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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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It seems in the last decade or so, motivational quotes and inspirational quotes are front and center on Facebook and Instagram feeds. It’s no wonder why. They really do have that impactful kick to make you get up and do stuff!

I know for me, it was all these quotes that I kept reading that:

  • pushed me out of my comfort zone
  • gave me courage to smash goals
  • helped me believe in myself
  • soothed my broken heart sometimes
  • helped me out of rock bottom, and
  • kept me strong in times of trouble

Legends like Les Brown, Joel Brown and Tony Robbins motivated the crap out of me. I stayed strong and focused because of their powerful words. I mean, they did quote all these inspirational words to motivate us, no?

Of course they did. So I’ve searched high and low for the best and most empowering famous quotes of all time in hopes they inspire you like they did me. 

Do quotes really help?

The answer is yes and no. No they won’t work if you read them, brush them off and never feel the power of their words.

Yes they will work if you make them work for you and you want them too. Quotes are like affirmations. Many of us recant affirmations either as part of our morning routine, evening routine or just whenever we need a boost. 

When you read them and repeat them out loud and feel each and every word in every ounce of your being, they work!! Besides, I’m living proof they help. Empowering quotes have helped me out of rock bottom twice, depression a few times, and helped me smash and achieve goals. 

So yes, they work. And these most famous quotes I’ve chosen are famous for a reason. They have inspired, motivated and empowered millions of people around the world to chase their dreams, believe in themselves and never give up. 

Without further ado…

10 famous quotes on taking action and not giving up

1. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. ~Walt Disney

2. Anybody who ever accomplished anything big or new or worth raising a celebratory fist in the air did it from their comfort zone. They risked ridicule and failure and sometimes even death. ~Jen Sincero

3. Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, either way, you’re right. ~Henry Ford

4. The woman I am today would like to thank the woman I was 5 years ago for not giving up. You’re awesome. ~Iva Ursano

5. I’ll try is the battle cry of wimps. ~Tony Robbins

6. You must be the change you wish to see in the world ~Ghandi

7. If you judge people, you have no time to love them. ~Mother Teresa

8. Those who dare to fail miserably, can achieve greatly. ~John Kennedy

9. Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. ~Dalai Lama

10. I want to be in the arena. I want to be brave with my life. And when we make the choice to dare greatly, we sign up to get our asses kicked. We can choose courage, or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time. ~Brené Brown

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11. There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. ~Maya Angelou

12. If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have, you’ll never have enough. ~Oprah Winfrey

13. The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. ~Lao Tzu

14. The mind is everything. What you think you become. ~Buddha

15. Everything you do and every decision you make should be from a place of good. You should always be striving to make the world a better place. ~Les Brown

16. You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. ~Mae West

17. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too. ~Paulo Coelho

18. When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on. ~Franklin D.Roosevelt

19. If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. ~Napoleon Hill

20. Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ~George Bernard Shaw

10 famous quotes on success

21. The secret of getting ahead is getting started. ~Mark Twain

22. All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. ~Walt Disney

23. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. ~Martin Luther King Jr

24. Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies. ~Nelson Mandela

25. If you surround yourself with positive people who build you up, the sky’s the limit. ~Joel Brown

26. Tough times never last but tough people do. ~Robert H. Schuller

27. You miss 100% of the shots you never take. ~Wayne Gretzky

28. If you’re going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill

29. I have not failed. I just found 10,000 that won’t work. ~Thomas A. Edison

30. Often our most rewarding dreams are staring us right in the face but for some reason we focus on how hard things are, how we are scared of the unknown and what would happen if we failed. ~Joel Brown

Write them out!

I always tell people to write that out and stick it in a place you will see it and read it everyday. That’s how quotes work. 

My favourite famous quote of all time and one you should read over and over again, Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, either way you’re right. Read that when self doubt creeps in. 

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