system? … what are the inputs and outputs? After you have a handle on the system, you can ask yourself about the ecosystem or the system of systems.
  9. Think of the problem over time. It’s easy to look at the problem and just see it as a static snapshot. The challenge is playing out the problem or your solution over time. Time can dramatically change what it looks like. Consider the impact of trends. Consider sustainability. Some things that look good only temporary, and really break down when you apply time to them. Sometimes time is on your side. You might find that there may be better windows of opportunity.
  10. Think strategically. Strategy guides your actions. You can think strategically along different lines. Consider the core of what you do (mission, vision, values, and goals.) Consider internal analysis (strengths and weaknesses, resources and capabilities, and benchmarking.) Consider external analysis (competitive analysis, opportunities and threats, and industry conditions.) Consider the organization design (structure, controls and incentives, culture and people.) Consider execution (roles, responsibilities, resources, action plans, measurement, and accountability.) Consider functional strategies (marketing and sales, operations, human resources, and R&D.) Consider strategic choices (corporate strategy and business strategy.)

Here’s to the crazy ones-a tribute to Steve Jobs

 

Here’s to the crazy ones. 

The misfits.

The rebels.

The troublemakers.

The round pegs in the square holes.

The ones who see things differently.

They’re not fond of rules.

And they have no respect for the status quo.

You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them,

disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them.

About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.

Because they change things.

They invent.    They imagine.    They heal.

They explore.    They create.    They inspire.

They push the human race forward.

Maybe they have to be crazy.

How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art?
Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written?
Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?

While some see them as the crazy ones,
we see genius.

Because the people who are crazy enough to think
they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Nine Things Successful People Do Differently

 

Why have you been so successful in reaching some of your goals, but not others? If you aren’t sure, you are far from alone in your confusion. It turns out that even brilliant, highly accomplished people are pretty lousy when it comes to understanding why they succeed or fail.  The intuitive answer — that you are born predisposed to certain talents and lacking in others — is really just one small piece of the puzzle.  In fact, decades of research on achievement suggests that successful people reach their goals not simply because of who they are, but more often because of what they do.

1. Get specific. When you set yourself a goal, try to be as specific as possible. “Lose 5 pounds” is a better goal than “lose some weight,” because it gives you a clear idea of what success looks like. Knowing exactly what you want to achieve keeps you motivated until you get there. Also, think about the specific actions that need to be taken to reach your goal. Just promising you’ll “eat less” or “sleep  more” is too vague — be clear and precise. “I’ll be in bed by 10pm on weeknights” leaves no room for doubt about what you need to do, and whether or not you’ve actually done it.

2. Seize the moment to act on your goals.
Given how busy most of us are, and how many goals we are juggling at once, it’s not surprising that we routinely miss opportunities to act on a goal because we simply fail to notice them. Did you really have no time to work out today? No chance at any point to return that phone call? Achieving your goal means grabbing hold of these opportunities before they slip through your fingers.

To seize the moment, decide when and where you will take each action you want to take, in advance. Again, be as specific as possible (e.g., “If it’s Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, I’ll work out for 30 minutes before work.”) Studies show that this kind of planning will help your brain to detect and seize the opportunity when it arises, increasing your chances of success by roughly 300%.

3. Know exactly how far you have left to go. Achieving any goal also requires honest and regular monitoring of your progress — if not by others, then by you yourself. If you don’t know how well you are doing, you can’t adjust your behavior or your strategies accordingly. Check your progress frequently — weekly, or even daily, depending on the goal.

4. Be a realistic optimist.
When you are setting a goal, by all means engage in lots of positive thinking about how likely you are to achieve it. Believing in your ability to succeed is enormously helpful for creating and sustaining your motivation. But whatever you do, don’t underestimate how difficult it will be to reach your goal. Most goals worth achieving require time, planning, effort, and persistence. Studies show that thinking things will come to you easily and effortlessly leaves you ill-prepared for the journey ahead, and significantly increases the odds of failure.

5. Focus on getting better, rather than being good.
Believing you have the ability to reach your goals is important, but so is believing you can get the ability. Many of us believe that our intelligence, our personality, and our physical aptitudes are fixed — that no matter what we do, we won’t improve.  As a result, we focus on goals that are all about proving ourselves, rather than developing and acquiring new skills.

Fortunately, decades of research suggest that the belief in fixed ability is completely wrong — abilities of all kinds are profoundly malleable. Embracing the fact that you can change will allow you to make better choices, and reach your fullest potential.  People whose goals are about getting better, rather than being good, take difficulty in stride, and appreciate the journey as much as the destination.

6. Have grit.
Grit is a willingness to commit to long-term goals, and to persist in the face of difficulty.  Studies show that gritty people obtain more education in their lifetime, and earn higher college GPAs.  Grit predicts which cadets will stick out their first grueling year at West Point.  In fact, grit even predicts which round contestants will make it to at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The good news is, if you aren’t particularly gritty now, there is something you can do about it.  People who lack grit more often than not believe that they just don’t have the innate abilities successful people have.  If that describes your own thinking …. well, there’s no way to put this nicely: you are wrong.   As I mentioned earlier, effort, planning, persistence, and good strategies are what it really takes to succeed.  Embracing this knowledge will not only help you see yourself and your goals more accurately, but also do wonders for your grit.

7. Build your willpower muscle. Your self-control “muscle” is just like the other muscles in your body — when it doesn’t get much exercise, it becomes weaker over time. But when you give it regular workouts by putting it to good use, it will grow stronger and stronger, and better able to help you successfully reach your goals.

To build willpower, take on a challenge that requires you to do something you’d honestly rather not do. Give up high-fat snacks, do 100 sit-ups a day, stand up straight when you catch yourself slouching, try to learn a new skill. When you find yourself wanting to give in, give up, or just not bother — don’t. Start with just one activity, and make a plan for how you will deal with troubles when they occur (“If I have a craving for a snack, I will eat one piece of fresh or three pieces of dried fruit.”) It will be hard in the beginning, but it will get easier, and that’s the whole point. As your strength grows, you can take on more challenges and step-up your self-control workout.

8. Don’t tempt fate. No matter how strong your willpower muscle becomes, it’s important to always respect the fact that it is limited, and if you overtax it you will temporarily run out of steam. Don’t try to take on two challenging tasks at once, if you can help it (like quitting smoking and dieting at the same time). And don’t put yourself in harm’s way — many people are overly-confident in their ability to resist temptation, and as a result they put themselves in situations where temptations abound. Successful people know not to make reaching a goal harder than it already is.

9. Focus on what you will do, not what you won’t do. Do you want to successfully lose weight, quit smoking, or put a lid on your bad temper? Then plan how you will replace bad habits with good ones, rather than focusing only on the bad habits themselves. Research on thought suppression (e.g., “Don’t think about white bears!”) has shown that trying to avoid a thought makes it even more active in your mind. The same holds true when it comes to behavior — by trying not to engage in a bad habit, our habits get strengthened rather than broken.
If you want change your ways, ask yourself, What will I do instead? For example, if you are trying to gain control of your temper and stop flying off the handle, you might make a plan like “If I am starting to feel angry, then I will take three deep breaths to calm down.” By using deep breathing as a replacement for giving in to your anger, your bad habit will get worn away over time until it disappears completely.

Remember, you don’t need to become a different person to become a more successful one. It’s never what you are, but what you do.

Difficulties in Life

There are few positions in life in which difficulties have not to be encountered. These difficulties are, however, our best instructors, as our mistakes often form our best experience. We learn wisdom from failure more than from success. We often discover what will do by finding out what will not do. My dad used to say that he had become all the better acquainted with the country from having the good luck sometimes to lose his way. Great thoughts, discoveries, inventions have very generally been nurtured in hardship, often pondered over in sorrow and established with difficulty.

Outlook

Forget each kindness that you do
As soon as you have done it.
Forget the praise that falls to you
The moment you have won it.
Forget the slander that you hear
Before you can repeat it.
Forget each slight, each spite, each sheer
Wherever you may meet it.
Remember every kindness done
To you, whatever its measure.
Remember praise by others won
And pass it on with pleasure.
Remember every promise made
And keep it to the letter.
Remember those who lend you aid
And be a grateful debtor.
Remember all the happiness
That comes your way in living.
Forget each worry and distress;
Be hopeful and forgiving.
Remember good, remember truth,
Remember Heaven’s above you,
And you will find, through age and youth,
True joys and hearts to love you.

It Isn’t Costly

Does the grouch get richer quicker than the
friendly sort of man?
Can the grumbler labour better than the cheerful
fellow can?
Is the mean and churlish neighbour any cleverer
than the one
Who shouts a glad “good morning,” and then
smiling passes on?

Just stop and think about it. Have you ever
known or seen
A mean man who succeeded, just because he
was so mean?
When you find a grouch with honours and with
money in his pouch,
You can bet he didn’t win them just because
he was a grouch.

Oh, you’ll not be any poorer if you smile along
your way,
And your lot will not be harder for the kindly
things you say.
Don’t imagine you are wasting time for others
that you spend:
You can rise to wealth and glory and still pause
to be a friend.

 

Grammar

Live in the active voice, rather than passive.
Think more about what will happen than what is happening to you.

Live in the indicative mood, rather than in the subjective.
Be concerned with things as they are, rather than as they might be

Live in the present tense, facing the duty at hand
without regret for the past or worry over the future.

Live in the singular number, caring more for the approval of your own conscience
than for the applause of the crowd.

Time to Breathe

If you only knew the reason, For the sudden change in season. For the trouble that was caused, And the life you put on pause. Halting this life in such a way, Made it hard to see a new day. Burning this day in my skull, Made it hard to reach even for a pull. Almost losing all of my grasp, Not much to grab on to nothing to clasp. And in the end the message is clear, With much to lose but nothing to fear. Even though at times with nothing to see, Strong perseverance will set you free.