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40 Brilliant Tim Ferriss Quotes That Will Open Your Mind

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Author, entrepreneur, blogger, podcaster, public speaker, charity advocate, health guru and multiple business award winner – Timothy Ferris has achieved pretty much everything one could imagine. Known for pushing the limits, Tim is one of the only people in the world whose other accomplishments completely dwarf the fact that he’s a Princeton alumnus.

Below are 40 of his most famous quotes throughout his record career in life hacking:  

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2. “People will choose unhappiness over uncertainty.”

3. “You are the average of the five people you associate with most, so do not underestimate the effects of your pessimistic, unambitious, or disorganized friends. If someone isn’t making you stronger, they’re making you weaker.”

4. “A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.”

5. “The question you should be asking isn’t, “What do I want?” or “What are my goals?” but “What would excite me?”

6. “If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.”

7. “To enjoy life, you don’t need fancy nonsense, but you do need to control your time and realize that most things just aren’t as serious as you make them out to be.”

8. “The opposite of love is indifference, and the opposite of happiness is boredom.”

9. “Most people are fast to stop you before you get started but hesitate to get in the way if you’re moving.”

10. “Poisonous people do not deserve your time. To think otherwise is masochistic.”

 

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12. “Learn to be difficult when it counts. In school as in life, having a reputation for being assertive will help you receive preferential treatment without having to beg or fight for it every time.”

13. “The fishing is best where the fewest go and the collective insecurity of the world makes it easy for people to hit home runs while everyone is aiming for base hits.”

14. “Different is better when it is more effective or more fun.”

15. “Role models who push us to exceed our limits, physical training that removes our spare tires, and risks that expand our sphere of comfortable action are all examples of eustress—stress that is healthful and the stimulus for growth.”

16. “Life is too short to be small.”

17. “Many a false step was made by standing still.”

18. “Remember—boredom is the enemy, not some abstract “failure.”

19. “The goal is not to simply eliminate the bad, but to pursue and experience the best in the world.”

20. “Excitement is the more practical synonym for happiness, and it is precisely what you should strive to chase. It is the cure-all.”

 

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22. “Information is useless if it is not applied to something important or if you will forget it before you have a chance to apply it.”

23. “The bottom line is that you only have the rights you fight for.”

24. “$1,000,000 in the bank isn’t the fantasy. The fantasy is the lifestyle of complete freedom it supposedly allows.”

25. “By working only when you are most effective, life is both more productive and more enjoyable. It’s the perfect example of having your cake and eating it, too.”

26. “Alternating periods of activity and rest is necessary to survive, let alone thrive.”

27. “The golden years become lower-middle-class life revisited. That’s a bittersweet ending.”

28. “For all their bitching about what’s holding them back, most people have a lot of trouble coming up with the defined dreams they’re being held from.”

29. “It’s lonely at the top. Ninety-nine percent of people in the world are convinced they are incapable of achieving great things, so they aim for the mediocre. The level of competition is thus fiercest for ‘realistic’ goals, paradoxically making them the most time and energy-consuming.”

30. “It is predicated on the assumption that you dislike what you are doing during the most physically capable years of your life. This is a nonstarter—nothing can justify that sacrifice.”

 

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32. “If you spend your time, worth $20-25 per hour, doing something that someone else will do for $10 per hour, it’s simply a poor use of resources.”

33. “Being able to quit things that don’t work is integral to being a winner.”

34. “I will take as a given that, for most people, somewhere between six and seven billion of them, the perfect job is the one that takes the least time.”

35. “People are fond of using the its not what you know, its who you know adage as an excuse for inaction, as if all successful people are born with powerful friends.”

36. “If you let pride stop you, you will hate life.”

37. “Never automate something that can be eliminated, and never delegate something that can be automated or streamlined. Otherwise, you waste someone else’s time instead of your own, which now wastes your hard-earned cash.”

38. “It is possible to become world-class, enter the top 5% of performers in the world, in almost any subject within 6-12 months, or even 6-12 weeks.”

39. “Pareto’s Law can be summarized as follows: 80% of the outputs
result from 20% of the inputs.”

40. “Age doesn’t matter: an open mind does.”

I hope you were inspired by these quotes! Which Tim Ferriss quote has the most impact in your life?

A young entrepreneur, author and speaker, Carla Schesser is a woman who is passionate about inspiring and educating youth to live a life they love. Carla's book, ‘#Success - Mastering the Basics to a Happy, Healthy & Wealthy Life’ is a simple, practical and motivating guide which young adults will enjoy reading while learning important skills which empower them and allow them to discover how to live a peaceful, successful, and healthy life. Carla has a rare ability to connect with her readers. She has been in the same shoes many aspiring young adults wear today and this allows her to reach her audience and inspire them in a way most people can’t.

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14 Comments

  1. Maxime

    Dec 15, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Oh! What a nice article Carla, thanks!
    There are a few things I like about it:
    1) Some quotes I’ve never seen before
    2) Most of the quotes you chose are really inspiring
    3) The choice of images you made

    Personally, there are 2 quotes from Tim Ferriss that impacted me the most:
    “I want to measure twice, and cut once; therefore, the vast majority of my important work is deciding what to work on.”
    “Focus on impact, not approval.”

    Cheers,
    Maxime

  2. Corey Hinde

    Sep 4, 2015 at 9:28 am

    My new venture aims to reach as many people as possible. How many people has Tim Ferriss helped? Probably in the millions. It’s truly amazing the reach this guy has had, and continues to have. I am in solid ManLove with the guy, and will continue to be for some time yet!

  3. Eric

    Sep 2, 2015 at 4:53 am

    Will definitely come again and again soon to read them over and over… an open mind does.

    Thinking about it, I think I will implement some of that wisdom into my blog.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Carla Schesser

      Sep 2, 2015 at 4:59 am

      Great to hear Eric! Glad you enjoyed them! 🙂

  4. otunba Olufemi Samuel

    Aug 28, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Am glad to be an addictive addicted2success very explosive exploring beyond imagination
    Reds

  5. Timo Fischer

    Aug 27, 2015 at 4:54 am

    Brilliant quotes indeed! I love Tim Ferriss especially the 4 Hour Workweek everyone who hasn’t been able to read it yet should definitely do it it’s worth it!

    • Carla Schesser

      Aug 28, 2015 at 4:29 am

      Yes! That book is a very good read! Glad you liked the list of quotes I put together! 🙂

  6. Matthew Kaboomis Loomis

    Aug 25, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Marvelous collection of Tim Ferris quotes, Carla! Thanks for putting this together.

    • Carla Schesser

      Aug 25, 2015 at 8:56 pm

      So glad you enjoyed the article Matthew! 🙂

  7. Dan Western

    Aug 23, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Hey Carla,

    Big fan of Tim Ferriss! Thanks for sharing these great quotes.

    I think one of my favorites is “A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.”

    Thanks again,

    Dan

    • Ernie A

      Aug 24, 2015 at 6:32 pm

      Yes! Awesome quotes from a remarkable person. Thanks Carla

      • Carla Schesser

        Aug 24, 2015 at 9:28 pm

        So glad you enjoyed them Ernie! 🙂

  8. Shawn

    Aug 23, 2015 at 12:15 am

    Thanks for these Tim Ferris quotes. I’ve read a couple of his books (as most people in the self-improvement industry have). His blog and podcast are great too.

    • Carla Schesser

      Aug 23, 2015 at 2:10 am

      You’re welcome! I love Tim Ferriss! Glad you enjoyed the list I put together! 🙂

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23 Anthony Bourdain Quotes To Inspire You To Greatness

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Anthony Bourdain was a legend. From his extensive knowledge & experience to the culinary world, to the adventures he brought us on the show Parts Unknown where the shared the stage with everyone from villages in Cambodia to former president Barack Obama. However Bourdain continued to drop knowledge bombs through his entire career that resonate with us today.

Here are 23 of Anthony Bourdain’s best quotes:

1. “You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together.” – Anthony Bourdain

2. “To be treated well in places where you don’t expect to be treated well, to find things in common with people you had thought previously you had very, very little in common with, can’t be a bad thing.” – Anthony Bourdain

3.  “I’m not afraid to look like an idiot.” – Anthony Bourdain

4. “I always entertain the notion that I’m wrong, or that I’ll have to revise my opinion. Most of the time that feels good; sometimes it hurts and is really embarrassing.” – Anthony Bourdain

5. “Your body is not a temple: It’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.” – Anthony Bourdain

8. Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetring in the unknown.” – Anthony Bourdain

Which Anthony Bourdain quote resonates with you the most? Comment below!

 

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23 Inspirational Michael B. Jordan Quotes

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Michael B. Jordan is quickly becoming an all-star actor. After appearing in major motion pictures such as Creed and most recently as the villain Killmonger in the blockbuster Black Panther. Hailing from Newark New Jersey, he grew up in one of the roughest places in the U.S. However, he overcame struggles, worked hard, and found success through being obsessed with his passion: acting. 

Here are some of Michael B. Jordans best & most powerful quotes:

1. “I’ve never been the guy to hype myself up. It’s just not my thing.” – Michael B. Jordan

2. “I think everyone starts in the mailroom at some point! It’s a rite of passage. Your boss has to throw something at you and order you around for at least two years.” – Michael B. Jordan

3. “So you tell yourself to just do the work and disconnect, because you have no control over the outcome.” – Michael B. Jordan

4. “Sometimes you’re overthinking, you convince yourself to get out of it and you’re like, ‘ah I shoulda did that!’ You can’t live life with regrets. Sometimes you just gotta indulge. But in the same breath, you gotta have restraint and self-control too.” – Michael B. Jordan

5. “Be collaborative. I’ve had some of my best experiences with directors who were able to sit down and have a conversation and ask me what I thought.” – Michael B. Jordan

6. “I want people to leave the theatre and think, ‘How can I be a better person?’ That’s the only way things are going to improve.” – Michael B. Jordan

7. “I think it’s just easier for people to put you in a box or a lane because you look similar. I think that’s unfair for anybody in any situation.” – Michael B. Jordan

8. “Taking a break, taking a moment, is super important.” – Michael B. Jordan

9. “You can only fool reality until the truth comes knocking on your door.” – Michael B. Jordan

10. “As human beings, why does it take somebody to feel like they’re close to us for us to see their humanity? Why can’t we see the humanity in people that are distant from us?” – Michael B. Jordan

11. “Sometimes family doesn’t always consist of your relatives or by blood. Sometimes your best friends can feel more like family than your cousins. I think everybody kind of has that same feeling. When you go through an accident together, when you go through a traumatic event, sometimes that brings you closer together.” – Michael B. Jordan

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12. “I think everybody wants to be their own person and be an individual.” – Michael B. Jordan

13. “Sometimes you gotta go with your first instinct. You gotta go with your gut. That’s kind of how I live my life you gotta go with your gut.” – Michael B. Jordan

14. “Equality means having the same rights and liberties and opportunities regardless of our differences.” – Michael B. Jordan

15. “Do as much homework as you can. Learn everybody’s job and don’t just settle.” – Michael B. Jordan

16. “That’s one of the fun parts of becoming an actor: you can become whoever you want to be.” – Michael B. Jordan

17. “I’m not good at everything, I just do my best at everything.” – Michael B. Jordan

18. “Certain things I can’t even explain. There’s a thing about being lucky and…I feel like certain things are just, like, in your cards. I’m just walking the path that’s already set.” – Michael B. Jordan

19. “I’ve been living with that all my life. My name is Michael Jordan, so I’m always being compared to a person of greatness.” – Michael B. Jordan

20. “I think redemption is just about righting a wrong, and in that pursuit it’s about trying. You can stumble, you can make mistakes, but it’s about trying to do the right thing.” – Michael B. Jordan

21. “Just as people, we’re different around different people and in different environments.” – Michael B. Jordan

22. “Don’t pretend to know everything. I’ve been blessed to work with a lot of veteran actors, and I soak up lessons from them like a sponge.” – Michael B. Jordan

23. “Sometimes you’ve gotta hide the medicine in the food. You can’t slap somebody in the face with facts all the time. It’s too harsh.” – Michael B. Jordan

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43 Lori Greiner Quotes on Succeeding in Life & Business

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Lori Greiner is one of the original sharks on the hit show Shark Tank. She is known as the ‘Queen of QVC’ and has over 120 patents in her name. As a prolific entrepreneur, inventor, and author; Lori has taken small amounts of money and turned it into wealth through good ideas and hard work. She brings years of wisdom and insight to any business she becomes a part of.

Here are some of her best quotes:

1. “As an entrepreneur, you can always find a solution if you try hard enough.” – Lori Greiner

2. “I learned that nobody’s better than you to get your business off the ground. The experience you get is priceless.” – Lori Greiner

3. “There are always things that are needed. There are always ways to do things better. It’s all about offering solutions.” – Lori Greiner

4. “I prefer to like the people I invest in, but it’s not an absolute necessity, as long as they have a good mind and I know they’ll do whatever it takes to be successful.” – Lori Greiner

5. “For an entrepreneur, sometimes the smallest step in the right direction, ends up being the best step of your life. Stick in your little to first if you must, but take the step.” – Lori Greiner

6. “If your home environment is good and peaceful and easy, your life is better and easier.” – Lori Greiner

7. “Sometimes people don’t get anywhere because they sit on something, so afraid to reveal it. And yet, in the reverse, sometimes if you expose something too widely, you can risk losing it.” – Lori Greiner

8. “It’s a fine line, but if you don’t jump out to do something you’ll never get there.” – Lori Greiner

9. “I love the freedom of being an entrepreneur that I do what I want to do when I want to do it.” – Lori Greiner

10. “As an entrepreneur, you can always find a solution if you try hard enough.” – Lori Greiner

11. “A brilliant idea doesn’t guarantee a successful invention. Real magic comes from a brilliant idea combined with willpower, tenacity, and a willingness to make mistakes.” – Lori Greiner

12. “The big thing for me is, I never think about myself as a female in business. I’m a person in business.” – Lori Greiner

13. “People trust I know what I’m doing. I have lots of credibility. I’ve had years of learning. I know and understand my business.” – Lori Greiner

14. “You can make anything happen if you put your mind to it.” – Lori Greiner

15. “Things go wrong all the time when you’re running your own business, but it’s how you perceive it and deal with it that matters.” – Lori Greiner

16. “I had an idea, I was passionate about it and I had to work hard to turn that into a big success and more products.” – Lori Greiner

17. “I think people don’t like it when you’re not confident about what you’re pitching, and they don’t want to invest in you or get behind you.” – Lori Greiner

18. “I’ve always believed you hire character and train skill.” – Lori Greiner

19. “When it’s yours, you don’t mind doing whatever ti takes. As it keeps growing and growing, it’s a lot more work, but you also become better at everything.” – Lori Greiner

20. “The smaller the market, the harder it is to sell.” – Lori Greiner

21. “Reach for the stars; you might just catch one.” – Lori Greiner

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22. “Don’t live your fears, life your dreams.” – Lori Greiner

23. “Great ideas don’t sell themselves.” – Lori Greiner

24. “Entrepreneurs tend to be very driven, risk takers, confident, and tenacious. They don’t give up and will find another way to keep driving ahead.” – Lori Greiner

25. “Knowledge is power, especially when starting your own company. Educate yourself in what you’ll need to know.” – Lori Greiner

26. “The biggest accomplishment in life isn’t what you’re paid, it’s who you become.” – Lori Greiner

27. “I’ve achieved a certain amount of success, and now I’m thinking about the good things I can do.” – Lori Greiner

28. “There is nobody who will drive your business life you.” – Lori Greiner

29. “When I had challenges, it taught me to be more on top of it for the future.” – Lori Greiner

30. “Don’t sweat the small stuff (and it’s all small stuff). Always know in the hard times that you have the power to make things work out.” – Lori Greiner

31. “I’m very much a believer that there are no ’no’s.’ Just ‘how can I?’s.” – Lori Greiner

32. “You need to pave your own way in the world.” – Lori Greiner

33. “I was fearless, I knew I would make it work, and that’s the difference between successful entrepreneurs and people that don’t get somewhere – it’s that tenacity and drive.” – Lori Greiner

34. “Entrepreneurs are willing to work 80 hours a week to avoid working 40 hours a week.” – Lori Greiner

35. “There’s something the same about success and defeat. Both should make you want to work harder.” – Lori Greiner

36. “I think if you just look around and think about what in your life you would like to be better, you can come up with an idea.” – Lori Greiner

37. “Your success will have everything to do with how you perceive yourself, because how you perceive yourself is how others will perceive you too.” – Lori Greiner

38. “Hire prudently, go slow and don’t go overboard.” – Lori Greiner

39. “In business, it is most often all about getting your foot in the door, and once you do, everything opens up and things start to naturally progress into bigger and more opportunities.” – Lori Greiner

40. “As many times as somebody may hit big paydirt, somebody may also fall in the mud. There’s never a guarantee.” – Lori Greiner

41. “Entrepreneurship is the way we take control of our lives in a tough economy.” – Lori Greiner

42. “You are wise when you listen, especially to people with experience.” – Lori Greiner

43. “I have the attitude that anything is doable, that I can make anything happen.” – Lori Greiner

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52 Enriching Kendrick Lamar Quotes

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Born and raised in Compton CA, Kendrick comes from a neighborhood where rap legends such as Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, and Ice Cube started. After growing an online following, Kendrick launched his first major album in 2012 launching himself into mainstream music and the public eye. From there, his career has exploded leading to several Grammy wins and huge critical claim. However, he maintains a humble attitude focusing on mastering his craft & becoming a better person.

Here are some of Kendrick Lamar’s best quotes:

1. “Forgiving is easy. Trusting again, not so much.” – Kendrick Lamar

2. “When you give up it means you never wanted it.” – Kendrick Lamar

3. “Don’t you know your imperfections is a wonderful blessing.” – Kendrick Lamar

4. “I look at where I’m at today and realize that most of my success is owed to the mentors that was in my life.” – Kendrick Lamar

5. “I think my worst problem is actually living in the moment and understanding everything that’s going on. I feel like I’m in my own bubble.” – Kendrick Lamar

6. “Love is not just a verb. It’s you looking in the mirror.” – Kendrick Lamar

7. “Sometimes you just need to distance yourself from people. If they care, they’ll notice. If they don’t, you know where they stand.” – Kendrick Lamar

8. “Maybe because I’m a dreamer and sleep is the cousin of death.” – Kendrick Lamar

9. “Look inside my soul and you can find gold maybe get rich. Look inside of your should and you can find out it never exists.” – Kendrick Lamar

10. “You can’t have people listen to you unless you come to their world and then bring them to yours.” – Kendrick Lamar

11. “I can’t change the world until I change myself first.” – Kendrick Lamar

12. “Live your life, live it right. Be different, do different things.” – Kendrick Lamar

13. “I ain’t a drinker I’m a thinker, call it what you want.” – Kendrick Lamar

14. “People gonna be they own individuals and have they own worlds and I can’t knock it.” – Kendrick Lamar

15. “I’m tryna learn something new. I’m tryna surround myself with people that inspire me or at least inquire similar desires.” – Kendrick Lamar

16. “Eventually you get to this point where you understand what you want to do.” – Kendrick Lamar

17. “Don’t say one thing then do another.” – Kendrick Lamar

18. “Temptation is just the feeling that you’re the most independent person on planet earth. That you know everything. That’s something that we all go through as a kid. Now, this lifestyle that I’m in, the same thing exists! But it’s 10 times worse, because everything is at my disposal. When you’re in the limelight, you can get anything you want.” – Kendrick Lamar

19. “The best thing is to always keep honest people around, because when you have a bunch of yes men around that know you’re making a mistake but let it go on with it, that’s when it ruins your mind state as an artist.” – Kendrick Lamar

20. “Life will put many red lights in front of you, but sometimes we must push on the gas and trust god.” – Kendrick Lamar

21. “I was a black sheep, but now I’m just a goat.” – Kendrick Lamar

22. “We all get distracted, the question is, would you bounce back or bounce backwards?” – Kendrick Lamar

23. “Since day one, since they first time I touched the pen, I wanted to be the best at what I do.” – Kendrick Lamar

24. “Although the butterfly and the caterpillar are completely different, they are one and the same.” – Kendrick Lamar

25. “The best way to describe myself would be…unpredictable.” – Kendrick Lamar

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26. “So the next time you feel like the world’s about to end, I hope you studied, because he’s testing your faith again.” – Kendrick Lamar

27. “We’re all human at the end of the day, making mistakes. But learning from them is key.” – Kendrick Lamar

28. “If I speak the good into existence, that instant my dreams will unlock, money flow like water, I’ll just wait at the dock.” – Kendrick Lamar

29. “I’d rather not live like there isn’t a god, then die and find out there really is. Think about it.” – Kendrick Lamar

30. “Ya’ll don’t want me to win. I’m tryna follow dreams, you want me to follow trends.” – Kendrick Lamar

31. “Everyday I try to escape the realities of this world.” – Kendrick Lamar

32. “Tough times don’t last but tough people do.” – Kendrick Lamar

33. “My moms always told me, ‘How long you gonna play the victim?’ I can say I’m mad and I hate everything, but nothing really changes until I change myself.” – Kendrick Lamar

34. “I learned, when I look in the mirror and tell my story, that I should be myself and not peep whatever everybody is doing.” – Kendrick Lamar

35. “I had to come from something, come from a place that was negative and positive but the majority of it is a negative place.” – Kendrick Lamar

36. “I don’t want to be something that just comes and goes.” – Kendrick Lamar

37. “I live this life at a pace that anyone can go, know your place and dedicate your role, to the faith that you’ll die alone.” – Kendrick Lamar

38. “Whatever pressure I feel all comes from me, from within. I always was that person who was hard on myself and challenged myself no matter what I was doing, whether it was passing third grade or playing basketball.” – Kendrick Lamar

39. “Consequences from evil will make your past haunt you.” – Kendrick Lamar

40. “I’m only as good as my last word, my last hook, my last bridge.” – Kendrick Lamar

41. “My whole thing is to inspire, to better people, to better myself forever in this thing that we call rap, this thing we call hip-hop.” – Kendrick Lamar

42. “Talk about it. Make em talk about it. Life to me is currency, prosperity I got it.” – Kendrick Lamar

43. “The worst part of success is, to me, adapting to it. It’s scary.” – Kendrick Lamar

44. “It’s easy to forget who you are.” – Kendrick Lamar

45. “Take advantage. Do your best, don’t stress. You was granted everything inside this planet, anything you imagine, you possess.” – Kendrick Lamar

46. “Being able to tell one from start to finish, and making that puzzle come together at the end. That’s the art for me.” – Kendrick Lamar

47. “I walk alone with a cross and a diamond stone. I’m a diamond inside the rough, that’s too mighty for maricons.” – Kendrick Lamar

48. “It’s a great, great experience to finally get the reception that you know you rightfully deserve” – Kendrick Lamar

49. “The opposite of love? Vice. Temptation. The negative influences that we have. The bad energy that comes around us and makes us do certain things. To me, it’s always a war between the two.” – Kendrick Lamar

50. “But what love go to do with it when you don’t love yourself?” – Kendrick Lamar

51. “Build your own pyramids, write your own hieroglyphs.” – Kendrick Lamar

52. “Don’t wait until it’s too late, you might not get another chance.” – Kendrick Lamar

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What You Can Learn From My Ultimate “I Am Screwed” Moment.

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When I was 16 years old, I had the ultimate “I am screwed moment.”

Everything from this point on happened in slow motion. What I’m about to describe probably happened in the space of thirty minutes but it felt like five hours.

I was walking down the street with my buddy one night, eating a paddle pop ice cream. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a group of about twenty teenagers running towards us, dressed in black.

I instantly knew that something was up and as they got closer, we both realized we were screwed and there was nowhere to run to.

Seconds later the gang of teenagers came straight towards us as fast as they could.

“I got lucky and copped a baseball bat to the head. My friend wasn’t so lucky. He was repeatedly stabbed by several different people and there was blood everywhere.”

As I saw what happened to my friend, I knew I’d be next. I was hit so many times with the baseball bat that I was numb from the pain. Everything started to go white.

Then I heard a faint voice. The voice was calling my name out.

I listened to what the young man was saying and realized he was saying that his little brother knew me. All of a sudden, he put out his hand, lifted me off the ground and told me to run in the other direction, or I’d end up like my friend.

I somehow managed to get on my feet and run, but I was not giving up on my friend. I ran around the back of the shopping center that we were standing outside of and entered the building. I ran to the first security guard I saw and told them I needed help.

In my search to get help, miraculously, my friend had made it into the shopping center and he was being treated by a number of bystanders for his massive knife wounds.

I went over and spoke to him. He was okay and things looked better than I expected. I had about sixty seconds of calmness. Then I looked to my left.

Through the glass doors, I could see the same gang of teenagers running into the shopping center. Everyone including the two security guards ran in opposite directions.

My friend with his multiple knife wounds also ran and there were bandages everywhere as he made a run for it (I’m not even sure how he was able to move).

This time I was the unlucky one. I ran into the part of the shopping center that was closed for the night and three of the youths followed me. I’d never been so afraid because I saw what they did to my friend.

I ended up in the shopping centers food court and I hid in the darkness. I tried to control my breathing, but it was hard to silence the fear inside of me. I still remember the white Nike pants I was wearing and the bright red Sean John jumper I had on (I later discarded them because of the memory they left).

Again, through some kind of miracle, the three boys did not see me. They ran off in another direction and I stayed under the table.

The pain of my wounds started to set in. I knew deep down I was safe and so the fight or flight response was turned off. All of a sudden, moving and walking felt very painful.

I could feel broken bits of teeth in my mouth.


The aftermath.

After some time had passed, I manage to reconnect with my friend. By that time there was an ambulance on the scene and he managed to get his knife wounds treated. He got lucky and no vital organs were affected.

The next day I went to school and people could see I had gone through one hell of an ordeal. One of my friends in the year level below, came and found me and explained to me that it was his older brother and friends that attacked me.

They had mistakenly thought that we had come from a party, because of the direction we came from, where he was beaten up. He told me that because they had recognized me, to some degree, I was spared.

The story doesn’t end here though (I wish it did). Even after the brutal event, one of the attackers was still upset with me. I didn’t know why and it made no sense. I had multiple times where he and his friends were waiting for me in certain places and I was told they would harm me.

Through a mutual friend, I was able to resolve the conflict and I found out that a few of them were close friends with a few of my friends. In the coming years, I got to know my attackers.

“They were not the horrible violent people I encountered on that night. They slowly changed their ways and one of them has gone on to do extraordinary kind acts all over the world.”


A revelation from this “I am screwed” moment.

After this horrible event had occurred, I tried to make sense of it. I was not a violent person in any way but in a way, I had created this path for myself.

During my teenage years, I let rap music and violence dominate my life. I thought they were both cool.

The revelation from all of this was that I knew I had to change my life. I knew that the path I was on had led me to this moment and only I could change things. The next time an attack like this happened, I may not be as lucky.

I gave up rap music, I changed my group of friends, I started a business with my brother, I quit smoking and I disengaged from anything that was violent. Looking back, an “I am screwed” moment can be extremely valuable. It’s during these difficult times that we learn about who we are and what we can do to change our lives.

I would never have become obsessed with legacy, giving back and personal development if I hadn’t had this life or death experience.

I’m now fully aware of my mortality and I’m never going to take another day for granted.

Everything can change in a split second for better or for worse. What you do in that moment is up to you.

Nothing happens randomly (even this attack). Everything happens for a reason and when you ensure you get the lesson from it, you can go on to do extraordinary things.

I’m typing these words and reaching millions of people with them, partly because of this “I am screwed” moment.


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  1. Maxime

    Dec 15, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Oh! What a nice article Carla, thanks!
    There are a few things I like about it:
    1) Some quotes I’ve never seen before
    2) Most of the quotes you chose are really inspiring
    3) The choice of images you made

    Personally, there are 2 quotes from Tim Ferriss that impacted me the most:
    “I want to measure twice, and cut once; therefore, the vast majority of my important work is deciding what to work on.”
    “Focus on impact, not approval.”

    Cheers,
    Maxime

  2. Corey Hinde

    Sep 4, 2015 at 9:28 am

    My new venture aims to reach as many people as possible. How many people has Tim Ferriss helped? Probably in the millions. It’s truly amazing the reach this guy has had, and continues to have. I am in solid ManLove with the guy, and will continue to be for some time yet!

  3. Eric

    Sep 2, 2015 at 4:53 am

    Will definitely come again and again soon to read them over and over… an open mind does.

    Thinking about it, I think I will implement some of that wisdom into my blog.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Carla Schesser

      Sep 2, 2015 at 4:59 am

      Great to hear Eric! Glad you enjoyed them! 🙂

  4. otunba Olufemi Samuel

    Aug 28, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Am glad to be an addictive addicted2success very explosive exploring beyond imagination
    Reds

  5. Timo Fischer

    Aug 27, 2015 at 4:54 am

    Brilliant quotes indeed! I love Tim Ferriss especially the 4 Hour Workweek everyone who hasn’t been able to read it yet should definitely do it it’s worth it!

    • Carla Schesser

      Aug 28, 2015 at 4:29 am

      Yes! That book is a very good read! Glad you liked the list of quotes I put together! 🙂

  6. Matthew Kaboomis Loomis

    Aug 25, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Marvelous collection of Tim Ferris quotes, Carla! Thanks for putting this together.

    • Carla Schesser

      Aug 25, 2015 at 8:56 pm

      So glad you enjoyed the article Matthew! 🙂

  7. Dan Western

    Aug 23, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Hey Carla,

    Big fan of Tim Ferriss! Thanks for sharing these great quotes.

    I think one of my favorites is “A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.”

    Thanks again,

    Dan

    • Ernie A

      Aug 24, 2015 at 6:32 pm

      Yes! Awesome quotes from a remarkable person. Thanks Carla

      • Carla Schesser

        Aug 24, 2015 at 9:28 pm

        So glad you enjoyed them Ernie! 🙂

  8. Shawn

    Aug 23, 2015 at 12:15 am

    Thanks for these Tim Ferris quotes. I’ve read a couple of his books (as most people in the self-improvement industry have). His blog and podcast are great too.

    • Carla Schesser

      Aug 23, 2015 at 2:10 am

      You’re welcome! I love Tim Ferriss! Glad you enjoyed the list I put together! 🙂

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23 Anthony Bourdain Quotes To Inspire You To Greatness

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Anthony Bourdain was a legend. From his extensive knowledge & experience to the culinary world, to the adventures he brought us on the show Parts Unknown where the shared the stage with everyone from villages in Cambodia to former president Barack Obama. However Bourdain continued to drop knowledge bombs through his entire career that resonate with us today.

Here are 23 of Anthony Bourdain’s best quotes:

1. “You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together.” – Anthony Bourdain

2. “To be treated well in places where you don’t expect to be treated well, to find things in common with people you had thought previously you had very, very little in common with, can’t be a bad thing.” – Anthony Bourdain

3.  “I’m not afraid to look like an idiot.” – Anthony Bourdain

4. “I always entertain the notion that I’m wrong, or that I’ll have to revise my opinion. Most of the time that feels good; sometimes it hurts and is really embarrassing.” – Anthony Bourdain

5. “Your body is not a temple: It’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.” – Anthony Bourdain

8. Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetring in the unknown.” – Anthony Bourdain

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23 Inspirational Michael B. Jordan Quotes

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Michael B. Jordan is quickly becoming an all-star actor. After appearing in major motion pictures such as Creed and most recently as the villain Killmonger in the blockbuster Black Panther. Hailing from Newark New Jersey, he grew up in one of the roughest places in the U.S. However, he overcame struggles, worked hard, and found success through being obsessed with his passion: acting. 

Here are some of Michael B. Jordans best & most powerful quotes:

1. “I’ve never been the guy to hype myself up. It’s just not my thing.” – Michael B. Jordan

2. “I think everyone starts in the mailroom at some point! It’s a rite of passage. Your boss has to throw something at you and order you around for at least two years.” – Michael B. Jordan

3. “So you tell yourself to just do the work and disconnect, because you have no control over the outcome.” – Michael B. Jordan

4. “Sometimes you’re overthinking, you convince yourself to get out of it and you’re like, ‘ah I shoulda did that!’ You can’t live life with regrets. Sometimes you just gotta indulge. But in the same breath, you gotta have restraint and self-control too.” – Michael B. Jordan

5. “Be collaborative. I’ve had some of my best experiences with directors who were able to sit down and have a conversation and ask me what I thought.” – Michael B. Jordan

6. “I want people to leave the theatre and think, ‘How can I be a better person?’ That’s the only way things are going to improve.” – Michael B. Jordan

7. “I think it’s just easier for people to put you in a box or a lane because you look similar. I think that’s unfair for anybody in any situation.” – Michael B. Jordan

8. “Taking a break, taking a moment, is super important.” – Michael B. Jordan

9. “You can only fool reality until the truth comes knocking on your door.” – Michael B. Jordan

10. “As human beings, why does it take somebody to feel like they’re close to us for us to see their humanity? Why can’t we see the humanity in people that are distant from us?” – Michael B. Jordan

11. “Sometimes family doesn’t always consist of your relatives or by blood. Sometimes your best friends can feel more like family than your cousins. I think everybody kind of has that same feeling. When you go through an accident together, when you go through a traumatic event, sometimes that brings you closer together.” – Michael B. Jordan

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12. “I think everybody wants to be their own person and be an individual.” – Michael B. Jordan

13. “Sometimes you gotta go with your first instinct. You gotta go with your gut. That’s kind of how I live my life you gotta go with your gut.” – Michael B. Jordan

14. “Equality means having the same rights and liberties and opportunities regardless of our differences.” – Michael B. Jordan

15. “Do as much homework as you can. Learn everybody’s job and don’t just settle.” – Michael B. Jordan

16. “That’s one of the fun parts of becoming an actor: you can become whoever you want to be.” – Michael B. Jordan

17. “I’m not good at everything, I just do my best at everything.” – Michael B. Jordan

18. “Certain things I can’t even explain. There’s a thing about being lucky and…I feel like certain things are just, like, in your cards. I’m just walking the path that’s already set.” – Michael B. Jordan

19. “I’ve been living with that all my life. My name is Michael Jordan, so I’m always being compared to a person of greatness.” – Michael B. Jordan

20. “I think redemption is just about righting a wrong, and in that pursuit it’s about trying. You can stumble, you can make mistakes, but it’s about trying to do the right thing.” – Michael B. Jordan

21. “Just as people, we’re different around different people and in different environments.” – Michael B. Jordan

22. “Don’t pretend to know everything. I’ve been blessed to work with a lot of veteran actors, and I soak up lessons from them like a sponge.” – Michael B. Jordan

23. “Sometimes you’ve gotta hide the medicine in the food. You can’t slap somebody in the face with facts all the time. It’s too harsh.” – Michael B. Jordan

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43 Lori Greiner Quotes on Succeeding in Life & Business

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Lori Greiner is one of the original sharks on the hit show Shark Tank. She is known as the ‘Queen of QVC’ and has over 120 patents in her name. As a prolific entrepreneur, inventor, and author; Lori has taken small amounts of money and turned it into wealth through good ideas and hard work. She brings years of wisdom and insight to any business she becomes a part of.

Here are some of her best quotes:

1. “As an entrepreneur, you can always find a solution if you try hard enough.” – Lori Greiner

2. “I learned that nobody’s better than you to get your business off the ground. The experience you get is priceless.” – Lori Greiner

3. “There are always things that are needed. There are always ways to do things better. It’s all about offering solutions.” – Lori Greiner

4. “I prefer to like the people I invest in, but it’s not an absolute necessity, as long as they have a good mind and I know they’ll do whatever it takes to be successful.” – Lori Greiner

5. “For an entrepreneur, sometimes the smallest step in the right direction, ends up being the best step of your life. Stick in your little to first if you must, but take the step.” – Lori Greiner

6. “If your home environment is good and peaceful and easy, your life is better and easier.” – Lori Greiner

7. “Sometimes people don’t get anywhere because they sit on something, so afraid to reveal it. And yet, in the reverse, sometimes if you expose something too widely, you can risk losing it.” – Lori Greiner

8. “It’s a fine line, but if you don’t jump out to do something you’ll never get there.” – Lori Greiner

9. “I love the freedom of being an entrepreneur that I do what I want to do when I want to do it.” – Lori Greiner

10. “As an entrepreneur, you can always find a solution if you try hard enough.” – Lori Greiner

11. “A brilliant idea doesn’t guarantee a successful invention. Real magic comes from a brilliant idea combined with willpower, tenacity, and a willingness to make mistakes.” – Lori Greiner

12. “The big thing for me is, I never think about myself as a female in business. I’m a person in business.” – Lori Greiner

13. “People trust I know what I’m doing. I have lots of credibility. I’ve had years of learning. I know and understand my business.” – Lori Greiner

14. “You can make anything happen if you put your mind to it.” – Lori Greiner

15. “Things go wrong all the time when you’re running your own business, but it’s how you perceive it and deal with it that matters.” – Lori Greiner

16. “I had an idea, I was passionate about it and I had to work hard to turn that into a big success and more products.” – Lori Greiner

17. “I think people don’t like it when you’re not confident about what you’re pitching, and they don’t want to invest in you or get behind you.” – Lori Greiner

18. “I’ve always believed you hire character and train skill.” – Lori Greiner

19. “When it’s yours, you don’t mind doing whatever ti takes. As it keeps growing and growing, it’s a lot more work, but you also become better at everything.” – Lori Greiner

20. “The smaller the market, the harder it is to sell.” – Lori Greiner

21. “Reach for the stars; you might just catch one.” – Lori Greiner

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22. “Don’t live your fears, life your dreams.” – Lori Greiner

23. “Great ideas don’t sell themselves.” – Lori Greiner

24. “Entrepreneurs tend to be very driven, risk takers, confident, and tenacious. They don’t give up and will find another way to keep driving ahead.” – Lori Greiner

25. “Knowledge is power, especially when starting your own company. Educate yourself in what you’ll need to know.” – Lori Greiner

26. “The biggest accomplishment in life isn’t what you’re paid, it’s who you become.” – Lori Greiner

27. “I’ve achieved a certain amount of success, and now I’m thinking about the good things I can do.” – Lori Greiner

28. “There is nobody who will drive your business life you.” – Lori Greiner

29. “When I had challenges, it taught me to be more on top of it for the future.” – Lori Greiner

30. “Don’t sweat the small stuff (and it’s all small stuff). Always know in the hard times that you have the power to make things work out.” – Lori Greiner

31. “I’m very much a believer that there are no ’no’s.’ Just ‘how can I?’s.” – Lori Greiner

32. “You need to pave your own way in the world.” – Lori Greiner

33. “I was fearless, I knew I would make it work, and that’s the difference between successful entrepreneurs and people that don’t get somewhere – it’s that tenacity and drive.” – Lori Greiner

34. “Entrepreneurs are willing to work 80 hours a week to avoid working 40 hours a week.” – Lori Greiner

35. “There’s something the same about success and defeat. Both should make you want to work harder.” – Lori Greiner

36. “I think if you just look around and think about what in your life you would like to be better, you can come up with an idea.” – Lori Greiner

37. “Your success will have everything to do with how you perceive yourself, because how you perceive yourself is how others will perceive you too.” – Lori Greiner

38. “Hire prudently, go slow and don’t go overboard.” – Lori Greiner

39. “In business, it is most often all about getting your foot in the door, and once you do, everything opens up and things start to naturally progress into bigger and more opportunities.” – Lori Greiner

40. “As many times as somebody may hit big paydirt, somebody may also fall in the mud. There’s never a guarantee.” – Lori Greiner

41. “Entrepreneurship is the way we take control of our lives in a tough economy.” – Lori Greiner

42. “You are wise when you listen, especially to people with experience.” – Lori Greiner

43. “I have the attitude that anything is doable, that I can make anything happen.” – Lori Greiner

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52 Enriching Kendrick Lamar Quotes

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Born and raised in Compton CA, Kendrick comes from a neighborhood where rap legends such as Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, and Ice Cube started. After growing an online following, Kendrick launched his first major album in 2012 launching himself into mainstream music and the public eye. From there, his career has exploded leading to several Grammy wins and huge critical claim. However, he maintains a humble attitude focusing on mastering his craft & becoming a better person.

Here are some of Kendrick Lamar’s best quotes:

1. “Forgiving is easy. Trusting again, not so much.” – Kendrick Lamar

2. “When you give up it means you never wanted it.” – Kendrick Lamar

3. “Don’t you know your imperfections is a wonderful blessing.” – Kendrick Lamar

4. “I look at where I’m at today and realize that most of my success is owed to the mentors that was in my life.” – Kendrick Lamar

5. “I think my worst problem is actually living in the moment and understanding everything that’s going on. I feel like I’m in my own bubble.” – Kendrick Lamar

6. “Love is not just a verb. It’s you looking in the mirror.” – Kendrick Lamar

7. “Sometimes you just need to distance yourself from people. If they care, they’ll notice. If they don’t, you know where they stand.” – Kendrick Lamar

8. “Maybe because I’m a dreamer and sleep is the cousin of death.” – Kendrick Lamar

9. “Look inside my soul and you can find gold maybe get rich. Look inside of your should and you can find out it never exists.” – Kendrick Lamar

10. “You can’t have people listen to you unless you come to their world and then bring them to yours.” – Kendrick Lamar

11. “I can’t change the world until I change myself first.” – Kendrick Lamar

12. “Live your life, live it right. Be different, do different things.” – Kendrick Lamar

13. “I ain’t a drinker I’m a thinker, call it what you want.” – Kendrick Lamar

14. “People gonna be they own individuals and have they own worlds and I can’t knock it.” – Kendrick Lamar

15. “I’m tryna learn something new. I’m tryna surround myself with people that inspire me or at least inquire similar desires.” – Kendrick Lamar

16. “Eventually you get to this point where you understand what you want to do.” – Kendrick Lamar

17. “Don’t say one thing then do another.” – Kendrick Lamar

18. “Temptation is just the feeling that you’re the most independent person on planet earth. That you know everything. That’s something that we all go through as a kid. Now, this lifestyle that I’m in, the same thing exists! But it’s 10 times worse, because everything is at my disposal. When you’re in the limelight, you can get anything you want.” – Kendrick Lamar

19. “The best thing is to always keep honest people around, because when you have a bunch of yes men around that know you’re making a mistake but let it go on with it, that’s when it ruins your mind state as an artist.” – Kendrick Lamar

20. “Life will put many red lights in front of you, but sometimes we must push on the gas and trust god.” – Kendrick Lamar

21. “I was a black sheep, but now I’m just a goat.” – Kendrick Lamar

22. “We all get distracted, the question is, would you bounce back or bounce backwards?” – Kendrick Lamar

23. “Since day one, since they first time I touched the pen, I wanted to be the best at what I do.” – Kendrick Lamar

24. “Although the butterfly and the caterpillar are completely different, they are one and the same.” – Kendrick Lamar

25. “The best way to describe myself would be…unpredictable.” – Kendrick Lamar

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26. “So the next time you feel like the world’s about to end, I hope you studied, because he’s testing your faith again.” – Kendrick Lamar

27. “We’re all human at the end of the day, making mistakes. But learning from them is key.” – Kendrick Lamar

28. “If I speak the good into existence, that instant my dreams will unlock, money flow like water, I’ll just wait at the dock.” – Kendrick Lamar

29. “I’d rather not live like there isn’t a god, then die and find out there really is. Think about it.” – Kendrick Lamar

30. “Ya’ll don’t want me to win. I’m tryna follow dreams, you want me to follow trends.” – Kendrick Lamar

31. “Everyday I try to escape the realities of this world.” – Kendrick Lamar

32. “Tough times don’t last but tough people do.” – Kendrick Lamar

33. “My moms always told me, ‘How long you gonna play the victim?’ I can say I’m mad and I hate everything, but nothing really changes until I change myself.” – Kendrick Lamar

34. “I learned, when I look in the mirror and tell my story, that I should be myself and not peep whatever everybody is doing.” – Kendrick Lamar

35. “I had to come from something, come from a place that was negative and positive but the majority of it is a negative place.” – Kendrick Lamar

36. “I don’t want to be something that just comes and goes.” – Kendrick Lamar

37. “I live this life at a pace that anyone can go, know your place and dedicate your role, to the faith that you’ll die alone.” – Kendrick Lamar

38. “Whatever pressure I feel all comes from me, from within. I always was that person who was hard on myself and challenged myself no matter what I was doing, whether it was passing third grade or playing basketball.” – Kendrick Lamar

39. “Consequences from evil will make your past haunt you.” – Kendrick Lamar

40. “I’m only as good as my last word, my last hook, my last bridge.” – Kendrick Lamar

41. “My whole thing is to inspire, to better people, to better myself forever in this thing that we call rap, this thing we call hip-hop.” – Kendrick Lamar

42. “Talk about it. Make em talk about it. Life to me is currency, prosperity I got it.” – Kendrick Lamar

43. “The worst part of success is, to me, adapting to it. It’s scary.” – Kendrick Lamar

44. “It’s easy to forget who you are.” – Kendrick Lamar

45. “Take advantage. Do your best, don’t stress. You was granted everything inside this planet, anything you imagine, you possess.” – Kendrick Lamar

46. “Being able to tell one from start to finish, and making that puzzle come together at the end. That’s the art for me.” – Kendrick Lamar

47. “I walk alone with a cross and a diamond stone. I’m a diamond inside the rough, that’s too mighty for maricons.” – Kendrick Lamar

48. “It’s a great, great experience to finally get the reception that you know you rightfully deserve” – Kendrick Lamar

49. “The opposite of love? Vice. Temptation. The negative influences that we have. The bad energy that comes around us and makes us do certain things. To me, it’s always a war between the two.” – Kendrick Lamar

50. “But what love go to do with it when you don’t love yourself?” – Kendrick Lamar

51. “Build your own pyramids, write your own hieroglyphs.” – Kendrick Lamar

52. “Don’t wait until it’s too late, you might not get another chance.” – Kendrick Lamar

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