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37 Quotes that Will Super-Charge Your Motivation

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Have you ever felt the sting of failure so deep that you couldn’t see past the pain to keep moving forward?

Or doubted that you could even achieve what you set out to accomplish?

We’ve all been there.

So reflect on those low moments, but don’t dwell on them or you risk putting out the spark within that drives you. And don’t give up and settle with a mediocre life, always thinking of the “What If’s“.

Separate yourself from the average by staying in the game and reaping the rewards of persistence and hard work with a never say die attitude.

Granted, it’s tough to maintain that attitude, so to help you stay inspired, checkout these 37 motivational quotes that will super-charge you to hit your life goals.

 

37 Motivational Quotes

1. “The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater their power to harm us.” – Voltaire

2. “If my mind can conceive it and my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it.” – Muhammad Ali

3. “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin

4. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

5. “If you’re going through hell keep going.” – Winston Churchill

6. “Take the first step in faith, you don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

7. “Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” – William Feather

8. “If you’re only willing to do what’s easy, life will be hard. But if you’re willing to do what’s hard, life will be easy.” – T. Harv Eker

9.Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.” – Mark Twain

10. “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell

11. “Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” – Brene Brown

12. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky

13. “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

14. “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” – Bruce Lee

15. “One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.” – Henry Ford

16. “Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It is courage that counts.” – Winston Churchill

17. “Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.” – Kyle Chandler

18. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert Kennedy

 

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19. “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” – Thomas Jefferson

20. “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” – Unknown

21. “Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” – Brian Tracy

22. “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” – Dale Carnegie

23. “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” – Mahatma Gandhi

24. “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” – Winston Churchill

25. “Obstacles can’t stop you. Problems can’t stop you. Most of all, other people can’t stop you. Only you can stop you.”– J. Gitomer

26. “Fortune favors the bold.” – Virgil

27. “Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.” – Marilyn vos Savant

28. “In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins – not through strength, but through persistence.” – Buddha

29. “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill

30. “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” – Samuel Beckett

31. “To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” – Elbert Hubbard

32. “Edison failed 10,000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times.” – Napoleon Hill

33. “I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become.” – Oprah Winfrey

34. “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden

35. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius

36. “Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.” – Seneca

37. “There is no education like adversity.” – Benjamin Disraeli

 

Which one of the above quotes motivated you the most to stay in the game? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Melissa Lopez is motivated and committed to helping people build confidence and stamp out their limiting beliefs with her personal development blog Bold Steps for a Big Life. Get your free resource5 Books That Will Help You Step Out of Your Comfort Zone.

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  1. Annie

    Mar 18, 2015 at 12:23 am

    There are so many awesome quotes here… but 24. “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” – Winston Churchill stands out for me… choosing a positive attitude is such a game changer (especially when things go wrong).

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40 Ambitious Barbara Corcoran Quotes

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Barbara Corcoran is a well recognized author, investor, entrepreneur, and regular shark on the hit show Shark Tank. However, this success comes from the humblest of origins. As a child, Barbara was told she would never succeed after realizing that she had a learning disability. After continuous setbacks, Barbara hustled and rose to the top of New York’s ambitious real estate market where she remains an all-star.

Here are Barbara Corcoran’s best quotes:

1. “Don’t you dare underestimate the power of your own instinct.” – Barbara Corcoran

2. “I have a theory and I really believe it. I think you’re worse weakness can become your greatest single strength.” – Barbara Corcoran

3. “A complainer is like a Death Eater because there’s a suction of negative energy. You can catch a great attitude from great people.” – Barbara Corcoran

4. “In New York City the meek don’t inherit the earth. The big mouth does.” – Barbara Corcoran

5. “The best time to expand is when people are asleep at the wheel.” – Barbara Corcoran

6. “The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves.” – Barbara Corcoran

7. “Always choose attitude over experience. Always.” – Barbara Corcoran

 

 

 

 

 

8. “Good leaders are not born, they are people who try hard to be exceptional.” – Barbara Corcoran

9. “The joy is in getting there. The beginning years of starting your business, the camaraderie when you’re in the pit together, are the best years of your life. So rather than being focused on when you get big and powerful, if you can just get the juice out of that…don’t miss it.” – Barbara Corcoran

10. “It’s normal to get stuck, but stupid to stay stuck.” – Barbara Corcoran

11. “My best successes came of the heels of failure.” – Barbara Corcoran

12. “If you want to t have a creative culture, you can’t get it by reading books. You get it by example.” – Barbara Corcoran

13. “When you’re building a business, you’re either all in or you’re not.” – Barbara Corcoran

14. “Use your imagination to fill in the blanks.” – Barbara Corcoran

15. “I gave up years ago on the concept that you could actually have balance in your life, I think it’s a phantom chase.” – Barbara Corcoran

16. “I wanted to be 150 percent entrepreneur and 150 percent mom, and I found that I was having a very hard time doing both. I was about 75 percent and 75 percent – still better than 100 percent, but not what I was accustomed to at work.” – Barbara Corcoran

17. “A good organization is like a box of crayons. You need different colors of the spectrum, but all the crayons should fit in the box.” – Barbara Corcoran

18. “Innovation and creativity are the juiciest parts of running a business.” – Barbara Corcoran

19. “Don’t get cocky just because you’ve had a good run. You can lose your business as fast as you’ve earned it.” – Barbara Corcoran

20. “Just go for it. You don’t want to end up with regret.” – Barbara Corcoran

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21. “Forget about perfection; it doesn’t exist.” – Barbara Corcoran

22. “If you get labeled a winner, people come along for the ride. Might as well enjoy it and they should too.” – Barbara Corcoran

23. “Taking chances almost always makes for happy endings.” – Barbara Corcoran

24. “Leaders come in two flavors; expanders and containers. The best leadership teams have a mix of both.” – Barbara Corcoran

25. “If people like you, they’re going to want to do business with you. And if they don’t you’re going to have an almost insurmountable obstacle to overcome.” – Barbara Corcoran

26. “Finding opportunity is a matter of believing it’s there.” – Barbara Corcoran

27. “When you think you’re failing, you feel like people are watching you. I found that nobody is watching and all they care about is themselves.” – Barbara Corcoran

28. “If you’re working for the love of money, you won’t ever get any” – Barbara Corcoran

29. “The truth is you can teach any skill, but you cannot change a bad attitude.” – Barbara Corcoran

30. “Luck is a byproduct of hard work and good judgement.” – Barbara Corcoran

31. “I love myself and anything that has my name I’m tickled to death.” – Barbara Corcoran

32. “My biggest strength as a child, I realize now, was my imagination. While every other kid was reading and writing, I had seven whole hours a day to practice my imagination. When do you get that space in your life ever?” – Barbara Corcoran

33. “You can’t study to be an entrepreneur. Sometimes, you just have to jump.” – Barbara Corcoran

34. “That ability to pop back up is true of anyone who succeeds in their field.” – Barbara Corcoran

35. “Its your game; make up your own rules.” – Barbara Corcoran

36. “I had twenty-two jobs before I started my business at the age of twenty-three and I didn’t want one more boss telling me what to do. So I was motivated simply because I didn’t want a boss.” – Barbara Corcoran

37. “Procrastination is the enemy of success and the guilt of not doing something always steals your energy.” – Barbara Corcoran

38. “The hardest lessons to learn is that you’re more capable than you think you are.” – Barbara Corcoran

39. “My best advice is to play up what you’re good at instead of sitting around criticizing yourself for all the things you don’t do well.” – Barbara Corcoran

40. “Everyone recognizes and responds well to people who act like themselves. You don’t have to be fancy, you just have to be yourself.” – Barbara Corcoran

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41 Epic Conor McGregor Quotes

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Conor McGregor is a Irish fighting legend. He is the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion and the former UFC Featherwight Champion. Often regarded as one of the cockiest fighters in MMA, McGregor has every right to be. From working 12 hours a day as a plumbers apprentice to becoming one of the most recognized fighters of all time, McGregor understands the value of faith, hard work, and patience. He knew that success is a mindset and used his drive to achieve massive success. He continues to be idolized even by those outside of the fighting ring.

Here are Conor McGregor’s most motivating quotes:

1. “Life is about growing and improving and getting better.” – Conor McGregor

2. “I wish everyone well, but you need to focus on yourself. You need to stop putting your hand out. Everyone wants handouts. Everyone wants things for free. You’ve got to put in the world. You’ve got to grind. You’ve got to go through the struggle, and you’ve got to get it.” – Conor McGregor

3. “Life’s a rollercoaster. You’re up one minute; You’re down one minute. But who doesn’t like rollercoasters?” – Conor McGregor

4. “The more you seek the uncomfortable, the more you will become comfortable.” – Conor McGregor

5. “I keep having dreams of vivid success. Then it’s time to sleep.” – Conor McGregor

6. “When you have a vision and you see that vision come true, it really only shows you that anything can happen, you can do it all.” – Conor McGregor

7. “Nothing good ever comes from worrying or sitting there feeling sorry for yourself. Keep positive and keep pushing on and things will turn good.” – Conor McGregor

8. “I don’t feel pressure in a negative way. I like pressure. I feel excitement and calm at the same time. No pressure, no diamonds. I want pressure: pressure creates drama, creates emotion.” – Conor McGregor

9. “Approach everything with an open mind, with a learning mind. You will never stop learning as long as you keep the mindset that everything works, because everything does work. There’s a time and a place for every single move. If you work on it enough, it will work.” – Conor McGregor

10. “Doubt is only removed by action. It you’re not working then that’s where doubt comes in.” – Conor McGregor

11. “At the end of the day, you’ve gotta feel some way. So why not feel unbeatable? Why not feel untouchable?” – Conor McGregor

12. “There’s no talent here. This is hard work. This is obsession. Talent does not exist.” – Conor McGregor

13. “What defines us is how we rise after falling.” – Conor McGregor

14. “Smart work pays best. Trust it.” – Conor McGregor

15. “To do anything to a high level, it has to be total obsession.” – Conor McGregor

16. “Nothing good ever comes from worrying or sitting there feeling sorry for yourself. Keep positive and keep pushing on and things will turn good.” – Conor McGregor

17. “Winners focus on winning. Losers focus on winning.” – Conor McGregor

18. “All that matters is how you see yourself. If you see yourself as the king, with all the belts and everything, and no matter what no one else says, as long as you see that, and really believe in it, then that’s what’s going to happen.” – Conor McGregor

19. “Defeat is the secret ingredient to success.” – Conor McGregor

20. “Real champions fight through adversity.” – Conor McGregor

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21. “I have never encountered a winner that held hate towards something.” – Conor McGregor

22. “Excellence is not a skill. Excellence is an attitude.” – Conor McGregor

23. “Look out for those who look out for you. Loyalty is everything.” – Conor McGregor

24. “Don’t read the paper, make the paper.” – Conor McGregor

25. “My success isn’t a result of arrogance – it’s a result of belief.” – Conor McGregor

26. “Don’t hide nothing. Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind. Don’t care about what other people thing. Be yourself: you are what you are.” – Conor McGregor

27. “When I say something’s going to happen, it’s going to happen.” – Conor McGregor

28. “I am not afraid of saying something and going and pursuing it. That’s it. I see it in my mind. I say it loud. I go and do it.” – Conor McGregor

29. “The thing about truth is, not a lot of people can handle it.” – Conor McGregor

30. “You might win some, you might lose some. But you go in, you challenge yourself, you become a better man, a better individual, a better fighter.” – Conor McGregor

31. “Be grateful with everything you have and you will be successful in everything you do.” – Conor McGregor

32. “Be passionate, be optimistic, be grateful.” – Conor McGregor

33. “Learning something new is a great feeling. The feeling of progress.” – Conor McGregor

34. “My success isn’t the result of arrogance, it’s the result of belief.” – Conor McGregor

35. “I enjoy competition. I enjoy challenges. If a challenge is in front of me and it appeals to me, I will go ahead and conquer it.” – Conor McGregor

36. “Failure is not an option for me. Success is all I envision.” – Conor McGregor

37. “People like to blame others. I think a person should just look at their own situation, look around them, find out what they wish to do, and seek and go and do that. And that’s it.” – Conor McGregor

38. “I take inspiration from everyone and everything. I’m inspired by current champions, former champions, true competitors, people dedicated to their dream, hard workers, dreamers, believers, achievers.” – Conor McGregor

39. “If you deserve it, go get it.” – Conor McGregor

 

 

 

 

 

 

40. “It’s a tough pill to swallow but we can either run from our adversity or run to our adversity, take it head on and conquer it.” – Conor McGregor

41. “I’m not going to get somewhere and say, ‘OK, I’m done.’ Success is never final; I’ll just keep going. The same way as failure never being fatal. Just keep going. I’m going to the stars and then past them.” – Conor McGregor

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35 Epic Stan Lee Quotes

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Stan Lee is a living legend who co-created such iconic characters such as Spider Man, Daredevil, Black Panther, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, The X-Men and a bulk of The Avengers. In addition to his work within the comic book industry, he is also an author, producer, illustrator, and has appeared in every Marvel movie. While he is best known for inventing the heroes that continue to inspire millions of people today, he also brings a lot of insight & wisdom from his long career in the comic book industry.

Here are some of Stan Lee’s most inspiring quotes:

1. “I always sympathized with the people who did work for hire; I was one of them.“ – Stan Lee

2. “To have an idea is the easiest thing in the world. Everybody has ideas. But you have to take that idea and make it into something people will respond to – that’s hard.“ – Stan Lee

3. “My theory about why people like superheroes is that when we were kids, we all loved to read fairy tales. Fairy tales are all about things bigger than life…then you get a little bit older and you stop reading fairy tales but you don’t ever outgrow your love of them.” – Stan Lee

4. “Everybody learns differently and everybody gets to a certain point from a different direction.” – Stan Lee

5. “With great power comes great responsibility.” – Stan Lee

6. “I don’t have inspiration. I only have ideas. Ideas and deadlines.” – Stan Lee

7. “It’s fun doing something that hasn’t been done before” – Stan Lee

8. “When you work with people whom you like and you admire because they’re so good at what they do, it doesn’t feel like work. It’s like you’re playing” – Stan Lee

9. “Negative information is that which, immediately upon acquiring, causes the recipient to know less than he did before.” – Stan Lee

10. “I always figure I’m not unique, and something that would please me hopefully would please a lot of other people that have the same tastes that I do.” – Stan Lee

11. “I am very lucky because everything that I do is exciting to me. It’s always new.” – Stan Lee

12. “I wanted them to be diverse. The whole underlying principle of the X-Men was to try and be an anti-bigotry story to show there’s good in every person.” – Stan Lee

13. “Reading is very good. And you can quote me!” – Stan Lee

14. “I’m just somebody who tries to write things that entertain people. And if I can do it in a way that makes them prefer to emulate the good guy than the bad guy, I’m happy.” – Stan Lee

15. “If you are interested in what you do, that keeps you going!” – Stan Lee

16. “I’m very proud of being a hack. It’s why I’ve lived as long as I have, I think.” – Stan Lee

17. “The more you read, the better you’re going to become as a storyteller.” – Stan Lee

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18. “The only advice anybody can give is, if you wanna be a writer, keep writing. And read all you can, read everything.” – Stan Lee

19. “If you enjoy what you do, if you are interested in what you do, I really think that’s the best situation.” – Stan Lee

20. “It’s just, it’s fun to stay in the game.” – Stan Lee

21. “Achilles, without his heel, you wouldn’t even know his name today.” – Stan Lee

22. “Entertainment is one of the most important things in people’s lives. Without it, they might go off the deep end. I feel that if you’re able to entertain people, you’re doing a good thing.” – Stan Lee

23. “I don’t analyze things too closely. I find the more you analyze, the more you get away from spontaneity.” – Stan Lee

24. “No one has a perfect life. Everybody has something that he wishes was not the way it is.” – Stan Lee

25. “Luck is one of the most important things in the world and it really has a role to play in everything.” – Stan Lee

26. “Money’s okay, but what I really like is working.” – Stan Lee

27. “I don’t think superpowers automatically means there won’t be any personality problems, family problems, or even money problems. I just tried to write characters who are human beings who also have superpowers.” – Stan Lee

28. “We all wish we had super powers. We all wish we could do more than we can do.” – Stan Lee

29. “Excelsior!” – Stan Lee

30. “Life is never completely without its challenges” – Stan Lee

31. “Anything that entertains, that takes people away from their own problems, is good.” – Stan Lee

32. “Nobody has a perfect life. Everybody has something that he wishes was not the way it is.” – Stan Lee

33. “I’m happiest when I’m working. If I’m not working, I feel like I’m wasting my time.” – Stan Lee

34. “Every day there’s a new development…there’s no limit to the things that are happening.” – Stan Lee

35. “To tell you the truth, I never thought of myself as much of a success.” – Stan Lee

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32 P.T. Barnum Quotes On Succeeding In Life

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P.T. Barnum, known as The Greatest Showman, was one of the most progressive entrepreneurs of the 19th Century. Co-founding Barnum and Bailey’s Circus, P.T. made a name for himself by exposing the world to oddities and a show the likes of which had never been seen before. He is recognized for creating an entertainment empire whose legacy has lasted for almost 150 years.

Here are some of P.T. Barnum’s most motivational quotes:

1. “Money is in some respect life’s fire: it is a very excellent servant, but a terrible master.” – P.T. Barnum

2. “Politeness and civility are the best capital ever invested in business.” – P.T. Barnum

3. “Literature is one of the most interesting and significant expressions of humanity.” – P.T. Barnum

4. “Fortune always favors the brave, and never helps a man who does not help himself.” – P.T. Barnum

5. “Without promotion, something terrible happens…nothing!” – P.T. Barnum

6. “Unless a man enters upon the vocation intended for him by nature, and best suited to his peculiar genius, he cannot succeed. I am glad to believe that the majority of persons do find their right vocation.” – P.T. Barnum

7. “If you hesitate, some bolder hand will stretch out before you and get the prize.” – P.T. Barnum

8. “No man has a right to expect to succeed in life unless he understands his business, and nobody can understand his business thoroughly unless he learns it by personal application and experience.” – P.T. Barnum

9. “The best charity is to help those who are willing to help themselves.” – P.T. Barnum

10. “When a man is in the right path, he must persevere.” – P.T. Barnum

11. “More persons, on the whole, are humbugged by believing in nothing, than by believing too much.” – P.T. Barnum

12. “The truth is, the more kind and liberal a man is, the more generous will be the patronage bestowed upon him.” – P.T. Barnum

13. “Science is the pursuit of pure truth, and the systematizing of it.” – P.T. Barnum

14. “The foundation of success in life is good health: that is the substratum fortune; it is also the basis of happiness. A person cannot accumulate a fortune very well when he is sick.” – P.T. Barnum

15. “You must exercise your caution in laying your plans, but be bold in carrying them out.” – P.T. Barnum

16. “The possession of a perfect knowledge of your business is an absolute necessity in order to insure success.” – P.T. Barnum

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17. “If I shoot at the sun, I may hit a star.” – P.T. Barnum

18. “Whatever you do, do it with all your might. Work at it early and late, in season and out of season, not leaving a stone unturned, and never deferring for a single hour that which can be done just as well as now.”  – P.T. Barnum

19. “Money is good for nothing unless you know the value of it by experience.”  – P.T. Barnum

20. “To me there is no picture so beautiful as smiling, bright-eyed, happy children; no music so sweet as their clear and ringing laughter.” – P.T. Barnum

21. “Energy and patience in business are two indispensable elements of success.” – P.T. Barnum

22. “Every crowd has a silver lining.” – P.T. Barnum

23. “There is no such thing in the world as luck. There never was a man who could go out in the morning and find a purse full of gold in the street today, and another tomorrow, and so on, day after day: He may do so once in his life; but so far as mere luck is concerned, he is as liable to lose it as to find it.” – P.T. Barnum

24. “To forgive heals the wound, to forget heals the scar.” – P.T. Barnum

25. “The great ambition should be to excel all others engaged in the same occupation.” – P.T. Barnum

26. “Never attempt to catch a whale with a minnow.” – P.T. Barnum

27. “The plan of ‘counting the chickens before they are hatched’ is an error of ancient date, but it does not seem to improve by age.” – P.T. Barnum

28. “Your success depends on what you do yourself, with your own means.” – P.T. Barnum

29. “Let your motto be ‘Excelsior,’ for living up to it there is no such word as fail.” – P.T. Barnum

30. “Constant hammering on one nail will generally drive it home at last, so that it can be clinched. When a man’s undivided attention is centered on one object, his mind will constantly be suggesting improvements of value, which would escape him if his brain was occupied by a dozen different subjects at once.” – P.T. Barnum

31. “The noblest art is that of making others happy.” – P.T. Barnum

32. “There is scarcely anything that drags a person down like debt.” – P.T. Barnum

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How To Make The Next Big Decision In Your Life.

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At regular intervals in your life, you have to make that challenging next big decision.

Life goes along just fine until one day you instinctively know that you have to make a giant change. This change comes about because we need to keep growing. Otherwise we die inside.

Making that next big decision has been something I’ve had to become an expert in over the last 12 months. I had to make the following big decisions:

– Am I always going to be a salesperson or can I go back to being a leader again?
– Is it possible to overcome my fear of public speaking so I can inspire people?
– Is traveling the world something I’m always going to be stopped from doing?
– Where is my love life going? Will I always be single or with someone who’s not right?

These have been very tough decisions to make.

I’ve had some epic failures trying to answer these questions. Here are some examples:

– I tried becoming more technical in my career. I hated it. I only enjoy high-level technical info.
– I gave a few speeches and sucked big time. My face was as red as a tomato.
– I went on a few overseas trips and fear nearly got the best of me.
– I made a bold move to go on lots of dates and find a girl that was right for me. Most of my attempts failed – except one.

Right now, the reason I’m writing this blog post is because I need to change my career. I’ve stopped learning. I’m starting to think I know everything in my field of expertise. I’ve become comfortable. I’m experiencing frustration because I’m surrounded by the wrong people.

These are all warning signs that it’s time to make the next big decision in your life.

 

Making the next big decision is playing on the offense.

Playing on the offense means that you are being proactive. It means you are skating to where the puck in Ice Hockey is going, not where it is right at this point in time.

The moment you start playing defense and protecting your position, you stop growing.

“Standing still is like being in the middle of a battlefield with no gun and no ammo and hoping not to get shot”

To stay on the offense, you have to recognize the signs I mentioned above and then make that big decision. When you’re forced to make that next big decision, that’s when you’re screwed. Being forced to make the decision means that you no longer have time on your side.

You end up settling for second best because you are in a hurry to make that big decision and you can’t proactively figure out what’s right for you. You don’t get the chance to speak with your network or your mentors and sense check what your next move is going to be.

 

Become comfortable with not having all the answers.

Making the next big decision will require you to be okay with not having all the answers. While you can do your research and speak to people who you trust about the decision, you won’t know the outcome until you try.

Maybe you’ll hate your next career move.
Maybe starting a business is the worst idea for you.
Maybe marrying that person will end in divorce.

It’s impossible to know the answers beforehand so you have to understand that things could go your way or they could end in disaster. This is a positive.

“You either get what you want, or you get to learn one of those life lessons that will help you become more self-aware and make you more resilient”

 

Not making that big decision is far worse.

You’ll know when you’ve reached the crossroad. Deep down you’ll know when it’s time to make that next gigantic step. Ignoring the signs is far worse than making that big decision and then having it all blow up in your face.

Failing to make that big decision ends up in regret.

“Regret slowly eats away at your confidence and your ability to be courageous”

Your head becomes full of white noise that drowns out the good ideas and clear thinking that will make you successful.

Go and meet people who are seventy years of age and older at a retirement village. Listen to their regrets and the decisions they wish they made. This will give you perspective. Continually dreaming about where that next big decision could lead is a waste of your energy.

Try something new for three months and then if it doesn’t work out it’s cool. There are thousands of opportunities and there is no one thing, no one person, no one idea, no one business that will give you everything you want.

 

Prepare and execute.

Big decisions creep up on you like a snake ready to bite you in the ass for disrupting its sunbaking session with your loud ass walking. If you don’t prepare, then you’ll get taken by surprise. Get good at writing lists on your phone.

Be prepared for the possible outcomes of your big decision and work out if there are more positives than negatives.

Once you are prepared, face into the decision and execute. Take the island and burn the boats behind you. Rip up your Plan B and execute like your life depends on it (well it does actually).

 

Be prepared to be blindsided.

That’s right. Surprises are going to happen. You can plan and still have the whole decision blow up in your face. Be prepared for stuff to come out of nowhere and risk everything you’ve put on the line.

I’m about to make my next career move and there are going to be things I can’t see. People are always going to tell you that working with them in their business is going to be amazing. They sell you the dream work-life balance, how great the people are, how you’re going to change the world.

It’s near impossible to know if they’re full of the brown stuff, but that’s okay. Trust your gut. If it all falls apart, then you get to make the next big decision far quicker than you expected.

In my case, I’ve had so many big decisions go wrong that I’ve become an expert in making big decisions and preparing for the myriad of outcomes that could transpire.

 

When would now be a good time?

That’s what I tell myself when I’m faced with a big decision. The best time to decide is right now. It will never be the right time. You’ll never have enough knowledge, you’ll never be perfect, you’ll never be ready, the economy will never be right.

So if there’s never a good time, then the best time has to be now. You can’t predict the future so you may as well focus on right now and take the wild bull that is your life by the horns.

Act with courage and now will always be a good time. Keep jumping at pretend shadows and you’ll never make a decision.

 

Failing to make decisions is what’s stopping you from moving forward.

If you feel you’re not where you want to be or you’re unhappy with any part of your life, it’s because you haven’t made the big decisions.

You’re fat? Change your diet and go to the gym.
You’re broke? Learn to control your spending.
You’re unhappy? Decide to stop focusing on yourself and focus on others.
You’re poor? Go on the Internet and find ways to make extra money.

There’s always an answer to your problems. The answer is always to make the next big decision with courage. The answer is always to believe in yourself. Everything will work out for the best. Trust me.

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  1. Annie

    Mar 18, 2015 at 12:23 am

    There are so many awesome quotes here… but 24. “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” – Winston Churchill stands out for me… choosing a positive attitude is such a game changer (especially when things go wrong).

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40 Ambitious Barbara Corcoran Quotes

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Barbara Corcoran is a well recognized author, investor, entrepreneur, and regular shark on the hit show Shark Tank. However, this success comes from the humblest of origins. As a child, Barbara was told she would never succeed after realizing that she had a learning disability. After continuous setbacks, Barbara hustled and rose to the top of New York’s ambitious real estate market where she remains an all-star.

Here are Barbara Corcoran’s best quotes:

1. “Don’t you dare underestimate the power of your own instinct.” – Barbara Corcoran

2. “I have a theory and I really believe it. I think you’re worse weakness can become your greatest single strength.” – Barbara Corcoran

3. “A complainer is like a Death Eater because there’s a suction of negative energy. You can catch a great attitude from great people.” – Barbara Corcoran

4. “In New York City the meek don’t inherit the earth. The big mouth does.” – Barbara Corcoran

5. “The best time to expand is when people are asleep at the wheel.” – Barbara Corcoran

6. “The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves.” – Barbara Corcoran

7. “Always choose attitude over experience. Always.” – Barbara Corcoran

 

 

 

 

 

8. “Good leaders are not born, they are people who try hard to be exceptional.” – Barbara Corcoran

9. “The joy is in getting there. The beginning years of starting your business, the camaraderie when you’re in the pit together, are the best years of your life. So rather than being focused on when you get big and powerful, if you can just get the juice out of that…don’t miss it.” – Barbara Corcoran

10. “It’s normal to get stuck, but stupid to stay stuck.” – Barbara Corcoran

11. “My best successes came of the heels of failure.” – Barbara Corcoran

12. “If you want to t have a creative culture, you can’t get it by reading books. You get it by example.” – Barbara Corcoran

13. “When you’re building a business, you’re either all in or you’re not.” – Barbara Corcoran

14. “Use your imagination to fill in the blanks.” – Barbara Corcoran

15. “I gave up years ago on the concept that you could actually have balance in your life, I think it’s a phantom chase.” – Barbara Corcoran

16. “I wanted to be 150 percent entrepreneur and 150 percent mom, and I found that I was having a very hard time doing both. I was about 75 percent and 75 percent – still better than 100 percent, but not what I was accustomed to at work.” – Barbara Corcoran

17. “A good organization is like a box of crayons. You need different colors of the spectrum, but all the crayons should fit in the box.” – Barbara Corcoran

18. “Innovation and creativity are the juiciest parts of running a business.” – Barbara Corcoran

19. “Don’t get cocky just because you’ve had a good run. You can lose your business as fast as you’ve earned it.” – Barbara Corcoran

20. “Just go for it. You don’t want to end up with regret.” – Barbara Corcoran

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21. “Forget about perfection; it doesn’t exist.” – Barbara Corcoran

22. “If you get labeled a winner, people come along for the ride. Might as well enjoy it and they should too.” – Barbara Corcoran

23. “Taking chances almost always makes for happy endings.” – Barbara Corcoran

24. “Leaders come in two flavors; expanders and containers. The best leadership teams have a mix of both.” – Barbara Corcoran

25. “If people like you, they’re going to want to do business with you. And if they don’t you’re going to have an almost insurmountable obstacle to overcome.” – Barbara Corcoran

26. “Finding opportunity is a matter of believing it’s there.” – Barbara Corcoran

27. “When you think you’re failing, you feel like people are watching you. I found that nobody is watching and all they care about is themselves.” – Barbara Corcoran

28. “If you’re working for the love of money, you won’t ever get any” – Barbara Corcoran

29. “The truth is you can teach any skill, but you cannot change a bad attitude.” – Barbara Corcoran

30. “Luck is a byproduct of hard work and good judgement.” – Barbara Corcoran

31. “I love myself and anything that has my name I’m tickled to death.” – Barbara Corcoran

32. “My biggest strength as a child, I realize now, was my imagination. While every other kid was reading and writing, I had seven whole hours a day to practice my imagination. When do you get that space in your life ever?” – Barbara Corcoran

33. “You can’t study to be an entrepreneur. Sometimes, you just have to jump.” – Barbara Corcoran

34. “That ability to pop back up is true of anyone who succeeds in their field.” – Barbara Corcoran

35. “Its your game; make up your own rules.” – Barbara Corcoran

36. “I had twenty-two jobs before I started my business at the age of twenty-three and I didn’t want one more boss telling me what to do. So I was motivated simply because I didn’t want a boss.” – Barbara Corcoran

37. “Procrastination is the enemy of success and the guilt of not doing something always steals your energy.” – Barbara Corcoran

38. “The hardest lessons to learn is that you’re more capable than you think you are.” – Barbara Corcoran

39. “My best advice is to play up what you’re good at instead of sitting around criticizing yourself for all the things you don’t do well.” – Barbara Corcoran

40. “Everyone recognizes and responds well to people who act like themselves. You don’t have to be fancy, you just have to be yourself.” – Barbara Corcoran

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41 Epic Conor McGregor Quotes

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Conor McGregor is a Irish fighting legend. He is the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion and the former UFC Featherwight Champion. Often regarded as one of the cockiest fighters in MMA, McGregor has every right to be. From working 12 hours a day as a plumbers apprentice to becoming one of the most recognized fighters of all time, McGregor understands the value of faith, hard work, and patience. He knew that success is a mindset and used his drive to achieve massive success. He continues to be idolized even by those outside of the fighting ring.

Here are Conor McGregor’s most motivating quotes:

1. “Life is about growing and improving and getting better.” – Conor McGregor

2. “I wish everyone well, but you need to focus on yourself. You need to stop putting your hand out. Everyone wants handouts. Everyone wants things for free. You’ve got to put in the world. You’ve got to grind. You’ve got to go through the struggle, and you’ve got to get it.” – Conor McGregor

3. “Life’s a rollercoaster. You’re up one minute; You’re down one minute. But who doesn’t like rollercoasters?” – Conor McGregor

4. “The more you seek the uncomfortable, the more you will become comfortable.” – Conor McGregor

5. “I keep having dreams of vivid success. Then it’s time to sleep.” – Conor McGregor

6. “When you have a vision and you see that vision come true, it really only shows you that anything can happen, you can do it all.” – Conor McGregor

7. “Nothing good ever comes from worrying or sitting there feeling sorry for yourself. Keep positive and keep pushing on and things will turn good.” – Conor McGregor

8. “I don’t feel pressure in a negative way. I like pressure. I feel excitement and calm at the same time. No pressure, no diamonds. I want pressure: pressure creates drama, creates emotion.” – Conor McGregor

9. “Approach everything with an open mind, with a learning mind. You will never stop learning as long as you keep the mindset that everything works, because everything does work. There’s a time and a place for every single move. If you work on it enough, it will work.” – Conor McGregor

10. “Doubt is only removed by action. It you’re not working then that’s where doubt comes in.” – Conor McGregor

11. “At the end of the day, you’ve gotta feel some way. So why not feel unbeatable? Why not feel untouchable?” – Conor McGregor

12. “There’s no talent here. This is hard work. This is obsession. Talent does not exist.” – Conor McGregor

13. “What defines us is how we rise after falling.” – Conor McGregor

14. “Smart work pays best. Trust it.” – Conor McGregor

15. “To do anything to a high level, it has to be total obsession.” – Conor McGregor

16. “Nothing good ever comes from worrying or sitting there feeling sorry for yourself. Keep positive and keep pushing on and things will turn good.” – Conor McGregor

17. “Winners focus on winning. Losers focus on winning.” – Conor McGregor

18. “All that matters is how you see yourself. If you see yourself as the king, with all the belts and everything, and no matter what no one else says, as long as you see that, and really believe in it, then that’s what’s going to happen.” – Conor McGregor

19. “Defeat is the secret ingredient to success.” – Conor McGregor

20. “Real champions fight through adversity.” – Conor McGregor

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21. “I have never encountered a winner that held hate towards something.” – Conor McGregor

22. “Excellence is not a skill. Excellence is an attitude.” – Conor McGregor

23. “Look out for those who look out for you. Loyalty is everything.” – Conor McGregor

24. “Don’t read the paper, make the paper.” – Conor McGregor

25. “My success isn’t a result of arrogance – it’s a result of belief.” – Conor McGregor

26. “Don’t hide nothing. Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind. Don’t care about what other people thing. Be yourself: you are what you are.” – Conor McGregor

27. “When I say something’s going to happen, it’s going to happen.” – Conor McGregor

28. “I am not afraid of saying something and going and pursuing it. That’s it. I see it in my mind. I say it loud. I go and do it.” – Conor McGregor

29. “The thing about truth is, not a lot of people can handle it.” – Conor McGregor

30. “You might win some, you might lose some. But you go in, you challenge yourself, you become a better man, a better individual, a better fighter.” – Conor McGregor

31. “Be grateful with everything you have and you will be successful in everything you do.” – Conor McGregor

32. “Be passionate, be optimistic, be grateful.” – Conor McGregor

33. “Learning something new is a great feeling. The feeling of progress.” – Conor McGregor

34. “My success isn’t the result of arrogance, it’s the result of belief.” – Conor McGregor

35. “I enjoy competition. I enjoy challenges. If a challenge is in front of me and it appeals to me, I will go ahead and conquer it.” – Conor McGregor

36. “Failure is not an option for me. Success is all I envision.” – Conor McGregor

37. “People like to blame others. I think a person should just look at their own situation, look around them, find out what they wish to do, and seek and go and do that. And that’s it.” – Conor McGregor

38. “I take inspiration from everyone and everything. I’m inspired by current champions, former champions, true competitors, people dedicated to their dream, hard workers, dreamers, believers, achievers.” – Conor McGregor

39. “If you deserve it, go get it.” – Conor McGregor

 

 

 

 

 

 

40. “It’s a tough pill to swallow but we can either run from our adversity or run to our adversity, take it head on and conquer it.” – Conor McGregor

41. “I’m not going to get somewhere and say, ‘OK, I’m done.’ Success is never final; I’ll just keep going. The same way as failure never being fatal. Just keep going. I’m going to the stars and then past them.” – Conor McGregor

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35 Epic Stan Lee Quotes

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Stan Lee is a living legend who co-created such iconic characters such as Spider Man, Daredevil, Black Panther, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, The X-Men and a bulk of The Avengers. In addition to his work within the comic book industry, he is also an author, producer, illustrator, and has appeared in every Marvel movie. While he is best known for inventing the heroes that continue to inspire millions of people today, he also brings a lot of insight & wisdom from his long career in the comic book industry.

Here are some of Stan Lee’s most inspiring quotes:

1. “I always sympathized with the people who did work for hire; I was one of them.“ – Stan Lee

2. “To have an idea is the easiest thing in the world. Everybody has ideas. But you have to take that idea and make it into something people will respond to – that’s hard.“ – Stan Lee

3. “My theory about why people like superheroes is that when we were kids, we all loved to read fairy tales. Fairy tales are all about things bigger than life…then you get a little bit older and you stop reading fairy tales but you don’t ever outgrow your love of them.” – Stan Lee

4. “Everybody learns differently and everybody gets to a certain point from a different direction.” – Stan Lee

5. “With great power comes great responsibility.” – Stan Lee

6. “I don’t have inspiration. I only have ideas. Ideas and deadlines.” – Stan Lee

7. “It’s fun doing something that hasn’t been done before” – Stan Lee

8. “When you work with people whom you like and you admire because they’re so good at what they do, it doesn’t feel like work. It’s like you’re playing” – Stan Lee

9. “Negative information is that which, immediately upon acquiring, causes the recipient to know less than he did before.” – Stan Lee

10. “I always figure I’m not unique, and something that would please me hopefully would please a lot of other people that have the same tastes that I do.” – Stan Lee

11. “I am very lucky because everything that I do is exciting to me. It’s always new.” – Stan Lee

12. “I wanted them to be diverse. The whole underlying principle of the X-Men was to try and be an anti-bigotry story to show there’s good in every person.” – Stan Lee

13. “Reading is very good. And you can quote me!” – Stan Lee

14. “I’m just somebody who tries to write things that entertain people. And if I can do it in a way that makes them prefer to emulate the good guy than the bad guy, I’m happy.” – Stan Lee

15. “If you are interested in what you do, that keeps you going!” – Stan Lee

16. “I’m very proud of being a hack. It’s why I’ve lived as long as I have, I think.” – Stan Lee

17. “The more you read, the better you’re going to become as a storyteller.” – Stan Lee

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18. “The only advice anybody can give is, if you wanna be a writer, keep writing. And read all you can, read everything.” – Stan Lee

19. “If you enjoy what you do, if you are interested in what you do, I really think that’s the best situation.” – Stan Lee

20. “It’s just, it’s fun to stay in the game.” – Stan Lee

21. “Achilles, without his heel, you wouldn’t even know his name today.” – Stan Lee

22. “Entertainment is one of the most important things in people’s lives. Without it, they might go off the deep end. I feel that if you’re able to entertain people, you’re doing a good thing.” – Stan Lee

23. “I don’t analyze things too closely. I find the more you analyze, the more you get away from spontaneity.” – Stan Lee

24. “No one has a perfect life. Everybody has something that he wishes was not the way it is.” – Stan Lee

25. “Luck is one of the most important things in the world and it really has a role to play in everything.” – Stan Lee

26. “Money’s okay, but what I really like is working.” – Stan Lee

27. “I don’t think superpowers automatically means there won’t be any personality problems, family problems, or even money problems. I just tried to write characters who are human beings who also have superpowers.” – Stan Lee

28. “We all wish we had super powers. We all wish we could do more than we can do.” – Stan Lee

29. “Excelsior!” – Stan Lee

30. “Life is never completely without its challenges” – Stan Lee

31. “Anything that entertains, that takes people away from their own problems, is good.” – Stan Lee

32. “Nobody has a perfect life. Everybody has something that he wishes was not the way it is.” – Stan Lee

33. “I’m happiest when I’m working. If I’m not working, I feel like I’m wasting my time.” – Stan Lee

34. “Every day there’s a new development…there’s no limit to the things that are happening.” – Stan Lee

35. “To tell you the truth, I never thought of myself as much of a success.” – Stan Lee

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32 P.T. Barnum Quotes On Succeeding In Life

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P.T. Barnum, known as The Greatest Showman, was one of the most progressive entrepreneurs of the 19th Century. Co-founding Barnum and Bailey’s Circus, P.T. made a name for himself by exposing the world to oddities and a show the likes of which had never been seen before. He is recognized for creating an entertainment empire whose legacy has lasted for almost 150 years.

Here are some of P.T. Barnum’s most motivational quotes:

1. “Money is in some respect life’s fire: it is a very excellent servant, but a terrible master.” – P.T. Barnum

2. “Politeness and civility are the best capital ever invested in business.” – P.T. Barnum

3. “Literature is one of the most interesting and significant expressions of humanity.” – P.T. Barnum

4. “Fortune always favors the brave, and never helps a man who does not help himself.” – P.T. Barnum

5. “Without promotion, something terrible happens…nothing!” – P.T. Barnum

6. “Unless a man enters upon the vocation intended for him by nature, and best suited to his peculiar genius, he cannot succeed. I am glad to believe that the majority of persons do find their right vocation.” – P.T. Barnum

7. “If you hesitate, some bolder hand will stretch out before you and get the prize.” – P.T. Barnum

8. “No man has a right to expect to succeed in life unless he understands his business, and nobody can understand his business thoroughly unless he learns it by personal application and experience.” – P.T. Barnum

9. “The best charity is to help those who are willing to help themselves.” – P.T. Barnum

10. “When a man is in the right path, he must persevere.” – P.T. Barnum

11. “More persons, on the whole, are humbugged by believing in nothing, than by believing too much.” – P.T. Barnum

12. “The truth is, the more kind and liberal a man is, the more generous will be the patronage bestowed upon him.” – P.T. Barnum

13. “Science is the pursuit of pure truth, and the systematizing of it.” – P.T. Barnum

14. “The foundation of success in life is good health: that is the substratum fortune; it is also the basis of happiness. A person cannot accumulate a fortune very well when he is sick.” – P.T. Barnum

15. “You must exercise your caution in laying your plans, but be bold in carrying them out.” – P.T. Barnum

16. “The possession of a perfect knowledge of your business is an absolute necessity in order to insure success.” – P.T. Barnum

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17. “If I shoot at the sun, I may hit a star.” – P.T. Barnum

18. “Whatever you do, do it with all your might. Work at it early and late, in season and out of season, not leaving a stone unturned, and never deferring for a single hour that which can be done just as well as now.”  – P.T. Barnum

19. “Money is good for nothing unless you know the value of it by experience.”  – P.T. Barnum

20. “To me there is no picture so beautiful as smiling, bright-eyed, happy children; no music so sweet as their clear and ringing laughter.” – P.T. Barnum

21. “Energy and patience in business are two indispensable elements of success.” – P.T. Barnum

22. “Every crowd has a silver lining.” – P.T. Barnum

23. “There is no such thing in the world as luck. There never was a man who could go out in the morning and find a purse full of gold in the street today, and another tomorrow, and so on, day after day: He may do so once in his life; but so far as mere luck is concerned, he is as liable to lose it as to find it.” – P.T. Barnum

24. “To forgive heals the wound, to forget heals the scar.” – P.T. Barnum

25. “The great ambition should be to excel all others engaged in the same occupation.” – P.T. Barnum

26. “Never attempt to catch a whale with a minnow.” – P.T. Barnum

27. “The plan of ‘counting the chickens before they are hatched’ is an error of ancient date, but it does not seem to improve by age.” – P.T. Barnum

28. “Your success depends on what you do yourself, with your own means.” – P.T. Barnum

29. “Let your motto be ‘Excelsior,’ for living up to it there is no such word as fail.” – P.T. Barnum

30. “Constant hammering on one nail will generally drive it home at last, so that it can be clinched. When a man’s undivided attention is centered on one object, his mind will constantly be suggesting improvements of value, which would escape him if his brain was occupied by a dozen different subjects at once.” – P.T. Barnum

31. “The noblest art is that of making others happy.” – P.T. Barnum

32. “There is scarcely anything that drags a person down like debt.” – P.T. Barnum

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