I have drawn so much inspiration in my life by reading about and studying people who have turned failure after failure into success, adversity into opportunity, a negative into a positive, or a seemingly hopeless situation into one of hope.
Charles M. Marcus, Success is Not a Spectator Sport
Nothing will change in your life if you don't do something different from what you have been doing.
E. Perry Good, In Pursuit of Happiness
Success each day should be judged by the seeds sown, not the harvest reaped.
John C. Maxwell, The Difference Maker, Making Your Attitude Your Greatest Asset
We must cherish our imagination; our ability to dream; for the highest achievers since history began, have been the dreamers who, combined their perspiration and their aspiration to make their own unique contribution.
Andrew Matthews, Being Happy!
"Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives."
William James, 1842 - 1910
You get what you think about, whether you want it or not. Commit to thinking about what you want, rather than how impossible or difficult that dream may seem.
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Being in Balance
"The most immutable barrier in nature is between one man's thoughts and another's."
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."
"Formula for success: under promise and over deliver."
"Success is steady progress toward one's personal goals." Jim Rohn
"If I had permitted my failures, or what seemed to me at the time a lack of success, to discourage me I cannot see any way in which I would ever have made progress."
"Anybody can do just about anything with himself that he really wants to and makes up his mind to do. We are capable of greater things than we realize."
Norman Vincent Peale
"Speaking from my personal experiences, setting goals, along with a detailed action plan, has actually changed my life from one cast in frustration to one of purpose."
"If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress."
"Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good action; try to use ordinary situations."
Jean Paul Richter
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain."
"Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself."
Bach, Richard Messiah's Handbook
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"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing."
George Bernard Shaw
"He who refuses to embrace a unique opportunity loses the prize as surely as if he had failed."
"The best way to teach people is by telling a story."
"If you'll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives."
"It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome."
"There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man's lack of faith in his true Self."
"A new idea is first condemned as ridiculous and then dismissed as trivial, until finally, it becomes what everybody knows."
"I had to pick myself up and get on with it, do it all over again, only even better this time."
"There is no use whatsoever in trying to help people who do not help themselves."
"As I grow older, I pay less attention to what people say. I just watch what they do."
"The first man gets the oyster; the second man gets the shell."
"I believe the true road to preeminent success in any line is to make yourself master in that line."
"In a moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing."Theodore Roosevelt
"When I hear somebody sigh, "Life is hard", I am always tempted to ask, 'Compared to what?'
Sydney J. Harris
Be not simply good; be good for something.
Henry David Thoreau
An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men.
There is no failure except in no longer trying.
What keeps me going is goals.
Great minds have purposes; others have wishes.
It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.
"A speculator is a man who observes the future, and acts before it occurs."
Bernard M. Baruch
"It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference."
The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.
Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.
Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.
Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.
If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.
William Arthur Ward
If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.
Peter F. Drucker
Laughter is an instant vacation.
Improvement begins with I.
Arnold H. Glasgow
It is better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing perfectly.
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
Failure is impossible.
Susan B. Anthony
"Do not look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best."
Whatever you do, you should do it with feeling.
My recipe for dealing with anger and frustration: set the kitchen timer for twenty minutes, cry, rant, and rave, and at the sound of the bell, simmer down and go about business as usual.
"People see me and say, 'If you can do it, so can I,' and I am there to tell them yes, yes they can."
Emma Rhodes, ED.D
"It's not so much knowing when to speak, when to pause."
"A whole stack of memories never equal one little hope."
"Men who reach decisions promptly usually have the capacity to move with definiteness of purpose in other circumstances."
"To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life."
"Don't confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other."
"The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions."
"Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action."
"It doesn't matter if I don't succeed in something, what matters is that I learn from my mistakes."
"Obstacles are those frightening things that become visible when we take our eyes off our goals."
"The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams." Oprah Winfrey
"It doesn't matter where you are coming from. All that matters is where you are going." Brian Tracy
"Risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing."
"You may delay, but time will not."
"Be the change that you want to see in the world."
"Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody else has thought."
"If you want a quality, act as if you already had it. Try the 'as if' technique."
"If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it."
"There are one hundred men seeking security to one able man who is willing to risk his fortune."
John Paul Getty
"Try to realize it's all within yourself no one else can make you change, and to see you're only very small and life flows on within you and without you."
"When we recall the past, we usually find that it is the simplest things - not the great occasions - that in retrospect give off the greatest glow of happiness."
"It's amazing what ordinary people can do if they set out without preconceived notions."
Charles F. Kettering
"Knowledge of what makes a life happy and purposeful means little if this knowledge is not translated into action."
Izzo, John, The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die
"If you aim for nothing, you'll hit it right on the head, and if you aim for something, you will hit that too."
DeNotaris, David, Feeling Your Way Through Life
"Don't settle for second best, ever. A life lived at less than its full potential is a life half wasted."
Clark, Tony, thinkUcan Never Ending Destination
"Make a list of what you admire about someone. Work at bringing those virtues to your own life."
Francis, Cindy, Life Lessons for Women
"Life, as we live it, is not a setup of prescheduled events that have no relationship to one another. Life is an unfolding in which we can participate."
Schaef, Anne Wilson, Meditations for People Who (May) Worry Too Much
"More than anybody else and more than any of the circumstances that surround you, you have the largest say in what your future will be."
Cook,Sharon and Sholander, Graciela, Dream It Do It
"The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important."
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Don't compare yourself negatively with the giants or anyone else. . .rather, use them as models. Then get on with whatever it is you can accomplish with your life. . . and give it everything you have."
Kassorla, Dr. Irene, Go for It
"Motivation comes from the goals you truly desire to accomplish AND your commitment to do whatever is necessary to accomplish the goals."
We hope you have found inspiration in some of our favorite motivational and inspirational quotes.
One of our favorite motivational quotes was said by the famous Charles Dickens:
"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. "
Another favorite from our collection of motivational quotes:
"It's so important that you just do your own thing- whatever makes you truly happy- and do it as best you can."
Bradley Trevor Greive, The Meaning of Life
Many people assume that motivation comes from other individuals or from other events. This is not necessarily true. Motivation can also come from motivational quotes like the one above. Even though a motivational quote can give you guidance, the real motivational spark comes from within you and it is your choice to grab that motivating spark and add fuel to it to make it burn with significant passion.
This fuel cannot be borrowed from others, it cannot be bought or stolen. The fuel to inspire further ignition must be from your own thinking, attitude and absolute motivational ownership that will propel you on the right path to whatever it is you wish.
If you find that you are stagnant, that you are simply going through the motions of life with little or no satisfaction, you are in need of moving beyond your current circumstances. So, what do you do?
One of the first tasks that you must complete is to sit down away from all the distractions in your life and to really be honest with yourself. You need to be able to let your soul speak to you, let your subconscious rule the thoughts you bring forth in order to find the truth. The truth you seek is only within you - it is not what your spouse wants or desires; it is not what your best friend wants, your true friends, and certainly not any influence in the world that speaks out to try and convince you that you should chose a certain road to travel.
The real truth is what your heart and soul says to you in no uncertain terms that this is what makes you happy - that is, truly happy. It may be that you have allowed extraneous forces to compel you to choose a certain career even though you never really had a burning internal desire to be whatever it is you now do. Do not let past decisions or actions speak louder than your real desires. For example, you may have, like a friend of mine, spent several years in university to become an engineer only to find that this was not what made them happy or even remotely fulfilled any passion. So, with a much clearer honesty, what did this friend do?
The choice was lying just below the surface ready to spring out and consume only when allowed. This particular passion lay in working with computer applications, software development, but certainly not mechanical engineering. The decision was released, the passion discovered, and the path now known. The story ends after spending additional thousands of dollars for formal training - but training that was easily digested, if fact, devoured with glee. Now, my friend lives each day motivated from within, living the truth, doing what they really wanted to do …so can you!