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100 Best Motivational Quotes and Sayings to Raise Your Motivation Level

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100 Best Motivational Quotes and Sayings to Raise Your Motivation Level

This article contains a list of the top and best Motivational Quotes for men, women, students and at work with meaning.

These faults and mistakes are what I am, making up the brightest stars in the constellation of my life. ― Kim Namjoon

Our fault, mistakes and shortcomings are also an important part of ourselves. They make us the kind of person we are today. They make our character, improve our tolerance and make us humble. Hence, this dark side of our life also deserves to be known and regarded. They are the ones that actually make us successful. 

Success is a poor teacher― Robert Kiyosaki

Success doesn't teach you much on the other hand Failure brings a lot of lessons to be learned. The only thing that success might teach you is how to be proud and arrogant. While failures teach us to be humble, hard-working and make us stronger, a successful man might end up becoming lazy and reckless.

Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four-hour days. ― Zig Ziglar 

Every human has 24 hours in a day still, some of us make the best of this time and use every minute to fulfil their dreams. Whereas others waste their day in doing things they don't like or wasting their time on activities which do not have any value. So, the latter kind are the ones who don't have a clear purpose in their lives. Hence, they are easily distracted by the things around them. This is what the quote says - it's not that people have less time, the problem is they don't have a clear purpose for which they can dedicate there hours.

God helps those who strut their stuff.― Dan Sofer

The quote is an updated version of the very famous old saying. God indeed help those who can work for their own dreams, but in modern times, along with hard work, we also need to be confident and expressive about our talent and abilities. It is an era of networking, and people who can build a brand for themselves can easily succeed in their lives. Hence if you need others to believe in you, you have to affirm your skills loudly and confidently.

You know you're doing what you love when Sunday nights feel the same as Friday nights....― Donny Deutsch

Monday blues is a real thing. For most of us, after having enjoyed our weekends, it's hard to return to work on Mondays. We're happy and hopeful on Friday night, looking forward to the weekends and our mood dives on Sunday nights. But it is only because most of us are stuck in the jobs that we don't like. If we get lucky enough or work hard enough do find an occupation which we enjoy, we won't be disheartened when we have two get back to work.

Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.― W. Clement Stone

Aim as high as possible so that even if you can't reach your goal at least, you will be qualified enough to achieve good things. Even if you miss your goal, you can at least have good enough options which is better than having none. 

It is a profound and necessary truth that the deep things in science are not found because they are useful; they are found because it was possible to find them.― Robert Oppenheimer

The great discoveries weren't sought out because scientists thought they would be useful in some way in future. At that time, all they were doing was following their intuition and doing so passionately day and night. Just like this, we too can just follow our gut at the moment. We won't be able to see right now how what we are doing will benefit us in future, but it is not for us know. Just enjoy discovering your talents and creating new things for the only reason that it is possible to do so. Somehow all of it will yield a lot more in future that we are not equipped to imagine today.

The ultimate aim of the ego is not to see something, but to be something.― Muhammad Iqbal

With ego, we cannot see the beauty in the world. We get blinded by self-importance and arrogance. This is the reason why we should be very careful about our ego. When we are egotistical, we fail to think about others, to care for others and all we want to do is establish our image as such that others praise it.

The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible. ― Arthur C. Clarke

You cannot know what your capabilities are are until you come out of your comfort zone and try to do things that are hard for you. Only when you take up such challenges will you grow and make new limits for yourself. You cannot decide your limits just because few things seem too difficult to try. Don't give up before trying.

Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence. ― Eleanor Roosevelt

Life is incomplete without adventure and fun. Most of us won't venture into something exciting and risky because they're afraid of losing their security. But there's no point of having security when you can't live your life with full freedom to choose anything that makes you happy. The ideal life is the one where you can live creatively and excitingly with new challenges to face.

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Stop waiting for the right person to come into your life. Be the right person to come to someone's life― Leo Babauta

Don't wait for someone special who is going to come into your life and take away all your problems. You are the only person who can do that; only you have to believe you are special. When you start believing in yourself and that you are all you've got, your life will start to change. With this, you will become strong enough that not only to yours but you can bring beautiful changes to others lives too.

‎Someone's opinion of you does not have to become your reality.― Les Brown

People will have all sorts of opinions about you, some of them might be correct well; most of them might not be. This is because You are unique and has a mind and heart with infinite potential. Hence, not everyone can fathom you. All they see about you is what they can understand. So, when they don't know who you truly are their opinions of you do not matter. Do not let it bother you.

I say luck is when an opportunity comes along and you're prepared for it.—Denzel Washington

Luck is being at the correct place at the correct time fully prepared. Luck is not some entity independent of actions. It is completely dictated by how much hard work you put in.

If you can't be brave, be determined. And you'll end up in the same place.― Lisa Scottoline

Bravery is all about fighting against the odds, surviving through difficult situations and facing darkest moments with courage. It doesn't sound very appealing and seems something that everyone wants to stay away from. We like it or not, it is an important part of becoming successful. However, If you can't be brave, you can always be determined to achieve your goals no matter what happens. Latter option too, will drive you to be brave and courageous in the pursuit of your dreams.

Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist. ― Pablo Picasso

If we practise enough on our skills and knowledge and become an expert in our field, we know all the rules. We know how things work and how to improve the methodology and strategy. Hence, we are eligible now to make our own rules, the improved ones and break the old ones. But the problem is most of us reject rules for the sake of it and thus, never learn them. They break the rules without understanding their benefit at all.

Don't fear failure. — Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.― Bruce Lee

Failure is not your enemy. It is only there to make you improve and enhance your skills and character. So, don't stick to small and easy goals because you are afraid of failing. Because achieving easy goals is not a true achievement. There is nothing glorious about your achievements until they raise you to be a better person. In that sense aim higher, even if you fail, you would have learnt so much.

A mind of moderate capacity which closely pursues one study must infallibly arrive at great proficiency in that study.― Mary Shelley

Not all of us are born genius. Only a few of us will be blessed with a brilliant mind, will have extraordinary IQ and exceptional abilities. But that doesn't mean only they are destined to be successful. A person with ordinary faculties can rise to the same calibre if he practices consistently with complete focus.

Strength wasn't about being able to do everything alone. Strength was knowing when to ask for help and not being too proud to do it.― Karen Marie Moning

Each of us is blessed with a unique talent and character. At some point in our lives, we will have to face a situation where our abilities won't suffice to get us through. In these situations, we shouldn't be too proud to ask for help. There is not a single person who achieves victory completely on his own. We become stronger when we are armed with a team of associates and experts and more importantly, with family and friends.

Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don't just give up. ― Stephen Hawking

Always keep good things in your perspective. Don't forget to appreciate everything in the world that makes life beautiful. If you fall, don't lose the sight of success because that is what will help you get back up. Don't stop to wonder about all the mysteries that give life meaning. No matter how ugly life gets, these things will always inspire you not to give up, motivate you to keep on moving forward. 

Be silent and safe — silence never betrays you; Be true to your word and your work and your friend; Put the least trust in him who is foremost to praise you, nor judge of a road till it draw to the end. ― John Boyle O'Reilly

Don't be too trusting of people as well as circumstances. Always take everything with a grain of salt. Don't give away a lot by talking too much with people who haven't proved to be trustworthy yet. Observe silence in most matters as silence never betrays. Others cannot use it against you. Do not bank on a process or a resource until that leads you till the end because you never know it might be riddled with some catch.

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One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: 'To rise above little things. ― John Burroughs

John Burroughs, a naturalist and famous essayist advice to learn how to let go of trivial matters. It is important not to be bothered by small insignificant issues in life and rise above them. Only then can you focus all your time and energy on important things if you take a minimalistic approach in life and only give your attention to those things that are going to contribute to a better future for you. It sounds like simple advice but can do wonders to sort your life out.

Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.― Les Brown

Life can be huge and great in the sense that you can do infinite things and achieve unlimited success. But it is only possible when you can let go of the limits you have decided for you in your mind. Don't let yourself be restricted to the image you have of you. Always keep on venturing into new areas of life, of the profession. Most often than not, we underestimate our capabilities. The only way to know your true limits is by always pushing the existing ones.

The universe doesn't give you what you ask for with your thoughts - it gives you what you demand with your actions. ― Steve Maraboli

The only rule that the universe follows is rewarding for actions and not for desires. There is not much achieved just by conceiving ideas and goals. They have no meaning until acted upon. 

After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with colour, bountiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes again. Isn't it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it? This is how I answer when I am asked—as I am surprisingly often—why I bother to get up in the mornings. ― Richard Dawkins

We have a short life, and we can use it to understand the nature of our existence and the purpose of humankind. There was an era before we were born, and there will definitely be one when we all perish. And in this short period that is gifted to us to enjoy the beauty of our planet, should be used wisely. Do not stop to wonder about the mysteries of the universe and how we all happened to be.

If you hang out with chickens, you're going to cluck and if you hang out with eagles, you're going to fly. ― Steve Maraboli

In the following line, American writer Maraboli is trying to convey the importance of having a good company. A person's life is severely affected by the quality of the company he keeps around him. A good company can have a positive effect on a person life, whereas a bad company can lead to a disastrous one.

The whole value of solitude depends upon oneself; it may be a sanctuary or a prison, a haven of repose or a place of punishment, a heaven or a hell, as we ourselves make it.― John Lubbock

The word solitude have different effects on different people. For some people, solitude can be of immense help, while others might find themselves lost in it.

For the former category of people, solitude can be a haven wherein they can find peace and harmony while for the latter it can be nothing short of hell wherein they are banished to repent for the rest of their life. Thus solitude is a subjective term having a different value for different people.

You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. ― Jim Rohn

You trade personality traits with the people you hang out with most. The quote says if you always spend your time with five people, then your personality is the average of their character or personality. That is, you learn half of their talents as well as half of the flaws. It is trying to convey the importance of a decent company and how impactful they can be in creating your character.

LAW 38: Think as You Like but Behave Like Others― Robert Greene

The above lines may sound like the complete opposite to what is generally advised that is to do whatever you feel like doing. Robert Greene, the bestseller American author, says that you can think whatever you want, but it's always a safe option to behave in a manner that doesn't set off other people. If you behave too differently, people might not like it or think of you as a show-off and hence will try to avoid you.

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.― William James

We cannot expect to be satisfied when we're not doing anything. To be happy, we have to keep moving forward and take actions to have the things you want. Many times our actions can also bring regret and hurt, but that doesn't mean that we stop venturing out. To be completely satisfied with your life, you need to act.

It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It's what we do consistently.― Anthony Robbins 

Tony Robbins, the self-help expert, is reinstating the importance of consistency in our life. He explains that one can only shape his life in the way he wants when he is consistent in his efforts. Just by doing the right thing once in your life doesn't bring a positive change. You need to keep on repeating, keep on practising to get a substantial result. Persistence is the key to the success of any kind.

A gentleman is someone who does not do what he wants to do, but what he should do.― Haruki Murakami

A true gentleman is the one who doesn't get carried away by his emotions like anger. He's not reckless and does not do whatever he wants to do without thinking of the consequences. He is always righteous and always follows his moral compass. He does not let his feelings get better of him. He always abides by his duties and never lets down those who are counting on him.

The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.― Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

You should always have big dreams, even if your current situation does not permit it. If you are having small and easy dreams, you're not doing yourself any favour. Only when you have big dreams will you grow and become better than your past self. If your dreams are not big enough that they scare you, You are not aiming right.

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War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth a war, is much worse― John Stuart 

 War is a very ugly thing, but even uglier than that is thinking that nothing in this life is great enough to fight for. If you can't fight for your morals, if you can't fight for your principles, if you can't fight for your freedom, then the life you are living is not truly yours. Fighting does not always have to end in bloodshed. We can always fight in a peaceful manner for things which are important like freedom.

Taking the decision-making process away from people disempowers them. It also makes them much less likely to buy into the decision, however right it may be. One's own conscience remains the ultimate arbiter.― Lama Surya Das

If you're taking away the freedom to make ones own decisions, then you're basically taking away all of their power. If they can't make their own decision, then most likely they're not going to follow the one you make for them. People always place their own conscience above others and follow the same.

Small thinking and big dreams is an oxymoron― John Paul Warren

You cannot expect to fulfil big dreams if you have small thinking. If you bother about petty things, indulge in futile habits, do not have strong principles and ideals, success is a longshot. Success is not just a result of hard work but also of a strong character and great thinking. A person needs to be honest, persistent, compassionate and should value freedom, of others as well as of himself to achieve his goals.

We don't have to take our personality so personally.― Wes Nisker

We do not have to get too attached to our personality. Our personality can also limit our efforts. Our personality is our image of ourselves – our abilities, our interest, our dislikes and our limitations. If you take a personality too seriously and get too attached to it we won't be able to change it or rather improve it when time demands. Sometimes in our road to success, we have to abandon our limitations and decide new boundaries to move forward.

The choice to make good choices is the best choice you can choose. Fail to make that choice and on most choices, you will lose.― Ryan Lilly

The best decision anyone can take is to accept his own power to choose whatever happens in this life. He has a choice to make the decision that makes him rich and successful. If one fails to recognise his power to choose, he makes his worst decision.

The most important step a man can take. It's not the first one, is it? It's the next one. Always the next step, Dalinar. ― Brandon Sanderson

Yes, the first step is always the hardest. Some might even call it the most important stuff. What is more important than the first step is the next step. It means that it doesn't matter whatever you have done till now what matters is what you're going to do next. Even if you have taken wrong decisions till now, from here on do better. Don't let the past actions affecting your future ones.

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The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realise that the situation is over, you cannot move forward. ― Steve Maraboli

You cannot move forward without letting go of your history. To let go of your history, of your past, you need to forgive others who treated you unfairly. You need to forgive yourself for making mistakes. And you also need to forgive the situations that brought out the worst in you. You have to realise that those moments are over and there's nothing you can do about it no matter how much you dwell on it. You have to build a better future by letting go of this negativity that you hold for your past. Start afresh.

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. ― Viktor E. Frankl

A man can lose many things in his life except his choice on how to react to any situation. No one can take our freedom to choose an attitude in different circumstances. It always lies with us how to react to the situation - to react positively or in a self-destructive manner. Choose wisely so that you don't have to regret in future.

Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change. ― Wayne W. Dyer

Just by changing your perspective of things, you can change its meaning. If something is bothering you, if you're facing the problem, if there are difficulties in your life, change the way you look at it. Look at it from a positive outlook. See failures as milestones of improvement, see problems as opportunity's to get stronger, see difficulties as a challenge.

Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ambition and work both are equally important to achieve something. Without a dream or ambition, you can never start any work. And when you start the work you have to be consistent with practice only then can you finish it.

The difference between greed and ambition is a greedy person desires things he isn't prepared to work for.― Habeeb Akande

In this one line, Akande clearly defines and differentiate both the words. Ambition is a positive notion. It implies high goals and visions and working hard to realise them. Whereas greedy also implies a similar connotation only difference being that a greedy man is not willing to work hard for his goals and is always looking for shortcuts. Be ambitious, not greedy.

At school, new ideas are thrust at you every day. Out in the world, you'll have to find your inner motivation to seek for new ideas on your own.― Bill Watterson

At schools and colleges, we learn about new things- new ideas, philosophies, theories and concepts. And when we are young and being taught all these, we take it for granted. We never take a moment a realise and appreciate the efforts made by the great scholars, academics, scientists and philosophers. Once, we leave college and get into a job, do we realise how difficult it is to bring forth a new idea that can change our understanding of the world. 

Everything is within your power, and your power is within you.― Janice Trachtman

You have infinite power and can do anything you put your heart to. Understand it and believe it. No matter what others tell you, don't forget about this power. You need to belive in your power every time. You need to find it within you whenever time demands it. 

Great leaders create more leaders, not followers.― Roy T. Bennett

Best leaders are the ones who empower their followers. They help their people understand their own worth by believing in them. They encourage them to explore their potential to the fullest and never to stop at anything. They make them a leader in their field. Hence, great leaders inspire people to become leaders.

Never respond to an angry person with a fiery comeback, even if he deserves it... Don't allow his anger to become your anger.― Bohdi Sanders

It is very easy losing your temper when another person is losing it too. When he is hurling at you with angry rants, it is almost natural to reciprocate it with a similar treatment. But we shouldn't. We should try to find tolerance within us and let not react to his actions. If we are reacting angrily to him means we have lost control over our emotions and accepted his emotion as ours.

You can lose your MONEY. You can lose your FRIENDS. You can lose your JOB and you can lose your MARRIAGE...and still recover...as long as there is HOPE. Never lose HOPE.― John Paul Warren

Never lose your desire for a better future. Never lose your hope. Hope is very potent; it can change a man's life. As long as you can hope of a better future, you can stay on your path to success. You won't lose the sight of your purpose even if you lose your job, your relationships and your money. Hope will help you find your way back to the correct path.

Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening.― Nelson Mandela

Live your life as no one will judge you. Do whatever you want without caring for others opinion. Do things that make you happy. Follow a career that interest you. And speak your heart out like everyone is eagerly listening. Life is too short not to be enjoyed to its fullest.

You're never ready for what you have to do. You just do it. That makes you ready.― Flora Rheta Schreiber

There is never a right time for something. You will always feel ill-prepared when starting something, especially if that thing is very important to you. There is no limit to human procrastination and apprehension. We can keep on planning for years and years delaying the actual work. Best solution- just do it already.

Create. Not for the money. Not for fame. Not for the recognition. But for the pure joy of creating something and sharing it.― Ernest Barbaric

True artists never create something to gain fame or money or even credit. They do it because it is fun. They take pleasure in exploring their creativity and building something that can bring some value to the world- aesthetic or otherwise. Materialistic gains do not matter much to them. They find a deep sense of satisfaction in creating and sharing their work with others.

Only enemies speak the truth; friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty. ― Stephen King

People who love us sometimes might keep the truth from us to spare our feelings. They will feel they are bound to protect us and keep us happy. And for that, they might take up lying. On the other hand, our enemies will never do that. They don't care for our feelings and thus, won't go to such extent as to keep the truth from us.

What would have become of Hercules do you think if there had been no lion, hydra, stag or boar - and no savage criminals to rid the world of? What would he have done in the absence of such challenges? ― Epictetus, The Discourses

There is no greatness without the existence of adversities. The great mythological hero Hercules faced so many evils and defeated them, that's what made him great. Will he have any substance if it weren't for his adversaries. Challenges push us to be better. And without them, there will never be any character growth.

Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel.― Napoleon Hill

Persistence forms the core of a person character. Just like carbon is the fundamental building block for steel, perseverance and endurance forms a basis of our character. We cannot achieve anything without persistence. Be it about making a career, amassing wealth or simply becoming a good person; we have to practice consistently in the face of problems too. 

The lust for comfort kills the passions of the soul.― Khalil Gibran

To follow your passion means leaving your comfort. It often means a life which has less financial security and stability. It also means you will have to get out of your comfort zone and put your self up for criticism. As long as you need comfort in your life, you cannot be passionate. All you need to do is let the passion for greatness take over you, and all your inferior needs will surrender in front of it.

Spirituality is for people. It's not just for those who you might have read about in books, it's for people.― Belsebuub

Spirituality is a real thing and not a fancy word exclusive to only certain people. Most of us are not equipped enough to comprehend it completely, but that doesn't mean we can not try to understand it. It is about rising above materialistic pleasures and striving for peace of the soul. When the world is so caught up with riches, luxury and fame, spirituality can really bing some tranquillity in our lives.

I've learned that no matter how inspired, fired up and motivated you might be, the dark clouds will always set in― Bernard Kelvin Clive

You cannot surpass problems. You have to go through them to become stronger. You will decide what you have to do and make detailed plans on how to achieve it. But it all can easily be rendered useless in the face of unexpected circumstances. And there is no level of planning that can prevent it from happening. However, we can be mentally prepared with contingency plans.

Confidence is like a dragon where, for every head cut off, two more heads grow back.― Criss Jami

Confidence is an inevitable sense of oneself that no matter how hard someone tries to hurt it, it shouldn't get wounded. It should be like the mythological dragon, which no matter how many times is slain, it always comes back more powerful. One cannot achieve anything big without confidence. You will have to face dark times when everyone around you is judging you and criticising you. It is in these times that your confidence will keep you stable.

When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favour.― Elon Musk

Risks and problems all fade away when your goal is important to you. If it means a lot and you cannot see your life without it, you will work for it no matter how much things are set against you. When you have sacrificed a lot for your dreams, invested a lot of time, there is no alternative but to move forward and make it happen.

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I learned that we can do anything, but we can't do everything... at least not at the same time. So think of your priorities not in terms of what activities you do, but when you do them. Timing is everything. .― Dan Millman

We do have infinite potential to learn anything and everything and do whatever we want. But we can't do all of that at once. Realistically, humans are not meant to multitask, although current times it is kind of a necessity still it often leads to compromise in quality. Hence, you need to prioritise your goals and accordingly prioritise your work. 

The people who influence you are the people who believe in you.― Henry Drummond

The people who believe in your potential influence you greatly. When they believe in you, a kind of bond is formed. You will feel like they really know you and understand you. You will want to realise their expectations and not let them down. This encourages you to work hard, to become a better person. And this is how they will influence you.

Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not every­one lives.― Alan Sachs

Most of us go through life without actually living. We use all our time on this planet on trying to fit in and creating a life that society tells us. We don't try to do much, achieve much or be much. We don't take care to build our lives intentionally, to make plans, follow our desires, follow our passion. We don't use our time to be happy and to do things that give any kind of meaning to our lives. Thus, all of us die, but only a few of us live truly.

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.― Ayn Rand

A creative man is driven by his desire to create something beautiful and useful. He doesn't do it to defeat others. He is too focus on his own work to care about what others are doing. He concentrates his energies and time to make himself better. For him, real happiness is the satisfaction of creating something that can positively change the world.

Not all dreamers are winners, but all winners are dreamers. Your dream is the key to your future. The Bible says that, without a vision (dream), a people perish. You need a dream, if you're going to succeed in anything you do.― Mark Gorman

Dreams are important to survive. Your dreams power you through your life. They become the fuel that gives meaning to your life. Some might call dreamers lazy and odd, but don't bother about it. Greatest, most successful men were excellent dreamers. They dreamt of things that ordinary men couldn't. And that is what gave them an edge over others. But don't stop at a dream. Make it real through action.

Your hopes, dreams and aspirations are legitimate. They are trying to take you airborne, above the clouds, above the storms, if you only let them.― William James

Never doubt your dreams. Never doubt your capabilities to achieve them. They are there in your destiny and will be everything you ever wished for. You were born with these dreams; they were prewritten in your destiny to help you get through all the bad moments. Trust them. Trust your intuition, it knows where your destiny lies. Never even for a second believe that you are asking for too much.

Superhuman effort isn't worth a damn unless it achieves results.― Ernest Shackleton

Learn to be effective. Being effective means getting work done, getting results. It is definitely important to put in efforts but in real-world all people care about is results. You will only gain anything out of your efforts if they are giving results.

Make the most of the best and the least of the worst.― Robert Louis Stevenson

Exploit every opportunity to the fullest. When you have good times, enjoy it completely. Derive every benefit you can, from it. Whenever you have bad times, don't be bothered by it. Let it pass without unnerving you at all.

You can't learn in school what the world is going to do next year.― Henry Ford

Schools and colleges are very important to sharpen a young mind. But don't rely entirely on it. There are many limitations when it comes to our education system. One of such being, they can only teach you about history and make you prepared for such kind of situations. But the world is always changing. There are always discoveries and inventions and novel problems that you should know how to deal with. Our education system cannot cover all of them. Hence, along with education, you should also have practical know-how. 

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.― George Bernard Shaw

The famous Irish playwright, George Bernard Shaw says not to hide behind excuses and reasons. They never helped anyone. You can give all the excuses you want; it will garner you pity and sympathy but never help you in fulfilling your dream. Rise above them and make things happen despite all that's going against you. Create the ideal situation; don't wait for it.

Only he who attempts the absurd is capable of achieving the impossible.― Miguel de Unamuno

Creating something new or making a groundbreaking discovery or making a record-breaking achievement is not done by simply following the rules. Many times you have to go with your gut and choose a path that seems quite absurd to others. But don't change your mind just because your methods are not what is generally followed. To do something exceptional, you need to go to exceptional lengths.

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.― Epictetus

Affirming your goals and dreams can reinforce determination and clarity. Decide what is it you want in your life and chalk out a plan to achieve it. Once the plan is clear, bring it into action. Follow it with full dedication. Treat your goals as a religion and don't go back on your promise to achieve them. Don't leave a single stone unturned in your pursuit.

Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.― Ann Landers

The true character of a person is decided by how he treats people from whom he cannot derive any materialistic benefit. Most people will try to get into good books of those from whom they can gain something. Only a few, who are good at heart and generous will treat everyone with respect. 

Plants are more courageous than almost all human beings: an orange tree would rather die than produce lemons, whereas instead of dying the average person would rather be someone they are not.― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Nature never tries to imitate other things. If it did life will probably be facing danger. Everything in nature has a unique purpose, and for that, they are built uniquely. An orange tree will never bare lemons, if it did the planet will be without oranges. Mokokoma, makes a poignant remark saying that humans are not as courageous as plants. They will easily spend their entire life conforming to society; they gladly abandon their gifts and abilities that can benefit society, only so that they can fit better.

Everyone of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves.― Princess Diana

It is important to express our feelings, especially if they are positive. Don't miss a chance to tell others how much you love and care for them. It can really make someone's day and boost their self-worth manifold. By doing so, we also do ourselves a favour. By telling others why and how much you care for them, you are doing a good deed which gives you deep satisfaction and joy. It also makes them genuinely care for you in return.

Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.― William Faulkner

Our real competitor is always us. Yes, you need to compete with others, do better than them. But above that, you also need to do better than what you did yesterday. It is difficult and very depressing if you compare yourself to every other person every day. Because every person is different and you won't know what they have up their sleeves. And by comparing you are not doing a fair job. However, the most suitable competition is when you compare your performance with your past self. You have already succeeded if you are continuously progressing.

Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.― Marilyn Vos Savant

Most important advice that every successful man will give is never to quit. We will face failures much more than we will see glory. And that's a proven fact. Accept it. Don't let any kind of defeat get to you. Only when you accept these momentary defeats and stop working, are you truly defeated. Because once you quit, there is no way that you will succeed.

You make mistakes, mistakes don't make you― Maxwell Maltz

People make mistakes all the time. Whenever we take up something new and set high goals, we are bound to make mistakes. We also take a lot of wrong decisions. And all these mistakes can have a very negative impact on our self-esteem. We should not let that happen. We should accept our mistakes in a healthy manner and learn from them. 

The most powerful magic of all is choice.― Sara Raasch

Choice can really work like magic. When you have decided something, chosen an option clearly and have dedicated yourself to making the best of your decision, it can change your life dramatically. It will unleash a hidden power that will change your mindset and through it your actions. So, choose carefully whatever you want. Don't let dilemma overwhelm you.

If you can't believe in miracles, then believe in yourself. When you want something bad enough, let that drive push you to make it happen. Sometimes you'll run into brick walls that are put there to test you. Find a way around them and stay focused on your dream. Where there's a will, there's a way.― Isabel Lopez

All of us, no matter how strong and confident we are, sometimes face conditions that are beyond us. In such times we need to turn to whatever or whosever we believe in. It can be God, religion, laws of the universe, karma or just you. This will help you get through it. Belief in your infinite will and strength can drive you forward.

Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds.― Gordon B. Hinckley

Weeds don't need you to plant a seed and water them daily, to grow. They can grow in any empty pot or earth wherever they can find some soil. But they don't benefit as much. They won't yield fruits or flowers and will only encroach upon area preventing other useful plants from growing properly. However, for desirable plants to grow, we need to be taken daily steps of gardening. Similarly, for achieving something valuable, you need to work daily, else whatever comes to you by default is never of any value. 

Times will change for the better when you change.― Maxwell Maltz

You cannot hope that your situation will improve that your life will improve until you change your ways. You need to change your attitude towards the problem. You also need to improve your skills to be better equipped to deal with them. You cannot wait for an outsider or an outside force to change things for you. You need to take the matters in your hand.

Everything is hard before it is easy― Goethe J.W.

Initial steps of anything are going to be hard. Be it a new job, or a new project or moving to a new city. You have to put up with the nuances of novelty. But if you are able not to give up and stick through the toughest initial stages, you will be glad in future. Because after this period passes, the thing will get easier and smoother. 

Pain is temporary. It may last for a minute, or an hour or a day, or even a year. But eventually, it will subside. And something else takes its place. If I quit, however, it will last forever.― Eric Thomas

Pain and hurt are always temporary. So, don't quit when struck with tough situations. Stick through it with courage. Keep in mind that eventually it will pass and progress will take its place. But if you are not able to be brave enough to survive such situations, you will always regret it. You have to find that hope within you and cling to it till time gets better.

Impossible is just an opinion. – Paulo Coelho

If someone tells you something is impossible, it means that others whoever tried weren't able to do it. It doesn't mean it cannot be done at all. Impossible can very well be subjective. Hence, don't give up on it before you even try. Just because it was impossible for them doesn't mean it will be same for you.

 Find a purpose to serve, not a lifestyle to live.― Criss Jami

Most of us have a dream that goes like this- to be the richest, most popular, with the biggest house or car etc. We all pursue luxury and likewise, lifestyle. But instead on pursuing a lifestyle, we should commit ourself to a purpose. For example, if your purpose is to be the wealthiest trader of, let's say, tea leaves. Chances are you are going to fail eventually even if you find some success at initial stages due to some marketing gimmick. However, if your purpose is to provide the best quality of tea leaves in the whole world, you will sooner or later be rich.

Whatever you want in life, other people are going to want it too. Believe in yourself enough to accept the idea that you have an equal right to it― Diane Sawyer

Competition can be very challenging and demoralising. We often make our professional choices based on competition, going for the option that offers the least competition. But whenever, we feel overwhelmed by these thoughts we should remember one thing- you have as much right to achieve the goal as others. And with this thought, we should keep on moving forward.

For your past, for your flaws, and ultimately for your stress; I judge no one whom I've met along the way because in a sense we were all wounded in our own ways.― Forrest Curran

We shouldn't judge others for what they have been in their past. We shouldn't think less of them for certain things they did in their past because they had their reasons. We can't form an opinion about them without knowing their reasons for their actions. Even when we become aware of them, we should try to forgive them as much possible.

The harder you fall, the heavier your heart; the heavier your heart, the stronger you climb; the stronger you climb, the higher your pedestal.― Criss Jami

The worse failure you have to face, the greater impact it will have on your mind. It will have a greater emotional influence on you. When something moves you, it also drives you to a great extent. It motivates you to be better. You will put more efforts next time to prevent such failure. It will eventually only make you better in your work. So, one should not get demotivated after failing miserably. 

Now some Short Motivational Quotes....

Creativity Is Intelligence Having Fun. – Albert Einstein

Creativity is also a form of intelligence. We all can be creative, but not all of us are confident enough to pursue our creativity. There is no reason not to be creative because as Einstein says creativity is the most enjoyable process of practising intelligence. It is fun when you imagine solutions to a problem. There are no restrictions or rules you have to comply while being creative. 

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. - William James

Do whatever you are doing with confidence and conscientiousness. Take pride in your work and believe whatever you are doing is important and can make a huge difference. The belief will get you motivated and push you through tough times. It will make you work harder and do better.

Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.― Lao Tzu

We often will be demanded to do things that are not easy or simple. And whenever faced with such tasks, we can easily feel daunted, so much so that we quit. The better alternative is you can take one step at a time. Start with the part of the task that is easiest and doable. These small tasks each day did consistently eventually lead to something great.

The spirit of the individual is determined by his dominating thought habits.― Bruce Lee

Our soul depends on our core beliefs. Whatever we think about the most, the ideas start taking deep hold in our mind and nature. It becomes a part of our personality and also finds a way to express itself through our words and actions. Hence, eventually, we become what we think about most. Our thoughts are given life through us.

If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.― Les Brown

Take full responsibility for your life. Be responsible for making your life glorious. This responsibility will push you to move forward purposefully and abandon all excuses. You can't blame your situations or conditions for your failure anymore. Whatever you make of your life completely rests on you. Not taking responsibility for our life makes us lazy and ineffective. We let ourselves get swayed by momentary hurdles.

Your feelings wouldn't get hurt if you were honest with yourself― Tye Lewis

We feel hurt when someone treats us derisively. Mostly we feel bad when others point out our mistakes and shortcomings. But if we are aware of our mistakes in the first place, our feelings won't be hurt because we know what they are saying is true.

And worse It may be yet: the worst is not. So long as we can say 'This is the worst.― William Shakespeare

No matter how bad things get, how unbearable the situation seems, remember it can always get worse. It might sound like encouraging pessimism. But in fact, it's just the opposite. As long as you are alive, things are not worst. Not being able to experience all the colours of life, good and bad, is the worst of all.

Yawns are not the only infectious things out there besides germs. Giggles can spread from person to person. So can blushing. But maybe the most powerful infectious thing is the act of speaking the truth.― Vera Nazarian

People around us greatly influence us, and in return, we influence them too. We have the power to instil in them good values and raise their spirits. Just like when one person yawns, other people around him follow suit, we also pass on our joy and happiness to others. And most importantly, we can do the same with honesty. If we start becoming honest and speak only truth, others around us will be encouraged to do the same.

All my life I've been fascinated by the precipice in all of us. When you come to it, you either choose to fall or you don't― Kathy Petrakis

There will be a time in all of our lives when we come to an edge of resilience. And after that point, there are only two ways forward- either fall or gain enough courage and build new limits of tolerance. If you can stick through in a moment like this, you will survive.

If you do whatever it takes to accomplish your goals to live the life you desire, It will be worth it. I promise! But if you find some excuse to justify quitting your journey, you will regret it. This is also a promise! ― Glenn Brandon Burke

You can give excuses to others for your failures and inadequacy. You can tell similar reasons to yourself too, to make you feel better. But all it will do in the long run is to reinforce your sense of being a victim to your circumstances. You cant break from the habit of failing unless you accept your shortcomings and improve on it. If you can work despite all the difficulties, you won't regret in the future. 

When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you'll be successful..― Eric Thomas

When achieving your dreams is so important that you feel sick, not working for it. When without your dreams, without the satisfaction of working for them, your life seems worthless. That's when you know you are committed to it, and this is necessary to make them true.

You who have suffered, find where love hides. Give, share, lose—lest we die, unbloomed.― Allen Ginsberg

We all suffer in our lives, but don't let it stop you from searching all the beauty that life has to offer like love. Losing will be a big part of our lives- we will lose love, we will lose people, we will lose our purpose and even lose your our true self. Don't let it prevent you from being kind and sharing with others whatever you have, including love. If we don't find love and share it with others, we haven't created anything in this life that has true value.


Co-author:  Shreya Arya

A digital marketing enthusiast with experience in HR and hospital management, Shreya has wide interests ranging from philosophy, psychology to latest trends in automation. She is also a freelance content writer and loves lending beautiful words to ideas and feelings.


         

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