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SUCCESS…

Success.

We all want it in some way.

In school or in our careers. In relationships with our children, partner, friends, someone we just started seeing and with ourselves. With our mental and physical health.

But how do you find success? And what is success?

This week I’d like to get help from the people who walked this earth before us (and from some who are still here).

I’d like to share timeless advice that was as helpful 2000 years ago as it is now.

This is 101 thought-provoking, motivating, useful and sometimes funny quotes on success.

  1. “Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be.”
    – Zig Ziglar
  2. “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
    – Herman Cain
  3. “Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.”
    – Richard Branson
  4. “Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.”
    – Arnold H. Glasgow
  5. “Victory is sweetest when you’ve known defeat.”
    – Malcolm S. Forbes
  6. “Action is the foundational key to all success.”
    – Pablo Picasso
  7. “The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.”
    – Albert Ellis
  8. “I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure which is: Try to please everybody.”
    – Herbert B. Swope
  9. “You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.”
    – George Lorimer
  10. “Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”
    – Winston Churchill
  11. “If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.”
    – Olin Miller
  12. “The successful man is the one who finds out what is the matter with his business before his competitors do.”
    – Roy L. Smith
  13. “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”
    – Lucille Ball
  14. “Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.”
    – Orison Swett Marden
  15. “Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.”
    – George Bernard Shaw
  16. “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.”
    – Florence Nightingale
  17. “Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.”
    – Vincent Van Gogh
  18. “Follow effective actions with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”
    – Peter Drucker
  19. “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”
    – Albert Einstein
  20. “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
    – Stephen King
  21. “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”
    – Abraham Lincoln
  22. “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
    – John R. Wooden
  23. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
    – George Bernard Shaw
  24. “Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.”
    – Erich Fromm
  25. ”Spend eighty percent of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow rather than the problems of yesterday.”
    – Brian Tracy
  26. “If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”
    – Abraham Maslow
  27. “Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.”
    – Charles F. Kettering
  28. “The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.”
    – Bruce Feirstein
  29. “Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.”
    – George Sheehan
  30. “Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.”
    – Mae Jemison
  1. Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.”
    – William James
  2. “To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.”
    – Mark Twain
  3. “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, that is way great spiritual giants are produced.”
    – Swami Vivekananda
  4. “The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.”
    – Benjamin Disraeli
  5. “There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.”
    – Ray Goforth
  6. “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”
    – Napoleon Hill
  7. “You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.”
    – Clay P. Bedford
  8. “After every difficulty, ask yourself two questions: “What did I do right?” and “What would I do differently?”
    – Brian Tracy
  9. “Don’t brood. Get on with living and loving. You don’t have forever.”
    – Leo Buscaglia
  10. “Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.”
    – Oprah Winfrey
  11. “Life’s real failure is when you do not realize how close you were to success when you gave up.”
    – Unknown
  12. “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
    – Winston Churchill
  13. “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.”
    – Wayne Dyer
  14. “The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.”
    – Mark Caine
  15. “In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”
    – Theodore Roosevelt
  16. “Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. Don’t over-analyze your relationships. Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness. “
    – Leo F. Buscaglia
  17. “For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.”
    – Harry F. Banks
  18. “Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost legendary. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.”
    – Calvin Coolidge
  19. “Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.”
    – Dalai Lama
  20. “Your work is discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.”
    – Buddha
  21. “People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy.”
    – Tony Robbins
  22. “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”
    – Henry David Thoreau
  23. “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”
    – Dale Carnegie
  24. “Success is largely a matter of holding on after others have let go.”
    – Unknown
  25. “Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism.”
    – David M. Burns
  26. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
    – Arthur Ashe
  27. “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”
    – Conrad Hilton
  28. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.”
    – Vince Lombardi
  29. “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
    – Mark Twain
  30. “Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.”
    – George S. Patton
  31. “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”
    – Samuel Beckett
  32. “What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.”
    – Oscar Wilde
  33. “Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.”
    – Mark Victor Hansen
  34. “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”
    – Zig Ziglar
  35. “If you don’t value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents. Value what you know and start charging for it.”
    – Kim Garst
  36. “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”
    – Bruce Lee
  37. “Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship in order to get something: they’re trying to find someone who’s going to make them feel good. In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place that you go to take.”
    – Anthony Robbins
  38. “Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.”
    – Peter Drucker
  39. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  40. “Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.”
    – Albert Einstein
  41. “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”
    – Alexander Graham Bell
  42. “The road to success is always under construction.”
    – Lily Tomlin
  43. “If people did not do silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done.”
    – Ludwig Wittgenstein
  44. “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
    – Harriet Tubman
  45. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”
    – Thomas Jefferson
  46. “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”
    – Jim Rohn
  47. “Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the ‘someday I’ll’ philosophy.”
    – Denis Waitley
  48. “Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.”
    – Robert Kiyosaki
  49. “Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted.”
    – David Bly
  50. “Success is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve.”
    – Wilfred Peterson
  51. “Whenever you see a successful person, you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them.”
    – Vaibhav Shah
  52. “For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don’t enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are you’re not going to be very happy. If someone bases his/her happiness on major events like a great job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn’t going to be happy much of the time.
    If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness.”
    – Andy Rooney
  53. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.”
    – Robert Collier
  54. “I’ve missed more than 9000 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
  55. “The best revenge is massive success.”
    – Frank Sinatra
  56. “Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.”
    – Napoleon Bonaparte
  57. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
    – Mark Twain
  58. “Success comes in cans; failure in can’ts.”
    – Unknown
  59. “Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.”
    – Napoleon Hill
  60. “Life will bring you pain all by itself. Your responsibility is to create joy.”
    – Milton Erickson
  61. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”
    – Ayn Rand
  62. “If A equals success, then the formula is A equals X plus Y and Z, with X being work, Y play, and Z keeping your mouth shut.”
    – Albert Einstein
  63. “If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax.”
    – Abraham Lincoln
  64. “If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”
    – Jim Rohn
  65. “The best way to succeed in this world is to act on the advice you give to others.”
    – Unknown
  66. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
    – Winston Churchill
  67. “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
    – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  68. “We become what we think about most of the time, and that’s the strangest secret.”
    – Earl Nightingale
  69. “Our greatest fear should not be of failure … but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.”
    – Francis Chan
  70. “A year from now you may wish you had started today.”
    – Karen Lamb
  71. “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children… to leave the world a better place… to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
    – Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is your favorite quote on success? Feel free to share the best one(s) you have found in this article or in your life in the comments section below.

DREAMS

We all have dreams.

Maybe yours is to be the best at something in school or at work, at a sport or some other passion. Or to make the trip somewhere in the world that you’ve been thinking about for years now.

Or to improve your financial situation, social skills, find that special someone or to get into great shape.

Sometimes it’s hard to keep your dream alive. And at other times your dreams can remain just daydreams for far too long.

So this week I’d like to share 55 thought-provoking, motivating, practically helpful and optimism generating quotes on dreams and on making them real from the past 2500 years.

I hope you’ll find something inspiring and helpful here.

  1. “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’”
    – George Bernard Shaw
  2. “Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”
    – Ashley Smith
  3. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
    – C.S. Lewis
  4. “What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.”
    – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  5. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
    – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  6. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
    – Arthur Ashe
  7. “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.”
    – James Dean
  8. “Like success, failure is many things to many people. With positive mental attitude, failure is a learning experience, a rung on the ladder, and a plateau at which to get your thoughts in order to prepare to try again.”
    – W. Clement Stone
  9. “No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”
    – Lupita Nyong’o
  10. “There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.”
    – Douglas H. Everett
  11. “Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.”
    – Mae Jemison
  12. “A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”
    – Oscar Wilde
  13. “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”
    – Samuel Beckett
  14. “A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.”
    – John Barrymore
  15. “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
    – Mark Twain
  16. “The only thing that will stop you from fulfilling your dreams is you.”
    – Tom Bradley
  17. “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
    – Epicurus
  18. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
    – Eleanor Roosevelt
  19. “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
    – Harriet Tubman
  20. “The only thing worse than starting something and failing … is not starting something.”
    – Seth Godin
  21. “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
    – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  22. “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.”
    – Wayne Dyer
  23. “Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.“
    – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  24. “Yesterday is but today’s memory, tomorrow is today’s dream.”
    – Kahlil Gibran
  25. “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
  26. “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”
    – Anatole France
  27. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
    – Paulo Coelho
  28. “It is only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up – that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.”
    – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
  29. “So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”
    – Christopher Reeve
  30. “Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead.”
    – Nelson Mandela
  31. “If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.”
    – Les Brown
  32. “I have had dreams, and I’ve had nightmares. I overcame the nightmares because of my dreams.”
    – Jonas Salk
  33. “The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.”
    – Albert Ellis
  34. “Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they started.”
    – David Allen
  35. “It may be that those who do most, dream most.”
    – Stephen Butler Leacock
  36. “If one advances confidently in the direction of one’s dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
    – Henry David Thoreau
  37. “Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.”
    – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  38. “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
    – Stephen King
  39. “Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.”
    – Langston Hughes
  40. ”Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.”
    – Richard Branson
  41. “If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”
    – Jim Rohn
  42. “The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance – and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.”
    – Oprah Winfrey
  43. “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”
    – Earl Nightingale
  44. “A year from now you may wish you had started today.”
    – Karen Lamb
  45. “I have spread my dreams beneath your feet;
    Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”
    – William Butler Yeats
  46. “Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.”
    – Bertrand Russell
  47. “Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost legendary. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.”
    – Calvin Coolidge
  48. “The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.”
    – Ben Stein
  49. “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”
    – Napoleon Hill
  50. “To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.”
    – Soren Kierkegaard
  51. “Think of many things; do one.”
    – Portuguese proverb
  52. “Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.”
    – John Updike
  53. “All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.”
    – T.E. Lawrence
  54. “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”
    – Lao Tzu
  55. “20 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
    – Mark Twain

What is your favorite quote on dreams? Feel free to share the best one(s) you have found in this article or in your life in the comments section below.

SELF ESTEEM AND LOVING YOURSELF

Self-Esteem QuotesSome things may be equally essential but nothing is more important than a healthy sense of self-esteem and loving yourself.

Why?

In my experience, three of the most important reasons are:

  • Life becomes simpler and lighter. When you love yourself more then things simply become lighter and easier. You won’t make as many mountains out of molehills (or out of plain air) as you used to. Or beat yourself up or drag yourself down over mistakes or temporary setbacks.
  • You’ll have more inner stability and self-sabotage less. When your opinion of yourself goes up then you’ll stop trying to get so much validation and attention from other people. You become less needy and find an inner stability even when your world might be negative or uncertain at times.
    The increasing self-esteem and self-love also makes you feel more deserving of good things in life and so you’ll self-sabotage less and go after what you deep down want with more motivation and focus than ever before.
  • You’ll be happier. The main reason why value my self-esteem so highly, why, is simply because it has made my own life so much happier and more fun.

I’d like to share 53 of the most inspiring, thought provoking and uplifting thoughts from the past 2400 years on getting to know yourself, raising your self-esteem and finding a self-love.

  1. “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection”
    – Buddha
  2. “Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it. ”
    – M. Scott Peck
  3. “A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.”
    – Mark Twain
  4. “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.”
    – Harvey Fierstein
  5. “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”
    – Lucille Ball
  6. “Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.”
    – Eleanor Roosevelt
  7. “If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”
    – Fred Rogers
  8. “Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.”
    – Maxwell Maltz
  9. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
    – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  10. “When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.”
    – Jean Shinoda Bolen
  11. “Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.”
    – Parker Palmer
  12. “When you adopt the viewpoint that there is nothing that exists that is not part of you, that there is no one who exists who is not part of you, that any judgment you make is self-judgment, that any criticism you level is self-criticism, you will wisely extend to yourself an unconditional love that will be the light of the world.”
    – Harry Palmer
  13. “Why should we worry about what others think of us, do we have more confidence in their opinions than we do our own?”
    – Brigham Young
  14. “To establish true self-esteem we must concentrate on our successes and forget about the failures and the negatives in our lives.”
    – Denis Waitley
  15. “A healthy self-love means we have no compulsion to justify to ourselves or others why we take vacations, why we sleep late, why we buy new shoes, why we spoil ourselves from time to time. We feel comfortable doing things which add quality and beauty to life.”
    – Andrew Matthews
  16. “Our self-respect tracks our choices. Every time we act in harmony with our authentic self and our heart, we earn our respect. It is that simple. Every choice matters.”
    – Dan Coppersmith
  17. “People may flatter themselves just as much by thinking that their faults are always present to other people’s minds, as if they believe that the world is always contemplating their individual charms and virtues.”
    – Elizabeth Gaskell
  18. “Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself – no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are – completely; the good and the bad – and make changes as YOU see fit – not because you think someone else wants you to be different.”
    – Stacey Charter
  19. “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
    – Howard Washington Thurman
  20. “Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.”
    – Malcolm S. Forbes
  21. “Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.”
    – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  22. “Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face.”
    – Helen Keller
  23. “You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.”
    – Louise L. Hay
  24. “To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance”
    – Oscar Wilde
  25. “Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.”
    – André Gide
  26. “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”
    – William James
  27. “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassions, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
    – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
  28. “You’re always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company.”
    – Diane Von Furstenberg
  29. “Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
    – Carl Gustav Jung
  30. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
    – Eleanor Roosevelt
  31. “The better you feel about yourself, the less you feel the need to show off.”
    – Robert Hand
  32. “I think everybody’s weird. We should all celebrate our individuality and not be embarrassed or ashamed of it.”
    – Johnny Depp
  33. “You are very powerful, provided you know how powerful you are.”
    – Yogi Bhajan
  34. “It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.”
    – W.C. Fields
  35. “There are days I drop words of comfort on myself like falling leaves and remember that it is enough to be taken care of by myself.”
    – Brian Andreas
  36. Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.”
    – Benjamin Spock
  37. “Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”
    – Lao-Tzu
  38. “People who want the most approval get the least and the people who need approval the least get the most.”
    – Wayne Dyer
  39. “There is nothing noble about being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.”
    – Hindu Proverb
  40. “I found in my research that the biggest reason people aren’t more self-compassionate is that they are afraid they’ll become self-indulgent. They believe self-criticism is what keeps them in line. Most people have gotten it wrong because our culture says being hard on yourself is the way to be.”
    – Kristen Neff
  41. “Your problem is you’re… too busy holding onto your unworthiness.”
    – Ram Dass
  42. “The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself.”
    – Rita Mae Brown
  43. “She lacks confidence, she craves admiration insatiably. She lives on the reflections of herself in the eyes of others. She does not dare to be herself.”
    – Anais Nin
  44. “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.”
    – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
  45. “If you aren’t good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you’ll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren’t even giving to yourself.”
    – Barbara De Angelis
  46. “Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.”
    – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  47. “It’s surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you’re not comfortable within yourself, you can’t be comfortable with others.”
    – Sidney J. Harris
  48. “There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
    – Anaïs Nin
  49. “It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes.”
    – Sally Field
  50. “When I loved myself enough, I began leaving whatever wasn’t healthy. This meant people, jobs, my own beliefs and habits – anything that kept me small. My judgement called it disloyal. Now I see it as self-loving.”
    – Kim McMillen
  51. “The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.”
    – Bob Moawad
  52. “Self-pity gets you nowhere. One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world making the most of one’s best.”
    – Harry Emerson Fosdick
  53. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
    – George Eliot

365, 2017 Inspirational Quotes!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year’s Day
“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.”

Monday, January 2, 2017

“Give me a stock clerk with a goal, and I will give you a man who will make history. Give me a man without a goal, and I will give you a stock clerk.”

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

“A lot of the time the experts, the people who are supposed to be able to tell you what to do, will tell you that you can’t do something even when you know you can. And a lot of the time it’s your friends … who tell you you can do it.”

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

World Braille Day
“Life is a daring adventure or it is nothing at all.”
–Helen Keller

Thursday, January 5, 2017

“Don’t tell people how to do things; tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.”
–George S. Patton

Friday, January 6, 2017

True luck consists not in holding the best of the cards at the table; luckiest is he who knows just when to rise and go home.”
–John Hay

Saturday, January 7, 2017

“Victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan.”
–John F. Kennedy

Sunday, January 8, 2017

“Fall seven times and stand up eight.”
–Anonymous

Monday, January 9, 2017

“Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent of how I react to it.”
–Charles Swindoll

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

“I’ve missed more than 9000 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

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.”
–Amelia Earhart

Thursday, January 12, 2017

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!'” –Audrey Hepburn

Friday, January 13, 2017

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”
–Aristotle Onassis

Saturday, January 14, 2017

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”
–Leonardo da Vinci

Sunday, January 15, 2017

“The successful warrior is the average man, with laserlike focus.”
–Bruce Lee

Monday, January 16, 2017

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
–Martin Luther King

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”
–Booker T. Washington

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”
–Frederick Douglas

Thursday, January 19, 2017

“Running a startup is like being punched in the face repeatedly, but working for a large company is like being waterboarded.”
–Paul Graham

Friday, January 20, 2017

Inauguration Day
“I want to start by, as always, thanking my family. My kids, they’re not kids anymore, but they’re kids as far as I’m concerned. They’ll always be my kids.”
–Donald J. Trump

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Women’s March on Washington
“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”
–Maya Angelou

Sunday, January 22, 2017

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see.”
–Confucius

Monday, January 23, 2017

“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”
–Ronald Reagan

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

“For me, the most fun is change or growth. There are definitely elements of both that I like. Launching a business is kind of like a motorboat: You can go very quickly and turn fast.”
–Tony Hseih

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.”
–Mother Teresa

Thursday, January 26, 2017

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
–Henry Haskins

Friday, January 27, 2017

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”
–Milton Berle

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Chinese New Year
“Everyone has a plan ’til they get punched in the mouth.”
–Mike Tyson

Sunday, January 29, 2017

“I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.”
–Florence Nightingale

Monday, January 30, 2017

“For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love.”
–Carl Sagan

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

“The crisis of today is the joke of tomorrow.”
–H.G. Wells

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

“I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.”
–Kurt Vonnegut

Thursday, February 2, 2017

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
–Arthur Ashe

Friday, February 3, 2017

“Everybody wants to be famous, but nobody wants to do the work. I live by that. You grind hard so you can play hard. At the end of the day, you put all the work in, and eventually it’ll pay off. It could be in a year, it could be in 30 years. Eventually, your hard work will pay off.”
–Michael Hart

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Rosa Parks Day
“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.”
–Rosa Parks

Sunday, February 5, 2017

“Tough times never last, but tough people do.”
–Dr. Robert Schuller

Monday, February 6, 2017

“The trouble in America is not that we are making too many mistakes, but that we are making too few.”
–Phil Knight

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

“A year from now you may wish you had started today.”
–Karen Lamb

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

“Man is free at the instant he wants to be.”
–Voltaire

Thursday, February 9, 2017

“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.”
–Virgina Wolfe

Friday, February 10, 2017

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
–Franklin D. Roosevelt

Saturday, February 11, 2017

“Conditions are never perfect. ‘Someday’ is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you…. If it’s important to you and you want to do it ‘eventually,’ just do it and correct course along the way.”
–Tim Ferriss

Sunday, February 12, 2017

“Nothing works better than just improving your product.”
–Joel Spolsky, cofounder of Stack Overflow

Monday, February 13, 2017

Lincoln’s Birthday observed
“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.”
–Abraham Lincoln

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine’s Day
“It takes a strong fish to swim against the current. Even a dead one can float with it.”
–John Crowe

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Susan B Anthony’s Birthday

“Independence is happiness.”
–Susan B. Anthony

Thursday, February 16, 2017

“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 PrestonWerner, cofounder of Github

Friday, February 17, 2017

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”
–Anonymous

Saturday, February 18, 2017

“If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.”
–Margaret Fuller

Sunday, February 19, 2017

“Good is the enemy of great.”
–Jim Collins

Monday, February 20, 2017

Presidents’ Day
“No one has as much luck around the greens as one who practices a lot. –Chi Chi Rodriguez

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”
–Edith Wharton

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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

Thursday, February 23, 2017

“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it isn’t open.”
–Frank Zappa

Friday, February 24, 2017

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
–Anonymous

Saturday, February 25, 2017

“I can say the willingness to get dirty has always defined us as an nation, and it’s a hallmark of hard work and a hallmark of fun, and dirt is not the enemy.”
–Mike Rowe

Sunday, February 26, 2017

“Death is very likely the single best invention of life. It’s life’s change agent; it clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now, the new is you. But someday, not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it’s quite true. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
–Steve Jobs

Monday, February 27, 2017

“Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized. In the first, it is ridiculed. In the second, it is opposed. In the third, it is regarded as self-evident.”
–Arthur Schopenhauer

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras
“An American has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi-Gras in New Orleans.”
–Mark Twain

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Ash Wednesday
“Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy.”
–Pope Francis

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Read Across America Day
“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.”
–Margaret Fuller

Friday, March 3, 2017

Employee Appreciation Day
“There are two things people want more than sex and money… recognition and praise.”
–Mary Kay Ash

Saturday, March 4, 2017

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”
–Plato

Sunday, March 5, 2017

“Champions keep playing until they get it right.”
–Billie Jean King

Monday, March 6, 2017

“The last 10 percent it takes to launch something takes as much energy as the first 90 percent.”
–Rob Kalin, founder of Etsy

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

“Being able to touch so many people through my businesses, and make money while doing it, is a huge blessing.”
–Magic Johnson

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

“Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.”
–Arnold Palmer

Thursday, March 9, 2017

“As you start your journey, the first thing you should do is throw away that store-bought map and begin to draw your own.”
–Michael Dell

Friday, March 10, 2017

“We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”
–Marie Curie

Saturday, March 11, 2017

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”
–Stephen Covey

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Daylight Saving Time starts
“Time is life itself, and life resides in the human heart.”
–Michael Ende

Monday, March 13, 2017

“Happiness is not the absence of problems; it’s the ability to deal with them.”
–Steve Maraboli

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”
–Dalai Lama

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.”
–Jimmy Johnson

Thursday, March 16, 2017

“Following is one of the most underrated aspects of leadership…. I have seen many a good [organization] underachieve, because someone…thought the commander was incompetent, and quietly worked to undermine his authority.”
–Admiral Bill McRaven

Friday, March 17, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”
–Albert Einstein

Saturday, March 18, 2017

“Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.”
–Washington Irving

Sunday, March 19, 2017

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
–Aristotle

Monday, March 20, 2017

International Day of Happiness
“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

My best advice

Inspirational quotes have an amazing ability to motivate others and change the way we feel about ourselves. This is why I find them so interesting and crucial on our paths to success.

So what’s their secret?

You see, the way you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible for you, determines everything that happens to you. When you change the quality of your thinking, you change the quality of your life, sometimes instantly. Just as positive words can make someone smile or a well-timed humorous quote can make someone laugh, our thoughts react to the world in real-time.

You have complete control over only one thing in the universe — your thinking – and that’s where motivational quotes come in! You can decide what you are going to think in any given situation. Your thoughts and feelings determine your actions and determine the results you get. It all starts with your thoughts – and I have found that inspirational words are a quick way to retune your thinking. Try keeping a few uplifting excerpts or positive proclamations on hand. If you ever notice your energy or your spirit begin to drop, simply recite an inspirational and uplifting quote to quickly boost your mood.

Blogging for life

You’re down and out, in a slump, with nowhere to turn and no hope in sight. But then you discover that you’re not alone; someone else has been right where you are now. Through their story you find the strength, the sympathy, or the skills you need to get back on your feet, and perhaps the inspiration to tell your own story. Connecting with others in this intimate and immediate way is one of the core beauties of blogging. It seems unbelievable that a tiny piece of writing by a total stranger has the power to change your life, but it really does.

Happy 2017

Looking back on the months gone by,
As a new year starts and an old one ends,
We contemplate what brought us joy,
And we think of our loved ones and our friends.

Recalling all the happy times,
Remembering how they enriched our lives,
We reflect upon who really counts,
As the fresh and bright new year arrives.

And when we ponder those who do,
we immediately think of you.

Thanks for being one of the reasons we’ll have a Happy New Year!

May everything you touch turn to gold. May every door you knock on open for you. May all your dreams come true. May you be blessed beyond your wildest imagination.

Happy New Year guys.
Have an amazing 2017