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40 Action-Provoking Quotes From Some of the World’s Most Talented Millennials

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In 3 Billion Under 30  from TED speaker and award-winning author Jared Kleinert, 75 of the world’s top-performing Millennial entrepreneurs, celebrities, athletes, philanthropists, and more share their first-person experiences and “lessons learned” from finding and acting on their passions in life.

The quotes below, provided by these Avengers-esque individuals, will leave you energized and ready to take action on the things you care about most in your career and in your personal life.

Here are 40 Action-Provoking Quotes From Some Of The World’s Most Talented Millennials:

1. “We brought our line of designer sunglasses with us to New York and transformed into walking advertisements. When people learned where we were coming from and where we wanted to go, they literally bought our glasses right off our faces. It was a crazy feeling.” – Coco & Breezy

2. “I’ve never been scared of opening up or being vulnerable with my audience.” – Kristina Bazan

3. “The biggest lesson has been that I thought I was supposed to look for happiness out there. I thought happiness was something that happens to you. Something you wait around for and expect to show up. What I learned was that happiness grows inside of you as a RESULT of something you DO.” – Shane Feldman

4. “Replace your goals with intentions. Goals are mind-oriented, while intentions sprout from your heart and a deeper awareness. Set clear, specific intentions and then trust the process of your life.” – Chandresh Bhardwaj

5. “To succeed you probably need to do more than “give it your all.” You need to give it your all over and over again. You can graduate at the top of your class, secure a round of funding, get amazing reviews from beta testers and venture capitalists, earn press—and you can still screw up. And that’s okay.” – Alex Klokus

6. “No matter what you may think about yourself, your situation, and where you come from, you have the opportunity to contribute.” – Andrew Jenks

7. “Real progress and innovation happen when we pursue new ideas and learn through tinkering, art, and play. In doing so, we improve our lives both personally and professionally. We make failure feel safe as just part of the ongoing experimental process and increase our chances of solving the world’s most difficult problems.” – Matthew Brimer

8. “No matter what decision you have to make, or whatever risks you’re weighing, good will come from whatever you choose to do. You will always learn something from both positive and negative situations.” – Jake Paul

9. “Instead of letting fear of failure rule my life, I decided to develop an unconventional career out of my hobbies. When I first started crafting my businesses, I didn’t have all the answers as to how I’d acquire wealth through my passions, but I respected the process of figuring it out along the way.” – Karen Civil

10. “I’ve kept saying yes to adventures in pursuit of a story” – Kevin Roose

11. “Once you realize the reason behind your fears, it’s easier to push past them because you can take proactive steps to face them directly.” – Saira Blair

12. “It took me over a decade to realize that helping others through your empowered self and stepping into your greatness is one of the most difficult but satisfying personal transformations.”- Erica Lee

13. “Fifty percent of my newfound success came from hard work and my ability to see a niche. The other half was pure luck.” – Shaun McBride

14. “I’ve shown the world that women can have equal rights and abilities as men. I want you to do the same. Stand up for what you believe.” – Behnaz Shafeili

15. “By choosing to tackle a manageable subsection of a larger problem—rather than insisting on a perfect solution—we can make actual progress on these big social issues.” – Kai Kloepfer

16. “You reach a base level of success by saying yes to everything. By reading everything. By being a sponge. But once you have reached that modest level of success, the only way forward is no.” – Connor Grooms

17. “Whenever you find yourself in a new place where no one knows your story, credibility, or experience, one of the most important things you can do is make yourself known by providing value to the group. Your actions speak louder than words.” – Robert Klubenspies

18. “Find a way to make money online that would not require you to be in a specific location. It can be as simple as teaching languages online, doing web design, writing articles, or as difficult as running a multi-million dollar online startup.” – Jacob Laukaitis

19. “All we can control is our effort, our preparation, and our thoughts.” – Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir

20. “We need more young people to come up with ideas that will help us evolve as a country and continent in the global marketplace, but in order to do this, we must first instill in our youth the right kind of mindsets about their futures.” – Reabetswe Molapo

21. “While awards and recognitions are great, they only define success in one way.” – Cyrene Quiamco

22. “My friends and I expected our “come up” to be something bigger. We dreamt of making an impact on the world, getting even bigger houses, and taking care of our parents. We wanted to make them proud.” – Gerard Adams

23. “Most people stop getting uncomfortable. In fact, many people orient their time and energy to maximize their comfort; they search for it and grab onto it, which crushes the trajectory of growth.” – Evan Burns

24. “Through this winding road of nontraditional experiences earned by challenging conventional wisdom, I’ve made lots of mistakes and learned an equal amount of lessons.” – Nick Arnett

25. “Don’t assume that anyone has it all figured out. Don’t assume that anyone knows better than you.” – Amanda Gutterman

26. “Being able to have gratitude for your employees and unique perspective they can give you is huge.” – Jacqueline Ros

27. “The key to kickass communication is “understanding.” Working hard to spare your judgment in favor of focusing on solutions, action, and empathy.” – Gesche Haas

28. “It’s a big mistake not to invest in your network because they can’t do something for you right away.” – Jayson Gaignard

29. “The funny thing is this is this type of focus is totally natural and achievable by everyone. In order to release our true god-given potential, we have to get back to nature.” – Eric Toczko

30. “If there’s anything I’ve learned from a decade of working in the industry, it would be the importance of taking the time to educate yourself and your employees about all the expenses involved in running a business.” – Tara Ansley

31. “I’d failed over and over before, and I knew I had to keep pushing because there’s always someone out there who has it worse.” – Neil Patel

32. “When someone says “no”, take it as a challenge to reframe the opportunity in another way that will make that same person say “yes” later.” – Andrea Simon

33. “Ask yourself: What wisdom is hiding in this moment?” – Caroline Ghosn

34. “Without that ability to communicate, people’s ideas and insights can easily stay trapped in their inner monologues.” – Cloe Shasha

35. “Most importantly, believe in the goodness of others, because they will be there for you when you need them.” – David Finn

36. “When an entity has been building momentum for so long, the slightest change in direction is difficult to achieve.” – Jessica Gerson

37. “If you are bothered by something, don’t complain. Be the change, because you are just as ready and equipped as anyone else.” – Pocket (Yiqing) Sun

38. “By doing and exploring alongside the very best, you will accelerate the discovery of your own passions.” – Tiffany Pham

39. “The drive to “create awesome things and share them with the world” pushed the boundaries of my intellectual curiosity and helped me maintain a life-changing love affair with learning new skills and combining them in unique ways.” – Roberto Blake

40. “If we lose touch with our friends, what’s the point of success? Why climb to the top of a mountain, if you can’t turn to see your friend there with you?” – Charlie Hoehn

Which of these quotes from these inspiring millennials is your favorite? Leave your thoughts below!

Jared Kleinert is an entrepreneur, TED and keynote speaker, and award-winning author who’s been named USA Today's "Most Connected Millennial" after spending years identifying and connecting hundreds of the world's smartest and most talented Millennials. His next book 3 Billion Under 30 is out now, and you can get 5 free stories from his new book atwww.3billionunder30.com. You can also say hi at jared@3billionunder30.com.

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  1. Brian Robben

    Jan 26, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Quote number 19. “All we can control is our effort, our preparation, and our thoughts.” – Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir, touched me the most. It’s so simple but incredibly effective given enough energy and time.

  2. Mishka

    Jan 22, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    33. “Ask yourself: What wisdom is hiding in this moment?” – Caroline Ghosn?

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16 Insightful Shakira Quotes

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Shakira is a internationally recognized singer, actor, and philanthropist.  She has won multiple entertainment related awards and her music has reached the ears of billions. Starting her singing career at the young age of 13, Shakira has been forced to adapt and innovate in order to reach new audiences and maintain her status as a household name.  From music, to movies, to starting her own fragrance line; Shakira is a force to be reckoned with

Here are some words of wisdom from her decades of experience:

1. “In this life, to earn your place you have to fight for it.” – Shakira

2. “I know what it’s like to feel that fear and the need of affirmation and appreciation. To build confidence in yourself is the toughest thing.” – Shakira

3. “Scars remind me of just how far that I’ve come.” – Shakira

4. “There’s no better makeup than self-confidence.” – Shakira

5. “I always had the intuition, even as a little child, that I was called for a big project.” – Shakira

6. “Live your life to the fullest.” – Shakira

7. “My brain, I believe, is the most beautiful part of my body.” – Shakira

8. “We have to promote human solidarity, avoid indifference, and play a part with society in the solution of the problem of violence…” – Shakira

9. “Walking gets too boring, when you learn how to fly.” – Shakira

10. “I prefer an ugly truth to a pretty lie. If someone is telling me the truth that is when I will give my heart.” – Shakira

11. “I want some day to be able to love with the same intensity and unselfishness that parents love their children with.” – Shakira

12. “You can’t achieve anything in life without a small amount of sacrifice.” – Shakira

13. “Everyone can know what is in my heart because I find it hard to conceal myself.” – Shakira

14. “In the full light of day, I don’t want to think about the sunset.” – Shakira

15. “Relationships have to have a give and take if they’re going to work in the long term.” – Shakira

16. “My brain, I believe, is the most beautiful part of my body.” – Shakira

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39 Awe-Inspiring Quotes From Simon Sinek

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Simon Sinek in an internationally recognized author, speaker, and business consultant.  His TED Talk How Great Leaders Inspire Action is listed as the third most popular presentation of all time.  He has gone on to write four best-selling books including his most recent Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team.  Simon has even made an appearance on the #askgaryvee show.  His advice & insight has inspired millions of people to improve their lives and businesses.

Here are just a few of his insightful words of wisdom:

1. “Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress; working hard for something we love is called passion.” – Simon Sinek

2. “A team is not a group of people that work together. A team is a group of people that trust each other.” – Simon Sinek

3. “I find, when you’re an optimist, life has a funny way of looking after you.” – Simon Sinek

4. “The great leaders are not the strongest, they are the ones who are honest about their weaknesses. The great leaders are not the smartest; they are the ones who admit how much they don’t know. The great leaders can’t do everything; they are the ones who look to others to help them. Great leaders don’t see themselves as great; they see themselves as human.” – Simon Sinek

5. “Life is beautiful not because of the things we see or do. Life is beautiful because of the people we meet.” – Simon Sinek

6. “People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe.” – Simon Sinek

7. “Vision is the ability to talk about the future with such clarity it is as if we are talking about the past.” – Simon Sinek

8. “It is better to disappoint people with the truth than to appease them with a lie.” – Simon Sinek

9. “When we help ourselves, we find moments of happiness. When we help others, we find lasting fulfillment.” – Simon Sinek

10. “Some see risk as a reason not to try. Some see it as an obstacle to overcome. The risk is the same; to try or not depends on your perspective.” – Simon Sinek

11. “Achievement happens when we pursue and attain what we want. Success comes when we are in clear pursuit of Why we want it.” – Simon Sinek

12. “No matter when or where, always bring your ‘A’ game, because you never know when it will open doors for you.” – Simon Sinek

13. “As the Zen Buddhist saying goes, how you do anything is how you do everything.” –Simon Sinek,

14. “Always plan for the fact that no plan ever goes according to plan.” – Simon Sinek

15. “Knowledge is understanding based on what has been studied and learned. Wisdom is understanding based on what has been felt and experienced.” – Simon Sinek

16. “Confidence is believing in yourself. Arrogance is telling others you’re better than they are. Confidence inspires. Arrogance destroys.” – Simon Sinek

17. “When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.” – Simon Sinek

18. “Dream big. Start small. But most of all, start.” – Simon Sinek

19. “A leader’s job is not to do the work for others; it’s to help others figure out how to do it themselves, to get things done and to succeed beyond what they thought possible.” – Simon Sinek

20. “What good is an idea if it remains an idea? Try. Experiment. Iterate. Fail. Try again. Change the world.” – Simon Sinek

21. “There is a difference between listening and waiting for your turn to speak.” – Simon Sinek

22. “You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.” –  Simon Sinek

23. “More information is always better than less. When people know the reason things are happening, even if it’s bad news, they can adjust their expectations and react accordingly. Keeping people in the dark only serves to stir negative emotions.” – Simon Sinek

24. “Value is not determined by those who set the price. Value is determined by those who choose to pay it.” – Simon Sinek

25. “If you want to feel happy, do something for yourself. If you want to feel fulfilled, do something for someone else.” – Simon Sinek

26. “If no one ever broke the rules, then we’d never advance.” – Simon Sinek

27. “If you want to achieve anything in this world, you have to get used to the idea that not everyone will like you.” – Simon Sinek

28. “One of the greatest things you can do is give your time and energy – things you will never get back.” – Simon Sinek

29. “There are only two ways to influence human behavior: you can manipulate it or you can inspire it.” ― Simon Sinek

30. “Don’t show up to prove. Show up to improve.” – Simon Sinek

31. “Leadership requires two things: a vision of the world that does not yet exist and the ability to communicate it.” – Simon Sinek

32. “Children are better off having a parent who works into the night in a job they love than a parent who works shorter hours but comes home unhappy.” – Simon Sinek

33. “Regardless of WHAT we do in our lives, our WHY—our driving purpose, cause or belief—never changes.” – Simon Sinek

34. “Self confidence is the ability to exercise restraint in the face of disrespect and still show respect in response.” – Simon Sinek

35. “The goal is not to be perfect by the end, the goal is to be better today.” – Simon Sinek

36. “The only way to ‘find out if it will work out’ is to do it.” – Simon Sinek

37. “Panic causes tunnel vision. Calm acceptance of danger allows us to more easily assess the situation and see the options.” – Simon Sinek

38. “Integrity is when our words and deeds are consistent with our intentions.” – Simon Sinek

39. “The primary ingredient for progress is optimism. The unwavering belief that something can be better drives the human race forward.” – Simon Sinek

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45 Inspirational C.S Lewis Quotes

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Clive Staples “C.S” Lewis was an English novelist, lecturer, poet, Christian apologist, lay theologian, broadcaster and academic. He is most recognized from his works such as The Chronicles of Narnia, The Screwtape Letters, and Space Trilogy.

He is also known for his apologetic writings such as The Problem of Pain, Mere Christianity and many others. The writings of Lewis have been translated into 30 languages, selling millions of copies.

While C.S. Lewis was alive, his net-worth was estimated around 10 million dollars.

Here are 45 C.S Lewis Quotes:

1. “Each day we are becoming a creature of splendid glory or one of unthinkable horror.” – C.S Lewis

2. “Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness.” – C.S Lewis

3. “The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.” – C.S Lewis

4. “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – C.S Lewis

5. “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” – C.S Lewis

6. “All get what they want; they do not always like it.” – C.S Lewis

7. Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” – C.S Lewis

8. “The Past is frozen and no longer flows, and the Present is all lit up with eternal rays.” – C.S Lewis

9. “Nothing you have not given away will ever really be yours.” – C.S Lewis

10. “God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain.” – C.S Lewis

11. “In our own case we accept excuses too easily; in other people’s, we do not accept them easily enough.” – C.S Lewis

12. “Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.” – C.S Lewis

13. “A pleasure is not full grown until it is remembered.” – C.S Lewis

14. “Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man.” – C.S Lewis

15. “What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.” – C.S Lewis

16. “We do not want merely to see beauty . . . We want something else which can hardly be put into words – to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.” – C.S Lewis

17. “Forgiveness does not mean excusing” – C.S Lewis

18. “The heart never takes the place of the head: but it can, and should, obey it.” – C.S Lewis

19. “When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place.” – C.S Lewis

20. “What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it.” – C.S Lewis

21. “Free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having.” – C.S Lewis

22. “I have learned now that while those who speak about one’s miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.” – C.S Lewis

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23. “The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts.” – C.S Lewis

24. “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” – C.S Lewis

25. “No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good.” – C.S Lewis

26. “God has infinite attention to spare for each one of us. You are as much alone with him as if you were the only being he had ever created.” – C.S Lewis

27. “We’re not doubting that God will do the best for us; we’re wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.” – C.S Lewis

28. “Though our feelings come and go, his love for us does not.” – C.S Lewis

29. “We are mirrors whose brightness is wholly derived from the sun that shines upon us.” – C.S Lewis

30. “If a man thinks he is not conceited, he is very conceited indeed.” – C.S Lewis

31. “Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods.” – C.S Lewis

32. “The door on which we have been knocking all our lives will open at last.” – C.S Lewis

33. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S Lewis

34. “Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different…” – C.S Lewis

35. “Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbour; act as if you do, and you will presently come to love him.” – C.S Lewis

36. “The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” – C.S Lewis

37. “I sometimes wonder if all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.” – C.S Lewis

38. “It is not your business to succeed, but to do right; when you have done so, the rest lies with God.” – C.S Lewis

39. “To walk out of His will is to walk into nowhere.” – C.S Lewis

40. “Thirst was made for water; inquiry for truth.” – C.S Lewis

41. “‘Being in love’ first moved them to promise fidelity: this quieter love enables them to keep the promise.” – C.S Lewis

42. “To love at all is to be vulnerable” – C.S Lewis

43. “Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.” – C.S Lewis

44. “Reality is not neat, not obvious, not what you expect.” – C.S Lewis

45. “One road leads home and a thousand roads lead into the wilderness.” – C.S Lewis

 

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25 Motivating Elliott Hulse Quotes

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Elliott Hulse is a world class trainer, author, bodybuilder, and entrepreneur.  Best known for his youtube channel Strength Camp, where he not only gives health advice; but life advice as well.  Drawing on his experiences of building a gym from the ground up, as well as reading spiritual & philosophical works – Elliott continues to give value and wisdom to his followers every day.  His approach may come off as aggressive to some, but it only highlights his passion for what he does.  Elliott is the embodiment of how a physically strong body can lead to a strong emotional & spiritual core.

Here are some motivating Elliott Hulse quotes:

1. “To grow into a king without the flexibility of the lover, you become a tyrant.” – Elliott Hulse

2. “Successful people don’t make the right decisions, they make their decisions right.” – Elliott Hulse

3. “Don’t be afraid to let life wash over you. When you run from pain, you run from an opportunity to grow. Embrace life as being in a constant state of flux, and do not separate yourself from any part of it. You are only robbing yourself.” – Elliott Hulse

4. “Happiness is not a goal…it is a by-product of a life well lived.” – Elliott Hulse

5. “It’s not about what you get. It’s about who you’re becoming.” – Elliott Hulse

6. “It is very easy to manipulate people when all you give them is information. But when you teach people to start trusting their bodies, they become dangerous. Be dangerous.” – Elliott Hulse

7. “When you discover that all the challenges in your life are just like the plates on the barbell… you not only learn to accept these challenges, but you beg for them.” – Elliott Hulse

8. “Do the thing that your heart is asking you to do regardless of the external circumstances.” – Elliott Hulse

9. “All of our challenges are also challenges for other people. We go through shit so we can show other people that you can get through shit.” – Elliott Hulse

10. “Stop looking to authorities, universities, religion or governments to tell you who you are, what you’re capable of, or where you belong. YOU are the king of the kingdom inside.” – Elliott Hulse

11. “Don’t be like the man who kills himself in the winter because its so cold, not knowing spring is just around the corner.” – Elliott Hulse

12. “Growing stronger is about accumulating wisdom, learning from your mistakes and inspiring others to become the strongest version of themselves.” – Elliott Hulse

13. “Crawling is acceptable. Falling is acceptable. Puking is acceptable. Tears are acceptable. Pain is acceptable. Injury is acceptable. Quitting is unacceptable.” – Elliott Hulse

14. “Love it for what it is because if you didn’t fail you would never be able to appreciate success” – Elliott Hulse

15. “No pain, no gain. It’s an old saying but there is a lot of truth in it. Instinctively as humans, we try to avoid pain. But if you truly want to be great, if you want to create the life of your dreams, you need to get used to being in pain.” – Elliott Hulse

16. “Failure is an experience that lends wisdom, and ultimately makes you stronger.” – Elliott Hulse

17. “You’ve gotta be fuckin’ quirky, quirky and weird. A lot of people don’t realize what it takes to be the best. The best means you’ve given up a lot of normalcy.” – Elliott Hulse

18. “All of our challenges are also challenges for other people. We go through shit so that we can show other people that you can get through shit.” – Elliott Hulse

19. “Focus your energy on one goal, work at it, and you will find great success.” – Elliott Hulse

20. “I believe that there is a strongest version of every human being… it is my mission to uncover it in myself and inspire you to discover yours.” – Elliott Hulse

21. “We create the world we live in by the thoughts in our mind. If you think negatively, you will attract negative things, situations and people. You have the power to choose which thoughts you allow to take up residence for a period of time in your mind. Make them positive ones.” – Elliott Hulse

22. “Courage is what you will experience and what you will grow, when the doubt is there but you do it anyway.” – Elliott Hulse

23. “Don’t hold back on becoming the person you truly want to be. Drop the excuses, leave them at the door and step into your strongest self. There is no reason that you cannot achieve your dreams, except the story you tell yourself that you can’t.” – Elliott Hulse

24. “Every time I ignored my gut I made the biggest mistakes.” – Elliott Hulse

25. “Know yourself, accept your limitations, maximize your strengths and inspire others.” – Elliott Hulse

Which quote was your favorite?  What do you think of the spiritual warrior Elliott Hulse?  Comment below!

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Your Competition Is Magnificent – Quit Being A Sook

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I’ve got this friend and he’s always crying about the competition. He spends a lot of time sooking about them and coming up with plans to take them down.

I’ve put up with it for a while, but now it’s driving me nuts. I started to think: how can we learn to love our competition in business?

Here are some thoughts I had about your competition:

 

Thought #1 – You say they’re lying. Good!

My friend says his competition is lying. Many businesses lie and that’s fantastic news for you. When a business lies, they are playing the short game.

“The long game in business is about being so vulnerable, authentic and real that it punches your ideal customer in the face every time they hear about your brand”

Trust in business, leads to incredible progress. All those marketing campaigns your competitor’s use are mostly to make them sound like something they are not. When your business is trustworthy, you don’t need to market as much.

Being honest cuts through the hype and because it’s so rare, your ideal customer runs towards you at 110km, with their arms wide open. Right behind them are all of their network who are begging to hear from a business that is a real – a business that is like you and me.

Don’t hate your dishonest competition: learn to love them from the bottom of your heart. See the love in your competition.

 

Thought #2 – There’s enough room for everyone

This scarcity mindset that you have to own 100% of the market in your first three years of operations is bulldust. There’s room for you and your competitors. It’s not a sprint; it’s a marathon to reach the unicorn status that is success/world domination.

Feeling like you’re drowning in competition is exactly that. Focusing on your competition 24/7 makes you feel like absolute garbage after a while. It stops you from having a good night sleep full of dreams that contain growth, prosperity, optimism and triumph towards your businesses mission.

I used to be that guy that couldn’t sleep because of competition. Every time someone brought out the same product that was cheaper than mine, I cracked it. I thought that business was so hard because there were so many people that wanted to cut my lunch.

What I forgot is that despite all the competition, people were still buying. Even if we weren’t the cheapest, it didn’t matter. Some people would find us and buy, and others wouldn’t.

The competition can only cut your lunch for so long. If you stick at it and not let the thoughts of their horrible shadows upset you, you’ll be soon making the lunches and cutting theirs.

 

Thought #3 – It’s ugly

Sooking like a pissed off brown bear with a crown on its head is ugly. You’re showing everyone you work with that you are a sore loser. Winners worry about their own business first.

“Winners know that their business isn’t an immaculate diamond on day one”

Every time my friend complained about his competitors; it made his business seem ugly. I stopped becoming drawn to it as I did at the start. The conversations became more about his competitors than his own business. The focus was lost on competitors which he couldn’t control.

 

Thought #4 – You can’t win every deal

No business wins 100% of the opportunities that are presented. There’s this lie that you have to be always winning to be successful. There’s this belief that some people have that says their business is unique and therefore it’s only normal that when they pitch, they will always win.

Again, this is total BS. Your business might have some unique strengths, but there’s always competition. Some deals you’ll win and some deals you won’t. You don’t need to win all the time to put food on the table and be successful.

I’m also competitive by nature and I’ve had to settle sometimes for the simple fact that I won’t win all the time. Sometimes losing a deal is only the beginning. The opportunities you lose are where all the lessons are.

“Your lost opportunities are what strengthen your entire value proposition to the market”

 

Thought #5 – Seeing your competitors suck is inspiring

When a competitor of yours has a major failure, you should be inspired. What I mean is that you should never want your own client base to suffer the same gunshot to the head. Instead of trash talking your competitors for their mistakes, use them as inspiration to not be like them.

Your competitors should form part of the reason why you exist. You should exist not to make the same dumb mistakes they do. You should exist so your customers have a better alternative. Having horrendous companies within the same industry has inspired many businesses like Uber and Airbnb.

Being a business full of inspiring people is easier when everyone else sucks.

 

Thought #6 – Complaining shows insecurity

By my friend complaining about his competition, what he revealed to me was his insecurity. He was showing me that he lacked the confidence in his own product and so it made sense for him to talk down everyone else’s.

The thing is when you love your product and genuinely believe it’s the best in its field, you forget about everyone else’s. Believing in your product offering comes from the confidence that as a business you believe in yourselves.

If you believe, your ideal customer will believe. Bagging your competition may make you feel better in the short term, but it will never make your business grow.

Thought #7 – You only have so much thinking space

Don’t waste it thinking about your competitors. Use your thinking space to come up with new ideas, to innovate and to WOW your customers. These habits will stop you from living in the scarcity that comes with being obsessed by your competition.

Thinking about your competitors is not going to make them go away. Complaining about them will not improve your product or service. To have a good business, you have to operate from a place of creativity. Being creative is hard work and so you don’t want throw away your thinking space.

Dreaming about your competitors puts you in a spiral of negative thoughts. These thoughts start to overtake the positive ones and pretty soon you can’t be relentlessly optimistic anymore. It’s this optimism that helps you come up with ideas that will change the world.

Much like we compare ourselves to the lives we live through looking at other people’s social media, focusing on your competitor’s forces you to always believe you don’t have enough.

I’m here to say you are good enough. Your business is good enough. Your business can be one of the great’s.

 

Thought #8 – You can actually do business with your competitors

Here’s the really stupid thing: You can actually do business with your competitors. See, your business can’t fulfill every customer need. Instead of saying “We don’t do that,” use your competitors as referral partners.

I can remember in a business that I was a part of, where we used our competitors over the road to supply us with stock when we ran out and had items on back order. We would do the same thing for them when they ran out of stock. As a result, we always had stock.

“Our competitors over the road taught us lots of things we would have never known if we tried to play the solo game. Business is a team sport”

 

***Final thought***

Your competition is not the problem. They’re not the reason why you are losing sales. The real reason you are focused on your competition is because something is wrong with the way you are thinking. Your competitors can force you to sabotage your own success if you don’t stop focusing on them.

Complaining about your competitors never get’s you anywhere. The way to fast-track your success is to get intimate with your competitors and find a way to be uniquely you. Find a way to be bold, authentic, real, sexy and unwavering in your businesses values. Be the honest, cool company that is friends with everybody. That’s how you go from being a sook to being the best in your field.

I want you to use your competition to be world-class. You deserve it.

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Tim is best known as a long-time contributor on Addicted2Success. Tim's content has been shared hundreds of thousands of times and he has written multiple viral posts all around success, personal development, motivation, and entrepreneurship. During the day Tim works with the most iconic tech companies in the world, as an adviser, to assist them in expanding into Australia. By night, Tim coaches his students on the principles of personal development and the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. You can connect with Tim through his website www.timdenning.net or through his Facebook.

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  1. Brian Robben

    Jan 26, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Quote number 19. “All we can control is our effort, our preparation, and our thoughts.” – Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir, touched me the most. It’s so simple but incredibly effective given enough energy and time.

  2. Mishka

    Jan 22, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    33. “Ask yourself: What wisdom is hiding in this moment?” – Caroline Ghosn?

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16 Insightful Shakira Quotes

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Shakira is a internationally recognized singer, actor, and philanthropist.  She has won multiple entertainment related awards and her music has reached the ears of billions. Starting her singing career at the young age of 13, Shakira has been forced to adapt and innovate in order to reach new audiences and maintain her status as a household name.  From music, to movies, to starting her own fragrance line; Shakira is a force to be reckoned with

Here are some words of wisdom from her decades of experience:

1. “In this life, to earn your place you have to fight for it.” – Shakira

2. “I know what it’s like to feel that fear and the need of affirmation and appreciation. To build confidence in yourself is the toughest thing.” – Shakira

3. “Scars remind me of just how far that I’ve come.” – Shakira

4. “There’s no better makeup than self-confidence.” – Shakira

5. “I always had the intuition, even as a little child, that I was called for a big project.” – Shakira

6. “Live your life to the fullest.” – Shakira

7. “My brain, I believe, is the most beautiful part of my body.” – Shakira

8. “We have to promote human solidarity, avoid indifference, and play a part with society in the solution of the problem of violence…” – Shakira

9. “Walking gets too boring, when you learn how to fly.” – Shakira

10. “I prefer an ugly truth to a pretty lie. If someone is telling me the truth that is when I will give my heart.” – Shakira

11. “I want some day to be able to love with the same intensity and unselfishness that parents love their children with.” – Shakira

12. “You can’t achieve anything in life without a small amount of sacrifice.” – Shakira

13. “Everyone can know what is in my heart because I find it hard to conceal myself.” – Shakira

14. “In the full light of day, I don’t want to think about the sunset.” – Shakira

15. “Relationships have to have a give and take if they’re going to work in the long term.” – Shakira

16. “My brain, I believe, is the most beautiful part of my body.” – Shakira

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39 Awe-Inspiring Quotes From Simon Sinek

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Simon Sinek in an internationally recognized author, speaker, and business consultant.  His TED Talk How Great Leaders Inspire Action is listed as the third most popular presentation of all time.  He has gone on to write four best-selling books including his most recent Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team.  Simon has even made an appearance on the #askgaryvee show.  His advice & insight has inspired millions of people to improve their lives and businesses.

Here are just a few of his insightful words of wisdom:

1. “Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress; working hard for something we love is called passion.” – Simon Sinek

2. “A team is not a group of people that work together. A team is a group of people that trust each other.” – Simon Sinek

3. “I find, when you’re an optimist, life has a funny way of looking after you.” – Simon Sinek

4. “The great leaders are not the strongest, they are the ones who are honest about their weaknesses. The great leaders are not the smartest; they are the ones who admit how much they don’t know. The great leaders can’t do everything; they are the ones who look to others to help them. Great leaders don’t see themselves as great; they see themselves as human.” – Simon Sinek

5. “Life is beautiful not because of the things we see or do. Life is beautiful because of the people we meet.” – Simon Sinek

6. “People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe.” – Simon Sinek

7. “Vision is the ability to talk about the future with such clarity it is as if we are talking about the past.” – Simon Sinek

8. “It is better to disappoint people with the truth than to appease them with a lie.” – Simon Sinek

9. “When we help ourselves, we find moments of happiness. When we help others, we find lasting fulfillment.” – Simon Sinek

10. “Some see risk as a reason not to try. Some see it as an obstacle to overcome. The risk is the same; to try or not depends on your perspective.” – Simon Sinek

11. “Achievement happens when we pursue and attain what we want. Success comes when we are in clear pursuit of Why we want it.” – Simon Sinek

12. “No matter when or where, always bring your ‘A’ game, because you never know when it will open doors for you.” – Simon Sinek

13. “As the Zen Buddhist saying goes, how you do anything is how you do everything.” –Simon Sinek,

14. “Always plan for the fact that no plan ever goes according to plan.” – Simon Sinek

15. “Knowledge is understanding based on what has been studied and learned. Wisdom is understanding based on what has been felt and experienced.” – Simon Sinek

16. “Confidence is believing in yourself. Arrogance is telling others you’re better than they are. Confidence inspires. Arrogance destroys.” – Simon Sinek

17. “When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.” – Simon Sinek

18. “Dream big. Start small. But most of all, start.” – Simon Sinek

19. “A leader’s job is not to do the work for others; it’s to help others figure out how to do it themselves, to get things done and to succeed beyond what they thought possible.” – Simon Sinek

20. “What good is an idea if it remains an idea? Try. Experiment. Iterate. Fail. Try again. Change the world.” – Simon Sinek

21. “There is a difference between listening and waiting for your turn to speak.” – Simon Sinek

22. “You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.” –  Simon Sinek

23. “More information is always better than less. When people know the reason things are happening, even if it’s bad news, they can adjust their expectations and react accordingly. Keeping people in the dark only serves to stir negative emotions.” – Simon Sinek

24. “Value is not determined by those who set the price. Value is determined by those who choose to pay it.” – Simon Sinek

25. “If you want to feel happy, do something for yourself. If you want to feel fulfilled, do something for someone else.” – Simon Sinek

26. “If no one ever broke the rules, then we’d never advance.” – Simon Sinek

27. “If you want to achieve anything in this world, you have to get used to the idea that not everyone will like you.” – Simon Sinek

28. “One of the greatest things you can do is give your time and energy – things you will never get back.” – Simon Sinek

29. “There are only two ways to influence human behavior: you can manipulate it or you can inspire it.” ― Simon Sinek

30. “Don’t show up to prove. Show up to improve.” – Simon Sinek

31. “Leadership requires two things: a vision of the world that does not yet exist and the ability to communicate it.” – Simon Sinek

32. “Children are better off having a parent who works into the night in a job they love than a parent who works shorter hours but comes home unhappy.” – Simon Sinek

33. “Regardless of WHAT we do in our lives, our WHY—our driving purpose, cause or belief—never changes.” – Simon Sinek

34. “Self confidence is the ability to exercise restraint in the face of disrespect and still show respect in response.” – Simon Sinek

35. “The goal is not to be perfect by the end, the goal is to be better today.” – Simon Sinek

36. “The only way to ‘find out if it will work out’ is to do it.” – Simon Sinek

37. “Panic causes tunnel vision. Calm acceptance of danger allows us to more easily assess the situation and see the options.” – Simon Sinek

38. “Integrity is when our words and deeds are consistent with our intentions.” – Simon Sinek

39. “The primary ingredient for progress is optimism. The unwavering belief that something can be better drives the human race forward.” – Simon Sinek

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45 Inspirational C.S Lewis Quotes

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Clive Staples “C.S” Lewis was an English novelist, lecturer, poet, Christian apologist, lay theologian, broadcaster and academic. He is most recognized from his works such as The Chronicles of Narnia, The Screwtape Letters, and Space Trilogy.

He is also known for his apologetic writings such as The Problem of Pain, Mere Christianity and many others. The writings of Lewis have been translated into 30 languages, selling millions of copies.

While C.S. Lewis was alive, his net-worth was estimated around 10 million dollars.

Here are 45 C.S Lewis Quotes:

1. “Each day we are becoming a creature of splendid glory or one of unthinkable horror.” – C.S Lewis

2. “Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness.” – C.S Lewis

3. “The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.” – C.S Lewis

4. “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – C.S Lewis

5. “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” – C.S Lewis

6. “All get what they want; they do not always like it.” – C.S Lewis

7. Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” – C.S Lewis

8. “The Past is frozen and no longer flows, and the Present is all lit up with eternal rays.” – C.S Lewis

9. “Nothing you have not given away will ever really be yours.” – C.S Lewis

10. “God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain.” – C.S Lewis

11. “In our own case we accept excuses too easily; in other people’s, we do not accept them easily enough.” – C.S Lewis

12. “Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.” – C.S Lewis

13. “A pleasure is not full grown until it is remembered.” – C.S Lewis

14. “Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man.” – C.S Lewis

15. “What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.” – C.S Lewis

16. “We do not want merely to see beauty . . . We want something else which can hardly be put into words – to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.” – C.S Lewis

17. “Forgiveness does not mean excusing” – C.S Lewis

18. “The heart never takes the place of the head: but it can, and should, obey it.” – C.S Lewis

19. “When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place.” – C.S Lewis

20. “What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it.” – C.S Lewis

21. “Free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having.” – C.S Lewis

22. “I have learned now that while those who speak about one’s miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.” – C.S Lewis

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23. “The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts.” – C.S Lewis

24. “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” – C.S Lewis

25. “No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good.” – C.S Lewis

26. “God has infinite attention to spare for each one of us. You are as much alone with him as if you were the only being he had ever created.” – C.S Lewis

27. “We’re not doubting that God will do the best for us; we’re wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.” – C.S Lewis

28. “Though our feelings come and go, his love for us does not.” – C.S Lewis

29. “We are mirrors whose brightness is wholly derived from the sun that shines upon us.” – C.S Lewis

30. “If a man thinks he is not conceited, he is very conceited indeed.” – C.S Lewis

31. “Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods.” – C.S Lewis

32. “The door on which we have been knocking all our lives will open at last.” – C.S Lewis

33. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S Lewis

34. “Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different…” – C.S Lewis

35. “Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbour; act as if you do, and you will presently come to love him.” – C.S Lewis

36. “The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” – C.S Lewis

37. “I sometimes wonder if all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.” – C.S Lewis

38. “It is not your business to succeed, but to do right; when you have done so, the rest lies with God.” – C.S Lewis

39. “To walk out of His will is to walk into nowhere.” – C.S Lewis

40. “Thirst was made for water; inquiry for truth.” – C.S Lewis

41. “‘Being in love’ first moved them to promise fidelity: this quieter love enables them to keep the promise.” – C.S Lewis

42. “To love at all is to be vulnerable” – C.S Lewis

43. “Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.” – C.S Lewis

44. “Reality is not neat, not obvious, not what you expect.” – C.S Lewis

45. “One road leads home and a thousand roads lead into the wilderness.” – C.S Lewis

 

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25 Motivating Elliott Hulse Quotes

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Elliott Hulse is a world class trainer, author, bodybuilder, and entrepreneur.  Best known for his youtube channel Strength Camp, where he not only gives health advice; but life advice as well.  Drawing on his experiences of building a gym from the ground up, as well as reading spiritual & philosophical works – Elliott continues to give value and wisdom to his followers every day.  His approach may come off as aggressive to some, but it only highlights his passion for what he does.  Elliott is the embodiment of how a physically strong body can lead to a strong emotional & spiritual core.

Here are some motivating Elliott Hulse quotes:

1. “To grow into a king without the flexibility of the lover, you become a tyrant.” – Elliott Hulse

2. “Successful people don’t make the right decisions, they make their decisions right.” – Elliott Hulse

3. “Don’t be afraid to let life wash over you. When you run from pain, you run from an opportunity to grow. Embrace life as being in a constant state of flux, and do not separate yourself from any part of it. You are only robbing yourself.” – Elliott Hulse

4. “Happiness is not a goal…it is a by-product of a life well lived.” – Elliott Hulse

5. “It’s not about what you get. It’s about who you’re becoming.” – Elliott Hulse

6. “It is very easy to manipulate people when all you give them is information. But when you teach people to start trusting their bodies, they become dangerous. Be dangerous.” – Elliott Hulse

7. “When you discover that all the challenges in your life are just like the plates on the barbell… you not only learn to accept these challenges, but you beg for them.” – Elliott Hulse

8. “Do the thing that your heart is asking you to do regardless of the external circumstances.” – Elliott Hulse

9. “All of our challenges are also challenges for other people. We go through shit so we can show other people that you can get through shit.” – Elliott Hulse

10. “Stop looking to authorities, universities, religion or governments to tell you who you are, what you’re capable of, or where you belong. YOU are the king of the kingdom inside.” – Elliott Hulse

11. “Don’t be like the man who kills himself in the winter because its so cold, not knowing spring is just around the corner.” – Elliott Hulse

12. “Growing stronger is about accumulating wisdom, learning from your mistakes and inspiring others to become the strongest version of themselves.” – Elliott Hulse

13. “Crawling is acceptable. Falling is acceptable. Puking is acceptable. Tears are acceptable. Pain is acceptable. Injury is acceptable. Quitting is unacceptable.” – Elliott Hulse

14. “Love it for what it is because if you didn’t fail you would never be able to appreciate success” – Elliott Hulse

15. “No pain, no gain. It’s an old saying but there is a lot of truth in it. Instinctively as humans, we try to avoid pain. But if you truly want to be great, if you want to create the life of your dreams, you need to get used to being in pain.” – Elliott Hulse

16. “Failure is an experience that lends wisdom, and ultimately makes you stronger.” – Elliott Hulse

17. “You’ve gotta be fuckin’ quirky, quirky and weird. A lot of people don’t realize what it takes to be the best. The best means you’ve given up a lot of normalcy.” – Elliott Hulse

18. “All of our challenges are also challenges for other people. We go through shit so that we can show other people that you can get through shit.” – Elliott Hulse

19. “Focus your energy on one goal, work at it, and you will find great success.” – Elliott Hulse

20. “I believe that there is a strongest version of every human being… it is my mission to uncover it in myself and inspire you to discover yours.” – Elliott Hulse

21. “We create the world we live in by the thoughts in our mind. If you think negatively, you will attract negative things, situations and people. You have the power to choose which thoughts you allow to take up residence for a period of time in your mind. Make them positive ones.” – Elliott Hulse

22. “Courage is what you will experience and what you will grow, when the doubt is there but you do it anyway.” – Elliott Hulse

23. “Don’t hold back on becoming the person you truly want to be. Drop the excuses, leave them at the door and step into your strongest self. There is no reason that you cannot achieve your dreams, except the story you tell yourself that you can’t.” – Elliott Hulse

24. “Every time I ignored my gut I made the biggest mistakes.” – Elliott Hulse

25. “Know yourself, accept your limitations, maximize your strengths and inspire others.” – Elliott Hulse

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